ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP
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ACCEPTABLE VERSUS WILL WORSHIPDeliberation: August 2017


Evangelist James DanielCopyright © August 2017 - James Daniel - Overture and Doctrinal


This is certainly one of the more serious doctrinal issues that we need to address with immediate concern. The term "will worship" which we read in - Colossians 2:2323. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. means, to worship according to one's own will. For example, by the volition of free will and personal beliefs. When it comes to worshipping God, we need to be sure what we do is lawful. God has not authorized what has not been revealed - Luke 11:2828. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.. There's a pattern to worship, insofar, as there's a pattern to becoming a Christian - Hebrews 8:55. Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount., cf. Acts 2:3838. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.. The pattern is thus demonstrated in that form of doctrine - Romans 6:1717. But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.. The definition of form is pattern, inasmuch as, pattern is form. They're essentially the same thing. You see, will worship is kill worship. For example, the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God - 1 Samuel 6:77. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.. And what of the sons of Aaron, when they offered strange fire before the Lord - Leviticus 10:11. And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.? We read in Psalm 78:1010. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;, that the children of Israel kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his laws. What happened in the wilderness speaks for itself - 1 Corinthians 10:8-108. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.. Well the same could be said of many today. Currently I'm dealing with a brother who doesn't believe that Christians are subject to the weekly observance of the Lord's supper. let alone, coming together to worship God - Hebrews 10:2525. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.. Therefore, I'm going to use this as an induction to what is acceptable worship in the sight of God.


THELORD'SSUPPER

Surely, it goes without saying, that there must be a standard? In fact, everything has a standard in some form or another. The standard of the Bible is Jesus Christ. The standard of calculation is measure. The standard of communication is language, and so on. In terms of Bible doctrine and the judgement to come, well, the standard is Jesus Christ, and the standard of measure will be his word (the Bible), particularly the New Testament - John 12:4848. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.. Now as concerning the mechanics and understanding of the Lord's table, there is a standard. We learn by inference, even example, as pertaining to the bread and the fruit of the vine. The bread is unleavened, that is, made without a leavening agent such as yeast, whilst the fruit of the vine, on the other hand, is the (unfermented) juice of grapes. The main reason for this is that of purity. In terms of doctrine, the bread represents Christs' broken body, whereas, the fruit of the vine represents the blood that he shed for the sins of many - Matthew 26:2828. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins., cf. Hebrews 9:2828. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.. This is known as partaking of the Lord's supper. To partake of something is to be part of something, as in, eating and drinking for example. The Lord's supper is commanded for a memorial until he returns. Jesus said to do this in remembrance of him - 1 Corinthians 11:2424. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.. That, in, and of itself, is a standard, let alone, a command.


That said, sometimes we have to determine the standards set before us because not everything is as clear cut as we would like it to be. Paul, the writer of Hebrews, said, not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but to exhort (or warn) one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Now lets stop there for one moment. What day is Paul referring to? It certainly isin't the Lord's return because no one knows that day, so how can we see that day approaching? Instead, does the Bible not teach us to be prepared for the Lord's return - Matthew 24:4444. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.? In the gospel of Mark, we read, of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father - Mark 13:3232. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.. Peter said, that day (referring to the Lord's return) would come as a thief in the night - 2 Peter 3:1010. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.. However, we can observe the Lord's day, as in, the first day of the week, because every week has a first day; therefore, we can observe it's approaching. To emphasize this further, notice in verse 2525. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. of Hebrews chapter ten; the day approaching. In this instance, "the" is used before the noun "day" to specify a particular day instead of just any day. The determining factor is "the." If the church was authorized to assemble on any given day of the week, and especially to break bread, then the noun "day" would render to its plural form "days." This is not the case. The inspired text contends for a particular day rather than days. This is the same pattern we observe in the Old Testament, i.e. the Sabbath - Exodus 20:88. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.. See how Acts 20:77. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. is in complete agreement with verse 25 of Hebrews chapter ten. Peter said, that in some of Paul's epistles that certain things were hard to understand, and they that were unlearned and unstable would wrest, as they do the other scriptures, unto their own destruction - 2 Peter 3:1616. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.. The Lord further admonished, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" - Mark 4:99. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear..


