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These notes accompany the sermon found here.


  • Sermon series:  Let Us Reason Together:  Understanding Isaiah
  • Today’s Text:  Isaiah 2:18-21; Romans 1:18-32.

Idolatry is…

  • Old Testament: A “physical representation of a deity, usually used as an object of worship.”  (Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary)  See Exodus 20:4-5, 32.
  • When images were made of God, it reduced who he truly was. When idols representing foreign deities were worshiped, it was spiritual adultery.
  • New Testament: The same as the Old Testament, but expanded to include anything that would replace God as our object of faith and worship.  See Acts 15; 17:16; Colossians 3:5; Galatians 5:20; 1 Peter 4:3; Romans 14-15; Ephesians 5:4-5; 1 Corinthians 5:10-11, 6:9, 10:7; Revelation 21:8, 15. 

Idolatry is a declension from truth

  • See Romans 1:18-25; James 1:16-17.

Idolatry deceives

  • See – 1 Corinthians 6:9, 8:4, 10:18-22; Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelation 12:9; 2 Kings 17:15; Romans 1:20; Revelation 21:8.

Idolatry is alive and well today

  • It might be idolatry if it …
    • Is sinful or provides temptation to sin.
    • Causes a distorted (unbiblical) view of God.
    • It takes time, money, and attention away from God.
    • If becomes a source of trust, hope, or joy beyond that which comes from God.
  • Some common modern idols: Sexual immorality; False conceptions of God; Identity; Career; Physical Appearance/Fitness; Entertainment; Family/Children; Sports; Fame/Influence; Hobbies; Gossip.

Idolatry ends in destruction

  • See Isaiah 2:20-21, 19:1, 31:6-7, 44:9-20, 46:1-7; Romans 1:18-32; Revelation 21:8.

Encouragements:  How do we deal with our idolatry?

  • Pray for God to reveal idolatry in our lives.
  • Counsel with a Christian brother or sister about the things we suspect may be idolatry.
  • Pray for deliverance from the idolatry.
  • Seek from the Lord the benefits sought in our idolatry.
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