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.

Protect Yourself From Deception. They Are Everywhere

12 Now the sons of Eli were useless men; they did not know the LORD.

-1 Samuel 2:12, NASB 2020

Some in leadership positions who are supposed to lead the flock of Christ into all truth are themselves worthless for the kingdom of God since they haven’t committed wholeheartedly to Jesus Christ.

The phrase “did not know the LORD” refers to having no relationship with the Living God, Jesus Christ.

Christians who are false do not know Jesus, obviously, so what motivates them to teach others? That desire comes from demonic spirits, who come to them in the guise of the Holy Spirit to trick and deceive, making them think that they are hearing from the Lord Jesus Christ, but are not.

How does God feel about false Christians?

30 Therefore the Lord God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father was to walk before Me forever’; but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be insignificant.

-1 Samuel 2:30, NASB 2020

Jesus will only honor those who do His will, bringing Him glory. False Christians are unable to bring honor to the Lord as they despise the truth and are in opposition to it.

17 And so the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord, for the men treated the offering of the Lord disrespectfully.

-1 Samuel 2:17, NASB 2020

The fruit of a False teacher produces death to the hearer and themselves. They distort the truth of God’s Word and the way of salvation because they don’t have any respect for His Word. Instead of bringing people to Christ, they secure their damnation.

Without exaggeration, there are many false Christians in WordPress who are pedaling in the same direction as the devil. They end up fighting for the things that the world supports. They are easily manipulated by the enemy, tossing them here and there by his false doctrine in any direction he wants them to go.

14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of people, by craftiness in deceitful scheming

-Ephesians 4:14, NASB 2020

Do not allow yourself to get deceived. Read the Scriptures, pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to protect you from the wicked one, and his deception. Let yourself be led by the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is your filter, which captures false doctrine so that you won’t swallow it. Purify your mind and measure everything with God’s Word.

Do Not Believe Every Spirit, But Test Them To See If They Come From God

“3 As I urged you on my departure to Macedonia, you should stay on at Ephesus to instruct certain men not to teach false doctrines 4 or devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship of God’s work, which is by faith.” -1 Timothy 1:3-4, BSB

False doctrine is the teaching of myths, which is composed of a make-believe reality built upon lies concerning spiritual things like how to obtain salvation and the afterlife.

If you are motivated by speculation with things that are not in the Bible, which is capturing your attention, and with how important is one’s pedigree, you have drifted away from doing God’s work, engaging in false doctrine with the potential of being deceived.

Demonic spirits will always try to get you to go to another source, apart from the Bible, for spiritual insight.

The words that are not italicized are my comments and the ones in italics are the Scriptures.

1 Now the Spirit [the Holy Spirit will only lead you into God’s Word] expressly states that in later times [before the rapture] some will abandon the faith [the Word of God] to follow deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons [through other sources], 2 influenced by the hypocrisy of liars [who are false Christians being used by demons], whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. – Timothy 4:1-2, BSB

Friends, no other Book out there like the Bible is infallible. Every other source that tries to teach you spiritual truths might bring with it spiritual landmines. One wrong move and you can blow up your faith by substituting biblical truth for a lie. The immediate effect will be like a leech attaching itself to one’s faith, to drain it until it is all gone. That is what false doctrine does to a person who accepts the lie as the truth.