2ND TIMOTHY CHAPTER 4 & TODAY’S MICROWAVE MINISTRIES
JUST AN OBSERVATION
Hypocritical Actions from “Do as I say and not as I do!” Leadership has spilled over and into the pews; causing a breakdown and a spiritual implosion in ministries all across this nation. The TRUTH AND THE FREEDOM GOD GIVES is not being taught or preached in many TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS SLAVE MENTALITY MINISTRIES because the people have been hypnotized into the mindset of not caring about the community outside of the church doors. Read on through this post and understand ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY CHURCHES ARE going from thriving to death.
Paul tells us in his second letter to Timothy, the letter he wrote just days or weeks before his death. There, in chapter 4, he looks into the future, he sees a church being destroyed, and he warns us how it happens. It’s as straightforward as four simple steps. This church is destroyed by people CLAIMING TO ACT in the name of Jesus.
Many ministries today are not closed down through government persecution; they’re not afflicted by cultural pressure and do not succumb to the attacks of another religion. Ministries today are eroded from the inside, from within the membership. Ministries today are destroyed by people CLAIMING TO ACT in the name of Jesus.
Step one the Apostle Paul warns Timothy that “they will turn away from listening to the truth.” The first step in destroying a church is turning away from what is true, losing interest in the truth as God reveals it, growing weary of what God says is true and lovely. What was once a LOVE of truth becomes a DISLIKE and then DISGUST toward truth; what was once a hatred of error becomes an intrigue and interest in error. Hearts begin to harden.
Secondly, as they turn away from the truth, they necessarily turn against the truth-tellers. So Paul tells Timothy that in that day to come, “they will not endure sound teaching.” It’s not that people won’t know what is true, but that they won’t endure what is true. Because they have come to hate the truth, they will now hate those who proclaim the truth. The very teachers that once drew them will now repulse them.
Third point is this church has rejected the truth and those who teach the truth. Now what? It is obvious and inevitable: They will embrace false teachers. “Having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” As these people become hardened in sin and narcissism, as they grow in their rebellion, they will want to be led by people who tell them those things they want to hear which is why many churches have allowed secular corporate ways to infiltrate the way they choose leadership from the pastor to various spiritual and financial leaders.
Paul uses a great word-picture to describe this: itching ears. These are ears that want to be tickled by novelty, by something that will be respectable to society and palatable to a godless world. They will soon find this kind of teacher who will justify their turning away from truth and who will validate them in their rebellion because that teacher will not hold them accountable for their actions while in that particular ministry.
Finally, The narrow road to salvation has no room to wander. Once the good “CHURCH FOLKS” have rejected truth and truth-tellers, and once they have found teachers who will tickle their itching ears, “they will wander off into myths.” They will now embrace full-out error, full out heresy, and fall for anything being said across the pulpit to them.
They will become hardened in THEIR WAYS AND MINDSET so they will now believe error is good and true. They will become so deluded and rebellious that they will celebrate what God hates and do it all in the name of God. They will wander off, just like dumb sheep wandering away from their good shepherd. The narrow road to salvation has no room to wander, but that broad road to destruction has all the room they need to wander this way and that and they will die SPIRITUALLY if the don’t catch an exit to the narrow highway.
In the end, those who CLAIM TO HAVE ACTED in the name of Christ will be shown to hate Christ. That church, that congregation, will die off and once again ANOTHER ABANDONED CHURCH BUILDING and the enemy has won another short battle. However, the book of THE REVELATION COMFORTS US ALL IN KNOWING THAT THE ENEMY WILL NOT WIN THE WAR!!!!
All the best and God bless,
A.J. “therightrevrhino” Watkins D.MIN.