But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth…
The magistrates (among the New England Puritans) insisted on the presence of every man at public worship. Roger Williams reprobated the law; the worst statute in the English code was that which did but enforce attendance upon the parish church. "An unbelieving soul is dead in sin"; such was his argument; and to force the indifferent from one worship to another "was like shifting a dead man into several changes of apparel."
(Little's "Historical Lights.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.