SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:1-4
The pattern of sound doctrine is so important that 2 Timothy 4:1-4 says, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” Have we come to a place where people are turning away their ears from biblical truth? Do we live in a season where a major section of the church has turned their ears away from the prohibitions against homosexuality? How did homosexuality become accepted in the church? The only way is that people chose not to endure sound doctrine but according to the desires of their own flesh, heaped up counterfeit leaders who have said to them, “It’s OK.” And our major denominations are now ordaining or blessing homosexual marriage. They have departed from a pattern of sound doctrine. What they will hear is “…depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never knew you.” Hell is real. The flaming fire of hell is real and it will burn them for eternity. That is not a popular doctrine if you are trying to build a large church. So for all the compromisers, the entirety of seeker-sensitive Christianity, they have already chosen to depart from a pattern of sound doctrine in order to gain people and maintain a big budget. They are the misled leaders of today whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, who have set their mind on other things. Where does a person go when confronted with a blatant departure from the pattern of sound doctrine? You are guaranteed in this hour, if you want to find sound doctrine, you will have to go to a small church because anybody who sticks to the pattern of sound doctrine is not likely to have a large number of people. Often we find the larger the group the greater the departure. What a sad season! What a sad commentary on the state of the church!