Zealous Bible students are eager to persuade people to study the Bible with them, but more often than not, they are met with the reply, "I'm satisfied with my religion." These people seem to think that since they are pleased with their present religion there is not need for Bible study. However, just because one is satisfied with his religion does not necessarily mean that God is satisfied.
There are satisfied people in all churches, but all churches cannot be right because they contradict one another. When several churches are teaching conflicting doctrines, some of them are in error. Truth is absolute and always consistent with itself. If one church teaches we can baptize infants and another says we can't, if one claims baptism is for remission of sins and another teaches it is not, or if one declares we are saved before baptism and another at the point of baptism, they all can't be right.
The Bible says, "Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God." (2 John 9). It is a Bible fact that Jesus Christ has only one church (Eph. 4:3-6; 1:22-23). Jesus said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted." (Matt. 15:13).
People often make the reply "I'm satisfied" as though that's all that matters. They think that since they are happy and content with the church they are in, all is well with their soul. However, one's primary concern should be, "Is God satisfied?" The Pharisees were very much satisfied with their religion, but Jesus said, "And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men." (Matt. 15:9). Jeroboam was well satisfied with his new religion and so were the thousands in Israel who embraced it (1 Kings 12:25-33). However, there are no harder words of condemnation found anywhere in the Bible than those spoken against Jeroboam and his followers (1 Kings 13:1-2; 14:10-11). Jesus showed that at the judgment there will be many condemned in spite of the fact they were pleased with what they were doing in religion (Matt. 7:22-23).
The "I'm satisfied" attitude is not a good attitude to have. Instead, the child of God has an open mind realizing there is always room for correction and improvement. Furthermore, he realizes that those who differ with him will point out his error, but those who embrace that same error will not. To overcome the danger of embracing falsehood, he is always willing to study both sides of the question with an good and honest heart. With this humble attitude the Christian will study and examine what others present; without it, he will be closed minded and will cut off all possible avenues of truth. The Bible says, "Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure..." (2 Pet. 1:10). "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." (2 Cor. 13:5).
- Greg Binder