In January 2000 a division occurred because a majority was determined to act in a way that was against the Constitution or 'rule book' of the church, which all office-bearers must uphold. A number of ministers and elders pledged themselves to continue the Free Church in a constitutional manner. Today, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) remains in continuity with the Free Church of 1843. The singing of the Scottish Metrical Psalms unaccompanied by instrumental music is, perhaps, the most distinctive feature of its liturgy, but the chief emphasis of its worship is still to be found in the centrality of the pulpit and the proclamation of a free and sovereign salvation. It also believes in the inalianable right and duty of every office-bearer to defend the Constitution of the Church, even if this means protesting against the General Assembly, the highest court of the Church.

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