2 Timothy 4
3. 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;
4. And they shall turn awayÂ theirÂ ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
How well do we know our Bibles? Â How do we know if what we are hearing is truth? Â How would we know if what we hear is in the Bible or if the message is presented in context? Â Interesting facts.
2009 Statistics For The Average American Christian Conservative: Compiled by The James Hartline Report.
During the entire year of 2009:
Total Time Spent on Obama: 400 hours
Total Time Spent on Entertainment: 150 hours
Total Time Spent on Vacationing: 120 hours
Total Time Spent on Sports: 100 hours
Total Time Spent on Hobbies and Shopping Malls: 90 hours
Total Time Spent on Pornography: 50 hours
Total Time Spent on Drinking Coffee like Starbucks: 45 hours
Total Time Spent on Attending Church Services: 40 hours
Total Time Spent on Bible Reading: 7 hours
Total Time Spent on Prayer: 6 hours
Total Time Spent on Evangelism of The Unsaved: 30 minutes
Total Time Spent on Preaching The Gospel: 10 minutes
Total Time Spent on Protecting Kids in Your Community: 0 hours
As we live, we realize that this world is getting stranger every day. Â It is hard to understand why people act the way they do and how even in our politics we scratch our heads wondering where the integrity of leaders has gone. Â Dishonesty is out front. Â In many cases, the message is modified to gain more “likes” until we don’t recognize the original message and intent.
It is hard to tell peopleÂ truths about sin and the need for repentance. It is hard to stand on doctrine when the world is asking you to be more open and inclusive. Â It is often hard to fight the temptation to liberalize in order to fill the pews.
It is no wonder why preaching today seems to be more about the non-controversial. Â About love, family, loving God. Â Rarely do preachers speak of our responsibility to share the message andÂ evangelize. Â In 2 Timothy, we have read the versus above. Â But do we read on?
2 Timothy 4:5 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
We are required to do the work of an evangelist. Â Work seems to be important and our call to action. Â Consider the versus below:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
1 Corinthians 3:13
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
I propose a world wide revival. Â Let this year be a get to know your Bible year. Â Join Revived By His Word and read a Bible chapter each day. Â Get to know Jesus as savior and Lord. Â Practice evangelism daily at work, school, home, out with friends. Â Share your faith through your choices,Â behavior, the stories you share and inviting friends, family and co-workers to church with you. Â This is the only duty we have is to know our Lord and share Him with others.
If your church is not teaching this, it may be asleep. Â That soft tickle you feel on your ears are the soft messages of love and peace crafted to lull you off to sleep and keep you saying, “..I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” Revelation 3: 17. Â Be zealous therefore, and repent.