A Warning

In view of the real and visible declension in the church, warned of by Paul to Timothy, we need to guard against the enemy that induces (or perhaps better, seduces) us to put aside the Word of God, to stop reading the Bible, replacing it with an endless stream of sound and vision, in order that we only take in our own uninformed thoughts and the mindless thoughts of others. Have you noticed that the modern world does not have silence, does not like silence, and perhaps cannot cope with silence; the silence needed to hear the voice of Our Lord; a silence allowing meditation to take place, to be informed by the Holy Spirit? When was the last time you had a few minutes of absolute silence? I beg you to read the Bible in silence, so all your faculties can be employed to take in the Bible message.

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

To this end John Stott wrote in 1973 these words, as an introduction to an exposition to 2 Timothy:

 "… all around us we see Christians and churches relaxing their grasp of the gospel, fumbling it, in danger of letting it drop from their hands altogether. A new generation of young Timothys is needed, who will guard the sacred deposit of the gospel, who are determined to proclaim it and are prepared to suffer for it, and who will pass it on pure and uncorrupted to the generation which in due course will rise up to follow them."

 We need to raise up new Timothies to take charge of the churches.

John Stott
Introduction to 2 Timonthy 1973
Posted: 02 Feb 2014