Idols in Old Testament accounts seem easy to identify, but what about idols today? There are numerous idols presently existing that are a threat to our relationship with God. These idols can be many different things found today. We do well to identify them and not let them make problems for us in our relationship with God. To not make or worship idols is a commandment for us today.
Questions to Answer As You Listen
One common definition of an idol is “Any ____________ ____________, usually man-made, that is an object of _______________ or at least special religious significance.”
Author Brian Rosner defines idolatry as “an attack on God’s exclusive rights to our _____________ ______________ and __________________.”
Pastor John Piper says that what idolatry looks like today is the activity of the ______________ _____________, “craving, wanting, enjoying, being satisfied by anything that you _________________ more than God.”
One other definition given is that “Idolatry in its larger meaning is properly understood as any _________________ of what is created for the ______________.”
There is no _________________ for the one true _______________.
God wants us to have a _____________ ______________ with Him.
In our lives idols ______________ with and _______________ who God is.
Five tests for idolatry:
1. The test of ____________ and ________________.
2. The test of the willingness to ______________ and ______________.
3. The test of public signs of _________________.
4. The test of comparative _________________ with other gods or loyalties.
5. The test of _____________ _____________.