As a kid, I didn't understand what idolatry was. I can see now that there was no way that the workers were ever going to teach me. I thought that idolatry was when you put an idol in your room and worshiped it three times a day. I see that this is truly idolatry, but there is much more to it than that. I believe that idolatry is loving anything else more than God or more than ourselves. Here's why:

The First Commandment

The first commandment of God to His people is that He is God, the one who delivered the Jews out of Egypt. God delivered the Jews from Egypt. He heard their cries of bondage. He bore with them. Their persecution and bondage caused them to grow. They went from 70 people entering Egypt in Joseph's day to tens of thousands (I don't remember right now how many). God sent Moses, with signs and wonders, to give them commandments that they should follow. God loves. God gives commands. God can prove his love. God gives all mankind commandments out of love to preserve their soul. God doesn't do it out for fear-mongering or manic-control but from a pure motive to preserve. Satan's desire is to malign God's true motives and win people to him. But these people will be destroyed. Not loving God more than anything else is idolatry. Idolatry is sin. Sin brings death. Idolatry leads to death and death is what I lived in the 2x2 cult. I lacked compassion, love, knowledge, understanding, holiness, sound judgment, justice, righteousness, counsel, strength...I lacked and was dead. God is love and to love anyone or anything else more than Him brings death. To love anything more than God is to love death.

Being raised in the cult, I saw the working of sin daily. My neighbor has mental disorders (she was the wife of a 2x2 elder), my mother had a nervous breakdown, I heard complaints often about the problems in "the way". My mother especially idolized (and still does) the workers. Our family fed the workers, believed them over the Bible, trusted them for a proper understanding of the Bible and our lives showed that idolatry kills. It destroyed the relationship between my mother and I. Idolatry of the workers destroyed the relationship between my father and I. Idolatry of the workers and the work of this horrible rampant sin destroyed the relationship between my sister and I. Our family did not believe in God, did not trust in God and did not know God. Many 2x2 people thought that we had a great home life, but they did not know the death that idolatry was working. Our family had an appearance and a form of godliness (going to meetings, professing, taking part in meetings etc) but no love. Idolatry is a common loveless religion. I didn't know what love was until I started meeting Christians and cutting off the workers' "gospel" from coming into my home. Now I would like to tell you about the second commandment of God.

The Second Commandment

The second commandment of God is to have no idols. It is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Did you know that it is idolatry to love others more than ourselves? Please give it some deliberate thought. Is it more righteous to love anyone more than ourselves? Jesus Christ said to love others as He loves us. He teaches us to love others as ourselves. Did he ever teach to love others more than ourselves? Never! That is idolatry. We are taught if we have two coats to impart to him that has none. He teaches us to help feed the hungry. He never teaches, ever, ever, ever to love others more than ourselves or to love anyone or anything or any idea more than Him, never. Now think about this a little. Would it be more righteous to love others more than ourselves? It sure sounds good. But it is a lie of the devil. It is idolatry. Loving the workers more than ourselves was idolatry. God cannot lie. All idolatry is sin and leads to death. My family was deceived, but God was not. My grandmother who left her Christian home to marry a man whom her parents did not approve of led to sin being visited on our family for three generations. My grandmother rebelled against the commandments of the LORD. Her son, my father professed, and I (wanting to please my parents) professed. And now God in his grace has shown me the truth, Jesus Christ and has saved my soul from hell. I hope that I can lead my parents and my only living grandmother to the LORD who can save them.

What is Love?

There are books and books on love and about love and how to be more loving. The only true definition of love that I believe anyone really needs to learn is the life of Jesus Christ. I knew something was wrong with the "love" of the workers and the "friends". There were lots of words and form but no deeds. People idolized the workers with giving and doing for them and it was all seen of men, but true love was missing. When I learned the love of Jesus Christ, I knew beyond any doubt that I had been deceived. When I read the commandments and began to try to understand them, I knew in my heart that God loved me. His correction was witness and evidence of this.

The Third Commandment

We are not to take God's name in vain. For decades I considered myself a good, professing person and took God's name in vain. I had a name that I lived, but I was dead inside. The commandments of God helped me see how exceedingly dead I was. I thank God for the pure, holy commandments of God that revealed God's love for me. What a privilege it is to be able to even read them! Even though I have often broken the commandments of the LORD, I know they are evidence of God's true love for me.

In Summary

In summary, loving anything more than God is idolatry. And loving anyone else more than ourselves is idolatry. We are to love God more than anything else (God is love) and love others as Jesus loves us.

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