Instrumental music and New Testament worship

by James D. Bales in Searcy? Ark

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    Bibliography: p. 281-294.

    Statementby James D. Bales.
    LC ClassificationsML3001 .B2
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    Pagination299 p.
    Number of Pages299
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  “Arguments for Instrumental Music” Thursday, Categories: Authority, Instrumental Music, Worship. One of the most prevalent arguments given in support of instrumental music is that the Old Testament had instrumental music and the book of Revelation mentions harps in heaven, therefore, to retain continuity, God is accepting of instrumental music in worship . The New Testament doesn't forbid the use of instrumental music in worship; that is, there is no direct or indirect statement saying the instruments were not to be used in worship. The problem is that there is no authorization to use instrumental music in the New Testament. No instrument (other than the human voice and the human heart) is anywhere authorized for use in New Testament worship. Some argue that musical instruments are just aids like songbooks. However, songbooks can be an aid to either singing (vocal music) or playing (instrumental music). The Biblical Foundations of Instrumental Music in Worship: Four Pillars. ISBN: The overwhelming majority of Christian churches around the United States consider the use of musical instruments to be a necessary part of their weekly worship services, yet many do not understand the biblical basis for that practice.

  Note: Yesterday, we posted 18 Old Testament Passages on Worship. Matthew Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. The instrument is named in Psalms and it was the ten stringed psaltery, but in the New it is the heart. Just as circumcision is spiritual - is of the heart (Romans ; Philippians ; Colossians ), just so the instrument is spiritualized, i.e. it is the heart." (Instrumental Music and New Testament Worship, p. ).   In reading a book by Edward C. Wharton, he makes a good case that instrumental music is not authorized by Jesus during worship services in the new covenant. In the old Mosaic covenant, instrumental music was not only authorized, but commanded. It was overseen by King David himself (1 Chron. ; 2 Chron. ). The proposition is: "Instrumental music in Chri stian wor­ ship is Scriptural." By "instrumental music" I mean music made on a mechanic al instrument, such as the organ, piano, etc. By the preposition "in" I mean in connection with. By "Christi an worship" I .

Explains why our Puritan and Reformed forefathers called the use of instrumental music in public worship "the badge of Popery" -- which they believed overturned the work of Christ and reintroduced the shadows of the Old Testament (which the light of Christ had abolished) back into public worship.

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By William J. Stewart. We have in previous articles looked at instrumental music in the book of Revelation, and in the Old Testament. This week, we focus on the occurrences of instrumental music in the New Testament, from Matthew through Jude, investigate the manner of music to be used in New Testament worship.

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WORSHIP – “Worship in the New Testament” 4 2. There is no example of it in Christian worship when the church was first established and for centuries thereafter. The word of history is unanimous that musical instruments were not used in Christian worship during the period of direct divine direction of the church.

The overwhelming majority of biblical references to instrumental music in worship are found in the Old Testament, but there are also limited references in the New Testament. The third pillar is the implied references in two familiar worship passages, Ephesians and Colossiansand their reference to using psalms in Christian worship.

Likewise, God has commanded, in the New Testament, the kind of music He wishes in modern Christian worship, and that is singing. Col. reads, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with gladness in your hearts to the Lord.".

The exclusive nature of New Testament authority strictly prohibits the Lord's church from employing instrumental music in worship. It is moral and right for Christians to play any musical instrument, from a comb and tissue paper.

The book of Revelation is admitted by all to be the most difficult book of the New Testament to fully understand. It is a book of signs and symbols. In chapter one, verse one, it reads: "The Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 7.

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Music Issue— pages FHU Forum: Instrumental Music: Faith or. OCLC Number: Description: pages ; 22 cm: Contents: Introduction --Worship in Spirit and in truth --God expects obedience --We are under a new covenant --Appeals to the Old Testament --We are commanded to use Old Instrumental music and New Testament worship book Psalms (Eph.

) --Instrumental music prophesied?--Paul and the Law (Acts ) --The "psallo" argument --The silence of the Scriptures --What is worship.

If God had commanded the use of instrumental music, worship would have been much less flexible as far as the physical setting was concerned. Jesus said that the place of worship was to be unimportant in the church (John ). In other words, worshipping in the outdoors or in a cave during a time of persecution would be a simple, convenient.

From the earliest days, music has played an important element in the worship of God. In both the Old and New Testaments, one can read of the use of music in worship. During the last years, there has been much controversy as to the nature of acceptable music in Christian worship.

The New Testament terms which describe and enjoin the element of music in Christian worship. Confining our statement to the terms which specifically indicate music, these are the verbs ado (αδσ), humneo ('πκλεσ), and psallo (ςαιισ) and their cognate nouns ode (σδε), hymnos ('πκλνο), and psalmos (ςαικνο).

