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Pastor's Note
Reverend, Warren R. Carswell

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This excerpt is from Wesley's sermon on First John chapter 5 verse 21, "Little children, keep
yourselves from idols.":

[There] is no possibility of loving God except we keep ourselves from idols.

But what are the idols of which the Apostle speaks?…

To [God] therefore, alone, our heart is due. And he cannot, he will not, quit his claim, or consent to
its being given to any other. He is continually saying to every child of man, "My son, give me thy
heart!" And to give our heart to any other is plain idolatry. Accordingly, whatever takes our heart
from him, or shares it with him, is an idol; or, in other words, whatever we seek happiness in
independent of God.

Wesley would go on to mention these as different things we are fond of idolizing: retirement,
drinking and eating, our reputation, money, our spouse, our children, hobbies, pets, art, gardening,
music, and all sorts of knowledge.

From the sermon "Spiritual Idolatry" by John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley, vol. 6, p. 435-444

What are the idols in your life? What do you give your heart and mind to the most? Could there be
things in your life that are idols that you have no idea that they have risen to such a status?

You may be surprised, but our souls are idol factories! We seek to make things within our lives
through which we believe will give us a full life. ONLY Christ can deliver on a full, abundant life!
Coming soon, sermon series on Idol Factories - The Manufacturing and Worship of Idols.

Grace and Peace,
Warren Carswell
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