committed to historic Baptist & Reformed beliefs

 

The Philadelphia Confession, 1742

 

Chapter 23

Of Singing of Psalms & etc.

  1. We believe that singing the praises of God,1 is a holy ordinance of Christ, and not a part of natural religion, or a moral duty only; but that it is brought under divine instutution, it being enjoined on the churches of Christ to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; and that the whole church in their public assemblies (as well as private Christians) ought to sing God's praises according to the best light they have received.2 Moreover, it was practised in the great representative church by our Lord Jesus Christ with His disciples,3 after He had instituted and celebrated the sacred ordinance of His holy supper, as a commemorative token of redeeming love.

Footnotes:

1. Acts 16:25; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
2. Hebrews 2:12; James 5:13
3. Matthew 26:30

 
 
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