It is idolatry to invent a gentle permissive God of your own choosing. You will be called to answer to your master, so be prepared.
Your thoughts about a gentle permissive God mean nothing. You will bow down to the Creator who flung the galaxies into existence (with a big bang). Worshiping manmade (graven) images will not help your case.
Idolatry IS false worship.
In the endtimes that were prophesied in the Bible, false worship of a beast is needed to buy or sell. I want to suggest that we are already in the endtimes. You already must worship a final beast power to get authorization to buy or sell. The beast that you worship is symbolized by the exceedingly dreadful final iron beast of Daniel 7 that will prevail over the saints, trample down the whole earth, take away the dominion of other beast powers (Daniel 7:12), consume and trample down the whole earth and break it to pieces (verse 23). And notice that the Daniel 7 final beasts’ eagle wings are missing in the Revelation 17 mystery Babylon beast. Whatever country is symbolized by eagle wings has been quietly overthrown by deep-state infiltrators — and no longer exists except in name only.
All pagan religions worship and bow to idols.
If you love God, you will keep his commandments. Bible believers are commanded to obey the 10 Commandments:
“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.Exodus 20:4-6, The Second Commandment as received by Moses
The pagans also have their equivalent to the second commandment
The Catholic Church conveniently left the second commandment out of their 10 commandments then split the Tenth Commandment into two parts to make up the tenth. The Second Council of Nicaea stated “The Christians should not only serve and honor images, but adore and worship them” (Religion in America, page 50, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1968)
The Quakers consider all manmade ceremony to be idolatry
The Quakers object to all ceremony as “… superstitions, will-worship, and abominable idolatry in the sight of God“. (Quaker Apology # 11) and they object to forced liturgy in particular (Quaker Apology #14). The U.S. Constitution was written in the Quaker State where resistance to these traditions of men was our heritage.
Definitions of the word Traditions:
- From Middle English tradicion: a handing down, a surrender.
- From Old French, from Latin trāditiō from trādere: to hand over, to give.
- Latin Prefix do: to give, from which we derive our English words betray, perdition, surrender, traitor, treason. (and others)
- Latin suffixed form dono: donation, condone, pardon.
- Latin reduplicated form dido,
- or Greek didonai: to give. As in Revelation 13:16, where it is translated as the English word receive. This is the only place in the Bible where it is translated as receive. Will you give a mark of the beast in your right hand or forehead?
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Christians will be persecuted. All apostles except one were eventually executed. They considered their persecution to be joy. Matthew 5:12 says rejoice and be exceedingly glad. It should be so with all Christians. Get used to it.
Those who obey the collective “to silence the ignorance of foolish men” are navigating their course around a storm created by a jealous lord (the collective).
Christianity, even prior to the sun worshipers claiming to be Christians, was not easy. CHRISTIANS EVADED THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES. Many ended up living in caves to avoid the civil authorities.
Today is much the same.
Emperor Decius from 249 to 251AD commanded worship from everyone. Those who refused to acknowledge this lordship went to their deaths. Protesters who wanted to live were allowed to burn a little incense.
Just prior to the year 200, Tertulillan wrote in Chapter XXIV of his book “Ante-Nicene Fathers”:
“Amid these reefs and inlets, amid these shallows and straits of idolatry, Faith, her sails filled by the Spirit of God, navigates; safe if cautious, secure if intently watchful. But to such as are washed overboard is a deep whence is no out-swimming; to such as are run aground is inextricable shipwreck; to such as are engulfed in a whirlpool, where there is no breathing-even in idolatry. All waves thereof whatsoever suffocate; every eddy thereof sucks down unto Hades. Let no one say, “Who will so safely foreguard himself? We shall have to go out of the world!” [1st Corinthians 5:10] As if it were not as well worth while to go out, as to stand in the world as an idolater! Nothing can be easier than caution against idolatry, if the fear of it be our leading fear; any “necessity” whatever is too trifling compared to such a peril. The reason why the Holy Spirit did, when the apostles at that time were consulting, relax the bond and yoke for us, was that we might be free to devote ourselves to the shunning of idolatry. This shall be our Law, the more fully to be administered the more ready it is to hand; (a Law) peculiar to Christians, by means whereof we are recognized and examined by heathens. This Law must be set before such as approach unto the Faith, and inculcated on such as are entering it; that, in approaching, they may deliberate; observing it, may persevere; not observing it, may renounce their name. We will see to it, if, after the type of the Ark, there shall be in the Church raven, kite, dog, and serpent. At all events, an idolater is not found in the type of the Ark: no animal has been fashioned to represent an idolater. Let not that be in the Church which was not in the Ark.”
That was true Christianity. They stood. These sheep knew their master’s voice. The first two Commandments prohibit bowing to other gods. Today’s pagans remain clueless. (their hearts have been darkened. Romans 1:21, Romans 11:8-10, Ephesians 4:18). Today’s pagans will bow down (salute) graven idols that their ancestors created. (black robed priests, colored fabric or artificial entities). They actually think that it is mandatory to sign perjury oaths to graven images. Do you smell incense?
The American legal system is based on feudal barbarism. More… Where people are required to salute, bow, genuflect, pay homage to their master/lord/provider/protector.
Bowing down was never part of our heritage. In the Bible, whenever someone bows to an angel, the angel often corrects him. Commandment keepers will someday judge angels (First Corinthians 6:3).
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams (who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, cousin of President John Adams, and an activist at the Boston Tea Party): speech at the State House of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1 August 1776)
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You may also be interested in:
My book Oaths: Mandatory or Voluntary?
My article on Allegiance
My post on Will You Be Deceived Into Getting the Mark of The Beast