There is an old reformation principle called the regulative principle which basically states, “the acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by himself and so limited by his own revealed will.” I believe the statement itself is helpful, but just like any other idea it does get misunderstood and abused.
One extreme might be to say that we do not have a piano mentioned specifically in the written ‘revealed will’ of God, therefore we cannot use a piano to worship our God. This would be a horrible misunderstanding but you might imagine that something like this is not an exaggeration.
Let me apply it differently, we have been given the very words of God through his scripture. We have also been given great teachers and thinkers throughout history who have written greatly to proclaim the words of God. One might say that we must not waste our time reading books of fiction but rather we must only give ourselves to reading and studying the words of God through scripture and the teachings of men who are explaining those words.
In this spirit of extremism one might ask, “As a worshiper of our great God why would you read books of fiction when you have the the words of God and the expositions of godly men available to you?”
Please do not mistake these extreme positions for my personal view. I’m hoping to read some thoughts from you in the comments that explain how you see reading books of fiction resting under the umbrella of a gospel-informed life.
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