More than once I have been rebuked for the way I spoke to someone about the condition of his soul. I then asked whether the situation was as I had judged it to be and those who rebuked agreed that it was. I pointed out that the thing that I said was the same as Jesus, an apostle, or a prophet had said under similar circumstances and they agreed that is so. I asked, well then, do you think that I spoke with love for him and his soul? And, again, they agreed that I had. Well, then, what is wrong? Well, he (and his family/friends) are upset. Jesus upset more people than he converted. God will not allow me or you not to speak--"If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand." (Ezek 3:18). How can any spiritual person stop the voice of salvation to the lost brother? I just don't understand.
Many members avoid every opportunity to learn the Bible. They seek simple Bible classes about things they already know; they attend only part of the services. In contrast are those who despite their own shortcomings or ability, and the same problems of time, seek out every opportunity to learn. They study, fill in blanks, analyze, erase and try again. They do this for the same reason a bride studies her husband. Meanwhile, many times their number sing with gusto, "Oh how I love Jesus," but spend more time on their Gameboys than in their Bibles. How can they believe they fool anyone, much less God, that they love him with all their hearts? With all their souls? With all their minds? I just don't understand.
I cannot understand those who think the Lord's Supper is some kind of magic potion that will fix everything they have made little to no effort to change since the last time they bowed their heads so sincerely and prayed so hard. And, if the past years of their lives are any clue to their future, they never will make much effort to change except to pray harder and think harder about Jesus on the cross. It certainly looks like Calvinist mental faith-only to me. After speaking of those who keep walking in the same old ways, Paul said, "But that is not the way you learned Christ!" (Eph 4:20). Then he goes on to instruct concerning the changes they need to make in their walk. The Lord's Supper is no shortcut to heaven that excuses one from the work of changing himself.
I cannot understand those who proclaim all the proper pious phrases but never seem to apply any of them to their own lives. "I know I am not perfect," translates to, "I really do not know of or admit any faults." "Any man who shows me I am wrong will be my friend," translates to, "It can't be done no matter how many incidents and scriptures you list." "I am doing the best I can and that is all God asks" translates to, "I am not studying much and have no intention of changing who I am." They often quote pet scriptures and are somewhat knowledgeable, but they never see their own flaws when they look into James' mirror.
I cannot understand those who come to church but are not of the church. They participate when they feel like it. They pay attention when it interests them, can often be seen playing on their devices. They are perennially late and usually the first out the door. Christians in name only, they have less hope than the man down the street who has yet to hear the gospel.
I cannot understand those things because I want to go to heaven no matter what it takes. I know that I cannot know God or love him unless I know his word. It takes a lot of study to get a little insight into God's character and how intensely he loves us. The Lord's Supper is on every page of the Bible because Jesus is. It will be in our hearts "till he come" and is my hope that "I'll Fly Away." Each thing learned leads to something I need to change for who I am is not good enough. I can never be really "good enough," but if I do my best by Jesus' standards (Parable of talents) rather than by my desire to get along on minimum effort, his grace will make me whole. This I can readily understand.
"Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness." (Rom 10:1-3).
"My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins." (Jas 5:19-20).