The Bible is the world’s most purchased book. 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 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 the bible, but fail to hear, to understand, and to obey the things that Jesus has said. They read with preconceived ideas that reflect the kind of life they wish to live. They have been told and have come to believe that one does not have to obey the things found in the Bible.
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.
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 instead of what the Lord commanded.
Jesus promised to build his church (Mt. 16:18); 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?
Jesus died to cleanse us from sin (Rom. 3:23-26). Without the shedding of his blood, there could be no remission (Heb. 9:22). As one is saved from sin, he is raised to walk in a newness of life (Rom. 6:4). Christians are not to serve sin, sin is not to reign in their bodies that they obey it in its lusts, nor can Christians yield their bodies to sin, or permit sin to have dominion over them (Rom. 6:6,12,13,14). One might occasionally sin, but cannot give in to sin, serve sin, let it reign in them, yield to sin, nor let sin have dominion over him. When sin does arise, a Christian must repent of the same (Acts 8:22), confess this sin and ask God to forgive (1 Jn. 1:9).
The scriptures reveal that adultery is a sin that can and will keep us out of heaven (Gal 5:19). Baptism cannot remove an unrepentant sin. Though one is baptized, and yet are living in adultery, they will be cast into the lake of fire. The same applies to homosexuality and lesbianism (Rom 1:26,27). The same applies to harlots, murderers, and liars (Rev 21:8). God will not forgive any sin, even if we are baptized believers, if we do not change and turn from sin.
As Christians, we can’t be racists and enter into heaven (Acts 10:34 f; 1 Jn 3:15). As Christians, we can’t take revenge on those who do us harm (Rom 12:19). As Christians, we can’t be greedy, while fellow brethren go in want (1 Jn 3:17,18). As Christians, we can’t be forgiven if we do not forgive (Matt 6:15). As Christians, we must love our enemies (Matt 5:44), our neighbor (Gal 5:14), and especially fellow brethren (Jn 13:34,35). Why obey the gospel of Christ, attend church services each time the door is open, and read your bible day and night if you are not going to obey what Christ and His apostles taught and commanded you to do?
Although this is what we read in the Bible, most human made churches teach that once saved always saved. Even some, whom we call brethren, teach once baptized, always saved. Why read the scriptures if we do not intend to hear, to understand, and to obey them? 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). If you are not going to obey God’s Word, why waste your time reading it, learning it, or making pretense to be pious. Be doers of the word and not hearers only (Jam 1:22).