I am amazed at how many people waste their time sitting in a pew each Sunday, with their Bible in hand, listening to a preacher. They appear to be pious, righteous in every respect, but most lack one thing (2 Cor 13:7): That one thing is submission. 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. What is so strange is that most of these reject their native language of English, while embracing Greek and Hebrew lexicons in order to redefine God’s Word (2 Tim 6:3-10 f; 2 Tim 2:14 f; 2 Pet 3:16).
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).
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 (Rom 2:21-22). Some are leading greedy lifestyles and contributing little to those in need (Rom 1:28).
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 not, then what’s the use (2 Tim 3:8)?