Hosea 6:10 (TLB): “Yes, I have seen a horrible thing in Israel—Ephraim chasing other gods, Israel utterly defiled.” God calls idolatry a horrible thing. It leads to defilement. Lamenting about idolatry in Hosea 7:8-10 (TLB), God states: “My people mingle with the heathen, picking up their evil ways; thus they become as good-for-nothing as a half-baked cake! Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength, but they don’t know it. Ephraim’s hair is turning gray, and he doesn’t even realize how weak and old he is. His pride in other gods has openly condemned him; yet he doesn’t return to his God, nor even try to find him.” This scripture underscores the danger in evil association. God’s people became idolatrous through mingling with idolaters and as a result became “good for nothing”. This should serve as a lesson to the church today. Worldliness in the church saps it of its vitality. A worldly church is a good for nothing church. That the church is in the world is given, but that the world is in the church is an aberration. You can never change the world by being one with it. The church needs to break away from Babylon to remain relevant in fulfilling God’s purpose. It is unfortunate that people that are supposed to be evangelized and brought out of darkness to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ are corrupted by idolatry. Today, the line of demarcation between the church and the world is barely visible. It pays to break away completely from every ungodly influence. The bible states that evil communication corrupts good manners (1 Cor 15:33). God enjoins His children to flee from every appearance of evil (1 Thes 5:22).
God deserves our absolute devotion. He can never share His glory with anyone and anything else. Like a crooked bow, every idolater will always miss God’s mark in holiness, righteousness and wisdom. This is clearly stated in Hosea 7:16 (TLB): “They look everywhere except to heaven, to the Most High God. They are like a crooked bow that always misses targets; their leaders will perish by the sword of the enemy for their insolence to me. And all Egypt will laugh at them.” One of the adverse effects of idolatry is a deceased perception of reality. Every idolater is headed in the wrong direction. That is why it is folly to expect good leadership from an idolater. Every idolater is in desperate need of deliverance.
- (Jeremiah 14:20-22): We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED………..