The argument for the regulative principle main-tains that God has, in Scripture, revealed his zeal to direct his own worship. That it is contained in the Westminster Standards and reflected by the adherents of those standards in Scotland, England, and America is sufficient to warrant its observation by the Church. It is a mandate "from above," if you will, demonstrating that the true and living God himself, the object of worship, has revealed that he will be worshiped only in a manner consistent with his revealed (though not necessarily explicit) will (within the regulative principle one can see Christian liberty).
T. David Gordon is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and associate professor of religion at Grove City College (Grove City, Pennsylvania).
Issue: "Christian Liberty: Getting Beyond Legalism and License" March/April 2000 Vol. 9 No. 2 Page number(s): 34-37, 46
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