Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.
GOD IS A SPIRIT AND HE TELLS US TO WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH!
(2 Corinthians 6:16) And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”
GOD IS A PERSONAL GOD AND WE CAN HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
ISRAEL ALONE WORSHIPPED THE ONE TRUE GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT GOD SEPARATED ISRAEL FROM AMONG THE NATIONS TO KEEP THEM FROM FOLLOWING IDOLATRY. WHILE THOSE NATIONS WORSHIPPED MANY GODS USING IDOLS; ISRAEL WAS LEARNING TO WORSHIP THE ONE TRUE GOD, WITHOUT THE USE OF IDOLS. GOD HAS NOT CHANGED! HE IS SEPARATING HIS PEOPLE TODAY FROM THOSE WHO WORSHIP MANY GODS USING IDOLS.
THE FIRST CHURCH WAS INFILTRATED WITH FALSE TEACHERS WHO WANTED TO BRING IN A DIFFERENT GOSPEL. (1 Thessalonians 1:9) For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
SOME DID RETURN TO THE PRACTICE OF USING STATUES OF THE MANY GODS TRADITIONALLY LOOKED TO FOR HELP. THESE FALSE GODS WERE GIVEN NEW NAMES AND ADDED TO THE GOSPEL MESSAGE. YOU SEE THIS TODAY IN THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
WHILE MANY SEE NO HARM IN REVERING MARY, GOD WARNS OF A COMING PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE WHO DON'T TURN AWAY FROM SUCH TRADITIONS.
(Revelation 9:20) But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
(Deuteronomy 32:17) They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear.
YOU MAY BELIEVE THAT YOUR STATUE OR PICTURE OF MARY, JESUS OR A SAINT IS OK BUT GOD HATES IT BECAUSE WE ARE REALLY OFFERING UP OUR PRAYERS OR REVERENCE TO DEMONS.
(1 Corinthians 10:20-22)
20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
YOU DON'T NEED A STATUE OR PICTURE. THE RIGHT WAY TO WORSHIP GOD IS TO SIMPLY PRAY TO GOD FROM YOUR HEART IN JESUS NAME. IT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. SALVATION AND ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD.
You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”