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Fools Gold Worship (4 of 7)
Series: The Big Picture
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
a. Not all that glitters is gold. Fool's gold looks like gold. It's got a brassy, yellow color. But it is relatively worthless.
b. This is the name given to iron pyrites, which look a little like gold but are worthless. Martin Frobisher returned to England from a voyage to find the North West Passage in 1576 with a cargo of this supposed 'gold minerall'. In all his journeys he shipped more than 1300 tons of worthless ore back to England.
c. Our passage today three times defines the worship of fools. It looks like real worship but fails the test miserably.
d. Solomon is on a quest for the best (Easley). But life can be such a puzzle. He has tried to put the pieces together and get the big picture through:
ii. Real estate
iv. And now, religion. But he learns that not all that glitters is gold. Not all worship pleases the Lord. Some worship is just fool's gold. He gives us three traits of "fool's gold worship."
2. ATTENDANCE WITHOUT AUTHENTICITY (5:1)
b. What is assumed--attendance
i. It is assumed that we will attend worship. Eccl. 5:1 reads, "when you go to the house of God." Not if but when! It charges our batteries when we go to the house of the Lord.
ii. At a Catholic church in Milan, Italy, a young man and woman from South America entered each day for about a month and sat before a statue of the Madonna. The priests assumed they were just like any other devoted Catholics, coming for prayer. Day after day they came, sat for an hour or so, and left. One day the cleaning man noticed an unusual electrical cord leading from the plug used to provide electricity to light up the statue. Upon further examination, it turned out the young couple had been coming to church to charge up their cell phone battery. The parish priest, Don Antonio Colombo, told Corriere della Sera newspaper, ...
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