The Case For A Cappella Singing in New Testament Worship

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When We Approach God We Must Do So On HIS Terms, Not Our Own. Cain and Abel ? Genesis 3Nadab and Abihu ? Leviticus 10:1-3; Numbers 26:61Matthew 15:3-9. Colossians 3:17. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.. These

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1. The Case For A Cappella Singing in New Testament Worship

2. When We Approach God We Must Do So On HIS Terms, Not Our Own Cain and Abel – Genesis 3 Nadab and Abihu – Leviticus 10:1-3; Numbers 26:61 Matthew 15:3-9

3. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

4. These passages clearly authorize singing in New Testament worship Acts 16:25 Romans 15:9 1 Corinthians 14:15 Ephesians 5:17-21 Colossians 3:15-17 James 5:13

5. Where is one passage that as clearly authorizes the use of instruments of music in New Testament worship?

6. The Testimony of History

7. Early church sang without instrumental accompaniment Testimony of history is that not only was the instrument not used in worship, its use was strongly opposed for about ten centuries

8. An Important Principle That which proves too much proves nothing.

9. Some Classical Arguments used to justify instruments of music in New Testament worship

10. Instrumental Music was both used and accepted in the Old Testament

11. Some Observations It was commanded under the OT system 2 Chronicles 29:25-26 2 Chronicles 5:12-13 2 Chronicles 7:6 If instrumental music was commanded, it was not optional.

12. Some Observations Instrumental music was not an aid to the worship. It was worship. Instrumental music was closely associated with the sacrificial system in the temple. Since the sacrificial system was ended, so were those things associated with it.

13. Some Observations Not everything accepted or commanded in the OT is authorized for New Testament worship. Offering of animal sacrifices Burning of incense Levitical priesthood That which proves too much, proves nothing.

14. Some Observations The Old Testament system was a shadow of the good things to come. Hebrews 8:5-10:4 note 8:13 - “obsolete” “passing away” The Old Testament system was taken out of the way at the cross of Christ. Colossians 2:14 Ephesians 2:15 Galatians 5:1-3

15. Some Observations The Old Testament is no place to find standards for New Testament worship. The appeal to the Old Testament is an admission that there is no authorization for instrumental music in the New Testament

16. Instrumental Music is merely an aid to the worship

17. Some Observations In the Old Testament, instrumental music was not merely an aid to worship. It was worship. 2 Chronicles 5:12-13 2 Chronicles 7:6

18. Some Observations In order for an aid to be acceptable, it must be authorized by the nature of the action it is aiding. Instruments do not aid singing. They produce another kind of music and add another act to the worship.

19. “God commands us to sing. Whether I use a book, a tuning fork, or whether I use a microphone, or whether I sing bass, tenor or soprano – it is all singing. This is the act God commands.

20. “Now here is a piano back here. On it you perform another act that is not singing. If you play the piano, that is another act. It is a separate act from singing. You can sing without playing and you can play without singing, but let me hear you sing without singing. You cannot play without performing another act besides singing.” --G. K . Wallace, Lectures on Denominational Dogmas

21. The Book of Revelation refers to harps in heaven. Therefore, instruments can be used in worship today.

22. The Claim Revelation 5:8 Revelation 14:2-3 Revelation 15:2-3

23. Some Observations The book of Revelation uses figurative language, symbols and dramatic scenes to teach. This proves too much. What about the golden vials of incense? What happens in heaven is not the rule of practice on earth - Matthew 22:29-30.

24. Instruments are included in the Greek word psallo in the New Testament.

25. The Claim Psallo is translated “sing” or “make melody” in the following passages: Romans 15:9 1 Corinthians 14:15 Ephesians 5:19 James 5:13

26. The Claim psallo - primarily "to twitch, twang," then, "to play a stringed instrument with the fingers," and hence, in the Septuagint, "to sing with a harp, sing psalms,” denotes, in the NT, "to sing a hymn, sing praise"; in Eph 5:19, "making melody" Elsewhere it is rendered "sing," Rom 15:9; 1 Cor 14:15; in James 5:13, RV, "let him sing praise“ Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words

27. Some Observations If the instrument is included in psallo, it is not an option. It is required of each worshiper. The meaning of psallo in New Testament times was “sing.” It did not mean to play. Early Christians knew the meaning of the word. If it included the instrument, why did they not use them.

28. There is no scripture that says, “Do not use instruments in worship.”

29. Some Observations The Law of Exclusion – when God tells us what He does want, He does not have to tell us everything He doesn’t want. We are not authorized to use whatever is not specifically forbidden. Lord’s Supper A Practical Illustration

30. The variety of arguments advanced in support of the instrument admits that there is no New Testament passage that authorizes its use.

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