“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (II Timothy 4:3,4 NIV)
Apostate Christians and Churches
If a religious historian or American studies scholar like Henry Steele Commager were forced to chose the year of the drastic change downward in Christianity to be called the beginning of the great apostasy or Falling Away of American churches, it would naturally be 1909, the year Oxford Press and C.I. Scofield invaded the Bible with the Scofield Reference Bible notes, which also corresponds with Commager’s Watershed of American Thought, the period when Americans went more liberal than traditional and conservative. It also correlated with a more definitive period of time where churches started to see “…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…” of II Timothy 4:3,4.
The LCC commentary of “Christ, Paul, and the Falling Away”, based primarily on the book of Hebrews, deals with the Falling Away of II Timothy 4:3,4 as well as all references in the Bible including the great backsliding of Israel in Jeremiah. You are welcome to free download a PDF copy of this Bible commentary at www.sungrist.org/LCC_4.pdf.
Volume 7 of the LCC on “The Forever Kingdom” originally was an appendix or overflow to volume six on Jeremiah and Prophesy under the title of National Dens of Thieves. NDT deals with an apostasy of Israel that brought God’s judgment on the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem, somewhat summarized with Jeremiah 7, the famous Temple message of the Prophet Jeremiah, particularly Jeremiah 7:11–
” Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.”
Jesus, of course, quoted it in His famous cleaning of the Temple courtyard where religious leaders of the day were using temple worship and attendance to make money, both instances in the days of Jeremiah and in Jesus’ first century were examples that American and world wide apostate churches are emulating today as they follow the five states of the Falling Away in II Timothy 4:3,4–(1) Apostate churches and Christians will not tolerate the teaching and preaching of sound Bible doctrine; (2) they are motivated in worship, decisions, and life style by their own “wants” or desires like the people of Lakewood, Cloudcroft, and Lexington Park; (3) it seemed so naturally that Mrs. Osteen would select her son Joel to pastor the church she owned, but it joined them to the list of other churches and Christians that “heaped up teachers of itching ears” with messages the world and the worldly are eager to hear not so much as what is said as the unsaid of sin, righteousness, and judgment, (4) these previous three apostate actions by apostate churches lead in turn during our own lifetime to a massive “turning away from the truth”, and (5) Christian fables as they are turned aside to fables, a fable being any alternative to the truth.
If you can not see this, it is either because you do not want to see it or because Satan has blinded your eyes. If you desire to learn more about the subject from the Bible, you can free download both (1) volume 6 of National Dens of Thieves at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kYmlibGV8Z3g6Mzk4NjIzZGJjZjI2NjhjNA and (2) volume 7 of The Forever Kingdom at https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx1bmRlcnN0YW5kYmlibGV8Z3g6NmNkOWI3MWNjN2VkMzBhOQ .
Since this matter of apostasy and falling away from Jesus and the Bible is the most serious problem confronting churches and Christians today, you are welcome to join the study of Jeremiah also on New Jeremiah on “Peace, Pastors, Prophets, Priests, and People” at http://www.biblecombibleman.com/NewJeremiah.html .