The above scripture tells us that 'the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.' That time has come.
Hosea tells us that the people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, and that those who reject knowledge will be rejected by God. These scriptures put the fear of God into me, but apparently most people have no fear of the Almighty these days. And, again, these scriptures tell us why. In fact, they give us many reasons why.
First, it says to preach the word. Our culture fails on those three words alone in the vast majority of churches in America today. The Word of God is not being preached.
Without knowing the Word, it is then impossible to fulfill the next admonition, which is to "reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." There is no such thing known to most Christians today as church discipline, and they would not tolerate reproof or rebuke, nor do they know - or have any interest in knowing - sound doctrine.
Why? Because "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." Their ears itch to hear confirmation that their own desires and pleasures are right, and they will search until they find teachers who will give that confirmation to them rather than truth - something they will not tolerate. Rather, they want to hear lies (fables) which make them feel good. Unfortunately, they need not search very hard to find these false teachers and preachers. They are ubiquitous in the so-called church.
We don't want to be seen as radical, born again or separate from the world. And those are exactly the things Christ calls us to be.
The great majority of ministers, church leaders and laity have little knowledge or understanding of God's Word, nor does it concern them. (See my post of January 15, 2010.) The church is overtaken with heresy and false doctrine.
We are a decadent people. We are spiritually bankrupt. We are scripturally illiterate. We are filled with corruption and wickedness, as reflected by our government; and we are infested with idolatry. We are the perfect example of the blind leading the blind.
Our immortal souls are suffering the throes of death. We have no interest in telling people about the Lord because we don't know Him. If we knew Him, we couldn't keep from telling others.We are therefore unable to follow His instruction to 'go ye into all the world and preach the gospel' because we are disobedient.
We each have our own god and love to look in the mirror to see that god. It is called Self. It is the very thing that we must crucify in order to be a Christian. But we don't know, or care, about that. We call ourselves 'good'. We're busy doing church work. We think quite highly of ourselves. We've got Self Esteem, doncha know?
We are a deluded, deceived, willfully ignorant, foolish and stubborn people who give God a bad name (if that were possible) by pretending we know Him while living like ... and for ... the devil - who, I might add, we do not really 'believe in.' (He loves that.)
It is getting more and more depressing to enter the doors of most churches. Hollow, shallow, dead, are the words that come to mind.
Ignorance may be bliss, but only until you meet your Maker. And that may be very soon.