William Ames Marrow of Sacred Divinity, Book 2, ch. 5 § 1-8 & ch. 13 Natural Worship. 1. The parts of religion are two; natural worship, and voluntary or instituted worship. 2. This distinction is grounded on Exodus 20:6, those words of the second commandment: “who love me, and keep my commandments.” 3. Natural worship is that… Read More Natural Worship and Instituted Worship
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 5. Of the Natural Servitude and Bondage of the Will, with a brief Discussion of the Point of Free will. ¶. 1. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Hitherto we have been discovering the vast and extensive pollution… Read More The Bondage of the Will
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 4. SECT. IV. The Defilement of the Will in its Affections and Properties, or the sinful Adjuncts inseparably cleaving unto it. “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:16). Hitherto… Read More Pollution of the Will by Original Sin
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Section 3. SECT. III. ¶. 1. The Corruption of the Will in all its several Operations. These doctrinal introductions thus abstracted, let us proceed to open this noisome sepulcher, this dead and defiled will, which hath been spiritually dead, not as Lazarus four days, but… Read More The Corruption of the Will in All its Operations
Anthony Burgess Treatise on Original Sin Part 3, Chapter 4, Sections 1-2. SECT. I. The will is the proper subject and seat of all our sin. “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). The original pollution of the… Read More The Nature and Capacity of Man’s Will
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
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?
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