“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
What exactly does this mean? This speaks specifically to us, Christians, the Church, in the last days. We increasingly cannot submit to authority, bear sound doctrine, remain calm in the face of adversity, or accept being the minority. We are loud, demand attention, and have disputes among ourselves regarding the meaning of difficult passages instead of trusting God with it all.
2Ti 2:14 Remind people of these things and solemnly charge them before the Lord not to wrangle over words. This is of no benefit; it just brings ruin on those who listen.
We want the easy fix, and exhilarating, mind-tickling doctrines, so we have jumped on the rapture wagon, the sign – gift wagon, all in search of our own “personal private church”. Because we CAN fall asleep in the Light, the Truth, all too easily. This is as much about boredom with God as anything else.
Eph 4:14 So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.
So the stories that attract us, like a hummingbird to a feeder, are put out there by the trickery of the people that have crafted them. They are traps for the unwary.
3 As I urged you when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay on in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to spread false teachings, 4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and interminable genealogies. Such things promote useless speculations rather than God’s redemptive plan that operates by faith. 5 But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 6 Some have strayed from these and turned away to empty discussion.
1 Tim 6:3 If someone spreads false teachings and does not agree with sound words (that is, those of ourLord Jesus Christ) and with the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest incontroversies and verbal disputes. This gives rise to envy, dissension,slanders, evil suspicions, 5 and constant bickering by people corrupted in their minds and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a way of making a profit.
Wandering off into myths…