|Are We Feeding the Sheep or Entertaining the Goats?|
A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.
--C.H. Spurgeon- Baptist Preacher- UK- (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892)
2 Timothy 4:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:
2 Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
4 And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
Amen, may God free us from our own desires and grant us the grace to have out heart and mind to be in harmony with his.