"The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them...providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church...
"The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt that it sets men aflame." -- Charles Spurgeon
"Every consideration points in the direction therefore of ‘standing in the old ways":
* The word and authority of God;
* Our desire to obtain His blessing which "maketh rich and addeth no sorrow";
* The consideration that our land has prospered greatly by the blessing of God in connection with the old and time-honored worship of our fathers;
* The certainty that if changes under false principles are tolerated, they will gradually diverge into wider extremes...;
* That they are essentially revolutionary in their nature, and throw a complete discredit upon the ordination vows of Church office-bearers and upon those who administer and take them.
"...The age is becoming luxurious and irreligious, and the luxury and music of the drawing-room are being transferred to the Church. Some good people foolishly imagine that because vital religion is all-important, divine order is quite immaterial...
"The adherents of Prelacy are not unnaturally looking up again as if their day of triumph were at hand. But the end is not yet." (Dr. James Begg, "Anarchy In Worship," Lyon & Gemmell, Edinburgh, 1875, available at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/b.htm )
"Is it possible to find a single instance in Scripture of accepted worship that was not prescribed by God?" (ibid)