If you are a teacher, remember you are not in a popularity contest (1 Thess. 2:4)! Your aim should be to please God and win his approval, which does not come automatically (Gal. 1:10).
Mt. 18:6 should especially grip a teacher:
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea (NKJV).
Causing another to sin can be done through false teachings (Mal. 2:8; 2 Tim. 2:17,18; Rev. 2:20) and example (Rom. 14:21; 1 Cor. 8:10,11). Therefore, be careful what you teach and do.
Also, let the words of 1 Tim. 4:16 remain with you:
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers (NIV).
Remember, if you are a pastor, you are to keep watch over the ones God has entrusted into your care (Heb. 13:17). Such includes warning, rebuking and correcting—not just encouraging and comforting.
Your judgment as a teacher will be more strict than others (Jam. 3:1). Do not, therefore, compromise the truth of Scripture to please your audience or to promote your own ministry. Jesus never did. Many walked away from him and his message never to return, through no fault of his. Make it your goal to please God, not the people with itching ears, even those who have money and influence in your community.
If you are a pastor, you are not a very good shepherd, or worse, if you know Once Saved Always Saved is wrong and you are afraid to publicly express it to your congregation, especially in light of all the Once Saved Always Saved messages pouring out over the airwaves and found in literature. The Once Saved Always Saved teachers aren’t afraid to openly teach this harmful doctrine with conviction and authority!
The truth is vital, though it might be hard to receive at times and hard to disseminate, especially when you know in advance that some will be unhappy with it. This is one of the hardest tests a faithful minister will ever face. For the sake of eternal souls and your own judgment on that awesome Day, do what is right:
Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency (stand by, be at hand and ready, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable, whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as a preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong) and convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions (2 Tim. 4:2-4, Amplified Bible).
Paul explicitly told us there the time is coming when people will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction. He also stated false teachers will abound who will teach things that will satisfy these people with itching ears. That time has come! It is no longer futuristic, but present tense! In our present hour, people are not enduring sound instruction and there are many teachers ready to teach to satisfy their itching ears.
Excerpt from The Believer’s Conditional Security by Dan Corner
Copyright 2000 Daniel D. Corner