What Kind of Images Are Allowed in Worship?

“Because the sacrament [of the Lord’s Supper] is the Word of God made visible, and because worship must be practiced ‘according to Scripture,’ other means of visually representing the gospel were eliminated as without biblical warrant, unnecessary distractions, and probably idolatrous. The Word is made visible only through the ordained means of the bread and wine of communion and the water of baptism. Virtually all extraneous ritual and all visual art were eliminated by Reformed Protestants from their services and places of worship lest worshippers be distracted from the God-given signs of Word and sacrament.” (Terry L. Johnson, Worshipping with Calvin: Recovering the Historic Ministry and Worship of Reformed Protestantism [Grand Rapids, MI: EP Books, 2014], 206-207.)

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