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When God Hates Your Worship by Scott Brown (Free MP3)
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. - Psalm 7:11 (KJV)
Corrupt Worship & God's Anger With the Church and the Nations by Greg Price (Free MP3)
"The Regulative Principle of Worship declares that God alone is sovereign in worship. The Regulative Principle of Worship simply applies the principles of Calvinism (i.e. God's sovereign Lordship) to worship, whereas the view that what God doesn't forbid in worship is permitted is applying the principles of Arminianism (i.e. man's sovereign lordship) to worship. Just as fallen man naturally seeks to impose his will in salvation (e.g. "I can cooperate with God in salvation", or "I have a natural freedom to choose Christ"), so fallen man naturally seeks to impose his will in worship ("I can cooperate with God in worship by adding what I desire so long as God doesn't specifically forbid it"). But just as God condemns a man-centered salvation, so God condemns a man-centered worship (Col. 2:23 specifically condemns all will-worship, i.e. all worship instituted by man)." - Greg Price, Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, p. 10, free at https://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/REFORMATION-RPW-GP.htm or on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Corruption of Worship, and the Rise of Antichrist In History, Prophesied In Revelation by Dr. Steven Dilday, John Calvin, W.J. Mencarow, John Owen, George Gillespie, et al. (Free Reformation MP3s & Much More)
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed. - Exodus 22:20 (KJV)
What Kind of Worship Pleases God & What Kind of Worship Angers God by John Calvin (Free MP3)
"...which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. ...God here cuts off from men every occasion for making evasions, since he condemns by this one phrase, "I have not commanded them," whatever the Jews devised. There is then no other argument needed to condemn superstitions, than that they are not commanded by God: for when men allow themselves to worship God according to their own fancies, and attend not to his commands, they pervert true religion. And if this principle was adopted by the Papists, all those fictitious modes of worship, in which they absurdly exercise themselves, would fall to the ground. It is indeed a horrible thing for the Papists to seek to discharge their duties towards God by performing their own superstitions. There is an immense number of them, as it is well known, and as it manifestly appears. Were they to admit this principle, that we cannot rightly worship God except by obeying his word, they would be delivered from their deep abyss of error. The Prophet's words then are very important, when he says, that God had commanded no such thing, and that it never came to his mind; as though he had said, that men assume too much wisdom, when they devise what he never required, nay, what he never knew." - John Calvin, Commentary on Jeremiah 7:31
The Regulative Principle of Worship (which is really just sola Scriptura in worship - ed.) as found in God's Word is accurately summarized for us in the Westminster Confession of Faith 21:1:
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 worshipped 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.
In like manner, carefully note the answer given to question 109 of the Larger Catechism ("What are the sins forbidden in the second commandment?"):
The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising, counselling, commanding, using and any wise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God himself; tolerating a false religion; the making any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever... corrupting the worship of God, adding to it, or taking from it, whether invented and taken up of ourselves, or received by tradition from others, though under the title of antiquity, custom, devotion, good intent, or any other pretence whatsoever... all neglect, contempt, hindering, and opposing the worship and ordinances which God hath appointed.
A short summary of the Regulative Principle of Worship is simply this: What Scripture does not authorize it forbids. Most churches (Romish churches, Orthodox churches, Anglican churches, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Evangelical, and most Reformed and Presbyterian churches) are operating on an altogether different principle from the one just stated. The principle they are operating on is: What Scripture does not forbid, it permits. Since Christ in the New Covenant has not expressly forbidden drama, dancing, candles, incense, musical instruments, uninspired hymns, crossing oneself, banners, crosses, images, etc. within the house of God, the vast majority of churches today permit these (to lesser or greater degrees) and many more practices into their worship services.
However, the Regulative Principle of Worship would prevent all the above practices into the worship of God because they are all without the authorization of Christ, the mediator of the New Covenant. In other words, every religious practice or symbol in the worship of God's people must have a divine warrant from God's Word either by (1) command; or by (2) authorized example of the apostles; or by (3) good and necessary inference.
