What is an Idol? What is Idolatry?

August 5-6, 2017

The first two of God’s Top Ten forbid idol worship: “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image…” (Exodus 20:3‭-‬4 NKJV). Literally, an idol is the image of a god, goddess, angel, saint, or guru. Figuratively, an idol is any idea, anything, anyone that competes for the place, time, attention or loyalty that God deserves. Any religion that keeps people from worshiping the true God through Christ is idolatry. LORD, l will let no idol of religion, mindset, habit, busyness, convenience, pleasure, or entertainment hijack my commitment and service to You!

NOTE — Message for this Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Church For All: The Heavy Weight Lifter (Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 Peter 5:6-7).

Idols Die Hard

August 4, 2017

Some of the most dramatic scenes in the Bible are where people found, rounded up and destroyed idols: Moses grinding the golden calf to dust (Exodus 32:1-21), Gideon tearing down a statute of Baal (Judges 6:22-32), Josiah going on a rampage against all idols, idol worshipers and their places of worship (2 Kings 23:1-20), and new Christians in Ephesus burning their occultic books (Acts 19:11-20). LORD Jesus, let me be so fired up for You that I burn up every idol in my life that comes between You and me.