Pretty pictures? Or lies.

Pilgrim’s Progress revisited ~ Christiana on the narrow way


Deuteronomy 4 

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.

11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

12 And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye…

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8 thoughts on “Pretty pictures? Or lies.

  1. Dwight Moody’s Commentary on the 2nd Commandment:

    FTA: This is precisely what is difficult for men to do. The apostles were hardly in their graves before they (Christians) began to put up images of them, and to worship relics. People have a desire for something tangible, something that they can see. It is so much easier to live in the sense than in the spirit. That is why there is a demand for ritualism. Some people are born Puritans; they want a simple form of worship. Others think they cannot get along without forms and ceremonies that appeal to the senses. And many a one whose heart is not sincere before God takes refuge in these forms, and eases his conscience by making an outward show of religion. (bold mine for emphasis)

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    1. Also FTA: The tendency of the human heart to represent God by something that appeals to the senses is the origin of all idolatry. It leads directly to image-worship. At first there may be no desire to worship the thing itself, but it inevitably ends in that. As Dr. MacLaren says: “Enlisting the senses as allies of the spirit is risky work. They are apt to fight for their own band when they once begin, and the history of all symbolical and ceremonial worship shows that the experiment is much more likely to end in sensualizing religion than in spiritualizing sense.” (bold mine for emphasis)

      Interesting that Christians will act very un-Christ-like when it comes to taking away their X Mass! They think it to be about taking Christ out X Mass but, in reality, they have lost sight of God’s Word in the matter and have forgotten that no one can take away from us anything of eternal value. X Mass is no excuse for sharing the Gospel- you should do that apart from the man-made “holy” day which God hates.


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