The Itching Ears Generation


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Liberalism is an ideology that has rapidly taken over our nation. A basic definition of liberalism goes as follow, “A movement in modern Protestantism that emphasizes freedom from tradition and authority, the adjustment of religious beliefs to scientific conceptions, and the development of spiritual capacities.”[1] Liberalism, we can say, is anti-religion, anti-faith, anti tradition and basically anything that is consider orthodoxy.

         That liberal spirit is consuming our churches. We must understand that our faith has some foundational and un-negotiable beliefs that must be protected. The original apostles gave us sound doctrine and spend a great deal of time defending that sound doctrine.

         The world constantly attacks our faith. That should not be a surprise for we know who the god of this world is.[2] For the first three hundred years of the church, we were indeed… one church! After three hundred years, with Emperor Constantine declaring Christianity the official religion in Rome; the true church went into hiding. The visible church was Christianity according to Constantine. That pattern of secular Christianity went on for over a thousand years.

         Two thousand years later, the church is no longer one; everybody has their version of the truth manifested in the form of thousands of denominations. Many do not see the need to study. In the name of, “All I need to learn I learned it from the Holy Ghost”, we have seen a generation of pastors, teachers, prophets and self-proclaim apostles, who are preaching and teaching their own ideas of what the Gospel looks like. There is no such a thing as letting every Word (Rhema) be established by two or three witnesses.[3] We are entering a time where we are embracing a Gospel with no responsibility and no accountability.

         Some denominations go as far as stating that they have something nobody else has: The little Christians (Non-Baptize with the Holy Ghost) and the Big Christians (Those who are Baptize with the Holy Ghost). Some others go as far as saying that unless you are baptize in water under their denomination, hell is your final destination. Further, some are teaching that unless you are justify, baptize in water in Jesus name only, sanctify and them Baptize in the Holy Ghost you are not save. Many are listening to these atrocities without saying a word as if is not an important thing to point out or to discuss.

         With all of these stuff going on, how do we know who is teaching the truth? The answer is actually a very simple one. We must go back to the Word (Logos). The answers are in God’s Word… it is that simple! In God’s Word we find truth and confirm that what we are following is indeed truth.

         We then look at four things: 1) Theology: The study of God. 2) Doctrine: The teachings set forth by the apostles and prophets. 3) Dogma: “An official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church.”[4] And, 4) Orthodoxy: “Sound or correct in opinion or doctrine, especially theological or religious doctrine. Conforming to the Christian faith as represented in the creeds of the early church.”[5]

       By now, if you are a liberal, you are having a hard time reading this article. It is hard for a liberal to hear words such as, theology, doctrine, dogma and orthodoxy. As a matter fact, a good way to know your liberal condition is by your rejection of these words.

         As Christians we are aware that we know in part, but we should also be aware that we have a foundational and un-negotiable theology, doctrine, dogma and orthodoxy attached to our faith. Not only that, but we are called to be ready to defend our faith according to First Peter 3:15 tells us,

 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” (NKJV)

 

         So what do we do, where do we start? The following is a list of some of our basic doctrines as Christians.[6]

 

 

         Can you take one of these 40 teachings of our faith out, without stepping into heresy or in the teaching of a different Gospel? The Apostle Paul told us in Galatians 1:8,

 

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (NKJV)

 

         If Paul was so passionately coming against heresy; if the Word tells us what to do with such false teachers, why are we insisting in being so docile? The word accurse here is the Greek Word anáthema, meaning, “Given up or devoted to destruction for God’s sake”[7]

         The Bible tells us that in the last days people will not tolerate sound doctrine.[8] It seems like we are there now. Folks get upset with the truth; folks want to add a “But” after you read them the Scripture, folks want to accuse us of being arrogant, of lacking love, compassion, etc.

         Good theology, a heart for sound doctrine, defenders of our dogmas and pastors and leaders who humbled themselves before the orthodoxy established by our fathers in the faith, are hard to find. They are not as visible and, perhaps that is the key. The real church is never as visible. The problem is that we insist in becoming friends with the world and have very little understanding that when we do, we become enemies of God.[9]

         The problem is that we insist in changing the world, in turning America back to God and in changing the secular system around us. Beloved, Babylon will never change! God will take care of that secular system by destroying it in one hour.[10]

         What is then, our job? Jesus gave us our job description in Matthew 28:19-20,

 

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul also added to our job description by telling us in 2 Timothy 4:2

 

“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” (NKJV)

 

         We are not called to change the world, as awesome as that concept may sound; we are called to evangelize (Bring them into the family of God) which by the way, this is the work of the Father, only He can provide the increase.[11] We are just vessels of clay.[12] At the end of the day, is God adding brothers and sisters to the great family of God.[13] Even in the Old Testament as we look at Joseph and his relationship with Egypt and at Daniel and his relationship with Babylon, these mighty men did not change the system around them nor did they try to. They were respectful of the system without ever compromising their faith. Many lessons to be learn from these two!

         But this itching ears generation continues to insist in doing things their own way, they continue to be wise in their own opinion contrary to God’s mandate.[14] Beloved, I encourage you to be discerning of what is going on and the way the enemy is attacking and infiltrating his lies. At this hour, more than ever, I encourage you to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”[15] I also know that there is a great campaign of ignorance in the Body of Christ, many insists and can’t let go of man-made traditions, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”[16]

[1] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/liberalism?s=t

[2] 2 Corinthians 4:4 King James Version (KJV)

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

[3] 2 Corinthians 13:1New King James Version (NKJV)

This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

[4] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dogma

[5] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/orthodox

[6] https://carm.org/basic-christian-doctrine

[7] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[8] 2 Timothy 4:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

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.”

[9] James 4:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

[10] Revelation 18:10

[11] First Corinthians 3:5-6

[12] 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

[13] Acts 2:47

[14] Proverbs 3:7

[15] 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

[16] 2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)

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