Today, most churches erect crosses and insist that the cross is just a symbol of the church, not an idol. However, God forbade not to make any image with respect to religion; Can the cross be an exception from “any image”?
The following video reveals that the cross is mere an idol God forbade, and it had been used in the pagan religions before the cross was penetrated into the church.
God commanded us even not to make or set up an idol:
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything … You shall not bow down to them or worship them … (Exodus 20:4)
Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol–a thing detestable to the LORD, the work of the craftsman’s hands–and sets it up in secret (Deuteronomy 27:15)
Though people say that the cross is mere a symbol of the church and they do not worship it, God commanded not to make or set up an idol. It’s because people tend to rely on and have faith on the cross even though they had not intention at first. So these days, many Christians wear a cross on their necks or wrists, or carry a cross in their cars like a talisman to comfort themselves. We must remember the work of the Swiss Reformers: they considered the cross as an idol and removed crosses:
In the following year the magistracy melted, sold, or gave away the rich treasures of the Great Minister and the Frauen-minster, — chalices, crucifixes, and crosses of gold and silver, precious relies… (From “History of the Christian Church, Vol. VII: The Swiss Reformation” by Philip Schaff, Charles Scribner’s Sons (1892))
The cross was originated from ancient Babylon and had been widely used in the pagan religions. It’s written in “Baker’s Dictionary of Theology”:
The use of the cross as form of punishment was adopted by Greeks and Romans from the Phoenicians, Persians and Carthaginians… The public use of the cross was adopted by the Christians as a symbol at the time of Constantine. For the early Christians, surrounded by crucifixion as a grim fact of common experience, there was no danger of beautifying the cross by sentiment (From “Baker’s Dictionary of Theology”, on page 152)
The cross was a tool for executing felons at that time and the Early Church saints hated the cross. The cross was introduced into the church in the process of secularization of the church. It’s obvious that crosses were not used in the time of the Early Church. The idolatry is a thing detestable to God and those who worship idols including the cross will be cursed.
We must remember the work of King Hezekiah of the Old Testament times, who broke the bronze snake into pieced and called it “Nehushtan” or “a piece of bronze”. The Israelites worshiped the bronze snake for about 800 years since the day of Moses. But in the eyes of Hezekiah who performed the religious reformation by keeping the Passover (2 Kings 18:1-12; 2 Chronicles 30:1-9; 2 Chronicles 31:1), the bronze snake was merely an idol. Also, we must have such faith and get rid of all idols including the cross which is merely “a piece of tree or iron”.
Today, the World Mission Society Church of God is performing the last religious reformation and does not erect a cross according to the teachings of Christ Ahnsahnghong, who revealed all truths hidden in the Bible. Instead, the Church of God observes the New Covenant including the Passover, the Sabbath day, etc. Please look at the Bible which testifies about the Savior (John 5:39) and receive Christ Ahnsahnghong whom the Bible clearly testifies about, in order to return to our eternal home, the kingdom of heaven.