Here’s a quote from a popular and current teacher in the church, who shall go nameless because I wish to focus upon the truth, rather than upon the one who speaks error. After all he could change his mind, and—who knows—I might be wrong. Here’s what he said:
“Worshiping God is the most serious thing you can ever do. The most serious crimes against God occur in corrupt worship.”
I believe this man sees us as separate from Christ—as having not been brought into Him through the cross and resurrection, and so we have to perfect ourselves, our offerings and our worship, or we will pay the price for our “crimes” against God. In my view, this man does not see people through the new covenant made with Christ, but through the former covenant made and dependent upon individual obedience. That is a terrible error, because he doesn’t see our worship as being made acceptable since it is through Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5), who has become for us our perfect righteousness, holiness and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).
Jesus Christ is perfect, and we offer ourselves and our worship through Him because that’s where we are. And that’s just right.