The Bible tells us what God wants and demands of mankind, for it expresses His Will. If man truly desires to know what God wants him to do, he will go to the scriptures (God’s Will). Peter says the scriptures grant us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3). Paul says the scriptures are profitable to teach us, reprove us, correct us, and instruct us in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16), and that they will direct us completely into every good work that God intends for us to do (v. 17).
We must constantly study that will to see what God wants. Paul says, “Study to show yourself approved unto God . . .” (2 Tim. 2: 15). God’s Will is expressed in words-plain, simple, everyday, ordinary words. You don’t need a Greek or Hebrew lexicon to understand God’s Will. God conveys to us what He wants us to do by these plain, everyday words. The things that were in the mind of God were revealed to man by words, given to the inspired writers by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:9-13).
God’s Will is understandable. Paul says, “Be not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17). He also speaks of the revealing of truth, “as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ” (Eph. 3:3-4). Thus, Paul says we can know God’s will when we read the words that were given to us by revelation. Men today need to read the scriptures to determine what God wants! This is the only way.
Too often in the religious realm, men do things simply because they want them that way, but this will not please God. Early in the history of the Jews as God’s people, it is sadly recorded, “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). The New Testament speaks of those who went about “measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves,” and the scripture says they were “without understanding” (2 Cor. 10: 12). The prophet Jeremiah says, “It is not in man that walks to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
Men need to be more concerned today about the question, “What does God want?” Not, “What does my church teach?” Not, “What were my Mother and Father religiously?” Not, “What does my preacher say?” Not, “What do I like religiously?” Remember, 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 who is in heaven” (Mt. 7:21). If men would concern themselves with this question alone, the problems in the religious world would melt away.
God wants what He has said, no more and no less. If we can read it, God wants it, if we cannot, He does not want it. Men would realize that we are to “learn not to go beyond the things which are written” (1 Cor. 4:6). If it is written, God wants it. What is not written, God does not want. Those who want only what God wants would fearfully recognize that “whosoever goes onward and abides not in the teaching of Christ, has not God” (2 John 9). The “teaching of Christ” tells us what God wants. We do not have the authority to go beyond God’s Word whatsoever! It would solve the problem of UNITY. God wants unity among His followers. Not some man-made, pseudo-unity, where several different denominations merge into “one,” but unity exactly as that for which Paul pleaded: “That you all speak the same thing, and, that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10). All who had the desire to please God and who would read His Will, would see that Christ built only one church (Mt. 16:18); that the wisdom of God designed only one church (Eph. 3: 10-11); and that Christ purchased only one (Acts 20:28).
It would solve the problem of WORSHIP. Men would not burn candles or count beads; they would not play any kind of instruments in “worship” to God; they would not give adoration to Mary or worship to “saints” for none of that “is written,” but rather it is beyond that which is written (1 Cor. 4:6), thus it is not what God wants. God does however want men to worship Him (Rev. 22:9 f; John 4:24). The New Testament teaches that God wants men to meet on the first day of the week to partake of the Lord’s Supper and give of their means (Acts 20:7 ff; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; 1 Cor. 16:2); that He wants men to sing (Col. 3:16 f; Eph. 5:19); and to pray (Acts 2:42; 1 Tim. 2:1,8). Just what is written and no more is what God wants.
Conclusion: We believe that there are people today who want to do what God wants, no more and no less. You may be one of them. We believe that you should know that God’s people, the Lord’s church exists among you, a people who wish to do only what God wants. A group of people who will give a “thus saith the Lord” for every religious practice, or give it up. If we can’t read it in God’s word, we won’t do it, because, above all things, we want to do what God wants us to do! We leave our assumptions and opinions at the door and lets God’s Word be truth (Rom 3:4). If you do too, come and study with us, so that together we can do God’s will.