Error In Worship

Error In Worship

Error In Worship

I want to start a topic that deals with some things we as Christians take for granted in worship. But for the mercy of God and especially the grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ as our advocate, all judgments are stayed and even overlooked by God. That is how the Spirit of Grace shields us, even in our errors, we are not consumed. We should “…rightly divide the word of truth…” 2Timothy 2:15 so “…all things (can) be done decently and in order”. 1 Corinthians 14:40. I have a couple of questions here.  

·         Can you direct worship, praise, honor, glory and adoration to the Holy Spirit?

·         How scriptural is the church Choir and the Solos?

Before I respond to those questions, I need for us to go through the scriptures first to see the posture of the written word.

First, I will take the worship of the Holy Spirit.

You see, our salvation is predicated on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and everything we do is supposed to be all about Him to the Father and the Holy Spirit is the ‘facilitator’ if I may borrow that word.

If you checked in the scriptures, you will find nothing like Holy Spirit worship. Not with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, nothing of such in the Acts of the Apostles nor did Paul the apostle who wrote two thirds of the New Testament ever suggest a thing like directing worship to the Holy Spirit.

But this I can categorically tell you, there is no debating the equality of the Holy Spirit in the Godhead for they are one united God. The Holy Spirit is deity just like the Father and Son but the three have their different roles they play towards humanity subsequently our obligations towards the Godhead.

Right from the Old Testament, there are numerous scriptures about worshiping the ‘LORD THY GOD’ The Holy Spirit first showed up at the creation in Genesis 1:2. but let us remain in the New Testament where the Church of Jesus Christ is revealed.

In the New Testament His name was first mentioned at the conception of Jesus in Matthew 1:18 when Mary was found to be pregnant with a child just before her wedding ceremony.

During the Lord’s ministry among other things, He talked about respecting the Holy Spirit and we be careful not to blaspheme Him.  Even Paul added in his letter to the Ephesians 4:30 “…grieve not the Holy Spirit…” The Lord Jesus said things about the Holy Spirit. Things like “…He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” John 16:8 but nothing about we singling out the Holy Spirit or DIRECTING worship to Him like He said of the Father. e.g.  “… Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:10)

The Lord Jesus introduced the Holy Spirit as the new ‘care taker’ who will come to take over the care of His Church after His departure, in fact He called Him a helper and comforter. (John 14:16-17) among other things He said that the Holy Spirit will…

*Teach us and remind us of things He, the Lord Jesus taught us (John 14:17 & 26)

*Testify of the Lord Jesus and nothing of Himself (John 15:26)

*Guide the believer “into all truth for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13)

*Help believers to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 16:14) Not Himself

*Give special gifts to believers. (1Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, and 1 Peter 4:10-11)

*Enable believers to produce the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)

*Seal the believer as belonging to God. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

*Intercede on behalf of the believer (Romans 8:26)

It goes on and on. But there is not one place with a reference to single out the Holy Spirit for DIRECT worship like you would find in several scriptures concerning the Father and the Son.

But first let us define Worship

The Bible doesn’t give a formal definition of worship. But we can start by seeing what various words for worship means. The English word “worship” comes from two Old English words: weorth, which means “worth,” and scipe or ship, which means something like shape or “quality.” We can see the Old English word -ship in modern words like friendship and sportsmanship – that’s the quality of being a friend, or the quality of being a good sport.

So worth-ship is the quality of having worth or of being worthy. (Though some might debate this) When we worship, we are saying that God has worth, that he is worthy. Worship means to declare worth, to attribute worth. Or to put it in Biblical terms, we praise God. We speak, or sing, about how good and powerful God is.

This is the purpose we were called: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9). We were called for the purpose of praising God, worshiping God. That is one of the “job descriptions” of a Christian. We should declare that God is worthy, worth more than everything else put together.

NOTE THIS: The idea of worship in itself requires an object of worship. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel always had to make an object to worship each time they backslid. Just like the heathen nations then who had their idols they worshiped. For every human being there must be an idol of worship. It varies with the individual. When the scriptures say “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Mark 12:30 it didn’t leave space for the love of anything else but yourself and that is the standard of the love that is allowed for you to have for your neighbor.

God told us to concentrate all that we have on Him, And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 Everything, to worship Him but man would rather idolize other things. But man goes far beyond that and worships all kinds of things, from women to men, their children, money, work, alcohol, drugs, cars generally possessions, in fact, anything that takes preeminence in your life becomes your idol of worship whether you like it or not.

 

It is not different with the Christian today; we often place other things before God and make them our idols, unless we are not being truthful. That was why Jesus had to come to correct that, to show us the proper object of worship, God, Jesus the Christ is God incarnate.

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9

John 12: 45 “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.”

