Quote of the day – Francis Turretin on Graven Images


1 John 5

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20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.


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“It is not sufficient to cast images out of the heart by the preaching of the word unless they are removed also from sacred places (where they cannot remain without danger of idolatry). . .”

Francis Turretin

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Christmas Series: Are Nativity Sets Biblical? Part 5, Francis Turretin

News Division, Pulpit & Pen

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The season of images – representations of Jesus, part 2


As a Catholic child I loved the large ornate crèche that our parish church always placed in front of Mary’s altar at the beginning of Advent. Around and above it, fir trees stood. We had our own small nativity set at home – its figures were small enough to place by hand in a little stable. 

If the Lord wanted us to worship using things like this, why did Jesus teach us,

23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God  is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

John 4

A Nativity Scene isn’t a teaching tool or a seasonal decoration but a focus for our idolatry.

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Exodus 32:3-4

So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.

Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”


Christmas Series: Are Nativity Sets Biblical III? The Opinion of John Calvin

Pulpit & Pen, News DIVISION

John Calvin:

“. . . We must hold it as a first principle, that as often as any form is assigned to God, his glory is corrupted by an impious lie.” (Institutes, 1.11)

Pulpit & Pen:

“The Reformers weren’t having it. The early church fathers weren’t having it. We not only tolerate these images of Jesus, however, we put them on display.”


The Second Commandment, Westminster, and Images of Christ

Brian Cosby

Westminster’s Rationale

“By creating an image of Jesus (e.g., in a painting or a stained-glass window), a person is inserting his or her own ideas of what Jesus looked like. Because we do not know what he looked like, this image would not be a true image or representation of Christ. Rather, it would simply be an image of a man from the imagination of the artist that he or she has called ‘Jesus.’

“If these images, then, do not truly represent Christ, then they are put in the place of the true Christ. Evoking any sense of worship of that which is not Christ, but rather inserted in the place of Christ, is – by definition – idolatry. If an observer were to gaze upon that image with the intent to worship, by thoughts or emotions, then that observer would be worshipping a man-made image and not the true God-man, Jesus Christ. The same principle would also apply for images of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.”


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A watchman urges us to speak in love


In closing I want to say that whatever your calling is in the Body of Christ I pray that you would take what is written in this tract to heart, and speak out at a time when it is not popular to do so. Those who have done so have reaped a harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God.

“I encourage you to do this especially if you are a pastor, evangelist, or in any position of leadership and have the God given opportunity to reach many. Speak not only to the Catholic people who are lost and need to hear the true gospel, but speak also on their behalf, speak for them who cannot speak for themselves. Tell your congregation that Roman Catholics need to be evangelized, and then teach your congregation how to evangelize the Roman Catholics.”

Proverbs 31:8,9

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Ezekiel 3:17-18

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.


HT: Sherry, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

HT: Beth, “The Jesus of the Roman Catholic Church is not the Jesus proclaimed in God’s Word but rather, as Paul said, another Jesus.”

 


 

“Dr. O’Sullivan helps the cause of truth . . .


. . . by his Excursus* on the ‘Adoration’ of the Church of Rome, addressed to Popes, and to Images.”

Baron Alfred Porcelli, The Antichrist: His Portrait and History, The Historicism Research Foundation, pp. 90-91.

*a detailed discussion of a particular point in a book, usually in an appendix; a digression in a written text. Thanks, Bing!


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“Baron Alfred Porcelli, R.E., was born in Palermo, Italy, his father being Colonel Baron A.S.R. Porcelli di S. Andrea, supporter of Garibaldi the Italian liberator. His mother was a Scottish lady. As a young man, Baron Porcelli became a naturalized British subject and served Queen Victoria in the Royal Engineers. He died at Hove, November 4th, 1937, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years.”  AbeBooks.com

The following is a little difficult to read because of the many references within it and some Latin, but is well worth reading for its Biblical insight into Rome’s veneration of images.

I added Scripture links to a Catholic Bible, the 1899 Douay Rheims Version, because Porcelli referenced an edition of the Douay. At the end of the post, you’ll find Strong’s definitions of the two Biblical terms that demonstrate Rome’s error. I’m not a scholar but a wife and a former Catholic, whose Italian grandfather looked somewhat like the picture below. I’m grateful that Grandpop had a very different kind of life.

Pope Pius X


Excerpt:

As Dr Sullivan shows (pp. 390 et seq.), “the affection or reverence which Romanism demands of her votaries for images and saints is adoration.” In the “Pontificale Romanum,” Rome, 1818 (Ordo ad recipiendum processionaliter Imperatorem) it is directed that “the Cross of the legate (i.e., an image), because Latria is due to it, shall be on the right.” She [Rome] gives to the worship which she commands the name of the worship which God forbids and reprobates. The name by which Romanism will have this species of worship known is not inappropriate. It is “douleia,” or, as the word should be presented in an English form, “slavery” or “bondage.” Thus, indeed, the word is translated in Rome’s Scriptures (Douai Bible, Rom. viii. 15Gal. iv. 24v. 1). Both the Romish and the more recently published Versions use the word “bondage” in Gal. iv. 24. The “adoration of bondage” is that which Romanism offers to her saints and images. In Romish Versions, the Second Commandment is rendered, “Thou shalt not adore’ them.” Rome says, “Thou shalt ‘adore’ them.”

