„It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is not love and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling truth than be loved for telling a lie…It’s better to stand alone with the truth than be wrong with a multitude.“
(Steven J. Lawson, Famine in the Land, a Passionate Call for Expository Preaching, (Chicago: Moody Press, 2003), p. 68.)
In Paul’s final inspired epistle he warned Timothy that “the time would come when they will not endure sound doctrine; wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Tim 4:3-4). This warning is not followed by a cry of despair, nor an injunction to give the people what they want to hear, but rather, “You, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (4:5), and it is preceded by, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (v. 2). With Timothy we are living in times when sound doctrine is not being endured and people are creating celebrities out of those who can winsomely and creatively tell them what they want to hear. But instead of giving into the desires of such people we are to preach the Word and seriously proclaim the truth of God as found in Scripture.