The Temptation of Idolatry


The temptation to pursue a new way of salvation, a new path down the road to righteousness, is an eternal struggle. The Puritans experienced it and warned us of the vanity and shear arrogance of creating our own custom-fit cult, which is codified clearly in various false religions.

Question 108: What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?

Answer: The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising, counseling, commanding, using, and any wise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God Himself, tolerating a false religion, the making of any representation of God, of all or any of the three Persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever; all worshiping of it, or God in it or by it; the making of any representation of feigned deities, and all worship of them, or service belonging to them; all superstitious devices, corrupting the worship of God, adding to it, or taking from it, whether invented and taken up of ourselves, or received by tradition from others, though under the title of antiquity, custom, devotion, good intent, or any other pretense whatsoever, simony, sacrilege, all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and ordinances which God hath appointed.

—Westminster Larger Catechism

Looking round the deck of the vessel, I could count above ninety minarets, many of them pure marble, carved and gilded in the richest manner. These all form part of mosques, or temples of the false prophet Mohammed. This religion is a singular invention of Satan; their Qur’an is a book filled with nonsense, and with much wickedness.

—R. M. McCheyne

There is no other way unto salvation but one. He who misses this one way, will go lost; one cannot be saved with all religions.

—Wilhelmus à Brakel

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