Idols, Carved Stone, Wood, and Hearts Exo 20:3 You shall have no other gods before Me. Exo 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; Exo 20:5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, Exo 20:6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Exo 20:7 "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Lev 19:12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. If we look at the verses right around Lev 19:12, we see He is commanding that if we take His name that we act like we are His. If you call yourself a Christian, there should be evidence that you are a Christian. Its not about cursing. There are plenty of verses in Scripture about a filthy mouth and profane language.. Lev_19:4 'Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the Lord your God. Lev_26:1 'You shall not make idols for yourselves; neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar shall you rear up for yourselves; nor shall you set up an engraved stone in your land, to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God. Lev_26:30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you. Deu_29:17 and you saw their abominations and their idols which were among them--wood and stone and silver and gold); Deu_32:21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation. Romans 10:19 refers to this verse and tells us it prophesied of the Jews being taken over by Gentiles and of the enslavement of Israel by Rome due to their idol worship. God takes this very seriously.
Psa_31:6 I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the Lord. Psa_96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Psa_97:7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, Who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods. Psa_106:36 They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. Psa_106:38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood. Psa_115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men's hands. Psa_135:15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, The work of men's hands. Isa_2:8 Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made. Isa_57:13 When you cry out, Let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain." Jer_18:15 "Because My people have forgotten Me, They have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in pathways and not on a highway, Eze_6:4 Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. Eze_6:5 And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars. Eze_6:6 In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. Eze_6:9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.
Im sure many here are saying, Boy, Im glad I dont worship any idols. I would hope that none here would have some sort of statue they kneel before thinking they are connected to God somehow. Many, even today, kneel before statues of men and women thinking God will hear them. The God of the Bible, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has already given us that answer in the letters to Timothy. But each of us needs to take stock in just what we do believe. Have we carved out a God in our heads that accepts gay marriage? Do we have in the back of our minds that abortion is now not murder? Is that god weve made acceptable somehow to the God of the Bible? Is having sex outside of marriage somehow ok today because everybody does it? If God knew you from the foundation of the world, how is it you are just a blob of tissue until you take your first breath? If we still think God doesnt care about babies, read Psalm 139. If we think God is ok with sodomy, read Leviticus 18:22-30. What we are doing is disagreeing with God and making up our own god that is sort of close to the God of the Bible, but more to our liking. You dont have to have a carved stick hidden in a cubby hole in the den to be worshiping idols. How is it any different with women throwing their babies in to the fires of Moloch, and a woman having an abortion? What do we believe changed Gods mind about homosexual behavior from Sodom and Gomorrah to today? Yet whole denominations today are embracing gay marriage thinking God made a mistake. I cant find one verse, not one, NT or OT, which says sodomy, is ok, yet here we are today. Many women today, even Christian women have had abortions. If you have repented, God is quick to forgive, but that means you must change your thinking also. You cannot continue to believe that abortion is somehow ok or you havent really repented, but are still making an excuse for something you regret. Romans 1:32 speaks to that. What we are doing is making and idol to put ahead of the God of the Bible. That is the textbook definition of an idol. Something we put ahead of God. God has given us instructions on what we should do and believe. Its not vague, or impossible to figure out.
1Co 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 1Co 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 1Co 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 1Co 10:17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. 1Co 10:18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 1Co 10:19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 1Co 10:20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 1Co 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. 1Co 10:22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
When we take Communion, we are worshiping God. We are partaking of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. When we go to a church that believes in gay marriage, or we vote for someone that wants it legal, what are we doing? Are we not taking Gods name in vain and sacrificing our vote to a false image of a foreign god? Its not necessary that we carve a sick and fall down before it to worship a false god. Spiritually speaking we have already bowed down our hearts to gods that bear no resemblance to the God of the Bible. In Gods eye, there is only the God of the Bible, and Babylon. Satan has been trying from the beginning of time to confuse the Word of God, to change it, or to just lie about it.
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 1:19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, Rom 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, Rom 1:23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Rom 1:24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, Rom 1:25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Rom 1:27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Rom 1:28 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; Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, Rom 1:30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Rom 1:31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; Rom 1:32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
These people are changing evil to good and good to evil. You cannot make up your own doctrine and call it from God. The lukewarm Christians spoken of in Revelation 3:16 are what the church of today is becoming. God never changes and we cant say everybody does it, or Hey, its the 21st century, and say we dont have a different God than that found in the Bible. More and more we see a new doctrine that we dont have to repent to be saved, Grace covers everything, and more freedom to believe what you want to believe. I believe that as the New Age religion evolves, the broad way is getting larger and larger. The narrow gate is the same as its always been.
Younger Christians are being sold a bill of goods by the world that tells them that we are mean Pharisees that are too legalistic. Jesus didnt come to do away with the Law, but to fulfill it. The Law is supposed to be written on our hearts now, not on tablets of stone, but it is still the Laws of God. By choosing to follow certain Laws and rebelling against others, you are still in rebellion and havent completely surrendered to Christ as Lord of your life.
In Europe, some churches are reading verses from the Koran in their services. England is trying to decide what Koranic verses to read at the coronation of King Charles. I guess if we can accept abortion and sodomy, we can accept other Satanic teaching in church today. How far do we have to go to realize we no longer worship the same God Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob worshiped.
Read Luke 14:26-33 God says to honor your mother and father and to love your wife so this must be speaking of something else. If you cant put Christ first and believe and do what He says, then how do you get to call yourself Christian? Believing Christ is not optional. He hasnt told anyone to believe what they want to believe.
Joh 12:47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. Joh 12:48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
1Ki_18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word. ---------------------------------------------
The images of God we have carved out to worship vary all over the place, but one thing is certain, most don't resemble the God of the Bible. It shows how crazy we have become to argue over what "sex" God is.