By: Brian A. Yeager
Advocates of instrumental music in the worship generally use three arguments. They say instruments were used in the Old Testament (Psalms 150:1-6). We know that the Old Testament is no longer binding (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:13-15, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 8:7-13). We know that it is a sin to try and justify things by it (Galatians 5:4). Then they say that the angels voices sounded as harpers harping in Heaven, but we realize that things bound in Heaven are not on Earth (Matthew 22:30). The third argument is the Greek term "Psallo - yallw "
Now, I want to look at another Greek term and use it to prove a point. That term is "baptizo – baptisqhtw" appears in forms of baptize, baptism etc. Strong’s number 907 defined as:
Look at every time that the words sing, sang, song, singing, sung or psalms – relating to singing, or hymns, or spiritual songs appear in the New Testament. You will not find any time in which they played. (Romans 15:9, I Corinthians 14:15, Hebrews 2:12, James 5:13, and Revelation 15:3. – The term sing). (Acts 16:25 – The term sang). (Revelation 5:9, Revelation 14:3, and Revelation 15:3 –The term song). (Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 – Singing). (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Revelation 5:9, and Revelation 14:3 – The term sung.) (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, and James 5:13). (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26, Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 – The terms hymn(s) and spiritual songs.) None of the verses speaking of singing in the New Testament give any form of authority for an instrument!
Also, you will have those people that say that the word "psalms" means that we should sing from the Old Testament book of Psalms. If that is the case then why are we not doing animal sacrifices (Psalms 20:3 etc.)? We cannot because we are under a New Law that has Christ as the only sacrifice (Hebrews 9:12-28). Then you will have the attitude that it helps in the worship. Yet, we must know that we are commanded to make the melody in our heart. To add to that command would be a sin (Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18-19).
Now, if instruments were authorized through the term "Psallo",
and the Apostles failed to use them, that would make the Apostles sinners
(I John 3:4). That would make Christ a sinner since He did not use one
in Matthew 26:30. There are so many common sense reasons why the instrument
is invalid in the worship that any one that wanted to go to Heaven would
not use them. We must remember that God must say it, infer it, or give
an approved example of it, for it to be an acceptable practice in the worship.
To say that the instrument is an expedient is to add to the instrument
authorized which is the heart. Are we not supposed to be doing a worship
that pleases God? What happens to man pleasing worshippers (Galatians 1:10)?
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