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JIP wrote: Augustine originated this division of the 10 Commandments. Luther's no more guilty than his spiritual mentor, Augustine. Without Augustine there would be no Reformation.
Augustine is guilty of corrupt worship and teaching the 10 commandments wrongly, like any other man, if he does not divide Scripture rightly. Scripture, not Augustine (or Luther, Calvin etc), is our only rule of faith practice.
The Westminster Catechism, London Baptists, Charleston Baptists catechism (and Spurgeons), and most all today agree that the 2nd commandment of "not make any images", etc, IS the 2nd commandment (not part of the 1st). Moses would rebuke Augustine and Luther from the "ten words written by the finger of God". Huss began the Reformation before Luther, and Zwingli did not follow Augustine either. Many outside of Rome held to pure and simple worship. Man-followers would rather justify Luther than honor the holy word of God. They didn't reform Baptism either.
Thomas Watson wrote:
"The Church of Rome is reproved and condemned, which, from the Alpha of its religion to the Omega, is wholly idolatrous...against the letter of this commandment, they sacrilegiously blot it out of their catechism, and divide the tenth commandment into two."
Augustine originated this division of the 10 Commandments. Luther's no more guilty than his spiritual mentor, Augustine. Without Augustine there would be no Reformation.
Either Augustine is an idolater, his monergism view is faulty and there was no need for a reformation or his division of the 10 Commandments is correct, he correctly understands the sovereignty of God and the Reformation was warranted. We can't have it both ways.
The truth is that Luther himself left open the door for this, and all corruption of God's worship, by not reforming the churches as did Calvin, Knox, Zwingli and others into simplicity and purity as required in the 2nd commandment and NT example.
The problem? Look at the Lutheran catechism and Roman Catholic catechism on the 2nd commandment, they BOTH remove the 2nd commandment by combining the 1st and dividing the 10th into two parts (as the Puritans called attention to), contrary to Scripture, which accommodates idolatry and will-worship. A Modern Reformation is needed, ironically by Lutherans, but including all other churches too!
See the text-featured Sermon (to the right): G.I. Williamson "An Urgent Need for Reformation".
This will only get worse, and it's happening in the Bible, fundamentalist, and reformed churches too, only less controversial and more subtle. Violating the 2nd commandment in worship is like opening Pandora's Box of evils to gradually spill then pour out, which God warns in the 2nd command that he will avenge on successive generations unless they repent.