bundle of ridiculous ceremonies!
Watson, "The Ten Commandments")
"Flee from idolatry!" 1 Corinthians 10:14
It is idolatry, not only to worship a false god—but
to worship the true God in a false manner.
See the goodness of God to our nation, in delivering us
from popery, which is Romish idolatry—and causing the
light of His truth to break forth gloriously among us. In
former times, England was overspread with idolatry.
We had . . .
the idolatrous mass,
prayers to saints and angels,
What is the popish religion, but a bundle of
ceremonies! Their candles, beads, crucifixes; what are
these but Satan's policy, to dress up a carnal worship,
fitted to carnal minds! Oh! what cause have we to bless
God for delivering us from popery! It was a mercy to be
delivered from the Spanish invasion; but it is a far greater
mercy to be delivered from the popish religion!
"What have I to do any more with idols?" Hosea 14:8
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(The following was written by Whitmore Winslow
in 1853, at the age of 18, after visiting a Roman
Catholic Cathedral in France.)
The whole structure seemed to look down upon
you in conscious magnificence, and is intended
to inspire you with awe and reverence.
In England, we do not know what Popery really is!
We imagine it to be something repulsive, and cannot
conceive how people can be deceived by it. But once
to witness it as it really is, with its gorgeous pomp,
you are admitted to the secret of its power.
No system could possibly have been invented more
captivating to the senses, or better adapted to the
It allows its devotee free scope to sin, while covering
him with a cloak of religion.
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