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Our pastor preached about idols the other day, and he said that an idol can be anything—our money, our job, or anything like that. I guess I always thought idols were just carved religious figures. Was he right to label all these things as idols?


An idol is any object that people worship—so yes, he was right to label things like that as modern idols. Some people today worship their money or social position or possessions just as devoutly as people in the ancient world worshipped an image made of gold or wood or stone.

The difference, of course, is that most people don’t think of money (for example) as an idol, or as something they worship. In reality, however, many people do; their whole lives are focused on money, and they serve it just as faithfully as other people serve an actual idol. In fact, money has become their master, and they have become its servants. In other words, money has taken the place of God in their lives. Jesus warned, “No one can serve two masters. … You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24).

The Bible gives us two important warnings about idols (whatever form they take). First, it warns us that they are false; only God can meet our deepest moral and spiritual needs. Second, it warns us that nothing should take God’s place in our lives. The Bible says, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything” (Exodus 20:4).

Are there any idols in your life—things that you have allowed to take God’s rightful place? Face them … repent of them … and then make Christ alone the center of your life.

Idols will always leave you empty. Choose Christ to live life to the fullest.

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  1. Ethel Landry says:

    Great message! Thanks.

  2. Richard Moyers says:

    Every message from BGEA is GOOD! Many thanks!

  3. Debbie says:

    I have a picture of Jesus hanging in my home & several “figurines & statuettes” that are idols of other cultures. To me they are just decorative pieces. I don’t worship them; they are just part of my Asian decor. The Bible cautions not to make anything above the earth, on the earth or below the earth. My mom told me to “get those things out of your house!” Should I break them up & burn or dispose of these things?

    1. BGEA says:

      Thanks for your question, Debbie. We passed it onto our team so we can respond through email.

  4. Promise Ihenacho says:

    I have been greatly inspired reading the wonderful message. By his grace, I will do things differently.

  5. Lawrence says:

    Couldn’t be more true.

  6. Shelby Coleman says:

    Billy, you are so right about never being to old to learn, this old 64 yr old lady just read about idols, something I have forgotten about, I too also thought idols were statues, the statue of liberty.

  7. Deva Evu Lawrie says:

    Anything you love more than God is an Idol. This includes one’s wife and children too.


    I will not serve any other god with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in my life.

  9. Marilyn Oswalt says:

    I am a born again Christian. There are times we worry we won’t have enough to pay for everything but I certainly wouldn’t call it worshipping it. I talk every day to the Lord all through the day. People need money to get by in this day and age but I don’t worship it. I have no desire to be rich. I feel like money corrupts people when they have too much of it. I pray that the Lord will take care of us and He does.

  10. Carolyn Leach says:

    Food for thought