Colossians 1: 15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”

You say, “But we all know that.” No sir, we don’t all know it. Thank God if you know that but I was at an annual program of a church recently when their leader, a highly respected man of God with a considerably large followership told his congregation that the Holy Spirit told him that the Church had neglected Him who is present with us since Jesus left off to heaven and that the Church only concentrates on God the Father and Jesus who is not even presently here. When I drew his attention to that error, to correct him a few days after the program, he simply told me “it is a personal revelation from the Holy Spirit so I don’t expect you to understand it.” So I asked him

“But shouldn’t any revelation from the creator of the universe tally with His scriptures?

Because in 2 Peters 1:19-20 it says:

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” “a more sure word of prophesy” is in reference to the scriptures and it goes further to say no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” The bible is and should be the final authority in all matters concerning God and the Church. God sent the scriptures to us through the prophets. That is why we can be sure that scriptures are infallible and are a pointer to the mind of God. Whatever we cannot support with scriptures should be trashed!

He simply responded…

“I am not going to argue theology with you. I told you it is a revelation from the Holy Spirit. Do you understand?” Well, that was the bottom line of all he said in the nine minutes or so we spent on the phone.

So, back to the subject. Like I told you before, God came down and took on the form of man, in Jesus “…But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Colossians 2:7 to show us what should be our correct “object of worship”, He Himself. The Holy Spirit is an invincible member of the Godhead. Right from creation in Genesis, no one had seen Him but God came in form of man to show us Himself so we can have the correct object of worship.

Because the Holy Spirit will be resident in us while Jesus left this planet, the Lord had to tell us that from that time hence forth, any true worshiper of God has to do so in the mode of the spirit for God is Spirit. “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24

We do not need a physical idol again like in the olden days; we can connect to God via our spirit man. That does not translate to directing worship to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead no doubt about that and the Third Person of the Triune God. When we worship, honor, praise or give glory to the Father and Son, He already is a party to it because they are one. But singularly as the third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit does not seek to be worshipped, praised, honored, nor glorified like the Father or Son at all because He is resident in the believer, maintaining His invincibility and mandated to help and lead believers to be in line with the will of God “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27) and for all men to honor the Father by honoring the Son. “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” (John 5:23) and

I wonder, in that last verse of scripture above, can we conclude that the Lord Jesus who uttered those words forgot to mention the third member of the Godhead? I would believe the answer is an emphatic NO. The Holy Spirit never seeks for prominence in any way, if that ever happens, He will be leaving His legal position ascribed to Him. He is to comfort, guide, and encourage the believer among other assignments to be closer and better people for God the Father through His Son Jesus.

 

Now please take note of these scriptures:

a)    “…Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2

b)    “…And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him.” Matthew 2:11.

(Jesus received worship as a baby)

 

c)     “…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10

d)    “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33

(Jesus and the Father receiving worship.)

 

e)     “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Philippians 3:3

 (We are to worship God IN THE MODE of the Spirit of God in man. Romans 8:9, 11,   14-15)

f)      “Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” 1 Peter 1:21

g)    “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” John 5:22-23            

h)    Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him” John 13:31-32

 

(NOTE: The Holy Spirit is not mentioned in any of those scriptures above)

Again, my question; in all these Glory, worship and honor written in the scriptures was the Holy Spirit forgotten as a member of the Godhead? Certainly Not!!! I believe it is simply because He has a different role to play in the life of the believer and receiving worship, honor, thanks or praise DIRECTLY is certainly NOT one of them. 

 

Jesus said “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Matthew 28:19. That is one of the jobs He has as the Holy Spirit.

 

The Holy Spirit seeks to help us have this mind of Christ in us, not to focus anything on Himself. It is written:

Let this mind be in you, (You are advised and it is a choice. It has to do with your will) which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

 

God the Father is reconciling the world to Himself through the Son by the facility of the Holy Spirit. That is why all invitations point to the Son Jesus Christ and NONE to the Holy Spirit. People in the world worship all kinds of spirits and seek after spirits. How do we differ from them if we too, children of the true God, we the light of the world, now join them in spirit worship? After He came down in person to show us that He and He alone should be our idol in worship. It is because of the other spirits in the world that the Holy Spirit in us wishes us to be chaste in our relationship with God through the Son of God, Jesus. This reconciled relationship through the Son is how God calls the unbeliever to Himself through our witnesses, the way we comport ourselves in our daily lives and in our evangelism.

 

You say “But it is the Holy Spirit that is here and not Jesus”. Very true, He is the one Jesus left behind to help us achieve but not to DIRECT WORSHIP TO HIM.

