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Rebellion Idolatry and Need Idolatry make up our sinful flesh

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In part 1 of the Walk Applied series, we discussed the bride of Christ, and how we know that to be the bride of Christ, we must be saved. In part 2 of the Walk Applied series, we talked about some of the properties of what it means to be saved. Then, in part 3 of the Walk Applied series, we talked about the Fall and why Free Will and choice made the Fall necessary. In Part 4, we examined the consequences of the Fall. (Click on the links above or at the bottom of this article to read the articles…) Now, in part 5 of the Walk Applied Series we will start to see that Idolatry is actually made up of two belief systems: Rebellion Idolatry and Need Idolatry. In this article, we will briefly address Idolatry in general, than we will discuss the first of the six Rebellion Idols: Pride


Adam and Eve denied God. They willingly and knowingly came out of Godly Authority, and, as a result, came under intermediate Satanic authority. God, in His infinite wisdom, allowed us the enormous privilege of the capability to choose or deny Him. He also graciously granted consequences for our sinful choice. Instead of simply destroying us, God’s response was to allow us an idolatrous belief system that undergird and form the foundation of our sin issues. There are two such belief systems: Rebellion Idolatry and Need Idolatry. Rebellion Idolatry consists of the idols of Pride, Performance, Security, Façade, Pleasure and Entitlement. Need Idolatry consists of: Provision, Security, Acceptance, Identity, Knowledge and Purpose.


PRIDE: (Gen 3:6)

Adam and Eve chose to disobey. They exhibited pride, defined here as the belief that it is permissible to come out of Godly authority. By implication, submission to intermediate satanic authority must follow, which we’ll see later leads to chaos, depression and hopelessness. Pride idolatry has enormous implications for our worldview and our deep-seated internal belief systems. Primarily, it means that we will believe that we are above God. Indeed, it means we will believe that we are the authority figure in our lives. The inference for us of this idolatry is that we will believe that we not only have permission to come out of Godly authority; we will also believe that the seductive power of choice gives us the right to come out of Godly authority when we think it is our best interest to do so. Even worse, Pride idolatry establishes within us the sinful belief that I must do whatever I need to do to be authority over others. I must be the “judge”. To the fullest extent possible, I cannot allow anyone to be in authority over me; I cannot allow others to judge me. The fundamental false belief with pride is that I am in control. Fundamentally, the core belief here is that if I am the “judge”, I can control you, and I am superior to you.


The Walk Applied Series: Part 1: Jesus bride is the reason why we are here
The Walk Applied Series: Part 2: Salvation is not a covenant of works
The Walk Applied Series: Part 3: Why the Fall?
The Walk Applied Series: Part 4: The Consequences of the Fall


Mr. Marica contributes incisive and contemporary Christian commentary for on a regular basis. He holds an MA from Liberty University, and he is the Director of Godly Training Ministries. You can find out more about him by clicking here.

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