David F. Wells: Idolatry

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Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. Jonah 2:8

“The purpose in idolatry is always the same. It is to displace God, to replace Him by gods of our own liking and, insofar as they are substitutes, to control them. We thus seek to become God through our gods.”

David F. Wells God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith (Authentic, 2000) 20.

Special thanks to my friend and brother, Michael Blue, for sharing some quotes from this book with me yesterday. Good stuff.

This one shed light on our fleshly pattern. We pursue pleasures, power, and possessions and try to find life in them.

And the one thing we need to control these idols is money. That’s why the desire for money is the root of all kinds of evil.

So what does this have to do with generosity?

The only way to avoid seeking to become God through our gods is to diffuse the power money has over us is by giving it away.

The best part about letting go of worthless idols is that it frees our hands grasp God’s matchless love for us.