Many Hearers–Few Doers

“Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”  James 1:22

There are many hearers, but few doers, of the words of Christ. His words may be theoretically accepted, but if they are not stamped upon the soul, and woven into the life, they will have no sanctifying effect upon the character.  It is one thing to accept the truth, and another thing to practice it in the daily life. From those who hear only, God’s word calls forth no grateful response.  The commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength,” is acknowledged to be just, but its claims are not recognized; its principles are not carried out.

E. G. White, Signs of the Times, September 24, 1896

These two disciples, John and Judas, represent the Christian world.  All profess to be Christ’s followers; but while one class walk in humility and meekness, learning of Jesus, the other show that they are not doers of the Word, but hearers only.  One class are sanctified through the truth; the other know nothing of the transforming power of divine grace.  The former are daily dying to self, and are overcoming sin.  The latter are indulging their own lusts, and becoming the servants of Satan.

E. G. White, Review and Herald, February 15, 1881


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