How Shall We Worship?

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“I know how difficult it is to persuade the world that God disapproves of all modes of worship not expressly sanctioned by his word. The opposite persuasion which cleaves to them, being seated, as it were, in their very bones and marrow, is, that whatever they do has in itself a sufficient sanction, provided it exhibits some kind of zeal for the honour of God. But since God not only regards as fruitless but also abominates, whatever we undertake from zeal to his worship, if at variance with his command. The word is clear, “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1Samuel 15:22). “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Every addition to his word is a lie. Mere will-worship (Colossians 2:23), is vanity. This is the decision, and when once the judge has decided, it is no longer time to debate”

(John Calvin).

(James R Hamilton, June 2017)
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Why Creeds & Confessions?

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“Our creeds serve the purpose of preserving and transmitting the truth from generation to generation. That truth, as under the promised guidance of the Holy Sprit as it has been elicited from the Scriptures, formulated, systematised, and that, too, over against every form of the lie, which also appeals to Scripture, though falsely, that truth need not be and may not be discovered anew by each generation. It need not be because God establishes and calls his church in the line of continued generations so that each generation grows up and becomes heir to the heritage of the preceding one. But it is also true that the attempt to discover and to formulate the truth may not be begun anew by each generation: for to do so would not only be a waste of effort, but also a flagrant denial of the operation of the Holy Spirit in the church of the past. And for the transmission of this heritage of the truth from one generation to the next our confessions serve as a means”

(Synod of Dordt 1618-1619)
(James R Hamilton, June 2017)
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