How to Study the Scriptures
In this modern church age, it seems that the main problem facing the church is a lack of knowledge of God's word. Solomon once stated that there is nothing new under the sun. The problem we face today in the church is identical to the situation the Bible addresses in Hosea 4:6-9
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. 7 " The more they increased, The more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. 8 They eat up the sin of My people; They set their heart on their iniquity. 9 And it shall be: like people, like priest. So I will punish them for their ways, And reward them for their deeds.
God hasn't changed since this passage was written. God still requires His people to have knowledge of His word and those who reject knowledge are rejected by God. We live in a microwave society. We want instant knowledge and an effortless Christianity. People don't mind having a 5 minute devotional but very few will take the time to seek God. The lack of knowledge and understanding of the word is the destruction of the church. The modern church is in serious trouble and no one has eyes to see the declining situation of Christianity in the church. Unfortunately you have to have knowledge to recognize the error and the church has been dumbed down to the point where true biblical knowledge is a rarity.
In the New Testament church, the apostles put a great emphasis on each individual's responsibility to know the scriptures, but over the years the shift has gradually departed from personal discipline to stadium Christianity. We want to sit, watch, and cheer but never join the battle. We want our faith to be fast, on time, and neatly packaged so that all we have to do is sit down, get fed and be on our way. This may work ...
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