02 Feb 06
Not all worship offered is acceptable to God. It is a commonly held error that He is obliged to accept any crumb man chooses to toss Him. Consider the following:
May our worship always be such as God himself has ordained. May our lives be such that he will accept it.
- A wicked lifestyle makes worship unacceptable. "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination" (Prov. 21:27).
- A lack of sympathy for the poor and unfortunate renders worship unacceptable. "Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is... to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction..."(Jas. 1:27).
- A lack of respect for God's law nullifies ones worship; no matter how formal, elaborate and beautiful it may be. "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination" (Prov. 28:9).
- Unconfessed sin negates worship. "He that covereth his transgression shall not prosper; but who so confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy" (Prov. 28:13).
- Worship based on traditions of men rather than the Word of God is offered in vain (Matt. 15:6,9).
"Will-worship" is of no value (Col. 2:23). Will-worship is based upon a foundation of "I wish; I think; I believe; I feel" rather than upon the law of God (Matt. 7:21).
- Worship that seeks to approach God through images, angels or men is not acceptable. "Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image" (Ex. 20:14). Peter forbade Cornelius to worship him (Acts 10:25-26) and God's angel forbade John's worship of him (Rev. 22:8-9). There is only "one mediator between God and man... Christ Jesus" (I Tim. 2:5).
- Only worship offered to God inspirit and truth will bring the desired blessing (John 4:24).
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