- Greg Price, Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, on the PURITAN HARD DRIVE and free at https://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/REFORMATION-RPW-GP.htm
"Hymns of human composition are used so commonly now in public worship by Presbyterian churches that it is difficult to believe that the practice is not a hundred years old, and that in some of the churches it is of very recent date. On the supposition that it is good and dutiful and wise to sing such hymns in worship, it is equally difficult to account for the neglect of the churches at the time of the Reformation, and for generations afterwards. What could have so blinded the reformers as to make them reject hymns and sing the Psalms alone? How could the Westminster Divines, in framing their Confession of Faith and Directory for Worship, have been so unanimous in the blunder that the service of praise is to consist of the 'singing of Psalms?' And apart from the aspect of duty, how could the Presbyterian churches, for about a hundred and fifty or two hundred years after the Westminster Assembly, have been so insensible to the power of hymns as an attractive addition to their public services? We cannot by any means understand how it was that, if it was dutiful to use hymns in worship, the reformers did not discover the Scriptural warrant for the duty, especially as hymns had been used for centuries by the Church of Rome. Nor can we understand how they rejected the hymns and used the Psalms alone, unless on the supposition that they believed the use of hymns to be part of the will-worship of Rome. If they were wrong on this point, then Rome and our modern Presbyterian churches are right. In that case, the Puritans and Covenanters were fanatics, and Romanists were truly enlightened! And most of our Presbyterian churches of the present day were fanatical too, and did not become truly enlightened and liberal till they got back to the Romish practice!" - James Dick, Hymns and Hymn Books (1883), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers by John Flavel, John Calvin, Greg Price, Samuel Rutherford, Greg Barrow, George Gillespie, Dr. Reg Barrow & Others (Free MP3s, Books, etc.)
"Christmas was not celebrated by the apostolic church. It was not celebrated during the first few centuries of the church. As late as A.D. 245, Origen (Hom. 8 on Leviticus) repudiated ...the idea of keeping the birthday of Christ, "as if he were a king Pharaoh." By the middle of the 4th century, many churches in the Latin west were celebrating Christmas. During the 5th century, Christmas became an official Roman Catholic holy day. In A.D. 534, Christmas was recognized as an official holy day by the Roman state.The reason that Christmas became a church holy day has nothing to do with the Bible. The Bible does not give the date of Christ's birth. Nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to celebrate Christmas. Christmas (as well as many other pagan practices) was adopted by the Roman church as a missionary strategy." - The Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley FREE BOOK at https://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/CHRISTMAS.htm or on the Puritan Hard Drive.
If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword"; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:19-20 (KJV)
More Reformation Resources About God's Anger/Wrath and Hell
Hell Unendingly Declares the Glory, Wrath, Justice, Holiness & Omnipresence Of God by Scott Brown (Free MP3)
Take heed of all occasions of idolatry, for idolatry is devil-worship. Psalm 106: 37. If you search through the whole Bible, there is not one sin that God has more followed with plagues than idolatry. The Jews have a saying, that in every evil that befalls them, there is uncia aurei vituli, an ounce of the golden calf in it. Hell is a place for idolaters. 'For without are idolaters.' Rev 22: 15. Senesius calls the devil a rejoicer at idols, because the image-worshippers help to fill hell. - Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"Don't think my friend that Hell is Hell because God is not there... That's a very popular teaching. [Preachers say] 'Hell is Hell because God's not there.' ... No, Hell is Hell because God is there! His wrath is there. His face is set against them throughout all eternity. Don't think, in Hell you're going to escape God." - Paul Washer
But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations. - 2 Chronicles 7:1-9-20
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
Idolatry Brings Economic Calamity & God's Wrath/Curse Upon People, Churches & Nations by Dr. Ferrell Griswold (Free MP3)
"'That God's word damns your ceremonies, it is evident; for the plain and straight commandment of God is, 'Not that thing which appears good in thy eyes, shalt thou do to the Lord thy God, but what the Lord thy God has commanded thee, that do thou: add nothing to it; diminish nothing from it.' Now unless that ye are able to prove that God has commanded your ceremonies, this his former commandment will damn both you and them.' With this understanding of worship, the Scottish Church cast out a multitude of the monuments of idolatry which were part of papal worship; graven images, the Mass, false sacraments, Romish liturgical ceremonies, and Roman bishops were all removed from the Church. Ecclesiastical holidays were also expelled from the Church of Scotland." - Kevin Reed, Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It, free at https://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Xmas_ch2.htm.
