All Sin Is Idolatry and All Idolatry Is Sin

Posted: July 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

Think about it. All sin is idolatry. What do I mean by that? Well think back to the original sin. No, not the doctrine of original sin which very basically stated is the idea that we are all infected by Adam’s sin. I’m not speaking to that today. I am speaking to the very first sin—the one that started humanity’s downhill slide. What was it? It was when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What was the sin? They did what God told them not to do. On the surface that is exactly correct, but I think it goes just a little bit deeper. They were in the Garden with God. God loved them and they loved God, but I believe love requires a choice. We need to choose to love and so God gave them a choice. He took them on a tour of the garden He had created specifically for them. He said basically, “You can eat from any tree in the garden except for that one in the middle. If you eat from that one, you’ll die.” Now we know that Satan tempted them and they ate from the tree and that was that, or was it? You see, I think the tree was the choice. God was saying choose me over your desire to eat from that tree. Essentially they looked at the fruit, they looked at God then back at the tree and essentially said, “We want the fruit more than we want you.” They chose the fruit over God. Anything we choose over God is an idol and every time we sin that is what we are doing, even if only temporarily, we are choosing sin over God. Because of this, all sin is idolatry.

Conversely all idolatry is sin. Anything we choose over God—anything we place before God in our lives becomes an idol—good bad or indifferent. It’s not just bowing down to a statue, it’s any time we pick anything and put it in front of God in our lives—money, people, sins, even self. Any time we choose to do something God in His Word tells us not to do, it is choosing that sin over God—idolatry. Any time we choose not to do what God tells us to do, It’s choosing ourselves, out time, our schedule, our will over God’s will and once again, that’s idolatry and all idolatry is sin.

Why am I sharing this on my arts ministry blog? First of all I woke up this morning with this constantly running through my brain, until I wrote it down, but more than that, there are a whole lot of people out there trying to redefine sin. Only God can do that and He hasn’t. What He has said in His Word is unchanging. Secondly, there are times where in our artistic pursuits we are accused to creating idols. This is almost never the case in the sense that people think we are creating something for the purpose of bowing down to it. No the idolatry we face is much more sneaky and insidious. We need to guard out hearts and be more discerning as to when we are putting our creativity and art making in front of our God and His will for our lives. Even well-intended idolatry is still idolatry and all idolatry is sin.

Guard your heart and submit your work and your life to God. He won’t steer you wrong.

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