By Ron Courter (Excerpt from Article originally printed January 28th, 1976)
We began the year with a cry for revival. It is a plea that we do not intend to quiet. We are fully convinced that no possible spiritual revival can begin or be sustained without Bible reading. Possibly you have not noticed how many times in the scriptures Jesus asks, “Have ye not read?” Jesus expected men to read and to know from their reading. When men asked questions about various subjects, Jesus often answered by saying, “have ye not read?” When they discussed eating on the Sabbath, the question of divorce, his messiah-ship, and the resurrection he spoke of what reading would have taught them. Jesus plainly states, “If you don’t read, you can not know.” A decline in bible reading is very evident from conversations on the Bible. Also, fewer and fewer people follow lessons in their Bible or note the scripture being used. This is another symptom of less open Bibles. (Read the following Matthew12: 3; 19:4; 21:16; 22:31; Mark 12: 10,26).