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Vice: Inattentive

It is uncharacteristic of a child of God to be inattentive, particularly concerning spiritual things. Inattention is largely due to a rebellious heart. Those who don't listen will regret it after they have experienced the consequences. You will say, "How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction! I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors. I have come to the brink of utter ruin in the midst of the whole assembly." Pr 5:11-13 There are even Christians who refuse to listen to correction. Jesus said, "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector." Mt 18:15-17 And Christians can get stuck in an immature state because they haven't learned to hear. “We have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” Heb 5:11 (If Christians find Bible Study dull, whose problem is that?)

Likewise there are many non-Christians who refuse to listen to a gospel presentation. In Luke 16, a man who went to hell suggested that his brothers would be convinced if God provided more miracles. But he was told, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” Luke 16:31 It's not for lack of convincing evidence that people refuse to hear. Jesus did plenty of miracles, even raising the dead, but they crucified him. It's because their hearts aren't prepared to receive the gospel. In Romans 1 Paul describes the process of the corruption of a person's soul due to sin, one part being that "although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Rom 1:21 This is one of the penalties of sin - corruption. God allows this process to occur. To the stubborn he says, "’You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’" Mt 13:14,15

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mt 11:15

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Last Update: Oct 18, 2020