Catechism Insight – Doctrinal Standard WSC #51

Doctrinal Standard #51

  • Q. What does the second commandment forbid?
  • A. The second commandment forbids our worshiping God with images or in any other way not established in His word.

Memory Verses

  • “Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you” (Deuteronomy 4:23, ESV).


  • Study Passage: Matthew 15:1-14
  • Support Passages: Mark 7:1-13, Deuteronomy 4, Acts 17:29, Romans 1:21-25
  • Bible Story: Daniel 3


  • Parents, much of the focus on this doctrinal standard and commandments discuss whether or not images of Jesus Christ are forbidden.
  • I’m providing two links with two views that will allow you to begin to think through this command for yourself and direct the conversation with your children as you see appropriate.
  • This first article is by the reformed teacher RC Sproul – click here
  • The second article is by a reformed teacher and one of the founders of Westminster Theological Seminary, John Murray – click here.

Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think God wants to be worshiped a certain way?
  • How do we know how God wants to be worshiped?
  • Read the actual command in Deuteronomy 5 and Exodus 20 and discuss whether or not images of Jesus Christ are acceptable.  Explain.

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