3 Things Itching Ears Want to Hear

Beware of these false teachings that tickle our ears with lies about Scripture and Jesus.

“The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:3 

That time has come. 

People are listening to teachers who “say what their itching ears want to hear,” focusing on 1) self-esteem, 2) the easy life, and 3) a casual attitude toward sin.

Many Christians are taken in by these hollow and deceptive philosophies. It's absolutely critical that we know and understand Scriptures like these:

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3  

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

The grace of God “teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:12 

God's commands lead to wholeness, life, and a mature faith.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8


Beware of these false teachings that tickle our ears with lies about Scripture and Jesus.
1. Self-love 

There is not a single passage in Scripture that commands us to love ourselves. But there are multiple passages like this one: 

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.Philippians 2:3-4 

See Biblical Self-Esteem

2. Avoiding difficulty

Should we refuse ungodly companions and avoid situations that cause us to sin? Yes. Should we avoid situations that involve hard work, reconciliation, humility, and perseverance? No.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer…Bless those who persecute you…Live in harmony with one another...Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:10-21

See Overcoming Adversity

3. The Christian attitude toward sin

I encourage you to read this whole linked passage. I've only included excerpts:

“Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient…For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light…find out what pleases the Lord…” Ephesians 5:1-20


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  1. If I may, I'd like to add something. I have observed over the past few+ yrs. that folks are making an idol of 'love'. I've heard folks say that because 'God is Love' (which He most definitely is) that as long as we are always 'loving' to one another, then we are God's children. As a result, they do away with things as admonition, rebuking, judging, etc., all in the name of 'love' (not God) because they don't seem 'nice and loving'. In addition, 'love' is used for the reason we should 'fellowship' with certain 'pagan' religious folk when God's word teaches us to separate ourselves. Also, 'love' is now used to support same gender..after all..they 'love' one another and how could 'love' ever be wrong. Many 'church' leaders promote 'love', but they are not promoting Godly love. Hence, they have made an idol of 'love'.

    1. Yes, Jude, I agree. Love is a greatly misused word.
      And I agree that it is sometimes used as an excuse to overlook sin.
      Thanks for these insights.

    2. I have been thinking about this  a lot of late. I did a quick search and came upon this article which differentiates between 'love is god' & 'God is Love': https://world.wng.org/content/god_is_love_vs_love_is_god. It also came to mind how 'Venus' was considered the 'goddess of love' and hence worshiped as an idol. The enemy is a great counterfeiter. He cannot create because there is only one Creator. Often, folks consider idolatry as something of the past, something only 'heathen' & 'pagans' succumbed to, but it is very much 'alive & well' today. We often will look in 'all the wrong places' for love, and by doing so, fall prey. To explain to folks that love can be a 'bad' thing is difficult to do. I am of the renowned 'hippie age' in which 'peace & love' were the objective. 'Free love' was indulged because of the innate desire to love and be loved. Perhaps, God placed that within us so that we would seek Him. However, we 'settle' for less. In today's culture, 'love' is still being sought and politicians have begun 'preaching' it as the means to 'world peace'. To 'argue' against 'loving' makes one an outcast. Love, 'Agape love' needs to be more clearly defined from the 'pulpit' to differentiate between our Lord, Who in fact is Love..and the counterfeit being promoted by the world's definition of love which is an 'angel of light'. Truly, the deception is growing in strength. May our Lord Jesus the Christ have mercy so that our love does not 'wax cold' in the process. PS. 123. (((HUGS)))