Sunday, Oct 27, 2019
Raising the Alarm: The Perversity of Idolatry (Part 2)
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In this exposé, we will see four ways idolatry is diametrically opposed to the character of the living God, having been designed to blaspheme Him and destroy us.

  1. Existence
    1. He is self-existent
    2. It is non-existent

God is self-existent whether people believe in Him or not. But, “There is no such thing as an idol” (1 Cor. 8:4) – whether people imagine them to exist or not.

Idols are figments of the imagination, but the living God is the God who could have been imagined.

  1. Apprehension
    1. He is invisible
    2. It is image oriented

If you know God in salvation, then you came to know Him in a way unlike you’ve come to know anything or anyone else. A special ‘mechanism of apprehension’ is required to know Him: faith (2 Cor. 4:18; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:1; Heb 11:6).

As murderers and adulterers have never needed physical engagement with people to commit their crimes (Matthew 5: 21-22; Matthew 5:27-28), so idolaters have never needed physical idols. The imagination is the Petri dish for idolatry and the womb of idols.

  1. Purpose
    1. He is self-giving
    2. It is self-serving.

Idolatry is an idea about glory that comes from the imagination rather than revelation. The idea of glory drives the world. We worship what we perceive to have great glory. Where glory is perceived, the worship impulse within us cooperates with the gravity of perceived glory. We draw near in worship (i.e. to serve) in order to realize self-glory. The idolatry arrangement is an offer unregenerate man can’t refuse. Idolatry offers glory (something man craves to receive) for worship (something man craves to give).

  1. Endurance
    1. He is eternal
    2. It is ephemeral (existing only briefly)