BCL Grow: Self-Worship — 2 Timothy 3:2

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2 Timothy 3:2 (Gospel)

Bible Passage

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. — 2 Timothy 3:2


“If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshiping an idealized version of yourself.” — Tim Keller

Steps to Take

1. Ask: Have you ever heard someone say, “I couldn’t believe in a God who would [fill-in-the-blank]? The gods people design in their minds tend to think pretty much like the people themselves. Many also choose to believe in an afterlife that appeals to their own personal sense of what is fair and just.

2. Consider: People give the god of their design the attributes and powers that they think he/she/it should have. They also decide what qualities they don’t want their god to have, including the right to require anything of them that they would prefer not to do.

3. Act: God wants—and commands—everyone to worship him alone (Deut. 6:13; Luke 4:8). The gods of our imaginations have no power to love or rescue us from anything, including from ourselves. Seek to know and love the one true God who created us in his image, and who sent his Son into the world to redeem us and restore us to a right relationship with him.

For Further Reading: 5 Ways People Worship Themselves

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