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How has church fallen away from Truth?
“For the time will come when THEY will not endure
sound doctrine, but according to THEIR OWN desires; because
THEY have itching ears, THEY will heap up for THEMSELVES
teachers; and THEY will turn THEIR EARS away from the truth,
and be turned aside to fables. (II Timothy 4:4,5)

15-1:  The short, quick answer first.

Since surely such a question, assumed to be sincere, came from a
reading of this part of the Bible in the first place, then the same
Scripture--II Timothy 4:4,5--almost answers within itself the question by
looking above at the capitalized THEYs or related words.  Short,
simple, and quick, it is that (1) THEY who will not endure sound doctrine
that are falling away, and who but Christians and church members
previously had any sound doctrine; (2) THEIR OWN DESIRES seems
like it could apply to all that are “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God” (II Timothy 3:1-5) {by the way this section of the same book of II
Timothy has describes the THEYs of church members who have lost
their way, “having a form of godliness and denying the power thereof”};
(3) THEY that have itching ears in churches and denominations
because they want to hear something new and flattering that tickles their
ears; (4) THEY vote to kick out of the churches, men of God of sound
doctrine and long service, destroying like the Bible Baptists
Fundamentalists that split and presently control the SBC, destroying the
careers and reputations of Christian brothers, while they apply their own
desires and influence in the direct of popular and select Bible
preachers; (5) THEMSELVES will heap up teachers, preachers, and
pastors, and even denominational leaders {ways to know we are now
approximately 40 years into the falling away as a world-wide movement
among churches and denominations} like themselves of itching ears,
that they can control out of their own desires, and that will compliment
them as “the people of God” {by no means wasting their time out there
in the community instead of caring for members}; (6) the THEIR EARS
that are “turned away from truth”, counts the ears in any of your
churches and denominations for both the unsound of II Timothy 4:4,5
and that of the bad habits of church members of II Timothy 3:1-8; and
(7) if you can not see the casualities in churches and denominations
today where there is an obvious  turning away from truth and into fables
then you just do not have “eyes to see and ears to hear”, or you don’t
want to see IT!

15-2:  It is not THE CHURCH that is falling away, that is the number
of real, eternal church members written in heaven where we do not
presently have access to the records {although many BBFs think
they can read those records from a distance}; but it is the local
churches and denominations that have so many members falling
away from their “first love” of God, Christ, and the Bible, that the
whole local church and/or denomination appears that way.

For this part of the long answer, please go to the web page or PDF on
“Who Adds to the Church and Where?”, also “Refreshing Evangelism
adds to the church of the Firstborn” as well as other messages in the
Refreshing Evangelism series.

15-3:  To wrap up the long answer, you should download the
following extensive Bible presentations in PDF.

1.  WHAT THE CHURCHES DON’T WANT YOU TO HEAR, that they
are leaders in the Falling Away.
2.  SNATCHING, STUMBLING, AND THE FALLING AWAY.
3.  HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS.
4.  DEN OF THIEVES.
5.  SOME SOUNDS OF SOUND FAITH.

15-4:  If you desire a challenge that is sufficient for the Falling
Away, please go to the book by Jerry and Ann McMichael on
FRIENDS OF JESUS IN THIS AGE OF BIBLE AND THE
COMPUTER, which serious surveys and applies the advice of
Jesus to disciples with the definitive answer of “If you are my
disciples you will do what I have commanded you”, and you will
love one another to the extent of “humble unselfish service.”

15-5:  Finally, look at the larger context of Ephesians and Ephesus
with the THEYs, if you have any remaining doubt that it is the New
Testament churches of then and now, that are falling away.

1.  You know how faithful Paul, the writer of the epistle of Ephesians,
was to the teachings of Jesus, so that naturally you would expect that
when Paul talked of a time in the future when “For the TIME will come
when they will not endure sound doctrine”, he was talking about the
same TIME and GROUP as in Matthew 24:11-14.  {For more Bible on
the last day, historical and eschatological, sequences of the END, you
may want to download the PDF
END.pdf.

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And
because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold
{by the way, this is the primary HOW as in “How has the church
fallen away from truth?”, it is the love of Christians losing, in the
words of Revelation 2:4 “their first love”, like at the church of
Ephesus in the first century--did Paul know this would happen
shortly after his life, yes; and give it as an example of what not to
do of the great apostasy of the last few years called THE Falling
Away, yes}
 But he who endures to the end {if you do not read into
this that some Christians will be on the earth at the end and during
the falling away, you are indeed foolish, deceived by a false rapture
and a false millennium}
shall be saved.  {You see, who be saved
except Christians?}
 And this gospel of the kingdom will be
preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations
{if not there
now, it can not be long}.
and then the end will come.”  (Matthew 24:
11-14)

2.  Yes, Paul was writing specifically to Timothy, his own son in the
faith, and a typical preacher and evangelist; but as with all Scripture, it is
given for our examples “upon whom the end of the ages has come”.

3.  Recall how Paul told in Acts x:xx how “savage wolves” as church
leaders would come to the church at Ephesus, and throughout the
world.  This is the same falling away that he wrote to Timothy about, a
precursor and bad example of the great apostasy at the end of time.

4.  If you call the falling away of the church at Ephesus and the other
churches of Asia Minor (Revelation 2 and 3) at the lesser falling away
as compared to the great apostasy of the Falling away of today, what
then would you call the falling away of “the latter times”, that is what is
midway between great and lesser except just an early, say midway
between 100-2013, or say around 850 A.D. extensive falling away from
sound doctrine?

“Now the spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from
the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a
hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods
which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who
believe and know the truth.”  (I Timothy 4:1,2)

NOTE:  Being midway in history, “latter times” as contrasted to
last days and the end of last days with “for the time will come”, it
should be noted that all these problems have continued to the
present with a: (1) departing from the faith {another way of how
the churches have fallen away};  (2) doctrines of devils and
deceiving attitudes and spirits, another way for churches to fall
away; (3) speaking lies in hypocrisy, you can see how that would
your church into the falling away; (4) having their conscience
seared with a hot iron, who some of those church members that
you can honestly judge with righteous judgment as there (John 7:
24 ); (5) forbidding to marry and some meats, well you know the
denominations that are there now and have been for centuries.

5.  Have you noticed how close these words from Jesus and Paul
sound like the time of II Thessalonians 2:1-12 when “the falling away
comes first” (2:3) before the famous Day of the LORD and Lord of
both OT and NT, called “the day of Christ” so you will not, like the
BBFs, get confused about a false rapture and mileinium before the
End.  {Please read the details of II Thessalonians 2:12 including how
Satan has been restrained by the Holy Spirit since the Holy Spirit came
in great presence and power after the Ascension of Christ, and how the
releasing of Satan from the bondage of a counter force against “sin,
righteousness, and judgment” will bring with a rising tide of sin and
lawlessness, the final days of the Falling Away.  {As and guide you may
also want to read on this site “Holy Spirit versus Satan.}

NOTE:  Sorry but the long answer turned into a longer answer as we
attempted to do justice to the subject from the Bible.  In short, the
completed answer to this critical question is on the page,
"The How of
the Falling Away".  There you can also download the complete answer
in PDF.