"What Does 2 Timothy 4:3 Mean By Itching Ears?"
Reader, I found this on my timeline. "what does itching ears mean"? The apostle Paul wrote a warning for the church. Can we apply that warning to today's church preacher/pastor/teacher?
“The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3). The Greek word translated “itching” literally means “to itch, rub, scratch, or tickle.” To want one’s ears “tickled” is to desire massages rather than messages—sermons that charm rather than challenge, entertain rather than edify, and please rather than preach. The people Paul warns about will have, as one commentator put it, “ears which have to be continually titillated with novelties.”