Just a general reminder to all PBers about some Basic Rules of the PB that we all agreed to when we signed up, especially regarding a few key topics which arise fairly frequently: 1.) Second Commandment -- According to the standards of this board, purported images of Christ fall under the prohibitions of the second commandment. They are not to be argued for. 2.) RPW -- We do not all agree as to the application of the Regulative Principle of Worship, but the principle itself still stands. We are not a Lutheran board. Arguments against the RPW are not allowed. 3.) Sabbath -- Again, our standards are clear: arguments against the abiding command to observe the Sabbath are not allowed. 4.) Charismatic gifts -- Arguments for the charismatic position are not allowed. 5.) Puritans and the Confessions -- This one should be common-sense, but looking down upon the puritans as "old fuddy-duddies," legalists, ignorant, etc., is not the best move. Also, disrespect to confessionalism is not allowed. 6.) Do remember that one of the first rules of the board is that you note your confession, and also any exceptions which you claim to your confession. Read them carefully -- those things to which you take exception are not to be argued. ***Questions to help understand confessional issues are more than welcome, as is discussion of any point or aspect of the confessions: it is simply that opposing positions cannot be advocated. Examples of acceptable threads are: I'm confused about Particular Atonement -- can someone help explain to me the following aspects of it from the confessional point of view? What are Antinomianism and Neonomism? Why are they so bad, and how do they differ from the confessions? I hear the Westminster theologians were divided on the lapsarian question -- can both sides be explained; or why is one better than the other? In other words, if you are sure the confessional position is wrong then there are other venues to discuss your thoughts; if you're just learning about something, and don't know how the confessions address it, or you don't understand the confessional position, feel free to ask, discuss, clarify, etc. Also remember that there are several issues left open by the confessions, and fraternal debate and discussion within these boundaries is welcome. Remember, these rules are not so that we can be mean and controlling; rather, this board is run by folks who firmly believe that the confessions hold forth the content of scripture, and as such provide a forum for like minded individuals to discuss matters within these confines. The last thing desired is for someone to come here, find the confessions argued against by someone they have come to respect and so begin to doubt the accuracy of the confessions and the truths they hold forth. This is not to happen in this environment, and therefore there are strict guidelines and boundaries -- not to stifle freedom of thought, but to guide and direct, and provide a safe haven for new, growing and mature Christians alike.