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Teaching worship without examining the sin of idolatry is condoning the sin.  We ought to gently rebuke and admonishing it with care and boldness.  Letting someone persist in false flattery without attempts to change is to passively encourage destruction. As with everything, our attitude in correcting and encouragement ought to be done with love, patience, truth, sincerity, and compassion. Our active faith ought to be increasing which consequently reduces our idolatry.


1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”


Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the Lord will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.


Ezekiel 23:49 You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.”


1 Corinthians 10:14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.


2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?


Galatians 5:16-20 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.


1 Peter 4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

Pride is about self-worship and God is against it

Deuteronomy 8:14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.


1 Samuel 2:3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.


2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.


Job 40:11 Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at all who are proud and bring them low,
Job 40:12 look at all who are proud and humble them, crush the wicked where they stand.


Psalm 31:23 Love the LORD, all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full.
Psalm 40:4 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.
Psalm 94:2 Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.
Psalm 101:5 Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.
Psalm 123:4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.


Proverbs 3:34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.
Proverbs 16:5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 16:19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.


Ezekiel 28:5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
Ezekiel 28:17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.


Hosea 13:6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.


Luke 1:51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.


Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.


1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.


2 Timothy 3:2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,


James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”


1 Peter 5:5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

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