|Colossians 2:20-23 |
20 Therefore, if to die with Christ is separation from the customs and practices of the world, why do you decree [those customs and practices] like those of the world:
21 Do not touch; do not taste; do not handle,
22 [of] which all use is perishing along with the commands and doctrines of men?
23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in will-worship5 [worship from your carnal mind vs. with words supplied by the spirit], and [an appearance of] humility, and [an appearance of] neglect of the body; but have no value in restraining the indulgence of the flesh.
5 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in will-worship. "Will-worship" is worship that is pre-planned or worship that is controlled by the carnal mind of man, his carnal mind supplying the words of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. "Will-worship" is man worshiping in his will, not worship with words totally supplied by the Holy Spirit. The worship of the 45,000 sects of Christianity is nothing but "will-worship," planned by the carnal mind, (which carnal mind is enmity with God); even if sermons and prayers are not read and rehearsed, unless all words are supplied by the Holy Spirit and heard immediately before speaking, such worship is an abomination to the Lord. God is a Spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.
In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Mat 15:9. As today Christendom's worship has man-invented, non-scriptural infant baptism, grape juice and bread, the "Apostle's Creed," the offering, the benediction, sermons, the sinner's prayer, altar calls, confirmation, bible reading, prayers from the preacher, standing to sing, kneeling, bowing to the cross, making the cross with your hand on your body, all the so-called sacraments, etc. All are the inventions of man, not scripture-prescribed forms of worship. Besides corrupting worship as described in the Bible, Christendom does not even recognize behaviors that disqualify it members; Christendom has lost sight of sin, calling evil good, good evil, putting light for darkness; Christendom says peace, peace, when there is no peace; Christendom says to the sinner who walks after the imagination of his own heart, "you are righteous because you belong to our sect, no evil shall befall you." From the Word of the Lord within: "Christendom has gutted the teachings of Jesus and have made the Bible an excuse for remaining immersed in their sins. Christianity has no idea what I am or for what I stand. None of the churches reflect true Christianity. When they pray, they don't pray to God; they pray to their collective conscience." Christendom ignores the Bible's exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions. Christendom tells their followers that the law is dead; except of course, they claim you are still required to tithe with your money. Christendom does not understand proper prayer, proper worship, waiting on God, grace, repentance, the inner law, the cross, the rest, the light, salvation, or the word; they perish for lack of knowledge. Christendom has broken the covenant — making the blood of Jesus and unholy thing, used to excuse sin in their members. Retribution for this spite of grace looms.
God is a Spirit, and those who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth, John 4:23-24, which is to worship with words supplied by the Spirit, while you are also in Truth, (in union with Jesus, who is the Truth). So worship from your carnal mind, (which is enmity with God), speaking from your mind's will, praying from your mind, reciting a previous teaching, singing from your mind, reading from the Bible without direction — they are all out of a worship that is in spirit and truth, and an abomination to the Lord, including all the so-called sacraments.
The Word of the Lord within has described the programmed will-worship of the sects as "theater!" Think about it, and you can see the will-worship of man is nothing but a staged performance — planned, rehearsed, accompanied by extensive music, often even guided with a printed program — just like a stage play. The only thing missing is an intermission to sell snacks and drinks.