Make disciples – Not converts to your opinions
1Samuel 7-9 / Revelation 7-9
7:3-4 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.” So the Israelites destroyed their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the LORD.
9:20-21 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to turn from their evil deeds. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood–idols that neither see nor hear nor walk! And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their immorality or their thefts.
OT Flash Points
Substitute images for worship are expressly forbidden
How can you tell if you are a substitute, a pawn in the permissive will of God?
Is the position of honor into which you have been placed based on your natural qualifications?
NT Flash Points
Is there a “bottomless pit?”
Does the calculation of the mass of the earth reveal a cavern?
The substitute government will always end in disgrace
Bishop – episcapos – all saints
Elder – far-seeing
Believe the Bible, and immerse yourself in the loyal intimacy with the One it reveals
Make disciples – not converts to your opinions