Richards: Idolatry

“None of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself. If we live,we live to the Lord—for his honor. And if we die, we also die to the Lord. This means that whether we live or die we live or die for Jesus. He says Jesus died and rose again that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. In other words, the death and resurrection of Jesus is what saves us, so all of life belongs to him. So we have freedom of conscience because all of life and all of our dietary choices and all of our days belong to him and are for his honor and glory….

[Each] will stand before the judgment seat of God, and the reality of this is expressed in God’s declaration that every knee with bow and every tongue will confess. Therefore, each one of us stand before him as individuals and will give an account of himself [or herself] to God….

There is no greater sin than idolatry. Idolatry says to God that he is unworthy of our worship, unworthy of our greatest affection. Idolatry says that something else is more valuable than God. Idolatry says that something else is more desirable than God. Idolatry says sexual pleasure is greater than God or financial prosperity is greater than God or a certain reputation is greater than God or that possessions are greater than God. Whatever supplants God as the recipient of our greatest joy and affection is an idol and idolatry is a lie about God. There is no greater sin than this.”

-J-T Richards, https://newcitychurch.org/messages/walking-in-love/

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