Many people wasting their time sitting in a pew each Sunday, with their Bible in hand, listening to a preacher and trying to imitate God-fearing Christians. They appear to be pious, righteous in every respect, but most refuse to submit to God’s Word. Most want God on their terms and not on God’s terms.
These are the kind who read and study the Bible, not in order to obey it, but rather to circumvent it. They purchase every kind of version they can find, every kind of lexicon, and every kind of commentary in order to find someone who can validate their doctrine. They have little regard for God’s Word unless it agrees with their point of view. What is so strange is that most of these reject their native language, while embracing Greek and Hebrew lexicons in order to redefine God’s Word (2 Tim 6:3-10 ff; 2 Tim 2:14 f; 2 Pet 3:16). They search the scripture in order to win an argument.
These are the kind who attend worship each and every Sunday (Heb 10:25). They attend every Bible study and every singing (2 Tim 2:15 f; Eph 5:19). In fact, each time the church door is open, they are there. Yet, besides obeying the gospel, they have not done anything profitable in the work of the church. They are not able to teach, they are not qualified to lead, and they are not willing to follow the lead of those who can (Tit 1:16). They are the ones who reject biblical leadership in lieu of leadership by committee. These are the band of men who lead the church yet are not qualified to be elders or deacons (1 Tim 3:1-13). In fact, they can’t even lead their own families (1 Tim 3:5). Is it any wonder that churches who follow this kind also follow every wind of doctrine? (Eph 4:14).
Then there are those who have obeyed the gospel, they attend faithfully, they are more than capable of teaching and leading, but they lead promiscuous lifestyles. Some have committed adultery. Others are having affairs outside of their marriage. They are the first to preach against the works of the flesh but they are not willing to practice what they preach. (Rom 2:21-22). Some are leading greedy lifestyles and contributing little to those in need (Rom 1:28).
These are those who engage in the propaganda of politics and preach it for doctrine. They are quick to divide the church over their political views and declare all who oppose them to be hell bound. They are the ones who give all their spare time listening to the dogmas of radio and television pundits and then teach it for truth. Some will even run for political office using the church for votes, support, and a religious resume’. I have been witness to someone who once was a preacher, who could quote the Bible word for word, from end to end and was lead astray by politics. Make no mistake about it, he was very strong in the faith in every respect. Politics took him all the way to the Governer’s mansion in Frankfort Kentucky as the top aide to the governor. His goal was to change politics but in the end, politics changed him. The political world led him to parties, which introduced him to social drinking, smoking, and immorality. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually, he became an alcoholic, a chain smoker, and didn’t know the truth from a lie. He died in a county jail all alone, his abilities wasted away and soon forgotten.
Brethren, what’s the use of wasting your time pretending to be a righteous servant of God, when in essence you are profitable for nothing? If you won’t submit yourself to every commandment of God; If you won’t submit yourself to governments; If men won’t submit themselves to Christ; If women won’t submit themselves to their husbands, then what is the use of being in Christian in name only? If you are going to take the time to obey the gospel, then reject the doctrines of men, and submit yourselves to the doctrine of Christ and His apostles (Acts 2:42 f; 2 Jn 9). If you are going to be a Christian, then walk the walk and talk the talk of a Christian (1 Pet 2:21 f; 2 Tim 2:2). If not, you are nothing more than a reprobate concerning the faith (2 Tim 3:8).