Mind you, a man is warned to examine himself before partaking of the supper. Why? Well, the apostle Paul said, he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body - 1 Corinthians 11:2929. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.. It's a serious matter to partake of the Lord's supper, and not something that should ever be taken lightly. As Paul continued, he warned, that if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries - Hebrews 10:24-2724. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.. Christians who forsake the assembling of themselves with the church on the Lord's day (first day of the week), are referred to as adversaries. An adversary is someone who opposes, disputes, or is considered an enemy. Paul was referring to all those that have the knowledge of the truth; but wilfully sin in forsaking the commandment of God. This is to flirt with the sin unto death - 1 John 5:1616. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it./span>. So where does the Bible teach that, I hear? Well, the apostle Paul said, that there remaineth no more sacrifice for the sins of those who forsake the command to assemble themselves with the household of God. Any man who wilfully forsakes the assembling of himself with the church, not to mention, the Lord's supper, well, there remains no more sacrifice for such a one, therefore, he's a dead man walking. The math is not difficult. The difficulty lies in the hardness of an impenitent and wilfully ignorant heart. The Bible teaches, that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound - Romans 5:2020. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:. You see my friend, repentance is the other name for a second chance. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness - 1 John 1:99. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.. However, not all men receive a love for the truth - 2 Thessalonians 2:1010. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. Therefore, the hurt rests with those who are unwilling to yeild. And so you have it, stubbornness is as the sin of iniquity and idolatry - 1 Samuel 15:2323. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.. When men refuse God's word they are essentially refusing God's grace.



AREMUSICAL INSTRUMENTSAUTHORIZED?

Now this is something that really sets a lot of people into a tizzy. When I say into a tizzy, well, I mean, in the wrong direction. The wrong direction is never the right direction, so we need to correct that also. In saying that, we need to focus our attention on whether musical instruments are authorized by God in worship, or not. To answer this, we need to first acknowledge that there is a difference between the Old and New Testaments before we continue. Under the old system, God dealt with man on a different set of terms than he does with men under the new. You'll notice that the children of Israel used musical instruments to worship God on several occasions in the Old Testament, for example, Psalm 33:22. Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.. They worshipped God upon the instrument. No honest Bible scholar will argue that. When we come to the New Testament, however, we immediately observe that something is different in terms of worship. You see, one can read the New Testament from end to end and they'll find no mention of any kind of musical instrument in the worship of God. That in itself should serve to answer the question as to whether musical instruments are authorized in worship or not. There are many things that are clearly seen in the Old Testament, for example, animal sacrifice, burnt offerings, the keeping of the Sabbath, tithing and so on, that are not seen in the New. The same goes for the use of musical instruments in worship. These things were not brought over into the New Testament. The church now worships God under a new system. We serve God under a system according to the teachings of Christ and the apostles - 2 John 1:99. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son., cf. Acts 2:4242. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers..


Now with regards to singing in the New Testament, well, we need to look to the book of Colossians for our foundational text - Colossians 3:16-1716. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.. The first thing you'll notice in verse 16, is that, singing is authorized. You'll also notice that is says nothing about the use of musical instruments. In a parallel passage, in Ephesians 5:1919. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;, the apostle Paul speaks about singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Now notice the significance of doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in verse 1717. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him., and also stated within the context of singing. So what does it mean to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus? Does it mean we just do anything in his name? Of course not. Read the scriptures once in a while and you'll soon find that out. Whatsoever is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is by his authority and none other. Now unless it is authorized in scripture it has no place in the church, and that includes the use of musical instruments in the worship of God. You see, whatsoever ye do means exactly what it says. God's people are under the authority of the Bible in everything they do. Generally speaking, everything you do in your life you must have Bible authority for. Let's look at this another way. What about eating? Have we authority to just eat anything? This is something that most people take for granted. It would be wrong for us to eat God's creation without his permission. However, in the covenant God made with mankind, he authorized eating the herb bearing seed, and every tree in which is fruit yielding seed, to be for meat. He also authorized eating every beast of the earth, and every fowl of the air, and everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life - Genesis 1:29-3029. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.. In saying that, God has also forbidden men in both the Old and New Testaments from eating blood - Acts 15:2929. That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well., cf. Deuteronomy 12:2323. Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.. We eat of the fruits of this earth by the authority of God. Moreover, no man liveth to himself, but by God's authority - Romans 14:77. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself..


The churches of Christ are not authorized to use musical instruments in worship of God because there's no authority for this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. That, in, and of itself, settles the matter completely. Anything that adds to what the Bible teaches is too much, and anything that takes away is too little. As Paul said, I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God - Acts 20:2727. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.. We have all the counsel that God has choosen to reveal to us in the written record of the New Testament. What's more, what was written aforetime is to serve the purpose of God. Dare any of us tempt the Lord thy God by altering any part of his word.



