A text by Richard Wurmbrand
Written in the “Food Sacrificed to Idols” series
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Revelation 2:14)
“Things sacrificed unto idols”!
During the days of the Apostles the heathen temples contained public cafeterias where one could eat food that had been offered to the demon gods.
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. (I Corinthians 8:4)
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; (I Corinthians 8:10)
We have been in India and have seen the idols placed along the river banks. We know very little about the idols of India. We are much more familiar with the idols of Western civilization. So we will discuss the various idols of the Western world.
To eat something is to incorporate it into one’s personality so that it becomes part of him. The following areas of personality and behavior are part of the personality and behavior of numerous people of Western culture. Yet they often are harmful and actually are, in many instances, part of the demon world.
The believers have been commanded to use their time wisely because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). To participate in the areas of behavior we are discussing is often a waste of the believer’s time—time that should be spent in seeking and serving the Lord.
This list of idols is not intended to be in order of importance.
The next posts will talk about:
Alcohol, drugs, tobacco
The love of luxury
The thirst for knowledge
The desire for power and prestige
Improved communication techniques
Pursuing excellence in music and other art forms
The love of excitement and thrills
The worship of one’s children
Lust and perversions
Excessive interest in health and physique, exhibitionism, narcissism
The Valley of Achor