"We don't receive anything from the Gohonzon since The Gohonzon exists in faith alone." -- SGI teaching
"These lines could also be said to express the noble function of our lives in receiving tremendous life force from the Gohonzon and sending out to people a continuous stream of happiness." -- SGI teaching
Taking one or the other teaching to heart precludes taking the other teaching to heart. What we have are confused members (if they don't study the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren).