INTRODUCTION: We have discussed several things concerning what the Bible teachs about singing. We have learned that God did command us to sing in the worship. We have learned that god has given us some important guidelines concerning the way in which we are to sing. But the question often comes up among visitors to a worship service of the churches of Christ as to why we do not have instruments of music to accompany our singing. We need to know why we do not use the piano or guitar in our worship. Is it just our preference? Or is there some valid reason for rejecting these things.
I. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN ONLY PRACTICE THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
2. Galatians 1:6-9
3. II John 9-11
2. When Jesus specified fruit of the vine and bread for the Lord's supper he didn't have to specify everything else that he would not be pleased in.
3. In the same way, if God specified one type of music and did not authorize another he would not have to specify every other kind of music that he would not be please with.
2. Acts 16:25-"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners heard them."
3. Romans 15:9-"I will sing unto thy name."
4. I Corinthians 14:15-"I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also."
5. Hebrews 2:12-"Saying, I will declare thy name unto my bre- thren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee."
2. Colossians 3:16-"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in alll wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
3. The only music commanded in the New Testament is vocal. 4. It is a specific command,therefore it excludes all other kinds of music.
2. If we truly love the Lord the positive command to sing would be sufficient to exclude instrumental music from the worship.
2. A songbook does not change the basic command. Even when the songbook is used it doesn't change the command.
3. Instrumental music is different because it changes the basic of singing. If the Lord had commanded us to make music the instrument of music would have been an aid.
2. We have already discussed the principle that when God is specific in a certain area he excludes all other options.
3. Some examples.
a. Ephesians 5:20
b. I Corinthians 16:2
c. Colossians 3:16
b. Hebrews 10:9-10
c. Hebrews 9:15-"And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament..."
d. Under the Old Law worshippers burned incense, offered sacrifices, and worshipped in Jerusalem. Would those who appeal to the Old Testament for authority for using ins- trumental music in worship include these things in their worship?
a. Revelation 14:2,3-"And I heard a voice from heaven, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the' hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."
2. But notice that John didn't say that there were harpers playing in heaven but that it was the VOICE as the voice of harpers harping.
3. Besides, none of us can predict what will be in heaven. We only know that God has not chosen to include instrumental music in the worship of Christ's church.
(Martin Luther, Mcclintock & Strong's Encyclopedia Volume VI, page 762).
2. John Calvin (the father of Presbyterianism)-"Musical instru- ments in celebrating praises of God would be no more suit- able tdhan the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the Law. The Papists, therefore, have foolishly borrowed this..."
3. John Wesley (the father of Methodism)-"I have no opposition to the organ in our chapel provided it is neither seen nor heard."
4. Charles Spurgeon (famous Baptist preacher)-In commenting on I Corinthians 14:15 he said, "I would as soon pray to God with machinery as to sing to God with machinery.
5. These men are not quoted to prove anything scripturally. We can only find scriptural proof from God's word. It is imp- ortant to note that we are not the only ones who have stood against instrumental music. In fact, the instrument caused division and conflict in every church in which it has been introduced.
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