This probably deserves an entire post, and it may come to that soon. But, for now, I want to point you again to Aussie John’s blog and his post called “The responsibility is ALWAYS Mine“. First, he discusses how some believers gave verbal and mental assent to the “one anothers” of Scripture:
The congregation were folk who agreed, with loud “amens”, to all of the principles of the Scriptural “one anothers”. They would discuss how these principles could be practically put in practice, and had good suggestions for their fellows to exercise love, support, encourage, etc.
But, what happened when a sister in Christ was struggling with health problems? This is what their sister said:
One day I received a phone call from Hazel. She said, “John, I’m confused. I’ve been a member of this congregation for a long time. Whenever help was needed I was always glad to do what I could. In these past four months I have been desperately in need of help, and I’ve received it abundantly, but only from my unbelieving neighbors, whom my brethren at church despise. Not one member of the church, other than you and your wife, have even offered help or visited me”.
I would suggest that these people said that they agreed with the scriptural characteristics of a follower of Christ (i.e., the “one anothers”), but they did not agree in reality because they did not demonstrate these same characteristics. I believe we have associated teaching and learning with agreement and knowledge. Instead, teaching and learning should be associated with following and doing.