WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE
(2 Tim. 3:3-5)
of disciples of Christ left Him because they could not endure sound
doctrine: "And they no longer walked with Him." And many
will leave the Church for the same reason. Many more will remain in the
Church and simply ignore the sound teachings.
time will come . . . and these are the times . . . when men will not endure
do sound doctrines comes from? St. John Chrysostom says: from the
teachings of Christ as found in Scriptures and from the Tradition of the
Holy Fathers of the Church.
Christians will heap upon themselves teachers of their own choosing. So
today's Christians are prophesied to reject teachers given to them by God
and choose their own teachers. And what kind of teachers are these? Teachers
who will tickle their ears, teachers who will teach them what they want to
hear, teachers who will satisfy their lust, teachers who will allow them to
do whatever they want. "And they will HEAP UP such teachers upon
themselves, " showing the indiscriminate multitude of teachers they
will choose for themselves.
multitude of teachers do not teach sound doctrine; instead, they teach
doctrines that gratify and delight their hearers. Such hearers and listeners
are such that "shall turn away their ears from the truth and turn to
the end times, when false prophets, false Christs and false teachers will
abound, Christians who "heap up" upon themselves such teachers
will be easy prey to them. Only those who hold on to sound doctrine shall
attain the "merited crown."
Christian soul, "Be watchful and endure" for Christ's sake. For we
are living at the end times. And before we are assailed by the great
pestilence of false doctrines, let us cling to sound doctrines. "And
you know who your teachers are . . . Christ in Sacred Scriptures and the
Tradition of the Holy and Orthodox Fathers of the Church.
John Chrysostom, Homily IX on 2 Tim. 3: 3-5