King Charles I (1600-1649) did many things to persecute the Puritans in England and to impose high church Anglicanism on the Church of Scotland. In 1637, he had commissioned a Scottish version of the Book of Common Prayer and forced its use upon all the churches of Scotland, despite their commitment to the Regulative Principle… Read More Reasons Against The Book of Common Prayer
This Dutch theologian gives powerful third-party testimony to the purity of Westminsterian Puritanism and Scottish Presbyterianism, over against the schismatic papal inclinations of the Anglican establishment (i.e. the “crypto-papists”).… Read More Mastricht on 16-17th Century Religion in Britain
John L. Girardeau Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church pp. 105-120. 3. Instrumental music is doctrinally excluded from the public worship of the church by the Confession of Faith. The passage which is appealed to in support of [instrumental music in public worship] is as follows: “…there are some circumstances concerning the… Read More Circumstances of Worship & Musical Instruments
This excerpt assumes the reader is familiar with the Regulative Principle of Worship and the difference between elements of worship and circumstances of worship. See here for a brief introduction: What is the Regulative Principle of Worship? John L. Girardeau, Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church pp. 147-156 (1.) It is not claimed,… Read More Is Instrumental Music a Circumstance of Worship?
The following is an excerpt from the Journals of the House of Commons where the divines explain to Parliament what they mean by “ignorant or scandalous” (WLC 173; WCF 29:8; DPW on the Lord’s Supper) in regards to those who are unable to take the Lord’s Supper. Article Submitted To The House Of Commons Explaining… Read More Westminster Assembly on the Conditions for Partaking of the Lord’s Supper
II. What one true excellence is there in the whole independent government in any one point, wherein it really differs from the presbyterial government? Take for instance a few points of difference. In the Independent Government. In the Presbyterial Government. No other visible Church of Christ is acknowledged, but only a single congregational meeting in… Read More Independency vs. Presbyterianism