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The Regulative Principle of Worship

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Worship is prescribed by God and not man; It is not up to the imaginations of men to determine how God is to be worshipped. It is the goal of all believers to understand this doctrine and pursue purity in it.

Chapter 21 of the WCF defines it nicely:

Chapter 21 paragraph 1 in the Westminster Confession:

The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all, is good, and doth good unto all, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might.[1] But the acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture.[2]

1. Rom. 1:20Psa. 19:1-4a50:686:8-1089:5-795:1-697:6104:1-35145:9-12Acts 14:17Deut. 6:4-5
2. Deut. 4:15-2012:32Matt. 4:9-1015:9Acts 17:23-25Exod. 20:4-6John 4:23-24Col. 2:18-23

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