Bringing Out the Iconoclast


 Isn’t it interesting how Protestant churches seem to be doing their utmost to return to Papist ways? OK, that might be going slightly overboard ~ or is it? When you begin to think about the sorts of things that kicked off the reformation, especially in places like England, you see that the early Reformers sought to reform the church away from the corrupt abuses that were going on in it – things like the rampant corruption through the teaching of purgatory, etc.

There was also the movement to get away from idolatry, with the Roman church actively encouraging the worship of saints, Mary, images, relics, etc. I find it interesting (not in a good way) how many Protestant churches have moved back toward this sort of thing, though most certainly they would protest the charge of idolatry most vehemently. You could say, ‘well, didn’t the Roman Church also protest in this manner?’

What am I thinking of? Why is it that some (indeed many) Protestant churches have a lump of wood (a cross) set above the buildings in which they meet and some even have a lump of wood as the direct focus of the congregation at the front of the building. I remember in a lot of church histories that I have read, how the Reformers would object strongly to such items in the church, yet now we seem to be throwing them up all over the place.

You could also mention here the prevalence of pictures of ‘Jesus,’ in direct violation of the Ten Commandments and other Scriptures, where it is clearly forbidden that such images should be made. Yet how many of the them do you see in churches? They may very well be very important stain glass windows as far as historical significance is concerned, but does this make their existence any less a violation of the commands of God?

So you see, this sort of thing when I see it really brings out the iconoclast in me.

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One thought on “Bringing Out the Iconoclast

  1. The following comments were left on a previous site:

    posted by: PastorDave (reply)
    post date: 06.24.07 (6:03 pm)

    I do not believe that the display of a cross is a matter of idolatry. Especially, an empty cross. It is simply a reminder of why we are able to worship and to know God personally. Having said that, in my opinion the empty tomb is the most appropriate symbol for Christianity. Too bad it has never caught on as jewelry or church lawn decorations.

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    posted by: bushman (reply)
    post date: 06.25.07 (12:47 am)

    Reply to: PastorDave

    I’m not really sure what an open sepulcher would look like on a chain around the neck or what people would think it was for that matter. I suppose having one on your front lawn might provoke thoughts of a rabbit infestation.

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