Don’t Be Tricked By the Second…

Are you flirting with another god?

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:19-21.

It is my observation that Satan has settled for a few false God’s with which to tempt American Christians instead of golden calves, images of Pharaohs, or planets and stars. God has instructed Christians to keep their lives clear of things that wrestle their affections away from Him, but I see, especially on Facebook, more and more Christian honoring false worship.

The one I see most is the worship of mankind. “Believe in yourself, set your own path, we are OK, more than OK, we are our own god.” This message can be overt or very subtle, but it is Godless.

Many Christian sports sites sell posters that worship the accomplishments of human determination as if we were sacred.

If every thought is to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), we need to weigh these cutesy posters as to how they exalt man above God or encourage to lessen our dependence upon God.

Another one I have notices (and now I am getting fussy) are the use of horoscopes and forbidden arts by Christians. They are not harmless. They are forbidden.

Deuteronomy 18:10 links horoscopes, astrology and fortune tellers with evil such as child sacrifice and witchcraft as being an abomination to God. After the disciples opposed Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8, the new Christians who had been influenced by astrology burned their books when they became Christians in Acts 9.

Finally, the Christian has a spiritual guide and a book to follow. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16).


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