I sing because I am reformed

I found this quote on Ray Ortlund’s blog.  It is a great meditation for a Sunday!

“Nothing is more characteristic of Reformation theology and few parts of Reformation Church activity have been so neglected as the congregational singing.  It was far from being a pleasant element introduced rather inconsistently into a service otherwise ruled by a sombre view of life.  We have already seen that in 1537 one of the four foundations for the reform of the Church was congregational singing. . . . We have seen in effect that Calvin placed singing at the heart of his theology of the Church.  The reason is not far to seek.  To put it with the utmost simplicity: The Church is the place where the Gospel is preached; Gospel is good news; good news makes people happy; happy people sing.  But then, too, unhappy people may sing to cheer themselves up.”

T. H. L. Parker, John Calvin (London, 1975), page 87.

That's why we move like this
Twenty differences between the Psalms and modern worship songs. 
Strange Fire: Radio MP3 and Questions for cessationists
Strange Fire: John MacArthur claims no good has come out of the Charismatic Movement
About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London which has sites in Enfield, Wood Green and Ilford. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway. Read more about Adrian Warnock or connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.


You are warmly invited to comment on this blog. By doing so you demonstrate that you accept Adrian's comment policy.