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Has American Christianity Become Idolatry

The Bible Has Become a Soothsayer

A prophet or soothsayer of an idolatrous god can tell people whatever they want to hear. He can throw bones on the ground, read a palm or gaze into a crystal ball and say, “The gods are pleased with you and they say you will have a bountiful harvest this season.”

There were certainly many false prophets like that in Old Testament times and the apostles warned there would even be false teachers who would wear the name of Christ:

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Not only do we have many false teachers today, but many of us actually do this to ourselves without realizing it. We open the Bible, pull a verse completely out of context, and act as if that verse is our “fortune cookie” for the day.

Consider the popular verse Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” We act like this is a promise to us, but the verse is actually talking to the Jewish people, letting them know that many of them would suffer and die in Babylonian captivity, but as a people God wasn’t done with them yet.

If we want to get to know the actual God of the Bible, His will for us and His scheme of redemption, we can’t treat the Bible like a box of fortune cookies. But sadly, many don’t really want to know the God of the Bible; we just want the god we’ve created in our own minds to give us an inspirational quote of the day.


The bottom line is this: It is easy to create your own god without even realizing it. It’s even easy to call His name “Jesus.” But that doesn’t make what you’re doing Christianity.

Christianity is about discovering truth. It is about being brought into fellowship “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). It is about seeking Him and His will. It is about bringing glory to Him. It is about dying to self and living for Him—and with Him—for eternity.

That is Christianity.

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams 

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My name is Wes McAdams and I am simply a Christian. I do not belong to a man-made religious or denominational body; I was added by God to the blood purchased church. If that was good enough for Paul, Peter, and Philip, it is certainly good enough for me! I do not have a creed; I simply follow the Bible–the inspired Word of God. I make absolutely no claims to perfection (or even goodness). All that I am and have is due to the grace of God! Because of God’s rich grace, I am husband to a beautiful wife, Hollee, and the father to two wonderful boys, Malachi and Noah. I am the preaching minister for the Baker Heights church of Christ in Abilene, Texas.