(2 Timothy 4:3-4) Warns us that “… the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Fable 1: That Christians won’t be “tried by fire” or have to go through any part of the tribulation period.
(Revelation 7:14) “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” (1Cor 3:13) “.. These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” and (2 Timothy 3:12) “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Fable 2: That Christians will obey God out of the goodness of our hearts and we are basically good people way down inside.
Jesus said “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” (Mark 10:18) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17:9) “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”(Psalm 51:17) God does change our hearts after we confess our sinful state before men, accept Jesus as our new Lord instead of self, and receive the Holy Spirit as our guide and comforter. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; “ (Tit 3:5) “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mathew 5:3)
Fable 3: That we will talk to God on His level.
“These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.” (Psalm 50:21-22) “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29) yet through the new covenant we can come to God with our requests and problems “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)
Fable 4: That we don’t need a fear of God.
I’m not talking about the fear of God where we think we have to pray to Saints or Mary in order to get through to the God but the fear of him that moves us to depart from evil and seek him with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Jesus said “.. I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:5) he also said “.., That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36) why would we not want to receive a wholesome fear of God for “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” (Proverbs 1:7)
Fable 5: That God does neither good nor bad.
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” (Rom 11:22) ”For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:26-31)
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Eph 3:20-21)