For members of Waterview church of Christ in Richardson, Texas, the question is very simple.
As you sat in worship, on Sunday morning February 24th, who did you worship: Jehovah God or a man? As you sat in worship on Sunday morning, who did you lavish praise and adoration upon: Jehovah God or a man? As you sat in worship on Sunday morning, who did you focus the service on: Jehovah God or a man? As you sat in worship Sunday morning, who did you bestow honor upon: Jehovah God or man?
The next question is just as simple.
Who died for you: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior or a man? Who shed their blood upon the cross of Calvary so that we might be reconciled to Jehovah God: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior or a man? Who allowed themselves to be spat upon, scourged, tortured and beaten: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior or a man? Who is our only hope of salvation: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior or a man?
Romans 5:6-11 - For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: for peradventure for the good man someone would even dare to die. But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath of God through him. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life; and not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
When we approach God in worship, we must do only what He has commanded and God is the only one to be glorified (Lev. 10:3).
Matt. 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
When Christ says that we are to worship the Lord thy God, that does not leave room for anything else, especially a recognition service, focusing on a man or men, with some worship sprinkled in.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Christ tells us that we are to worship the Lord thy God in “spirit and in truth.” The fact that he tells us to worship in truth means that we can know the truth in regards to how we worship God.
When we fail in that regard, Christ has given us the answer there also: Matthew 15:8-9 - This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.
Preachers, as well as others, need to remember that the power is in the message rather than the messenger.