One of the most used critiques of EP is the pointing to supposed snippets of “hymns” in Paul’s letters and other places in the New Testament. The simple response to this is: Where are they? By that I mean if hymns had been use and were being written why do we have zero archaeological evidence for it? We have fragments of nearly every conceivable thing from the 1st and 2nd centuries but why no hymns? Now these arguments are weak mainly because they are arguments from silence but also because they are hardly enough for those who speak against EP. I would also like to as well repeat the refrain that I am not an EPist but I must admit that I do have sympathy for their position.
That all being said I have included a snippet so we can see how serious the Reformers took this issue:
‘All worshipping, honouring, or service invented by the brain of man in the religion of God, without His own express commandment, is Idolatry’– John Knox
By the way this weekend/next week I am going to begin a couple posts on the non-use of Instruments in Worship.