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Some churches which hold to the regulative principle of worship (RPW) insist that recitation of creeds or portions of confessions or catechisms by the congregation is an important act in the public worship of God. Other churches who hold that principle do not consider such recitation lawful. Given that the principle has a "guilty until proven innocent" structure, how do those who hold to the principle and believe in confessional recitation demonstrate that God requires confessional recitation (since that is the condition demanded by that principle)?

Note: this question is about a disagreement among those who hold to the RPW. I'm not interested in this question in hearing about why the RPW is wrong, or why confessional recitation ought to be done in some other worship paradigm. Please refrain from answering unless you understand the RPW.

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This doesn't seem to me to be a fair question to me. Anyone who holds to rpw would never grant the assumption: "God requires confessional recitation." –  frank.s Jul 30 '13 at 0:14
    
@frank.s I'm inclined to agree, but nevertheless some churches that seem serious about RPW do it. Surely there is some explanation. –  Kazark Jul 30 '13 at 0:25
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My guess is that such involves "good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture" and "there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the Word" (WCF I.VI) Also, this long OPC report—found by googling—might be helpful in addressing this question (I just skimmed a few parts). –  Paul A. Clayton Jul 30 '13 at 3:10

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It comes from vows and religious oaths. See this post on the Puritan Board for a discussion of the inclusion of creeds. In particular, this portion is of interest:

WCF 21:5 "...are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God (Mat_28:19; Act_2:42; 1Co_11:23-29): besides religious oaths (Deu_6:13 with Neh_10:29), vows Isa_19:21 with Eccl 5;4, 5),..."

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