5 Distinguishing Characteristics of Ear-Tickling Preachers



Do you only listen to sermons that scratch your itching ears? (Flickr/Travis Isaacs)

Paul warned Timothy that the “time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

That warning proved true in Timothy’s day, and it has proved true many times since, especially today, when we have a multitude of ear-tickling preachers. How can we recognize them?

We know that deception is very deceiving and that no one is willingly duped. And we know that no one stands up and says, “What I’m teaching is false doctrine meant to deceive and destroy you!”

We also know that it is arrogant for any one of us to think that we alone have sound doctrine while everyone else is in error.

Yet Paul did not warn Timothy in vain, nor is he warning us in vain, and so we must ask ourselves what, exactly, are the distinguishing characteristics of ear-tickling preachers.

1. Ear-tickling preachers bypass self-denial and the cross. Jesus told His disciples that if anyone wanted to follow Him, they had to deny themselves and take up the cross (see Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; in Luke 9:23 He says we must take up our cross daily). And Paul taught that “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).

Saying no to self and taking up the cross – meaning, giving up the claim to our own lives, dying to this sinful world and renouncing its claims – is a fundamental part of discipleship. Yet ear-tickling preachers will not talk about it.

The reason is obvious: It is not what our flesh wants to hear.

2. Ear-ticking preachers go light on sin. Throughout the Scriptures, both Old Testament and New Testament, including the Gospels, Acts, the Letters, and Revelation, there are warnings about the dangers of sin and calls to turn away from sin.

Of course, it is absolutely true that through the death and resurrection of Jesus and by the power of the Spirit we have been given victory over sin. And it is absolutely true that the message of grace, rightly understood, turns us away from sin (see Titus 2:11-14).

But that doesn’t mean that as leaders, we no longer need to warn our hearers about the deceitfulness of sin or urge them to vigilant against sin. To the contrary, because so much grace has been given to us, our responsibility before God is even greater (see Hebrew 2:1-4; 10:26-31; 12:25-29).

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Charisma News
Michael Brown

Views: 34

Comment

You need to be a member of The Oracle to add comments!

Join The Oracle

The Oracle Magazine is a Hip-Hop magazine and Social Community with industry news, music, videos, photos, Health Tips,discussions and more!

Please Contact Us At

                  Call or Text: 424-644-9089
             Email: Theoraclemag@gmail.com

Daily Devotional

Latest Activity

Prince Malachi The First's 2 blog posts were featured
5 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
5 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First's 2 videos were featured
22 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First posted videos
22 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First's 6 blog posts were featured
yesterday
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
yesterday
Prince Malachi The First's 7 blog posts were featured
Wednesday
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
Wednesday
Prince Malachi The First's video was featured
Wednesday
Prince Malachi The First posted a video

(Blackout Tuesday ) kingdom Muzic

Bryann Trejo praying for healing in the name of Jesus
Wednesday
Prince Malachi The First's 2 blog posts were featured
Tuesday
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
Tuesday
Prince Malachi The First's blog post was featured

The Week In Rap: Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Twitter Apologizes for Trump’s Tweets

It's Weekly digest time, folks! Here's what's good at The Oracle.We're looking for loyal, dedicated team members so get in touch if you're interested.Don't forget to invite friends, colleagues and clients to the site - it's all about sharing!video of the weekKiller Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters "I have nothing Positive to say" see all our videos here.Best of the week's blogs…See More
Monday
Prince Malachi The First posted a blog post

The Week In Rap: Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Twitter Apologizes for Trump’s Tweets

It's Weekly digest time, folks! Here's what's good at The Oracle.We're looking for loyal, dedicated team members so get in touch if you're interested.Don't forget to invite friends, colleagues and clients to the site - it's all about sharing!video of the weekKiller Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters "I have nothing Positive to say" see all our videos here.Best of the week's blogs…See More
Monday
Saif Uddin is now a member of The Oracle
Monday
Prince Malachi The First's blog post was featured

You Should Cook This Tonight! Takeout Style Kung Pao Chicken

Basic ingredientsSubstitutionsDark Soy Sauce — adds beautiful caramel color and flavor to the sauce! Substitute with a mixture of regular soy sauce, molasses, and waterChinese black vinegar — a good quality balsamic vinegar can be used instead.Chinese wine (Shaoxing) — to substitute with dry sherry, gin, rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegarSweet peppers- With celery, sliced carrots and/or zucchiniSzechuan peppercorns - not easy to replace the unique heat and flavor of these peppercorns but many have used a combination of freshly ground black pepper and freshly ground coriander seeds.Chinese dried red chili’s - Thai red chilies or dried chili flakes RecipeServes 4-6 Ingredients:For the quick marinade1½ lb of boneless/skinless chicken thighs cut into small cubes1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry1 tablespoon light soy sauce2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon cornstarch / cornflourFor the sauce½ cup of chicken…See More
May 31
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
May 31
Prince Malachi The First's 5 blog posts were featured
May 30
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
May 30
Prince Malachi The First's 6 blog posts were featured
May 28

Look for THE ORACLE On Facebook and Twitter!

Birthdays

Events

© 2020   Created by Prince Malachi The First.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service