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On the Removal of Images (1522)
- Full title:On the Removal of Images and That There Should Be No Beggars Among Christians in The Essential Carlstadt (Herald Press: 1995)
- Who will believe us when we say that we do not love these stuffed dummies—carved or painted images—when our deeds convict us? God hates and despises images, as I shall show. He considers them an abomination and says that all human beings are in his eyes as the things they love. Images are an abomination; it follows therefore that we too shall become abominable, if we love them.
- It cannot therefore be true that images are the textbooks of laypersons. For they are unable to learn their salvation from them. ... How can you save lay persons when you ascribe to images the power which God gave to his word alone?
- p. 107
- The popes ... noted that when they led the little sheep to books, their junk market did not prosper and people wanted to know what is godly or ungodly, right or wrong.
- p. 107
- How can you save lay persons when you ascribe to images the power which God gave to his word alone?
- p. 108
- If you were to really hate and dislike a picture with all your heart, so that you could not bear to see or hear of it, how would you like it if someone insisted on getting to know and honor you through such a hated, horrible book? ... And God says that he does not like any image which we make, and ... that he hates and despises all who love images.
- p. 109
- God desires to indwell in my whole and total heart and cannot in any way tolerate my having an image in my mind's eye.
- p. 117
- Beggars are a sure indicator that there are no Christians, or else very few and dispirited ones, in any town in which beggars are seen.
- p. 120