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biblestudy: The Commandments (Part 2)

Idolatry, Part 2
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 16-Jul-88; Sermon #BS-TC02; 78 minutes

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Where our eyes are fixed determines how we will conduct our lives. Like our forebears in Ezekiel 20, we have also been influenced by our father's idols, placing us (ignorantly perhaps) in opposition to God's laws and judgments. Immorality is the natural cause-effect consequence of rejecting God's counsel, forcing one to embrace evil as good and reject good as evil, totally perverting standards of morality. Rejecting the true God automatically leads to idolatry, worshipping the ruler of this world, a being bent on our destruction. Idolatry constitutes the fountainhead from which all other sins flow, all of which amplify obsessive self-centeredness and self-indulgence. We need to educate our conscience to worship (cultivate a relationship with) the true God rather than misconceptions manufactured by our misguided imaginations.

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Come out of world Conceptions of God Conscience Conversion Culture Eternal life False values Human reason Idolatry Idols Immorality Liberator Live as God lives Mental illness Obedience Pete Rose crouch Profaning Sabbath Sahara Desert Repentance Respect Scattering Self indulgence Self worship Spiritual Egypt Spirit of harlotry Spiritual Growth Technology Time Bandits Tom Jones Turning away from false gods War, causes of Yaweh

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