Superficial view of idolatry: Worshipping gold.
Substantive view of idolatry: Worshipping a god that can be represented with gold.
Superficial view of idolatry: Since an idol is nothing, participation in idolatry is inconsequential.
Substantive view of idolatry: Participation in idolatry is participation with demons.
“What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.”1 Corinthians 10:19-20
The “gods” that are behind “worthless” idols should worship the one true God:
“All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!”Psalm 97:9