Friday, July 8, 2011

Don't Bring That Around Here (Laodicea - Canon 59)

No psalms composed by private individuals nor any uncanonical books may be read in the church, but only the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testaments.

The psalm exclusion was directed to those songs composed by heretical teachers, not those of sound and trusted teachers.  Some groups throughout church history have taken a position of exclusive psalmody.  While this practice safeguards the lyrical content—a worthwhile gesture much needed today—it prevents the inclusion of God-honoring pieces written later.

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