Worshipping God In Truth
Jesus says in John 4:24, "God
is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in
truth." We must worship God in truth. Since His word is
truth, we must worship Him according to His word. Here the Lord is telling us that everything we do in
worship, we must have God's divine approval. Truth is not
arbitrary. Truth for one person is the same as truth for the
next. God has not spoken in unclear ways.
God has specified in
the Bible the acceptable way He is to be worshipped. He is not to be
worshipped according to the evil and vain imaginations and devices of
men. Whatever that is not commanded in scripture in our worship to
God is forbidden if we are to worship God in truth. God is not
obligated to accept our worship just because we offer it to Him. We dare not
substitute what we want for what God has commanded if we want to please
Him and go to Heaven.
There are many who think it really doesnít matter what we believe or do in
religion, just as long as we are sincere and follow our conscience. But if it
doesnít really matter what you believe, then it doesnít matter if you even
believe at all. This is absurd. This philosophy exalts our conscience above the
word of God. This makes our conscience our only guide and ignores what God says
in the Bible. This philosophy originated with man and not with God. This is
telling God we are going to worship Him the way we choose and we donít really
care what He has to say. Every man then becomes his own authority thereby
eliminating the authority of God, the Bible. This attitude must greatly hurt the
one who gave His life for us.
Many people want to do what they think best and what seems right to them.
are warned not to do this in Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way that seems
right to a man, but its end is the way of death." According to what God
says we can loose our soul by doing what seems right in our own eyes. Godís
word is no longer our guide, but it has been replaced with creed books,
disciplines, manuals, confessions, etc. Men want to do things their way and as
it seems right in their own eyes. Please consider the consequences of
being deceived by error. What a pity it will be to stand before the Lord
on Judgment Day having been fooled into accepting the unlawful religions of the
denominational world. What a terrible fate to believe error to be truth
only to be lost for all of eternity.
The philosophy of doing what seems right in our eyes has vastly altered the
way people attempt to worship God. They rationalize that God will accept it.
People can rationalize away just about anything they want if they work at it
hard and long enough, and because of this people worship God in ignorance.
as the apostle Paul told the Athenians in Acts 17:23 (KJV), "Whom therefore
ye ignorantly worship."
The average person in religious matters takes many things for granted.
finds religious groups practicing something and he decides what the majority
does must be right and acceptable to God. The Bible says the majority of people
are going to be eternally lost. Jesus says in Matthew 7:l3-14, "Enter by
the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to
destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the
gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who
find it." So we donít want to depend on the majority to determine what is
right for us and follow them. If we do we will also end up being lost in the
eternal fires of Hell.
Many people never stop to ask, is it scriptural and is this what God wants?
They believe that just any kind of worship they give will be acceptable to God.
There are a lot of false teachings today that are being passed off as the
truth. The main reason for all the religious division that we see in the world today is
man will not accept Godís word as final authority. Man is going to do it his
own way. The Bible contains our only instructions on how to please God so we can
go to heaven.
God has always told man how He is to be worshipped.
God is the only one who has the right to determine how He is to be
worshipped. He will only accept that
which is in harmony with His prescribed will. God instructs us how to worship
Him acceptably through His word in the Bible. In Ephesians 5:17 we read,
"Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord
is." If we are the least bit concerned about where we will
spend eternity, it is wise to know what the will of the Lord is so we can do it and be
pleasing to Him. We are accountable for what we believe and practice. Our
eternal destiny hangs in the balance of how we treat His truth.
In every age God has specified how He is to be worshipped.
He says to us in 2
Peter 1:3, "As His divine power has given to us all things that
pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us."
God in the New Testament has given to us all things we need to know that pertain
to life and godliness so we can worship Him acceptably, in spirit and in truth.
God has always made it plain and emphatic that the only worship that is
acceptable to Him is only that which is in accordance with His will.
Questions Lesson 4
Worshipping God In Truth
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (John 4:24) In our worship to God
We can worship God as we choose if we are sincere.
God has not specified in the Bible how He is to be worshipped.
We must worship God in spirit and in truth.
must have God's divine approval for the things we do in worship.
3) (Proverbs 14:12) The way that seems right to a man
Is the way people should live.
Will lead to spiritual death.
Is how God wants us to live.
We should always do what seems right in our own eyes.
5) (Acts 17:23) Even though people may be sincere, if they worship God as they
They ignorantly worship God.
They are pleasing to God.
God will accept their worship.
When people worship God their own way, they ignorantly worship God.
7) (Matthew 7:13-14) How many people will go to heaven?
In religious matters we should follow the majority.
9) (Ephesians 5:17) If we do not understand what the will of the Lord is
It is unwise.
It is wise.
It is all right if we are sincere.
It is very important to understand what the will of the Lord is.
11) (2 Peter 1:3) God in His revealed will
not told us all we need to know to please Him.
Has given us all we need to know to please Him.
Allows us to worship Him as we please Him.
God has specified in the Bible how He is to be worshipped.
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