Brother Todd,The mobile phone was spot on bro!!!
Tmk, i like what you said about the mobile phone. Idolatry can be summed up In the first letter(I). I will ascend above God, I will sit on the throne...Self love. Self preservation. Relying on one's standards instead of God's. I know of many people in church who do not smoke, watch filth, curse, etc. Yet, they trust in themselves instead of God and neglect Scriptures that go against their theology. Their thoughts (opinions/Beliefs/traditions) take precedence over God's Word. idolatry comes in many forms but can always be traced back to one's heart where they sit on the throne and rebel against God. When you tell them what the Word says they respond with excuses such as: "That is just your interpretation. "That is not the way I see it. That is not the way I believe it. That is not the way I was raised. That was old testament. That was only for the church back then. That scripture doesn't apply to us today. You don't understand my situation. God knows my heart. "Sadly, they are bound by religion, their opinion means more than the Word of God. The God they serve is self and they live by what morals is good in their eyes and imagination and do not the God of the Bible. Romans 10:3 KJVFor they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
Idol, or idle - both condemned.
Dear children, keep and guard yourselves from idols. From false Gods. Keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts. (1 John 5:21 - several translations combined)- ----That is excellent brother Mark. Lord keep us in our first love with Jesus and therefore free from idols.
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being a rc then, I use to carry a sort of a medallion of mary for my protection, for provision, as my deity, for forgiveness, for blessing. later after conversion, I think I had attributed the same for some treasured doctrines and unknowingly what I shared to people were my pet doctrines but not Christ.