If you read in John 14:12-14 it says a lot about who is still in charge regardless of any absence.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” Note here. Jesus said “I go unto my father” that means in His absence from the earth 

“And whatsoever ye shall ask IN MY NAME, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” You ask Jesus IN HIS NAME even during His absence from the earth, not in any other name. He said He will do it. No one else does it…

 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I WILL DO IT.” This is all about Jesus and the Father. Not one single time did He include the Holy Spirit when it came to the issue of worship, Honor, praise, thanks giving, adoration, glory etc. His role is different from that of the Father and the Son. He is the perfect “gentle man”, the “divine facilitator” given to the believer to help him attain the heights God has purposed for him.

 

Conclusion on the Holy Spirit worship:

It is written that it is the name of Jesus that is above every other name. He is the one that wrought our salvation. Acts of The Apostles 4:12. It is through Him and Him alone that anyone can get to God the Father (John 14:6) whatever it is, be it worship, praise, adoration, honor, thanksgiving, magnification, etc. It has to be through the Son of God, Jesus. The Holy Spirit will help our weaknesses and properly direct everything we do in worship to the Father through the Son Jesus. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27

From the scriptures we have gone through, I can confidently conclude that to single out the Holy Spirit and DIRECT worship, honor, praise, adoration, glory etc. to Him will NOT be scripturaly correct for I have not found one scripture that even suggests it.

Let us call a spade a spade; it is an error in worship.

But for the mercy of God and especially the Grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ as our advocate, all judgments are stayed and even overlooked by God. That is how the Spirit of Grace shields us, even in our errors, we are not consumed. You could say “Hey, what is the fuss all about? It’s no big deal. God understands your heart in worship, He knows you are sincere”

Perfectly true, He knows! He knows you are sincere but sincerely wrong. That doesn’t make it right. That is why it is written “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 If it were a matter of “anything goes, God understands. He looks at the heart.” Why would His scriptures instruct you to study so you could correctly apply the word of truth? The phrase “Rightly dividing the word of truth.” occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means, properly, to cut straight, to divide right. Some scripture interpreters say it is an allusion here to the Jewish priest cutting or dividing the sacrifice into proper parts; others, that the allusion is to the Scribes dividing the law into sections; Robinson (Lex.) renders it, “rightly proceeding as to the word of truth;” that is, rightfully and skillfully teaching the word of truth. The idea seems to be, that the minister of the gospel is to make a proper distribution of that word, adapting his instructions to the circumstances and wants of his hearers, and giving to each that which will be fitted to nourish the soul for heaven.” You must be skillful in the things of God, for your own good. That way, you will not sincerely misinterpret scriptures.

 

I know this is a very sensitive topic and you might be tempted to just overlook or even trash the whole thing. All I can do is just implore you by the mercies of God to ask the Lord Jesus, and I believe like always “…when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

You cannot afford to be slipshod or lackadaisical about it. God demands you be thorough. That can only come when you diligently study the scriptures. 

NOTE: It is possible to sincerely and wrongly divide the word of truth if your study is slipshod.

 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.



The fuss is about worshiping God like God wants it done, His own way. How can another person dictate to you what to do with your own personal property? It’s unheard of. It says there, “Throughly Furnished” The man of God, the preacher of righteousness, the minister of the Gospel, the person who derives his commission from God, and always appears as His herald and servant. A preacher of the Gospel first should be a man or woman of lowly heart, humble to the letter. He or she should be of the soundest sense, the most cultivated mind, the most extensive experience, one who is deeply taught of God, and who has deeply studied man; one who prays, reads a lot, and studies a lot; one who takes up his work as from God, does it as before God, and gives all the glory to God; one who abides under the inspiration of the Almighty, and who has hidden the word of God in his heart, that he might not sin against Him. That is what Ephesians 2:5-11 is all about.

Change usually is not easy to embark on; especially one that you have been so used to. But it is only in submission to God that you get help from the Holy Spirit, again that does not translate to Holy Spirit worship.

While we are still on the worship topic, it will not be complete if I left out another error a group of people from a particular denomination are known for, the worship of “Mary”. Though the Roman Catholic member will not agree he worships Mary rather he would say it is honor that he honors her. So again, let us find out the meaning of worship from some English dictionaries and then how the scripture defines it.



Merriam Webster:  The act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god.

Google: The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. “worship of the Mother Goddess” synonyms: reverence, revering, worshiping, veneration, venerating, adoration, adoring, -olatry, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, praising, praying to, glorification, glorifying, glory, exaltation, exalting, extolment, extolling, homage, respect, honor, honoring, esteem; dulia, latria; rare laudation, magnification

 

Now, let us check out the Bible’s definition of Worship.

In the Old Testament, there are seven Hebrew words commonly used for “worship”. These words are translated in many different ways: worship, praise, shout, bless, thanks, sing, etc. Each word has a different meaning and context in which it is usually applied.

