A Timely Reminder

Note: This is from a friend of a friend of mine. It fits so well with the current emphasis that I am sharing it with you, today. (Editing mine).


A Timely Reminder:

It is true that there are many faiths and religions today that are available for people to choose from. And many people shop around as if they're in a spiritual Wal-Mart to find one that best suits their needs and desires. Unfortunately, there is one crucial element missing from all these alternative faiths: the truth. The apostle Paul warned Timothy that a time would come when people would prefer "lite" spiritual meals and would not tolerate substantive teaching (2 Tim. 4:3-4). He predicted that false teaching would increase and be embraced by many because it caters to the needs of their flesh. They have a craving to be entertained and desire teaching that leaves them with good feelings about themselves. Paul instructed Timothy to combat this by teaching doctrines according to God's Word. The purpose of his instruction was to correct, rebuke, and encourage others (v.2). As believers and followers of Christ, we are called to teach and obey the Word of God, not to scratch the itches of our culture. To avoid the snares of Satan and the false promises of the world, we need to stand on the Word of God so we don't fall into error.

"Preach the Word, be instant (diligent) in season, out of season; (when it's pleasant and not so pleasant)  reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering (patience) and doctrine, for the time will come when they will not endure (tolerate) sound doctrine but, after their own lusts, (personal desires and preferences) shall they heap to themselves (appropriate to themselves their favorite) teacher(s), (they themselves ) having itching (wanting to hear only what they want to hear) ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (assorted false teachings) But watch thou in all things, (be on guard) endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof  (model integrity; authenticity) of your ministry."

2 Timothy 4:2-5

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