The devil desires worship and he seeks to get it through various means. For example by convincing people that there are many gods or no god at all, or to give a twisted view of God. He collects the worship that comes through those channel, since he is anti-God.
So because you call on a god does not mean you are calling on God. The god that your various religion has exposed you to is not the true God, if he is not the father of our Lord Jesus Christ (). That statement can be offensive to some, but we cannot remove the offence of the cross so as to accommodate some people, or else would be preaching another gospel, and campaigning for another God, and that brings no reward at the end of time.
Paul was very harsh saying: if you believe another gospel different from Jesus then you have fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4), Christ would not be of value to you (Galatians 5:2).
So it is important that we get an accurate picture of who Jesus is to know whom we have believed and worship, so that we do not worship satanic spirit in the guise of worshipping God because if the door to the god you claim to worship is not Jesus then it is the devil you are worshipping in whatever guises.
Jesus sent people to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creature. The gospel has not been reviewed, it is the same old message, but the devil will want to convince people that after Jesus has come and gone back to heaven, we need a revision of what the gospel really is. I speak concerning some religions that came after Jesus’ ascension, like Islam, grail message and the like.
The grail message claim that because we have an advancement in intellectual pursuit, we now need some intellectual updated understanding of Jesus. They call themselves cross bearers, and put themselves in an endless spiral of deception. There words sound intellectually stimulating with a sprinkling of mysticism, just to make it attractive enough.
The bible warned of the wisdom of men being foolishness to God (1Corinthians 3:19), and with wisdom man has not been able to reach God. It is all vanity upon vanity.
Islam claims the “another comforter” that Jesus talked about is Mohammed. They conveniently claim that some part of the bible is corrupted, while taking the word of Jesus that another comforter is coming to be true, just because it is convenient for them to do so. They are self-deceived.
Muslims and grail messengers are deluded followers of false gods, demons, which receive worship in one form or the other on behalf of Satan.
Worship is allegiance, but it comes with certain rituals, behaviour pattern, to express it. It shows in the way we speak, where we go to congregate with other worshippers.
But the one we should worship is the true God not an idea of him. Mohammed was obviously deluded or self-serving or both.
Worship is a thing of the heart, and is an expression of love or fear or both when it comes to a deity. When it comes to God, Jesus said we should love the Lord our God with all our heart with all our strength, with everything, our money, our life (Mark 12:30).
When it comes to giving-worship Jesus said that a woman who was in the temple who and threw two mites into the offering as the expression of her worship (Luke 21:1-4), did more than the money bags, who gave part of their possession. While she put small money there she added a big heart, it was the whole of her money representing the whole of her heart.
A woman poured an expensive oil on Jesus in an extravagant expression of worship (John 12:1-2), but Judas found fault with it saying in his heart that the oil should have been sold and the money given to the poor. But John added that Judas was only concerned with himself, that since he held the purse, he wanted more to steal from it. Since God looks at the heart and not the appearance (1Samuel 16:7), Jesus judged she had done the right thing.
Worship is about the heart and the life. For Abraham to show he is a worshipper of God, he needed to move beyond mere confession, into action and what was demanded was the sacrifice of his son. He needed to step up his worship and he did (Genesis 22:1-20).
God warned Israel against the participating in the worship of foreign God, but throughout their history they were caught in the web of such practices. Why was this? Remember that God had warned them against associating with foreigners, so that they will not be influenced negatively, but the peer pressure time and time again seems irresistible.
Solomon epitomises this error when he decided he needed some excitement (1Kings 11-12), something to challenge him, something new to do, and he embarked on marriage spree. He married foreign women and in the spirit of accommodation created spaces for and built shrines for their different gods, forgetting that all the spaces in Israel were for God who brought them from the house of bondage.
God’s judgment against his unfaithfulness was swift and permanent. In an unprecedented act, God took 10 tribes from the house of David and gave it to another, to Jeroboam, who instead of learning from the error of Solomon decided to codify the worship of graven images making two idols for the people, to move the heart of the people from the worship of the true God, giving them an alternative.
John wrote that we should beware of idols (1John 5:21). That is whatever seeks to hold our allegiance apart from God. He also warned against loving the world and the things in the world in, saying if that is our state, that means the love of the father is not in us (1John 2:15-17).
Worship is about devotion to God. In whatever way that is expressed in our lives is, in a general sense worship. They are the things that show that our heart is attached to God. It is a statement of commitment and attachment, which also means detachment every other thing.
- The Treasure of Seasons (anointedplace.wordpress.com)
- Do You Attend Worship or Do you Worship? A Biblical Appeal for Living Worship (michaelmilton.org)
- People Get Ready (jamespaulgaard.wordpress.com)
- The Third Temptation of Jesus Matthew 4:8-10 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
- are we dangerous? (mikewittmer.wordpress.com)
- Before #Amen: A Worship Collection (christianmusicmakers.com)
- The Man or The Devil In The Mirror? [Part 1] (corbenstreet.wordpress.com)