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					IDOLATRY
Spiritual Suicide
Idolatry is usually defined as worship of any
cult image, idea, or object, as opposed to the
worship of a monotheistic God. It is considered
a major sin in the Abrahamic religions whereas
in religions where such activity is not considered
as sin, the term "idolatry" itself is absent. Which
images, ideas, and objects, constitute idolatry,
and which constitute reasonable worship, is a
matter of contention with some religious
authorities and groups using the term to
describe certain other religions apart from their
own (sometimes resulting in iconoclasm).
Iconoclasm     is    the    deliberate
destruction within a culture of the
culture's own religious icons and
other    symbols    or     monuments,
usually for religious or political
motives. It is a frequent component
of major domestic political or
religious   changes.     It  is   thus
generally distinguished from the
destruction by one culture of the
images of another
• Leviticus 19:4 Turn ye not unto
  idols, nor make to yourselves
  molten gods: I am the LORD
  your God.
• Leviticus 26:1 says, "Ye shall
  make you no idols nor graven
  image, neither rear you up a
  standing image, neither shall ye
  set up any image of stone in
  your land, to bow down unto it:
  for I am the LORD your God."
• Exo 20:3-5 "Thou shalt have no other
  gods before me. Thou shalt not make
  unto thee any graven image, or any
  likeness of any thing that is in heaven
  above, or that is in the earth beneath,
  or that is in the water under the earth:
  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
  them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
  thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
  iniquity of the fathers upon the
  children unto the third and fourth
  generation of them that hate me"
• Exo 20:3-5 "Thou shalt have no other
  gods before me. Thou shalt not make
  unto thee any graven image, or any
  likeness of any thing that is in heaven
  above, or that is in the earth beneath,
  or that is in the water under the earth:
  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
  them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
  thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
  iniquity of the fathers upon the
  children unto the third and fourth
  generation of them that hate me"
• Exo 20:3-5 "Thou shalt have no other
  gods before me. Thou shalt not make
  unto thee any graven image, or any
  likeness of any thing that is in heaven
  above, or that is in the earth beneath,
  or that is in the water under the earth:
  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
  them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
  thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
  iniquity of the fathers upon the
  children unto the third and fourth
  generation of them that hate me"
• Exo 20:3-5 "Thou shalt have no other
  gods before me. Thou shalt not make
  unto thee any graven image, or any
  likeness of any thing that is in heaven
  above, or that is in the earth beneath,
  or that is in the water under the earth:
  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to
  them, nor serve them: for I the LORD
  thy God am a jealous God, visiting the
  iniquity of the fathers upon the
  children unto the third and fourth
  generation of them that hate me"
The Root of ―ALL Idolatry‖
  • 1 Sam 15:23 For rebellion is as
    the sin of witchcraft, And
    stubbornness is as iniquity and
    idolatry . Because you have
    rejected the word of the Lord
•  "Woe unto him that saith to the wood,
  Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall
  teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and
  silver, and there is no breath at all in the
  midst of it" ( Habakkuk 2:19).
• "They that make a graven image are all of
  them vanity; and their delectable things
  shall not profit; and they are their own
  witnesses; they see not, nor know; that
  they may be ashamed … And none
  considereth in his heart, neither is there
  knowledge nor understanding to say, I have
  burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have
  baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have
  roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make
  the residue thereof an abomination? shall I
  fall down to the stock of a tree?" ( Isaiah
  44:9-19).
   Ever wonder why they
   created idols to begin with
• Simple – they didn’t like what God
  was telling them to do
• They wanted to think they were
  religious but without obeying God
• They created something that could
  not speak, hear, or answer which left
  it up to them to decide for themselves
• They could do as they pleased and
  still feel good about their evil ways
 Key – Rejection of God

• Col 3:5-7 Therefore put to death your
  members which are on the earth:
  fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil
  desire, and covetousness, which is
  idolatry . 6 Because of these things the
  wrath of God is coming upon the sons of
  disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves
  once walked when you lived in them.
    It’s as simple as a bad
    attitude about God
• Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from
  heaven against all ungodliness and
  unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
  unrighteousness,

• Rom 1:24-25 Therefore God also gave them up to
  uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to
  dishonor their bodies among themselves,

• Rom 1:28-29 And even as they did not like to retain
  God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a
  debased mind, to do those things which are not
  fitting;
Is this a new or old problem?
• 1 Cor 8:4-6 Therefore concerning the
  eating of things offered to idols, we know
  that an idol is nothing in the world, and
  that there is no other God but one. 5 For
  even if there are so-called gods, whether
  in heaven or on earth (as there are many
  gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there
  is one God, the Father, of whom are all
  things, and we for Him; and one Lord
  Jesus Christ, through whom are all
  things, and through whom we live.
Can believers be idolatrous?
• Yes – because they only accept parts
• Remember all it takes is to reject
  some of what God has commanded
• Many reject Jesus as the Son of God
• Others reject commands as being
  unimportant, or not current with the
  times
   Rejection is Idolatry

• Jude 6-7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the
  cities around them in a similar manner to
  these, having given themselves over to
  sexual immorality and gone after strange
  flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering
  the vengeance of eternal fire.

• Jude 8-9 Likewise also these dreamers
  defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak
  evil of dignitaries.
   Jews
• Mark 7:9-13 He said to them, "All too well
  you reject the commandment of God, that
  you may keep your tradition. 10 For Moses
  said, 'Honor your father and your mother';
  and, 'He who curses father or mother, let
  him be put to death.' 11 But you say, 'If a
  man says to his father or mother, "Whatever
  profit you might have received from me is
  Corban" — ' (that is, a gift to God), 12 then
  you no longer let him do anything for his
  father or his mother, 13 making the word of
  God of no effect through your tradition
  which you have handed down. And many
  such things you do."
Religions of today

• They say I follow the Bible / as
  long as it is what I want
• When they cannot abide by
  what it says, they find ways to
  dismiss it’s authority
• When we fail to follow any of
  the teachings of the N. T. we
  are practicing Idolatry !

				
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