A Rebellious People

Dr. Stephen Phinney

Greetings, IOM Reader,

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but 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 Timothy 4:3-4)


Recently, I met with a young pastor who suffers from impreciseness and inexactness of the absolutes of the Word of God. Whenever I asked what he believed regarding some of the simplest absolutes in the Word of God, a cloudy, hazed look would come over his face. When he did respond, his speech was cloaked in such vagueness the word obscurity would have been justifiable. While he battled between people-pleasing and pride, he tripped over every absolute I threw his way. My conclusion? He was stuck in a dreamy state of befuddlement.

Later that night, I found myself in a state of sorrow. Ok, I admit, when I come in contact with a person who is not clear & precise in communication, I tend to avoid such people. However, due to my love and devotion for this young pastor, I slipped into the sorrow that only our Lord understands. I pleaded with the Lord over the soul of the indistinctness of this pastor as well as the thousands of supposed teachers of our Lord’s Holy Word. As per my norm, I waited on the Lord to speak. And He did.

Before the Lord grants me understanding or a Word of Wisdom, He classically clears my head of selfishness. He gave me this passage.

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. (Romans 9:1-2)

My grief and sorrow were for a generation of “Bible teachers” who are lost in a world of looseness of the immovable doctrines of our Lord. Once my motives were clear, the Lord spoke and asked me to write His words down.


Stephen, now