"Those who make an image, all of them are useless, and their precious things shall not profit; they are their own witnesses, they neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed. Who would form a god or mold an image that profits him nothing?" Isaiah 44:9-10 It's hard to understand how a rational human being would trust a medal or a charm to confer protection or encourage a victory. Does a piece of metal have some kind of power in it? Among the entertainment "stars" in our culture, reliance on inanimate objects is common. But when you think about it, does it make any sense? In my youth, I wore medals and scapulars, items that promised protection and special favor. I was told that the "blessed virgin" promised that if one would wear a particular scapular, he or she would not die unsaved. Friends, to win the war you must know your enemy, and your enemy is a powerful impostor, able to do supernatural "signs" in order to deceive you. Deception is rampant. There was no apparition of the "blessed virgin." The mother of Jesus Christ was a flesh and blood human being like you and me. She died and is in a place called heaven. She is NOT "omnipotent," nor is she "omnipresent," those are attributes of God ALONE. She does not appear to people, and when people see apparitions, they are actually seeing fallen angels and demons, spirits about whom the Bible has a lot to say – spirits who are able to counterfeit and deceive many. People who fall for deception are people who do not know the Word of God. The mother of Jesus Christ would not appear to people and tell them to make statues and shrines to her. Not EVER! To wear an image in obedience to an apparition or to bow before a statue, is the essence of idolatry and is clearly forbidden by the Word of God. In fact, rather than convey a protection, an image or charm can actually bring a curse because the wearer is placing faith in the power behind it, and the power behind it is always demonic. God would not strongly forbid such things and then be the power behind a medal or any object for that matter, not would he allow Mary or anyone else from heaven to do so. God doesn't violate his own Word. Get rid of anything that you have put your trust in, get rid of any "religious" object that you think will bring you favor. They won't. They are inanimate objects that cannot see, cannot hear, cannot speak, cannot protect, nor can they gain you any favor from any one. The only power they have is sourced in the satanic power working behind it to put a person's faith in something demonic, and THEN ...comes the curse. All idolatry brings a curse, and many times it goes down to the third and fourth generation of anyone involved in this evil. What is idolatry? Idolatry is anything or anyone that takes the place of God. It is a sad commentary that our Creator has given us his Word explaining to us who he is, who we are, what it's all about, where we're going, how we're going to get there, and why, yet people choose to bow to idols instead of to him. The answers to all of these questions are liberally provided to us in his Word which he gave to us so that we might know him. Man has no excuse for not taking up his Word and searching out the knowledge God has made available to us. People will turn to mediums and fortune tellers, tarot cards and Ouija boards, false prophets like Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus who got their "knowledge" from demons, yet stay away from the Word of God. Instead of turning to the One who has liberally presented all to us through his Word, they turn to the impostors. How does that make sense? "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey his voice, and that you may cling to him, for HE is your life and the length of your days;" Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I present you with a challenge. If you doubt what is written here, I challenge you to get on your knees, go before God and ASK him. Then repent of the grave sin of idolatry.