Every Christian believes that there is an acceptable and an unacceptable way of worshipping God. Every Christian has a regulative principle, a rule (or rules) which regulates the content and conduct of worship. Even the most extreme worship leader has some limit on what he or she deems acceptable in the worship of God. Some of the most common regulative principles that people use today are:
The Past: This is the way we have always done it.
Preference: This is what I like and enjoy.
Pragmatism: This works, it’s popular, it draws people in.
Prohibition: Everything and anything goes unless it is specifically prohibited.
Prescription: True worship is commanded worship; we may only include what God commands.