Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
July 23, 1970

Most Know What----Few Know Why

Larry Parish

The church has many "problems" attributed to it but, where is the basis of these problems? Is it not with the individual member?

Included among these "problems," is one that plagues the growth of the kingdom and hinders many members from doing more personal work for the Lord. This problem is, MOST KNOW WHAT they believe but, FEW KNOW WHY they believe it.

To be in a position such as this is a shameful reflection upon the one thusly situated. It demonstrates a lack of obedience to the word of God. The commands of God to "give diligence to show thyself approved" (2 Timothy 2:15), to "grow in grace and knowledge" (2 Peter 3:18), to "be ready to give an answer" (I Peter 3:15), to "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2), to "be steadfast, unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord" (I Corinthians 15:58), and to "put on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:11-18) have by many members been placed in the "faith only" category for everyone except the "preacher."

We need to awake from our sleep of "effortless work" and grow spiritually and become mature in the faith. (Ephesians 5:16-17) Some members are still in need of first principles when they ought to be teachers. (Hebrews 5:12) This problem can be remedied but, only "I" can do the correcting. We don't believe that we can go to heaven if someone else believes, repents, confesses, is baptized and lives faithful until death and we don't. Do we believe we can have hope of heaven if we don't grow and mature spiritually? (2 Peter 1:5-11; Matthew 7:21)

Do you know WHAT you believe and WHY you believe it?