In Spirit and Truth
“God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, Must worship Him in Spirit
and in Truth, (John 4:24).
Here are two principles of worship without which all worship of God is
vain. God must be worshipped in spirit – a heart worship – as opposed to
mere forms and ceremonies, going through the motions with body and lip
service, etc. If the heart does not pray it, the prayer is not accepted.
IF the heart does not sing it, the song is not accepted. If the heart
does not believe it, it is vain to profess it. Those who worship God,
must worship in spirit (Romans 10:10).
Those who worship God in spirit must also worship Him in truth. God has
revealed Himself in His Word of truth as who HE is; how HE saves; by
whom HE saves; the way in which any one must approach unto Him to
worship. All worship that is contrary to truth is vain worship. All who
worship God must worship Him in truth. Someone has said, “How
astonishing is the fact, that man dares to introduce his miserable
inventions to deform the scriptural simplicity of divine; as if God who
makes all things perfect, had, in this most important institution,
forgotten to direct the use of altars – magnificent vestment – pomp and
ceremonies. When will man, with child-like simplicity, follow gospel rules?”