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LESSON 16

IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT

God completely denies the power of idols. However, He warns that "spiritism" is dangerous for it is the power of Satan. In this lesson, we shall learn more of the dangers of these two powerful instruments of Satan which take the place of worshiping God.

A. IDOLATRY

The dictionary defines an idol as "an image or representation of a god made or used as an object of worship". But, let us remember that an idol can also be anything to which we are passionately devoted - whether that be money, education, pleasure or pride.

1. Exodus 20:4, 5 gives three strict commands concerning "idols". What are these three commands?

(a) "Do not make ........................ of any kind".

(b) "You must never .......... ............. to them". (c) "nor ...................... them".

2. Can you suggest one good reason why these commands were given? Ex. 20:3 .......................

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3. Where does God live? 2 Cor. 6:16 (Underline the correct answer).

(a) In idols and temples (b) In churches and buildings

(c) In human beings who love Him.

4. Fill in the missing words so indicating what God says regarding separation from idols and ungodly things.

"Wherefore ................... ......................... from among them, and ................. .........................

................... saith the Lord, and touch no unclean thing".

5. What three promises are for those who do take the step of coming out from bondage and darkness into the fellowship of Christ? 2 Cor. 6:17, 18

(a) ..................................................................................................................................................

(b) ..................................................................................................................................................

(c) ..................................................................................................................................................

6. Fill in the missing words: 1 Cor. 8;4

"Well, we all know that an ............... is not really a god and that there is only .......... ...............

and no other". This means: (Underline the correct answer)

(a) Idols can mean nothing to a worldly mind.

(b) Idols have no purpose or meaning for us who are in the world since they cannot help up to know the invisible God.

7. The Bible says that idols are merely the work of man's hands. They are powerless. They have mouths, eyes, and ears, but cannot speak, see or hear. What is said of those who make such idols and trust them? Psalm 135:15-18

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8. When sacrifices are made by those who are Gentiles (heathen or unbelievers) to whom do they make them? 1Cor. 10:20

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B. WITCHCRAFT

1. Why should a person not turn to them that have familiar spirits (spiritualists), and wizards (witches or fortune tellers)? Lev. 19:31

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2. God spoke strongly to the Israelites who were inclined tot urn from God in order to seek out information from "wizards" and those having "familiar spirits". What warning given to them, should we also heed? Lev. 20:6

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3. Some feel that it doesn't matter if one associates with those who have powers of speaking with evil spirits, so long as he himself does not practice such. But the Bible condemns all these idolatrous practices. What does God think of those who do such things? Deut. 18:10- 12. ..................................................................................................................................................

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4. What good answer can you give to those who may advise you, "Seek those that have familiar spirits and those that are wizards"? Isa. 8:19

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5. What judgment came upon God's people in the Old Testament times when they used divination (foretelling future happenings in rites and ceremonies) and enchantments (casting spells by witchcraft)? 2 Kings 17:17, 18

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6. Fill in the missing words that describe whether those who divine (foretell) speak the truth or not. Zechariah 10:2 "Household gods give ............... ..................., fortune-tellers predict .........

................, and interpreters of dreams pronounce ............................ ...........................".

7. Fill in the missing words of 1 Samuel 15:23 " ............................. is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and ................................ is as bad as worshiping idols".

8. What law was given concerning a witch? Ex. 22:18 ..................................................................

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9. In 1 Sam. 28:7-25, it seems that Samuel actually appeared to Saul, but in 1 Chron. 10:13, it is clear that it was a familiar spirit imitating Samuel which appeared. Note:"Familiar spirits" are demon spirits which possess mediums who have given their will over to them, to imitate dead human beings, make predictions, promote doctrines, etc. What punishment did King Saul receive for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit? 1 Chron 10:13-14

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10 The apostle Paul predicted Spiritism, Spiritualism in 1 Tim. 4:1. "Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what they believe; they will follow

.................... ................., and .................. .......... ............. ............... ..................".
 
 
 

                   


 

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