A good post from Purely Presbyterian: Isaac Watt’s “Psalm” Imitations

However, I think the term counterfeit is more appropriate. Imitation, especially today, is not regarded as a negative. Those that displace the 150 Psalms with any other song are more guilty than those who pass counterfeit bank notes, and suppress the knowledge of what they are doing. Those passing counterfeit bank notes only seek to defraud men, those using counterfeit songs for worship defraud God (and themselves, depriving themselves of the experience of actually worshiping the LORD). Woe to the ministers and elders that traffic in those counterfeits and take pleasure in it. It could be said regarding the history of the divisions within PCUSA — Old-School/New School, North/South, OPC and PCA, in a manner analogous to God’s assessment of the Kings of Israel: “And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, departing not from the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat that made Israel to sin” — And they did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, departing not from sin of Isaac Watts, that made the church to sin.

Despite his own description Watts was not imitating the Psalms, but counterfeiting them, not to make songs suitable for Christians, but to deprive Christians of the the most intimate way in which the Word of Christ can dwell richly in them, and the sweetest means by which God the Holy Ghost fills them with His Spirit, that is the Spirit of Christ. Despite his own hagiographic projections of his motives, Watts, smooth with guile and subtlety, was leading the churches of Christ away from Word of God with counterfeits, and Watts could have no good motivation. His lie that the Psalms aren’t suitable for Christians in worship, is couched with all the subtlety of and in imitation of the serpent in the garden.

His evil fruit has been the ruin of reformation.

Unalienable Rights?

US Declaration of Independence as the founding document of the United States, explains that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Unalienable Rights, means they cannot be taken way under any circumstances. There is an exception for those who are convicted of crimes, then he may be deprived of Property, Liberty or perhaps Life. The constitution of the US outlines this exception and when it can happen and the limits on that exception in the 5th amendment to the US Constituion. The 5th amendment, set the limits of the government on on all levels regarding the taking of the unalienable Rights “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”

In many states today including New York, California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the governors have illegally and immorally taken those rights of their citizens without due process.

In the oath of office for at least the governor of Pennsylvania, he swears that he will obey the constitution of the United States. Accordingly he does not have the authority make edicts that deprive any person of Property, Liberty or Life, without due process in a court of law. An edict of a governor is not due process. Your liberty was taken without due process. The population has hardly raised the slightest of complaint, but then they have long accepted the taking of a persons’ most unalienable right to life at the whim of their mothers.

The same blood-thirsty people that have been championing the slaughter of babies in abortion have now taken your right to liberty. Those who think that abortion is permissible, even in the cases of rape or incest, have no standing to complain their liberty has been taken.

Justice Is Not Social

One of the ways that even the most conservative reformed types (NAPARC) like to signal their virtue is to talk about racial reconciliation.  These SJWs in Geneva gowns will drone on and on about the need for and the ways and means of said reconciliation and the need for corporate repentance for (past) racism.   In Presbyterian churches that signalling is enshrined in General Assembly level “Study” Committees, and passing resolutions of repentance e.g. PCA  in 2016.   The motivation is that by condemning racism, the charge of racism can be avoided.   When the point is signalling and SJW appeasement, how genuine can said repentance and reconciliation really be?  I don’t think it’s much comfort that they’ve moved on from trope of “some of my best friends are black”.

But what does the Scriptures actually say about justice?

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin. [Deut 24:16]

You’d think that in the age of Christianity that the church would not make the same errors as the church leading up to and in the exile.  Not only did the Israelites not follow Deut 24:16 they made a meme out of the opposite.   They used this in the days of Ezekiel, it was: “The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”  God through Ezekiel sent a powerful reminder to them that all justice is individual.  The correction is in Ezekiel 18:  “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” v4.

All justice is individual.

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”  That’s justice.

The thing that Social Justice Warriors love to fight for, or so they say, is JUSTICE! They want justice, they will see they get justice for all the oppressed.  They will get their justice, but it won’t be social and it won’t be on their terms or in anyway they expect.

By calling for social justice, the reformed SJWs (and anyone calling for racial reconciliation is a SJW)  are charging God — just like the Jews of Ezekiels’s day — that the way of God is not equal (just).

I by God’s grace prefer mercy.

See how Ezekiel 18 ends:

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

A call to repentance.  Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and receive  everlasting Life in Christ.




Frame of Praise

One of the major pillars of red-pill is the subject of “frame”, and the red-pill gets it right. The short of it is that in any interpersonal interaction is subject to a frame, the setting of the basis for and the rules (universally unstated) of that interaction and often the larger relationship between the people.

