Idolotry

By Roy Waldrom I have been reading through the account of the Kings and especially Hezekiah, Manasseh and Josiah. 1 Kings 20-25. Hezekiah sought to follow the Lord, his son turned the people straight back into idolatry, then came Josiah who destroyed all the idols and commanded the people to celebrate the largest gathering of the Passover since the days of the judges and when Josiah died they went straight back to idolatry. The heart of the people was not changed because of where the leader was at. Also by the time Josiah came on the scene, the fate of the nation was fixed because of all that had taken place. Israel was one nation under God, there is no such nation in the church age, but there is the church. The idol of the church is church and people love it that way. Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? In the New Testament the idols are in the heart. The kingdom is within you. The Kingdom is Righteousness, Joy and Peace in the Holy Ghost. An idol is any thing in the heart that takes the place of the Holy Spirit's control. For most, their idol is fear resulting in torment. The idol gets there by what people judge as Good or Evil, either way, they are caught either doing it, or fighting it. TV, Radio, Films, Computers, Newspapers, (The list goes on) all information that only feeds the idol in the heart. Another idol is self, wanting others to take responsibility for them so the selfishness and independence can reign. Top down control is there, because in peoples hearts they know they are created and must be lead and do not want that control to be Father God by the Holy Spirit. Hence the idol in the heart controls them and is fed by outside influences. Those free of idols in the heart, are not influenced by any thing other than the Lordship of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Those lead by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Sad to say that number in the west is few. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit will only give an opportunity for people to hear the truth, so that they can choose, soon after the end will come because if it does not Satan will seduce most back into idolatry, and the end will be worse. The house clean and empty is a place for 7 worse to occupy. How are we to pray? Lu 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Contact Roy Waldrom May, 2007