When The Wicked Fill Up the Measure of Sin, Wrath Will Come Upon Them to Uttermost by Jonathan Edwards (Free MP3)
Colossians 2:8,20-23. The emphasis of the great apostle throughout this chapter is on forsaking the traditions and commandments of men, and rather clinging to Christ and His commandments, for "in Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge . . in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power" (Col 2:3,9-10). Dear ones, you are not complete in yourself or in any man-made ceremonies in worship. You are complete, made full and acceptable through His work on your behalf. He is the head of the church, not you or me. He is our Prophet, Priest, and King. He alone directs our worship and presents it acceptable to the Father. Paul infers that to practice any "will-worship" (or "self-imposed religion" Col. 2:23) "according to the commandments and doctrines of men" (Col. 2:22)is to undermine the finished work of Christ (Col. 2:11-23) and to seek to usurp the headship over the church that rightly belongs to Christ (Col. 2:8-10,18-19). Self-imposed worship (i.e. any religious act, gesture, symbol, or ceremony in worship) is expressly condemned by Christ and His apostles. It is in fact false worship which no Christian should tolerate in the house of God without a verbal protest to the leadership and separation from this false worship until there is biblical reformation in worship ("The sins forbidden in the second commandment are, all devising, counselling, commanding, using, and any wise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God himself" (The Larger Catechism, Question 109). - Greg Price, Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, free online at https://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/REFORMATION-RPW-GP.htm and on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. - Psalm 11:5 (KJV)
Prophecies Of God Destroying His Enemies Throughout History & In The Days Before The Coming Millennium & Victory Of His Church by W.J, Mencarow (Free MP3)
The Attributes of God #16 The Wrath of God: His Anger Burns Against the Sinner by A.W. Pink (Free MP3)
Our God is a Consuming Fire by Robert Traill (Free MP3)
Christ's Wrath Has Come & Nobody Was Able To Stand, Commentary on Revelation by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)
Hell (Fear Him Which Is Able To Destroy Both Soul And Body In The Everlasting Flames Of Hell) by Rolfe Barnard (Free MP3)
SCOTT BROWN'S AMAZING 54 SECOND VIDEO REVIEW OF THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE (Pastor Scott Brown is the Director of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, NCFIC)
- Pastor Scott Brown (M.Div.), Hope Baptist Church (NC, USA), Director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC), Author (Family Reformation: The Legacy of Sola Scriptura in John Calvin's Geneva, A Weed in The Church: How A Culture of Age Segregation is Harming the Younger Generation, Fragmenting the Family and Dividing the Church, etc.), Conference Speaker (who speaks at conferences alongside other Reformed ministers like Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dr. Joel Beeke, Pastor Paul Washer, Pastor Jeff Pollard (Chapel Library), et al.
Pastor Scott Brown Reviews and Recommends
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Pastor Scott Brown, Hope Baptist Church
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Below is the blog post from the link above:
On my way across the ocean to study the reformation, I did not have a suitcase of books as I usually do. I was lamenting that fact at the airline ticket counter and my daughter Claudia said to me, "Papa, close your eyes and step into the new world." Well, let me confess: on my computer I have approximately 13,000 puritan and reformed books which I have acquired through my son downloading ebooks and a gigantic collection put together by Reg Barrow from Still Waters Revival Books. I am now like Abdul Kassem Ismael, Grand Vizier of Persia who, in the tenth century, carried his library with him wherever he went. The 117,000 volumes were carried by 400 camels which were trained to walk in alphabetical order.
- Pastor Scott Brown (M.Div.), Hope Baptist Church (NC, USA, https://www.hopebaptistchurch.info), Director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC, https://www.ncfic.org/), and Conference Speaker (who speaks at conferences alongside other Reformed ministers like Joel Beeke, Paul Washer, Jeff Pollard, et al. https://www.ncfic.org/gcm-speakers)
SSCOTT BROWN'S SECOND VIDEO REVIEW OF THE PURITAN HARD DRIVE
TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO ABOVE:
Scott Brown: Hey, Reg. I was just talking to my friend Ashif Rau, he's a college student in New York, and we were talking about the Puritans. I was quoting the Puritans all through my sermon today, and he was telling me about, about his experience with the Puritan Hard Drive. So what's the deal with the Puritan Hard Drive?
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