I preached this message on Sunday evening, June 19, 2011
We find the words "They willingly are ignorant of" in 2 Peter 3:5. This is in regard to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, however, I am directing my attention to people who want to be free of any hindrance to their own will, to do the things they want to do regardless of what is found in the Word of God. This willingness to be ignorant of the things of God is a willful choice based on a selfish desire rather than a Godly desire to please God. It is not that they cannot grasp the truth; or that they cannot understand it. The fact is that they do not want the truth because the truth of God's word would hinder their life. Look at Acts 7:51-60 and notice especially v. 57. "Then they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears." WHY? They did not want to know the truth about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is true in our day as well. There are multitudes of people who do not want to know the things of God because they do not want to do the things of God. They are willingly ignorant. Paul said something similar to that in 1 Cor. 14:38. "But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant." Until a person is willing to be informed and thereby reformed, he or she will remain willingly ignorant.
Some professing Christians only want to know enough to go to Heaven, but not enough to live for the LORD on earth. They have a "don't bother me with details" attitude.
Look at a classic example in the Bible of those willing to be ignorant about the things of God. Malachi 1:2 "I have loved you…yet ye say, wherein hast thou loved us?" V.6, "O priest that despise my name…and ye say, wherein have we despised thy name?" V.7 "Ye offered polluted bread upon Mine altar; and ye say, wherein have we polluted thee?" Chapter 2:17 "Ye have wearied the LORD with your words, yet ye say, wherein have we wearied Him?" Chapter 3:7 "Return unto me…yet ye say, wherein shall we return?" V.8 "Will a man rob God? But ye say, wherein have we robbed Thee?" Notice each time God gave an indictment, they said, "Wherein?" This is willful ignorance! Reminds us of today and what people say in regard to the Christian life: "Where have I been unfaithful?" "Where have I been worldly?" "Where have I been disobedient?" "What do you mean, I am not right with God?" "Who are you to judge me?" "Well, that is your opinion, your own interpretation."
Spiritual, Scriptural ignorance is a choice. Read Isaiah 30:8-10 for a good example.
When we are willingly ignorant of Biblical truth, we place ourselves in Spiritual jeopardy and offer ourselves to be captives of Satan at his will. See 2 Tim. 2:24-26
If there is anything in our lives we are willing to be Spiritually ignorant about, it is because we do not want to change it. Immodest dress, unholy habits, worldly participation in things condemned by the Word of God, unholy relationships…and the list goes on.
Phil. 2:13 states, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure."