The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

Is a Christian free to worship God however he pleases? I think all of us would intuitively answer “No” to that question. Man’s duty to worship God is too important to just be a free-for-all. This is especially true for Christians who have God’s Revelation, particularly the Bible. The Confessional Reformed tradition (rightly) understands that man is not only not free to worship however he pleases (since this would ultimately tend towards...

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On the Regulative Principle and the Ipsissima Verba of Scripture

There has been a great online dialogue going on between Scott Clark and Lane Keister on the issue of whether Scripture alone may be used in public worship, or whether paraphrases and extra-biblical material may also be incorporated. Clark argues the former position, insisting that it is wrong to sing non-canonical hymns or to recite non-canonical creeds in worship, while Lane is challenging that position, arguing that even the metrical psalms...

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