That Is Idolatry

by admin ~ July 25th, 2015. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Idolatry is a major theme in scripture.  All unbelievers are said to be idolaters, who worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator.  In a sense, every unbeliever is building his own kingdom on earth and rejecting the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ.  He is not giving up His life for God’s sake.  If someone is a believer, he has done that. He doesn’t want to be an idolater.  He wants to worship God alone.  So that means we’re not idolaters here at Bethel, right?  It must be right as a characteristic, as a lifestyle.  We are true worshipers of God, who worship Him in spirit and in truth.  That is all true.  Even for believers at Corinth, Paul wrote that they should flee idolatry, and John wrote to little children to keep from idols.  You say or think, I don’t worship an idol, and you consider the carved wood or stone.  No.  That’s not it.  You know that too.  What occurs is rather than plan your life around God, let God have His way, complete control, you do what you want especially as it relates to material things.  You commit to a lifestyle that has a certain car and place of living, and work a job for that, and start making decisions that conform to that.  You put God, His Word, His people something third or fourth.  It takes on the nature of not tithing or giving, or planning your future around a house or checking off your bucket list.  That is idolatry.

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