#235 Christmas Vs The Lord’s Day

Can Christmas be lawfully observed? Can Christmas be considered purely a secular holiday? Can someone honour the Lord’s Day and celebrate Christmas this year, as December 25th falls on the Lord’s day? What does the modern church’s love of Christmas, and neglect of the Sabbath, tell us about how we view God’s law in our day? How should we treat subjects like Santa Claus with our children?

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#232 Songs of the Spirit: What are Biblical Worship Songs?

We are joined on today’s show by David Silversides, Minister of Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and by Kenneth Stewart, Minister of Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. What is the place of the book of Psalms in the worship of God? Can hymns written by men, outside of the inspired Psalter, be used in the worship of God? What is the Regulative Principle of Worship? What is Exclusive Psalmody? Is it Biblical? What was the practice of the early church in regards to this issue? What was the view of many of the Reformers on this issue? Does Exclusive Psalmody promote or hinder the unity of the church? Can musical instruments be lawfully used in the worship of God?

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#190 Holy Days and the Regulative Principle of Worship

We are joined on the show today by David Silversides, the Minister of Loughbrickland Reformed Presbyterian Church, to talk about the Law of God and the observance of Holy Days by the Church. Are Holy Days like Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter and Christmas lawful? What is the Regulative Principle of Worship? What is the Normative Principle of Worship? What is Christian Liberty? Should the Regulative Principle of Worship be applied to Sunday School? Is the Regulative Principle of Worship correctly applied by the Family-Integrated movement?

#188 Should Christians Boycott the Worship Industry?

Jonathan Aigner, a blogger on patheos.com, recently wrote an article called “It’s Time to Boycott the Worship Industry.” Is he right? What does the Word of God command us to do in Worship? — The Westminster Confession of Faith: “Chapter 21 Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day. I. 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.(a) But the acceptable way of worshipping 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.(b) (a) Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:24; Ps. 119:68; Jer. 10:7; Ps. 31:23; Ps. 18:3; Rom. 10:12; Ps. 62:8; Josh. 24:14; Mark 12:33. (b) Deut. 12:32; Matt. 15:9; Acts 17:25; Matt. 4:9, 10; Deut. 4:15 to 20; Exod. 20:4, 5, 6; Col. 2:23.”

 

#142 Christmas, Christian Liberty and Antinomianism

Can a believer in Jesus Christ observe Christmas lawfully under the principle of Christian Liberty in the New Covenant? What does Christian Liberty mean? What did many of the Reformers understand by the term? Paul discusses these and other related topics on this last radio show of 2014.

“When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty.”
–Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Psalm 81:4

The Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 20:2 states:
“God alone is Lord of the conscience,(k) and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any thing contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith or worship.(l) So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience,(m) is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.(n)

(k) Jam. 4:12; Rom. 14:4.
(l) Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; I Cor. 7:23; Matt. 23:8, 9, 10; II Cor. 1:24; Matt. 15:9.
(m) Col. 2:20, 22, 23; Gal. 1:10; Gal. 2:4, 5; Gal. 5:1.
(n) Rom. 10:17; Rom. 14:23; Isa. 8:20; Acts 17:11; John 4:22; Hos. 5:11; Rev. 13:12, 16, 17; Jer. 8:9.”