Here are the seven Hebrew words for worship:

 

Barak means to kneel or bow, to give reverence to God as an act of adoration,

Halal means to praise, to make a show or rave about, to glory in or boast upon, to be clamorously foolish about your adoration of God (as in Hallelujah)

Shachah means to depress or prostrate in homage or loyalty to God, bow down, fall down flat

Tehillah means to sing hallal, a new song, a hymn of spontaneous praise glorifying God in song

Todah means an extension of the hand, avowal, adoration, a choir of worshipers, confession, sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving

Yadah means to use, hold out the hand, to throw (a stone or arrow) at or away, to revere or worship (with extended hands, praise thankful, thanksgiving)

Zamar means to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument i.e. play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice, to celebrate in song and music, give praise, sing forth praises, psalms



In the New Testament There are three Greek words used in the New Testament for “worship”

PROSKUNEO: It is the most common word in the New Testament for “worship” (pronounced pros-kü-ne’-ō). This word occurs 60 times in the New Testament, 57 of which are in the four synoptic gospels, Acts, and Revelation. The other three instances occur in 1 Corinthians 14, Hebrews 1 and Hebrews 11 respectively. The literal definition means “to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand, to fawn or crouch to, homage (do reverence to, adore): worship.”

1) To kiss the hand, in token of reverence

2) Among the Orientals, especially the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence

(3) By kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication – used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank, i.e.: to the Jewish high priests, to God, to Christ, to heavenly beings, and also to demons.

 

LATREUO: The second most common word for “worship” in the New Testament is Latreuo (pronounced lä-tryü’-ō), which appears 21 times. It means “to render religious service of homage.” It is commonly translated as the word “serve” when referring to serving God.

1) To serve for hire

2) To serve, minister to, either to the gods or men and used alike of slaves and freemen

a) In the NT, to render religious service or homage, to worship

b) To perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for his worship.

 

 

The third and last Greek word, SEBO (pronounced se’-bō). This word is used 10 times, 8 of which appear in the Acts of the Apostles. It means “to reverence” or “to hold in awe.” It is often translated as an English adjective, such as “devout”, “God-fearing”, or “religious”.

Remember, you worship God the way He wants you to, NOT the way you deem fit. What I’m about to reveal to you now is not exactly new, It’s an open secret. It might appear controversial. But if your whole idea of worship is to please the living God and none other, then please prayerfully check it out against scriptures and forget about what you currently know, be objective. The Bible is our ultimate and final arbiter as Christians. Your question should be, is this scripturally correct? If it is, then the onus is on you to make amends if you discover you are wrong. May God help us to do His will THE WAY HE WANTS IT DONE, Amen.

Please Note: I want to clearly and categorically state here without any iota of camouflaged ambiguity or equivocation nor do I intend to disrespect the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! I recognize her as the blessed virgin, who was chosen by God to conceive the Messiah Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of this therefore is to lay bare the evidence that the Roman Catholic Church as an institution has dangerously erred in elevating “Mother” Mary to a status that is outrageously blasphemous, and in doing so, have placed all the average lay-person of the Catholic Church in danger of idol worship. And this is against the whole of God’s command. For there are honestly sincere people there whose hearts are after God but they are all taught these blasphemous heresies. That is because Christians generally are too lazy to read or study the scriptures; we prefer to be spoon fed. 

Now, let’s do this. Earlier we saw worship defined from both the dictionary and the Bible as “reverence, veneration, adoration, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, praying to, glorification, exaltation, exalting, extolment, homage, respect, honor, rare laudation, magnification” etc.

I ask, in all honesty, what is the difference between the different modes of “honoring Mary” as the Roman Catholic Institution claims and the worship of God Almighty including prayers to the dead saints? The truth is, there is none. Everything written above is done during the “Honor” to Mary ritual or prayer to the dead ‘saints’. By the way, if you are born again you are already a saint of God. No human can make you one, God does it by Himself. Note: Saints are living people. Philippians 4:21, Romans 1:7, 8:27, 1 Corinthians 6:2 and many more references)

Somebody in the Vatican sold that lie about “honor to Mary” and the whole church bought it hook, line and sinker in fact including the rod. It is nothing short of idolatry. The whole idea was initiated by none other than Pope Pius IX in his Ineffabilis Deus (Latin for “Ineffable God”) it is an Apostolic constitution. It defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The decree was promulgated on the 8th of December, 1854, the date of the annual Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

The fact is Mary is only mentioned a few times in the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Two references as ‘a woman’ in the epistles Romans 1:3, Galatians 4:4. She was never portrayed as having any redemptive powers nor afforded special reverence. On the contrary, when Jesus spoke of Mary He never spoke of her as being above anybody and definitely not as someone to be adored, worshiped, venerated, prayed to, or raise images representing her. Mary herself never gave any indication that she was anything more than a chosen vessel of God to bear the Savior. See these scriptures below

