People who refuse to hear and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ seemingly say, “That’s just your opinion.” Way too many hop from denomination to denomination in order to hear a doctrine which agrees with their evil lifestyle.
We need to remember that it is not us that they have rejected and refuse to follow. The people came to prophet Samuel and said, “Behold, you are old, and your sons walk not in your ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not rule over them” (1 Sam. 8:5-7). Samuel took it as a personal insult when Israel rejected his leadership, when in actuality it was God who had been rejected. Jesus said, “He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises him that sent me” (Lk 10:16), and, “He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me” (Matt. 10:40).
People need to realize that when they refuse to hear the truth of God, it is not simply a matter of refusing to hear the preacher. Even so, when one accepts the doctrine of Christ, he needs to realize it is not the message of the preacher but it is the will of God, and obey it as such. Our obedience is to be from the heart (Rom. 6:17, 18), and unto God (Matt. 4:10) to be accepted. We need to study diligently the word of God (2 Tim 2:15) so that we do not reject him, lest we be lost eternally (Jn 12:48).
God’s word is true no matter of who preaches it or fails to preach it, and regardless of who believes it, or fails to believe it. We will be judged by God’s Word in the last great day (Rev. 20:10-12). Let us be certain that we rely more upon God’s word, and not upon men (1 Cor. 4:6), and understand that when we fail to listen to God’s Word that we reject God, not man!