Friday, July 27, 2012

Whoring on Every High Hill

"Have you seen what she did," the Lord asked Jeremiah one day, "that faithless one, Israel, how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and there played the whore?"

We are identifying the idols that range the land in our day, so that we might not lead a brother into that destruction. So far in this series of sermons, we have pointed to mammon and Americanism. But there is another form of idolatry that is front and center in the moral battles of our day, and it is a battle within the church. I'm referring to the idolatry of sexual immorality. The Bible reveals a consistent link between idolatry and sexual immorality, and the Corinthian church faced precisely these issues. It ought not to surprise us that we face them today. The only thing that ought to surprise us is how much "knowing" Christians in America justify their participation in such wickedness and teach others to do the same. This idol needs to be exposed for the shameful thing that it is. We will endeavor to do that this Lord's Day.

Songs
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (#19)
Doxology
How Sad Our State (#333)
Psalm 15b
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (#49)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Exodus 38:1-20; Psalm 97
New Testament: Hebrews 12:1-11

Sermon
Loving Your Brother and Leading Him Away from Idolatry:
Part 3: Identifying the Idols: Sexual Immorality - 1 Corinthians 8:7-13

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