2 Timothy 4:1-5 – In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men 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. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – Last week, my Sunday “amusing” was about fake theology (a not so subtle dig at a lot of the fake news we hear so much about these days) and how to spot it. This week, I want to focus on one particular aspect of fake theology, which is popular theology. Popular theology is exactly what Paul was warning Timothy about, theology that suits our desires and itching ears, but in all other aspects is unsound. Like fake theology, there are as many aspects of popular theology as there are itching ears. So with so many popular brands of theology popping (pardon the pun) up all over, how do you spot what is real and what is not? The same way treasury agents are trained to spot counterfeit currency. You do not study the counterfeits. You study the genuine article, becoming so familiar with it that you can readily identify that the counterfeit is different and not the real deal.
My Advice – Spend so much time with God’s Word that you develop a “sixth sense,” so that you will not “turn [your] ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” This way you will never have to be “mythtaken” (sorry, I cannot help myself) again.