“Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Cor. 14:40). “…there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church…” (WCF 1.6). James Bannerman The Church of Christ III.ii.i.2.4, pp. 368-379. Although the Church has no power in regard to the ceremonies and institutions of Divine service, except to… Read More What are Circumstances of Worship?
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
William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 14. Of the Manner of Divine Worship. 1. The adjuncts of worship especially to be observed are two: the manner which is contained in the third commandment, and the time which is commanded in the fourth commandment. 2. But these two are so adjuncts of religious… Read More The Manner of Divine Worship
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?
Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church by John L. Girardeau A divine warrant is necessary for every element of doctrine, government and worship in the church; that is, whatsoever in these spheres is not commanded in the Scriptures, either expressly or by good and necessary consequence from their statements, is forbidden. 1.… Read More The Regulative Principle of Worship Proven From Scripture