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5 thoughts on “Counterfeit Gods”

  1. Wow this was very powerful. I read Tim Keller’s Book “Counterfeit gods,” a couple years ago, and I would have to say that it was very eye opening. Even things like family, spouses, and ministry can become Idols in our life. God will not take second place to anything in our life. This video was great and I will be sharing it on my blog as well. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Tyler D. says:

    while i agree with much of what is said in this video. and i like it quite a bit. i do wonder at what point we can make such accusations to actual people in our lives. there are plenty of people, or more specifically reformed christians, who would say, “that tim tebow, his idol is football,” or the christian father who has questions about God after his daughter is murdered is accused of “idolizing her”. And while i am not accusing all reformed christians of this, as i used to be one, i do see this type of arrogance displayed in this particular topic. for example: take someone like mark driscoll, whose ministry i enjoy quite a bit, i could easily say his idol is getting new churches in different states, or knowing/name dropping/favoring “famous” christians and scholars (btw i am not accusing him of this). my point is simply that it is so easy to accuse someone of idolatry. what does it really take to idolize something? it should be more than loving it, for many of us love out wives, or kids, or hobbies; and of course im not suggesting that we love all things the same way, but measuring love is more difficult than saying who did you give more time to this week, you wife or your job? well my job requires me to be there 8 hours a day. when i come home i can only spend max 4 hours with my wife before i need to go to sleep. and the formula cant be 8 hours on the job minus 4 with wife = +4 for job, therefore i idolize my job. the bible is not as simple on the topic of idolatry as this video makes it out to be, doesn’t mean its a bad video just means the topic is more complex than the video acknowledges.

  3. Dean P says:

    Tyler: You have a really interesting point. Just like you said could our quest in putting idolatry to death lead us to inadvertently having theological and pragmatic dualism in the way we look at every day life? In other words what if a really good football player sees this video and starts to believe that he should stop playing football, even thought it is something that he is genuinely good at? Or say an artist/ musician/graphic designer who has studied their craft and has been professionally trained in it for many years of their lives and is then led to believe that it might be an idol and decides to walk away from it. Or what about a business owner who makes their living in a particular industry and is led to think that he/she idolizes that product/service. Should they walk away as well? I think it could be said that this kind of thinking could eventually lead to the whole mindset that so many non-reformed and even many reformed-Christians have, which is the only spiritually beneficial pursuit is ultimately some type of professional ministry i.e.: pastor, missionary, etc. So then a round and round we go and the whole cycle begins again. Until one starts uttering the common phrase heard a lot up in Michigan by many non reformed evangelicals and fundamentalists which is “Dutch ain’t much” I don’t know, just thinking out loud.

  4. Brad says:

    And the number one idol in the church today is conservative politics…as best evidenced by all the logistical contortions by Christian leaders ramping up the justifications to vote early and vote Republican – instead of just sharing the Gospel.

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