No Substitutes (Idols)
God does not permit substitutes for Himself. There are no substitutes for God The Father, God The Son or God The Holy Spirit. Substitutes leave a person unchanged.
Jonah 2:9b: . . . Salvation is of the LORD.
Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
1 Peter 1:18-19: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:10-12: Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Galatians 4:19: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
John 6:44a: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: . . .
1 Corinthians 3:16: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
John 10:28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. . . .
Jeremiah 17:5b: . . . Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, . . .
Psalms 108:12b: . . . for vain is the help of man.
Men do not save; groups of men do not save; pastors do not save; parents do not save; sponsors do not save; leaders do not save; teachers do not save; evangelists do not save; churches do not save; ordinances do not save; traditions do not save; ceremonies do not save; water baptism does not save; confirmation does not save; communion does not save; first communion does not save. People do not save themselves or one another.