An Intolerance for Idolatry

From Isaiah 44:9-20

They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together.

The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.

The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.

He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.

Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?

He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Now, we know that God has despised all other gods and lords from all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when men decided to kneel to a snake instead of their Creator. But Isaiah has one of the clearest expressions of contempt for the worship of the material world in all of Scripture.

Exodus 20:2-6

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Intolerance is built right into the very core of the Christian Faith: God will not tolerate anything places above Himself. The worship of Nature, the claim that Dead matter – after X million or billion of years – can mystically become Life, that Information can ever arise from Chaos without a Mind to organize it: all this is nothing but modern claims to magic.

God hates magic, as the wizards of Egypt learned to their cost.

  • The fantasy that a sufficient amount of matter and time and random chance will create a change in the very nature of matter, from dead to alive, is simply delusional. Information (and life, which is a form of information) demands intelligence and thoughtful organization.Evolution is nothing more than the attempt to escape from how reality is demonstrably organized, in the name of an imaginary fantasy – but a pleasing fantasy to power-hungry, lawless, self-adoring men, as it is without Christ.
  • Another aspect of magic is the dream of “power from below”, as if chaos and violence and mindlessness could bring salvation and healing and wisdom. “No need to actually work like some Christian serf: just do these bureaucratic rituals, create these mass of charts and graphs and mathematical formulae, and you too can turn stones into bread, a la Keynes!” Details can be found in Rousas John Rushdoony’s “Power from Below” (Journal of Christian Reconstruction I, Winter 1974, available from

Christians should understand that both fantasies are initially powerful and impressive, but dwindle and rot into nothingness. Christians must live in the real world, where magic doesn’t work, and power from below leads only to the grave (Surprise! Surprise!)

We look to God’s light, that comes from above, and His Law, which He places into our hearts. It is HIS will that will triumph… which means that it’s the will of Man (and the snake that Man secretly worships) that shall have its head crushed, and then tossed into the eternal flames of powerless, agonizing, eternal defeat.

So, if God is intolerant of evil, and magic, and any other deity or authority that places its will above or against His own, why is it that so many Christians preen on about their tolerance and pluralism (i.e. ‘rule by many gods’)?

It is because they are anti-Christ. The kind of people John warned us against in I John 2: they say a lot of pious words, but have no intention to drop their sins, or completely submit to God. “He can have this part… He can even have 99.99%… but this part, this 0.01%, is mine. And I will never ever give it up.”

God demands All. Refusal to completely repent, to insist that this little bit of secret evil is something I will never repent of, is to jump into hell like a fool.

God despises pluralism: there is only one standard of law and truth, which HE has established. There shall be no gods or authority above Him… and if the State challenges it, then it shall burn and dwindle and blow away into powerless dust.

The irrelevance of the Post Office is just a tiny foretaste of the complete bankruptcy and delegitimization that is coming for Our Official Lord and Master, the State. The Real Deal kicks in with the end of the Welfare State… and when the critical pillar of the New World Order is kicked away, the current tyranny will seem like a silly fantasy of perverted and violent teenage boys, like the Third Reich or the Soviet Union.

God is utterly intolerant of evil, as HE defines it.

God shall judge, and as He does so, the wicked are crushed into the ignorance they love while the righteous are sought after (especially if they save their money for graduate school), are more entrepreneurial, and increasingly blessed, taking more and more of the world under the rule of Christ the King,

Amen, and Amen.


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