Hosea 4:6 (ESV): "6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children."
There is a huge difference between being illiterate and aliterate. Illiterate means you can't read. Aliterate means you can but you don't read. Most people are aliterate regarding God's Word.
God mentions that the people of Israel are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge. It's not that they couldn't know but refused to know. They rejected knowledge and forgot God's law. Thus they will experience destruction.
God's Word is the knowledge we ought to seek. We should know God's Word better than we know anything else for it will preserve us from destruction. When the minister abandons God's Word the people most certainly will. Don't be fooled by thinking there is something better. God's Word is the knowledge we need to live in ways that please Him. Don't be aliterate, read His Word and protect yourself from the snares of this world, amen?
Father, thank You for giving us Your Word. It is the absolute best kind of knowledge a person can have. Help us to not only read it but study it and invest ourselves in it completely. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Keep us hungry and needy for Your Word we pray in Jesus' name, amen.