The True Christian and Presbyterian View of
I. The Worship of God
Worship of God must be True & Spiritual Worship. All other worship
is either not worship, or worship of a false god.
John 4:21-24: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour
cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem,
the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for
is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh
such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
him in spirit and in truth.
II. Spiritual Worship
Zechariah 7:5-7: Speak unto all the people of the land, and
to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and
month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?
And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves,
and drink for yourselves? Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath
cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in
and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and
That worship which is spiritual is that which standeth not in outward
actions and works of the hands, but of the heart, when we, out of fear
and love for our God, do with great humility and reverence address
unto Him in praise, thanksgiving, and supplication, so communicating with
Him and of Him, that we may partake of the grace which is therein
to us, and glorify Him in love and a holy zeal, with all of our heart,
mind, soul, and strength.
Acts 17:24-25: God that made the world and all things therein,
seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made
with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed
any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things....
III. True Worship distinguished from false worship, idolatry, and
Micah 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what
doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and
to walk humbly with thy God?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13: And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy
God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his
and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with
all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes,
I command thee this day for thy good?
Mark 12:30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
this is the first commandment.
True worship of God is that service rendered to Him in the willing acts
of obedience to His own word as an expression of our submission unto and
high esteem for His will in preference to that of ourselves. As the Word
of God is fixed and unchanging, so also, there may be nothing added to
nor retracted from His commandments in regards to His worship. All
of the judgments and feelings of men over the word of God is truly an
exalting of man's authority above that of God and such service is
most certainly idolatrous in setting man above God, superstitious in
holy what God does not, and therefore no true worship of God, but rather
devils. It is God's command, His own Word, which sanctifies true worship,
that we, thus resting upon His Word by faith, may truly please Him through
our obedience. Thereby only may we come before him in faith, when as we
confidently trust that our worship is accepted, because His word tells
us that it is according to His will.
Acts 5:29: Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said,
We ought to obey God rather than men.
IV. The Vanity of Worship as ordained by man
Luke 16:15: That which is highly esteemed among men is
in the sight of God.
Deuteronomy 12:29-32: When the LORD thy God shall cut off the
nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou
succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that
thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from
before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did
these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt
not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which
he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their
daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever
I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish
I Corinthians 10:20: But I say, that the things which the
sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that
ye should have fellowship with devils.
Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
of them that diligently seek him.
Romans 14:23: And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because
he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Romans 10:2-3: For I bear them record that they have a zeal
of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's
righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have
not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Commands & Traditions of men are forbidden in worship. Further,
their use tends to diminish the use of the proper and true worship of God.
Matthew 15:1-9: ... But he answered and said unto them, Why
do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? ... ye
make the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye
well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto
me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart
is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines
the commandments of men.
V. Holy Zeal for God's worship, requires an holy zeal against all other
Mark 7:6-9: ... in vain do they worship me, teaching for
the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold
the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such
like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the
of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
I Peter 1:18: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed
with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers.
God's people are commanded to destroy all elements of, and end all uses
of, false worship and idolatry.
Deuteronomy 12:1-4: These are the statutes and judgments, which
ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers
thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. Ye shall
utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess
served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under
every green tree: And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their
pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven
images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.
VI. God's Hatred of False Worship and the Just punishment thereof
II Corinthians 6:16-18: And what agreement hath the temple of
God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they
shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
the Lord Almighty.
Worship not commanded by God, just as all other idolatry and
is justly punished by death.
Leviticus 10:1-3: And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took
either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon,
and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died
before the LORD. Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD
saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all
the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
VII. Obedience - The only worship or honour acceptable unto God
Deuteronomy 13: ... And that prophet, or that dreamer of
shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the
LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed
you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the
LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away
from the midst of thee. (v.5)
Deuteronomy 17:1-5: ... if it be true, and the thing certain,
that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth
that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy
gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till
God is pleased only with obedience to Him, not inventions and
we voluntarily offer according to our own mind's devising without or
to God's instruction.
Colossians 2:18-23: Let no man beguile you of your reward in
a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those
which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not
the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment
ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though
living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not;
handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the
and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will
worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to
the satisfying of the flesh.
VIII. Holydays, as Ordained by men
I Samuel 15:22-23: And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great
in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of
rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD,
he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Humanly invented holydays are false worship as typified by the example
of the evil King Jeroboam's appointment of a new feast which had not been
commanded by God, but invented of his own heart, as well as the idolatrous
feast commanded by Aaron without God's authority.
I Kings 12:32-13:5: And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth
month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in
Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing
unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of
the high places which he had made. So he offered upon the altar which he
had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the
which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the
of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense....
