I’m about to post an article or two that reference the regulative principle of worship. Realizing that this is mainly a reformed doctrine I thought I’d make a post with some links about the principle itself. For those familiar with the principle you might find these refreshing. For those not familiar with the principle you might find these challenging. But either way I pray they bring you closer to Christ.
This principle is stated in the Westminster Confession Chapter 21 paragraph 1 and in the London Baptist Confession in Chapter 22 paragraph 1.
The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and doth good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture.
1. Rom. 1:20; Psa. 19:1-4a; 50:6; 86:8-10; 89:5-7; 95:1-6; 97:6; 104:1-35; 145:9-12; Acts 14:17; Deut. 6:4-5
2. Deut. 4:15-20; 12:32; Matt. 4:9-10; 15:9; Acts 17:23-25; Exod. 20:4-6, John 4:23-24; Col. 2:18-23
The London Baptist Confession also adds these scriptural references with close to the same wording as the Westminster.
Jeremiah 10:7; Mark 12:33; Deuteronomy 12:32; Exodus 20:4-6
In a very basic sense it says that the Creator alone can define how he desires to be worshipped by the creatures he created. This revelation, of how he desires to be worshipped, is only to be found in the Word of God. In short, we can’t put on pink robes and go out among the pine trees singing Mary Had a Little Lamb and call it worship. Neither can we bring the pink robes into the church, no matter how it might make us feel inside. If that makes sense and you’d like a less absurd and more relevant application check out the following links:
In addition here is a link to an on-line version of the London Baptist Confession of Faith.