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Flee from Idolatry

Flee from Idolatry

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  1. Flee from Idolatry

  2. Idolatry is Alive and Well! • Jesus was tempted to yield to it, Matt. 4:8-10 • We cannot have fellowship with idols and the Lord at the same time, 1 Cor. 10:14-22 • Study the identity, development and some of the elements of idolatry

  3. Idolatry:More Common than We Think • Definition: Service to, worship of that which takes the place of the living God in one’s life • Before and rather than God: Worship and serve, Exo. 20:1-5 • Idolater: “A servant, worshipper...of idols” (Moulton) • Idolater trusts in his idol, Psa. 115:8

  4. The Development of Idolatry • Upper movement? “In an age when the study of religion was practically confined to Judaism and Christianity, idolatry was regarded as a degeneration from an uncorrupt primeval faith, but the comparative and historical investigation of religion has shown it to be rather a stageof an upward movement, and that by no means the earliest.” (1911 Encyclopedia Britannica) Romans 1:18-25

  5. The Development of Idolatry • Downward movement! • Born out of rejection of God’s truth and His presence, 1:18-20 • Unthankful and ignorant elevation of human wisdom (self), 1:21-23 • Feeds on fleshly lusts, 1:24-27 • Ends in a depraved mind, 1:28-32 Romans 1:18-25

  6. The Development of Idolatry • Begins in the heart, producing the actions of idolatry in life, Isa. 44:18-20 • The attitudes of idolatry elevate self, things and people (while diminishing the true God) • The sin of idolatry is not confined to giving homage to a graven image, 2 Tim. 3:1-5 Romans 1:18-25

  7. Test for Idolatry • Does it have first place in your life? • Does it diminish God? Deut. 6:13-15; Matt. 4:10; 22:37-38 • Self? Lk. 9:23 (2 Tim. 3:2) • Another person? Matt. 10:37 • My time? Eph. 5:16 • My money? 1 Tim. 6:9-10 • My goals? Matt. 6:33 1 John 5:21 Beware!

  8. Elements of Idolatry • The flesh, Gal. 5:20; 1 Cor. 10:7 • Consuming desire to please fleshly pursuits identifies and defines the (our) false god • Serving various lusts, Titus 3:3 • Love of self rather than God leads to the corruption of the flesh, Rom. 1:22-25 1 Cor. 10:14

  9. Elements of Idolatry • Stubbornness, 1 Sam. 15:22-23 • Rejects God’s word, 15:3 • Unwilling to obey, 15:9 • Hardened by rationalization, 15:13-15 • Whenever our will becomes more important than God’s revealed will, we have joined hands with idolaters! 1 Cor. 10:14

  10. Elements of Idolatry • Covetousness, Col. 3:5; Eph. 5:5 • Greedy desire to have more • Lust to have what is another’s • The object of one’s desire becomes the thing worshipped and served, Lk. 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:6-10 (Job 1:21) 1 Cor. 10:14

  11. Elements of Idolatry • Enslavement, Gal. 4:8-9 • Captured by the depraved ideas one’s idol represents: • Money (power, prestige, possession) • Pleasure (fleshly lusts) • Self (self-determination that forgets God) 1 Cor. 10:14

  12. Elements of Idolatry • Idolatry among God’s people causes them to become a mockery before unbelievers! • Flee idolatry! 1 Cor. 10:14 • Be on guard and keep yourselves from idols! 1 Jno. 5:21 Exodus 32:25