Nothing like old good fashioned 21st century idol worship. WWPS?

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{this was written a while ago, can’t seem to find anymore words to add, so here it is}

So, again I write a status update that people didn’t like. I knew it would ruffle feathers> I knew its a bit ‘over the top’ but I a felt like saying it.

Nothing like old good fashioned 21st century idol worship. WWPS?

Just that, on the day the Seahawks have a parade in their honor. Oh yeah, I could go on and on about the parallels of romans/greek/ephesian etc. idol worship compared to todays idol worshipping with sports, TV, money, self…anything that turns our thoughts away from the one true God.

http://www.compassionheart.com/photo.html

http://togodandjesuschrist.tripod.com/works_flesh_idolatry.htm

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/idolatry-defined/

Every fallen culture has its idols, and we must be particularly sensitive to what the world is calling us to worship in place of the one true God. Neither sex nor power nor fame nor anything else deserves primacy in our lives, for none of these things is transcendent—none is the Lord and Creator of all.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/02/22/idol-worship-ancient-egypt-to-modern-day/

http://www.charismanews.com/culture/38310-megachurch-pastor-many-christians-unknowingly-worshipping-idols

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idolatry

Idolatry is a pejorative term for the worship of an idol or a physical object such as a cult image as a god, or practices believed to verge on worship, such as giving honour and regard to created forms.

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here is a little study on modern-day idolatry:

Modern Day Idolatry

Idolatry is not just an ancient problem. It is also a modern-day problem. What is the very last verse in the book of 1 John? ________________________________________________________________

What is an idol? An idol is a false god. It is something that takes the place of the true god. An idol is ANYTHING that is given the worship, honor and devotion that only God should get.

What is the first of the Ten Commandments found in Exodus chapter 20? __________________________________________________________________________

An IDOL is anything that we put BEFORE GOD.

What is the GREATEST COMMANDMENT OF ALL (Matthew 22:36-37)?  ______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
An IDOL is anything that is loved more than God. The LORD God demands my SUPREME DEVOTION. He must be my FIRST LOVE.

Thus an IDOL is any substitute for God, anything that takes the place of God in my life, anything that occupies the place in my heart which should be reserved for God alone.

One example of modern day idolatry is found in Colossians 3:5–“C______________________ which is IDOLATRY.” This happens when material things or even the DESIRE for material things takes the place of God, and my love for things becomes greater than my love for Christ. For example, printed on our dollar bills are the words “IN GOD WE TRUST.” Sadly, many people do not trust God but trust the dollar bill instead. Many people depend upon the dollar bill to bring them happiness and blessings and all that they need. They have made an idol out of money.

When a person is saved, what does he turn from (1 Thess. 1:9)? __________ Whom does he turn to (1 Thess. 1:9)? _______

What does God tell us to do about idolatry according to 1 Corinthians 10:14? ________________________________  According to 1 John 5:21? ________________________________  According to Genesis 35:2? _____________________________________ (GET RID OF THEM!)

If I find an idol in my life, I must UTTERLY DESTROY IT, WIPE IT OUT, CUT IT DOWN AND GET RID OF IT! See 2 Kings 18:4 and Exodus 32:20 for examples of this in the Bible.

What are the gods and idols of today? What false things do people worship today? Can pleasure be an idol? Can another person (boyfriend, girlfriend) be an idol? Can rock music be an idol? Can money (and making money) become an idol? Can sports become an idol? Can a hobby become an idol? Can TV become an idol?  What else can be an idol?

How can I tell if something is an idol?

Here’s a test you can take:

  1. Can I do without it? Can I be happy without it?
  2. Has it become too important in my life? Is it taking up too much of my time?
  3. Is it taking me away from important things such as reading the Bible, prayer, serving others, etc.
  4. What am I depending upon for happiness? What am I looking to for help and guidance?

Finally, read Philippians 1:21. “For to me to live is _____________.” How would you fill in this blank if you were really honest about yourself and your life? Whatever you put in this blank is an IDOL, unless you put the same word that Paul put:  “CHRIST”!

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idol·a·try noun \-trē\
: the worship of a picture or object as a god
plural idol·a·tries

Full Definition of IDOLATRY

1
: the worship of a physical object as a god
2
: immoderate attachment or devotion to something
See idolatry defined for English-language learners »
See idolatry defined for kids »
Examples of IDOLATRY

<her idolatry of her favorite rock star is one step removed from stalking>
Origin of IDOLATRY

Middle English ydolatrie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin idolatria, alteration of Late Latin idololatria, from Greek eidōlolatreia, from eidōlon idol + -latreia -latry
First Known Use: 13th century
Related to IDOLATRY

Synonyms
adulation, deification, hero worship, worship, idolization, worshipping (also worshiping)

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One response »

  1. As one of my favorite authors put it, each of us has our own Achilles heel spiritually (particular Idols we love) For example I could care less about who wins the super bowl, gambling, addiction to drugs or alcohol, but touch my coffee, use of the Internet, certain personal relationships, etc. and I also stand condemned. That is why each of us needs the blood of Christ painted over the doorposts of our heart. I suspect if we could could see ourselves as God sees us (apart from being hid in Christ) each of us would stand convicted of multiple counts of idolatry..

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