Isaac Watts’ “Psalm” Imitations

Robert Lathan, D.D. History of the Associate Reformed Synod of the South pp. 218-220 With respect to the version or “imitation” [of the Psalms], as it is rightly called, of Watts, it may be said that it is so named from its author. Dr. Isaac Watts was a Dissenting minister of England, born in 1674,… Read More Isaac Watts’ “Psalm” Imitations

Is Instrumental Music a Circumstance of 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?

Psalmody Objections Answered: “New Song”

Objection: Scripture repeatedly speaks of singing a “new song” (Psa. 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isa. 42:10). The four beasts and 24 elders sang a “new song” (Rev. 5:9), the 144,000 followers of the Lamb who had gotten victory over the beast also sang a “new song” (Rev. 14:3). Therefore, we may (or should) compose… Read More Psalmody Objections Answered: “New Song”

Psalmody Objections Answered: Paraphrases

Psalmody Objections Answered: Paraphrases By Richard Bacon Copyright 1999, The Blue Banner (from v. 3 #5-6, May-June 1994), FPCR.org (reposted with permission) Introduction One sometimes hears objections to singing only Psalms in public worship. Interestingly, the objectors seldom stop to consider that many of their objections, if they were valid, would speak against singing any… Read More Psalmody Objections Answered: Paraphrases

8 Differences Between Covenanters and Reconstructionists

1. National covenanting – This is where the name “Covenanter” comes from. Their belief is that a covenant must be made nationally acknowledging Jesus Christ as King and vowing to be God’s people while being lovingly obedient to his laws. This includes not working with evil nations and protecting the true Christian religion. Reconstructionists don’t… Read More 8 Differences Between Covenanters and Reconstructionists