The Trinity on Trial An in-depth examination of a doctrine

Worshiping Jesus


We have already shown in the above article why bowing down to Jesus (proskyeno) does not indicate he is God. But what about worshiping Jesus? The Greek word in question in this article is the verb latreuo

or the noun latreia. This word connotates religious service due only to God. And indeed it is only used of God in the Bible. It is never used of Jesus.

Trinitarians sometimes claim that one verse does indeed apply to Jesus. Let us now investigate this claim.

There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him (Revelation 22:3).

Trinitarians must take the word "him" to refer back to the Lamb, that is, Jesus. However, once we look at all the facts, we discover this is not the case. Let us look at the overall context of this passage.

There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads.

Let us now see whose names is on their foreheads:

"Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads." (7:3)

they were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads (9:4).

Then I looked, and lo, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads (14:1).

Well that didn't seem to get us any further did it? Perhaps we might ask whose "face" is in question.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8).

See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 18:10).

Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us fromthe face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?" (Revelation 6:15-17).

That really didn't get us anywhere either. But there is an answer and it is found below:

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