II Timothy 4:3-5
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Just as Timothy, pastors need to be alert and ready to preach God’s Word. Sound teaching is essential for spiritual maturity, but will not always be tolerated. There will come a time (now) when people will seek out teachers to tell them what they want to hear and what makes them feel good. Today, if it feel good do it.
Today people have turned their ears to avoid truth. We have all heard the adage that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. That may be true. But today, in the spiritual sense, there is no medicine coming behind the ear candy. The doctors of the Word, clergy, are afraid to prescribe the medicine that was made available from heaven’s pharmacy 2,000 years ago. They see the disease, but are afraid to properly treat it for fear of offending. Pastors have become tolerant.
From God’s perspective, the diagnosis and treatment has always been clear: Sin is the disease. The blood of Christ is the cure. Repentance is God’s method for putting the two together.
That’s not a sweet message. For Jesus, it was a bitter cup. It wasn’t sweet when the crown of thorns was pressed upon His head and blood spilled into His eyes. It wasn’t sweet when they took a whip of leather holding pieces of glass or stone and shredded His back like a farmer would plow a field. It wasn’t sweet when they blindfolded Him, slapped His face and mocked His deity. It wasn’t sweet when they placed a beam on His raw, exposed shoulders and forced Him to carry His own cross. It wasn’t sweet when He fell under the load. It wasn’t sweet when they laid His body on the beams and pierced His hands and feet. It wasn’t sweet when the cross dropped in the hole and ripped even further the flesh that had been pierced, It wasn’t sweet when He lifted His voice and said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” It wasn’t sweet when He pierced the heavens with these words: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”
I am speaking of the gospel story, the penetrating truth of what Jesus Christ had to endure so that you and I could be adopted into His family. Now, 2,000 years after His brutal death, we find “pastors” glossing over and “sugarcoating” this message in order to avoid offending society’s delicate palates with the bitter truth. They have become tolerant.
II Timothy 4:1-2
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
STOP YOUR SUGAR COATING EAR CANDY PREACHING
PREACH THE WORD! AS IT IS WRITTEN
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Courtesy of Edward Jeffries