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November 19, 2014

To be idolized is to be venerated, worshipped, revered, and honored, or simply admired. Since the day when Adam disobeyed the Lord’s word and opted to listen to another, mankind has struggled with idols. The problem lies at the core of man’s heart, which seeks alternative ways to honor God and know God, and most importantly, they try to be right with God. However, since mankind cannot please God or be found just in anyway before His holy presence, then mankind blindly gropes about throughout their life attempting to find security and solace in the midst of their plight, that is, they are all dead before God Almighty. In this grip, men have sought out various schemes and devised a host of ways to appear righteous and godly, often flattering one another to attain a sense of rightness. Through the imaginations of their own heart, they listen to the lies of the devil, who tells them exactly what they want to hear, mainly, “You’re a good person!” Superstitions that were developed in the mind and heart are believed, and these delusions have influenced entire civilizations. These lost people are swept away in the lies; in the end they only find darkness and death. Century after century, nations have been carried away with their dumb idols and in the end each person always fell into the abyss. Each came to the end, took his or her last breath, and hoped all would be well, but found the bitter truth; Christ is the only answer. 

When Christ came as promised, light dawned and life came forth, thus delivering people out of the dark and into His marvelous light. Life came to the humble and brokenhearted as the Holy Spirit brought forth His life via His presence. The Spirit of Christ imputed righteousness and made men righteous before the holy God; He justified the sinner and made men holy by His grace. Amazing Grace!
In the New Testament world, these born-again believers turned away from the gods of the Greco-Roman world, and despised religious and ceremonial traditions of man that wanted to appear honorable and good. Truth came to the inward part of their hearts and they lived for God, choosing the sufferings of Christ over the pleasures of this world and the pleasantries of humanity’s social life and the religious norms that prevailed.

Then, in the fifteenth and sixteenth century, when the Christian world fell into gross worldliness and fleshly, sensual and demonic wisdom, the Lord raised up those who sought reformation and renewal for the Church. As men and women came to know the truthfulness of Christ, they turned away from the statues and relics and idols that saturated the religious system of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. The Scriptures once again became supreme and God Almighty was honored solely through faith. The Church became robust in its adoration and dedication of Christ choosing to suffer for the cause of Christ, rather than bow before men cloaked in religiosity and worldly portrayals of godliness. Idols were destroyed and the heads of statues were knocked off the body with great zeal, just as the deceptive heads of the church hierarchy were no longer deemed the voice of God.  
Today in this twenty-first century, many serve Christ openly and attend Church regularly. They do not bow to statues, nor regard relics or the traditions of men. However, we are seeing a new cancer plaguing the Church and overtaking many ignorant souls. We have entered an age of self that is not content with their identity in Christ. However, they are not going to idols to exercise self’s need to be righteous or religious; rather, they are making themselves the idol. We are in the age where the “selfie” life reigns. Of course, everyone on Facebook, or some other social media, understands well what I am saying. Every moment of a person’s life is now captured and categorized. And the Christian is caught up in its wake. Life is all about gaining friends, being liked, being followed, and being idolized.
As the Bible recorded two-thousand years ago, in the latter-days they will be lovers of self. The apostle Paul explained it writing, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Tim. 3:1-5). This day is now our day! However, the Church has not turned away from such evil; rather, they have embraced its tenants and allowed its tentacles to encircle their heart under the guise of tolerance. The Christian wants to be loved and liked by all those around them. They are making decisions to gain friends and to be liked.
Since the Holy Spirit has made it clear that this will be the case, then many will despise this very message, but my hope is to expose this ugly presence in the Church. This is not an anti-Facebook, anti-Twitter, anti-Photo, anti-Smartphone type newsletter; for all these things can be greatly used for the advancement of the Kingdom, and to establish the truthfulness of God’s holiness and love in people’s lives. But the great danger of the self-life is easily noted as so many display their desire for self-actualization in and through such media.*

This is the great danger I am seeking to expose; the lovers of the "selfie" worldview and its accompanying philosophy of religion toward truth are quite evident in such media. Beware of the end-time cancer called “lovers of pleasure” and lovers of themselves” clearly seen in the psychological definition of self-actualization.* Their words will display godliness, but they are all about doing as they see fit, in such a way that brings them attention. Beware!
Is There Not A Cause?
Your Friend in Christ,
Dr. Gary H. Cote
* Self-Actualization says: "What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization...It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming."

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