Category: Idolatry

For we have forsaken your commandments, which you commanded … saying, ‘The land that you are entering, to take possession of it, is a land impure with the impurity of the peoples of the lands, with their abominations that have filled it from end to end with their uncleanness.
Therefore … never seek their peace or prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good of the land and leave it for an inheritance to your children forever.’

Ezra 9:10-12
In the book of Ezra, we’re told that after the first wave of exiles returned from Babylon to Israel, the people grew spiritually cold. Ezra the priest returns with the second wave of exiles and is told that they have not separated themselves from the peoples of the surrounding lands and had married foreign women against the command of God. Being a godly man who had devoted himself to the study, observance, and teaching of God’s law, Ezra cries out in anguish and pulls hair from his beard and his head and tears his clothes in grief because of the gravity of their sin. His weeping and intercessory prayer on behalf of the Jews is so heartfelt and moving that they respond with profound repentance and make a covenant to make things right with the Lord. In other words, spiritual revival breaks out because of one man’s commitment to the Word of God and his love for the Lord (see Ezra 9-10).

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Holiness Idolatry Repentance

Recently, someone told me that an individual’s Facebook posts have nothing to do with their spirituality. The discussion arose because we both know a man, elected to the position of deacon at his church, whose Facebook “likes” and “follows” consisted of pages of either obscene jokes and language or scantily clad women. To be fair, the primary purpose of most of the pages in mention was not to publish obscene language and scantily clad women. The overall theme of the pages was guns. But what goes along with guns in the eyes of the world? Women in bikinis that are three sizes too small for their ample bodies and the soldier’s favorite cuss word that can be used as an adjective, adverb, noun, and verb all in one sentence.

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Dying to Self Holiness Idolatry

Modern conveniences have certainly been a blessing in our lives. Washing machines, microwaves, running water, and other mod cons, as our British friends would say, all help us get our daily chores done in a fraction of the time it took our grandparents. We have much more leisure time on our hands, even if sometimes it doesn’t always seem like it. So what does that have to do with your inbox clutter, you might be asking?

Well, to be blunt, our leisure time has gotten in the way of our relationship with the Lord.

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Home Life Idolatry Stewardship

Self-sacrifice has been the predominant thought popping up in my mind the last few days. What does it really mean to give Jesus all of ourselves? What does a life look like that is totally sold out to God?

I’ve been captivated by a beautiful version of the Elizabeth Prentiss hymn “More Love to Thee” sung by Fernando Ortega. This same hymn was sung by North Korean Christians in 1974 as they were being steamrolled to death by Communist government agents, simply because the believers would not deny Christ.[1] Minutes before, they had also witnessed the hanging of their own children, committing them to heaven rather than renouncing their belief in Jesus.[2]

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Dying to Self Home Life Idolatry Stewardship