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.

"Him we proclaim,
warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
(Colossians 1:28, ESV)

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