John 2:3-5 “And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
The words in bold letters seem to convey a reproof to the Virgin Mary, for meddling with that which did not particularly concern her, His time to show Himself Publicly. He addressed Mary as He did the Syrophoenician woman in Matthew 15:28; as He did the Samaritan woman in John 4:21, same way He addressed her when He was hanging on the cross, John 19:26; same as He did His friend Mary Magdalene in John 20:15, and as the angels had addressed Mary Magdalene before in John 20:13; and same way Paul addressed the believing Christian woman in 1 Corinthians 7:16; in all the instances it is the Greek word gunai (woman) used. This for sure was not any kind of disrespect at all. It was meant to tell future readers of this event knowing what some will make of Mary that every member of the Church stands on the same pedestal with God. No one is more special “…For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:11

 

“Mine hour is not yet come” He was in essence saying “My time for working a miracle is not yet fully come. I don’t need to be reminded. What I do, I do when necessary, and not before.” Mary took the correction there and then and said to the people Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

The other incident is found in Matthew 12:46-50 “…While he (Jesus) yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Again this was no sign of disrespect from Jesus towards his mother, as proven throughout His whole life. See especially Luke 2:51; John 19:25-27. This question was asked to draw the attention of the hearers, and to prepare them for the answer; that is, to show them who has the nearest and most tender relation to Him. To do this He had to point to his disciples: that did not mean He was not close to His biological family but He wanted to show that the ties between Him and His disciples were more tender and sacred. You can’t begin to even imagine how great His love for his disciples was, when it was more than even that for his mother and His biological brothers! Same thing stands today, when you declare for the Lord and no other, He loves you even more, the love for His church surpasses all and He is ready to destroy whoever messes with her. “…If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:17

I have news for you, are you ready for it? Mary did not remain a virgin forever as the Catholic Church claims at least not according to scriptures. Jesus was virgin born through a miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit of God, but Mary and Joseph married and had many children, four more boys after the Lord and at least two girls. “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, (Plural, sisters with an S, at least two girls) are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?” Matthew 13:55-56. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem when He was 12 (Luke 2:42). Why would Joseph be present if He was not Mary’s husband? This was after twelve years Jesus was born, they were still together.

The act of honoring Mary the Catholic Church style and idolizing all the dead saints as they call them is nothing other than pure idol worship which is tantamount to idolatry. Our God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with anyone. God forbids idol worship, plain and simple.

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8 But in honoring Mary the Catholic way, you give God’s glory to another.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…” Exodus 20:4, 5

The only way to God the father is through Jesus. John 14:6 is very clear…

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 That’s Jesus and none other!!! 

 

We live in the dispensations of the New Testament and as such we cannot be practicing the Old Testament religion. We have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, not a religion.

 Back to our talk, I believe most Catholic people are sincere in their desire to worship God but they are sincerely wrong and are caught in a wrong religion. Mary was like any other human being. According to Romans 3:23 “…all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “All” that includes Mary, for she was human too and as such was as guilty as any one of us today according to that scripture. Even Mary said of herself, from her own lips “… My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:46-50

In the Bible, God is never called the Savoir of angels or of any holy being, but man alone. By calling God her Savoir, Mary acknowledged that she was a sinner, and needed God’s salvation; in this case Jesus. If she needed salvation herself, how can she save others? There is nowhere in the whole Bible where we are encouraged to trust in another for salvation. In the Old Testament, it is “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 The New Testament will boldly tell you “For there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, the man Christ Jesus 1 Timothy 2:5 None other but Jesus!!! And He is the only advocate “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE with the Father, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS 1 John 2:1 Not Mary.

The angel Gabriel said to Mary in Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he (Jesus Not Mary or any other) shall save his people from their sins.” Mary was Jewish, so she qualified for the Lord’s salvation. Without mincing words, Jesus alone is the deliverer NOT Mary nor the dead saints. Both Mary and the dead saints are dead and will remain dead until the day of resurrection. Jesus is the only one who had gone to heaven bodily and will be back for His own. “For the Lord himself (NOT MARY) shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first 1 Thessalonians 4:16

It is ONLY through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ that anyone can go to Heaven. Jesus paid the price for our sins with His own precious blood. Not Mary, not the Pope. The Pope IS NOT and can never be the Vicar of Christ. He is just a man like any other who heads a big religious organisation. If anyone is to qualify for that title, it is the Holy Spirit. Only He can deputize for Christ who by the way said “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13 : 5b. Though physically absent here on earth, through the Holy Spirit the Lord still reaches His people directly, He does not need any assistance from man to build His Church in the manner that the Catholic Church displays it.

This may not sound well to your hearing if you happen to belong to that institution but I must tell you the truth. For “…ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Like I said before, the bible is our final arbiter as Christians. If a practice cannot be found documented in it, that practice must be trashed regardless who is involved.

