Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Idolatry should not be Tolerated

Statues are not idols. Statues are symbols of men of renown; Washington, Grant and ideas like Liberty and Justice. I am not sure these should be made according to the 2nd commandment. However, having been made, no one to my knowledge has bowed down to them.

There are millions and millions of people who make idols to bow down to them. God was not and is not tolerant of the people or the idols. With the idolatry, which is a great evil, there are many attendant immoralities.

The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:20, 21 (NIV)

Idolatrous religions (Buddhism, Hinduism) are not innocent ‘other religions’ of which we should be tolerant. These people are lost.

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 22, 23 (NIV)

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