• David Faulkner

    A crucial point to me made in the above is that idols can be “good” things in our lives that God created for our good, such as our family, our children, our work. I didn’t used to think of idols in this way. But idols are anything we elevate too high in our life that takes a place in our heart near or equal to that of God. This has been helpful to me to realize this and I have gained some wisdom through this knowledge. Peace,

  • Kit Belt

    There is a great book on this subject that every man should read entitled Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller. Although most of us do not think we have idols in our lives, most of us do. This book helps you to diagnose and deal with those idols. The first step to repentance and cure is recognition.

  • Robert

    Thanks for this, Richard. And here is a precious promise: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you” (Ezekiel 36:25).

  • Enough

    It is crystal clear that idolatry is very high on the list of sins that can and do separate us from G-d and sometime can even seems innocuous. However, for each of these sines, G-d offers a way out by means of repentance and cleansing by the blood of Jesus.

    But I would remind the writer of the third commandment: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” This appears to be the only command which expresses that there is no forgiveness in breaking it. In this command, many think this is limited to cursing or uttering the words ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ’ or a slew of four letter words as useless bywords. But the verb ‘take’ is better translated “to lift, bear up, carry” and applied to those who do works in the name of God. Whether taking the name of the Lord in cursing, or by advertising that the works you do in ministry done are in G-d’s name, but misrepresent Him or are of themselves evil (theft, extortion, sexual misconduct, etc.) it appears there is no forgiveness because G-d “will not hold them guiltless.”

    Jesus said that G-d can forgive everything but for blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. Matt. 12:31: “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.” Ministries that speak against the Holy Spirit and take the Lord’s name in vain by using it improperly or using it as a cover for misrepresenting the Holy Spirit should pay more attention to this command, as it appears there is an unforgivable sin. Idolatry should be avoided, but sometimes we stumble and can receive forgiveness. The same cannot said about those who would minister in G-d’s name while practicing activities and saying things that misrepresent Him.

  • Steve Ward

    We all have such “coughs” (aka idols and issues) that often go undiagnosed, sometimes for years. In effect, we don’t know what we don’t know. Sometimes the condition itself makes it harder to reach the self-awareness that there is something we need to address, such as when our cough is pride, control, denial, or being out of touch with God. The first step toward getting healthy is often the diagnosis itself and to accept that we do, in fact, have a condition that calls for treatment.