Uncovering Our Counterfeit Gods

The following questions are also posted on  http://thirstyones.com/ by Greg Wilson

Thirteen Questions on Discerning Idols (from Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven, by Puritan Pastor David Clarkson)

  1. What do you most highly value?
  2. What do you think about by default?
  3. What is your highest goal?
  4. To what or whom are you most committed?
  5. Who or what do you love the most?
  6. Who or what do you trust or depend upon the most?
  7. Who or what do you fear the most?
  8. Who or what do you hope in and hope for most?
  9. Who or what do you desire the most? Or, what desire makes you most angry or makes you despair when it is not satisfied?
  10. Who or what do you most delight in, your greatest joy and treasure?
  11. Who or what captures your greatest zeal?
  12. To whom or for what are you most thankful?
  13. For whom or what great purpose do you work?

Fifteen questions from Tim Keller on uncovering idolatry in your life

  1. What are you most afraid of?
  2. What do you long for most passionately
  3. Where do you run for comfort? Anger?
  4. What do you complain about most?
  5. What angers you most?
  6. What makes you happiest?
  7. How do you define yourself to people?
  8. What has caused you to be angry with God?
  9. What do you brag about?
  10. What one thing do you want the most
  11. What do you sacrifice for? (sacrifice = worship)
  12. If you change one thing in your life, what would it be?
  13. Who’s approval are you seeking? Is it anyone other than Jesus?
  14. What do you want to control or master?
  15. What comfort do you treasure the most?

Another great resource on the idols that we create to meet our deepest cravings isCounterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters, by Timothy Keller (Dutton, 2009)

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