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Is Having A Crucifix Cross Idolatry?

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In this video, we will deal with a question concerning the issue of the Crucifixion Cross. Is it Idolatry to use this symbol? Let's find out. LINKS: Free Christian Resources from My Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=195dNF6_M0pEAAjXKTOgqGTVW_wlO6Pm4 Feel free to email me with questions or comments: [email protected] Check out the Google Hangouts page for participation in live hangouts: https://hangouts.google.com/ Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Reformed_Boi Discord for Ask RCA questions/off air: https://discord.gg/sDkBEeD
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Remmy Canadian (3 months ago)
I think it could be.... But my problem with it, is that it shows a symbol, that indicates Jesus only resurrected spiritually. That's why if you have a crucifix without the body on it, I'm O.K. with that.
Destynation Y (3 months ago)
What's up brother. You go by the name R.C. Apologist now? I almost thought you had become Roman Catholic. In any case, I have become Roman Catholic lol. You need to add more substance to this presentation by making a distinction between veneration(dulia) and worship(latria). Here is an elaborate example of dulia : *2 Samuel 6: 9-15 (Ark of the Covenant)* 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, *How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?* 10 So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite *three months:* and *the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household.* 12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. 13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 14 And *David danced before the Lord with all his might;* and David was *girded with a linen ephod(almost naked).* 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. *St. Luke 1: 41-47; 56 (Living Ark of the Covenant)* 41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; *and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:* 42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, *Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.* 43 And whence is this to me, *that the mother of my Lord should come to me?* 44 For, lo, as soon *as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.* 45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46 And Mary said, *My soul doth magnify the Lord,* 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. [...] 56 And Mary abode with her about *three months,* and returned to her own house. *The old Ark of the Covenant contained:* 1. The word of God(tablet of 10 commandements) 2. The manna from the desert which fell down from the sky. 3. The rod of Aaron. *Mary contained: * 1. The Living Word of God 2. The Living Bread which comes down from Heaven 3. The Royal Son who breaks nations with a rod of iron, and the priest with his rod. This makes Mary the new and Living Ark of the Covenant. If David was warranted to dance naked in front of an Ark made of gold then it's safe to say that nothing is too good for Mary in terms of veneration. Could you imagine people dancing naked to honor Mary? Protestants would scream their revolt on every roof top. Yet that would be perfectly warranted. Mary is not some hidden goddess for us, anti-catholics Protestants take the story of the pagan goddess totally out of context and try to pin it on us, it's extremely bad exegesis when you think about it.
Destynation Y (3 months ago)
Veneration is what can be given to creatures, and even more so if God can be identified through them(MichaEL, GabriEL, RaphaEL, salutation of Mary fills Elisabeth with the Holy Spirit and St. John the Baptist leaps of joy, etc). Whereas worship is exclusive to the Creator and is characterized by the offering of sacrifices, notably. Of course there must also be intentionality in all of this but I digress.
PsalmistBob (3 months ago)
Completely agree with you R.C., but I am just gonna comment my own two cents if that is ok to given another perspective from another denomination and I think you know which one. I hope you're having a good day as well and God bless! Is there ask R.C. tonight? No ecclesiastical tradition should be forced onto another believer if it causes his or her conscience to bear record against him or her as a sin (cf. Rom 14:7-14). Therefore it is up the Christian to decide what traditions he or she wishes to follow. We as Lutherans for example steadfastly retain the traditions that do not make void the Word of God (Mk 7:13) enjoyed in the Western Church and even in the Eastern Church such as using a rosary or prayer rope in meditation, the liturgy, incense, matins and vespers, vigils, chanting, using instruments and modern examples of that being the organ, piano, trumpet, and guitar; vestments, the sign of the cross, crucifixes, icons, abstaining from meats for fasting, hymnals, gathering together on Sunday for worship, and certain ecclesiastical seasons, feasts, and festivals of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, Trinity, All Saint’s Day, Christ the King as well as observing days for and venerating the Theotokos, the NT blessed apostles, the OT prophets, the fathers of the Church, and others of blessed memory in the Church (Heb 12:1), but we do not keep these traditions to merit the grace or love of God, but are an expression of our freedom in Christ as justified, sanctified, baptized adopted children of God through Christ to honor God in remembering the life of Christ and the lives of the saints and most especially the Mother of God (cf. Rom 14:5-6; Col 2:16-17; Gal 5:1-26; AC XV 1-4; XXI 1-15; XXIII 1-26; XXIV 1-41; XXV1-13; XXVI 1-45; XXVII1-62). The reason why we have a crucifix always before the eyes of the faithful is to 1) follow the Pauline tradition of knowing nothing besides Christ crucified and what that means for us (cf. 1 Cor 2:1-2) and 2) to make the Passion of Christ visible for Christians in order for them to see not only hear from the Sacred Scriptures the expression of God's love for mankind made known through the Person and merits of Christ (cf. Jn 3:16). Some may say Ex 20:4 forbids icons and statues, but the ecumenical council of Nicaea II (787) decreed that one ought to both use and venerate icons and so we Lutherans do as well as statues and therefore crucifixes. Moreover, in the OT God instituted the use of images in the Tabernacle and the Temple. No one among us worships the crucifix because that would be idolatry, but we worship the one who was nailed to it for our salvation. It is just a reminder of that and or a decoration too in our churches and homes. It is used too in exorcisms and we believe the reason why the demons react so violently to the crucifix is because of what it does represent not because of itself is. Furthermore it is used in Last Rites to help provide comfort to Christians who are going from this world into heaven.
Mark Seydel (3 months ago)
When I'm running around in my life and see or feel my cross around my neck I am reminded of God. Good video. I have a bracelet that says, "Forgiven". Same thing. It's great for witnessing, as well.
Keon Aureii (3 months ago)
Exactly what a catholic will tell you. Why people find hard to accept that?
Keon Aureii (3 months ago)
I agree RC. I'm affirming what catholics believe as I was one. I don't understand the division in the church.
R.C. Apologist (3 months ago)
Keon Aureii I don’t deny there are Catholics who will say this. That’s not my issue with Roman Catholicism though.
Mi Les (3 months ago)
It’s the christian anarchist here! O wait; still can’t get used to it Still love you, RC Apologist
VekL (3 months ago)
Amen
Religious Fanboy (3 months ago)
good job

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