The Brides Betrayal of Her Loving Groom, Christ

When you think of Idolatry, what do you think of? Buda’s, Hindu statues, golden calves, carved wooden images, figurines? Do you picture people in the Old Testament bowing down and paying homage to a piece of wood?

When the word “idolatry” is mentioned many people tend to picture little graven images in their minds. Well, that’s part of what idolatry is, but there is more to it than that….

“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

Idolatry is not just worshiping a statue, carving, or figurine. It’s also covetousness and it occurs when we have adoration, excessive honor, or worship for something other than God. It’s something that we treat as a ‘god’; something we sacrifice for and purse in place of God. Like money, power, family, children, entertainment, careers, ourselves, sports. If your family takes first priority in your life, than that’s your ‘god’. If your career takes first priority in your life, than that’s your ‘god’. And so on. This is why God’s first commandment to Moses was, I am the Lord thy God, … Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  The root of every sin can be found in breaking the first commandment. For idolatry is the sin from which all other sins flow.

The prophet Ezekiel even likens idolatry  to cheating on your spouse. Check it out…

runaway_bride_by_pacsaman“…you gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking. You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen? You took the very jewels and gold and silver ornaments I had given you and made statues of men and worshiped them. This is adultery against Me!” Ezekiel 16:15-17

If you have ever had to go through the pain of having an unfaithful spouse, then you know this is one of the most agonizing experiences a person can have. It’s the ultimate betrayal! Yet, this is exactly what many in the church are doing today, they are cheating on Christ, with idols. It’s the ultimate betrayal of the bride on her loving Groom, Christ. But the sad part is, we think it’s okay.

Here is what I mean. Imagine going out to eat, and while you were there, you noticed your pastor sitting at a table with another woman, other than his wife. As you walked closer you noticed he was flirting, holding hands, and staring at her in a loving way. So, like any Christian would do, you approach him and ask who he is with and what is going on. Imagine him smiling and nonchalantly replying, “Oh, I’m on a date.”

“But what about your wife?”

He laughs and shakes his head in agreement, “What about her? I love her too. My wife and I go out all the time, but today I’m with her.”

Can you imagine the disgust and anger you would feel from seeing that? And do you think when that pastor got home his wife would be happy? I think not! But this is exactly what we do to Christ, we nonchalantly cheat on him with idols and we have no remorse or regret for doing so. In fact, we welcome it, just as the pastor welcomed his date. And God is not happy with this, just as the wife would not be happy to know her husband was cheating on her. God doesn’t want to be one of many gods, He wants to be the only God! There is no cohabitation and no open marriages.

Gods isn’t interested in being first place in our lives; no he’s not interested in hierarchies. He’s not interested in competing for other things or people to have that first place in your life. He is not interested in being first on our organizational charts, for He is the Organization Chart. He’s not interested in board meetings, for He is the board meeting. Make sense? No other applicants are allowed. Only God, he should be the only one.

 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods…” Exodus 20:3-5

Want to start identifying ‘gods’ in your life? Then you have got to ask yourself a few questions:

1. What is it that you purse most?

2. Where do you turn when you are hurting?

3. What makes you mad?

4. What worries or stresses you out?

5. Where do you spend a your money?

Answering these questions will help you to know what idols exist in your life. My suggestion is to turn away from them and turn to Christ. Repent and have faith.  Stop LOVING that idol you are worshiping and love God more! Crave God, not the idol, and when you feel a nudge to serve that idol, turn to God and worship him instead; for you will be fulfilled far more than any satisfaction an idol can give. Trust me, now is the time for the bride of Christ to stop her betrayal and come back to the loving arms of Christ.

Love you all!

For more information on this subject read: “gods at War” by Kyle Idleman (notes taken)

(Also blogged on www.vineoflife.net)

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26 responses to “The Brides Betrayal of Her Loving Groom, Christ

  1. Thanks for this post; these are good thoughts to prompt a search of our hearts. “Love NOT the world, neither the THINGS that are in the world, for if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” I John 2:15. This goes into so many areas.

    Some that come to my mind:

    As Christians we acknowledge our Creator; we say the Lord made us the way we are but then we do our best to improve on it so we can look younger and prettier because YOUTH and BEAUTY are worshiped in our culture.
    We spend hours in beauty salons, book spa appointments, surgeries, etc. and even develop anorexia — or push our daughters into it — because this is THE LOOK. We worship the Lord, but covet the clothes & jewels that this world dictates are FASHION. “Yes, I want these things, but I don’t really LOVE them.”

    We push our children into colleges where they become skeptics (humanism being the prevalent religion taught there) because this world tells us we need a diploma to get ahead financially — to be a SUCCESS — and we tend to worship financial success. “Of course all our blessings come from the Lord, though,” we say.

