“I was in a discussion the other day with some people about the ongoing “Law vs Grace” debate, and thought this would be a good study. A friend and I were talking about the different “gods”, and it had dawned on me the obvious differences. There seems to be two different meanings for the word “worship”. Below is an excerpt from the discussion. I thought my readers here would like to read it, so I’m posting it here.”
Satan was the first to use one of the definitions of worship. Satan lusted after God’s position. Satan told Jesus to “bow down, and worship me”.
Now there appears to be two definitions for the word worship. In the ongoing “Law vs Grace” debate, one mindset adheres to one of these definitions, and one to the other. Satan started this game of, “let’s you and him argue, and disrupt the accord of the people”. He has a different use for the word worship than God does. He, and his spirit, can easily be spotted with a little discernment. He will always, always, project bondage through fear and submission. Always.
The submission to, and bondage under law group of Christians, will twist Scripture, while saying we do the same. But there is one fundamental difference…
“One teaches bondage, and submission through fear of punishment, and the other, freedom from bondage, submission, or fear of retribution.”
The difference is obvious. Lets use one verse for an example.
“Every knee shall bow”.
This can be seen in many lights. In England, it may seem as if the knights that returned from battle were bowed to out of submission to a higher standing. Or even because it may have been law. This is not entirely true. The people bowed in honor of them, and out of love and appreciation to them for risking their lives to keep them safe. However, some Kingdoms were set up by tyranny, and sinful pride, and actually have created laws to this effect. Here in America, we tend to call them “Dictatorships”.
Worship, as the doctrine of Christ explains the word, is not bowing in reverence to a higher standing, or submitting to higher powers… or even a law to be followed. The two ideologies of bowing in worship can be seen as this:
In adoration of, or subjection to, the subject being worshiped.
This makes one of the factions of the Grace vs Law debate think differently than the other. Do you worship your spouse? Your children? Your parents? Speaking of wives…
There is an old phrase, “I worship the ground she walks on”, that actually means, “I love her, and adore her”. This in no way conflicts with, or is related to idol worship. I’ts just love. Those that preach bondage to laws and being under authorities, miss the whole point of being saved…