VIIII. Holydays, as Ordained by Antichrist
Exodus 32:5-7: And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before
it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the
LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings,
and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink,
and rose up to play. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for
thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted
Humanly invented holydays are elements of the worship appointed by
he who has thought to "change times and laws" without respect to God's
Law. This is the "Pontifix Maximus" - first the Roman Emperor, then the
Roman Pope, who has invented many holydays to add to God's word, as though
he were God and sat in the very throne of God to command His people how
they ought to worship.
Daniel 7:25: And he shall speak great words against the most
High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change
times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and
times and the dividing of time.
X. Holydays, as Ordained by God, and Corrupted by Man
II Thessalonians 2:3-10: Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and
that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and
himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he
as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God....
Revelation 13:11-12: And I beheld another beast coming up out
of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth
the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose
deadly wound was healed.
God hates even holydays which He has commanded when they have been
by idolatry, covetousness (which Paul says is the same thing - Colossians
3:5 and Ephesians 5:5,) drunkenness, gluttony, unchastity, and other sins.
All these things, especially covetousness, abound during our modern
Isaiah 1:11-16: To what purpose is the multitude of your
unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and
the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of
lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required
this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations;
is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of
I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new
moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble
unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands,
I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will
not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away
the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil.
XI. Holydays ordained by God for the Jews
Amos 5:21-27: I hate, I despise your feast days, and
I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt
and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard
the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the
of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let
judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have
ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years,
O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and
Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD,
whose name is The God of hosts.
Malachi 2:3: Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung
upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take
you away with it.
The holydays and feasts appointed by God in the Old Testament have all
been abrogated along with the ceremonialism of the Levitical Priesthood
and its symbolic sacrifices and rites in the Temple, which were only
of things to come in Christ Jesus. Such holydays we are now forbidden to
keep "holy" because Christ, having come as the fullness of all those
shadowed forth, has made that whole system of worship "desolate."
Daniel 9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for
one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and
the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall
make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall
be poured upon the desolate.
XII. Persecution from those who practice vain religion
Matthew 23:38: Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Galatians 4:9-11: But now, after that ye have known God, or
rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and
and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you
labour in vain.
Christians are not to allow Pagans and Jews to judge them for not
Pagan and Jewish holydays.
Colossians 2:16-17: Let no man therefore judge you in meat,
or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the
sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of
XIII. Trees in worship
The "Green Tree" has long been a center of false worship for pagans,
even from the days of Moses until today.
Deuteronomy 12:2: Ye shall utterly destroy all the places,
the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high
and upon the hills, and under every green tree.
XIV. xMASS Trees
I Kings 14:23: For they also built them high places, and
and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
Ezekiel 6:13: Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their
slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every
high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree,
and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour
to all their idols.
See also II Kings 16:4, 17:10, II Chronicles 28:4, Isaiah 57:5,
Jeremiah 2:20, 3:6, 3:13, Ezekiel 20:47
The Pagan practice of setting up and decorating evergreen trees within
the home is condemned in the Bible and God's people are forbidden to learn
such heathenish practices or anything else from the false religion of the
Jeremiah 10:2-5: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the
heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are
dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one
cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman,
with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten
it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the
palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot
go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it
in them to do good.
XV. Worshipping Images of the Mother & Son
Worship of the Babylonian infant sun god Tammuz, whose birthday the
Babylonians established on December 25th, is mentioned and abominated in
the Bible, as is the worship of the "Queen of Heaven" who is the mother
of Tammuz. The practice of making graven images of a Mother and Son ("Mary"
and "Jesus") to sit under a tree or on the front lawn for the world's
is identical to the pagan practice of worshiping the images of the Mother
and Son (Queen of Heaven and Tammuz) honoured by pagans during the Winter
Solstice. ("Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image....)
Ezekiel 8:13-14: He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again,
and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me
to the door of the gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north;
and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
XVI. The Pagan Mythology of xMASS
Jeremiah 7:17-23: ... The children gather wood, and the fathers
kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the
queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that
they may provoke me to anger....
Jeremiah 44:25-28: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and
fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that
we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out
drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely
perform your vows. Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that
dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith
the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of
Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth. Behold, I
will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah
that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the
famine, until there be an end of them....
Exodus 20:4-6: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,
or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the
earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth....
Deuteronomy 4:15-20: Take ye therefore good heed unto
for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto
you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves,
and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness
of male or female....
The Myth of Santa Clause is just as Pagan as lying is un-Christian.
