John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Alright, today I want to do a short sermon on idolatry. Specifically as it relates to the Catholic church. Now, if you’re a Catholic, I want you to please take the time to read this short article. I do not have anything against Catholics, I simply love them enough to tell them the truth. If you’re a new believer in Christ, don’t turn to statues.
First, what is an idol? The Greek word is eidolon, and the Strong’s definition is simply “An image for worship, a false god.”
According to the Bible, an idol is not simply an image, it is something that pollutes.
Acts 15:20 says
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
The Scripture also says those who are idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. (1 Corinthians 6:9)
The Bible tells us numerous times to flee from idols.
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.( 1 Corinthians 10:14)
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
The question is, is that little statue of Mary (that’s not really Mary by the way) and idol? Well let’s see if it fits the Biblical description of an idol.
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. (Psalm 115: 4-8)
Is that statue of Mary the work of a man’s hand?
Does she have a mouth?
Does she speak?
Does she have eyes?
Does she see?
Does she have ears?
Does she hear?
Does she have a nose?
Does she smell?
Does she have hands?
Does she handle?
Does she have feet?
Does she walk
Does she speak?
The statue fits every description of an idol.
Does this seem like something that would please the Lord Jesus Christ?
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4:10)
Do you notice the little crown on her head? According to Catholicism Mary is the queen of heaven.
Interestingly enough, the Bible talks about the queen of heaven, but it isn’t Mary.
But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. (Jeremiah 44:18)
It seems the Lord wasn’t pleased with Israel offering drink offerings to this queen of heaven idol.
Does He want you to today? No.
1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.