Heresy: A religious belief opposed to the orthodox doctrine of the church; a rejection of a belief which is part of Church dogma. (Webster’s New World Dictionary)
The malady of “itching ears” is not one to send you to the doctor, or a hearing specialist, but one that can affect your eternal destiny, and we need to be alert lest we succumb to it. In II Timothy 4:3, Paul cautions Timothy:
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine, instead to suit their desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear”. Paul goes on to say: “They will turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to
Now in my mid-seventies, I have seen many examples of this such as the “Christian” cult leader who urged his followers to poison themselves and their children to commit mass suicide, various forms of Spiritualism (Psychic Mediums, etc.), flirtation with Mystic Eastern Mysticism, the “New Age Movement”, Scientology and others. False teachings continually spring up, and we must be vigilant and wary.
“Jesus warns in Matthew 7:13, “Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it”. In verse 15, He warns us to watch out for false prophets saying they come to us in “sheep’s clothing”, but are really “ferocious wolves”.
The apostle Paul who warns about false teachers, or prophets pretending to be Christ followers and notes it is not surprising, for “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (II Corinthians 11:13-14).
We must have a sound Biblical foundation to protect us from accepting heresy, for it still abounds in our modern age; especially since Biblical knowledge has diminished, and even many churches do not emphasize Biblical truths, but rather aim to please the “itching ears”, and not make them uncomfortable.
Treasure the Word! The Old Testament reveals Almighty God creating all things good, the fall of mankind into willful sin, the existence of the evil one (Satan), and throughout, points to Christ (blood sacrifices for sin and prophesies). The New Testament reveals Jesus-Son of God, Son of Man-who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and fulfilled God the Father’s will by subjecting Himself to pain and suffering, and enduring a horrible death on the cross, to provide salvation for all who will receive it. We learn we cannot be saved by “works”, but He is also pure and just. Our efforts cannot earn an eternity in Heaven, but Jesus is the way.
Currently, there is a very popular movie called “The Shack”, a best selling book from 10 years age by the same name. Many Christians-including pastors and theologians have flocked to it and rave about its “truths”, encouraging attendance.
Though the story is apparently gripping there are, many questionable depictions, aspects that contradict Biblical knowledge and seem to imply “Universalism” (that all people are saved and destined for Heaven). It depicts the Trinity in human form, presenting the Father as a black woman called “Papa”, the Holy Spirit as a young Asian woman, and Jesus as a Middle Eastern Man.
A review of “The Shack” in Berean Research includes a list of 13 heresies presented in the story, though it is acclaimed and embraces as a “Christian” work, even recommended by many churches to be seen.
Alas “itching ears” definitely can lead us into error and jeopardy. We must stay close to the Lord and be grounded in the Word.