James Gibson on the sinful presumption of unauthorised worship

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In regard to the false worship of the Jews (Jer. xix. 5), God says, “which I commanded not nor spake it, neither came it into my mind.” We have many other passages in Scripture to sanction and enforce the great principle, not only that we must not violate the direct commands of God in our service, but must not presume to offer Him unauthorised worship, and which He “hath not required at our hand.”

The reasons are clear. He is too exalted and majestic for sinful mortals to take such matters into their own hand, and to serve Him with their own inventions. If He has revealed Himself at all to ignorant and guilty men, surely it is reasonable to think He would reveal how He should be approached and served. If He has done so, and provided all the means, it is the height of presumption in human beings either to add to or take from what He has appointed. ...

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