“Why Don’t You Use Instruments?” • Why do youusetheminworship? • “We have always used instruments” • “We like the sound and feeling it gives” • “We have talented musicians in our church” • “It is an aid that improves singing” • “Removes obstacle to converting people” • Is your worship rejected? Gen. 4:5 • Is your worship vain? Mark 7:7
Authority for Instrument • Prov 18:17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him. • David used a harp in worship: Ps. 43:4 • Levites commanded to play: 2 Chr. 29:25 • Carried over from O.T. worship and was not forbidden by the inspired Apostles • Instruments used in heaven: Rev. 15:1-3
Cross Examination • We are New Testament Christians: • O.T. Commands to Israel don’t apply • Worship in heaven is not worship on earth • Carried over into N.T. Worship: • No Bible support for this assumption • When did Gentiles start using instruments? • 9 N.T. References to singing in worship
2 Old Testament Quotes • Rom 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. (Ps. 18:49) • Heb 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (Ps. 22:22)
3 Examples • Matt. 26:30 and Mark 14:26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. • Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. • Who played the instrument in the cell?
Musical Instruments(Command or Option) • Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; • Argued Psalms must include instruments • Argued Psallo (making melody) refers to plucking a stringed instrument • If command: we all play or we disobey! • If option: why has the church been divided?
Col 3:16 teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Most Familiar Commands
Final References • James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let himsing psalms. • How can I obey if I don’t know how to play? • 1 Cor 14:15 ...I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. • Condemning division over spiritual gifts
Too Casual With Singing? • Music has power: remember, motivate • We sing to: teach, encourage, praise • Quiet crowd before worship begins • Fill in (hymn books, done without preparing) • Enter and exit: They are “just singing” • Prepare for the Lord’s supper (I Cor. 11:26-29) • Home with food, piano, or recorded music • Debating: Clapping, humming, whistling…
Conclusion • 9 references in the N.T. command singing • 0 command playing an instrument • Instruments please men not God • Instruments accepted by tradition and not by scriptural arguments • Instruments don’t speak, teach, admonish, declare, confess, or have understanding