Six implications of the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) from Rev. Shane Lems of the URC in Sunnyside, WA, summarized excellently on his blog “The Reformed Reader.”
Based on the 2nd commandment and other biblical texts and stories, historic Reformed and Presbyterian churches have taught and practiced the Regulative Principle of Worship: we are to worship God in no other way than he has commanded in his word (HC Q/A 96, WLC Q/A 109). There are several different applications and implications of the RPW. Here are a few based on Exodus 32 and some other verses.
1) True worship is not a democratic endeavor. What is right and proper in Christian worship is not based on what a majority of people think is right and proper. Many Israelites approved of the golden calf but it was still blatantly disobedient and offensive to Yahweh.
2) True worship does not cater to the consumer. What people want or are looking for should not determine how Christians’ worship God. True Christian worship isn’t based on what attracts people…
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