Today I’m sharing an essay I recently wrote that was just published on Crosswalk.com called, “Why Are We so Prone to Idol Worship”? While you may think idol worship isn’t something that plagues the people of God, the truth is that idolatry comes in many forms. True, most Christians aren’t bowing down before idols or sacrificing to them or praying to them, however, that doesn’t mean idolatry isn’t an issue.
Anything can be an idol – even worship itself – if it replaces the ministry of thanksgiving to the Lord. This is a thought-provoking article that addresses the deeper issues within the heart, pertaining to worship, idolatry and how the enemy tries to manipulate worship to remove God from the equation. I urge you to continue reading to see what the Lord is speaking in this important area!
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[Note: Below is an excerpt from the article, per a publishing agreement with Crosswalk. To read the entire article, make sure to click on the Crosswalk.com link below!!]
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
Why are we so prone to idol worship? Without a God-consciousness, that is, the Holy Spirit living within, most people will never stop to truly examine the answer to that question. However, for the Christian, the subject of worship is as crucial as salvation because if you’re not actively worshipping God, you are actively worshipping something or someone else. Idolatry comes in many forms and the most dangerous ways of slipping into the worship of anything or anyone other than the Lord are those you never see coming. One of the greatest tactics of the enemy, in terms of worship, is to let Christians think they are worshipping the Lord when they are not…..!
Worship is about the ministry of gratitude to the Lord. Satan would love nothing more than to drag you into a headspace where you sing about your own deprivation and sin more than you sing about God’s character or His nature or His greatness and love or what He has done to deliver you [because] Satan knows the true power of worship better than anyone in existence – other than God. Satan knows you were created to worship and that worship is what will maintain your vital, life-giving connection to the Lord and help you win the battle against him.
Idolatry comes in many forms and the most dangerous ways of slipping into the worship of anything or anyone other than the Lord are those you never see coming.
The enemy wants you to worship anyone or anything other than the Lord—even at church. Praise and worship are the ministry of your gratitude to the Lord and that can have many different sounds, styles, words, and themes. We’re all prone to idolatry because we were created to worship! That’s why your life must incorporate active, frequent, public, and private times of worship because you will worship something or someone. You cannot help it….
- How can you avoid idolatry in your life?
- What does the Bible teach about how idolatry is handled, Scripturally?
- How can idol worship be in the church if there are no idols?
- What does idolatry look like in the life of a believer?
- Are you worshipping worship?
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