The Judgment for Idolatry is Idolatry

Romans 1:22-25 teaches,

 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

The phrase “sinful desires” traditionally has been translated “lusts” and in Greek is the word epithumia, a word that means “an overwhelming desire.” To “give up” means that God allows the things in which we hope instead of God to become ruling powers in our lives. Once God gave them over for worshiping idols, they “worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator.” The judgment for idolatry is idolatry.

Idolatry and slavery go hand in hand. Idolatry leads to slavery and slavery to idolatry. So God says to the person who worships money, “If you want to live for money instead of for me, than money will rule your life. It will control your heart and emotions. If you want to live for popularity instead of for me, then popular acclaim will rule and control you. If you want another God besides me, go ahead. Let’s see how merciful it is to you, how effective it is in saving and guiding and enlightening you.”

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