By the way, we worship the Father, we worship the Father. Twice in verse 23 refer to meaning God, the true God, God Himself, but it’s not limited to Him. He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The very term “Father” ties Him into Christ as Son. He’s not a Father if He doesn’t have the Son. So we worship the God who is Father and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, as so often is repeated in the New Testament. We worship the God who is also the Holy Spirit–God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, the true God. And we start with truth, right? We start with the truth about God; God is the Trinity.
How important is that? Well, let me give you an illustration. I was reading this week in some material on Mormonism, and I pulled out things that Mormons believe about God. So let me tell you what I drew. These essentially are from their own writings. God the father was once a finite mortal on another planet. After his death and resurrection he progressed to become the god of this planet. God is an exalted man as we can become exalted men. God has a tangible body of flesh and bones. The father, the son, and the holy spirit are distinctly different beings who can only be in one place at a time.
God the father is under the jurisdiction of a higher god who also has multiple gods above him. God lives on his own planet near the star Kolob. There is a heavenly mother as well as a heavenly father. They are our heavenly parents. We humans were born as spirit beings to heavenly father and heavenly mother in a pre-mortal state and raised from infant spirits to adult spirits prior to our mortal birth on earth. Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. They, along with millions of other spirit children, were born to our heavenly father and our heavenly mother. Heavenly father as a resurrected physical being had sexual relationships with Mary, literally to procreate Jesus. Man has the ability to become a god and rule his own planet, produce spirit children as the heavenly father did. Sex is an eternal privilege for good Mormons who attain godhood in order for them to procreate their own spirit children to populate their own world, their own planet as god did. Polygamy will be the norm in the celestial kingdom.
Would you say that’s worshiping the Father? The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who is the Triune God–the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Terrifying deception; only an illustration, only an illustration of the many, many misrepresentations of the true God. The Father seeks true worshipers. That means they worship Him in truth. They worship Him according to who He really is as revealed in Scripture. And just to remind you, God is not a man. He’s not a mortal. He is spirit and those who worship Him worship Him in spirit and in truth, from the heart and according to the truth. Not in places, not by ceremonies or symbols, or shadows or forms or externals, and certainly not in lies and misrepresentations. We worship Him in the truth. The truth about Him is everything. I read you from the Psalm earlier, where it gives His attributes. All of Scripture is God’s self-disclosure. So according to the Word of God, we worship Him.