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Curved In

From the editor

The great church father Augustine once wrote that one of the most devastating effects of sin is seen in the way we become curved in on ourselves. God is eliminated from our world as we turn inward to worship the creature rather than the Creator. As John Calvin said, man has become an idol-making factory.

The irony of idolatry is that those who worship idols turn into the idols that they worship. As the psalmist observed, “Those who make them [idols] become like them, so do all who trust in them” (135:18).

Today, idolatry is an offensive word, a word hardly used because it is considered so dark, so primitive, and so destructive. Yet it’s the perfect description of mankind apart from the Creator. For only when we are sobered by how perversely we have robbed the Creator of his glory and given it to the creature will we understand our desperate need for liberation from the idols we’ve become.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Canon, Covenant and Christology: Rethinking Jesus and the Scriptures of Israel; None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; 40 Questions About SalvationGod’s Word Alone: The Authority of ScriptureReformation Theology: A Systematic SummarySalvation by Grace, and Owen on the Christian LifeHe is the host of the Credo podcast where he engages top theologians on the most important theological issues today.

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