One of the evils of our age is an excessive love of pleasure, which leads to self-indulgence, and rids the mind of sober thought and true piety.
Love of Pleasure is the Idol of Our Day
This is one of the growing tendencies of the day in which we live. Love of Pleasure threatens infinite damage to the present and future welfare of mankind, by bringing on an age of frivolity, sensuality, and practical atheism.
Find your pleasure, young men, in the improvement of your mind, in an attention to duties, in true piety, and in active benevolence. Is there not scope enough for enjoyment here?
Excessive Worldliness is the Idol of Our Day
This is another of the dangers of this age. In our wealthy and materialistic country, there is most imminent peril of sinking into the mere worldling, and living only to get wealth. Never was there so great a danger of having the conscience be numbed, moral principles prostrated, the heart rendered callous, the intellect emptied of its strength, as there is in the age in which we live!
Wealth is the Idol of Our Day
Wealth is the idol of our day! Without watchfulness and prayer, you are in danger of bowing devoutly at its shrine, becoming its worshipers, and
sacrificing your souls as a burnt-offering on its altars!
“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces!” Ezekiel 14:3
Excerpted from “The Young Man’s Friend and Guide through Life to Immortality” by John Angell James (1852)
Quotes from the Cloud of Witnesses
The human heart is an idol-making factory. ― John Calvin
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God, your functional savior. ―
You don’t have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods. America is full of them. Whatever you love more than God is your idol.. ― Dwight L. Moody
Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship. ― G.K. Chesterton
An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand. ― A. W. Tozer
If I put things between me and Christ, it is idolatry. If I put Christ between me and things, it is victory! ― Adrian Rogers
Words of Wisdom from the Cloud of Witnesses: The Cloud of Witnesses is a reference to those in Heaven who have run their races and are now with the Lord. Their words of wisdom are filled with faith, hope, love, and joy to warm our souls, and the eternal truths of God to grow us and give us joy. Their words strengthen our souls, equip our minds, encourage our hearts, and empower us to stand firm in our faith and be motivated, ready, and willing to share the hope we have in Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith...
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