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.

 

 

Holidays?

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.