Thursday, January 23, 2014

Isaac Ambrose on Sins against the Second Commandment.

Sins against the Second Commandment. 
It is the Second Commandment, Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven Image:] 
For the Duties here required. 
Say, 1. Hast thou ever worshipped the true God purely, according to his Will? 2. Hast thou observed all those outward Duties of his Worship, as Prayer, and Vows, and Fasting, and Meditating, and the rest? 3. Hast thou repaired to God's house, observed Family-duties, received the Preachers of the Gospel? 
Or, for the sins here forbidden.
Say, 1. Hast thou not sometimes walked after the imaginations of thy own heart, serving God out of custom, or (after the manner of thy Fore-fathers) by Will-worship, and superstitions? 2. Hast thou not committed Idol-worship, conceiving of God in thy Mind, or respecting him in thy sense in the Likeness of a Creature? 3. Hast thou not mentioned the Names of other Gods, either by way of swearing, or Apology? 4. Hast thou not made an Image to liken God to it, or used any Gesture of Love and Reverence to any such Image? 5. Hast thou not been careless to worship God, to call upon the Lord, to receive God's Ministers, or to perform any of the outward Duties of God's Worship? If in any of these thou hast transgressed, then hast thou broken this Commandment, Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven Image. Jer. 9. 14. Exod. 23. 13. Isa. 40. 18. Zach. 14. 17. Psal. 14. 4. Mat. 10. 14.
—Isaac Ambrose, Prima, media, & ultima