ASSEMBLING BYAUTHORITY


What do the scriptures mean by assembling ourselves together, and by whose authority do we assemble? Well, to assemble means to come together as a group or gathering. It's not an optional extra as some seem to think; but a command from God. Paul said, the church is assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, which means, by the authority of Christ - 1 Corinthians 5:44. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,. That means all members are to assemble by authority. Since this is true, then where does the authority for "Sunday schooling" that has the prospect of separating certain members from the rest of the assembly come from? Now this is no matter of hearsay, but rather, to deal with something that is utterly at fault. Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 10:2323. All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not., All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. An expedient is a means of attaining an end, especially one that is convenient but may not be authorized by God. Jesus said, in Matthew 19:1414. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven., "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Where better to teach children than by example with the church? There is no authority for any kind of division within the assembly, save those that are sick.


Now the Bible clearly teaches that the early church assembled on the first day of the week - Acts 20:77. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.. Furthermore, upon the first day of the week the church gave of their means - 1 Corinthians 16:1-21. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.. If the first day of the week is not the only day the church can assemble to break bread for example, then why such emphasis on the first day and no other? The answer is simple. You'll never read of the church meeting any other day, that is, with emphasis, than the first day of the week. The first day of the week is the only day authorized by God for the church to meet to break bread, and give of their means. It certainly doesn't require much brain power to work that one out. However, there are certain amongst us who take it upon themselves to worship God on their terms, and not according to authority. I was recently accused of being a false teacher by one of our own because I teach that the church is only to break break on the first day. Notwithstanding, the scriptures don't mention any day other than the first day, so why should I? It's nothing new under the sun to be accused of false teaching, for even our Lord was accused of having a devil - Matthew 12:2424. But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.. All it serves is to hinder the effort of the gospel.


Now just to update the reader concerning the matter of the brother who falsely accused me of teaching false doctrine concerning fellowship, and the breaking of bread on the first day; that he has further rejected all admonishing, including this study. As for Sunday worship (first day of the week), well, it's nearly a year since he had fellowship with us; notwithstanding, his visits locally during that time. That alone speaks for itself! We had no other option but to reject him as a heretick - Titus 3:10-1110. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11. Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.. Now notice in verse 11 of Titus chapter three, the use of the word subverted. To subvert is to undermine the power and authority of an established system or doctrine (teaching), namely, the doctrine of Christ - Galatians 6:22. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.. Subverting is also synonymous of destabilizing, unsettling, or to overthrow something. This is a very dangerous thing if left unreproved, and especially so concerning the church. This is not the first time I've been accused falsely, nor will it be the last, I'm sure. In any case, let this serve as an example, and to admonish; that the church has no authority to exceed the written record of the commandment of God.


Mankind have the propensity to overlook the fact that history has a tendancy to repeat itself, and especially so, where men prevail in wilful ignorance of the past. The same is true of the antiquities of biblical history. Paul said, Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, not to mention, admonishing - Romans 15:44. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope., cf. 1 Corinthians 10:1111. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.. This in no way suggests to follow what the Old Testament teaches with regards to God's will in the now; but rather, to teach us the goodness and severity of God, and especially so, in matters that pertain to his absolute authoirity in the religion of Jesus Christ - Romans 11:2222. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.. Remember the words of Christ, when he said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me - John 7:1616. Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.? God does not authorize men to pattern worship after their own imaginations, let alone, after the doctrines and commandments of men - Mark 7:77. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.. The church is to pattern herself after the apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers - Acts 2:4242. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.. To have fellowship demands the assembling of ourselves. No one can have fellowship of themselves unless they are completely deluded. Jesus said, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them - Matthew 18:2020. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.. Now Jesus wasn't just talking about anyone. He was referring to those in the body, who are the church. His words would have made little sense if this also included those outside the body. However, we know this is not the case. The scriptures teach that spiritual blessings are reserved for those in Christ - Ephesians 1:33. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:. As I mentioned earlier, in Christ means, to have obeyed the gospel call to repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins, and to live faithful according to the doctrine of Christ thereafter. In Christ is to be in the body, the one body - Ephesians 4:44. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;.


WHAT EXACTLY IS MEANT BYWILLWORSHIP?

Will worship is a term that's rarely used nowadays. However, we can term it another way whilst retaining a foothold to the original meaning. Will worship is to worship according to one's own will, hence the term "will-worship." The noun "will" is defined as the faculty by which a person decides on something which then gives rise to an action. This is another trait and characteristic of mankind in which God has ordained that we should walk therein. We have the freedom to choose at will. Another way to look at this is personal beliefs. Now personal beliefs are exactly what they are. A personal belief is an empirical evidence, such as, the feel good factor, rather than the demonstrative truth. A demonstrous truth is a truth capable of being demonstrated, such as, what we learn from the Bible. In proving this we need to explicate John 17:1717. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth., thy word is truth. Moreover, Paul said, to prove all things, so that's what we'll do - 1 Thessalonians 5:2121. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.. Needless to say, our basis to proving God's will is his word. Since God is no respector of persons - Acts 10:3434. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:, where else can we learn his will except what he has revealed in the Bible. In saying that, men have a tendency to add and take from the written record, and subsequently overstep God's sovereign authority. Personal beliefs in religion do exactly that. There is no authority for such things in the name of Jesus Christ. John said, the truth shall make us free - John 8:3232. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.. With that in mind, we turn to the Bible and nothing else for our answer.


