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I am fairly new to the Regulative Principle. From my understanding, it can be summarized in the following statement: only what God explicitly commands is permissible in the public and corporate worship of God on the Lord's Day.
If that statement is incomplete or incorrect...
Is there anyone who knows the origin of the expression, "regulative principle of worship" ?
Everybody speaks of it.
Bible is said to teach it, and Calvin talked about it, and Westminster Confession ... and so on.
But it is difficult to find who coined the exact expression.
After reading this thread about having a cross in church I wanted to find out what furniture and decorations are allowed during a worship service under the regulative principle. Coming from a non-reformed background and new to the idea of the RPW, here is my working definition of the regulative...