People sometimes have the mistaken impression the Reformation was all about the Gospel. It wasn’t. It was as much about returning to the proper worship of God as it was about the Gospel.
Certain denominations that swear they’re Christian have taken up worshiping and praising the Lord using images and statutes. They ignore the clear command “..to not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.” Did you know that doesn’t just concern things carved from blocks of stone or wood? It condemns buying, selling, making or using lucky charms, bracelets, talismans, crosses, etc. The word “likeness” is intentionally there too.
The Hebrew word for it is temûnâh (pronounced tem-oo-naw). Its definition includes two-dimensional images like drawings, and pictures.
God never wanted worship to him by use of them either! He’s never retracted his command and there are no exclusions! He’s been very clear about the matter yet there they are, churches and people in private worship ignoring what He teaches in Deuteronomy 4:11-19. They pray to, bow before, worship or venerate Mary, the saints, and who knows what else! All the while God wants worship to him only because He is a jealous god!
He will not take this lying down either! He will visit his inequity upon the 3rd and 4th generations of those that hate Him; and people that violate his commands deep down hate Him and He knows who they are!
Christians will never have all the answers about the mysterious, all-powerful Creator but we must strive to learn, honor and obey His word. He doesn’t need our help or assistance in any way but he demands our obedience.
Finally, coming together on the Lord’s Day is called a “worship service” because it’s supposed to be offered to God, in a manner He dictates and He is entitled to. After all don’t we call him our Lord and Master? Do you?
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