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Turn and Be Turned!

The 2nd Epistle of Paul to Timothy was his last writing to be included in the canon of inspired scripture. It’s full of encouragements, warnings about the last days and admonitions for personal ministry. Paul’s focus upon TRUTH as being central to ministry is front and center. A church ministry without TRUTH is like a body without breath. But TRUTH for many can often be a hard pill to swallow. Paul described it as follows:

For the time will come when they will not endure [tolerate] sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3).

An itching ear is one that likes to be tickled, one desirous to hear pleasant things. There are many TV preachers (a.k.a., televangelists) who pride themselves in ‘positivity’ preaching that goes out of its way to avoid ‘negativity’ that may turn someone off. That’s just fine for the thousands with itching ears who pack their pews. 

The word of God (i.e., TRUTH) is a sharp sword with two cutting edges (Hebrews 4:12). It pierces the soul of the hearer, divides it asunder and discerns (exposes, lays bear) the thoughts and intents of the heart. A man with itching ears will avoid at all costs the preacher of unadulterated TRUTH! Note an aversion for TRUTH doesn’t necessarily translate into an aversion for being TAUGHT. One can have a HEAP of teachers without having to encounter the TRUTH!

Paul continues: “And they shall TURN away their ears from the truth, and shall BE TURNED unto fables” (4:4). The word “fable” (muthos) is our root word for “myths.” A fable is a fictional narrative, a falsehood, an invention of the human imagination. Like Satan in the Garden of Eden, TRUTH is not ABANDONED (outright denied), but rather ALTERED (modified) to appeal to one’s senses. When cleverly done, the teacher of itching ears can actually make his hearer feel at ease with their disobedience. 

When one with itching ears TURNS (active voice) away from the truth, he will unavoidably BE TURNED (passive voice) unto fables. When one by HIS OWN volition rejects truth, there is ANOTHER (Satan) whose volition stands ready to turn him unto fables, fiction and error. 

Here’s a sobering TRUTH written by the Psalmist David: “The wicked SHALL BE TURNED (passive voice) into HELL, and all the NATIONS (including America) that FORGET (turn away from) God” (Psalm 9:17). 

When Satan turns one who rejects TRUTH unto fables, he does so with the clear intention of turning that individual into HELL. The FABLE is but an intermediate stop for the train bound for the Lake of Fire! At the current hour, America is BEING TURNED into HELL due to its deliberate TURN away from the TRUTH. Only a heaven-sent revival, a spiritual awakening that TURNS America BACK to TRUTH can save our nation from spiritual and eternal ruin!


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