Today, the church of God is enmeshed in many practices that appear very spiritual but have subtly taken the place of God. What is idolatry? An Idol is anything that replaces or takes the place of God in our lives and idolatry is the worship of other gods. The church of today is currently worshiping several idols unknowingly. Among these idols are the following.
1. Faith – The number one idol the church appears to be worshiping today is “faith”. At first, it appears that the Bible commands us to pay attention to faith but the church has ignored the object of faith and now gives attention to faith itself. This has led to a misinterpretation of the various portions of the Bible that deal with faith. We shall look at two primary passages often quoted by us.
Mar 11:22 – “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God“.(KJV). Many of us, particularly the charismatics, say that this passage should have been translated “have the faith of God”. This subtle change in wordings allows us to now reread the passage in a new light even though it is a false light. Is it not interesting to note that despite our popular teaching, I have not found one single translation that has adopted our popular interpretation? What we are doing is wrongly placing faith in faith instead of placing faith in God. People could then be accused of not having faith in faith when in actual fact they have faith in God. This new interpretation actually leads people into modern demon worship as practiced by the new age religion. A religion of believing in esoteric powers to get what we want. Thus bypassing the need to put our faith in God. While the people get things, they miss God. At the end of their lives, they find that their faith was misplaced.
Heb 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him“.(KJV). Our way of interpretation of this verse indicates that if we don’t believe God for things, we are not pleasing Him. The context of the verse, however, deals with peoples relationship with God. Examples includes Enoch, Abraham, Sarah, etc. None of them was commended for things but for their relationship with God. How could we now equate trusting God for things with a life lived for God? You would clearly see that the passage gives God as the object of their faith. This is scripture twisting and let the object of faith which is God be our worship rather than faith itself.
We shall look at other issues subsequently. Shalom!