How the Regulative Principle Liberates

Thursday, 05 Jul 2007

Typically in discussions about worship, the regulative principle plays the role of bad cop. It is restrictive, confining, and downright narrow, according to its opponents. After all, the word "regulative," implies regulations and rules that will cramp a church's worship "style." To be sure, the regulative principle limits corporate worship (that is, worship overseen and called by a session or consistory) to what The Westminster Confession of Faith calls the "ordinary" elements of Scripture reading, preaching, singing of praise, the sacraments, and prayer. If we seek to please ...

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