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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8752 false worship
8752 false worship

8752 false worship

Forms of worship that are not worthy of God, especially worship offered without sincerity and obedience or that is contrary to the commands of God.

Examples of false worship

Worship conducted in disobedience to God Lev 10:1-2 See also Nu 3:2-4; 1Sa 15:1-23; 2Ki 17:33

Worship and sacrifices offered by those who were not priests 1Sa 13:11-14 See also 2Ch 26:19-20

Insincere worship Isa 29:13 See also Mt 15:8-9; Mk 7:6-7; Col 2:23

Worship lacking in due humility and reverence Mt 6:5 See also Lk 18:10-14

Worship conducted in ignorance of God Jn 4:22 See also Ac 17:22-23

Scripture vividly contrasts false worship with true worship

True worship involves the worshipper’s heart, soul and mind Dt 6:5 pp Mt 22:37 pp Mk 12:30 pp Lk 10:27

True worship is costly 2Sa 24:24; Mk 12:41-44; Ro 12:1 True worship involves the whole of a person’s life and not just formal acts of worship.

True worship is in the spirit Jn 4:23-24 See also Isa 29:23; Php 3:3; 1Ti 2:9; Heb 12:28

See also

5135blindness, spiritual
6183ignorance, of God
7413priesthood, OT
8748false religion
8784nominal religion

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