VENERATING STATUES

“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.”     Leviticus 26:1

THE BIBLE SAYS…

EXODUS 20:1-6

“And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to 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; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

PSALMS 115:4-9

“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.”

PSALMS 97:7

“Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.”

THEREFORE…

WE KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE GOD: He made heaven and earth.

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”  Isaiah 44:6 

WE RECOGNIZE THAT WORSHIPPING IMAGES OFFENDS GOD: Venerating images is an insult to the Creator.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”  Romans 1:20-25

WE BELIEVE THAT BOWING DOWN TO A STATUE OR A PAINTING, AND PRAYING TO IT, IS A VERY EVIL THING: This practice is forbidden by scripture.

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD COMMANDS EVERYONE TO TURN FROM WORSHIPPING IDOLS: A day of judgement is coming for those who refuse to repent from all sin, including idolatry.

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:29-31

WE BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD: We encourage everyone to turn from false religion and to repent in truth toward God.

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”  2 Timothy 4:2-4

WE STRIVE TO WORSHIP GOD IN A WAY THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO HIM: We do not pray to, or venerate images.

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24