Robert Sandeman writes:
“Those who were eminently distinguished by their zeal for the God of Israel, were proven to be as much idolaters as their fathers before the captivity. Accordingly, we find Paul comparing the time of Elias with his own time. For taking notice of the answer of God to Elias, (who complained he was left alone in the general defection to idolatry,) that a remnant of seven thousand were reserved; he adds, Even so, then, at this present time also, there is a remnant, according to the election of grace” (Sandeman).
Likewise, in our day those who are “eminently distinguished by their zeal for the God of Israel, [are] proven to be as much idolaters” as those who had bowed the knee to Baal in Paul’s and Elijah’s day. From Roman Catholicism to Eastern Orthodoxy to the Protestant Reformed establishment to mainstream “Evangelicalism” — they have all bowed the kneel to Baal.
“It requires no long process of reasoning to show, that all idolatry lands in self-adoration, since it is the worshiping of a God of our own making; for men never yet made any image for God, or, which is the same thing, invented any idea of him, but what served greatly to deface the glory of the original, and no less to elevate their own pride. Hence it is, that God, intending to exhibit his own image and character himself, issues the severest prohibitions against all idolatry. Hence he takes to himself the title of the Jealous God. This matter is set forth in a variety of lights in Scripture” (Sandeman).
Extreme self-adoration oozes and seeps out of those who believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone without exception. The very epitome of the pride of self-worship exhibits itself when a person has the audacity and the unmitigated gall to place themselves in the STEAD of Jesus Christ as the one whose work makes the ultimate difference between salvation and damnation. Sadly, this is an apt description of what most who call themselves “Christian,” believe. Then, of course, there are those fashionable Calvinists who by their belief in a “partially sovereign” god show that they worship a god of their own making, one that conforms to their carnal standards of what is just and right for God to do. Next Page (10)