Two holes in the door…

“It was said that the Rev. John Newton was a great lover of cats. Once he possessed a mother cat and a kitten. In the kindness of his heart, and to prevent the too frequent interruption of his studies by waiting on the cats, he had two holes cut in the door of his house, one for the old cat, and a smaller one for the kitten. It had not occurred to the good man that the hole that would admit the larger cat would admit also the kitten, indeed would admit not only two cats but any number of cats. When you have made an opening in the door of God’s house large enough to admit songs of praise which God has not authorized, that same hole will admit the worship of the Virgin Mary, prayers to St. Peter, confession to the priest, holy water, kissing the pope’s toe, and the whole brood of pollutions and monstrosities from which the Church escaped in the tremendous revolution and reformation of the sixteenth century. The great principle that only what is commanded has a place in the worship of God was one of the cornerstones of the Reformation; without it the great battle of Protestantism against Romanism could never have been fought out and won. In asserting this doctrine we are simply calling the Church back to one of the great attainments of the Reformation, when purity of worship and the inspired songs of God’s Word had the right of way in all the Reformed Churches.” by the Rev. William H. Vincent, D. D., Allegheny, Pa. The Scriptural Law of Worship, ch3 from The Psalms in Worship, edited by John McNaugher, full text The Psalms in Worship CH3 The Scriptural Law of Worship by William H Vincent

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2 responses to “Two holes in the door…

  1. Hello
    This W H Vincent can you tell me a little about him and his life. If I am Right this could be my Great Great Great Grandfather.
    thank you

  2. Diane,

    He is the author of a chapter in a Book entitled the Psalms in Worship found here. It was published in 1907. As far as I can tell he was a minster in the United Presbyterian Church (UPC) which merged with another group in 1958, eventually becoming a part of the PCUSA (also, losing their Psalms singing heritage).

    He is listed as the Rev. William H. Vincent, D. D., Allegheny, PA. I will see if I have any other information on him.

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