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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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Scriptures: Exodus 20:4-6, 1 John 5:21, Ezekiel 14:6-7, Jeremiah 14:22, Philippians 3:19, 2 Timothy 3:4, Job 31:24, 28, Matthew 10:37, Deuteronomy 32:21, 4:15-16, Colossians 1:19


It may surprise you to learn that the second commandment is the most repeated commandment of all the Ten Commandments in the entire Bible. The word "idol" or "idolatry" appears over 220 times in Scripture. There is more denunciation of idolatry that any other sin you find in God's Word. In this message, Dr. Merritt explains what idol worship might look like in our culture today, and how it keeps us from a relationship with the very real God.


"Idolatry is still a problem, because today the idols that we worship are not the ones we make with our hands, but the ones we make with our heart. They are not primarily metal. They are primarily mental." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: law, God, commandments, guidelines, second, idolatry, second, two, Mt. Sinai, Egypt, Moses, repent, abominations, iniquity, homeland, security


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