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1: εἰδωλολατρία
(Strong's #1495 — Noun Feminine — eidololatria — i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah )

whence Eng., "idolatry," (from eidolon, and latreia, "service"), is found in 1 Corinthians 10:14 ; Galatians 5:20 ; Colossians 3:5 ; and, in the plural, in 1 Peter 4:3 .

Heathen sacrifices were sacrificed to demons, 1 Corinthians 10:19 ; there was a dire reality in the cup and table of demons and in the involved communion with demons. In Romans 1:22-25 , "idolatry," the sin of the mind against God (Ephesians 2:3 ), and immorality, sins of the flesh, are associated, and are traced to lack of the acknowledgment of God and of gratitude to Him. An "idolater" is a slave to the depraved ideas his idols represent, Galatians 4:8,9 ; and thereby, to divers lusts, Titus 3:3 (see Notes on Thess. by Hogg and Vine, p. 44).

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Idolatry'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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