Many of us own more umbrellas than we possess. We have bought them, but they have a habit of disappearing. They are ours, but they cannot keep us dry when it rains. They are as though we did not own them.

This simple illustration should be sufficient to remind us that we own truth which we do not always possess. The title has been put in our name, but we do not enter into its possession.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Tim.4:3,4)

1. What truths might Dr. Barnhouse have in mind here?

2. What “umbrellas” have you lost along the way?

3. What steps should we take to avoid the sin Paul mentions in 2 Tim. 4:3,4?

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