Secular gods and Worship.
Remember how Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the desert? Well, he is still running the same plays in his ancient playbook, only the names of the plays change to keep the deception fresh and new. But let's not get cocky. Even Christians can get sucked up into this subtle form of idol worship. Let's be honest, not many manly men can resist the testosterone laden lure of sports, right? Not many women can resist the feminine charms of being a pretty princess, can they? And none of us can resist the desire to be admired and loved, and that my dear reader, is exactly what worship offers - adoration and love.
But what these secular gods don't realize is that they have been tricked, they are receiving the wrong kind of love, given in the wrong manner. The Almighty says that only he is to be worshiped and adored as God, not anyone or anything else. Therefore, those who heartily embrace their secular godhood as a means of obtaining worshipful love, are in grave spiritual danger, and so are their worshipers. Granted, the masses of deceived "star" worshipers may not literally bow down before their human idols, but they do give them the money they could be saving or spending on their families. They give these counterfeit gods their devotion by following their careers rather than giving their time to their spouse and children. They even flatter their favorite personality by trying to emulate them, rather than emulating Jesus Christ, the only true Savior and lover of their souls.
Every word is cherished by their obsessed devotees, and in their star struck eyes, their idol can do no wrong, no matter what kinds of highly questionable things they do. I think that no secular god displays this power better than the king of rock-n-roll, Elvis Presley. Even in death, this man is still worshiped; I think that perhaps only Michael Jackson can come anywhere near to equaling Elvis' secular godhood status.
Mammon, Power, & Status: The Secular Trinity
Even those who lack money can fall prey to its misleading charms. Why? We all know that money, vast wealth especially, brings a great deal of power and status with it. And who doesn't want to feel powerful? Who doesn't want to be recognized as being famous, and receive all of the perks that go along with status? In essence, this secular trinity brings a sense of godhood to whoever possess them, wouldn't you agree? And so, through the secular trinity of money, power, and status, a mere mortal can obtain an unauthorized form of godhood. Truly it was even thought in ancient Israel, that those who had obtained great wealth were blessed, or "approved" of by God. They were sure to be let into the pearly gates, no doubt about it! Well, that was until Jesus said differently.
Jesus, to everyone's dismay, including his disciples, taught that it is very hard for rich people to obtain salvation. So hard in fact, it's nearly impossible. He taught that there is a greater wealth, a spiritual wealth, that could be obtained and even stored in heaven, not on earth. This spiritual wealth will not give its holder unauthorized godhood, but it will buy everlasting life and give its holder a portion of Jesus' inheritance. Not a bad deal if you ask me, but there is a catch in order to obtain this spiritual wealth. First of all, you must be born again. Giving up the easy life of "self" and following the narrow way of Jesus is not a way of life that most selfish secular people desire to live, so they seek to obtain godhood in Satan's worldly system, and end up losing their souls in the process.
To be quite clear, the people in these high profile and secular areas of life don't reach their pinnacles of fame and wealth without "selling their soul" to Satan. The various hand signs and symbolic objects they use to display their allegiance to their Lord are everywhere, and once you know what they are, it's overwhelming. Please note the "one covered eye" snap shots, or the "Okay" hand gesture, or the pyramids with an eye inside it. All of these things and more hold double meanings only fully known to those initiated into Satan's brand of "godhood." As for their worshipers, well....all the better if they:
- don't believe Satan exists
- think that these signs and symbols are "harmless"
- believe that the "one world domination agenda" is delusional
Secular Godhood is Unauthorized
For the time being, Satan continues to hand out unauthorized godhood within his worldly system to whom ever he chooses, and he does a superb job, doesn't he? This is not a pat on the back, but rather a repudiation. Bottom line, human beings are not meant to be worshiped, just as the god of this world [Satan] is not meant to be worshiped. Any human being that seeks and accepts the conditions of Satan's offer of godhood as a means of worship, is in grave spiritual danger. If these mortals don't repent and turn to the Lord, then they will be damned--forever to the Lake of Fire.
- idolatrous religious godhood
- false religious godhood
- righteous godhood
- caped gods