Originally posted by Scott Bushey
I cannot define the term conclusively, hence, singing Hymms may be a break in the RPW and sinful; until that time I do have a clear understanding of the definition, I will sing the Psalms only. In this way, I am being prudent.
It is a fallacy to be EP just to "err on the side of caution", as if the EP position were logically "safer" than any other position.
Eph. 5 and Col. 3 both tell us to sing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. This fact leaves us with 2 mutually exclusive options:
1) The EP position: The "Hymns" and "Spiritual Songs" ARE completely included in the 150 Psalms.
2) A non-EP position: The "Hymns" and "Spiritual Songs" are NOT included in the 150 Psalms.
If #1 is true, then EP is correct.
But if #2 is true, then EP is a SIN, because then Col. 3 and Eph. 5 is *commanding* us to sing something in *addition* to the Psalms.
So, you see, there is no "safe" position for the fence-straddler. Either EP is correct, or EP is a sin. If we are commanded to sing Psalms only, then we sin by singing anything else. But if we are commanded to sing songs in addition to the Psalms, then EP is a sin.
Thus, neither side is logically "safer" than the other side. Each person should study the issue as he is able, and should worship according to his convictions. But it is nonsense to say that one position is inherently more "prudent" or "cautious" than the other. To the contrary, the two positions are mutually exclusive.