5 Now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God.
6 Nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft, and join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God.
There is an important message in these two verses, taken together:
On the one hand, “the word of God was liberal to all.” In other words, the church provided ready access to “the good word of God” to anyone who was willing to receive it. No one was turned away from church services. Opportunities to participate actively were plentiful.
“Nevertheless”–and this is the central point–the members of the church also felt a responsibility for those who were not willing to take advantage of these opportunities. They did not comfort themselves by saying, “It’s their choice, and if they don’t want to participate, that’s their problem.” Instead, they talked about these people, and they fasted and prayed for these people, recognizing that they were also children of God. Maybe they couldn’t do more for them at the time, but they did not attempt to ignore their responsibility for even those who were unwilling to accept their help. They did what they could do for them.