Westminster Confession, week 34

August 22, 2015

Chapter 21: Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day

1: The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and does good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might.[404] But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture.[405]

2: Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to Him alone;[406] not to angels, saints, or any other creature:[407] and, since the fall, not without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone.[408]

3: Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship,[409] is by God required of all men:[410] and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son,[411] by the help of His Spirit,[412] according to His will,[413] with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love and perseverance;[414] and, if vocal, in a known tongue.[415]

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