Tuesday, September 23, 2008

An Idol Ridden Culture (Douglas Kelly)

The Bible, history and contemporary life all illustrate that spiritual idolatry and intellectual treason inevitably lead to widespread sexual degeneracy. What is the reason for the sexual emphasis of our culture? The relationship between idolatry and adultery is complicated, but the basic connection is clear. Intellectual rejection of God and sexual immorality are very closely intertwined...

The question is this: do people commit wholesale adultery because they have grown cold on God, like a marriage going sour...or do they reject God...precisely in order to commit adultery and other forms of sexual licence [sic]? Which is first? Thomas Aquinas may have been pointing in the right direction when he said in the thirteenth century: 'Unchastity's first-born daughter is blindness of spirit.'

Douglas F. Kelly, New Life in the Wasteland: 2 Corinthians on the Cost and Glory of Christian Ministry (Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2003), pp. 14-15.

Hosea 8:4

They made kings, but not through me.
They set up princes, but I knew it not.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.