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During Shepherd’s Conference Phil Johnson mentioned about how Wikipedia had an entry on “Itching Ears,” a phrase located in the Bible in 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

That entry stated,

Itching ears is a term used in the Bible to describe a person who will come across a large fortune

(Original Link)

It’s an example of what happens when you just cite something you read without further research to see if it is so (and why Wikipedia isn’t always accurate!).  Preachers can make the same fallacy in their preaching and saying a Greek/Hebrew word means this or that, because some commentary says so, without seeing if there are any other Biblical or extrabiblical usage of the same word, phrase or grammatical construct.

Let this be a lesson in not having itching ears ourselves, of only hearing what we want to hear, or what “preaches” when it’s not really there.

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