Cast Down Your Idols

By Dr. Phil Dillingham

Text: Exodus 32

Introduction: We learn by reading this chapter, that without leadership people soon return to their old ways. While Moses was up on the Mount receiving the Ten Commandments; the Israelites returned to Idol worship that they practiced in Egypt. Even today, people are lured away by modern-day idols. God warns us again and again in the Bible to avoid Idol worship. Idols come in many different forms.

  1. The Idol of People.

Acts 12:21-22 “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying,” It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.”

Many men throughout history have declared themselves to be gods and not mortals. The very sad problem is that people actually believe them.

  1. The Idol of Pride.

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Pride is what caused Satan to lose his place in heaven. He desired to have the very Throne of God.

III. The Idol of Perfection.

Many people act as though they are perfect, but if you really knew them; you would see them in a totally different light. Only one person has ever been perfect, that was Jesus Christ and the world crucified him. That fact in itself proves that we do not know what perfect is. The Bible teaches us to strive for perfection as God is perfect. We try to be perfect by obeying God’s Word.

  1. The Idol of Piety.

The Bible speaks about being pious or self-righteous. In Romans 3:23 the Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him as righteousness. If we believe in Jesus Christ we are righteous in that we have a right relationship with God.

  1. The Idol of Possessions.

One of the greatest idols in this country is the idol of possessions or materialism. Many people value homes, automobiles, money, and things more than they value their relationship to God.

  1. The Idol of Popularity.

It is human nature for most people to be liked and have friends. Popularity goes up and beyond just having friends, these people want screaming crowds and groupies to worship them because of their popularity.

Conclusion: The list goes on of the many things that can become idols in people’s lives. God stated that he was a jealous God and wanted no others before Him. To free us from Sin, God gave his son as the supreme sacrifice for Sin to free mankind. This was God’s plan for salvation and it was totally free. If we had come up with a plan, each person would have to pay at a great price for his soul. Idol Worshipers of Baal were required to sacrifice their children in fire. Cast down your idols whatever they might be and serve the true and living God.