    We urge our children into competitive SPORTS, another god of this world that generously awards the winners — for awhile. Yet we say this is just part of our culture and we must blend in. God knows our hearts, He sees what we worship in our inner chambers. (Ezekiel 8:7-12)

    Our society has taught us to worship these things to the point we no longer see them as idols, but necessities. And so said those heathen parents who sacrificed their gains and their children to idols in the Old Testament. “We’ll be stoned if we don’t.” (These form of worship demand our big bucks, too; the needy can look out for themselves.)

  2. I’ve lived this scenario Elissa and it was with my pastor who also happened to be my best friend. I brought the word that the Lord had given me where I told him that as a leader, he had released a spirit of adultery into the body. His response? You are right but the unbeliever will feel more comfortable.
    The power of deception idolatry can bring about is amazing.

    Excellent post!

  3. A beautiful and wonderful post. 🙂

    In this fast paced materialistic world,it is so easy to make idols of material things and even our jobs. You need the job to be able to make money to keep ahead in paying bills, fees and maintaining the home, holidays and the cars. But in all these we must know where to draw the line and give to God what belongs to him. We must worship Him in spirit, with all our hearts and minds.

  4. This is so well written. Way to apply this to our daily lives. You have a gift!

  5. Hi Elissa, thank you for sharing this message and it’s important for us to reflect on it’s Truth, we Love God because He first Loved us and when we know how much He Loves us our Love flows because we ask and receive and His Love comes from our heart not our head and we show our Love for God by Loving others ( see below) and by obeying Him. To say we Love God and then deliberately hurt someone else shows our love is not genuine, yes we may need to rebuke, correct or warn others and Truth will hurt if they are sinning or in error but we do so in Love and for Love, to fail to do this shows our love is shallow and self centered, to watch someone die spiritually because of sin, shows we don’t Love them, the same as ignoring error because others will also be deceived.

    1 John 4:11-13 Beloved, if God so Loved us, we ought also to Love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we Love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His Love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.

    1 John 4:20-21 If a man say, I Love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that Loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he Love God whom he hath not seen? And this Commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God Love his brother also.

    God must always come first but we know what ever we do for relaxation, entertainment, enjoyment including what we do to live like food etc will cost money in this world and this is the same with our Ministries. As an example, Blogging as a Ministry, means we need to buy a Computer, in my case more then one because of hacking, we may need upgrades or to stop unwanted adds and then we need to spend time maintaining it, so is it for God and others, or for us, whatever we do for God will bless us too and this is not a sin but putting it before God as an entertainment, is as you shared idolatry.

    When we are involved in anything we need to examine what our motivation is and what is the reason for our involvement, is it about God, others or just about ourselves, of course it is not a sin either to feel good about enjoying what we do for entertainment, God provides this for us too but as you said and it is confirmed in Scripture, if it comes first in our lives before Him, it is idolatry.

    1 Timothy 6: 17- 19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

    Christian Love from both of us -Anne.

    • Great insights Anne! And every bit of it goes perfect with this post. I just love how the Lord leads you to add just the right Scriptures. Thanks again for your friendship.

  6. I like that : ‘God isn’t interested being first place in our lives.’ Often Christians think that this is exactly what He wants & then they can carry on with whatever they feel or taught by family or tempted by flesh to do. I’m sure I speaking from own experience & for myself first of all. Can you imagine what church would be if we all lay our idols down?!!! Thank you this ever relevant post.

  7. I love how you say ANYTHING before God can be an idol. Money was always an issue for my husband and I. ALWAYS. We were constantly stressed about it and worrying about providing for our family. Even though we are believers we placed money as the value of our provision instead of holding onto the promise that it is solely God who provides. Even though we must work and prepare, our hearts were not in serving God in this aspect but more focused on how much we made. Until, I fully believe, God had taken away our jobs and the home we were living in. I was so bitter and angry until the day I realized what God was doing. My perspective changed about surrendering everything unto Him and that included our money we made. We had so little, yet our attitude became that it did not belong to us. That it was God who blessed us with a new job and we were to honor Him will all our fruits. Not to live beyond our means and to pay what we owed while we have the money with us. Today, I am grateful that this hard lesson was taught to us and that He was gracious enough to soften our hearts for us to learn this. What a testimony it is for our sons, who will be spiritual leaders one day, to know that you first honor God with what you earn and that everything they have is because of His Grace and Goodness.

    • Praise God for that! But what a tough lesson to learn. God has taught me many lessons over the years as well. This one included, however in another way. 🙂 Love you my friend.

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