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Shall We Please God or (Certain Kinds of) People? or The Regulative Principle of Worship

One of the most powerful winds blowing through the Reformed and Presbyterian churches today is the hurricane of “liturgical renewal,” or “progressive worship.” The service of public worship as the Reformed have conducted it for hundreds of years is summarily scrapped as “traditional” (“traditional” being uttered with scorn or with…

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Shall We Please God or (Certain Kinds of) People? or, The Regulative Principle of Worship (2)

God Himself regulates the public worship of Himself by His church. He prescribes in His Word what this worship must consist of. He tells His church how to worship Him. He does not leave the “how” of worship to the wisdom and whim of the worshiping people. It is not…

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Shall We Please God or (Certain Kinds of) People? or, The Regulative Principle of Worship

Reformed believers and churches may not differ as to the fact and importance of the regulative principle of worship. As the preceding editorial demonstrated, the regulative principle is confessional. The importance of the regulative principle, according to the confessions, is nothing less than this, that it is the truth of…

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Shall We Please God or (Certain Kinds of) People? or, the Regulative Principle of Worship (4)

In the April 15, 2000 issue of this magazine, I began the treatment of the regulative principle of worship that concludes in this issue. That opening article explained the regulative principle and contrasted it with the lawlessness of contemporary, “progressive” worship. The editorial in the May 1 Standard Bearer continued…

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