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Graven Images and False 'gods': Rejecting Pagan Holidays, Idols, and Allegiance to the Flag

Keeping the Holy Commandments of the One and Only Most High True and Living God

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them...”  ~ Exodus 20:2-4.

Graven Images and False gods

Our Heavenly Father and Most High God of Israel has made it crystal clear that we are to have no other gods before Him. We see this in the above Holy Scripture verse taken from the book of Exodus 20 verse three and it is repeated numerous times throughout the Bible as well.  Even His Son, Jesus Christ has said, “…It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only (Luke 4:8).’”  Yet time and time again history has shown and proven that God’s children continue to sin against Him.

God goes on to say in verse four of Exodus 20 that in addition to having no other gods besides Him, we are not to even make any kind of graven image so that we are not tempted to worship them. Yet how many of us have graven images in our homes, on our bodies, and in our lives?

A graven image is anything that is carved, sculpted, molded, or shaped from wood, stone, clay, and metal that represents humans, demons, animals, insects, birds, fish, reptiles, angels, saints, etc. These could also be in the form of standing poles, flags, stones, and monuments. We are not to make them and we are not to bow down and worship them. No graven images and no false gods.

Some of you may say, “Well, I have some statutes and things like that, but I don’t worship them so it’s okay.”  This is a wrong way of thinking.  God has commanded us to not even make any graven images. He wants His Holy children to have nothing to do with them. Period.  And as God's children and disciples of Christ, we are to submit to God in every way and obey Him just as He has commanded us to do. Jesus has said, “For I have come down from heaven, not do to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me (John 6:37-39).”   Jesus also says in John 5:24, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

In addition, anything you put before God, such as money, is an idol and a form of false worship for Jesus has said, “No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24)."

I should also note that anything you "assign" protective powers to is an idol and a form of evil worship: a cross, crystals, stones, dream catchers, statutes, medals of saints, etc.  Just remember, if it is not rooted in Jesus Christ, then it is rooted in evil. In addition, any person you frame to hang on your wall to admire and glorify such as a family member, a celebrity, or even yourself is a form of worship and idolatry. Take for instance the popular television show, “American Idol” even the name implicates the show is about idols. All of this is an evil scheme and weopon devised by the devil against God and Jesus Christ to lead you astray in the hopes that you will forfeit your soul.  The only person we should glorify is God in Christ Jesus! (1 Corinthians 6:20, Isaiah 43:7)

We also should not pray to the mother of Jesus or to any statutes of Lady Mary; Nor should we pray to God's angels, or to any saints.  This is paganism and idolatry; It is offensive to God!  If you wear a cross around your neck, it should NOT have a graven image of God’s Holy Son on it (crucifix). This is wrong and highly offensive to God.  Nor should you wear a cross because you believe it will protect you. Your faith in God alone protects you in Christ Jesus. God has said, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10)."  A plain and simple Christian cross should only be worn, if at all, as merely a symbol of your faith, love, and dedication to both God the Father and in His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Nothing more, and of course, nothing less.

The Pagan Christmas Tree

The devil is the father of all lies and the author of confusion (John 8:44).  Here is another example of how he has done a very good job in tricking God’s children in an attempt to lead us astray: The pagan “christmas” tree.  Did you know that God and the Bible forbids this tree? It states in Jeremiah 10:1-5, “Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel.  This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not learn the ways of the nations… though the nations are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with a chisel.  They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter…their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk…they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”

The “christmas” tree is a representative of a demon Canaanite goddess named asherah. God warns us many times throughout the Bible not to build this wooden god and to have nothing to do with it.  In Deuteronomy 16:21-22 it says, “Do not set up any wooden asherah pole beside the altar you build to the Lord your God, and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the Lord your God hates.” Nowhere in the Holy Bible does God tell us to celebrate christmas, easter, or any other pagan holidays. They do not glorify God in any way, shape, or form, but only dishonor Him. In fact if you unscramble the words S-A-N-T-A, it spells “SATAN”.  Do you see how the devil has deceived us?

