Exposing Our Idols Isaiah 44:6-22
Jeremiah 25:6 'Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.'
Men Will Worship Something "Man is a religious being, he will worship...Man by worshipping, becomes assimilated to the moral character of the object which he worships... Without an exception, the character of every nation and tribe of the human history has been formed and modified, in a great degree, by the character attributed to their gods." James B. Walker, "The Philosophy of the Plan of Salvation" (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Bethany 1886) pp. 26-28 • Idol worship is our failure to give God the gloryRom. 1:18-25
Men Will Worship Something • Source of idolatry is selfish passions. • Its development (Romans 1:18-25) • Its equivalent today (Colossians 3:5). • Idolatry shapes character of our: • Families. • Religious beliefs . • Nation.
Idolatry Not Created Without Help • Idol worship is empowered by demons. 1 Corinthians 10:19-20 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. (NKJV) • The fallen spirit world offers: • Magic. • Threatens retaliation. • Gives the manifestations necessary to establish false religious worship. Deu.13:1-3
Things We Love Or Fear More Than God • Ourselves. • Opposite sex, the pursuit of romance. • Money. • Power & control. • Material possessions. • Chemicals (drugs). • Denominationalism. • Doctrine. • Brethren. • Social activities. • Preachers. • Causes.
Things We Love Or Fear More Than God • Our idols are now spiritual. Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (NKJV) 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. (NKJV)
Things We Love Or Fear More Than God • Our idols are now spiritual. • Idols appeal to the power of our desires. James 1:13; 4:1
Reality of Idolatry • They are mindless. Deuteronomy 4:28 "And there you will serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
Reality of Idolatry • They are helpless. Jeremiah 10:5 They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good."
Reality of Idolatry • They are lifeless. Acts 17:29 "Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. (NKJV)
Expose Your Idol • Not some old fashion concept. • God has created in us a desire to worship Him • Failure to give the giver His glory…. “who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:32