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September 30, 2013

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 The Intolerance of Truth

They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

—2 Timothy 4:4

Not all of America’s founding fathers were believers, but even those who were not committed followers of Jesus Christ had, at the very least, a great respect for the Bible. That is why they built our judicial system—and really the government as a whole—on it.

But things have changed, haven’t they? We have gotten away from this. There are many people now who question the idea of absolute truth. They will say, “My version of the truth is as valid as your truth. How dare you impose your version on me?” (which basically means holding an opinion that is contrary to theirs).

A sign of the end times will be people turning from the truth: “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths” (2 Timothy 4:3–4).

Friend, that time has come. This is not just happening in our culture. It is even taking place in some of our churches where people are looking for teachers who will say things that will satisfy them. What the apostle Paul was saying in 2 Timothy 4 was that people will have an itch for novelty. They will want someone to come along who will say something that will soothe them and pacify them—but not something that will challenge them or, even worse, confront them.

This turning away from the truth is something the Bible said would happen in the end times. As preachers of the Word, we have a job to do: it is to preach the Word and not compromise on it, even if it isn’t politically correct.

GREG LAURIE

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