2 Timothy 4: Trying to Stop Truth
We’re supposed to be presenting the Gospel at all times even when it is not popular. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul encourages Timothy to remember that it might become difficult to continue following Christ, but it is what he needs to be doing.
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Throughout history, there have been multiple times when preaching the Gospel was restricted. Even today, there are many countries around the world where proclaiming the Gospel can mean imprisonment or death. People don’t want to hear the message or are incredibly entrenched in their own ideologies, so rather than defeat Christianity through intellectual means, they prefer to use brute strength and silence those who will continue to preach faithfully.
I think that this type of persecution that Timothy faced is actually an indirect indication of the truth of Christianity. Nobody is persecuted who believes in the Greek gods as far as I have ever heard. Why? Because a belief in that system has already been disproven. It was not able to stand up to scrutiny of intellectual investigation, so there is no further need to silence it. Sure, I assume there are people who do believe in these gods, but it does seem to me that if something has already been disproven, then there is no need to silence it. It does not appear to be a threat, and it goes away quietly.
The fact then that many people perceive Christianity to be a threat indicates to me that perhaps there is something there that they might not see in other religions. There might be something about Christianity that even though these people do not want to hear it, they feel like they have no choice but to kill or persecute because they cannot intellectually silence it. If you don’t want to hear it but cannot stop it, then you need to do something.