This question is again raised over at Pulpit and Pen.
What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?
BY NEWS DIVISION · MARCH 28, 2018
Smoke machines. Laser shows. Strobe lights. Confetti canons. Easter egg helicopter drops. Welcome to church in evangelical America.
Long gone are the days of hymnbooks stacked in wooden pews, a single pianist or pipe organ, and the blinds pulled open on Lord’s Day morning. Did the people back then worship in such a simple way because they simply didn’t have access to such things, or was it an intentional matter of theology for them? Historic Protestantism has always – in fact – denounced the necessity of ornated aesthetics, intricate stained glass, and the “smells and bells” of the Roman or Greek priestcraft. Even the simple design of the traditional American church meeting house speaks to an undergirding theological premise.
That premise is called the “Regulative Principle of Worship.” This clip is from Sam Waldron, explaining the concept. And while it will seem boring at first, we assure you, if you understand the importance of the Regulative Principle and why it is the most Biblical understanding of worship, it will change your life and church forever. Please watch.
Westminster Confession of Faith “CHAPTER 21
Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day
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.”
The Confession Of Faith
Orthodox Presbyterian Church