This Mother of Harlots and Abominations!
from Spurgeon's sermon, "A JEALOUS GOD"
With what indignation must the Lord look down upon that
apostate harlot, called the Romish Church, when, in all her
sanctuaries, there are pictures and images, relics and statues,
and poor beguiled beings are even taught to bow before
a piece of bread.
I have seen thousands adore the wafer, hundreds bow
before the image of the Virgin, scores at prayer before
a crucifix, and companies of men and women adoring a
rotten bone or a rusty nail, because said to be the relic
of a saint.
Let us, above all, never have any complicity with this
communion of devils, this gathering together of the sons
of Belial: and since our God is a jealous God, let us not
provoke him by any affinity, gentleness, fellowship, or unity
with this Mother of Harlots and Abominations
of the earth.
Renounce, my brethren, every ceremony which has not
Scripture for its warrant, and every doctrine which is not
established by the plain testimony of the Word of God.