Idolatry: On Images/Icons Purporting To Be Of God
Exodus 20:4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or ANY LIKENESS [temuwnah, H8544, form, image, representation, semblance] [OF ANYTHING] THAT [IS] IN HEAVEN ABOVE, in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth.”
Leviticus 26:1 “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.”Deuteronomy 5:8-10 “Thou shalt not make 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 waters beneath the earth: 9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me, 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.”
The Christian is to worship God in spirit and in truth, not via icons, images, idols, empty crosses, etc. Nowhere does God command or encourage such things in the New Testament (or in the Old Testament, as it relates to creating a representation of Himself). In light of the regulative principle, and more importantly… God’s word, we should abstain from any appearance/form/manifestation of such evil. Introducing anything not specifically approved or commanded by God into the worship service (or worship/reverence methodology) is akin to introducing strange fire into the Tabernacle/Temple (Leviticus 10:1).
There are many deeply concerning things going on in the world today; however, we must be careful concerning our chosen battles. We do not want to be on the side of calling good what God calls evil, or defending evil, for the sake of some real or perceived “greater good.” Personally, I want nothing to do with such images and icons, see no need to defend them whatsoever, but understand that in a (secularly) “free” society, people do have the legal (earthly) right to display them… just wish better judgment would prevail in the matter.
To God be the glory, in Christ Jesus, forever and ever. Amen!