|“Because He calls you to be the friend of sinners, and because you become like the people with whom you associate, it is imperative that you counter-balance your association with sinners by a band of godly brothers and sisters that will provoke you to godliness.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14
The pernicious sin of idolatry, like a cancer metastasizing throughout the body, destroyed the nation of Israel. Although eradicated, for the most part, as a result of the Babylonian Captivity, the New Testament writers warn of its insidious effects. “Put to death…covetousness, which is idolatry.” 248
Idolatry was a special category of sin for the Old Testament people of God. In a way that He did not for any other people in the world, God revealed Himself to Israel. Having seen the hand of God throughout their history, they had no excuse for worshipping other gods. Changing the worship of the true God for gods that are no gods gave them the autonomy they craved. You dare not argue with your creator, but you can establish your own standards with the gods you create. When people argue that there are many ways to heaven, they commit idolatry in the sense of saying, “Since there are many ways to God, my way is as valid as any other way.” Morality ceases to be absolute.
Interestingly, only those that acknowledge one, true God talk about idolatry. In the religions of polytheism idolatry is an oxymoron, for only those who believe in one God object to the existence of other gods. If you believe in the existence of more than one god, idolatry cannot exist; you are merely worshipping your choice from the pantheon of gods. The existence of one God who calls people to obey His laws ensures accountability, something that all people seek to avoid. Those who believe that idolatry exists also testify that Judgment cannot be escaped.
248 Colossians 3:5
Esther 6-8 Acts 6 (New King James Version)
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