Proofs for the Regulative Principle of Worship: A Missoula Need (Part 2)

The first proof for the RPW comes from the doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture (Ps 119; 2Tim 3:16). This doctrine carries a positive and a negative statement. The positive statement, “the whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory…is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequences may be deduced from Scripture.” With creaturely knowledge, only the Bible gives us the specifics on how to glorify the Creator. This, however, is not enough the creature must not add “at any time…whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men,” to what the creator has given. No creaturely innovations for worshipping the creator are allowed because innovations infer that the Bible, the Creator’s Word, is lacking and imperfect in leading his church in worship, hence the sufficiency of Scripture. Belgic confession 32 is clear on this point as well, “Therefore we reject all human inventions, and all which man would introduce into the worship of God, thereby to bind and compel the conscience in any manner.” This confession is unambiguous, human inventions may not be introduced into the worship of God, and the reason segues into the next point, to bind and compel conscience. Stay tuned to learn about Worship and Christian liberty, an important doctrine for the Reformed.

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