In the New Testament, there is no documentation or mention of the papacy, worship or adoration of Mary, the immaculate conception of Mary, the perpetual virginity of Mary, the assumption of Mary, or Mary as co-redeemer and mediator with Jesus, Mary as the queen of heaven, (by the way, The Queen of Heaven in scriptures is in reference to Ishtar, an Assyrian and Babylonian goddess also called Ashtoreth and Astarte by various other groups. She was thought to be the wife of the false god Baal, also known as Molech. God scolded the children of Israel for bowing down to it. Jeremiah 7:18, Jeremiah 44:17-25)

There is no mention of Petitioning saints in heaven for their prayers. IT IS ALL A BIG LIE!!! Heaven has no queen, nor does God have a mother. That title was bestowed on Mary by Pope Pius XII at the Council of Ephesus in AD 431. NOT FROM THE BIBLE Mary was the mother of Jesus.

We do not need another mediator after Jesus Christ to the throne of God. The scripture says Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16 it didn’t say to ask Mary. It says to come by yourself, BOLDLY.

God was not born by a human being. Mary was human, how could she be the mother of her creator? The error comes in the misunderstanding of the dual Nature of Jesus Christ. In Him is what is known as the hypostatic union. 100% man and 100% God. His humanity –Jesus was born by Mary through the Holy Spirit but His Deity –Christ was not born but was a gift to us.

“For unto us a child is born, (-Jesus was born human) unto us a son is given…” (-Christ Deity was given not born) Isaiah 9:6. That is why the scriptures refer to Him as both the Son of Man and the Son of God. Mary gave birth to a human being -Jesus, not to God –the Christ (the anointed)

If you Hail Mary or pray to the dead saints then you are committing IDOLATRY. I say this kindly and with an honest heart. You need to repent of it.

God hates idolatry!

Thou shalt not make unto thee ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me“  Exodus 20:4-5 When you bow down to images that simply means you hate God. There are no two words to describe it. Your actions scream it loud and clear. You don’t have to say it.

“Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols” Psalm 97:7.

Catholic people go to Mass; they hear the Scripture quoted and are taught to partake of Christ’s death in order to be a part of His resurrection. They are taught about the blood of Jesus and the mystery of the Gospel, and so forth. It all seems so religious.

But the most important part of it all they are not taught. They are not taught to be born-again as Jesus commanded in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The priest most often reads from a piece of paper and not from his heart as the Lord desires.

You need Christianity friend, NOT churchianity. You need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, not your own self-righteousness. Romans 10:3,4, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

You don’t need religion, you need Jesus. You don’t need the sacraments, you need the Savior. You don’t need the church, you need Christ. You need the Imputed Righteousness of Jesus Christ “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

I tell you, salvation is NOT found in a religion, but in a Person –the Lord Jesus Christ!

Call it like it is. According to the scriptures standards, the Roman Catholic Church is the biggest Christian CULT in the world! I’m not being judgmental I’m just saying it like it is.

For more on the false teachings and error in worship of the Catholics, just click on the link below.

http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/Catholic.html

See also a list of Catholic heresies.

Religion wants to fit us with glasses; the Lord wants to open our eyes.

John 8:32, 36, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free … If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

 

Now, this is another one that is surely going to get you to say “Hey Vince, you are going overboard with this your writings now” Again all I can tell you is let the facts speak for themselves, please check it out against scriptures. The fact that we were born into it or got it from our predecessors does not mean it is right. If it is not found in the scriptures, trash it, period!

The grace of God has been unbelievably gracious to us. It’s time we cleaned up our acts. You cannot pick and choose on how best to worship God; you MUST do it LIKE GOD WANTS IT DONE, HIS OWN LAID OUT WAY. Remember, “…the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” Acts 17:30 You have no excuse, the information is here now.

 

Are Church Choirs and Solos Scriptural?

Are they authorized by God as a part of the New Testament Christian worship? Or are they a form of ENTERTAINMENT man introduced to entertain himself in the name of worship? At what point in time were Choirs and Solos incorporated into the New Testament worship of the Almighty God the creator? For answers, we must go back in history and above all, turn to our final authority, the scriptures. I believe you agree with me that the Bible holds the written word of God for All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Now, let’s do this. “A Choir, also known as a Chorale or Chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. It is a body of singers who perform together as a group. (It could be circular or religious) Choir as we know them today began in the Catholic Church. Originally monks sang in unison tunes known as plainchant (or plainsong) to Latin religious texts. It was eventually standardised under Pope Gregory (around 500AD), the form became known as Gregorian Chant. Pope Gregory I (540 – 12 March 604), commonly known as Saint Gregory the Great, was Pope from 3 September 590 to his death in 604. Gregory is well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. He is also known as St. Gregory the  Dialogist in Eastern Christianity because of his Dialogues. For this reason, English translations of Eastern texts will sometimes list him as “Gregory Dialogus”. Throughout the Middle Ages he was known as “the Father of Christian Worship” because of his exceptional efforts in revising the Roman worship of his day. He was the first of the popes to come from a monastic background. Gregory was canonized by popular acclaim.” (Wiki)

 

This was 500 years after the Lord left this earth, people began alterations. Man does not have the right to add to, nor to take away from, the teachings from the scriptures Revelation 22:18-19. Though that scripture was primarily intended for the book of Revelation but it has a statute for general application. In other words you may apply same to the rest of the bible. Since the same thing was said to the children of Israel in the books of Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” And in Proverbs 30:5-6 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

The New Testament portion of scriptures is the standard of authority for what we do in the work and worship of God today Hebrews 8:6-7 says… “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” But for space, you can continue reading from verse 8-13 on your own.

