Christians say the Bible is God‚Äôs Word, but even among Protestant churchgoers only a third spend time reading it every day, according to a study released Tuesday, July 2.
The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research, conducted Jan. 14‚Äď29, found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about Scripture.
The study identifies Bible engagement as one of eight signposts that consistently show up in the lives of growing Christians.
‚ÄúThis research asked churchgoers about many biblical characteristics to see which actions, beliefs, and desires are present in the lives of followers of Christ,‚ÄĚ said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. ‚ÄúAmong them, Bible reading was one of the most predictive of spiritual maturity.‚ÄĚ...
As someone has already succinctly stated ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a reading and a heeding‚ÄĚ Perfectly said sir. I read the scriptures everyday from the AV. I am currently working my way through the OT, just about finishing Numbers, But in truth I am kind of worried that, am I ‚ÄúJust reading and not heeding‚ÄĚ . Worrying days my friends .
I‚Äôm wondering with all the flash bang new translations every year, if the Bible has become a less read book because the it has been altered to a reading level of a lazy boy recliner. With all the new translations, there does not appear to be a unified manner of corporate reading of the Bible. No one reads from the same translation. My Sunday school class has a hodgepodge of NLT, NIV, and whatever else. I use the NKJV , I used to use the hcsb, till our pastor stopped preaching from his and ran back to the NIV. Corporate reading of the Bible needs one translation. I would recommend the AV or NKJV or NASB to start with. Anything else would be supplemental.
In the world community of Christian churches and denominations there are many popes, archbishops, bishops, cannons, cardinals, ministers, preachers and theologians who can't read the Bible even though they think they can.
Society thinks they can too.
So picking out the Protestant community in the VISIBLE church to highlight the facts is irrelevant.
I like their 8-point engagement index. It could be used in all churches as a report card. If you don't pass, you will be seated in a special section of the pews, so everyone will know you are among the Under Achievers.
This is painfully obvious when you look at the state of the Christian church today. Most believers are clueless as to what Scripture says other than "don't judge". There are two fundamental reasons for this. 1) Most people have no idea what the Bible is (or says). They see it as a sacred book only for priests and preachers that's beyond their understanding and filled with historical data and a list of things they shouldn't be doing. That's what a lot of preachers and pastors want them to think. They have no idea that the book they can hold in their own hands contains the very mind of the God who created them and saved them. It's the most precious possession of the human race. 2) It's easier to go listen to Dr. So-and-So every Sunday tell them his personal interpretation of the Bible and what they should believe about it. He knows best because he's the "pastor". Or they let those heretical nuts on TV explain it to them.
Unfortunately the Mormons read their Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price, which they add to the Bible.
As for the Jehovah‚Äôs Witnesses so called, (true born again Christians are the real ‚ÄúJehovah‚Äôs Witnesses‚ÄĚ), they have their doctored ‚ÄúNew World Translation‚ÄĚ of the Bible, their Watchtower and Awake magazines, and their many instructional books, and of course the ‚ÄúFaithful and Discreet Slave‚ÄĚ aka the Governing Body of some 7 or 8 men in Brooklyn, that have absolute control over the lives of all ‚ÄúJehovah‚Äôs Witnesses‚ÄĚ.
As we can see, neither Mormons nor ‚ÄúJehovah‚Äôs Witnesses‚ÄĚ do very much Bible study, but only isolated verses out of context to support their doctrines!!