Donald,

Here's a quote from the article you attached:

<<J. Marcellus Kik in his Pictures of Christ addressed that very question and gave us some wise advice, which I think all Christians would do well to heed:

"But can it not help in the saving of souls, it is asked. But how? Looking at a picture of Christ hanging upon the cross tells me nothing. It does not tell me that He hung there for sin. It does not tell me that He hung there for my sin. It does not tell me that He is the Son of God. Only the Word of God does that. And it is the Word of God that has been given us to tell the story of salvation through the blood of Christ. It is not through the foolishness of pictures that sinners are converted but through the foolishness of preaching. It is amazing how slowly unscriptural practices enter the Christian Church. We must at all times go back to the Scriptures. The Bible is our infallible guide. And if our practices and doctrines do not conform with the teachings of the Scriptures then we must eliminate them. The Bible instructs the Church not to make any likeness of Christ. The present day pictures of Christ are false and no one would make a serious claim that they resemble Christ upon earth. They separate His humanity from His deity. They do not at all give us a glimpse of His present glory. They are not condoned by the inspired apostles. God has ordained the foolishness of preaching to evangelize the world. He has promised to attend the preaching of the Word with the power of the Holy Spirit. The so-called pictures of Christ are a hindrance and a temptation to idolatry. Let us cleanse the Temple of God from them.">>

Any human portraying Jesus Christ is idolatry, just as any "picture of Christ" is an idol that is strictly forbidden in Scripture. But there is another idolatrous symbol that can be seen in many so-called "Reformed" churches that is just as wicked as a "picture of Christ" or a human portraying Christ, and that is the symbol of the cross. The buildings in the Protestant Reformed Churches are covered with them, inside and out. They are no different than Roman Catholic "church" buildings. What are these symbols doing in and on the buildings of the Protestant Reformed Churches? Are they merely for aesthetic purposes and mean nothing? Of course not. The crosses are there to represent something, just as a "picture of Christ" represents something. One might say, "How could a cross be an idol? We do not worship it." But WHY is it there? If one's answers start with "It helps me ..." or "It reminds me ..." or "It teaches me ..." or anything similar, then it is an idol. Any image that is used as a help in worship is condemned as idolatry. Would people protest if these crosses were taken down? If so, why? As many in the Protestant Reformed Churches know, there have been controversies about their use of crosses in the past. In one of the controversies, one member of the Protestant Reformed Churches said that the symbol of the cross helped him when he took the Lord's Supper by reminding him of Jesus Christ. This is nothing but unadulterated idolatry. Do you need any more proof that the Protestant Reformed Churches are engaging in idolatry? I submit an article that appeared in a publication of a Protestant Reformed Church:

"An old adage states that 'familiarity breeds contempt' Maybe it does. Yet, when I enter our church sanctuary each Sunday, I am never filled with contempt. Sometimes I may feel ambivalent towards this sacred place but more often than not, I am captivated by its rich sense of beauty and reverence. Although unknown to me, many Sundays I am thankful for those inspired and sensitive individuals who gave such thought to the construction of our sanctuary. The dominant presence of the cross behind the pulpit, on the pews and baptismal fount, and in the windows often pull my mind from the mundane details of my life to Christ himself. The open Bible, the pulpit, communion table, and baptismal fount all focus my attention on the riches found in the Scriptures. Even though the vibrant colors have passed the way of popularity; yet, they have an uncanny ability to draw my attention to the intense wonders of salvation. One Sunday evening last fall the combination of the colors and the symbols spoke to me in a powerful way and I am now more aware that God can speak to me in many ways during worship if I listen.

A September sun slowly sinks away in a rosy Sabbath sky.

It's rays catch in the panes of a stained-glass window

And radiate a shaft of vibrant red and orange hues

Over a line of congregants.

The white glass cross in the window

Grows opaque in the intense profusion of red light.

Faces caught in the sharp light

Blush a deep red in the fiery brilliance.

They shift uneasily in their seats,

They turn away,

Close their eyes

For relief from the crimson flow.

Guilty ...

Guilty ...

Guilty ...

The sun dies in the sky

And the intense color falters and fades.

Again the glass cross re-appears

Mily white.

The congregants relax,

Open their eyes.

The scarlet blush disappears

From their faces.

Innocent ...

Innocent ...

Innocent ..."

If that is not idolatry, nothing is. This could just have easily been an article in a Roman Catholic publication. The Roman Catholics say they have the symbols to "teach" the congregants. The writer of this article uses the symbol of the cross to pull the writer's mind to Christ. This is disgusting.

Do idols such as "pictures of Christ" and symbols of crosses teach? They certainly do. They teach LIES.

What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? (Hab 2:18)

To God alone be the glory,

Marc D. Carpenter

www.outsidethecamp.org


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