The Bible is the world’s most quoted book in the world. More volumes of it are sold than any other publication. The Bible is translated into more languages and dialects than any other book. Probably, more people read some daily out of the Bible than any other book.
James affirms, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was” (1:22-24). John, in the Revelation, said, “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (1:3).
Jesus said, “Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Mt. 7:21).
Many read, but fail to hear, understand, and obey the things that Jesus and his apostles have said. They read with preconceived notions and close their ears to the truth. (Mt 13:15) They have been told that one does not have to obey the things found in the Bible despite the bible saying to the contrary.
The Bible teaches that one must be baptized in order to be saved from past sins; however, man teaches that baptism is not necessary to salvation. Therefore, many churches deny that baptism is necessary. They teach faith only despite the bible saying ‘Faith without works is dead’ and ‘A man is justified by works and not faith only’. (Jam 2:20,24)
God revealed that baptism is an immersion in water, using the word buried (Rom. 6:3-4 f; Col. 2:12); but man is ready to substitute sprinkling and/or pouring (Something they call Christening) instead of what the Lord commanded. They are quick to sprinkle babies who can’t believe, confess or repent (not that they have anything to repent of).
Jesus promised to build his church (Mt. 16:18); told all the disciples to be one (Jn. 17:20-21); added all of the saved to his church (Acts 2:41); died in order to make of all men one body (Eph. 2:14-16); condemned division and man made names (1 Cor. 1:10-13); and said there is but one body (Eph. 4:4) which is the church (Eph. 1:22-23). But, man teaches that one church is as good as another. Why did we read, unless we were going to hear and obey?
Man wants to speaks when he was told to be silent. (1 Cot 14:33-40) He wants to be silent when God told him to speak. (1 Tim 4:2-5) Yet what they want to speak are not God’s Words but man’s words. (1 Pet 4:11 f; 1 Cor 4:2-5) Instead of doing things God’s Way, they are quick to do things their own way.
God commands no one to eat when the church is assembled (because the church is assembled to eat the Lord’s bread and to drink of the Lord’s blood), but rather to eat at home, but man desiring the ways of the world find ways to circumvent this commandment. (1 Cor 11:22, 24-26, 34)
The Word of God commands us to sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord. Yet, man desires to hear the music of David as opposed to obeying the commandment of Jesus’ apostles. (Eph 5:19)
Why read, if we do not intend to hear, understand and obey? One is the servant of the one whom he chooses to obey, “whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Rom. 6:16).
How often must we be told? Hear and obey! for “blessed are they that hear the Word of God and do it.” (Lk 8:21)