By Don Fortner
Nothing in all the world is more foolish, more debasing to humanity, more dishonoring to God, and more assuredly condemning to the souls of men and women than idolatry. Without question, idolatry takes many forms, from the worship of false gods, to the use of images in the worship of God (Ex. 32:4-5), to the making of imaginary images and pictures of angels, saints, or Jesus (Ex. 20:4), to the placing of spiritual value upon religious relics (I Kings 18:4), to the wearing of crosses for jewelry, to covetousness.
However, the most subtle and abominable form of idolatry in the world is that which Paul calls “WILL WORSHIP,” the worship of one’s self, attributing to self the work of God (Col. 2:23). All who attribute salvation, in whole or in part, to the will, work, or worth of man are idolaters. They worship themselves. Any who believe that the determining factor in salvation is the will of man, the work of man, or the worth of man is an idolater.
“Salvation is of the Lord!” “By grace ye are saved.” Sinners are born again, “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” God says, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy!” “Flee from idolatry!”