The History of Instrumental Music in the Church

In our last post we saw how the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) is the standard by which we should approach the question of instrumental music in the corporate worship of the church. We demonstrated how instrumental music—as part of the ceremonial worship of the old covenant—has been abrogated and is no longer part of… Read More The History of Instrumental Music in the Church

Practical Considerations on A Capella Worship

  Is instrumental music acceptable in new covenant worship? To answer this question we must be precise about what we are trying to investigate. The question is not whether instrumental music may be enjoyed in private, nor whether it may be used in secular, non-ecclesiastical social gatherings. It certainly can, and is a great blessing… Read More Practical Considerations on A Capella Worship

Circumstances of Worship & Musical Instruments

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

Occasional Days of Public Fasting or Thanksgiving

The Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 21, after discussing the Regulative Principle of Worship and “the parts of the ordinary religious worship of God“, goes on to address extra-ordinary parts of religious worship, which include “solemn fastings (Est. 4:16; Joel 2:12; Mat. 9:15; 1 Cor. 7:5), and thanksgivings upon several occasions (Est. 9:22; Psa 107 throughout); which are, in their several times… Read More Occasional Days of Public Fasting or Thanksgiving