- Worship is following the blueprint in the book of Acts.
The practice of establishing authority by command, apostolic example and necessary inference, is a doctrine that descends from the Scottish Enlightenment, the reformed Presbyterians, the Puritans and Ulrich Zwingli.
See here for an example of this teaching in the Churches of Christ.
Worship is telling God how much you appreciate what he has done for you. Worship is every positive thing that goes on in your head and in your heart.
RT – What an interesting comment! He says nothing concerning whether it is wrong or not, he only speaks of its origin (or so he thinks). Does he really want to dismiss the idea of “establishing authority” in some way other than God’s commands? Does he want to “establish authority” in some way other than the apostolic examples recorded in the New Testament? Evidently he does. He described (or defined) worship as “Worship is every positive thing that goes on in your head and in your heart.” By whose authority did he establish this decree (for that is what it is)? Was it by God’s command? If so, one would think the Scripture would so declare. Was it by apostolic teaching or example? If so, then surely the author of this authoritative declaration would have set forth a word from any one of them so declaring. Yet, in both cases, there is not a word from God on this. In fact, the only authoritative word are the presumptuous words of our author. Not much authority, it seems to me.
The word “worship” (proskuneō) means to make obeisance, do reverence to (Vines 1258); to fall down and/or worship someone (Mounce 810). Note how this does not conform to the assertion of our web-article. Moreover, note how this does not conform to the Scripture in John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (ESV). One translation reads this way, “God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth” (Contemporary English Version). Some translations read “reality,” “genuine,” as if to convey in accordance with the nature of God (“in harmony with the Nature and Will of God,” Cambridge Greek Testament Commentary). An important question in relation to this. If “truth” is in accordance with one’s own way of thinking, then how can one know whether or not he is right? He can’t; he can think he is right, but he can’t know it. Jeremiah 10:23 makes this abundantly clear (cf. 17:9; Proverbs 14:12). Since man can’t know, then is it not better to follow the pattern as set forth by the apostles? If it is, then why the resistance? For one reason only: “Because I want to!”
Here is a reminder from Scripture about what Paul thought his approach should be (all from the ESV): 1 Corinthians 14:37 – “If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 4:17 – “That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. Romans 15:18 – “For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience–by word and deed…”
- God is reluctant to forgive.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” –Luke 15:20
RT – This is utter and complete nonsense! He offered no evidence of this, not even his own so-called experience.