There is an observation and a warning given to us by Arthur Pink. Idols are anything that takes us away from serving God completely. He observes Christians fleeing from Godliness to serving self.
He then warns us of preachers who fail to warn their flocks of turning from serving God to serving self.
We have seen such a tragic repetition of it in our own days
“With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction!” Hosea 8:4
Sad indeed is the above passage–and the more so, because we have seen such a tragic repetition of it in our own days.
Oh what earthly-mindedness, what indulging of the flesh, what sinful extravagance–are now seen among professing Christians today!
How practical godliness has waned;
how the denying of self has disappeared;
how covetousness, pleasure and worldliness now possess the great majority of those calling themselves the people of God.
Yet as great as the sin of the people is–far greater is that of most of the preachers, who, instead of warning, admonishing, rebuking, and setting before their people an example of sobriety and contentment–criminally remain silent upon the crying sins of their hearers, while they themselves encourage the reckless indulgence of worldly lusts.
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What will we do? Will we serve God with our whole heart or the things of the flesh? We often forget that there is a day of reckoning.
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)
Choose to serve God!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001