For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. – 2 Timothy 4:3
Have you ever been infected by poison ivy, oak, or sumac? My wife is so sensitive to it that I think all she has to do is pass within 100 yards! She has even, on occasion, required medical attention to combat its effects. Everyone agrees that one of the worst things you can do when you have such an infection is to scratch it. Of course, that is the thing that probably feels the best. There are various treatments available, but none are quite so satisfying as a good scratch.
These days it seems that many are being poisoned by the lies of this world and more than anything else, they want to be “scratched” or affirmed. They are comfortable in their personal theological “box” and resist the “medicine” of God’s Word. In fact, woe to the pastor/teacher/family member/friend who seeks to apply it!
It is never a good idea to scratch the itch of fleshly desires under-girded by unbiblical worldviews. Resist the urge to do so and the healing/correcting Word of God (if applied) will combat this world’s poison.
Many of our troubles occur because we base our choices on unreliable authorities; culture (“everyone is doing it”), tradition (“we’ve always done it”), reason (“it seems logical”), or emotion (“it just felt right”). – Rick Warren
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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