Sunday, March 11, 2012
Christian Worship - The Example of Cornelius
Man's chief prerogative and dignity which he hath to glory of, is this, that he is the only creature in the visible world, made to worship and enjoy his great creator. All other creatures are servants, but man only is a priest to God; they obey their maker, he only worships him. This worship, under the law, was limited to a particular place, to wit, the tabernacle and temple. But under the gospel, Almighty God has declared that it is his will that "Men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting." Almighty God therefore not only allows Christians the liberty, but enjoins them the duty of worshiping him with their household: And accordingly we find, that religious householders have, in all ages, constantly and conscientiously performed this duty. Devout Cornelius stands upon record for his family religion, Acts 10:2, "He feared God, and all his house; that is, he reverenced and worshiped him: It is added, that he "gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always." Surely, he that was so charitable at his door to refresh the pinched bowels of his poor neighbors, could not be so cruel to the souls of his relations and servants within his house, as to lock up his religion in a closet for them.