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  • Sports Idolatry

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Aug 30, 2010
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    Here’s a little statistic published in 1998 in The Economist that I use in my Ethics class at DePaul. According to the article, “Superhuman Heroes,” a survey of 198 top athletes conducted in 1995 had more than 50% stating that they would be willing to take a drug that would help them win every ...read more

  • The Only Difference Between The Idolatry Of A ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 24, 2001
    based on 72 ratings
     | 1,266 views

    The only difference between the idolatry of a tribesman ascribing power to a fetish and the idolatry of a professor attributing the wonder of the natural world to evolutionary forces is ...read more

  • Idolatry Is Worshiping Anything That Ought To Be ...  PRO

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 26, 2002
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     | 2,132 views

    Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that ought to ...read more

  • Idolatry Is About "Getting"

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 2, 2009
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    IDOLATRY IS ABOUT "GETTING" William Barclay makes this important observation about ancient idolatry: "The essence of idolatry is the desire to get. A man sets up an idol and worships it because he desires to get something out of god. To put it bluntly, he believes that by his sacrifices and his ...read more

  • Nicolaitan Compromise With Idolatry In Church Of ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 2, 2009
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    Nicolaitan Compromise with Idolatry in Church of Pergamum Bruce Longenecker's book, "The Lost Letters of Pergamum" (pp. 165-166) illustrates their teaching in a story about a Nicolaitan (Kalandion) that attended the Pergamum church. Kalandion is visiting a Christian who has been imprisoned for ...read more

  • Idolatry Is Worshiping Anything That Ought To Be ...

    Contributed by Fred Parker on Dec 15, 2007
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    Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that ought to ...read more

  • Idolatry Is Like Poisoning

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Mar 2, 2009
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    IDOLATRY IS LIKE POISONING More than 25 years ago (1982), seven residents of the Greater Chicago area made an assumption that proved fatal. They all took a dose of Extra Strength Tylenol® that had been laced with potassium cyanide. What they thought was medicine proved to be poison. This crime, ...read more

  • Modern-Day Idolatry

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Dec 7, 2009
     | 2,475 views

    MODERN-DAY IDOLATRY A couple of weeks ago one of the men in our Pueblo told about a time when one of the executives in his company made the statement: "This company is our life." He said he couldn't help but speak up. He said, "I'm loyal to the company, but it is NOT my life. God is first ...read more

  • Strange For Us To Think Of Idolatry As Being ...  PRO

    Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Sep 28, 2002
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    Strange for us to think of idolatry as being something in the modern world but consider this: • There are actually people who worship crawling creatures: In a museum in Egypt there is a monument to the scarob beetle. • The philistines actually worshiped flies. Hindus today won’t swat a ...read more

  • Self Sufficiency Is The Idol Of Choice In Today's ...  PRO

    Contributed by Bobby Stults on Aug 30, 2006
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    Self Sufficiency is the idol of choice in today’s ...read more

  • For Israel There Were The Canaanite Baals, Those ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 28, 2008
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    For Israel there were the Canaanite Baals, those jolly nature gods whose worship was a rampage of gluttony, drunkenness, and ritual prostitution. For us there are still the great gods Sex, Shekels, and Stomach (an unholy trinity constituting one god: self), and the other enslaving trio, Pleasure, ...read more

  • Oh Favre Who Art In Lambeau  PRO

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 28, 2008
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    OH FAVRE WHO ART IN LAMBEAU When does sports as entertainment become sports as idolatry? Consider this banner seen at Lambeau Field in 1996, the season the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in New Orleans and their quarterback Brett Favre was named the most valuable player: “Our Favre who ...read more

  • What Good Are You?

    Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jan 12, 2009
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    "WHAT GOOD ARE YOU?" Hideyoshi, a Japanese warlord who ruled over Japan in the late 1500s, commissioned a colossal statue of Buddha for a shrine in Kyoto. It took 50,000 men five years to build, but the work had scarcely been completed when the earthquake of 1596 brought the roof of the shrine ...read more

  • Short-Term Solutions

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Mar 2, 2009
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    SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS In Chicago’s elevated train stations, they hung phony owls from the ceilings of some of the stations to discourage the pigeons. I can remember seeing pigeons right up next to the owls, blithely ignoring them. Now, there are wire spikes everywhere the pigeons might roost up ...read more

  • What Other Gods?

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Mar 2, 2009
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    WHAT OTHER GODS? What other gods could we have besides the Lord? Plenty. For Israel there were the Canaanite Baals, those jolly nature gods whose worship was a rampage of gluttony, drunkenness, and ritual prostitution. For us there are still the great gods Sex, Shekels, and Stomach (an unholy ...read more

  • In Front Of God

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 17, 2009
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    IN FRONT OF GOD I read the story of a man who took a slip of paper and wrote upon it only three letters spelling "G-O-D." He showed it to his friend, who was plainly overcome with greed and the worship of wealth. He took a coin, and after having placed the coin over the slip of paper, asked ...read more

  • The Demon-Idol  PRO

    Contributed by Daniel Olukoya on Apr 9, 2009
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     | 1,752 views

    THE DEMON-IDOL Somebody who was very close to me and has gone to be with the Lord now was sitting in his sitting room and one day, without knocking at the door, a demon-idol entered. Such a thing may be strange to some people, but in some places it is a normal fighting spirit seen often. This ...read more

  • Other Gods  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,621 views

    OTHER GODS J.I. Packer described the propensity to Other Gods: "What other gods could we have besides the Lord? Plenty. For Israel there were the Canaanite Baals, those jolly nature gods whose worship was a rampage of gluttony, drunkenness, and ritual prostitution. For us there are still the ...read more

  • Terah And The Gods

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Oct 26, 2009
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    TERAH AND THE GODS There is a Jewish midrash (not Scripture) that tells a funny story about Terah being a merchant who sold idols but had a son named Abram who wasn’t convinced about the validity of the gods because the real God had been speaking to him. Since it isn’t actually Scripture, I’m ...read more

  • Seductive Idols

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 28, 2009
     | 2,137 views

    SEDUCTIVE IDOLS "The seductiveness of a nearby idol for the Christian is that it promises to get things done, to be powerful, to make good changes -- but by means that conflict with God's means." pg. 44, Richard Keyes, No God, But God by Os Guinness "Idols are not just on pagan ...read more