Responding to Critics on the “Instrumental Music” Issue
In the past we have published several articles dealing with the innovation of using mechanical instruments of music in Christian worship. These essays have generated a flood of critical responses. We have categorized these defensive arguments, and in this article we offer our rebuttal.
History of Instrumental Music
Though the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship are common in both the Catholic and Protestant communities of "Christendom, " most people do not realize that this function was unknown to the churches of the apostolic age. Rather, the practice was an innovation that came centuries after the establishment of Christ’s church, and such was wholly without New Testament authority. Noted scholar William Woodson discusses this digression in this month’s Feature article.
My Husband Is a Snake
When people refuse to accept the true God, they can resort to the worship of most anything in an effort to satisfy their spiritual instinct. Read of one such bizarre case that recently attracted public attention.
What Is A Cappella Music?
Did the first-century Christians employ mechanical instruments of music in their worship of God? If so, where is the evidence of such? If not, why did they refrain from such when instruments were readily available in that era?
Are Modern Church Buildings Digressive?
Does the use of a modern church building constitute a digression of the divine pattern? Though some so claim, the New Testament does not support this notion.
Revelation 22:8-9 – Was Christ an Angel?
Was Jesus Christ an angel or was he in the same class as deity? Some believe he was Michael, the archangel. What do the scriptures teach?
Is the Church a Reed or a Pillar?
A reed is a symbol of instability; a pillar signifies a solid, immovable foundation. The church of today must ask: “Are we a ‘reed shaken in the wind’ or are we the ‘pillar and ground of the truth’”?
Amos 5:21,22 – Vain Religion
Worship God — then live as you please — is the sentiment of legions. But what does God think of such attitudes?
Ephesians 5:19 — Making Melody
Does this passage authorize the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship to God? Many erroneously contend that it does. Study this important issue with us.
Times That Try Our Souls
Division “contrary to the doctrine” of Christ is wrong (Romans 16:17); but division, consistent with the Lord’s teaching, is not. Let faithful men and women work for a church that is united—but united upon the basis of biblical truth, not sectarian compromise (John 17:17).
Amos, David and Instruments of Music
Does Amos 6:5 censure David’s introduction of instrumental music in worship?
Why Was Cain’s Sacrifice Rejected?
“Did God reject Cain’s sacrifice simply because he did not ‘give his best’ or was it because it was not a blood sacrifice like Abel’s? Did God require an animal sacrifice (blood sacrifice) on this occasion?”
The Twisted Logic of Liberalism
It is surely an oddity of modern liberalism within the body of Christ that some would appeal to the authority of Bible precedent to establish the premise that one needs no authority for what he practices in religion. This article addresses some of these current efforts.
Psallo and the Instrumental Music Controversy
Over the years, some of those who support the use of mechanical instruments of music have appealed to what is known as the psallo argument.
Are Christians Required to Lift Up Holy Hands?
Should Christians raise their hands when praying?
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
An in-depth study of the interesting encounter between Jesus and an unnamed Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well recorded in John chapter four.
The Silence Argument
Is the “silence of the Scripures” authoritative. The Bible itself states that it is.
The Lord’s Day
1 Kings 12 — The Sin of Jeroboam
What was the sin of Jeroboam? Unauthorized innovation — still a problem to this day.
What does Jesus expect from his disciples?