Posted by: Yvonne | September 28, 2010

True Worship

“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!” 
2 Timothy 3:2-5

“…that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.”
2 Corinthians 5:12

 

But always in this history of pagan religion there is some kind of ritual, there is some kind of outward demonstration that replaces the reality of true worship of the true God that must come from the heart. This is ever and always Satan’s big lie. It has been so ever since the Old Testament and even today that the Jews, it was their birthright, it was their circumcision, it was their ceremony, their fasts, their feasts, their works, their sacrifices and I suppose with us in the church it is baptism and communion and attendance and good works and whatever else Satan can get us to force in as if it were the truth to substitute for what really is the truth. […] And the Bible tells us that the judgment of God is against the ritualist and that God moves against that and will always move against it, even in the book of Revelation to the ultimate crushing of the final system of false religion.

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As 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart,” reiterating the same principle. God has always defined true worship as something that is from the heart, not a routine, not a performance.

~John MacArthur

 

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