frrostedman wrote:Exchanging the truth for a lie (as in the case of today's typical Christian church that avoids the controversial and provocative teachings of the bible) is not idolatry, is it?
In my opinion, not necessarily, but it can be. If they are teaching grave error out of sheer ignorance, then probably not. If they are teaching a lie when knowing the truth, then they have elevated their version of the gospel above God’s, and by extension, themselves.
In the gospels the word “door” is used 17 times.
1. a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.
2. a doorway: to go through the door.
3. the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs: My friend lives two doors down the street.
4. any means of approach, admittance, or access
: the doors to learning.
15 of those times the definition is clearly #1. Jesus called Himself a door twice in John and the definition was clearly #4. It needs to fit, as long as it agrees with the whole of scripture, as the above does.
Luke 18:22-23:When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me. "But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
Clearly, this ruler worshiped wealth more than God. This was his idol. Wealth was the object of his deepest devotion. It doesn’t have to be a carved image.
Every week thousands of people vote on “American Idol” for the person who they feel deserves their adoration. They are voting for a new “pop” idol or “teen” idol, depending on their age. They’re not worshiping a carved image. This isn’t exactly the same but the idea is similar.