"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.”


  1. Some claim false teachers preach about God’s blessings & prosperity. The fact is, in the Bible, God says He loves His children so naturally He wants to bless them. See Jeremiah 17:7-8 & 29:11, Numbers 6:24-6, Exodus 23:25, Psalm 34:8, & Matthew 5:6 & 9 as a few examples. If the Bible clearly spells out how God wants to bless His children, how does it make sense that someone who teaches about this topic periodically is a false teacher? Prosperity & blessings shouldn’t be the only topic one preaches about, but discussing them sometimes? What could be wrong with that?Some claim false teachers preach about God’s blessings & prosperity.

  2. Yes! ^^^ God and his provision is MORE than enough! However, the problem is when preachers ONLY talk about prosperity and never talk about suffering. "Suffering" means to put up with something.

    The Christians in India and Pakistan are dirt-poor but some Christians think that the Indian Christians lack faith because they don't ride in cars or dress in torn clothes. A pastor in Pakistan or North Korea might be in prison and beaten for his faith in Jesus by that doesn't mean he is out of God's will.

    90% of the preachers and teachers in America and even those in Africa, they ONLY talk about getting rich! They only talk about God's love and "get rich quick schemes."

  3. Again: the WORD of God is for life, preservation, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

    People have believed the lie that God wants to bless us. It is not truth. Truth is that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments (Ecclesiastes). The bible also says blessed is the man that trusts God and cursed is the man that trusts man (Jeremiah). Our blessings come from obedience to God's WORD and NOT because we want to tap it.

    2 Timothy 4:2 & 4 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with long suffering and doctrine... And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

    The preachers of today have made merchandise of their congregations and then turn around and testify that the LORD has blessed them thus. They use words that encourage the flock to give them money for God to give back and talk of how God has prospered their ministries. Truth is, they have used the flock money to cushion their nests.

    If you read the rest of 2 Timothy 4 you will see Paul asking Timothy to have his coat retrieved and how he trusts that God will sustain him through his ordeal. That should show any believer that walking according to God's WORD is a lonely road.

    None of these prosperity preachers is lonely, they are instead loaded. Ergo none is preaching truth in season and out of season. They are show offs who are leading the unwise like Balaam did for profit (Judges and Jude).

    Man shall not live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

    The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want...

    1. For one to get a deeper knowledge of false prophets, ref to 2 Peter 2. It surely does describe each and every one of those faces (aka pastors, preachers, prophets, etc).

      You buy their products, you make them rich, then they prosper and claim prosperity gospel made them rich. It's a business people! With minimal investment but high returns.


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