Itching ears


For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.


2 Timothy 4:3-4


Ever had an itch? You just had to scratch it. Hard to resist. And if it’s in the middle of your back you get a sympathetic friend to scratch it, or a back scratcher.


So, itching ears is similar. It means desperately wanting to hear what you want to hear.


What do many carnal people want to hear?


Usually it revolves around sex or money.


So, in context, here, as Paul is referring to “Christians” and “Christian ministers” or teachers, what it means is there will be a lot of “Christians” who select the kind of teachers who affirm their covetousness or their sexual immorality, or even, simply, their self-righteous pride by having an elitist interpretation of the Bible.

One Response to “Itching ears”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    Self righteousness is an important part of the equation.

    Why do people choose to attend works based churches?

    It affirms their self righteousness.

    It’s a question of their pride, their honor, their reputation, their self identity, their cultural identity etc.

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