The Expository Files


They Will Not Endure Sound Doctrine

2 Timothy 4:3,4

People react to truth quite differently from one another. Sometimes we even refuse to accept the obvious if we do not like it - like the overweight smoker who is told by his doctor he had better quit smoking and lose some weight. When the doctor asks, "Now, what are you going to do about it?" He replies, " I am going to find another doctor... one that smokes and is overweight."

Yes, we can always find an expert who will tell us what we want to hear - a politician or a philosopher or a preacher. And there are those who will gladly change those parts of Scripture that we may not like. Today there are many denominations scrambling to readjust their tenets to "keep up with the times", socially, morally and doctrinally. If those tenets and creeds are Biblical, they had better not be readjusted. If they are not Biblical, then they should have never existed to begin with.

And this is nothing new. Back in Isaiah's day 700 years B.C. there were people who rejected his message from the Lord choosing instead the false prophets who told them what the Scriptures call "smooth things." (Isa. 30:10). Later, Paul would ask, "Have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth?" (Gal. 4:16). The Scriptures also tell us "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled they will accumulate teachers in accordance with their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside unto myths." (2 Tim. 4:3,4).

God's word is truth. Anything that contradicts it is false. Build your hopes and life on the one sure foundation. Build on the rock, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 14.2   February 2007