Friday, January 9, 2009

John M. Frame on The Regulative Principle

Baptists are one of the few denominations that order their worship according to what they call the regulative principle, seeking warrant from Scripture for their ecclesiastical praxis. John M. Frame's article, posted on a blog he shares with Vern S. Poythress brings up some interesting topics for debate, even if he doesn't solve them.

Here's his introduction.
The "regulative principle" is the Reformed view of how God regulates our worship and provides that worship is by divine appointment. Everything we do in worship must be divinely warranted. And since Scripture is the sufficient Word of God, everything we do in worship must be "prescribed in the Holy Scripture."

So defined, the regulative principle is eminently scriptural. In biblical worship, we seek God’s glory, not our own pleasure. And we have no sure way of determining what pleases God in worship except God’s own revelation of Himself in Scripture. So Scripture is sufficient to tell us God’s will for worship. We dare not add to, or subtract from, God’s own Word (Deut. 4:2, 12:32, Rev. 22:18-19).

If any readers get a chance to read the full article, I would love to know what you think.

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