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The Journal Church F age THE SECOND COMZIANDMENT (Exodus 20: 4, 5, 6) "Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor the likeness of any form that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fa- thers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of them that hate me: and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments." The Second Commandment is by no means a repetition of the first. It forbids a practice which becomes possible only when the one God is believed in and wor- shipped. The first forbids us to have any other gods besides the one who makes Himself known by the name: "I am, Jehovah, E1- ohim. the Lord thy God," The second, taking it for granted that there is no god but the true God, forbids the creation of anything which is supposed to be a representation of Him, to assist in worship. First let us consider the Com- mandment. Some there are ,who think that the Puritans imagined that what was for- bidden was the making of the likeness of anything in the hea- vens above or the earth be- neath, and came to look upon every form of art as idolatrous. have known Christian folk . who, because of this command- ment, would not have their photographs taken, and refused to have a picture in their homes. This, however, could not have been the Divine intention; for, immediately after the giving of this commandment, among the pattern of things pertaining to the Tabernacle, in the very hol- iest of all, two images of the Cherubim overshadowed the mercy-seat. On the borders of the garment of the High Priest, also, as he went into the Holy Place to minister, there were bulls and pomegranates. Man was not forbidden to make rep- resentations of any thing: He is forbidden to use the repre- sentation as an aid to worship. In Westminster Abbey, I am told by those that have been there, that today there may be seen a great many riches where images once stood. They were removed nol because they were statues, but because lamps were burned in front of them. and worshippers knelt before them. That was essentially a violation of this commandment. Man is not to make to himself "a graven image, nor the like- ness of any form that is in hea- ven above, or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth: Thou Shatt not Bow Down Thyself Unto Them, Nor Serve them." In the closing words lies the force of the commandment, It strikes at the desire that is very deep-seated in the human heart. Man declares that he must have something to help him m his worship of God. "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." The material cannot help the spiritual. In order to a careful exam- ination of the reason of this commandment let it be consid- ered why man makes a image or picture to help him in his worship. The answer may be briefly stated; The spiritual sense in man, that sense which realizes God. is dead. No man Who knows God. no man who is liv- ing in daily communion with Him, needs a picture to help him to pray. None who know what it is to live and walk with God amid the work of the week would derive help from an image placed in front of them when they worship. By he new Birth of the Spirit they have the spiritual conscious- ness restored; so that they know God, and are able to commune directly with him. Are the men of today in dan- ger of breaking this command? Most certainly we are. Conider a few of the ways in which it is broken. The revival of priestism: the prevalent pass- ion for ritual; the elevation of the ordinances of the Christian religion into undue place and prominence: the professed wor- ship of nature: the worship of humanity, which is becoming a cult and a religion. In all of these things men tell us that they worship God; but they are trying to worship Him through some supposed ex- pression of Him, which they have made themselves, Notice particularly the sol- enm warning and the gracious promise linked to the command-- ment. This is one of those passages of scripture which is most often and constantly mis- used. God says, "Thou shalt not make unlo thee a graven image, nor any form that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself un- to them. nor serve then]: For I the Lord thy God am a jea- fathers upon the children upon the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments." There are persons who read the first part of this commandment and pass over to the second part, de- claring that if a man be im- pure, God will punish his child- ren on that account. What is the simple and plain meaning of these words of God? If a man put something in the place of his Creator, that in- iquity of making a represen- tation of God is visited upon the children. This is to say, if. in worship men put something in the place of God, if they come under the influence of worship which is an attempt to put some thing between God and man, then they are not only harming themselves but their children. God calls men into his own presence, to immediate worship. (CONT. ON LEGAL PAGE) Sponsored By The Following AREA CHURCH BOOSTERS Carol's 116 W. 7th Religious And Gifts Sbl Gardner's Gibble Gasket Stillwater McDaniel & Son Hardware Ralph's Packing Co./ Boatright FUNERAL HOME Payne County Bank j Del-Mars Food St000 kins ! team l durin of the !Is tean t to : to b, I Brix tc ls, R Ly had Of th ( ( : i, h t: J. v . bf N Perkins"Y" Livestock Auct00 Mr.