 

There are five acts of worship in the New Testament for us today. Five is the number of Grace. Isn’t that wonderful? The Five Acts are

1          Singing “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord Ephesians 5:19 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.” Colossians 3:16

2          Giving “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” 2 Corinthians 9:6, 7

3          Prayer “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8

4          Eating the Lord’s supper “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 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. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 and the

5          Preaching of the Word of God “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2). “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” Acts 10:42, Matthew 28:19-20.

These Five Acts of Worship are authorized by direct statements, commands, implications, and approved examples.

Singing in worship is commanded by God. The New Testament contains many examples of Christians singing in worship TO GOD (Acts 16:25; Romans 15:9; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18, 19; Hebrews 2:12; James 5:13). These passages describe the kind of music God has authorized so His people can worship Him in spirit and in truth John 4:24. The God authorized kind of music is CONGREGATIONAL singing. It is done by every Christian present! It must be done with understanding. The purpose of the singing is for Christians to glorify God and to teach and admonish one another. In all the scripture verses above, there is none that suggests a Choir.

Let’s check out Ephesians 5:19 and analyze the verse the way it is set out in the Greek language. Words on blue are Greek words.“Speaking <laleo> to yourselves <heautou> in psalms <psalmos> and <kai> hymns <humnos> and <kai> spiritual <pneumatikos> songs <ode>, singing <ado> and <kai> making melody <psallo> in <en> your <humon> heart <kardia> to the Lord <kurios>”

The word translated “speaking,” <laleo> means “to utter words, to convey speech, to utter articulate sounds, to talk, to tell, to use words to declare one’s mind and thoughts.” The New Testament word translated “yourselves” <heautou> is a “reflexive” pronoun of the third person. It shows that the person who acts and the person who receives the action are one and the same. While one is speaking to others in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, others are also speaking to him in the same way. This is a clear reference to congregational singing where all mutually teach one another as they unite their voices in song. To obey this command, there must be an interchange of action.

But when one group or a person is active (a choir or soloist or you might say, the entertainers) and another group is passive (the listening audience) there is no interchange of action, even if you know the wordings of the song. Bottom line, choirs or solos negate Ephesians 5:19!

 

For decency and order in the assembly, there has to be a song leader to direct the congregation. So you can “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40

Does this verse teach congregational singing as well? Colossians 3:16 “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.” Let me not bore you with the Greek details but let me pick a few of them.

The New Testament Greek word <didasko>, which is translated “teaching,” means “to teach, instruct, by word of mouth.” It requires that the one who is taught understand the teaching given. The Greek word <noutheteo> translated “admonishing” means “to put into the mind, to caution or reprove, instruct, warn.” This teaching and admonishing is to be done to “one another.” The phrase “one another” <heautou> is translated from the same New Testament word as “yourselves” in Ephesians 5:19. Therefore, when the church is worshiping God by the act of singing, there is teaching and admonishing one another taking place. It’s not the same when a select few sings.

There are several important things here. First, the language of these two verses is such that it involves a plurality of individuals, the entire congregation. The imperatives “be filled” and “let (the word of Christ) dwell,” along with the explanatory plural participles, “speaking,” “singing,” “making melody,” “teaching,” etc., they indicate the activity of the CHURCH AS A WHOLE, a “mass choir” if you like, rather than individual action, or that of a small portion of the Church, as the Solo or Choral arrangement.

Second, like I said earlier, the terms <heautois> “one to another” Ephesians 5:19 and <heautou> “one another” Colossians 3:16 are grammatically classified as reciprocal, reflexive pronouns.

Colossians 3:16 clearly teaches congregational singing! But when one group or individual (the choir or soloist) is active, and another group is passive (the listening audience), there is no interchange of teaching and admonishing going on! It negates Colossians 3:16 as well.

Congregational singing, which is singing by every member of the congregation, what we call praise worship today was the practice of the Church in the first century. But many today claim that Choirs and Solos in the worship are permitted because the Bible is silent concerning them. When God commanded Christians to sing and admonish one another that automatically eliminated those two in worship. It was not necessary for God to add the eleventh commandment for how to present songs in worship. God is not verbose; when He specified congregational singing it totally eliminated Choirs and Solos. Not one scripture in the New Testament suggests the use of Choirs or Solos.

