The Grand Demythologizer: The Gospel and Idolatry
My notes from the conference:
-Paul always took on and challenged the idols of the people.
To be effective:
-Discern, Expose, Destroy
DISCERN: If idols are confronted, after salvation a person's life will be greatly changed. If they are not confronted, they run the risk of living an unchanged life.
Every community, culture, or person looks to something as an idol.
-Something to save them
What is an idol?
Anything in your life that is so central that losing it would strip all meaning from your life.
-It is when you take a good thing and make it an ultimate thing.
EXPOSE: When you threaten idols, anger and chaos will follow.
3 kinds of idols to expose:
- Truth - the "rightness" of doctrine
- Gifts - mistake gifts for fruit
- Morality - I'm loved because of what I do
- The individual
DESTROY: When the idols are opposed, it is violent.
Paul risked his life to confront idolatry.
Jesus gave his life.
- You'll always take your life into your hands when you confront/destroy idols.
Objectively: Jesus died, conquered death
Subjectively: We need to see this