As the Apostles bore testimony to their faith in their Lord Jesus Christ through martyrdom, the Early Church began to observe days of remembrance for their ministries. Unfortunately, the Christian Church began to practice hagiolatry or the worship of the saints. Pagan ideas of prayer being offered to and for the dead began to be practiced among Christians. Though Christians should never pray or offer veneration and worship to anyone or anything other than God, there is an appropriate place in the life of the Christian Church to remember faithful leaders who have given their strength and lives for the advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Every generation of Christians must resist the temptation to create God according to their own images. The character of God must be reflected in the nature of Christian worship; pagans, indeed, reflect the nature of their gods in their forms of worship. In recent years, many Christian denominations and local churches have fashioned their understanding of worship, not after a biblical understanding of the character of God, but after the dictates and demands of the world.