British Weekly Pulpit
1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
If an idol is a thing which draws the heathen away from the living God, anything which does this for us may be named an idol.
I. SELF. Love of self is born in us, and if not early checked will be our master. It feeds upon falsehood, unkindness, greediness, and pride. You must gratify it at whatever cost, and then it demands more and more. Self is a dreadful idol. Beware of it.
II. DRESS. You may forget the pearl in anxiety about its setting.
III. PLEASURE. Do not children encourage the passion for exciting amusements till they are miserable without them, though so many innocent recreations remain to them? We have known children whose Sundays were a weariness to them, and their studies a punishment. Their pleasures were their idols.
(British Weekly Pulpit.).
Parallel VersesKJV: Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.