The Westminster Divines and the use of instrumental music inthe worship of God

by William Dool Killen

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  • Church of England -- Liturgy -- History.,
  • Instrumental music.,
  • Worship.,
  • Church music -- Church of England.
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    Includes bibliographical references.

    Statementby W.D. Killen.
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 95 p. ;
    Number of Pages95
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Jesus says “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” To facilitate online worship and family home worship during this challenging time, the hymns below are available for free download. Use them to create online bulletins or in the home. All the hymns listed are in the public domain or have been granted permission for.   We may worship God only as he has commanded us to do in the Bible.”[iii] As the Puritans saw it, the basic form of biblical worship was three-fold: Word, sacraments, and prayer. Each of the three elements can be divided into two parts: the Word (read and preached), the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper), and prayer (spoken and sung. Footnotes for Chapter 4. 1. Historic disputes about worship are covered in the following publications: John à Lasco, "The Abolition of Vestments," in Iain Murray (ed.), The Reformation of the Church (London: Banner of Truth, ); William Ames, A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God's Worship (); David Calderwood, The Perth Assembly (), The Pastor and the Prelate ( Get this book in print. AbeBooks; Amazon; Find in a library; All sellers» A Treatise on the Use of Organs, and other instruments of music, in the worship of God, etc. James BEGG (the Elder.) D. Niven & Company, - 56 pages. 0 Reviews. Table of Contents. Contents. Inquiry whether Instrumental Music be. Inquiry into the period.

study of the use of musical instruments in the Bible reveals that the use of musical instruments in worship is connected to the sacrificial system and is an aspect of the ceremonial law. A brief survey of the use of musical instruments in the Bible will prove this assertion. 1. The Invention of Music Adam and Eve, who worshiped God before the. Lesson Singing In Worship (Part 2) There are two different kinds of music: vocal and instrumental. God has spoken in the New Testament concerning the kind of music we must use if we expect to worship Him in spirit and in truth, and that is singing. Since the Westminster standards still have creedal authority in some of the smaller Presbyterian bodies which, however, are no longer committed to exclusive Psalmody, it is worth pointing out here that the Westminster Divines sanctioned nothing but the use of Psalms in the religious worship of God (emphasis added) The outward beauty of instrumental music portrayed the inward beauty of true worship, hidden in the heart of man. There, in the inward recesses of the mind, the Lord is worshipped in the beauty of holiness. Ps. , “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”.

particularly disturbing regarding Frame’s book is that he abandons the Westminster Standards, Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church (Havertown, PA: New Covenant Publication Society, []); Musical Instruments in Divine Worship Condemned by the Word of God (Pittsburgh: Stevenson and Foster, ), p. Examples will appear in the course of this study. Second, the assumption is soon shown to be erroneous when the four Gospels are examined. There is a wealth of material directly pertinent to what is basic and essential in the worship of God and therefore indispensable in the worship the . Lutherans believe that worship is an act of receiving God’s gifts. That’s why the worship service we use is called the Divine Service. It’s a time during which God comes to us through His Word and Sacraments. Lutheran Service Book includes five different versions, or settings, of the Divine Service. There is only one Divine Service, but. Regulative Principle of Worship in the Old Testament (The Second Commandment In Covenanter, Puritan and Reformation Worship) first authorized by the Westminster Divines and then also by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland [in ], with notes by John Brown of Haddington.) Christ in the Old Testament The Book of Hebrews Crich.

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This does not reprobate these inventions as such. And it is clear that the people of God made use of them at a later time (Gen. Job ). The more impressive, therefore, is the total silence of Scripture concerning any use of musical instruments in the worship of God.

Instrumental Music in Public Worship: History Surrounding the Westminster Assembly. Before the Westminster Assembly of Divines undertook the office of preparing a Directory of Worship, the Parliament had authoritatively adopted measures looking to the removal of organs, along with other remains of Popery, from the churches of England.