Worship, including and especially the singing of praise is subject to being in a frame.    The question is who’s frame?

Counterfeit psalms, mostly referred to as “hymns” express the writer’s frame of heart, mind and emotion.   They bring the singer into the composer/writer’s frame.   Because these counterfeits are authored by mere men (and women) they necessarily put and keep the singer and the listeners in the frame of the author.

The authentic Psalms (the 150 Psalms of the Bible)  are the same in that regard.  By singing them, the worshiper enters and remains in God’s frame.  This what Paul is getting at in Eph 5:18 when he says to be filled with the Spirit,and in Col 3:16 that the word of Christ dwell richly in you.  Paul is exhorting us to remain in Christ’s frame when we worship, and the singing of the Word of Christ and the Songs of the Spirit do just that.   Songs written by mere men are not the Word of Christ, and they are not the songs of the Spirit.

Acceptable worship can only happen in God’s frame.  The use of counterfeits instead of the Word of Christ, breathed out by the Holy Ghost of the 150 Psalms willfully replaces God’s frame with a man-centered frame.  Rightly did Isaiah the prophet say of such that in vain do they worship, teaching for doctrine the commandment of men.  In quoting this Jesus teaches that we are to be in his frame — he sets (and is) the basis for our relationship and interactions with God and he sets the rules.

Many will object and say, but our “hymns” are about God, about Christ. That is entirely beside the point.  Thinking, talking, writing or singing about God or Christ doesn’t entail being in any specific frame.   The serpent was hardly in God’s frame when he was tempting Adam and Eve in the garden.  The devil wasn’t in God’s frame when he was tempting Christ in the wilderness, even when he was quoting Psalm 91.  Of course the devil in using Psalm 91 didn’t enter God’s frame (despite what was said above) because his motive and actions are the same as they always are: he is a liar and murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).

Singing the Psalms is worship in God’s frame.  Singing of counterfeit psalms is non-worship and not in God’s frame.




The Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God.

That is Westminster’s shorter statement on Sola Scriptura.   It’s the answer to the second question of the Shorter Catechism.   What offends people is the word “only“.   Unfortunately most who claim to be reformed don’t really believe that.

Earlier this week, I saw for the first time this year the annual regurgitation how “Christian Holidays” do not have pagan origins.   This of course is beyond laughable because of the lead in to this post.

In the Mosaic administration — I was going to write “Old Testament”, but then there is no record of holy days in Scripture other than the weekly sabbath prior to the exodus and what we refer to as the Mosaic administration — God commands in very specific detail a set of Holy Days and Feasts that His people are to keep: e.g., The Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Feast of Tabernacles, The Day of Atonement.  Not only does God specifically command how these Holy Days are to be observed, but exactly when.   For example, the Passover is at evening on the 14th day of the first month.   All of the annual holidays are commanded for specific dates in the year.

For the New Testament Churches, exactly how many holy days are prescribed in scripture?  What days of the year does scripture say to keep them?  What does scripture say about how we should observe those holy days? Answers: Zero, none, and nothing.

We know from the Old Testament that God is meticulously detailed in His commands about exactly when and how to keep his commanded holidays. We also know that the holidays of the Mosaic administration are fulfilled in Christ and like the rest of the ceremonial law are no longer to be observed by Christians.

That leaves us with the same number of commanded holidays in the New Testament as before the Mosaic administration, which is exactly  one per week, the weekly sabbath.

Since that weekly sabbath is from the beginning and is part of the moral law, it remains.    However Christ’s resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week, wherein he entered in to his Glory, changed the day of the week of the sabbath to the first day of the week.  Now the sabbath is a commemoration of the resurrection of Christ which is the basis for our entering God’s rest, and is called the Lord’s Day .  (Psalm 95 and Hebrews 3, Rev 1:10).

Christians have 52 holy days a year, once a week on the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day.

As for those other days that so many like to refer to as Christian holidays, they are no such thing.  They are not commanded in scripture — don’t forget to apply the word “only” in Shorter Catechism 2 — and according to the regulative principle of worship, which is an application of Sola Scriptura, therefore forbidden.   Where then could their origins be?  We know that scripture doesn’t command them so their origin is not scripture.

Since the origin is not scripture they must be pagan, and they are pagan.  Look at Jeremiah 10, Learn not the way of the heathen … and then goes on about cutting down a tree and decking it with gold and silver because they were like the heathen, i.e, pagans, dismayed at the signs of heaven.  Can anyone wonder what sign of heaven would dismay those who saw it.  Like the lowering of the sun in the sky every year, generating fear and dismay that it will completely disappear beneath the horizon not to be seen again?

