CHAPTER 10 PART 2 (20 OF 28)

by Harley Howard

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Chapter 10 Part 2 (20 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

This is not the first time that Paul mentions idolatry in his writing to this church. In chapter eight Paul warns those in the church who were partaking of foods once offered up to idols and warned those in the church to stop using their Christian liberty as a means to serve the flesh and to cause other Christians to sin by way of idolatry.

So we can conclude that Idolatry was a problem in the church of Corinth and that the sin problems within the church could easily be rooted to idolatry than back to despising the spiritual priviliges, which were given to them of God. Idolatry was woven throughout the church body and it was a part of their former, pagan lifestyle, which they have now allowed to enter into the worship of the true and living God. They tried to do the impossible, which was, to integrate God with satan and to unite spiritual fellowship with demonic fellowship. With all of that said let's take a look at this issue of idols and idolatry.

Usually when a description of what an idol is given, it goes something like this: An idol is anything or anyone whom takes the place of the worship of God in the life. That is a true answer, but not a thorough answer.

Now the idol in substance is nothing. An idol, as described in the scriptures has absolutely no power whatsoever. It is a phantom, a likeness, an idea, a fancy, an image to represent a false god, vanity, a thing of nothing, a vain thing, a nothing in the world.

It's what's behind the worship of idols that is at the core of the problem: In verses 19-20, Paul will make clear that demons are behind the worship of all idols.

What is the solution to idolatry according to this text?

FLEE! The word, flee means to become a fugitive. A fugitive is a person who is fleeing or running from danger or pursuit. Idolatry is both dangerous and a pursuer ...

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