In all honesty, if we checked out these groups of worshipers, they are a committed and talented group of people who work so hard to put up a good performance in fact, to wow the congregation at each service. And as humans, they naturally enjoy the thundering applause they receive. Many of them sacrifice time, money and energy to be at rehearsals each time. But again, like Paul said of Israel in Romans 10:2 “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” That is a big problem. Sincerity in this case does not cut it. You are sincerely wrong! For in Hosea 4:6a it is written… “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Not lack of talent, not lack of anointing, not lack of prayers not lack of anything else, but lack of knowledge that destroys the PEOPLE OF GOD. Nothing else.

Like I said before, no man has the right to add to, nor to take away from, the teachings of the scriptures Revelation 22:18-19. This verse of scripture was primarily intended for the book of Revelation but it has a statute for general application. In other words you may apply same to the rest of the Bible. Since the same thing was said more than twice in the Old Testament to the children of Israel in the books of Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” And in Proverbs 30:5-6 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

 

Question:      Must worship be entertaining?

Many people seem to think so. Christians must realize that God has commanded that worship must be in “spirit and in truth” John 4:24. Not “in the flesh and vain.” This means that every Christian must worship with the correct attitude and actions. GOD IS THE ONE WHO IS BEING WORSHIPED. He is the “audience.” Therefore, He is the One who must be pleased or “entertained”, if I may use that word. Not the congregation!

Most of the time Choirs or Solos are more concerned with their performance, if the congregation or audience is thrilled rather than God being pleased. That is another angle to the whole display of what I call the unsolicited exhibition of faked spirituality. Like John said in his writing documented in John 3:30 “He must increase, but I (we) must decrease.”

Jesus said “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9 Choirs and Solos are man made. You cannot teach God how best to worship Him, He is God, the Almighty creator, we are humans the created!

Some may try to defend the use of Choirs and Solos by saying that 1 Corinthians 14:26 teaches such. But when you analyze it the verse will reveal that it has nothing of such. To say that “each one hath a psalm” does not mean that every one sang a Solo or that several sang Solos. A Psalm can be read, quoted or sung as the case may be. But in this context, Paul is dealing with the misuse of a spiritual gift. The best explanation of what the verse means is in Acts 4:23-30. When the disciples heard what had happened to Peter and John, they lifted up their voice to God in one accord. Acts 4:24.

Lyman Coleman, a church historian, wrote: “The prevailing mode of singing during the first three centuries was congregational. The whole congregation united their voices in the sacred song of praise, in strains suited to their ability…. the most ancient and most common mode of singing was confessedly for the whole assembly;  men, women and children blend their voices in their songs of praise in the great congregation” (Ancient Christianity Exemplified, pages 329, 330).

All worship, at all times, and in all places should and MUST BE DONE “in spirit and in truth” John 4:24. If one does not worship in the right acts and with the right attitudes, I’m sorry to break this news to you but his worship is vain. I am not being judgmental. There is absolutely no authority in the New Testament for the use of Choirs and Solos in worship. Therefore, those who practice such are worshiping in vain and are guilty of sin. (Missing the mark –a sin not unto death) 1 John 5:16 Grace covers and tolerates a great deal for us today but “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2

But Really, What Is Wrong With Choirs and Solos?

In themselves nothing, absolutely nothing. If you want to have a competition or entertain people in a concert, no problem. But when you bring it into the pattern of worship of God, thereby altering the authorized pattern of worship, it becomes an error, for there is nothing in the New Testament to support it.

What has kept us going as if nothing is wrong has been “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost…” 2 Corinthians 13:14 Nothing more. But we should not abuse it nor take it for granted. We need to know what is expected of us and be in it. It’s called the perfect will of God.

The two eldest sons of Aaron Nadab and Abihu were among those privileged to see God and they lived to tell the story Exodus 24:9-11. But what one would regard today as a small negligible act ruined everything.

“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. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD” Leviticus 10:1-2.

The same heavenly fire that burst from God’s glory in the tabernacle to consume the animal sacrifice now fell upon the newly appointed priests and in violence they died. What did they do wrong? “offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.” It was double error:

1         They offered to God something profane, something not sanctified or made holy, something ordinary and unconsecrated.

2         They presumed to do something in worship before God which God had not commanded them to do.

These two guys acted on their own intuition, it must have looked proper. I’m sure they meant well and definitely no disrespect but the thing is God never approved of any other type of worship than the one Aaron their father taught them. We do exactly the same today when we design our own way to worship God. But thank God for “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20

Like I asked before, I ask again:

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2

God bless you and may the Lord Jesus help us to be more submissive to Him and humble enough to learn at His feet, Amen.

 

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