An Ear for Error

Michael Beck

“Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:27)

Paul marveled that the Galatians were so soon removed from the message of the cross. Those whose god is their belly and who mind earthly things are enemies of the cross. They profess to be about Jesus, but they are about themselves. They walk in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. They love themselves more than they love the Father. They draw near to God with their mouths while they have removed their hearts from Him. They have not taken up the yoke Christ wore or the cross He bore. They know little about what really pleases Him and much about what pleases them. They are in hot pursuit of fulfilling their own desires and dreams. They surround themselves with those who flatter and cheerlead them, and despise and hate those who would check or correct them. They gravitate toward the wrong influences and away from the right ones. They walk in the counsel of the ungodly; they stand in the way of sinners, and they sit in the seat of the scornful. The law of God is not their delight and meditation day and night. Sound wisdom is above them. They hear what they want to hear because their heart is set on their covetousness. They are stubbornly addicted to their idols and have turned aside to lies. Though God stood in their path they would tell Him to get out of their way. They cut off those who tell the truth as judgers, haters, and negative people, and attach themselves to those who walk in their same idolatrous spirit.

Who people listen to speaks volumes about where they are at. Itching ears need false teachers who encourage them in their ungodly pursuits. The time is upon us when men are not enduring sound doctrine. The message of Christ and His cross is being replaced by a worldly feel-good message of “do your thing,” but “do it for Jesus.” More than ever, the true message of Christ will be offensive to those who have turned away. The persecution of God’s saints has begun in the church. Turn away from those who speak smooth things. Rejoice when those who are listening to smooth things turn away from you.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.