Notice in Colossians 2:2323. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh., concerning will worship having a show of wisdom. Let's take for example, what some churches refer to as contemporary worship. Contemporary worship is just another term for changed worship, i.e. or worship with a modern undertone. Such worship might have a show of wisdom in drawing the crowd, the feel good factor, or just good old entertainment all round, however, when it comes to what the Bible teaches about worshipping God, well, that's another matter entirely. Indeed, you have to wonder about the similarities that exist between some of the so called contmporary worshippers of today, and the prophets of Baal which we read about in - 1 Kings 18:25-2825. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.. Take for example, the likes of holy laughter, drunk in the spirit, snake handling, speaking in tongues, mass hysteria, and so on. Yet none of those things have anything to do with worshipping God, let alone, are they taught in the Bible, except for speaking in tongues, which was a first century manifestation of God's power in confirming his word through divers miracles, signs and wonders - Hebrews 2:44. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?. Now that doesn't wash with everyone; but it's what the Bible teaches. The emphasis here is on the mass hysteria which resembles that of the prophets of Baal in verse 28, not to mention, what is strange before the Lord.


A more prolific and subtle form of will worship is the self-styling of just believing on the name of Jesus for one's salvaton. Now when they say believe on the name of Jesus, well, they mean just that. They don't do anything else. They certainly don't obey the gospel, and we all know what that means - 2 Thessalonians 1:88. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:. If to just believe on the name of Jesus for salvation is what God has said to do, then we might as well fold the New Testament and put it aside, and hope for the best. Now any God fearing man will know this is not true. In all honesty, such a belief sounds more like something out of a fairytale than from God. Whatever the case maybe, God's word begs to differ. There's a do process to salvation, and whilst God has made every effort in airing the necessity of man's role in his plan for saving man; there remains that stubborn element who continually refuse the grace of God on all fronts. Mind you, they don't stop there, but make haste in teaching others that form of doctrine which is nothing more than a deceptive and self-styled pseudo-worship, not to mention, is contrary in every way to that which is authorized of God. You see, that which is not authorized of God cannot be done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Where the Bible teaches to do all things in the name of the Lord, is the same as saying, by the authority of the Lord - Colossians 3:1717. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.. Moreover, Paul did warn us about rightly dividing the scriptures - 2 Timothy 2:1515. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.. To rightly divide is to use correctly. The sad fact is that most men do not rightly divide scripture. My friend, there's no such thing as will worship when it pertains to the things of the Godhead. God has clearly defined both the implicits and explicits with regards to worshipping him. When men take it upon themselves to worship God a certain way that is not authorized in scripture, then they take upon themselves the consequence of offering strange fire that God has not authorized. Men died in the Old Testament for offering that which God had not authorized. You see then, if God is no respector of persons - Acts 10:3434. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:, we can safely conclude that nothing has changed on that front. Paul said, that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever - Hebrews 13:88. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.. You want to worship God? then you worship God the way God said to worship.


Those that teach we can worship God any way we choose are teaching conjecture. They teach of themselves and not of God. There is absolutely no biblical grounds for what they say, let alone, any authority. The Bible is the standalone authority to the church. Needless to say, the term church refers to more than one person - Matthew 18:2020. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them., cf. Acts 20:77. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight., Hebrews 10:25-2725. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.. So you can't just go off with your jolly old self and worship God as if by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a specific day in which God has ordained that the church must come together to worship him. There must be an assembly on the first day of the week, and that goes for every week. The keeping of the Sabbath was to the Jews under the Mosaic law. The same is true to the Christian. The church in no way represents the likes of Billy no mates. All members have a concerted duty and obligation to God. You do know, that forsaking the assembling of ourselves with the church is to sin wilfully. Those that do such things are no longer under grace; for as the scripture saith, there remaineth no more sacrifice for their sins, again - Hebrews 10:25-2625. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,. There is no such thing as being a Christian on one's own terms, let alone, like the proverbial hermet. It just makes no sense to believe something that the Bible doesn't teach, that is, if you call yourself a Christian. A Christian is a follower of Christ. If you want to be a Christian, then do as the Lord Jesus Christ said to do!


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