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?
Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640) A discourse declaring not only the lawfulness, but also the necessity of the heavenly ordinance of singing Scripture Psalms in the churches of God. The singing of Psalms, though it breathe forth nothing but holy harmony, and melody: yet such is the subtlety of the enemy, and enmity… Read More The Necessity of Singing the Psalms
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?
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said unto… Read More God Regulates His Worship By His Word
As for the scruple that some take at the translation of the Book of Psalms into metre, because David’s psalms were sung in his own words without metre, we answer: First, there are many verses together in several psalms of David which run in rhythms (as those that know Hebrew and as Buxtorf shows1) which… Read More Psalmody Objections Answered: Meter
by Kevin Reed To speak against Christmas observance is considered by many people to be sacrilegious and others as religious fanaticism. After all, how can anyone legitimately oppose such a hallowed institution? The purpose of this study is to set forth scriptural reasons for opposing Christmas celebration. A brief historical survey will provide the suitable… Read More Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It
Reformed churches have historically been opposed to observing man made holy days such as Christmas and Easter. Even the Reformed churches on the continent, which left some holy day observance to Christian liberty in some of their confessions, did so because of either compromise with the stubborn people for the sake of further Reformation, or… Read More 8 Reasons Christian Holidays Should Not Be Observed
Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, vol. 2. Whether not only the worship but also the formation and use of religious images in sacred places is prohibited by the second commandment. We affirm against the Lutherans. I. In the preceding question we treated of the worship of images. It remains to inquire further concerning their… Read More Images of Christ Are Unlawful, Even If Not Used For Worship
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16; c.f. Ephesians 5:19). This post will briefly demonstrate that “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” refers to the Book of Psalms.… Read More Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
In these sermons, Rev. Todd Ruddell of Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCGA) explains the regulative principle of worship (RPW) and exclusive psalmody (EP), and answers objections against EP. These sermons are from his Reformation Distinctives series. Links and embedded audio players have been added for your convenience. We encourage you to listen to these helpful sermons.… Read More Exclusive Psalmody and the Regulative Principle of Worship | Rev. Todd Ruddell