I'm actually quite glad this topic has come up. I came across this section
a few weeks ago as I was plowing through the RPNA subordinate standards. I
talked briefly about it at an RPNA society that we're attending. All of
this RP stuff is fairly new for me and my family (RPW, EP, NT Sabbath,
family worship, covenanting, etc.), but we are making tremendous headway by
God's grace. Until a couple months ago I did not have anyone I could even
discuss these precious doctrines with in person and peacibly.
So about "play-houses", I have many questions. First, since the RP did not
elaborate on the correlation between "pagan entertainment" and "the stage" I
was wondering if someone could point me to a more thorough analysis
(preferrably by a Covenanted Presbyterian). As it is worded in this section
of A,D&T it could be interpreted a few ways.
What is pagan?
1. The use of the stage
2. The use of the stage to act (either actual events like battle
reinactments or fictional)
3. The use of the stage to act falsely (fictitious plays)
4. The use of the stage to act out immoral events
5. The use of the stage to act out moral events in vain
6. The moral character of the actors who are being countenanced
7. The use of the stage to ________________(?)
Given that I do not know the interpretation intended by the RP beyond what
is provided in the context, it would appear to be #4 above. However, this
is my first brush with this concept and am already having my seared
conscience mended as well as my ways. Thanks for the help.
Seeking truth and peace that is true,
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 06:56:22 -0500
From: "Gary Gearon" <GGearon@...
Subject: Re: Re: Act Declaration and Testimony
>From what I understand Jasper, it has to do with the historical/academic
value of the actual event. Perhaps we could do a search in the Scriptures
that pertain to acting. I do not have time at the moment for the search, as
I am heading into Georgia from Mississippi, and need to get rolling...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 6:45 AM
Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Re: Act Declaration and Testimony
>Gary and/or Others: what is the rationale for allowing battle
>reenactments while disallowing "acting" or "pretending" in general?
>And are there other specific exceptions to the prohibition on
>Are there similar prohibitions on other arts?
>Thank you for any additional information.
>--- In email@example.com, "Gary Gearon"
> > the "Act, Declaration and Testimony" forbids Theater attendance as
> > sinful, because of the Actors and acting; but it does allow for
> > battle re-enactments
>--- and wrote:
> > The A,D and T is a document and subordinate standard that
> > historical RP's are bound by (in regard to its contents). Around
> > page 95, it forbids attendance at Theatres. As I understand it,
> > actors are thought to be "pretenders" [the greek word for actor is
> > hypocros sp?)], and are to be avoided by RP's. Not all RP's agree
> > with this document, although it is indeed part of their historical
> > heritage.
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