Puritan Board Doctor
Could Spiritual songs be songs that come from Scripture, but not the Psalms? Like how Calvin sang the 10 Commandments?
R. Scott Clark defends the reformed historical view of the RPW and thinks that along with the Psalter the Church should sing also some inspired - scriptural songs.Could Spiritual songs be songs that come from Scripture, but not the Psalms? Like how Calvin sang the 10 Commandments?
I think that's a modern definition. I doubt the Greeks defined a hymn as multipe stanzas without a chorus.The technical definition of a hymn is a religious song of worship that contains doctrinal exhortations in the form of multiple stanzas. A true hymn does not contain a "chorus" as that was more or less made popular by Ira Sankey, D.L. Moody's music leader.
I think most of the Free Church is for a capella Psalms in the collective worship of God's people. About 15 congregations have apparently introduced exceptions to this since last November.Those in my denomination put some emphasis on ambiguity of scripture.
So on instruments question; they are unwilling to ban acapella singing, a simple organ or even a full worship band with electric guitars. All are allowed.
And on the sung praise front it's just as wide, from traditional hymns to modern reformed to modern pentecostal hymns (<many popular hymns with todays youth have a big pentecostal influence in them). I only meant that someone in a traditional hymn singing church with an organ couldn't (and don't) say that modern hymns with a band is against the Bibles teaching, as long as it is done in spirit. The way I worded it in the previous comment was harsh, and they would say that EP is wrong too to be fair.
But for me it is clear the emphasis has majorly swayed towards worshipping in spirit in western Christianity.