There are some who are just plainly unteachable. Jesus spoke to them in this manner, “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophesy of Esaias, which says, By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them,” ( ).
With their ears all stopped up, their eyes fully shut, and their minds closed, these were unteachable. It is not that they were incapable of learning, but they showed no willingness to learn. So, what are some causes of those who are unteachable?
Isolation can blind the minds of the unteachable. Some are so blinded by misinformation fed to them that they cannot see the truth. False teachers will isolate them and command that they listen to no one but them. They tell them that everyone else is teaching false and only they possess the truth.
I have learned over the course of many years in preaching the Word of truth that even the most wicked among us can possess the truth on certain subjects. Anyone who tells you they know everything about everything is telling you a blatant lie.
A bunch of errors and half-truths has congested the minds of some and cause many to be unteachable. Even among denominations, there are some truths revealed. Often God’s Word is mixed with half-truths in order to make their false doctrines plausible and appear to be biblical. Therefore, to teach this kind of people one must correct all their false beliefs before you can lay the foundation of the whole truth. Such is very time consuming and most often fails for the lack of time and patience.
There are a massive amount of people who are unteachable because of their parents and siblings. Many will follow their father and mother into the bottomless pits of hell out of loyalty, love, respect, and trust. Yet Jesus said, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me,”(Matt 10:37). Again, He said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple,” (Luke 14:26). If you have closed your mind because of your family, you are among the unteachable.
There are some unteachable because they make a lot of money teaching false doctrine. It is nearly, if not impossible, to reach those who are preaching whatever the people desire to hear for dishonest gain (Titus 1:11). Notice the warning of Paul concerning this type, “If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” (1 Tim 6:3-10). How many people do you know who would be willing to give up a lucrative career preaching error, in exchange for earning much less preaching the truth? Therefore, such are not only unreachable, but also are unteachable.
There are some who think that they know everything. No man knows everything! No man has a corner on knowledge. “For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself,” (Gal 6:3).
There will never come a time in a Christian’s life that we don’t need to study God’s Holy Word. We should do it with an open and honest heart. We should be willing to change when change is necessary. A man with a closed mind is as good as a dead man just waiting to be judged. Let us not be of the number who are unteachable. Rather, let us be willing to compare what we hear to the scriptures and let God’s Word be the truth (Acts 17:11 f; Romans 3:4).