True Worshipers Will Worship The Father In Spirit And Truth

32 They also feared the LORD and appointed from their entire population priests of the high places, who acted for them in the houses of the high places. 33 They feared the LORD, yet they were serving their own gods in accordance with the custom of the nations from among whom they had been taken into exile. 34 To this day they act in accordance with the earlier customs: they do not fear the LORD, nor do they follow their statutes, their ordinances, the Law, or the commandments which the Lord commanded the sons of Jacob, whom He named Israel.

-2 Kings 17:32-34, NASB

Catholics claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and that they adhere to His Word, the Scriptures, but just like 2 Kings 17, the Catholics cancel God’s Word through their practices. The Catholic Church teaches false doctrine: to worship idols which have biblical names as if that would make bowing down to them acceptable in God’s sight and that works plus faith will save you from hell.

You cannot add to the Word of God, but must worship God according to the truth that is only found in Him. Jesus said in John 4:23

But a time is coming, and even now has arrived, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

-John 4:23, NASB

The Holy Spirit will never direct you to the catechism or any extra-biblical sources. God’s Spirit will only take you to the Scriptures according to John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you.

-John 14:26, NASB

In Matthew 7 Jesus strengthens the point of how important God’s Word is for a believer. He said that His word [the Scriptures] alone will keep a Christian safe from having their faith destroyed. See below.

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.

-Matthew 7:24-25, NASB

Jesus also said in Matthew 4:4 that a Christian has to feed his spirit with every word that comes from the Scriptures. The emphasis that Jesus gives on basing one’s life on Scripture alone is very strong and He displayed it in the wilderness when He was tempted by Satan. He only used the Scriptures to combat the devil (Matthew 4:1-11).

If you are a Catholic and are worshiping Jesus Christ through the church’s tradition, know that you are cancelling the Word of God and are not worshiping God in the truth.

2 thoughts on “True Worshipers Will Worship The Father In Spirit And Truth

  1. True words, my friend! Evangelizing to Catholics is difficult because many of them, if not most, are wedded to the “Church” as part of their culture, irrespective of doctrine. Since they participate in their faith tradition passively, they aren’t encouraged to consider the doctrines they’re given, preferring to repeat what the cleric told them to believe. Then, on top of all of that, they’re told repeatedly that the mush they believe is the “one true” religion. Equally hard to evangelize are the millions of Protestants who sit just as passively in their mainline churches listening to the false doctrine often served up there as pastors chat up Jesus as someone who accepts everyone’s sin out of “love.” My heart breaks for those who believe they’re on the right road but really aren’t. I’ve written about this trend of preaching false doctrine in the Protestant churches, so both strains of Christianity have fatal flaws. Best, in my opinion, to worship at a Bible-based church which preaches from the Word of God. Merry Christmas, and keep on blogging!

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  2. Amen, Ward. If people just read their Bibles, they wouldn’t fall into deceptive teachings. You know that Satan puts his students in Christian churches to mislead as many as they can by pushing them away from the Scriptures into extra-biblical sources.

    In 2 Thess. 2, it says that many will fall away. God’s Word is our anchor that keeps us (safe) from drifting away from the Jesus of the Scriptures—into a foreign Jesus that does not exist and cannot save.

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