Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Regulative Principle, 2001

What is the Regulative Principle? What does it regulate? Does it come from the Bible? And what does it have to do with singing the Psalms?
The Regulative Principle and Exculsive A Cappella Psalm Singing as a Requirement for Worship.


  1. Hi Kathy

    The document that you have linked to in this post has been deleted. ?

  2. Hi,
    I'm not sure why you're asking these questions but I'll bite. It's the principle that scripture regulates our worship practice in the same way that it regulates our theology. Hence, just as we may not invent new doctrines, we also may not invent new worship practices. This is an implication of sola scriptura and yes, it comes from the bible. Regarding how it relates to psalm singing, while there are clear scriptural commands to sing the psalms, there are no clear commands to sing uninspired songs. I hope this is helpful.

    David R.

  3. Hi David R.
    She's asking those questions, because she answers them in her linked paper. However, when I click on the link to Scribd, I see a message that the paper has been deleted. I think it would be great if you could read her paper and interact with it.

  4. Hi David,

    Thanks for alerting me to the broken link on my blog. My apologies. I'm not very tech savvy.

    The link is fixed now so if you'd like to take a look at my research on what the Bible says about the Regulative Principle, I'd love to hear your response.

  5. Very good read, reflecting many thoughts I have often had as a life long RP.......

    your mention of Luke 18, on page 13, makes me think directly of the talk given at horn creek 2009......sadly.


  6. Thanks so much for taking a look at the article, Junker. Jesus' telling of the publican & the Pharisee is indeed a very sobering reminder of how easy it is to lapse into the Pharisee's attitude for those of us who have long been churched. We all need to pray for the humble spirit of the publican.