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
Samuel B. Wylie, Two Sons of Oil, pp. 63-71 1. It is our duty to mourn before God over all the prevailing abominations. This is one of the characters of those who are marked with the broad seal of the Holy Ghost, Ezek, ix. 4. And the Lord said, “Go through the midst of the… Read More The Duty of Christians Under Wicked Rule
Michael Bushell, Songs of Zion, chapter 4, section 3, pp. 163-165. The second commandment is by far the most important scriptural passage dealing with worship. It teaches us that God alone determines what kind of worship is acceptable to Him and that He rejects all forms of idolatry irrespective of source or good intention on… Read More The Regulative Principle of Worship in the Second Commandment
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I… Read More The Great Commission | Matthew Henry
Samuel Rutherford, The Covenant of Life Opened, pp. 347-348. Dr. Crispe [objects] (p. 162), “in Jeremiah 31; Ezekiel 36; Hebrews 8 and other passages where the Tenor of the Covenant is contained, there is no word of a tie (pp. 163-164), there is not one word that God saith to man, thou must do this.… Read More Jeremiah 31: The New Covenant
Edward Leigh, Body of Divinity, pp. 345-346. Of Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost. It is called the great transgression (Psa. 19:13), and blasphemy against the Spirit (Mat. 12). “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the… Read More What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?
In the Reformation 500 Winter Conference held February 2nd-4th, 2017, Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCGA) presented several lectures pertaining to the subject matter of the Westminster Confession that says (WCF 25:6): There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 1:22; Col 1:18): nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense be… Read More The Pope is Antichrist
Samuel Rutherford, The Covenant of Life Opened, pp. 268-270. Question 4: To what things must we be crucified? Answer: Galatians 6:14, To all things created, to the world; we condemn and despise and hate the world, and the world does value us nothing. 1. Mortification to Self 1. There is a deadness to self which… Read More Mortification of Sin | Samuel Rutherford
The Regulative Principle of Worship Defined We can only approach God on his own terms, not only for salvation, but also in worship. The Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) is the doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly or by good and necessary consequence, such that “whatever… Read More What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?
There is no doubt that Calvin pioneered psalm singing for his generation and that the Reformed churches quickly became known for their psalm singing. It is more difficult to prove that Calvin and the various churches of the evolving Reformed tradition of that time were Exclusive Psalmodist (EP) in the sense we understand it today… Read More Was John Calvin an Exclusive Psalmodist?