This MP3 series includes quotes from Charles Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, John Calvin, John Knox, John Owen, the Westminster Assembly, the Synod of Dort, et al., on why Reformed Christians have considered instrumental music in the public worship of the church the very "badge of Popery "-- as instruments in public worship are a denial of the.

The Use of Instruments in the Worship of God Is Contrary to Our Church Standards. Before the Assembly of Divines at Westminster began preparing the Directory for Worship, the Parliament had authoritatively adopted measures looking to the removal of organs from the churches of England.

The Arguments Used in Favor of Instrumental Music in. John L. Girardeau ()-In this chapter, Girardeau surveys the vast historical witness against the use of musical instruments in the worship of God from the early church through the Reformation.

He concludes that their use constitutes heresy in the sphere of worship. 4 THE QUESTION STATED. In the discussion of the question, Whether the use of instrumental music in the worship of the church is permissible or not, it must be premised: First, that the question is not in regard to private or family worship, or to that of social gatherings which are not ecclesiastical in their nature, nor with reference to the utility or.

David used instruments of music in the Old Testament. Without a doubt, mechanical instruments of music were used in the Old Testament period of worship. Psalm commanded the use of trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, dance, stringed instruments, organs, and cymbals in the praise of God.

If God had commanded the use of instrumental music, worship would have been much less flexible as far as the physical setting was concerned. Jesus said that the place of worship was to be unimportant in the church (John ).

In other words, worshipping in the outdoors or in a cave during a time of persecution would be a simple, convenient. Instrumental music formed no part of the regular and stated worship of the Jews, either in the Tabernacle, Temple, or Synagogue systems; but merely the production of David as King in Israel.

It is popular, if ignorant, to demand that churches of Christ, Baptists, Presbyterians and others which do not use instruments removed instruments from church worship because they were racists wanting to. How do we know that Jesus participated in the use of instrumental music in worship. The practice of Jesus and his parents was to worship in accordance with the Law of God at the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke ).

Included in that worship was the use of instrumental music. Such assertions have been made in an attempt to justify the use of instrumental music in Christian worship, but they are for naught because the Bible plainly indicates that worship in ancient days, in addition to the emotion involved, was something practiced at specific times, places, etc.

Abraham went to Mt. Moriah to worship (Genesis ). GIRARDEAU, JOHN. Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church "To sing the praises of God upon the harp and psaltery," says Calvin, "unquestionably formed a part of the training of the law and of the service of God under that dispensation of shadows and figures; but they are not now to be used in public thanksgiving."Calvin continues: "With respect to the tabret, harp, and psaltery.

Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God Brian Schwertley Introduction God, who is infinite and eternal, who created the heavens and the earth, can only be as set forth in the Book of (Musical Instruments in Divine Worship Condemned by The Word of God, [Pittsburgh: The Press of Stevenson and Foster, ], p.

88). In the history. The Puritans objected to Sunday dancing, to the use of instrumental music in the worship of the Church, and to ecclesiastical representations of the Trinity and the Saints. But it is utterly untrue to affirm that therefore music, dancing and art were banished from the Commonwealth.

When this matter came before the Assembly init was proposed to refer it to a commission, but an amendment of Dr. Cooke was carried to the effect, that ” the common law” of the Church excluded the use of instrumental music in the public worship of God, and that Presbyteries should be instructed to see that congregations conform to.

Protest Against the Use of Instrumental Music in the Stated Worship of God on the Lord's DayRobert J. Breckinridge ().-A Southern Presbyterian decries the use of organs in Presbyterian churches and vows never to speak in a church that has one.

He discusses the theological reasons for holding to a strict non-instrumentalist position. But instrumental music had been thoroughly discredited in the meantime by the lascivious Greek and Roman virtuoso music of the later ages, and it appeared unfit for the divine service.

The aulos was held in especial abhorrence, whereas some indulgence was granted to the lyre and cithara, permitted by some saints at least for private worship. Here, then, is the outline of the argument in its simplest form: The use of instrumental music, of any sort, in the stated public worship of God in Presbyterian congregations is, 1st, contrary to the ancient and settled character and habits of Reformed Christians, and especially of those holding the formularies of the Westminster Assembly, and.

