[quote:5609b265c5="Dan...."][quote:5609b265c5] John, you still don't understand the RPW. I think our disagreement is partially verbal. The EPer's case is that the advocate for uninspired hymnody doesn't have a case. What is not commanded is forbidden Sing Psalms is warrented by Scripture (everyone concedes this). Where are new songs warrented by Scripture? That's why the burden of proof is on you. You are attempting to introduce something into worship, you need to prove it is commanded in Scripture. [/quote:5609b265c5] To question whether the non-EP understands or adheres to the RPW is a diversion. You say, "[i:5609b265c5]Sing Psalms is warrented by Scripture (everyone concedes this). [/i:5609b265c5]" I do not concede this. I concede that "singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" is warranted by the scriptures. To go beyond the singing of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs would be a violation of the RPW. To limit "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" to the Psalms alone, apart from proven necessary inference is to bind the conscience of men without scriptural warrant. The RPW is not at issue here. What is at issue is whether it must be [b:5609b265c5]necessarily inferred[/b:5609b265c5] that "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" is limited to the Psalms alone. If someone can show why this must be necessarily inferred, then we can get somewhere.[/quote:5609b265c5] Dan, We use cultural historical information because it is part of the context of the scriptures. The scriptures do not exist in a vacuum. They exist in time. In a place. With people. With a culture. To deny the relevance of those resources and the importance of using them is to hamstring biblical interpretation altogether.