The Westminster Larger Catechism (a constitutional doctrinal standard of the PCA) in answer to question 109 says sins forbidden by the Second Commandment include “making any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever…” Of course, worship of images or worshiping with the aid of images is also forbidden, not just the making of such images. Many elders in the PCA take exception to the quoted portion of the answer to question 109, agreeing that worshiping images or worshiping with the aid of images is forbidden, but asserting that “pedagogical” use is not.
Here great questions arise: Can Christians control how they receive images purported to be of their Savior? Can they keep from worshiping when presented with an image that is supposed to be of the God-Man? Can any picture accurately and creditably portray Jesus, about whom we have so little visual information from our only source of knowledge about Him, the Bible? Can any image of Jesus be anything but a lie? Read more»
Brad Isbell, “Should A Confessional Presbyterian Denomination Use Images of Jesus for Promotional Purposes? Can any picture accurately and creditably portray Jesus, about whom we have so little visual information from our only source of knowledge about Him, the Bible?” (January 26, 2021). NB: Since this editorial was first published, the agency in question has revised their promotional video but the larger question remains.
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- Hippolytus: The Heretics Make Images Of Christ
- Lactantius (c. 250–c. 325): Where There Are Images There Is No Religion
- Epiphanius Of Salamis (c. 315–403): It Was Gnostics Not Christians Who Made Images Of Christ