“…when they [poems/uninspired hymns] come in competition with the Bible, or are used as substitutes for any part of the Bible, then, indeed, the profane intrusion must be met and restricted by scriptural authority and solemn protest.”


“Perhaps no error has gained more extensive currency among Protestants, in this age of the church, than this:—That every one has an equal and divine right to compose hymns, to be offered in praise to God. Now let no one suppose that we have ought to say against poetry, in general, or against evangelical hymns, in particular—provided they are kept in their own place; but when they come in competition with the Bible, or are used as substitutes for any part of the Bible, then, indeed, the profane intrusion must be met and restricted by scriptural authority and solemn protest. For, if we may accept an “imitation” as a substitute for the book of Psalms without impious presumption; on the same principle imitations of all the other books of the Bible may be accepted as substitutes; and then we arrive at the infidel goal to which the teachings of Drs. Watts, Cuyler, and Musgrave have unconsciously conducted us. Of course we use these three names of distinguished divines merely as typical of a great multitude of equally cultured men—hence the church’s peril.  

Innovators of this age are not more popular and self-confident, perhaps, than those whom Isaiah was commissioned to warn, thus: “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” [Isaiah 50.11.] Should the advocates of the purity of God’s worship in the matter of his praise sometimes utter “nonsense,” or even seem to be obnoxious to the imputation of “stupidity;” their criminality and punishment must be allowed to be comparatively light, when contrasted with the crime and doom of those contemplated in the above awful commination [threatening] by the Lord’s prophet.”

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Reformed Presbyterian International Conference


The RP International Conference is a six day “family reunion” held every four years, that brings together a segment of the Family of God…

THE RP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE is a six day “family reunion” held every four years. The Conference brings a segment of the Family of God together which includes new families who have united with the RPNCA, friends of the RPCNA, and families with a rich history of God’s covenant faithfulness over the generations. Family members come from places as far away as Africa, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, and maybe from places such as East Asia and the Middle East. Over 1600 saints, young and old, enjoy fellowship focused on the Word of God expounded, the Psalms sung, and prayer.

Beyond such worship experiences there is plenty of diversity when it comes to workshops, seminars, and classes for all ages. It is a golden opportunity for the young people of the church to learn how the Lord is moving among peers throughout the world. From the talent night, to the consecration service, to the social events, to the free time, becoming acquainted with the members of Christ’s Family helps such passages as 1 Corinthians 12 come to life.

July 11, 2012 | Lord’s Day lunch registration will close at 5:00 PM EDT on Saturday, July 14.

July 7, 2012 | Room assignments have been emailed to all registrants. Please email the registrars if you didn’t receive this information (registrar@rpinternationalconference.org).

July 4, 2012 | The Program and Recreation booklets are now available on this site. Paper copies of these will be included in each household’s conference packet, but you’re welcome to read them in advance.

July 3, 2012 | Newsletter #6 is now available. Find all the latest news for the conference in the newsletter, which is available for download as a letter-sized version (PDF). This latest and the previous five newsletters can all be downloaded from the newsletter page of this site.

June 23, 2012 | The R.P. International Conference Staff wants people to know that, during the conference, visitors are welcome to attend the morning sessions in the Chapel and the adult breakout sessions during the second hour of each morning. The Tuesday and Thursday evening worship services are open to all. Visitors will not receive nametags and no meals will be available on campus.

As a reminder, visitors are welcome on the Lord’s Day for the following:

  • 9:00-10:15 AM: Morning worship Service
    • Dr. Richard Holdeman, preaching
  • 10:30-11:45 AM: Sabbath School Class (Adult/College/High school)
    • Dr. Joel Beeke, Teaching
  • 11:30-1:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM: Psalm Sing
  • 7:15-8:30PM: Evening Worship Service
    • Pastor David Reese, Preaching

MAY 21, 2012 | Join us for lunch! Those not attending the conference are invited to join us for the Lord’s Day, July 22, 2012, as discussed in newsletter #4. All are welcome to come for the worship services, classes, and Psalm Sing. There are no fees for attendance on that day. However, advance lunch reservations are required for those wishing to join us for lunch who are not registered for the conference. Please register online using this form.

Make a Joyful Noise: the Metrical Psalms, a Musical Traditions program by the BBC

This program looks very interesting, covering the history, translation and use of the Metrical Psalter. I have had several people recommend it to me but I can’t get the videos to play on my computer. (I have updated my browser and player, but still not working.)

First, what are your opinions of the portrayal of the Metrical Psalter by the BBC? Does anyone know if these videos are available anywhere else on the internet?