The Bible is not merely something to believe;
It is something to be submitted to.
We are hopelessly lost without it;
But we face a dangerous peril with it:
For if it doesn't break us and change us,
It will harden us.
Even people who claim to agree with the Bible can become hardened against it - and not even know it - if they fail to make a conscious effort to put it into practice.
My people come to you, as they always do. They sit before you and hear your words, but they do not obey them. With their mouths they express love, but in their hearts they chase after selfish gain. To them, you are nothing more than a singer of love songs who has a beautiful voice, or a musician who plays an instrument well. They hear your words but do not obey them. (Ezekiel 33:31-32)
Dennis Hinks © 1993
(Scripture - my translation © 2003)