John Bradshaw - Worthless Worship
When John wrote to the seven churches, paganism was rampant throughout the Roman Empire. Gods such as Apollo, and Diana, and Bacchus, and Neptune were worshiped.
Among the ruins of the ancient city of Pergamon is the temple of Trajan, a Roman emperor, revered in his death as a god. The temple high upon the acropolis, that's the high point of the city was spectacular: visible for miles around. But today it's in ruins. The statue of Trajan is without its head.
That was worthless worship. The one truly worthy of worship is "Not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true: but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us", Hebrews 9:24.
Ruins and ruined statues tell us: people got it dead wrong worshiping gods that were not gods. Worship of the God of heaven is worship that will last for eternity. I'm John Bradshaw, for It Is Written.