The distinction between Latria and Douleia, i.e., the worship offered to God, and the worship offered to images, is not admitted by all Romish writers. Thus the Abbé Bergier says: “To express more clearness in their language, theologians call Latria the worship rendered to God, and Douleia that rendered to saints; but originally these two terms, derived from the Greek, signified equally service without distinction” (“Dictionnaire Théologique,” Art., Culte). We admit that originally and grammatically the terms Douleia and Latria are synonymous” (Ibid., Art., Dulie).

To get out of the difficulty Bergier declares that “the words Latria, Douleia, Cultus, service, etc., change their meaning according to the different objects to which they are applied” (Ibid., Art., Latria); thus pretending that “worship may have two meanings,” and arbitrarily assigning to words the meaning most convenient to Popery – not to Truth, not according to the reality of these things.

For, of course, there is a distinction between the words Douleia and Latria. Popery admits it, by rendering the one “bondage,” and the other “service” 2: the one is slavery, the other freedom. The one, Douleia, is the condition from which the Gospel delivers the redeemed (Rom. viii. 15, 21Gal. iv. 24, v. I; Heb. ii. 15); the other, the reverential acknowledgement made to God – as Deliverer – by the ransomed. [emphasis added]

Popery, therefore, has aptly chosen for its image worship the very name which testifies that while God gives liberty, Rome wishes to bring bondage. Thus is Rome’s opposition to God once more made manifest. She is ho antikeimenos, the Adversary, that sets up a Law opposed to the Will of God. [emphasis added]

2. Rom. xii. I. Rheimish Version [Douai, Douay Rheims] 1825. Stereotype Edition.


Douleia – Strong’s Number: 1397

1. slavery, bondage, the condition of a slave

Latreia – Strong’s Number: 2999

  1. service rendered for hire
    1. any service or ministration: the service of God
  2. the service and worship of God according to the requirements of the Levitical law
  3. to perform sacred services

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Mary of Nazareth, who is she really? A few thoughts, part 2


1 Timothy 2:5,6

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

Hebrews 12

18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, 19 and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.” 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

Romans 1:25

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

 


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Most Christians know that Catholics venerate Mary but most of us probably don’t realize how far Catholic teaching goes about her. It goes way beyond affirming that she was conceived without sin (The Immaculate Conception) and taken up into Heaven (The Assumption). The following quote reveals some of the Catholic inventions about her and the resulting shift of love and glory from the Lord Jesus Christ to her – from the Creator to the creature. I pray that, if you’re a Catholic, this gives you insight. William Webster wrote:

“Scripture asserts quite plainly that ‘there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ (1 Tim. 2:5). Yet the Roman Church changes this. While it agrees that Christ is the ultimate mediator, Rome teaches that Mary has been assigned the role by God of co-operating with the Lord Jesus Christ in the mediation of grace. It is argued that just as Christians pray to God on behalf of one another and in this sense can be called mediators, so Mary acts as a mediatrix or mediatress for Christians still on earth. She intercedes on their behalf before God.

“The argument sounds innocent enough. After all, Christians do pray to God for one another. But there is a fallacy in this proposed defense. In praying to God on behalf of other individuals, the Christians is not a mediator. Of course, we intercede for others with God – but when Scripture speaks of Jesus as mediator, it stresses that He alone is the mediator who can reconcile God and man. It is through Christ and Him alone that God mediates His saving grace to mankind. It is through Christ alone that men and women are granted access into the presence of God. When Christians pray for other men and women, they go directly to God through Jesus Christ and offer their intercession. In no way are they acting as mediators who can mediate grace to other men. If someone asks me to pray for them they do not look to me as a channel of grace which they can depend upon to meet their spiritual need. 

“To pray for someone is one thing, to be a mediator in the biblical sense is quite another. The one is sanctioned in Scripture, the other is strictly forbidden – for there is only one mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ. The position that the Roman Church assigns to Mary far accedes the simple and innocent illustration of someone who prays for someone else. In its theology, she is a mediatrix with all the powers and prerogatives which are given to Jesus Christ in Scripture. She is placed on a par, equal in dignity, honor and function with the Lord of glory. Mary is a channel of grace to men; God has ordained that all the grace that Christ has won should be mediated through Mary. Roman Catholic apologist Karl Keating is explicit on this point: ‘No grace accrues to us without her intercession. . .Through God’s will, grace is not conferred on anyone without Mary’s co-operation.‘ (19) [emphasis added]

“And not only is it taught that she is a mediatrix in the sense that she is God’s ordained channel of grace to men, but she is also a co-redemptrix in the sense that she also co-operated with the Lord Jesus Christ in making atonement for sin. This is validated from the teaching of a number of popes. For example: Pope Leo VIII. . .Pius XI. . .Benedict XV. . .Pius IX. . .

“According to papal authority Mary co-operates with Christ in redemption by personal merit, satisfaction, sacrifice and in offering a personal ransom price and she is now the one authorized to dispense the grace of salvation to men.”

The Church of Rome At The Bar Of History, William Webster, The Banner Of Truth Trust, last reprint 2003. pp. 85-87. 

(19) Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1988), p. 279.