“Nebuchadnezzar the King made an image of gold – To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, &c., ye shall fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the King hath set up. And who so falleth not down & worshippeth, shall in the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” Dan. iii.
Now Mr. Editor, is it not so in this our day? Have not the popular religionists set up their golden image? And do they not require all to fall down and worship this image? Dooming all who disobey the mandate, as far as they can exercise their power, to the fiery furnace of affliction, persecution, contumely and disgrace? Denouncing them as infidels, antinomians, and every other approbrious name of which language is susceptible? It is even so; this golden image is the object of their whole devotion; its influence is to convert the whole world to Christ; millions are be saved from eternal perdition by its means. It is the only object of adoration, however they may use the name of the Lord, in all their schemes for evangelizing the world. No society can be formed without due homage paid to this golden image; and there is a continual sound of the cornet, flute, &c., and the image is constantly presented to view, demanding an unreserved worship.
At all their “Anniversaries” and in all their doings, like Belshazzar and his lords, they praise these “gods of gold.” In short they rely more upon the efficacy of them, than any thing that the Lord will do; their efforts would be paralized without the aid of their golden gods. Hence the great anxiety to keep the image constantly in view. The Bap. H. M. Society at their late meeting adopted the following: “Resolved, That the executive committee of this society be requested to employ at least six agents the ensuing year, providing that suitable men can be obtained, to visit the different states composing this convention to stir up a Missionary spirit among the Churches, and endeavour to raise the sum of $50,000, as contemplated by a previous resolution of this society.” But sir, notwithstanding the importance attached to the golden image, the Lord still has his Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who. Relying upon his promises, will not obey the edicts of Nebuchadnezzar, to the dishonor of their Master – who are enabled, through grace, to say with them, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O King.” “We will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
June 23, 1835
Signs of the Times
Volume 3, No. 15
July 29, 1835