Monday, November 23, 2015

Biblically Speaking - Idolatry

Part 3 in my study on what is abomination in the sight of God.

Recap:
Many believers have fallen into accepting that which is abomination in the sight of God. Unless we study God's Word to learn His Mind on what is abominable, how will we know to purge ourselves from abomination? Lord willing, I will be posting the fruits of my study on the word "abomination," but feel free to leap ahead of me and study it for yourself. What is an abomination to God?



Idolatry

Idolatry and covetousness -- turning from God to other gods and idols:
Deuteronomy 7:25 - The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God.

Deuteronomy 12:30-31 - Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Deuteronomy 13:12-15 - If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

Deuteronomy 17:2-5 - If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and inquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

Deuteronomy 32:16 - They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

There is so much more said on this matter than on the matter of sodomy. In our culture, it seems almost foreign to think of someone "bowing down" to a graven image. But one of the passages mentions bowing to the "sun, moon, host of heaven." Pantheism (the belief that God is in everything) is a word the comes to mind--and it is creeping into the modern church. Several "Christian" authors have begun leaning towards this belief (I cannot verify this, but it has been mentioned that Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, is a pantheist). We cannot ignorantly assume that everything presented under the name of "Christian" lines up with the full council of God's Word. Beware of idolatrous beliefs that have crept into the church.

2 comments:

Olivia R. said...

A great reminder! We can make anything an idol if we value it higher than the Lord Himself.

Amanda T. said...

Amen! I need the reminder often, Olivia!

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