Tag Archives: Idolatry

Was Jesus a legalist?

Matthew 19:16-21 Many Christians find this incident confusing. When the rich young man asks how to gain eternal life, why does Jesus tell him to keep the Law (verse 17)? Is Jesus implying that we can be saved by obeying … Continue reading

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Link of the month: The precipice

This article is from Australia. Although I’m not familiar with the details of the same-sex marriage debate there, the issues have been pretty similar throughout the Western world. Everywhere, the concept of same-sex marriage (as distinct from civil partnership, which … Continue reading

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Verse of the month: July 2017

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.” (Ezekiel 36:25) Can water that is stagnant and filthy be made clean – clean enough … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Idolatry again

Numbers 25 Finally the Israelites come to the east bank of the River Jordan, on the border of the country of Moab and within a stone’s-throw of their goal. And at this point, at the very end of their long … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Rebellion and idolatry

Exodus 32 Sadly, the Israelites have not grasped the concepts of monotheism and imageless worship (even their deliverance from Egypt they attribute to Moses, not Yahweh), and they find it hard (despite the evidence of the daily manna and the … Continue reading

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Messy Church: Compromise

I Corinthians 8 The Council of Jerusalem had asked Gentile Christians to abstain from ‘idol-food’ (Acts 15:28,29). But it seems that many in Corinth were ignoring this instruction – for the very practical reason that ‘untainted’ meat was unobtainable. The … Continue reading

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Love hurts: False religion

Hosea 13:1-8 Although to all outward appearance, Israel was still a great nation, inwardly she was already dead. Her ‘terminal illness’ had begun right at the very beginning of her independence, when Jeroboam I set up his two golden calves … Continue reading

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