Temporarily Bedazzled but Ever Idolatrous - Craig Houston

Do we have idols in our life that prevent us from serving and loving God with our whole heart?

Craig Houston explains in this video that he is deeply concerned that too many people come to church for an hour each week but then live their life however they please. Unfortunately, many churches promote this wrong lifestyle. They have an entertainment focus, people come and get entertained, and they go about the rest of their lives living in a manner that is not distinct from culture.

This low view of God, His Word, and the church causes people to refuse to give up their place in the world and stand with Christ and His church. There will be a mass exodus when there is a choice to either serve God or to serve idols. Men and pastors need to boldly say that they will cast aside idols and serve God.

Exodus 20:4 (NKJV) – “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”


Craig Houston has served as the pastor of Westside Baptist Church since 2002. Born and raised in Astoria, Oregon, he was privileged to grow up in a fourth generation Christian home. Saved and baptized at an early age, he surrendered to preach the gospel at the age of 19. A graduate of Bayview Baptist Bible Institute and Sound Baptist Bible College, he was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1997 and sent out as a church planter in Oregon the following year. He married his sweetheart, Emily, in 1994 and the Lord has blessed them with thirteen children; Naomi, Anna & Derek Hase, Samuel, Daniel, Nathanael, Michael, Julia, Lydia, Abigail, Ezekiel, Selah, Tirzah, and Lemuel.  Pastor Craig has a heart and passion for expository preaching, reaching the lost and restoring the Christian home. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and drinking good coffee. His sermons can be found at bibledirectionforlife.com


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