We should have noting to do with standing images in the form of a memorial, column, stone, or pillar. Our Heavenly Father detests these things.  If you do careful research, you will find that the monuments and memorials around the world and in many of the cities and towns you reside in were, at one time or another, idols worshipped and erected to satan, demons, and false gods.  Even if you don’t worship them, why would you want anything to do with something that hurts, disrespects, dishonors, and makes a mockery of our Father in Heaven? Do you think our Savior Jesus Christ would have anything to do with such things?  Do you think He wants us to have anything to do with them either? No, He does not!

Dolls are Idols

Dolls originated in witchcraft and are still used today for this heinous and sinful act.  The children of Judah and Israel never played with any toys that possessed the likeness of humans or animals.  They had no teddy bears, barbie dolls, mickey mouse, or anything else that would go against our Heavenly Father’s Holy Commandments.  Do a thorough research and you will discover that these things were used in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other pagan cultures.  Except for in times of apostasy, Israel or Judah never permitted the possession of such things.

Allegiance to the Flag (idol)?

We should never pledge an allegiance to a flag, a sorority, a country, or anthing else except to God! All these things are rooted in satanism and are evil. They are demonic and are against our Father in Heaven. America is built on a lie. Everything we have been taught in school is a lie. This world and country belongs to the devil. It is currently under his control (1 John 5:19-21). The Bible tells us, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12)."

However, God has the ultimate control and power. He is always ahead of us and is always awaiting for us to earnestly seek Him in truth, knowledge, and wisdom. "The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8)." Ask God to forgive you for celebrating these pagan holidays (4th of July) and stop doing them! Do not conform to the ways of this evil world. If you have flags in your homes, or images of them, please get rid of them at once! Please pray to God and do your own research on the false history and lies of this world and of our governments. God will lead you to the truth! And that truth is in His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth (John 14:6). The statute of liberty is an idol! A graven image that was made and created for worshipping the devil. This evil monument is all over the world too, not just in america. It's even in places that do not like america. Why do you think that is? Why do you think "she" has July 4th inscribed on "her" tablet? We have all been deceived.

What Should You Do?

You should pray to God concerning this matter and rid your homes of any and all idols, graven images, and anything else that offends our Heavenly Father.  Do not give them away! You must discard or destroy them. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we do not want to be responsible for spreading evil to others. God has said, “Break down their altars: smash their sacred stones and burn their asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places (Deuteronomy 12:3)." We are also not to remove anything of value from them: "The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the siver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction (Deuteronomy 7:25-26).

God has also said, “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol - a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands — and sets it up in secret. Then all the people shall say, 'Amen! (Deuteronomy 28:15).'"

Submitting to God and being a true believer in Christ Jesus is not easy. But it is well worth it. We are not to confirm to the way of this world: “Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:15-17)."

In addition, Jesus Christ has said, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? (Matthew 16:26).”

Our Father in Heaven is a merciful and loving God: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love: according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions (Psalm 51:1)."  He is constantly protecting us, even in our own ignorance, because He loves us that much. He gave His one and only Son for us so that we can be saved (John 3:16). Is our Father in Heaven not worthy of our obedience and praise? "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being (Revelation 4:11).

But once we know the truth about the sinful and heinous things that satan has hidden from us, we must have nothing to do with them but let us instead begin to obey God's Holy Commandments.

Jesus Christ has given us through His pain, suffering, and death on the cross, the gift of Eternal Salvation: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:23). But in order for us to receive the full reward of His gift, we must pick up our cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24-26).  Jesus has also said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters (Matthew 12:30).” In John 14:23-24, Jesus said: "...Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."

The Armor of God

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." (Ephesians 6:13-17)

I say all of these things to you with all the love from my heart. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” ~  (1 John 5:21)


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