Gods and Goddesses of Modern Times
.. if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you. (Exo 23:33 NKJ)
1. Gods of IMAGINATION - The Gods of Craving (Deut 4:28; Jer 1:16)
They are unreal and based on human imagination and wishful desire.
Examples: Barbie doll, Heman, James Bond, Playboy, False ideals, etc.
2. Gods of INSPIRATION - The Gods of Charisma (Ex.32:1)
They are figures that inspire at the cost of the gifts that God has given to us. The Israelites got the jewelry as God's gift from the Egyptians; but, now the devil is taking all of that so that they can have dead gods (powerless in themselves) to lead by false inspiration.
Examples: Career icons, Movie stars (the Hero-worship, Fan culture), Charismatic personalities (empty within themselves), Musicians, Artists, Skeptics, Ungodly peers & friends, etc
3. Gods of INFIDELITY - The Gods of Compromise (EX. 34:15,16)
These are gods that promote infidelity and immorality and compel you to cheat on God and sell children to harlotry with the devil.
Examples: Secular Novelists, Movie makers, Libertinists, Relativists, Liberal theologians, Self-prolaimed and Self-promoting Leaders (not Shepherds but Thieves)
4. Gods of INVEIGLEMENT - The Gods of Commerce (Ex.23:33; Jdg 2:3; Josh 23:13)
These are gods that ensnare people by deception and sly.
Examples: Prosperity Cults, Utilitarian Gurus (even among Christians- those who make themselves center of everything and look at God as someone who is there to satisfy their selfish desires), Pharisaic Gurus (those who self-humiliate and put down others to show themselves superior)
5. Gods of INNOVATION - The Gods of Curiosity (Deut 3:17; Jdg 5:8)
These are the new gods that satisfy the curiosity of those who seek for new things every time.
Examples: New Music (in rebellion that despises forms - musical idolatry), New Doctrines (that try to put down others, teaching out of pride rather than in humility), New Loves (Church hopping, Faithlessness, Self-seeking)
6. Gods who are IMPORTED - The Gods of Culture (Gen 35:2; Deut 6:14; 13:6; Josh 24:20)
These are gods that are imported from ungodly cultures, traditions, and philosophies.
Examples: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, Clan-ism, Feminism, Sodomism, Class-ism, University-ism (that idolizes the secular University even within the Church)
Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Jos 24:14-15 NKJ)
For all that is in the world-- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-- is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1Jo 2:16-17 NKJ)
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2Co 4:3-6 NKJ)