There has never been any controversy over the kind of music, in. Though instrumental music was used in worship in the Old Testament, one ought not immediately conclude that such is the case in New Testament worship also. The countless examples and the commandment to use harps, trumpets, stringed instruments, timbrels and the like for the people of Israel is not authoritative for those who are subject to the.

GUEST ARTICLE Instrumental Music and the Old Testament We worship God in song without the use of instruments of music for three basic reasons. Christ did not authorize it. In his Great Commission, he said, “All authority is given unto me in heaven and on earth.

Go, make disciples of all ng them to observe all things whatsoever [ ]. Instead of showing that instruments are authorized in Christian worship, Blakely pursued the radical notion that items of worship are not defined by the New Testament and that therefore there are no specific regulations.

vii Such a position surrenders the New Testament plan of worship in order to salvage a music box. Instrumental music was introduced into religious service by King David, nearly years after the Israelites left Egypt (1 Chron.

16). The use of instrumental music in worship is mentioned about 36 times in the Old Testament, but not one single time in the New.

Now, granting that the Old Testament does not authorize anything relative to Christian worship (Colossians Ephesians ; 2 Corinthians –11; Hebrews ; etc.), we do see how we may establish whether or not there is authority for instrumental music in Christian worship by the New Covenant.

"His book on 'Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church' is really a testimony against what he regarded as a corruption of the worship of God. The book rests on the principle that a divine warrant is necessary for everything in the faith and practice of the Church, and the argument is a splendid piece of logical reasoning.

Instrumental Music. Mark Dunagan 06/05/05 - Sunday Morning. Instrumental Music. The earliest description of a worship service among Christians outside of the New Testament is found in the writings of a non-Christian.

authority of immediate revelations of new, original truth with the inspired Oracles, and neglect the observance of the sacraments, both add to and take away from them. And, in like manner, those who import instrumental music into the ordained worship of the New Testament Church.

Some of these are simply weak, and some are downright silly. Before we begin, please notice that you cannot find a verse in the New Testament that authorizes instruments of music in our worship assemblies.

“Jesus never deals with instrumental music” “It is a non-issue in the book of Acts” I will deal with these two together. Jerome: As quoted in Instrumental Music And New Testament Worship, pg. "Whichever way you turn, the plowman holding the plow-handle is singing 'Hallelujah,' the sweating reaper diverts himself with psalms, the vine-dresser pruning the vine with his curved knife is singing something from David." These people had their hands full, yet.

A detailed discussion of the use of instrumental music in the Old Testament, and the pattern of vocal music in the New Testament will be reserved for another occasion. However, permit just a few comments on these important aspects of music in the Scriptures. That instrumental music was used in worship in Old Testament times is sure.

M.C. Kurfees published Instrumental Music in Worship in showing that psallo did not carry the inherent idea of the use of instruments in the New Testament period. Briney responded with Instrumental Music in Christian Worship intrying to show that psallo always continued to carry the idea of an instrument.

Instrumental music in worship, polygamy, easy divorce, burning incense, and animal sacrifice were all permitted (tolerated) in the Old Testament, but rejected from the New Testament.

"Then there come to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders. for they wash not their hands.

As we have already noted, historians agree that instrumental music was a later addition to the worship of the church. If as some allege, the word psallo means to use the instrument, then there was a command in the first century to use the instrument in the New Testament.

If there. The New Testament is sufficient in explaining our worship and service (Romans ; 1 Corinthians ; 2 Peter ). Arguments For Instrumental Music “Instrumental music is authorized by the command to sing Old Testament psalms.”.

The purpose of this book is to provide an accessible, comprehensive biblical philosophy of instrumental music in worship for church instrumental directors and instrumentalists in churches. This information will better inform and enrich their ministry, transforming them as worship leaders, and ultimately, transforming the worship practices of /5(1).

The Gospel of John has no allusion to music, either secular or religious. In New Testament descriptions of synagogue services, there is no allusion to music of any sort. ACTS Though instrumental music was familiar to Jewish communities, as well as Greek ones, the Book of Acts does not allude to congregational.

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“SCHAFF ‘It is questionable whether, as used in the New Testament, ‘psallo’ means more than to sing The absence of instrumental music from the church for some centuries after the apostles and the sentiment regarding it which pervades the writing, the fathers are unaccountable, if in the apostolic church such music was used’ (Schaff-Herzog, Vol.

3, p. Singing songs to God is far from new. It isn’t something our modern churches invented as a way to begin a church service. Worship in the Old Testament is everywhere. Even Moses sang to God in the book Exodus. But the truth is that worship isn’t just about singing songs it’s about our hearts.

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