Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

We see so many in today’s society that are doing so many things to destroy health and shorten life. There are many campaigns and much public advertisement to keep people from the evil of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco but the number who participate is ever growing. Sober thinking people say “Why is it?” But there are areas in which preachers, elders, teachers and concerned Christians may ask, “Why is it?”

Why is it that people have to be urged to love and serve the Lord? It is the only way that man can possibly escape an eternal hell. When people find out that they have some dreaded disease they will immediately see a doctor, and hope that there is remedy that they will be able to follow to rid themselves of the disease. Yet, when they find out that they are on the road to eternal ruin, they very often take offense at the one who sounds the warning. Why is it?

Why is it that people have to be urged to even consider what the Bible says? It is extremely difficult to find people who are even interested in a study of the Scriptures. People who are interested enough in their souls to sit down and talk about what the Bible says for a few minutes. After all, their soul is at stake and they want a remedy for the sin that is in their life.

Why is it that people have to be urged to obey the gospel after they have learned the truth and know what jeopardy their souls are in? Every assembly is characterized by repeating the Lord’s invitation. Lesson after lesson is presented to urge upon those who are not Christians to respond to the Lord’s pleadings, but they spurn invitation after invitation. They spurn the yearnings, the love and encouragement of those who are interested in them. Why is it?

Why is it that “Christians” have to be urged to regularly attend the worship and study assemblies? One would think that those who “love” the Lord would not have to be urged (and really, those who love the Lord do not have to be urged to attend). Those who take the responsibility of teaching, spend so much of their time trying to get people to do what is good for them, and what they know they ought to do. Why is it?

Does this not speak of the fact that others love our souls more then we love our own when we have to be urged to do what is good for our eternal security? Others spend hours in study and prayer, but we lightly turn away their pleadings. Why is it?

Perhaps the answer dwells in the fact that so many really don’t believe enough in God’s Word to do what they are commanded to do. Perhaps they love their children, their parents, their spouse or even themselves, more than they love God (Matt 10:37 f; Lk 14:26). Perhaps they love the pleasures of this world more than they love God (2 Tim 3:1-8). Perhaps they don’t believe that every word of the bible was inspired of God and is absolute truth (2 Tim 3:16,17 f; Jn 17:17). Perhaps they can’t accept the hardships of being a Christian (2 Tim 3:12). No matter the reason, every gospel preacher and teacher keeps seeking ways to reach out to this lost and dying world before it is everlasting too late. Even so do I.

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice,  do not harden your hearts…” (Heb 3:7,8) In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2).

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