To Quote Or Not To Quote

Is it a good thing to share the wise sayings of a Christian man or woman? The quick answer is yes it is. There are many wise and Holy Spirit-filled men and women of God that have been given very much wisdom and insight from the Lord.

It can be very beneficial when you read a book they wrote or a quote they have said. It can give Godly wisdom and instruction so that you can learn from the lessons that the Lord has taught them. Just as Solomon’s wisdom is shared in the book of Proverbs. In this way, He has instructed the world through the wisdom given to Him by the Lord.

Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live.” Proverbs 4:1-4

But oftentimes many enjoy praising the words of the popular and famous that they look up to. Along with those from ages past, those that they see as wise and insightful. Though they might have good intentions at first and the person quoted has a wise point to be made. If you are not careful you can easily drift into a kind of idol worship.

On the surface, it might seem just fine. An innocent sharing here and another there. Something that struck you as being profound. But when you focus on everything that this one person has said instead of God you have put them up on a pedestal that they should not be on.

Any wisdom that they have, came from the Lord, from the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. In this case, the only one that deserves to be placed on a pedestal and worthy of all praise is Jesus Christ. He is the one to put your focus on.

For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints. Proverbs 2:6-8

I have seen many start groups joining others to share the quotes of Mr. Godly Christian Man. This is the main focus that is displayed there and it is called holy and right. But it is a slippery slope once you start praising man’s word over God’s Word. Slippery slopes lead to danger. I am warning you. Are you listening?

How do you know when it has shifted from innocence to an obsession? There are definitely red flags that can pop up to warn you of this. That you are falling into sin.

Indeed sin is the red flag. They can be pride, arrogance, haughtiness, anger, sarcasticness, offense, and so many more. Thinking that the man you idolize is better than the other guy. Finding yourself only reading their books or searching for quotes to share, just to share them to show how wonderful they are.

I have witnessed many getting angry and offended for others sharing other godly topics on these groups. For example, they may say, “Why are you sharing that other guy’s words on this group,” or “Why would you share a post about the Gospel on here.” “We only share quotes from this man’s books here.”

They might as well have said this site is to worship men and not God. Because that is what is going on there. Little do they know that they are in fact partaking in out and out idol worship. They may not be bowing down to a piece of wood but God sees it as the same.

God hates idol worship. He is God and He gives His glory to no one else.

Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you survivors of the nations! They have no knowledge who carry about their wooden idols and keep on praying to a god that cannot save. Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. Isaiah 45:20-21

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these, the wrath of God is coming. Colossians 3:5-6

It is just as bad in God’s eyes as people out in the world who worship a basketball player, movie star, politician or bowing down to a rock. God has given His command that you should not worship anyone or anything except for Him.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.” “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:2-6

It is not good to idolize anything other than God. It is actually dangerous to worship others. Like walking on a tight wire or traversing a steep icy mountainside. Idolatry is blinding to those who follow its deception. It can lead to deadly pitfalls and traps of the devil set to make you fall.

God has commanded all mankind to turn from all forms of sin, especially idolatry. He has called all to repent and turn to God that they may be saved. That their sins may be forgiven because God knows what is good and what is best.

Turn to the Lord, cry out to Him that He may show you your sin. That your eyes may be opened and your focus would be only upon Jesus Christ your Lord.

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