Idolatry – What is It?

800px-Judge_Rutherford_CadillacAs I was reading Alex Rover’s article “They Asked for a King“, my first thought was the pride and arrogance of the individuals mentioned in his post — that is, the Governing Body of the Watchtower Society, which caused me to think of Moses at Horeb. Alex mentioned this quite adequately in his post. I then began thinking of how some Witnesses have fallen into the trap of idolatry. But what exactly is idolatry anyway?

“Speaking generally , it is the veneration, excessive love, worship or adoration of any made image, idol, representation or symbol of anything, whether the idol is material or fancied in the mind. According to the Scriptures, idolatry is a snare of the Devil and its practice is demonism. It is considered an abomination in God’s sight. Idolatry is generally practiced toward a real or supposed higher power [many Jehovah’s Witnesses elevate the Governing Body to a status that does not properly belong to them and are mystified by their presence], whether it is believed to have animate existence (as a human or animal god or ‘saint’) or whether it is inanimate (as a force or object of nature or a government or any other organization).

It usually involves some form, ceremony or ritual. It exacts devotion. However, idolatry can be self-worship, worship of one’s own family or ancestry, or any other human or even an animal without any made representation. It is sometimes claimed that what is worshiped is not the image itself, but what is represented by the image. This is relative worship. All idolatry, whether relative or actual, is false worship.”

(Make Sure of All Things, page 172; Watchtower Bible & Tract Society)

Salvation Comes Only From Jehovah Through Christ

“Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.” (Acts 4:12)

“Relative” Worship is Not Allowed

“I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven images” (Isaiah 42:8, American Standard Version)


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