Unbiblical Worship Exemplified
Worship is to be according to Scripture, but that didn’t happen during the reign of Ahaz.
Today’s reading: 2 Kings 14:1-16:20
That worship is to be according to Scripture is called the “regulative principle”. God tells us how to worship Him in His Word. That was true under the Law of Moses in Old Testament times and it is true today. Ahaz blatantly disregarded this principle as we see in today’s reading.
There are variations in the interpretation of the regulative principle. Some hold that whatever is not prohibited by the Bible for worship is permissible. Others teach that only those activities and practices which are explicitly commanded in God’s Word are acceptable. Probably many churches are somewhere in the middle on the subject, between these two positions. Apparently, Ahaz didn’t give this principle much thought, but we should even if we don’t totally agree with each other on the details. Worship is for the glory of God and our highest concern should be with pleasing Him.
[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].