GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 18, 2013-Pastor and author of the widely popular book Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman
continues to challenge what it means to be a committed follower of Christ.
new book, gods at war: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart (Zondervan, February 2013), he
examines idol worship - the greatest, yet least-recognized issue facing believers today.
"What if I told you that every sin you are struggling with, every discouragement you are dealing with, even the lack of purpose you're living with, are because of idolatry?
"Idolatry seems so primitive.
So irrelevant . . . and yet idolatry is the number one issue in the Bible, and that should raise caution for us."
Pointing to idolatry as the "one great sin that all others come from," Idleman
opens the eyes of readers with a modern-day definition of an idol: "something that takes the place of God, something that becomes an end in itself rather than something to lay at God's throne."
"It all comes down to what's happening in your heart.
And that's why Jesus put so much emphasis there . . . The heart is the battleground for the gods because everything flows from it."
Idols have become harder to spot in modern times than the golden statue or carved animals of the Old Testament - they have morphed into all areas of our lives, some idols like success and family are difficult to consider as sins.
identifies and addresses the most common modern-day gods that are at war for our hearts: food, sex, entertainment, success, money, achievement, romance, family - even ourselves.
"If you start scratching at whatever struggle you're dealing with, eventually you'll find that underneath is a false god.
Until that god is dethroned, and the Lord God takes his
rightful place, you will not have victory . . . Idolatry isn't an issue; it is the issue."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., the fourth largest church in America, where he speaks to more than 20,000 congregants each weekend.
is the author of Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus (Zondervan, 2011), and the author and presenter of the award-winning video curriculum series H2O: A Journey of Faith as well as The Easter Experience and the Not a Fan DVD teaching series.
wife, DesiRae, have four young children.