That it repeals the decision of the Synod of 1926 regarding choir~singing, and declare that there shall be no singing in our public services except by the congregation as a whole, on the ground:
a) That there is no place for such singing according to our Reformed conception of public worship. Since God meets and fellowships with His Church in public worship, every element must be either an act of God
(through the Minister) having the congregation as its object or an act of the congregation (directly or through the minister) having God as its object. Anthem-singing by a choir or a soloist is neither. It is in reality a usurpation of the privilege and duty of the whole congregation to sing praise to God;
b) It conflicts with Article 69 of the Church Order which permits the singing of only a few hymns specifically mentioned;
c) It conflicts with the basic principle of Article 69 of the Church Order, namely, that the Church as a whole. through the Synod, shall determine what shall be sung in our churches….
H. J. KUIPER.
J. V AN LONKHUYZEN
Y. P. DE JONG
—Acta der Synode 1928 van Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerk, 11–29 Juni, 1928, Holland, Michigan. Supplement XIV