regulative principle

  1. Jonathan95

    My church will not be holding regular service this upcoming weekend.

    This is a strange thing to me. Apparently, every year on the Sunday during the week of Christmas, my church holds a potluck instead of regular service. So no sermon, nor worship. Just a get together in the space that we rent to sit, eat, and talk together. I am not sure why I find this...
  2. C. Matthew McMahon

    Christ's Directives on the Nature of True Worship by Arthur Hildersham (1563-1631)

    Christ's Directives on the Nature of True Worship by Arthur Hildersham (1563-1631) Arthur Hildersham (1563-1631) was a shining light in the puritan party, and celebrated for his exemplary learning and piety as a minister of Jesus Christ. This work is an abridged version of Arthur Hildersham’s...
  3. Knecht Christi

    Any Resources for Introducing My Former Charismatic Pastor to the Regulative Principle?

    As a former charismatic, I recently had the opportunity to meet up with one of my former pastors to catch up and share how we had been growing in our faith, and we had a great discussion surrounding worship, why I only sing Psalms, why instruments were a shadow of what was to come and are thus...
  4. Tom Hart

    John Calvin on Pure Worship

    John Calvin on worship, in the early pages of The Necessity of Reforming the Church: "[T]he rule which distinguishes between pure and vitiated worship is of universal application, in order that we may not adopt any device which seems fit to ourselves, but look to the injunction of him who...
  5. Tom Hart

    Some Questions about Purim, Hanukkah and Christmas

    Did Jesus celebrate Purim and Hanukkah? Does it matter if he did? Does the establishment of Purim (Esther 9:20-22) and Hanukkah (1 Macc. 4:59; see also John 10:22) go against the set patterns of days and festivals that God had given through Moses? How does this affect the doctrine of the...
  6. C. Matthew McMahon

    You Need This - John Wilson on John 4:24 and the Simplicity of Worship

    The Simplicity of Holy Worship – by John Wilson (1588–1667). John Wilson (1588–1667) was a passionate and intense Reformed minister of the Gospel who was praised by men such as William Ames, Thomas Goodwin, Jeremiah Burroughs, and other celebrated divines. Wilson uses John 4:24 to explain in...
  7. C. Matthew McMahon

    True Worship is Glorious! Owen on Worship and Hutchins on Psalmody

    I can't tell you how much I love both Owen and Hutchins on this topic. Owen on worship is astoundingly good (who doesn't love Owen?). Hutchins on Psalmody, is one of the best reads on the subject concerning the Gentiles singing Psalms under the New Testament. Excellent! (Almost a book in and of...
  8. C. Matthew McMahon

    20% Off on Printed Books

    Greetings all. A great coupon was just sent out. Save 20% on orders of all our Reformed and Puritan Printed books. Use Code: TWENTY18 at checkout at our Spotlight Page. Ends May 17th at 11:59 PM New Books to consider are in our "worship" lineup (with 3 more coming down the pike over the next...
  9. C. Matthew McMahon

    Stephen Charnock and Jonathan Clapham on Biblical Worship and Psalmody

    A Christian’s True Spiritual Worship to Jesus Christ – by Stephen Charnock (1628-1680). Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) was a Reformed minister of the Gospel and Puritan preacher, widely respected in his day for lecturing on the existence and attributes of God. From John 4:24, “God is a Spirit...
  10. C. Matthew McMahon

    True Worship and the Consequences of Idolatry by John Knox (1505-1572)

    If God alone determines the manner in which sinners approach him, is any other kind of worship acceptable to Him other than what he has prescribed? True Worship and the Consequences of Idolatry – by John Knox (1505-1572). John Knox (1505-1572) was a Scottish Reformer and fiery preacher of...
  11. C. Matthew McMahon

    A New Modernized Version of Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs

    This classic work by Burroughs deals with the Regulative Principle: God alone determines the manner in which sinners approach him. This is a life-transforming and Christ-glorifying biblical work. Gospel Worship, or, The Right Manner of Sanctifying the name of God in General, in Hearing the...
  12. C. Matthew McMahon

    Westminster Divine John Jackson on Public and Private Worship

    WARNING: Do not read this book unless you want to be thoroughly convicted... How to Serve God in Private and Public Worship – by John Jackson (1600-1648). John Jackson (1600-1648) was a Westminster Puritan divine with a hearty theological intellect, and tender pastoral understanding. In this...
  13. C. Matthew McMahon