&Mrs. Lee PERKINS CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) Rev. Brayant D. Badger, Pastor Church School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Chi-Rho and C.Y$'. 5:30 p.m. Sun. Evening Vespers 7:30 Jr. Fellowship Wed. 3:30 p.m. Women's Council Third Wed. METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Ronal Weathers, Pastor Sunday School I0:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Jr. and Sr. MYF 6:00 p.m. Evening Worship 7:30 p.m. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Rev, Jimmie Ledgerwood, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Services 7:30 p.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST, KIPLEY Bible Study 10:00 a.ra. Morning Worship 11.'00 a.m. Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. IPLEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Morning Worship 11:00 a.m, Youth Fellowship 6:30 p.m. Etmngelistic Service 7:30 p.m. .Wednesday Service 8 pxn. CHURCH OF THE OPEN DOOR EL L.  Pamr Sunday Seheal 9:15 axa. Morning Worship 10:15 an. Evening Worship 8:00 p.m. 2Idren's Church 8:00 p.m. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. Walte2 Hurt, Pastor Sunday School 9:45 a.m, Training Union 6:30 p.m, Evening Worship 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. EDEN CHAPEL EVANGELICAL UNITED BRETHREN Rev. Van Nickels, Pastor Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship 7:30 MEHAN UNION Route 4 Logan E. Hargrove, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship 7:30 HIGHWAY g3 UN- DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH 6, Miles east of Nine Mite Crn. Mrs.  Stiles, Pastor Sunday Service 8 p.m. Thursday Service 8 p.m. Fellowship Meeting 2nd. Thurs. each month 8 p.m. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST of LATER DAY SAINTS 1720 E. Virginia Bishop Jay C. Murray rtesltx)od Meeting 8:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. OIJVET CHRISTIAN CHURCH Rev. Steve Rambaugh, Pastor Sunday School I0:00 a.m. Morning WorsbAp 11:00 aJn. RIPLEY CHURCH OF GOD Rev. W. O. Wilkerson. Pastor Sunday School 9:41 am. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Service 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m. SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST P.L. Cook, Superintendent Sabbath Day School (Saturday) 9:45 a.m. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST. SCIENTIST Stillwater Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Sunday 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Evening 8:00 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Coyle Kenneth Stokes, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Worship 7:30 p.m. DIAMOND VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH Six miles East of Stillwater On Highway 51 Ken Arriuton, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Evening Services 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Services 7:30 p.m. TRYON CHRISTIAN CHURCH Edwin EIHott, Pastor Sunday School I0:00 a.m. Morning Worship II:00 a.m. Bible School 10:00 an. CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN FRIENDS CH APEI,$ i Three Miles West of Cushi 9 miles south, 7 west o10: ! Robert Stfrit Sunday School Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Morning Worship I0:45 a.m, Christian EndeaVOr 7:41: Evening Service 7:3 | Evening Worship 7:30 p.m. Wednesda l PARADISE BAPTIST CHURCH f C_Ui 6 miles south, 5 miles west of RIPLEY BAPTI-. l'q[ Stillwater Marvin R. Sktne' 11: I Harold Rhoades, Pastor Morning Worship 1:  Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday School Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Training Union Training Union 7:00 p.m. Evening WorshiP Evening Worship 8:00 p.m. Wednesda Wednesday Service 7:30 p.m. VASSAR C LOST CREEK EVANGELICAL 123/4 J miles west, | UNITED BRETHREN o stillWaterl0':! Rev. Dale Steckte, Pastor Sunday School II:  Jask Robertso Assistant Morning WorshiP ?: Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Evening Worship $: Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Wednesda CA - Sunday evening worship II:: 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening Worship 7:30 p.m. UNION HOME CHURCH OF CHRIST 5 miles east, 3 miles north of Stillwater Lee Marsh, Pastor Bible School 'I0:00 a.. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Youth Meetings 7:00 p.m. Evening Worship 8:00 p.m. Wednesday Service 8:00 p.m. UNION Rout Rev. I Sunday School Church Services Wednesday Night PrayerS. ST. FRANC 1 w,00t _ Corner of . MA Pastor R.v. J,e# i Sunday Masses a d Confessions ....