By Clifton Fox, Church of Christ
When I was a child, my mom often gave me instructions that included the word “must.” For example: You “must” eat your vegetables before you can have dessert. Or she would say, You “must” do your chores before you can go outside to play. I knew precisely what she meant by the word “must.” There was no wiggle room. I had to do exactly what she said, the way she said to do it…or else.
Jesus himself addressed the correct way true worshippers “must” worship God (Jn 4:23-24). He said “True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him Must worship in spirit and truth.”
Some say, “It’s OK to NOT worship exactly the way God says in the New Testament. Jesus didn’t think so. Here is God’s assessment of worshippers with such a poor attitude: