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Aren’t Good Intentions Good Enough?

February 2, 2011

John Allan

There are many people in the religious world who understand that God is worthy of worship. They have no doubt about that fact and they also desire to offer worship to God. Yet among these, there are many folks who do not worship God as He has authorized.

Is it possible that people who sincerely intend to please God could offer worship that was not acceptable to Him? Is it fair for God to give specific instructions for worship, or should He be expected to receive anything that is offered to Him in sincerity?

The Bible makes it plain that God must be worshiped “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Since God has this expectation He must have revealed instruction on the matter. If that instruction is not heeded then our worship cannot honestly be “in truth.”

Yet, there are some who believe that good intentions are good enough because they persist in practicing things in worship which God has not authorized. Their sincerity is not in question here; they must believe that their actions are acceptable to God or they would not do them. The question is whether their sincerity makes an unauthorized practice acceptable to God. The answer to this question is no.

When I was in college I purchased a set of blocks which were to be constructed to form a tank. I desired to build the tank and earnestly and sincerely began the work. Months later I gave the blocks away to a relative. Sincerity could not build that tank; it took having the knowledge to construct it properly and putting the blocks together. Even with directions I struggled. Eventually I became frustrated and gave up.

There are instructions to follow in worship. In the New Testament God has revealed what goes into worship that is pleasing to Him. By putting those building blocks together we create worship that pleases God. Without following the instructions no amount of desire or sincerity can produce the result God has ordered and deserves.

Good intentions alone are not good enough. They must be blended with acts that are harmonious with what God has authorized. May that be the case with us!

-John Allan
Minister, Clinton Church of Christ

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 at 10:06 am and is filed under Worship.

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