Santa Clause is a devil worshipped by the devil worship of families and
churches throughout the world who falsely claim the name Christian while
teaching their children that this god can see all things, knows all things
which we do, and rewards all the world with gifts according to his
He is the god which the world would believe in: one who is far away,
and never punishes anyone. He shows up once a year while everyone else
is sleeping and doesn't disturb anyone. This is not the God of the Bible.
This is the god of this world.
Exodus 23:1: Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine
hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
XVII. The one day Holy to God & His people
Proverbs 6:16-19: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea,
seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands
that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet
that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies,
and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Proverbs 12:19: The lip of truth shall be established for ever:
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Proverbs 26:28: A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted
by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Ephesians 4:25: Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man
truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
I Corinthians 10:20: But I say, that the things which the
sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that
ye should have fellowship with devils.
II Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel
of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
II Thessalonians 2:9: Even him, whose coming is after the
of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.
God commands His people to keep the Sabbath Day, the Lord's Day, holy,
as a remembrance of the great work of salvation that God has wrought for
His people in Jesus Christ, and as a day of rest wherein His people may
cease from their labours and all cares of the world, so that they may
devote themselves to the true worship and service of the LORD.
Exodus 20:8-11: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy....
Hebrews 4:9-11: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people
of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from
his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into
that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Mark 2:27-28: And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for
man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also
of the sabbath.
Matthew 12:8: For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath
Revelation 1:10-11: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's
day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am
and Omega, the first and the last:...
Jeremy T. Kerr 19971225
There is no day commanded in scripture to be kept holy under the gospel
but the Lord's day, which is the Christian Sabbath. Festival days,
called Holy-days, having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be
From the Appendix to the Directory for the Public Worship of
God adopted in 1645 by the Churches of Scotland, England, and Ireland as
part of their Covenanted Uniformity
All festivals should be abolished, and Sunday alone retained.... Here is
the reason: since the feast days are abused by drinking, gambling,
and all manner of sin, we anger God more on holy days than we do on other
days. Things are so topsy-turvy that holy days are not holy, but working
days are. Nor is any service rendered to God and his saints by so many
From Martin Luther's Treatise to the Christian Nobility of
the German Nation, 1520
The idolatry and superstition of the Church of Rome in the worship of God,
is their idolatrous kneeling at the sacrament, asserting that the bread
is turned into the real body of Christ; their idolatrous worshipping of
Christ by the crucifix; their idolatrous pictures and images of God, which
they bow before; and their idolatrous bowing at the altars and towards
the east; their idolatrous praying to angels and saints, especially to
the Virgin Mary; their offering up the unbloody sacrifice of the host;
their superstitious fastings and abstaining from flesh in Lent; their
holidays; their superstitious priests' surplice; their adding cream,
oil, and spittle to the wafer, and signing with the cross in baptism;
baptizing of bells; their praying upon beads; and many more superstitious
customs, for which there is not the least command in the Scripture.
From Thomas Vincent's Explanation of the Shorter Catechism,
... Contrary [to scriptural] doctrine, we understand whatsoever men, by
laws, councils, or constitutions have imposed upon the consciences of men,
without the expressed commandment of God's word: such as be vows of
forswearing of marriage, binding of men and women to several and disguised
apparels, to the superstitious observation of fasting days, difference
of meat for conscience sake, prayer for the dead; and keeping of holy days
of certain saints commanded by man, such as be all those that the Papists
have invented, as the feasts (as they term them) of apostles, martyrs,
virgins, of Christmas, Circumcision, Epiphany, Purification, and other
fond feasts of our lady. Which things, because in God's scriptures they
neither have commandment nor assurance, we judge them utterly to be
from this realm; affirming further, that the obstinate maintainers and
teachers of such abominations ought not to escape the punishment of the
From the First Book of Discipline of the Church of Scotland,
Observing festivals of human institution, under pretence of piety, is
delusion: it is not acceptable to God [Mat.15.9.]: it diminishes respect
for the Lordís day [Mark 7.9.]: it has an immoral tendency [Ezek.43.8.]:
it reflects upon the wisdom of God [Col.2.23.]: it is a direct violation
of the moral law [Exod.20.9.]; and is one of the principal branches of
antichristian superstition [Dan.7.25.]: the knowledge and experience of
true religion disappear from any church, in proportion as zeal for the
observation of festivals manifests itself.
From The Ecclesiastical Catechism, Alexander McLeod, Pastor
of the Reformed Presbyterian Congregation in the City of New-York,
Other references available on the internet include:
Gillespie, George. A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies
on the Church of Scotland. 1637.
Hislop, Alexander. The Two Babylons. 1858.
Bannerman, James. The Church of Christ. 1869.