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Return of High Places

The Free Church of Scotland has succumbed to the continuing trend in Christendom, by assenting to the introduction of hymns and musical instruments. Its plenary General Assembly of the Church, met on the 18th and 19th November, and by the voting figures of 98 to 84, passed the motion.

Oh tragic day! Not only for the denomination, but for Scotland itself, and the rest of the U.K. Now the individual churches can employ whatever form of worship they desire. By one stroke, the uniformity of Presbyterianism has been shattered, and virtually each man does that which is right in his own eyes. What a betrayal of Presbyterianism; what a betrayal of history, and of the memory of greater men, both spiritually and theologically. It seems the die has been cast, and humanly speaking there can be no return.

It behoves those who believe in the purity of worship and the Regulative Principle, to be alert to any initial compromising, however small. Otherwise, we ignore the fact that it is “The little foxes that spoil the vines.”


“For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them” (2Kgs 21:3).