Recognizing Modern Idolatry 13: Weekly Thoughts

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 13: Weekly Thoughts These past two weeks we have examined five common idols that can monopolize our thoughts and rob God of His rightful place in our lives: the idol of money, the idol of sex, the idol of success, the idol of family relationships, and the idol of self. Through in-depth looks at biblical figures in the Old Testament, key teachings from the New Testament, and modern-day…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 12: The Idol of Self, Part 2

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 12: The Idol of Self, Part 2 In today’s concluding post we will look a little deeper into why the love of self is so destructive, and why we are to look outside ourselves and to God for satisfaction and becoming “truly and freely ourselves” (see full quote below). Our current Western culture has embraced what they call “self-love” to an extreme degree and, unfortunately, many professing Christians…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 11: The Idol of Self, Part 1

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 11: The Idol of Self, Part 1 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4, ESV) The apostle Paul gives believers a call to action in this passage that is certainly much easier said than done. Can any of us…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 10: The Idol of Family Relationships, Part 2

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 10: The Idol of Family Relationships, Part 2 We asked a searching question yesterday: Is it possible to place too much value on our spouses and children? Then we looked at two examples from the Bible in which people did exactly that—idolizing their families by placing them above God in their hearts, and choosing to do something that pleased them but dishonored God.  When we get married, it…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 9: The Idol of Family Relationships, Part 1 

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 9: The Idol of Family Relationships, Part 1 [An overseer] must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? … Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. … I hope to come to you soon,…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 8: Recapping the Idols of Money, Sex, and Success 

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 8: Recapping the Idols of Money, Sex, and Success Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14, ESV) As we launch into week two of our study on idolatry, we hope you’re beginning to see it as the problem that it truly is in our modern-day culture—even right here at home in our own hearts. False gods are not always in the shape of golden or carved…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 6: The Idol of Success, Part 2 

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 6: The Idol of Success, Part 2  Our study yesterday took us through the life of King Saul in the Bible, a tragic example of how the idol of success so quickly can entangle us. You can find a brief summary of his story here, or read it in 1 Samuel chapters 9 to 31. To recap a piercing question from yesterday, with Saul’s example in mind, how…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 5: The Idol of Success, Part 1

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 5: The Idol of Success, Part 1  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 4: The Idol of Sex, Part 2

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 4: The Idol of Sex, Part 2 We paused yesterday’s study on the idol of sex with the reminder that it is God’s unchanging Word that dictates our morality and not what the changing culture decides. Let’s look at what God says about sexuality and His design for sex within marriage. There absolutely is one clear Biblical sexual ethic; as Christopher Yuan succinctly states in his book Holy…

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Recognizing Modern Idolatry 3: The Idol of Sex, Part 1 

Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 3: The Idol of Sex, Part 1 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous…

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