James Begg on the evil of man presuming to dictate to God how he should be worshipped

Reformed Covenanter

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Man as a sinner, as all true Christians will admit, has no right to approach into God’s presence at all. The amity which previously existed in Eden was broken up by the Fall. God “drove out the man,” and He alone is entitled to say whether, and on what conditions, he shall never again be permitted to approach His throne. It is manifest presumption on the part of fallen creatures to dictate to God either that there shall be worship at all or what form it shall assume.

In entering the courts of earthly monarchs, even where a right to enter is conceded, every rule and form of the court must be carefully observed; and far more is this important in entering, by gracious permission, into the immediate presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords. “See thou do all things according to the pattern showed thee in the mount,” was the command of God to Moses. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints.” ...

For more, see James Begg on the evil of man presuming to dictate to God how he should be worshipped.
 
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