In this message we show that the hymns of the church are to be sung from the regenerated heart. Mechanical musical instruments are not authorised by the scriptures for New Testament worship in the Church. The regulative principle of scripture limits our congregational worship to that expressly commanded by scripture, clear precedent, or that which is necessary by consequence of command or precedent. Besides many scriptural proofs and deductions, we bring forth the testimony of many reliable teachers like Spurgeon, Gill, Dabney, Dagg and even Andrew Fuller. We hope and pray the Church will return to the regulative principle of worship. Its neglect has opened the door for will worship of the worst kind. If the mechanical instruments had never been allowed in the Churches, there would never have been even a discussion regarding such things as electric guitars, "christian rock," liturgical dance, etc.
Clear Teaching in the 'Old School' I recommend this message because Bro. Floyd gives the clear teaching emanating from the Reformation, from the Old Baptists and the good Puritans — it's called "the Regulative Principe of Worship," which in essence states that we CAN ONLY WORSHIP GOD IN A MANNER CLEARLY DICTATED BY NEW TESTAMENT PRINCIPLE OR PRACTICE. What the Apostles of our Lovely Lord instituted in His worship is all we can legally have. And it's not a 'LEGALISM' but a part of our FREEDOM FROM THE OLD COVENANT WITH ITS TYPES AND SHADOWS.
This is "strict construction," much the same as the "Conservative" principle of interpreting the U.S. Constitution in governmental affairs. THE POWERS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED TO THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT BY THE CONSTITUTION IS ALL THEY CAN LEGITIMATELY DO. But today the "liberals" and the "politically correct" will say, "Well, the Constitution doesn't prohibit so-and-so, thus the Federal Government may do it!" Same as the churches who ignore the N. T. principle of worshiping Jehovah God in and by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the leadership of God's Holy Spirit.
Hear Brother Floyd carefully before you reject the message. That's all I ask.
Toni Cunningham (6/23/2008)
Great Sermon! Great exposition on the scriptures and on the RPW, Brother Floyd. And you made some good points about women at the end! It's so true. Thank you again so, so much for your no nonsense, no frills, to the point, meaty preaching. It's so rare to hear good preaching today with all the eisogetical lunacy out there. We'll listen to you over most men from the seminaries any day! May God continue to richly bless you!
Thomas Ray Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. He and His wife, Brenda live in the country near Mendenhall, Mississippi and are members of Bible Baptist Church in Star, Mississippi. Thomas Ray preaches every Sunday at Bible Baptist.