Watering the Tulips
April 27, 2016
“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” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
We’ve really come a long way. I mean, consider the advances we have made in just the last few generations – automobiles, airplanes, communication, Internet, medical advances, etc. Our generation is daily using a hand held device to run their lives that is far more advanced than computers used by NASA on the rockets in the Apollo missions! With the touch of our finger to the face of our “phones”, we can call, text, private message or even post on social media to friends around the globe. The communication that used to take weeks or months to complete now takes seconds…literally! We have certainly come a long way.
But things aren’t always as they appear, are they? “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). To our society, things look fine so we assume they are. Even churches have a tendency to become complacent in a society where there are so many of the finer things in life. As “blessings” take over the lives of Christians in a prosperous society, the Word of God often takes a back seat. As if it’s not enough that the Bible told us it would happen, we are now witnessing it with our own eyes.
“Sound teaching” seems to be a thing of the past in many instances. Today, the average church attender nearly yawns if a sermon begins with “open up your Bibles to…”. Yet, a man (or woman, for that matter) can begin his “sermon” with “God spoke to me on the way to church this morning and said…” and ears perk up.“Thus says the Lord” doesn’t seem to matter so much any more. Many messages today are devoid of any real exposition of Scripture. And even when Scripture is quoted, it’s often used in such a way that negates the context in which it is written – and this in a generation that has more access to the Bible than we have ever had. Has our generation forgotten that multitudes have been martyred for merely attempting to own a copy of the Bible…or even a portion of it? It appears we have.
It’s saddening with the access our generation has to the Word of God that so few professing believers today see any benefit in daily Bible study – not a devotional book where an author quotes one verse and then extrapolates “truths” from it, but actually studying the Word of God itself. The Scripture should be our starting place because only it can be said to be “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). What other book can complete the child of God like the Bible? There isn’t one.
Does it really matter? Without a doubt it does. Biblical illiteracy has spawned the generation spoken of in our text verse. When believers don’t know what the Bible says, they turn to “myths”. When “teachers” replace the foundational truths of Christianity, these “myths” are no more factual than ancient Roman and Greek polytheism. Illiterate men who have no regard for the truth are leading multitudes of Biblically illiterate Christians into all kinds of these “myths”.
Child of God, don’t be surprised. God’s Word said this would occur. We are seeing our text verse fulfilled before our eyes. But the light at the end of the tunnel is that Jesus’ coming is soon and these events give us hope that we will soon hear the trumpet sound when we will be called up in the air to see our Savior with our own eyes.
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