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 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 too many people turn to praise the words of the popular and famous that they may look good also. Along with those from ages past, those that they see as wise and insightful. Those who praise the famous may have good intentions at first, but it doesn’t always end that way. If you are not careful you may also drift into a kind of idol worship and pride. Saying, “look who I agree with.”

On the surface, it might seem just fine and in moderation and wisdom, we can all learn from the wise. An innocent sharing here and another there. It could be a message that struck you as being profound. But when you post night and day praising the words of men instead of God you have put them up on a pedestal that they should not be on. They become an idol that you worship

God commands that we worship Him only. Besides, any wisdom man may have, come from God. In this case, the only one that deserves to be placed on a pedestal and worthy of all praise is Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. He is the one to be praised.

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 you forget where they obtained such wisdom. “Consider your ways,” as the Lord says, and listen to this warning.

How do you know when it has shifted from innocence to obsession? There are definitely red flags that can pop up to warn you of this. That you may not fall into this sin.

Indeed sin is the red flag. They could 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 even witnessed many become angry and offended because something else is posted on the page. 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 here.”

God hates idol worship. He is God and He gives His glory to no one else. To praise man is to reject God. To reject God is a deadly mistake that can lead to hell if there is no repentance. They may not be bowing down to a wooden statue, but little do they know that they are in fact partaking in idol worship. God sees it as the same.

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

In God’s eyes worshipping a sports player, movie star, politician, or bowing down to a rock is the same sin. 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 like blinding yourself. You may find yourself following a false teacher to your demise. It can lead to deadly pitfalls and traps of the devil set to make you fall. All it takes is one veer from the truth to make it a lie.

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

It can be good to learn from the godly and anointed servant of the Lord. But everything must be judged by the Word of the Lord. If you have been worshipping others, turn and repent. Then follow the Lord asking for His forgiveness and guidance. He will not forsake those who humble themselves to serve Him by faith and truth.

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