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The Presbyterian divine Robert Lewis Dabney would, I am certain, be flabbergasted by what passes as “Reformed” worship in American evangelicalism. Years ago he gravely warned:

“Blinded men are ever prone to imagine that they have religious feelings because they have sensuous animal feelings in accidental juxtaposition with religious places, words, or sights. This is the pernicious mistake which has sealed up millions of self-deceived souls for hell.”

Review of Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church, by John I. Girardeau, Presbyterian Quarterly 3 (1889): 467; also cited in W. Robert Godfrey, “Worship and the Emotions” in Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship: Celebrating the Legacy of James Montgomery Boice, ed. Philip Graham Ryken, Derek W. H. Thomas, and J. Ligon Duncan III (Phillipsburg, Penn.: P&R, 2003), 370.

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