Monthly Archives: October 2021

Idolatry

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Exodus 20:3-6

The first commandment teaches us to flee idolatry. God’s people are to worship God and no one else. Period. Blessings are promised for those who worship God and judgment is pronounced on those who worship idols.

Some may ask “does idolatry exist today?” The answer is a resounding yes. We may not worship gods of stone, iron, and wood. But we certainly have our false gods. Let me mention a few 21st century idols.

**Money. Worship of money is common in our society. Some have replaced worship of God with worship of finances, material possessions and things.

**Notoriety. The advent of social media has produced an alluring call to be known. Clicks, likes, and comments have become the most important thing in the world to some. Being known has become their idol.

**Pleasure.  A reckless pursuit of pleasure is driving many to “bow the knee” to this idol in our time. Pleasure is fleeting and short-lived. Yet, a number of folks today seem to pursue a hedonistic lifestyle to the inclusion of everything else.

**Self. The worship of self is at the root of every idol when you truly consider it. Humans tend to love ourselves more than others and more than God. When that is the case, self-propagation, self-preservation, and self-worship are the inevitable outcome. Our greatest idol temptation is often what we see when we look into the mirror.

Let me say that money is not inherently evil. A desire to be know is not automatically sinful. And, God desires that we have pleasure in this life. It is when we prioritize these things over and above our relationship with Christ and seek them apart from God that we cross the line into idolatry.

Worship the Lord, dear Christian. Worship God for who He is. He is worthy!

Tony French

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Freedom

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1

The words we find in this verse are nothing short of beautiful. Through Christ Jesus, our sin is removed and our guilt is vanquished. Those who receive the gift of salvation are in Christ Jesus. As a result of this, we are no longer condemned.

In John 3, Jesus relates to us the following statement: For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18) The message is simple and clear. Those who believe in Christ are not condemned and are free from condemnation forever. Those who do not believe, are judged as guilty in God’s court already. There are those who are free and those who are condemned.

Dear reader, in which group do you fall? Are you a believer in Christ or are you guilty before God? If you are not Christian, realize that God will judge you as guilty. And realize that He has every right to judge us. Turn from your sin and believe in Jesus. He died for you and was raised to life again just as He said. Believe in Him and trust in Him by faith today. Call upon Him and ask to save you and forgive you. You will never regret trusting in Jesus.

Tony French

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White As Snow

16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 1:16-20

The nation of Judah is being confronted with sin in Isaiah 1. Verses 16-17 give the remedy for their rebellion. What is the cure? They should turn from evil, do good works, and act justly. Washing, cleansing, and forsaking evil are the directives we see flowing through these verses. 

Christians should continually realize that we are followers of Christ. As such, the Father will confront us just as He disciplined His Old Covenant people. God’s correction is good in that it calls us to repent, catches us when we stray, and guards us from further spiritual damage. The Lord’s discipline is never pleasant in the moment. However, it is always for our ultimate good and righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).

Ultimately, Christians should realize the need for repentance in their daily lives as they reason together with God. Christ did the work of redemption on Calvary’s cross and through His blood our sins are white as snow.  Heeding the warnings of God and repenting of sin will result in blessing. Ignoring the admonishments of the Lord will lead to judgement and destruction.

Our Lord loves us enough to warn us when we stray from Him. Isaiah’s prophecy begins with a stern cautioning against heartless worship and a continual command to repent when we fail. The people of God would do well to heed these warnings from Scripture. The failure to repent and stay in close communion with God will lead to wasted time and unwanted consequences of sin in the lives of Christians.

The beauty of Isaiah 1 is glorious and majestic. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”  Our forgiveness flows to us through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. May Christ be praised forever and ever for His marvelous work on our behalf!

Tony French

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