I seriously doubt anyone reading this blog has ever taken the time to carve out an idol, set it up in your home, and then gathered the family to worship it, but I know everyone struggles with idolatry in one form or another because idolatry is very subtle.
The Apostle John concluded his Epistle with these words, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” Why did John say that? Because idolatry is common. Idolatry is so easy.
The NLT makes that verse even clearer. John 5:21 says, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”
Kyle Idleman, the author of the book, gods at war, says, “The instant something takes the place of God, the moment it becomes an end in itself rather than something to lay at God’s throne, it becomes an idol.”
Do you remember the story of the Trojan Horse? The Greeks had been trying to defeat the city of Troy for 10 years to no avail. Finally, they devised a plan to construct a huge wooden horse to be given to the men of Troy as a gift to their gods. But 30 select warriors were hidden inside the horse. They deposited it at seashore and pretended to sail away. The men of Troy pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night skilled warriors crept out of the horse, opened the gates of Troy for the entire Greek army and destroyed the city. It was a brilliant plan!
The term “Trojan Horse” has come to mean any trick or strategy that unknowingly invites the enemy into a protected place. When a hacker tricks us and gets into our computer it’s called a “Trojan horse.”
The devil has a Trojan Horse that he wants to gift wrap to the Church of Jesus Christ! Satan has tricked and deceived more Christians with this Trojan Horse than any other weapon in his arsenal. It is the idol of RELIGION and we’re going to explore that in my next few blogs.
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