Idolatries – An Evil Abomination – Part 1

This is an issue that needs to be discussed at length and a warning must be given to the millions upon millions of idolaters the world over who bow to and worship false gods in the name of their religion. Just recently, by the Grace of God, a Gospel Tract titled “Your Life: God’s Solution to Your Religion” was completed and this tract gets straight to the point of religion being idolatry before the One True God – the God of Creation who came to this world in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ to set sinners free – which includes their idolatries.

Idols take on many forms. Which ever form it takes, it still remains an evil abomination before our Creator – God Almighty, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob. This post will deal with the various gods worshipped and idols mentioned in the Bible. It will also look at the historical account of these vile deities that are worshipped which provokes our God to jealousy:

16They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. ~ Deuteronomy 32:16

58For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. ~ Psalm 78:58

We will look at Scripture and much more Scripture as God’s Word is True and will never pass away. Let us see how God’s Word speaks out against idols, gods, graven and molten images, which are worshipped in idolatry. God commands that it is forbidden. We read, as it is written:

2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me. ~ Exodus 20:2, 3

7Thou shalt have none other gods before me. ~ Deuteronomy 5:7

This consists of the following practices:

  • Bowing down to images

5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; ~ Exodus 20:5

9Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, ~ Deuteronomy 5:9

  • Worshipping images

17And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god. ~ Isaiah 44:17

5That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 10Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: 15Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? ~ Daniel 3:5, 10, 15

  • Sacrificing to images

38And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. ~ Psalm 106:38

41And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. ~ Acts 7:41

  • Worshipping other gods

17But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; ~ Deuteronomy 30:17

9There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. ~ Psalm 81:9

  • Swearing to other gods

13And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. ~ Exodus 23:13

7That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: ~ Joshua 23:7

  • Walking after other gods

19And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. ~ Deuteronomy 8:19

  • Speaking in the name of other gods

20But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. ~ Deuteronomy 18:20

  • Looking to other gods

1Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. ~ Hosea 3:1

  • Serving other gods

4For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. ~ Deuteronomy 7:4

19And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours. ~ Jeremiah 5:19

  • Fearing other gods

35With whom the LORD had made a covenant, and charged them, saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them: ~ 2 Kings 17:35

  • Sacrificing to other gods

20He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed. ~ Exodus 22:20

  • Worshipping the true God by an image

4And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 5And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. 6And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. ~ Exodus 32:4-6

19They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. 20Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. ~ Psalm 106:19, 20

  • Worshipping angels

18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, ~ Colossians 2:18

  • Worshipping the host of heaven

19And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. ~ Deuteronomy 4:19

3And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; ~ Deuteronomy 17:3

This form of worship is done daily by millions of “stargazers” when they consult their horoscopes – looking to the stars and relying on planetary positions to determine their “luck” or future. They rely on gods known as clairvoyants or astrologers to predict the future for the individual. This is known as sorcery, which is witchcraft.

  • Worshipping demons

9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. ~ Matthew 4:9, 10

20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: ~ Revelation 9:20

  • Worshipping dead men

10There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. ~ Deuteronomy 18:10, 11

A necromancer is someone who speaks to the dead and even worships them; this practice of ancestral worship is also found in the Shembe church in South Africa.

28They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. ~ Psalm 106:28

  • Setting up idols in the heart

3Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? 4Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; ~ Ezekiel 14:3, 4

  • Covetousness

5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. ~ Ephesians 5:5

5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: ~ Colossians 3:5

  • Sensuality

19Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) ~ Philippians 3:19

In the Holy Scriptures, God also warns that people are just like the idols that they worship and that the idols, graven images, are no gods. We read as follows:

1Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. 2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 3But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. 4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. 9O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 10O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 11Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. 12The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. 13He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. 14The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. 15Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. 16The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. 17The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. 18But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 115:1-18 (my emphasis added, and hereafter)

26Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: ~ Acts 19:26

8I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 17They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods. ~ Isaiah 42:8, 17

In Parts 2 and 3 we will look at the idols and idolatry worshipped that is referred to in the Bible – which is against what God our Creator commanded! This is a warning to the idol worshipping religions of today, especially Hinduism, Buddhism, and Roman Catholicism. In fact, every religion on earth that worships another god other than the God of Creation Jesus Christ, is an idolatrise religion.

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