“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.” (Ezekiel 14:6) (MW)

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The Following was Written in 2017

Many Christians will slip in to some form of idolatry at some point in their life. Don't allow it to continue or let yourself be naively unaware of how easily it can creep in to your life.

How can modern idolatry affect our lives?

It could be something as simple as getting hooked on a new TV series and binge watching the episodes, playing your favourite game on the computer, flicking through social media for hours on end. Or even, a perhaps less obvious idolatrous activity, could be physical exercising in every spare minute you have.

There is nothing wrong with watching a couple of episodes of a programme you like, playing a game, or exercising for good health. But, when you notice it’s what you are thinking of more than often, and less than often you are thinking of how to keep your life in line with God by living as a Christian, and reading your Bible, then you know you have probably overstepped the mark.

You may already know this, and have chosen to ignore the Holy Spirit warning you.  After reading this I hope it’s struck a chord and opened your eyes to what can be unhealthy to the spiritual state of a Christian. If, or when, you take positive steps away from your obsessive idolatrous activity, you will once more feel closer to God, and realise what you have been missing - True excitement and happiness living righteously in the eyes of our Lord.


Upon reflection, in 2024, I decided to write an extended version of what’s been said, yet ensuring to maintain its simplicity and keeping to the point below:

Through earthly life, all Christians can slip into some form of idolatry at some point. Quite frankly, if you say otherwise, I would challenge you, as we are born sinners.

 Still not in agreement?

If we take a modern look at idolatry and see how it affects our daily lives, we may be surprised by how easily we can be influenced by the world we live in, and the temptations that arise.

It could be something as simple as getting hooked on a new TV series and binge watching the episodes, playing on your games’ console, flicking through social media video posts for hours on end. Or even, a perhaps less perceived idolatrous activity could be exercising in every spare minute you have. Do you idolise another of God’s creations, a pet or another person in your life?

Ask yourself if what you have been idolising is profitable to you as a Christian, and does it further your journey on this earth to glorify God’s name?

 If any of these apply to you, or ones which are similar in nature, then I urge you keep reading. You may think “I am not hurting anyone” by doing these things, but think again! You are in fact hurting YOURSELF and going against God’s perfect Word.

There is nothing wrong with watching a couple of episodes of a program you like (so long as it is wholesome), playing a game, or exercising for good health, enjoying the company of a family pet, or appreciation for any of God’s creations. BUT, when you notice it’s what you are thinking of constantly, and remains in the forefront of your thoughts, this is when it becomes wrong. This is a sin! If you find this is the case for you, then it also means that you are NOT thinking of how to keep your life in line with God, by living righteously as a Christian.

If you are idolising worldly things or people, then you are more than likely NOT reading your Bible, and not communicating with God through true prayer (full circle prayer, is true prayer, God prompts/burdens you with what He wants you to prayer about via the Holy Spirit. In turn a Christian in tune with God should recognise this and then pray the thoughts back to Him. Without this full circle prayer, nothing will come to fruition and will have no value. I will do another article on this due course) as you perhaps once did. Your once clear and concise Godly/Holy thoughts have become hazy, fuzzy, muddled. You feel distant and alone. Most, if not all, Christians at some point in their lives, can relate to having this feeling for many different reasons as a result of some form of sinful behaviour, and, of course, I am included in this. Ignorance is no excuse!

There can be reasons in life for lapses in staying on God’s narrow path, BUT there is not any room for excuses, and they should never be presented to our Creator, for none of them can be justified to Him. Acceptance of what you have done, or where you are in life, is required, followed by repentance, which is then followed by an immediate CHANGE in your behaviour and thoughts.

You may already know this and have chosen to ignore the Holy Spirit warning. Or, perhaps after reading this, it’s struck a chord and opened your eyes to what can be unhealthy for the spiritual state of a Christian.

“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

God does not say ‘step by step - ease yourself away from sin’, Rather, He commands us to remove it in its entirety, and to turn away from it! Immediately.

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.” (Ezekiel 14:6)

Act now! Don’t sit on it until you have fed your sinful desires and only come to repentance when you feel satisfied by the world (As Augustine of Hippo did). If you do this you may be too late to stop punishment! We don’t know when our time is up and we will be judged for any unrepented sins! Don’t be caught out!

If, or when, you take these positive steps away from your obsessive idolatrous activity, you will once more feel closer to God and realise what you have been missing. You will come to the realisation that you were never alone, but God was waiting on the change in you to continue His communication with you. True excitement and happiness by living righteously in the eyes of our Lord is within the grasp of the elect chosen few by God. Repent and Change NOW!

My stance and viewpoint on what has been said is based on what God says; but I happen to personally believe it. Therefore, if you refuse to listen, you are not refusing me, but refusing to listen to the Creator and Sustainer of life. Be careful: heed God’s Word and act upon it.

I wish the reader all the best.

God Bless

MW

(I have not given an exhaustive list of examples of idolatry, and many things I have discussed could branch out, making the article longer. However, I have chosen to keep my articles to the point and write other articles on other areas of discussion).

March 2024

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