    The Christian's Charge NEVER to Offend God in Worship

    Would you like to grow in your reverence to God during public and private worship? God's Will. God's Rules. God's People. God's Worship. John Forbes explains 1 Timothy 3:13-16 to churches that claim to uphold true worship, but may be missing the mark. This is an amazingly powerful work for...
  14. C. Matthew McMahon

    Worship and the Regulative Principle Updates

    Reformed Worship resources on the internet, is, in fact, woefully inadequate. I'm taking time to create a more well-rounded resource center for worship that follows the Regulative Principle at APM. The following are new articles and such in the Worship section of the site: Art and Music in...
  15. M

    Regulative Principle of Worship: elements and circumstances

    I just began studying about the Regulative Principle of Worship for the first time. I shared that with a colleague of mine who asked me if the following are elements, circumstances or neither: - announcements made in every service (usually after the sermon has been preached); - the triple amen...
  16. Travis Fentiman

    Dance & Drama in Worship

    Friends, Should dance, drama and man-made religious imagery be in worship? If it is of help to you, I have made an extensive Biblical case for the historic, reformed position that religious imagery in worship is regulated by God's Word, that dancing is not warranted for the regular public...
  17. NaphtaliPress

    Worship Ash Wednesday: Picking And Choosing Our Piety

    Carl Trueman, Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety The rise of Lent in non-Roman, Orthodox or Anglican circles is a fascinating phenomenon. "Finally, it also puzzles me that time and energy is spent each year on extolling the virtues of Lent when comparatively little is spent on...
  18. No Name #5

    Can the "man in the wilderness" be saved?

    WCF 10:III states: (emphasis mine) Wouldn't those "incapable of being outwardly called" include a proverbial man living in total isolation, cut off from society entirely? It's come to my attention that some interpret the "incapability" as only referring to those who are disabled (incapable of...
  19. NaphtaliPress

    Reframing Presbyterian Worship: A Critical Survey of the Worship Views of John M. Frame ... 2017-01-07

    Reframing Presbyterian Worship: A Critical Survey of the Worship Views of John M. Frame and R. J. Gore, by Frank J. Smith, Ph.D, D.D. and David C. Lachman, Ph.D. The Confessional Presbyterian journal volume 1 (2005): 116-150.
  20. 2ndViolinist

    The RPW & Public Worship

    Hello everyone, I am fairly new to the Regulative Principle. From my understanding, it can be summarized in the following statement: only what God explicitly commands is permissible in the public and corporate worship of God on the Lord's Day. If that statement is incomplete or incorrect...
  21. M

    Leave church because they have normative principle?

    I am a German Five-Point-Calvinist and supporter of infant baptism and the Westminster Confession and the regulative principle (puritan principle). I believe that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath and that Christmas and Easter are wrong and sin. I am member of a Reformed Church in Germany...
  22. nick

    Exclusive Psalmody - Thoroughly Stated and Defended

    I wanted to share a set of sermons I've been working my way through. I think you will find this set of sermons very helpful whether you are new to EP, have questions about it, or are a seasoned psalms-only singer. You will probably be tempted to jump right to the objections - which they are...
  23. L

    origin of "regulative principle of worship"?

    Hello, Is there anyone who knows the origin of the expression, "regulative principle of worship" ? Everybody speaks of it. Bible is said to teach it, and Calvin talked about it, and Westminster Confession ... and so on. But it is difficult to find who coined the exact expression. Who is...
  24. thbslawson

    Special Music in Worship

    Note: This is not a debate. I would like the following questions addressed according to the verse that's listed below. I have often heard it argued that the Regulative Principle of Worship precludes having choirs or soloists in corporate worship. Yet, we find in 1 Cor 14:26, "What...
  25. J

    What does the RPW allow for church furniture and decorations?

    After reading this thread about having a cross in church I wanted to find out what furniture and decorations are allowed during a worship service under the regulative principle. Coming from a non-reformed background and new to the idea of the RPW, here is my working definition of the regulative...
  26. Cotton Mather

    Any EPers in Hymn Singing Churches?

    Hi everyone. I've recently embraced exclusive Psalmody as the only consistently Biblical application of the regulative principle to our congregational singing. John Murray's thoughts on the issue clinched everything for me. Nevertheless, I'm a member of a church who embraces historic hymnody...
  27. blhowes

    My final EP question...for today, anyway

    Lately, I've been thinking about music in worship. I like singing hymns, but I don't like singing other kinds of music that are more rocky, just doesn't seem appropriate. That may be just my preference, and as I've said about my preferences, I don't think they are a good gauge of what...
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