Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
The Second Commandment, the Regulative Principle, and Puritan Logic
How does one get from the second commandment to the Regulative Principle of Worship? Here is the logic of Thomas Vincent in his exposition of the Shorter Catechism:
God's forbidding the making of any graven image, and worshipping of it, doth clearly imply--
1.That God must be
worshipped by some means.
2. That is a sin to worship God by graven images.
3. That by consequence, it is a sin to worship God by means
he hath not appointed in his word.
4.That therefore it is a duty to worship God by the means
which he has appointed, which being his ordinances, they must be received, observed,
and kept pure and entire.