Free Church of Scotland Decides to Allow Congregations to Sing Hymns and to Use Musical Instruments in Worship

November 22, 2010

Dr. John Nicholls is a member of the Board of Directors of the WRF and an ordained minister in the Free Church of Scotland.  Dr. Nicholls is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the London City Mission in England.On Monday, November 22, 2010, the message below was received from Dr. Nicholls:


Free Church of Scotland allows its congregations liberty to sing hymns and to use musical instruments


On Friday, November 19, 2010, the Free Church of Scotland voted on Friday (in a special General Assembly) to give congregations the liberty to use hymns/songs as well as psalms,  and also to use musical instruments, in their public worship.  The motion was passed somewhat narrowly.   I understand that there was a good spirit at the assembly, despite differences over strongly-held views.  Some of the brethren who hold to a “psalms only” position  may find this difficult to accept.  Please pray for them – and for the whole church, that grace, wisdom, and unity in the truth may prevail.   For a full statement on the matter from the Assembly see: http://www.freechurch.org/index.php/scotland/news_events_item/worship_statement/ 

Dr. Nicholls may be cotacted at this address: john@lcm.org.uk