“We Put the NO in Innovation”

This commercial is great! It bears a striking resemblance to a biblical attitude about worship. God has prescribed how we are to worship him, and innovation is not what he had in mind. Ask Nadab and Abihu. You can read about the consequences of their “innovation” below. But first, watch the illustrative video.

Leviticus 10:1-3 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron held his peace.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can get caught up by reading up on what the Reformed call “The Regulative Principle of Worship.”

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3 responses

  1. The “Regulative Principle” stance has been used to outlaw the likes of all instruments, some instruments, and anything “new” in worship. I’ve even been told that any hymn written after the 1700’s is “strange fire” to the Lord.
    I would give caution to not constrain our freedom in Christ to worship Him with all we are and have.
    ps. I add sugar to my shredded wheat!

  2. I recognize that, and respect the difference of opinion over whether such issues constitute elements of worship or mere circumstances. I’m a circumstance guy. But even if I was an element guy, I’d be claiming the fact that I don’t really have the luxury to be so picky about singing psalms-only sans instruments. But I won’t be working through the whole concept of a regulative principle in order to find reasons to jettison it and advocate the normative principle as described in my relatively neutral Wikipedia article in my link.

  3. Brandon M. Fickle | Reply

    I’m reading “The Holiness of God” by Sproul right now. . . was reading his exposition on Nadab and Abihu literally two hours ago.

    To Randy: some people misapplying the regulative principle doesn’t immediately invalidate it. Instruments, music, the preaching of the Word, prayer, and communion. . . all of these are demonstrated in elements of corporate gatherings throughout the Bible (although, admittedly, some are more clearly shown in the old covenant – so whether or not they can be assumed to be welcome in the new covenant church is a tangential conversation).

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