Jesus said in John 10:12-13, "But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep." "Hireling" means wage-earner.
So what does Jesus mean? He means that the hireling watches the sheep (believers) for money. In other words, the hireling is in the ministry for money! Notice in verse 13, the hireling "careth not for the sheep."
Paul (under inspiration) said in 2 Tim. 4:2-4, " Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
Notice several things Paul states:
- The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.
- They will heap to themselves teachers (hirelings) having itching ears.
- They will turn away their ears from the truth.
- They shall be turned unto fables. Muthos -= myth, tale, fiction.
Paul is telling us that the time will come (has come) when people will hunt for someone to say what they want to hear. (For a wage) A Hireling!
Look how Paul warns Titus in ch. 1:7-11: "For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake." "Filthy lucre" = words for money!