Divine Worship Should Transcend All Times, Places, and Cultures

The Covenanters' Preaching

Michael Daniels:

“Divine worship is timeless, universal and transcendental. It does not have the fickleness of culture. Worship transcends the culture moment- the time, place and group out of which it has risen. The worship of the scriptures is universal and avoids the narrow generational or cultural classification and should transcend sect, race, generation, or party.”

Source and read more: https://mintdill.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/to-rap-or-not-to-rap-in-worship/

Worship Music is Different From Everyday Music

Laon 1562 Ps1Augustine, as quoted by John Calvin in the Preface to the Psalter, 1543:

“there is a great difference between music which one makes to entertain men at table and in their houses, and the Psalms which are sung in the Church in the presence of God and His angels”.

Source: https://mintdill.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/to-rap-or-not-to-rap-in-worship/

Special Conditions

Theodore Letis quoting Hills:

Scrolls001“If, now, the Christian Church has been correct down through the ages in her fundamental attitude toward the Old and New Testaments, if the doctrines of the Divine inspiration and providential preservation of these Scriptures are true doctrines, then the textual criticism of the New Testament is different from that of the uninspired writings of antiquity. The textual criticism of any book must take into account the conditions under which the original manuscripts were written and also those under which the copies of these manuscripts were made and preserved. But if the doctrines of the divine inspiration and providential preservation of the Scriptures are true, then the original New Testament manuscripts were written under special conditions, under the inspiration of God, and the copies were made and preserved under special conditions, under the singular care and providence of God.(10)”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/86687-Text-Tradition-of-New-Testaments, Comment #14

Keep Them As Clothes, Not As Skin

In front of the Ambigu Theatre, 1861Elias Pledger (Puritan Sermons, I:326):

Affliction is the reducing thee to God, and the ungluing, disengaging, and divorcing thee from a carnal, worldly interest: therefore, minus gaudebis, minus dolebis, “the less thou joyest, the less thou ruest;” the less thou layest a world-interest near thy heart, the less that affliction which is the parting work will go to thy heart; therefore let all creature-comforts and advantages be loose about thee as thy clothes, which thou mayest easily lay aside; and not as thy skin, which cannot be pulled off without great torture.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87831-Keep-Creature-comforts-Loose, Comment #1

God Loves the Sensible, Humbled Son

Thomas Boston, Works, 6:405-406:

The Prodigal Son Returns

The Prodigal Son Returns

Consider, that without sense of sin there is no humiliation; that without humiliation there can be no repentance; and that without repentance there can be no escape from the wrath of God. “For except ye repent, ye shall perish.” Insensibleness of sin, and the evil of it, locks up the heart in obduration and impenitency; and that will shut up the soul under wrath. But God loves the sensible, humbled son. Jer. 31:20, “Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord.”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f25/god-loves-sensible-humbled-son-85221/, Comment #1

Clearness, Not Vagueness

Kuznetsk Alatau 3

A. A. Hodge, “The Higher Life”:

A mystical tendency may well coexist with true Christianity, and with many estimable personal qualities; yet it always tends to evil. Hence its first symptom among Evangelical Christians, which is a religious sentimentalism, associated with an inveterate vagueness of ideas and indefiniteness of statement, is to be carefully shunned. No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre. The very essence of truth, like light, is clearness, not vagueness; and it necessarily seeks expression through definite articulations, and not through the medium of shadowy mezzo-tints, or oscillating lines, like the sheen of watered silk.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87672-The-very-essence-of-truth-is-clearness-not-vagueness, Comment #1

Halyburton on Eternal Punishment

Thomas Halyburton, The Great Concern of Salvation (Works, p. 71):

Lazarus in Heaven and the Rich Man in Hell LACMA M.88.91.91None can pretend to believe the truth of the gospel, and question the justice of God in punishing sinners eternally; for is it not ridiculous to admire divine severity in the eternal punishment of wicked men, and not to attend to infinite justice punishing severely his own beloved Son? What wonder is it that wicked men should be for ever tormented for their own sins, if the most righteous Son of God suffered for the sins of others? He that without a reproach to his goodness, could endure his most dear Son to suffer so long as one hour, will much better endure unjust sinners to be tormented with eternal punishment.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/87730-God-s-justice-in-punishing-sinners-eternally, Comment #1