Idolatry, 5

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.” – Psa. 135:15-17

The human heart is a perpetual idol factory (hominis ingenium perpetuam, ut ita loquar, esse idolorum fabricam).” – John Calvin [Institutes I.11.8]

Keep Yourself From Idols

Little children, keep yourselves from idols!” – 1 John 5:21

Keepin Greek means a military guard; preserve by having an eye on; referring to the uninterrupted vigilance shepherds show in keeping their flocks.

That’s the level of security we should employ in defending ourselves from idols.

Idols In Their Hearts

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be consulted by them at all?” – Ezk. 14:3 

Calvin said the heart is an idol-making factory. It is never idle making idols.

Lord, destroy our false idols. Ensure there are no rivals for You in our hearts.

The Heart is an Idol-Making Factory

“The human heart is a factory of idols.” – John Calvin

We tend to think of idols as little wooden gods or golden shrines, but that is not really what Calvin is talking about.

An idol is anything that takes the place of God in your life.

Chuck Lawless writes about some idols that you may not have considered were even capable of being idols. Such as: bitternness, fame, unforgiveness, relationships, position, lust, worry, pain, social media, info, control, and your ministry.

Wow! Talk about convicting.