"the stern doctrines of the reformers"

Interior of St. Peter's, Rome, 1731.
Public DomainInterior of St. Peter's, Rome, 1731. - Credit: Giovanni Paolo Panini
The Protestant reformers opposed the pomp and ostentation of the Catholic Church, associating it with a deep-rooted corruption which, through an avaricious focus on earthly riches, undermined the very teachings of the Bible. This stance led to a rejection of luxury which, in the Scottish Reformed Church, developed into an austerity that prohibited swearing, gambling, dancing, fornication and public recreation on the Sabbath.