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 Idolatry in the Church

I'm going to be teaching on idolatry next week... I have the message together as a skeleton. I have examples of idolatry in the church that I myself struggle with.

Anyone have any examples of "idolatry in the Church"? ...or that you have struggled with personally in your walk?

Krispy

 2011/11/8 6:56
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 Re: Idolatry in the Church

idolatry:
1. the Pastor
2. Position
3. a feeling (chasing after a feeling)
andy


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andy

 2011/11/8 9:38Profile
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What about our need to be right - to be seen as right?

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Diane

 2011/11/8 9:40Profile
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I'm usually my own idol.


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Mike Compton

 2011/11/8 10:27Profile
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 Re: Idolatry in the Church

Greatest Idolatry in any Church is Money. Remember the rich man who kept all the commandments from Childhood. But when Jesus told him to give up his money he could not which means he Idolized money.
I am 28, personally I struggle with Fame, even when I prophesy in Church if I do it to glorify myself instead of Glorifying God, it is a Sin of Idolatry. Am I expecting people to say Amen when I pray, when I prophesy etc? I win this battle by not entertaining the thought, I will not share or prophesy until my thoughts of fame leave me and I am able to cast the crown on his feet.
When someone praises me for any word I shared, I respond saying praise God and then submit it to his feet. All I deserve is hell fire but by his mercy he gave me the word.


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Sreeram

 2011/11/8 11:09Profile
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 Re: Idolatry in the Church

Others have mentioned good examples of inward spiritual idolatry. However, there is a good example of outward idolatry in many of our American churches, especially in the South.

The U.S. Flag is a very real idol in such churches, usually fringed in beautiful gold tassles, and topped by the Golden Eagle that dates all the way back to the Roman Empire.

In Churches I have been to, it is invariable set to its own right, in "the place of honor", (according to the United States Flag Code), when it is displayed next to the less honorable and therefore lower-in-rank "Christian Flag" on its left.

One flag represent merely one of the kingdoms of this world. The other supposedly represents the Kingdom of God and of His Christ.

Which is supreme?

Doug

 2011/11/8 11:55Profile
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 Re: Idolatry in the Church


the television (or Hollywood) and all these reality shows has captivated more than our time, they captivated our souls.

when we treat our vehicles better than our spouse, that can be idolatry.

when we constantly seek other's opinions over hitting our knees before the Lord and waiting on Him, is that idolatry?

Someone mentioned the church, working for the church endless hours, is that idolatry?

God bless,
Lisa


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Lisa

 2011/11/8 12:16Profile









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Wow... good stuff, guys! Keep 'em coming!

Doug, your was particularly thought provoking.

Krispy

 2011/11/8 12:41
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Idolizing the church herself.
Idolizing your ministry.


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james thorpe

 2011/11/8 12:47Profile
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 Re: Idolatry in the Church

Calvinism - as observed and practiced in the South.

The preacher - every thing has to be run by him for his approval or disapproval.


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