The Intolerance of Intolerance
In 2 Timothy 4:2-2, the apostle Paul instructs Timothy, his son in the ministry to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”
The reason that Paul gives for these clear instructions follows in verses 3 & 4: “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.”
It is clear in Scripture that the standard for judging truth and sound doctrine is God’s Word itself. Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…”
Today, when someone stands on the truth of God’s Word when societal standards & convictions are in conflict with God’s Word, such a person is condemned as intolerant because he/she is seen as intolerant of other people’s points of view.
What is interesting is that those who are offended by someone holding fast to the truth of God’s Word, are most often intolerant themselves of those whom they judge as being intolerant! It seems that it is OK to be intolerant when you are going with the popular voice of the day, when you are running with the crowd, but not OK to be intolerant of those points of view that are in conflict with the Word of Truth, God’s Word.
We read in 1 Timothy 3:15 that “the church of the living God” is called to be “a pillar and buttress of the truth.” May it be true today. Let it be that the Church chooses not to compromise on the truth of God’s Word, even at the expense of being labelled intolerant.
23 Jul 2016 / Peter Whitcombe / 0