SPF 069: Past and Modern Day Idols (and what to do about it)

Idolatry simply put is created things worshiping created things instead of the Creator. It’s a snare to the Christian heart and only leads to suffering. Today we are looking at a few idols in Biblical times as well as some modern day idols and two solutions to idol worship. 


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Idolatry: Then and Now

Idolatry is the worship of created things rather than the ONE and Only Creator. 

Romans 1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Idolatry is dangerous because we get to decide who God is and what God does.

Asherath and Baal – idols of the past

  • goddess and god of a particular power

  • changed per culture

  • worshipped through immorality and depravity including prostitution, child sacrifice, and self mutilation

  • proved to be snares to God’s people

  • mutable – always changing to fit desires and needs of culture

  • only powerful in certain areas

Joshua 24 and Judges 2

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


Looks a little different – we don’t carve images really

But it’s evident what idols are vying for our hearts when we look at our culture.

Learning from men like Dr. Greg Bahnsen and Dr. Joseph Boot my husband says, “Culture is the public expression of private worship; whatever is worshipped the most privately, will be the dominate force publicly.”

Dominate force publicly – socialism 

Private idol is greed and covetousness 

Dominate force publicly – fluidity of gender

Private idol – feelings

Dominate force publicly – social media addiction

Private idol – self

modern day idols:

  • Social media addiction – an endless feedback loop of affirmation

  • Government – looking for salvation from the government

  • Naturalism and Science – a rejection of biblical creation and worldview and embracing atheistic evolution and earth preservation

  • Self-care – self care is rooted in self worship of my needs. I’m not saying it’s a sin to want to go get coffee by yourself or to have some peace and quiet time, but to say it’s necessary takes it to worship.

It all boils down to SELF AGGRANDIZEMENT – which means the fulfillment of the self to the exclusion of all others and their needs and desires.

What’s the solution to idolatry?

Know the true God and obey his commands

Do you duty – your calling as Christians – to teach your children and tell others.

Joshua 23:6-8

Acts 14:15-17

Judges 2:10

“God is not a God who tolerates you. He is God who loves you. He is a God who desires you.” Paul Washer

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Got Questions article on modern day idolatry: https://www.gotquestions.org/idolatry-modern.html

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