Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of Church - The Classic Puritan, Covenanter, Cameronian, Presbyterian & Reformed View


Quotes from Calvin, Owen, Edwards, Rutherford, Gillespie, Henderson, Baillie, Calderwood, Dickson, and others citing and expounding on the old Reformed position.

Instrumental music in public worship was a regulated circumstance of Old Covenant worship and thus John Calvin writes,

"From this it appears that the Papists, as I shall have occasion to show elsewhere, in employing instrumental music cannot be said so much to imitate the practice of God's ancient people as to ape it in a senseless and absurd manner, exhibiting a silly delight in that worship of the Old Testament which was figurative and terminated with the gospel."

You may be shocked to see the strong and unanimous testimony, given by these famous and much respected Reformers, against the use of musical instruments in public worship of the one true and living God.

More extensive argumentation of the classic Puritan and Reformation position on this topic can also be found in a number of the free MP3s at http://www.sermonaudio.com/go/328 (cut and paste this link into your browser).

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  • Steele, Thomas, and Quinn, The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented, Second Edition, p. 76, 2004.
Sermon ID 325081126285
Duration 25:00
Date Mar 25, 2008
Category Audiobook
Bible Text Galatians 2:14; Psalm 92:3
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