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Day 35 | FEBRUARY 4, 2021 | Apostle Gideon C Boateng


Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mark 7:7

To worship in vain is to render empty worship. Vain worship or service to God is one He doesn’t acknowledge or respect. The story of Cain and Abel presents to us a clear example of worship to God that was rejected. The Bible says in Gen 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. If God had no respect for Cain and his worship, He still does some today.

The master linked vain worship or service to the doctrine of men. Doctrine of men is the definition for religion. It is the opium of people. It is nice sounding belief men think God will accept as service and it is usually appealing to the human mind. It is normally derived from the thinkings of men not the Spirit of God. It takes a person who knows the heart of the Father through the gospels to discern the doctrine of men.

Examples of popular doctrines of men are in the following mantra. ‘God helps those who help themselves’, ‘a prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian’, ‘if you have any sin in your life, you don’t take communion’. The Bible says God helped us when we couldn't help ourselves. When we were helpless Jesus died for the ungodly (Rom 5:6). The fact that a popular preacher said it doesn’t make it true. It is the same for the second. The Christian does not become powerful because he prayed. You are powerful because you are in Christ and have the Holy Ghost. If you are praying in order to become powerful you are praying in vain. Rather utilise the Power of God in your prayer. Waiting on God doesn’t make you powerful it positions you to flow with the power of God.

Almost every great truth in the scripture has been mutilated somehow by the doctrines of men. Communion, tongues, salvation and many more have all been taught from man's point of view not God's. A lot of wrong things have been taught over the years and this accounts for the reason the body of Christ has not been as effective as it should be.

You need to have a personal Bible study life where you verify all the things you have been hearing and taught over the years. I promise you, you will be surprised at what you will discover.



I refuse to maintain any idea principle or doctrine that is not consistent with the will of God for me in Christ Jesus. I make a habit to know the will of God myself by daily studying the Word of God.


Deut 12:32, 1 Tim :1-3 Col 2:22


Ex 29-30, Matt 22:1-22


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