Fear of God Devotional: Is There a Regulative Principle of Worship

In what situations does the regulative principle apply?

In this video, Sam Waldron answers the question, “Is there a regulative principle of worship?” He explains that he believes it means that God regulates worship in a way that is different from the rest of life.

Some individuals assert that the regulative principle applies to all of life in the same way. If that is true, then it applies to nothing. Instead, he explains that since the church has a distinct relationship to God as a “holy church,” it is to be set apart to God in a way that the rest of human life and other institutions are not.

God takes an interest in regulating the church that is different from the kind of regulation that He exercises over the rest of human life. The distinct identity of the church that is emphasized in 1 Timothy demonstrates why Paul explains how individuals should conduct themselves in the church. There is a special conduct required in the church because it is God’s holy church and it is related to Him in a way that the rest of human life is not.

Colossians 1:18 (NKJV) – “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”