I am currently making my way through Calvin's Institutes ever so slowly. This morning I came across a quote that reminded me why I love reading him,
"...almost every man has his own God...there is scarcely an individual to be found without some idol or phantom as a substitute for Deity..."(Book First,Chapter 5:12).
I find this extremely valuable in my preaching. I need to get to the false gods people have created in their hearts. People need to see the glory of Christ in the preacher's sermons so they turn from the substitute they have made and worship Christ who is the only One who can satify their hearts.
Thank you John Calvin for reminding this Baptist Preacher of this!