80 Q. Is there any authority for instrumental music in the services of the New Testament worship. No, there is no authority for the use of musical instruments in worship, neither from God’s Word nor from the practice of the Early Church.

81 Q. What was the attitude of the Scottish Reformers and the Westminster Divines to instrumental music. And Calvin offered no such support. And while I agree that believers should not transgress the Second Commandment's prohibition against the use of images as a means to worship God, I cannot find in the Bible a correlation between the commandment and the banning of instruments from congregational worship.

An organ is not an image of God. But instrumental music is only ceremonial, for it is no rational act, neither does it articulately express the affections, and serious conceptions of the soul.” (Anonymous, A Letter to a Friend in the Country Concerning the Use of Instrumental Music in the Worship of God.

[1] John Calvin commentary on Ps. [2] Samuel Rutherford, The Divine Right of Church Government, pp. [3] John L. Girardeau, Instrumental Music In The Public Worship Of The Church, p [4] Girardeau, ibid., p We are misunderstanding what secular is if we think it has to be absent of anything remotely religious.

Pastor Scott Brown, on the left in the video above, is the Director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC). Girardeau, John L.

Instrumental music in the public worship of the church. Richmond, VA: Whittet & Shepperson, printers, Web. ; May An Ordinance for the further demolishing of Monuments of Idolatry and Superstition.” Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, Eds.

C H Firth, and R S Rait. Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church pp. (1.) It is not claimed, so far as I know, by the advocates of instrumental music that it is necessary to any performance at all of the act of singing praise, but it is claimed that it is necessary to the “decent and orderly” performance of that act.

The use of instrumental accompaniment in the corporate worship of God's people was recognized unanimously by historic reformed writers as a return to the Judaizing ceremonies of the Roman Catholic and Episcopal (i.e. Prelatic) Churches.

This was also the opinion of the ancient church, and even Aquinas is cited as excluding their use for this. Particular elements of worship are highlighted: reading the Bible (1 Tim.

); preaching the Bible (2 Tim. ); singing the Bible (Eph. ; Col. ) — the Psalms as well as Scripture songs that reflect the development of redemptive history in the birth-life-death-resurrection- ascension of Jesus; praying the Bible — the Father’s.

Hugh Brown. -Two discourse on purity of worship. The first examines and defends the exclusive use of the inspired Psalms in the praise of the church; the second explains why the use of instrumental music in the worship of God is not warranted under the New Testament.

InRobert L. Dabney could still write that the use of organs in worship would open the door to ‘holy days’ and more ritualistic worship in the Southern Presbyterian Church.

((“Dr. Girardeau’s ‘Instrumental Music in Public Worship’” The Presbyterian Quarterly, July That being the case, one can then argue backwards to see that when the Westminster Divines place Col.Eph.and James as proof texts for "singing of psalms with grace in the heart" as an ordinary part of the religious worship of God (WCF ), they found their biblical warrant for exclusive psalmody from the biblical passages.

John Owen, the great Puritan divine, who was contemporary with the Westminster Assembly, says: “Not only hereby the praising and blessing of God, but the use of those forms in so doing became a necessary part of the worship of God; and so was the use of organs and the like instruments of music, which respect that manner of praising him which.e) We are therefore certain of divine sanction and approval in the singing of Psalms.

f) We are not certain that other inspired songs were intended to be sung in the worship of God, even though the use of other inspired songs does not violate the fundamental principle on which Scripture authorization is explicit, namely, the use of inspired songs.How Idolatry Destroys Nations Under God's Wrath and the Vain Worship Of Hypocrites By Jim Dodson, John Knox, Greg Price, Westminster Divines, Dr.

Steven Dilday, John Calvin, Kevin Reed, Thomas Watson, Dr. Reg Barrow and Others (Free Reformed MP3s, Videos, Books, Etc.)   The Vain Worship Of Hypocrites and How Idolatry Destroys Nations Under God's Wrath By Jim Dodson (Free .