The constant contoversy is from fundamentalists who do not belong to the Church Jesus Christ founded. Peter and Paul both said something about people like this:
“But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand” (2 Peter 2:12b).
“Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth—men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected” (2 Tim 3:8).
Moses sounds alot like a type of pope in this passage doesn’t he? His word was law. No one could go against him.
There was an iconoclastic Council in Constantinople which condemned images, but then the practice was sanctioned again by the second Council of Nicaea and pronounced “anathema” on all who failed to participate in such exercises. But the image-war still continued after that Council.
But scripture does not say lay people (disciples) are in charge of the Church, it says the Bishops are:
“For the bishop as God’s steward” (Titus 1:7a)
“As for you younger ones, be subject to the presbyters” (1 Peter 5:5).
The Apostles and presbyters signed a letter in Acts 15 with this decree:
“It is the decision of us and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 15:28).
And finally we know who appoints the bishops:
“…the holy Spirit who has appointed you overseers” (Acts 20:28b).
Who is anyone to contradict the bishops if the Holy Spirit has appointed them?
In the West Charlemagne, with the aid of his chaplains, in book form titled “Quatuor Libri Carolini” denounced images stating that to bow or kneel, to salute or kiss, to strew incense and light candles before them was idolatrous and superstitious. It was said that it was better to search the Scriptures which knew nothing of such practices. Images were only to be used to adorn and not to be used in worship.
Charlemange is now a pope and bishop? Who ordained him btw?
, archbishop of Lyons, wrote a book against images and considered its roots to be in the worship of saints.**
Minority opinion, one bishop does not a council make:
This is the letter delivered by them: "The apostles and the presbyters, your brothers, to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia of Gentile origin: greetings…(Acts 15:23).
Sounds like there was not a single bishop by himself signing this letter. They did it as a council.
, bishop of Turin, found the Italian churches full of pictures and picture-worshipers. He was told that the people did not mean to worship the images, but the saints. He replied that the heathen on the same ground defend the worship of their idols, and may become Christians by merely changing the name. He even attacked the superstitious use of the sign of the cross. He said if we worship the cross because Christ suffered on it, we might also worship every virgin because He was born of a virgin, every manger because He was laid in a manger, every ship because He taught from a ship, yea, every donkey because He rode on a donkey into Jerusalem. He said we should bear the cross, not adore it. He banished pictures, crosses and crucifixes from the churches as the only way to kill superstition. He also opposed pilgrimages.**
Minority opinion. One bishop does not a council make (see quotes above).
Point being, VociMike, the use of images in Christian worship always had its controversy and conflict all the way down to the Reformation period. The extreme reaction by Catholics, yes, Catholics, during the Reformation in the 1500s was proof of this. It never did set well with ALL the people all the time, either with clergy or laymen, either in the East or the West.
Wrong. Just because a few Christians don’t like it does not make them correct, unless they are the pope of course. Paul had this to say about factions:
“I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder” (2 Cor 12:20).
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:…dissensions, factions…” (Gal 5:19 & 20).