Friday, August 28, 2009

Christians Must Resist Idols Disguised as Virtues

"...Christians must learn to recognize when idolatry dons the guise of the Christian virtues. They must stop lauding the evil impulses of envy and hatred that often lurk behind such benign phrases as "social justice." Inevitably, this raises thorny issues that cause practical people to doubt whether stopping idolatry is feasible. There are always practical reasons to stay with whatever idols seem to bring results. If we no longer sacrifice children to Molech, what will that do to the unemployment rate in a few years? If we stop worshiping Marduk, who will protect us against the Babylonians? Paul found himself persecuted because of the economic dislocations that occurred when people turned away from idolatry to worship the true God (Acts 16, 19). Once it is accepted that idolatry can be defended on practical grounds, there is no hope. It leads not to heaven on earth but to judgment." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 308

"One major function of the church is to unmask the idols and expose them for what they are. There is no basis for this to be done except the authority of the biblical witness. Unmasking the idols destroys their effectiveness, stripping from the false teachers their guise as angels of light. As Gabriel Vahanian puts it, Christian faith can be true to itself only if it is iconoclastic. If it is to have any effectiveness, it must be actively engaged in breaking idols." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 308

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