False ministers pander to the 'itching ears' of the audience, telling it what it wants to hear, catering to desires and lusts, fatally mixing truth with error.
All of us have anti-Christ tendencies in us, and must work vigorously to root out the anti-Christ elements within ourselves and to become like Christ.
Corinth had four positive teachers, yet a mysterious fifth teacher was also influencing them and instilling beliefs that were the source of all the bad fruit.
Like the four groups of seeds exposed to various qualities of soil, many have heard the true gospel, but few have remained faithful after the onslaught of hardship.
Paul, using the body analogy in I Corinthians, focuses on the need for unity and inter-relatedness by concentrating upon sound doctrine.
It's easy for worldly ideas to creep into the church. We must be on guard against any 'itch' we have that could lead us or others astray.
As technology becomes more available, the material world threatens to crowd God out of the picture. The information age will destroy us unless we manage it.
Only a converted person humbles himself before the truth, making a conscientious effort to follow the light of evidence, even to unwelcome conclusions.
Martin Collins suggests that the Pastoral Epistles, emphasizing order, conduct, and appointing sound-minded leaders, generally had more to do with practical matters than with doctrine, focusing upon spiritual principles rather than physical ritual. Paul, for example, suggested that circumcision of the heart or spiritual …
We must invest as much energy into understanding the messages as went into preparing them, regardless of the idiosyncrasies of those delivering them.
Oftentimes, searching for the truth brings us into conflict with others' beliefs, causing separations between brethren in the church of God.