The Simplicity of Holy Worship

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Puritan Publications, Mar 29, 2018 - Religion - 170 pages

Wilson uses John 4:24 to explain in detail how Christ instituted worship in a simple manner, in spirit and truth. He will show, with all the power and effect of a biblical sledgehammer, that anything outside of what Christ has instituted should be considered idolatry, and should be cast out of the church.

Wilson covers what worship is, what it means to worship God in both spirit and truth, and how this is the Christian’s duty to do so. He gives various cautions against false worship, or worshiping God as an idolater, the application of worshipping in spirit and truth, as well as obstacles that often hinder Christians when they should be worshipping God in such a holy and simple manner.

In opposition to such God-centered worship, he says that carnal men with carnal minds cannot, and do not, worship God as God prescribes. God would have us to stand in a close union to him in worship, and with one another, so he would also have us to stand at the utmost distance from idolaters. It is not for us to set down ways of worship, but to observe the way that God, in his word, has already set down on our behalf.

Wilson pushes the professing Christian to comply with what God has set down and instructed in his word. Worship is not about taste or preference. It is about bowing to Christ and kissing the Son, rendering to him the worship that should be answerable to his being and glory, lest he becomes angry and we perish in the way.

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Contents

Meet John Wilson by C Matthew McMahon
4
Simplicity in the Order of Worship by C Matthew McMahon
12
The Text Opened
22
What is Worship?
29
Worshipping God in Spirit
37
Worshipping God in Truth
39
The Duty of Worshipping God in Spirit
52
The Duty of Worshipping God in Truth
65
Cautions for Worship
82
Uses of Worshipping God in Spirit
94
Uses of Worshipping God in Truth
113
Obstacles to Worshipping in Spirit
123
Obstacles to Worshipping in Truth
130
Conclusion
165
Other Modernized Books on Worship
168
Copyright

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About the author (2018)

John Wilson (1588–1667) was a passionate and intense Reformed minister of the Gospel who was praised by men such as William Ames, Thomas Goodwin, Jeremiah Burroughs, and other celebrated divines.

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