16 Bible Verses about

False Worship

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Matthew 15:8-9

'These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'"

Mark 7:6-7

And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites; as it is written: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'

Colossians 2:23

These indeed have an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but they are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Matthew 6:5

"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Luke 18:10-14

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other menextortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' read more.
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

John 4:22

You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

Acts 17:22-23

So Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.'What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

Mark 12:41-44

And Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many people who were rich put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. read more.
For they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in everythingall she had to live on."

John 4:23-24

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

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false Worship » Other objects of worship » Heavenly bodies

false Worship » Idolatry » Forbidden

false Worship » False gods and Goddesses » General references to

1 Corinthians 12:2

You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to mute idols, however you may have been moved.

false Worship » Other objects of worship » Devils worshipped

Revelation 9:20

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshipping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

false Worship » Idols characterized, as » Vanity of

Acts 17:29

Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.

false Worship » Brazen serpent places devoted to idolatry » Idolatrous temples

Acts 19:27

Not only is there danger that this trade of ours fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis be regarded as worthless and that she whom all of Asia and the world worship will even be dethroned from her magnificence."

false Worship » Other objects of worship » The golden calves of jeroboam, set up in dan and bethel

More verses: 1 Kings 12:28

false Worship » gods, false » Images » Names of » Ashtaroth » Ashtaroth or ashtoreth, a Goddess of the phoenicians

More verses: 1 Samuel 31:10

false Worship » Other objects of worship » Teraphim, images, household gods

More verses: Hosea 3:4

false Worship » Brazen serpent places devoted to idolatry » Idolatrous altars

More verses: Acts 17:23

false Worship » gods, false » Images » Names of » Baal-peor » Baal-peor, a God of the moabites

false Worship » Other objects of worship » The golden calf made by aaron

Acts 7:41

At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

false Worship » gods, false » Images » Names of » Molech, moloch, or milcom, a God of the ammonites

Acts 7:43

You took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of the god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship. And I will remove you beyond Babylon.'

false Worship » Idolatry » Prophecies concerning the overthrow of

false Worship » gods, false » Images » Names of » Chemosh » Chemosh, a God of the moabites

false Worship » Idols characterized, as » Degrading

Romans 1:22-23

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

1 Corinthians 12:2

You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to mute idols, however you may have been moved.

1 Corinthians 8:4

Therefore concerning the eating of food sacrificed to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no God but one.

false Worship » gods, false » Images » Names of » Dagon » Dagon, a God of the philistines

false Worship » Idols characterized, as » Helpless

Acts 14:18

Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

false Worship » gods, false » Images » Names of » Diana » Diana, a Goddess of the ephesians

Acts 19:24

For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen.

Acts 19:35

And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, "Men of Ephesus, what man is there after all who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of the image which fell down from heaven?

Acts 19:28

When they heard this, they were enraged and began crying out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

false Worship » Other objects of worship » Men deified and worshipped

Acts 12:22

And the people shouted, "The voice of a god and not of a man!"

Acts 14:11

And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"

Acts 28:6

They waited, expecting him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead; but after they had waited a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

false Worship » Idols characterized, as » Insentiate

false Worship » Idols characterized, as » Perishable

false Worship » Idols characterized, as » Unworthy of worship of intelligent beings

Acts 17:29

Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.