In Vain Do They Worship Me
In vain do they worship me.....Matthew 15:1 - 9
Matthew 15th chapter beginning with the 9th verse and I will give you my topic for today. It reads: "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men".
Our bible study message from Christ to the church today is: "In vain do they worshipe me".
From this point on I want you to think " In vain". "In vain" means, in an upfront term, "waisting your time." It mean , "doing a lot, but not geting any credit". A lot of folks in church are working in vain. If you're not saved thats what you're doing, working in vain. In this verse Jesus is talking to those would be worshipers who claim to be worshiping Him by changing and twisting the truth towards a more acceptable way of worshiping, serving, and praising Him. He's talking to the scribs, Phariseeds and temple priests of Jerusalem, but he's also talking to the church of today. To those who think they can serve without conforming to the entire will of God.
We know in our modern day society that the new modern church folks have determined for Christ that His way of worship is no longer acceptable by todays standard. Folks have determined that Christ changes with the time and therefore, new ways of worship must take place to fit in with todays fast changing society. But I want to let you know that God does not change with the times. He remain the same always. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. What does this mean? It means that changes in society may take place, but the changes in society will not change God's words. His word still stand. You may not like it but thats the way it is. We must conform to Gods will.
Lets read from verse 1 through verse 6. (1) Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2. Why do thy disciples trangress (break, not adhere to) the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3. But he answered and said unto them,
Why do you trangress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4. For God commanded, saying, HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER: AND, HE THAT CURSETH FATHER OR MOTHER, LET HIM DIE THE DEATH. 5. But ye say, whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, it is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6. And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
The word I want you to look at right now is "tradition". A tradition is that which a group of people agree to do or hold faithfully. The church today holds its on tradition. They set up many programs to hold. In fact they spend so much time holding different kinds of programs that benefit themselves until the word of God is hardly preached or taught. Coming to church for many is like playing a game. They are looking for a good time, not the Lord.
Like the scribes and Phariseeds many in the church do not want to obey Gods word. That's because the word will take them away from this so-called fun stuff. And they are not ready to give it up. So, while others pretend to look the part of a Saint, those is in power, decide to alter the word of God like these temple leaders did so it will be easy on them. What these verses say is that a child is supose to take care of parents when they are in need. He is to honor them and not turn on them. If they did, then the law say that they should be put to death. The priests changed this by saying, well, if you give your money (gift or corban - Mark 7th chapter) to the temple, then one will be honoring God with their money just the same. This made the word of God to mean nothing. This law is not binding on us today. It's a good thing it's not, because most children of today would be dead, if we consider the way kids continually dishonor their parents.
Anyway, changing the word of God is being done today by many in the church. You see some people dishonor their parents. Some are unfaithful to their mate. Some curse and lie. Others commit adultery and fornication. They do all these things and more. But on sunday or some other day which church is held, they come inside and act as though they did nothing. They join in the singing, clap hands, holler amen to the preacher, testify boldly, pay much money to the church, work very hard around the church. But know sooner than church is over, they revert back to their same ole slick nasty selves. But Christ say in verse nine, they worship Him in vain. Even the preacher allow gays to preach. They say God loves every one, even the gay. This is their excuse. But God loves the person but not the sin. He will never in our time, will call someone in their abonomation to preach his word when He has so many true worshiper all over to call upon.
Let's take another look at how people can be wasting their time. Take for example, pastors have the opportunity to really preach the gospel. After all, he said he was called by God. Yet, when he preach he does not preach sin and the Devil in ways that will cause the heart to tremble. Rather, they preach Bible study classes that was taught to every one from the day they began Church. Twenty to 30 or more years later they are preaching the same story about how "Jesus came to save the world from sin". "That God gave his only begotten Son". "That one day we all will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air". They preach "how great God is". "Turn it over to Jesus" So on and so on. This is gospel but it will not get you saved.
Yet, they are not preaching that which will cause one to want to truly change. People hear them and that's as far as it goes. It could be that they themselves do not know the true intentions of God. They preach in vain talking loud and saying nothing.
Choir members party hardy to music sang by their favorite rock singers and afterward rush before the Church, when the chance comes, singing and clapping their hearts out to Church followers who think these singers are really Christians. The choir sing songs of praises to God. In them they tell God how much they love him, How much they worship and adore him. Yet, they are liars who has done nothing to meet the qualification of what God is looking for in a Saint. "In vain do they worship him".
Girl friends and boy friends having sex filling the pews with out being married. Married Men and women slipping and sleeping around on their mate. What about all those who sit about and allow these kinds of habits to go on in the Church. Blind leading the blind. Crooks and cowards, scared and afraid to speak out.
When will all the laughing and playing stop. When will people of the Church get serious and truly begin to have Church with a purpose? Why are things getting worst and worst? What are you doing to justify your salvation. Or, are you going through the motion with the rest? If so!
I hate to keep saying it, but many ministers will go to hell simply because they believe they are not the "wolves in sheep clothings", but the other people are. Many members will go to hell because they do not believe they are the false Churches. How strange is it that no one believe this statement of God.
God is speaking saying:
7. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.
9. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
"In vain are most people worshipping him".