1 Corinthians 10:14–22 (NKJV)
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.1 Corinthians 10:14-22
18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
Paul has just warned the readers in Corinth to avoid pride and follow God carefully, for temptations come in with cunning secrecy and destroy lives and even churches. Today’s reading provides a particular sin to avoid. Idolatry is not to be entertained. As a matter of fact, Paul specifically says to flee idolatry. Run from it, don’t have a meeting or even a conversation with it. In a slight turnaround from (or perhaps just a deeper explanation of) Paul’s discussion of eating meat offered to idols, he here further explains that the idols themselves are nothing, but the people who offer to them–idolaters–are actually sacrificing meat to demons, who entice the people to believe in the dead idols that they worship. Therefore, in essence, the idolaters are worshipping demons.
The people of God should have no fellowship with demons. They have no business taking the cup of demons and the cup of the Lord. The only option is to stay away from idols and the practice of idolatry altogether. To what do you offer sacrifice? In this age, there are few temples to false gods per se. There are temples and mosques and meditation gardens connected with other religions, but the lines of demarcation are clear in them. However, the cunning devices of Satan draw individuals into fellowship with demons in other ways that may not seem like idolatry, but really are. Don’t let you time, money, or energy be spent on any activity or group that does not truly have God as its center. Then you will be fleeing idolatry, just as Paul instructed.
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