Not only do we have no command for holidays (other than the weekly Lord’s Day) in the New Testament, but we have proof from Scripture that the origin for your other so called holidays is utterly pagan and heathen.

The bottom line is this.  To legitimize the observance of a holiday, the commands of when (month and date) and how to observe it must come only from Scripture,and as stated above except for the weekly Lord’s day there is nothing.  Most people like to twist it in rebellion, like they do with very many things.



Cause or Effect

In his post on romantic love and marriage Dalrock lays it out right:

This isn’t to say that romantic love in marriage is bad.  To the contrary, it is truly wonderful!  But it isn’t sanctifyingIt is marriage that sanctifies romantic love and sex, but in our modern rebellion we have twisted this around and assert that romantic love sanctifies marriage and sex.

In our rebellion we have twisted not only this around, but nearly everything is twisted around wrong.    Instead of reason and faith leading to emotion we have emotion and especially emotionalism being the basis for faith and the “reason”, which is ironic because it turns out to be anything but true reason, for what we think.

Rebuilding the Tower

A long time ago in the history of the world, although not that long after God had judged the world that was with a great global flood the men of the day determined to have a single world government.  Despite the fact that God had commanded for people to spread out and fill the earth again, they determined that one world government ruled from one place would be better.

And it just so happened that this one world government was located in the kingdom of Nimrod.  He is described to us as “the mighty hunter before the LORD”. [Gen 10:9,10].  His kingdom would be the global government.    A global government needs a suitably impressive government building program.  It needs an impressive capitol, that would dominate the landscape and even the sky reaching to heaven.

God however disapproved (obviously) of a single world government, since He had commanded them to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth, which had just been entirely depopulated [Gen 9:1,7].  So God came down and confused the language of the people and scattered them across the face of the whole earth. [Gen 11:7,8]

From that time until now the earth was divided into nations.  Those nations determined by family and language.  As the population grew and families and nations grew, their language further grew apart and nations became ever more specific.

There have been wars of nation against nation. There have been empires rising to rule over many nations.  Through all that history, however,  the basic structure of government has been many different nations, defined by family and language.

Many today long for one global government.  No borders, no nations: everyone a citizen of the world.   We are told nationalism is racism, and racism is the worst of all sins.   The only way to avoid (or repent of) racism is destroy nation and nationalism.  Globalism is the only cure for racism.

God judged globalism definitively at Babel.  Globalism is ungodly.

In the great commission, Jesus says: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, …” He didn’t say erect a global government.  He didn’t say “unite all nations as one”.

Like in the days just after the flood when Nimrod built his city and tower to reach to heaven to be the king of the world, so today the globalists want to be the king of the world.  They want to displace Jesus as the anointed king of all the world.   They know Christ is their chief enemy.  So they work to destroy Christian churches and nations in their attempt to usurp Christ the king, and “make us a name”.

Go ahead build a global government.  Try.  Fight a against the LORD and his anointed.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [Psalm 2:4] It is Christ who is sitting and reigning (over all creation) in heaven and laughs at them in scorn.

Good News in the Context of Bad News

The wages of sin is death.   There it is plain and simple.  Truth.  The wages of sin is death, including all the miseries experienced along the way. There is no escape.  There is a cup full of God’s wrath,and he pours it forth and sinners drain it to the dregs[Psalm 75:8].   Every bad thing that happens to anyone of us is part of and a foretaste of death payable because of sin.  Eventually we come to those dregs and face physical death that begins the eternal torment where the worm doesn’t die and the flame is not quenched. [Mark 9:44,46,48].

This is what awaits everyone. For all have sinned [Romans 3:23].   This is the bad news. Eternal death.  It’s the wages of sin.

However, the wages of sin being death is not the end of the matter. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus Christ was sinless. He was perfect in  righteousness in himself. He alone of all men did not earn the wages of sin because he knew no sin. But he who didn’t deserve death, took those wages in his own death that those who believe in him might have eternal and ever lasting life. [John 3:16]

That gift of God of eternal life through Jesus Christ comes not only in his death taking those wages of our sin in himself, but giving to us his eternal life earned by his own perfect righteousness.   Jesus who died for us rose  from the dead, and by his resurrection we have eternal lie in him, by faith.

Jesus drank that cup of the wrath of God to the dregs [Psalm 75:8 and Matt 26:39,42] and never is it to be filled again.  The cup of God’s wrath was emptied by Christ to the bitter dregs of the terrible death of the cross.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. [Romans 5:9]