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‘Greater tolerance’ of the church – unscriptural!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 AV.

'Greater tolerance' of the church - unscriptural!
This prophecy by the Apostle Paul refers to a process the beginnings of which were already perceptible in his day.

His words to Timothy look to the end of that process to a time when the consequences of this process would be seen in a loss of contact with the only valid source where the teaching of Christ can be found - the book we call The Bible.

The Bible is the record of the utterances of both Jesus and his immediate disciples whom he later sent out to spread the message of the Gospel that he had taught them and which was given integrity by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The effect of these gifts was made clear by Jesus

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26

Rowan Williams

The other effects of this power from God were seen in the miracles which the Apostles performed and which identified them as having God’s support for their teaching.

Since the passing of the Apostles and their immediate successors, no one has been in a position to demonstrate such approval.

Subsequent attempts to corrupt the original teaching of Jesus and the Spirit - gifted Apostles have arisen as a result of human philosophical argument that has always attempted to make Christianity more palatable to a wider audience.

In our day we are seeing this process in its most extreme phase when it is attempting to find a form of words that can neutralise one of the most explicit and consistent teaching of the Scriptures - that of the sinfulness of homosexual practice.

The time referred to in Paul’s words to Timothy has reached its zenith; the translation in the New International Version makes this plain.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV “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.”

“ And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:10-13 AV)

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