About this Site
Jesus himself said that the only way to be a true worshipper is to worship God in spirit and in truth. What does this really mean? How do I know I’m not a false worshipper? Have you ever wondered? I’ve been asking myself what it means to worship in spirit and in truth, as well as other questions of faith, for over 30 years now and have come to some startling conclusions…
Welcome to the Worship in Spirit and in Truth website. This is my maiden post to kick off the site. The name of this site is based on the verse of the Bible from the parable of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:1-42. Jesus told the woman in verses 22-24.
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation 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 worship him in spirit and in truth.
If true worshippers will worship both in spirit and in truth, does that mean those who don’t worship this way are false worshippers? I am convinced that much of what the Bible teaches about knowing and worshipping God can be harvested from this verse and the context of this story by a biblical understanding of the meaning of both spirit and truth. The Samaritan woman believed in God and worshipped him according to the tradition of her heritage, but it was a false worship. The Jews worshipped in Jerusalem, but even their worship had become apostate and would be completely replaced by another way. Jesus declared that shortly the only way to worship God would be in spirit and in truth. And so the question remains, what does it mean for us to worship God in spirit and in truth? What does it mean to be a true worshipper? How can it be done?
The purpose of this entire web site is to answer these questions by focusing on knowing and worshipping the God of the Bible “in spirit and in truth” and it will be fitting for one of the first posts to be about the Samaritan woman. But for now, let’s first continue with an introduction about myself.
My Christian quest has been one of continual searching to find the reality portrayed in scriptures in the halls of our churches, the fellowship of its members and the literature of its teachings. The premise of my measuring plumb line is really quite simple. Since the Apostle John declared that “God is love” and Jesus declared that he and his Spirit are Truth, then “love and truth” absolutely must be mutually inclusive in every aspect of knowing God and each other in fellowship. If they are not found hand in hand and in balanced harmony, then the result is not God breathed and life-giving. God declares that a false balance is an abomination and I have witnessed every sort of twisted concoction in Christianity practiced when these are not in balance, from the extremes of the heavy burdens of religious guilt and condemnation, to the destructive forces of self-exalting religious pride or self-righteousness and sadly, to the shipwrecked faith of those who have given up on their trust in God because of these influences.
Although the separate words love and truth exist throughout the New Testament, you might question the premise of joining love with truth as the inseparable sides of a coin. God himself declares the comparable exact phrase of “mercy and truth” in ten verses, mostly in the Psalms and Proverbs. There are 23 verses containing both words in various phrasing. One of my most favorite verses is spoken by the Apostle John (Jn 1:14, 17) where he says with both clarity and authority, using the New Testament’s equivalent word of grace in place of mercy.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
So we see that the very essence of Jesus Christ himself is described as being full of grace (love) and truth, yet my search for this simple premise in the Christianity of our day has resulted in a bewildering time of confusion and continual disappointment over some 30 plus years. Far more times than I can now number, I found myself thinking, “finally, we’ve found people of faith that love and live the truth of the Bible”, only to discover otherwise. After encountering false teaching that ignored the plain meaning of scripture in order to say that Jesus had to suffer in hell to purchase our redemption, I eventually made the decision to begin a study to understand how Christendom had become so disconnected from “love and truth”.
This simple decision in August 2008 to devote my free time to the study of current trends in Christianity and trace all their teachings (doctrines) back to their roots has been a time of continual shock in discovering the history and beliefs that most would never discover without focused study. This time of study has slowly metamorphosed into startling conclusions that can finally make sense out of the spiritual climate of our day from an objective and factual analysis. At the same time these conclusions have served to solidify the foundation of my initial faith that was built on the simplicity and purity of the gospel of Jesus Christ; a gospel which vibrates with grace and truth.
This site is dedicated to sharing my conclusions with the intent of pointing us all back to this simple living faith that is biblically based and avoids the complex theologies of men, while gently warning and exposing all that has been robbing us blind of this precious gift. In addition to my posts, it will provide links to articles by those I trust as invaluable resources for what to avoid in our seeking to know and worship God. Why? Because the overwhelming volume of religious opinion from the Christian mass media, institutions, denominations, movements and influential leaders makes it very difficult to find true fellowship and teaching that is based on unadulterated Biblical content with the balance of “love and truth”. This search has become akin to looking for a needle in a haystack and the Apostle Paul wrote many warnings to the believers of his day along these lines, including this one to the Corinthians explaining that complex religious theories and systems of men serve only to seduce and blind us from a simple faith in Christ as taught by scripture.
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Cr 11:2-4
The grave danger of following all these Christian systems of man’s imagination and false teachers of our day is that we can find ourselves following another Jesus, another Spirit and another Gospel that does not introduce us to the spirit of truth, grace, peace and rest with the promised assurance of eternal life. We find God’s warning about following men’s visions instead of his word in Jeremiah 23.
21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings… 25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26 How long shall [this] be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, [they are] prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams… 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully… 29 [Is] not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces?
We can see a clear contrast between those that speak from their own heart and those that faithfully teach God’s word. The key to understanding if another Jesus and Gospel is being preached and another spirit is being received will always be to test their teachings and practice against the truth of God’s word. Thanks for stopping by and may God bless you to find hope, encouragement and the peace of Christ in the truth of his Word.