Itching Ears or Sound Doctrine?
by Cynthia Burks
David Wilkerson, in a video entitled The Charismatic Itch, noted that in the end time, some in the church would leave sound doctrine for teachers who would appeal to their need to chase spiritual blessings. This is found in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: 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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Paul, the apostle, who was converted after persecuting the church, wrote concerning the gospel. In Romans 10:14-15, he asked how shall people hear the gospel or call upon God without a preacher to share glad tidings of good things?(my paraphrase)
If necessary, extreme measures have been taken.
David Wilkerson, in his video referenced above, continued his warning to a Methodist convention gathered in a large city. He said that one cure for “blessing seekers” who continually sought the next “new truth” or exciting revelation or trendy experience could very well be persecution falling upon the end-time church. Quoting from the book of Acts, in ch. 8:1, Wilkerson told that when the Jerusalem church was broken up and its members scattered abroad, except for the apostles, something happened. The result was seen in Acts 8:4 Therefore, they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
Even today, we who are in the church have sometimes sought the gift more than the Giver–whether healing, spiritual blessings, or financial prosperity. Yet, believers have known the ultimate source of gifts. (See James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.)
The end of the book of James had some instructions for both brethren awaiting the return of Christ and the afflicted. James 5:7-8 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. To the afflicted, James wrote in v. 10-11: Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. James 5:13a. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
At the end of Wilkerson’s video, he came to the same conclusion–that we need to pray, for the needs of our families as well as the lost souls around us
Paul, the apostle, had the last word to say to Timothy when he gave him a charge to preach the word in 2 Timothy 4:2 & 5: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. But watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
When sound doctrine has been shared, it now becomes a decision for us to make–will we hold on to it?