Matthew 15:8-9 Vain Worship

Matthew 15:8-9 (KJV)
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.

Notice that these people wanted to worship God, but Jesus said it was in vain. Three causes for vain worship are revealed:

They drew nigh improperly 
They used their mouths and their lips. Where were their feet, and their hands? Even more importantly…

Their heart was far from God
Faith is a heart thing. It’s never the head, it’s never the stomach. It’s not even the hands and feet. 

They taught the wrong doctrine
The lips and the mouths are involved in worship, just not the first thing. The hands and the feet are involved in worship, just not the first thing. Doctrine must be taught but it must be the Word of God and not the commandments of men, the traditions of men or the philosophies of men.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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