Biblical Concept: Idols and Believers


Idolatry Background:


1 Corinthians 10:19-22; Idolatry, Gentiles, and demons.  Also Revelation 9:20.  (From the beginning of time, demons have been empowering idols.  Idolatry can

                                        work.)  Also Leviticus 17:7, Deuteronomy 32:17, and Psalm 106:36-38.

Jeremiah 51:17-18; stupid mankind and idols.  Also Ecclesiastes 9:3 and Romans 1:23, 25.  (Subjectivity and rebellion at God consciousness.)

Hosea 4:11-14; Israel, idols, sacrifices, and temple prostitutes.  (Sexuality was a significant part of pagan religion.)  Also 1 Kings 14:24.


Idolatry and Spiritual Life Applications:


Colossians 3:5; “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to

                   idolatry.”  The last part of this verse is: kai. th.n pleonexi,an( h[tij evsti.n eivdwlolatri,a and word for word is: “and the greed which is idolatry.” 

                   “Greed” = pleonexi,an from pleonekte,w; ple,on = more, evkte,w from e’;cw = “I have” = literally: “I have more.”  (Be alert for the details of life can

                   become a spiritual distraction, even an idol, to the believer.)

1 Samuel 15:23, The prophet Samuel told King Saul that “insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.”  “Insubordination” in the Hebrew (rc;P') literally means “to

                  press upon.”  Note how Saul pushed against God’s word in 15:23b and Samuel’s robe in 15:27b.  (“Press” against spiritual things and you will get

                  “pressed” back.)

1 Corinthians 5:11; believer, immoral, covetous (pleonekte,w), idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler.  Compare 6:9-12 (covetous = pleonekte,w), Galatians 5:19-

                  21, Ephesians 5:5-8 (covetous = pleonekte,w), Colossians 3:5-11 (covetous = pleonekte,w), and 1 Peter 4:1-4.  (Stop acting like an unbeliever with

                  various idol-lusts.)

1 Corinthians 10:14-22; believers, flee idolatry, Gentiles, and demons.  Also 10:27-29, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, and 1 John 5:21.

1 Corinthians 8:4; in ultimate spiritual reality, no idols, only the God of the Bible.

1 Corinthians 8:7-13; new weak believers, idols, temples, and eating.  Compare  Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25.

1 Kings 11:1-8; Solomon, unbelieving wives, and idols.

Zephaniah 1:4-5; Judah, Baal, idolatrous priests, and mixed belief.

Acts 7:41-43; Israel, idols, and the mixed multitude.  Also see Exodus 12:38, Numbers 11:4, and Nehemiah 13:1-3.