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Regardless of what one finds or does not find in historical records, the fact is musical instruments are revealed in the Bible, used in worship, and were not abolished by the New Testament writers. God created music to glorify Himself….including instruments so who are we who were created to praise God to say what God desires?  Do you really think that God who created this tool, would say it is a sin to use instruments to PRAISE HIM?  We get so caught up in things that we, man our denominations, our dogma, and doctrines that we forget such simple lessons God taught us. 

Anti-Instrument … we are not under the old testament today since it was nailed to the cross ; Colossians 2: 14 – 17

Response … these verses are simply ripped from their context ; note what was nailed to the cross ; ” having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, having nailed it to the cross, so let no one judge you in – food, drink, festival, new moon, or Sabbaths – Colossians 2: 14 – 17 – not a word about musical instruments.

Anti-Instrument … to justify musical instruments by the old testament is to be severed from Christ and fall from grace – Galatians 5: 4

Response … the letter of Galatians was written by Paul because some were teaching that in order to be ( saved – justified ) one must keep the law of – circumcision, days, months, seasons and years – again not a word about musical instruments – Galatians 2:14-16 … 3:11-13

…4:9-11 … 5:1-4 … 6:13-15 … this was also something Paul had to deal with in Acts 15:1-2 ff

The new testament is very clear that circumcision, religious festivals, sacrifices, and sabbaths are no longer binding. But praising God with musical instruments was never abolished by the new testament writers.

Praising God with musical instruments was …

commanded by God – 2 Chronicles 29:25

inspired by the Holy Spirit – Psalm 150

used on earth and in heaven – Revelation 5:8-9 … 14:2-3 … 15:2-3

And Jesus taught … ” thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven ” … Matthew 6:10

Heart Worship … the new testament teaches Christians to sing and make melody or music in your heart to the Lord – Colossians 3:16 – Ephesians 5:19

Note these translations of Ephesians 5:19 …

and with your hearts sing and play music to the Lord – BECK

sing and make music in your hearts – TCNT

singing and striking the strings with your heart unto the Lord – RHM

These scriptures were not written to teach Christians to sing without musical instruments; they were written to teach Christians to sing songs of praise and to sing them from their heart.

Some people 2000 years ago were teaching … ” unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved ” – Acts 15:1-5 ff

Today some people are teaching that … ” unless you sing songs of praise to God without musical instruments you are sinning and must repent in order to keep your salvation in Christ ”

Paul had this to say about those people 2000 years ago …

they were preaching another gospel

they were perverting the gospel

they should be accursed

they had fallen from grace

Read … Galatians 1:6-9 … 2:14-16 … 5:19-24

unless you are circumcised you cannot be saved 

unless you sing without musical instruments you cannot be saved

Sounds familiar doesn’t it ?

The old testament scriptures are still useful for – learning , teaching , and making one wise … Romans 15:4 … 2 Timothy 3:15-16

The new testament seems to make it clear that it is possible for Christians to be one without being uniform in customs. That the Jewish believers can still practice circumcision , observe the festivals , and keep the law. That the Gentile believers do not have to do so , since these things have nothing to do with the gift of salvation found in Jesus. Please read … ACTS 21:18-26

Now read … Acts 15:1-31 ; 16:3 ; 18:18 … Romans 14:1-6

These things are fine for you Jewish believers but don’t make the law and its customs binding on the Gentile believers; don’t make them necessary for salvation.

Question … was it the custom of the Jews to praise God with musical instruments?

Question … since the new testament makes it clear that the Jewish believers still practiced their customs, do you think they continued to obey Psalm 150?

The new testament writers did not demand that the Gentile belivers act like Jews; and it seems clear that they did not demand the Jewish believers to act like Gentiles.

Anti-Instrument … the new testament is silent on using musical instruments and to use them is adding to God’s word which is sinful.

Response … the new testament is not silent and those who use this argument often pick-and-choosewhere they apply it.

Example … the context of  – 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 – teaches that married women are to ask their husbands at home if they wish to learn about something.

Those who teach that using musical instruments are sinful because the new testament is silent , do not use the same silent argument here. According to their silence argument, married women could not ask the preacher, elders, or deacons. They must ask their husbands at home, and not at church.

Example … Lords Supper … the Supper was observed in the Evening at Night ; see – Matt. 26:20-28 ; I Cor. 11:23-27 ; since the NT is silent on observing the Lords Supper in the morning , is it a sin to do so ?

Example … how does the silent argument apply to – Hebrews 3:13 – daily exhortation – and – Acts 2:46 – daily meetings ?

More examples could be given that would expose this pick-and-choose interpretation, that promotes tradition over the word of God…Mark 7:6-13

It has been my experience that when one challenges a person who teaches this ( law of silence or pattern interpretation ) to simply – think or be consistent – one quickly experiences a person who will either ( blow up or clam up ). That’s because their rules of interpretaion collapses under careful examination. Exposed is their very inconsistent – legalism and patternism – for all to see.

Their legalism and patternism is so unrealistic they must seek loopholes to escape its maze; and if there is something which they themselves choose to do, which contradicts their pattern interpretation, then that something is declared to be expedient.

Holy Scriptures … using the old testament scriptures a person can learn about salvation in Christ, moral instruction, doctrine, and defense of the truth ; according to Paul … 2 Timothy 3:14-17

I do not believe that the new testament writers considered the old testament nailed to the cross. Using circumcision and other external rules to be justified (saved) was nailed to the cross, but the new testament writers practiced what they preached; the old testament is (useful) when used correctly.

Please read … 1 Timothy 1:8 … Romans 15:3-4

The New Testament writers quote the Old Testament over 200 times to teach and defend the faith. They refer to the Old Testament over 600 times.

Praising God with musical instruments was not nailed to the cross or abolished according to the new testament writers.

The N.T. writers are clear ( not silent ) on what is ( no longer ) binding ; such as …

Circumcision , Sacrifices, Food Laws, Days-Times-Seasons, etc.

Romans 14:1-6 , Galatians 4:9-11, 6:15 , Colossians 2:16-17

I do not believe that God is ( silent ) on what pleases Him , and I do not believe God is ( silent ) on what does not please Him.

Everyone who ( hears my words ) and obeys them ; When Jesus finished ( saying ) these things, the people were amazed at His ( teaching ) … Matthew 7:24-28

The Goal of Redemption and the use of Musical Instruments …

The Goal of Redemption is to restore God’s Image of love and holiness in mankind…. One thing I have learned: God made people good. But people have found all kind of ways to be bad…Ecclesiastes 7:29 – New Century Version.

We were created to be like God … And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ; So God created man in His own image… Genesis 1:26-27.

Restoring the divine image through Christ … to be conformed to the image of His Son; that you may be partakers of the divine nature…Romans 8:29 … 2 Peter 1:4.

Christ is the exact image of God … 2 Corinthians 4:4 … Colossians 1:15

Which is an image of  Holiness and Love … 1 Peter 1:15-16 … 1 John 4:7-8

The old man ( Adam ) must be put off ; The new man ( Christ ) must be put on … Ephesians 4:17-24 … Colossians 3:5-17.

This is the goal of redemption … Faith + Love + Holiness = Eternal Life.

Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this; caring for orphans and widows who need help ( Love ) ; and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence ( Holiness ) … James 1:27

The writers of the New Testament make it ( clear ) , the Works of the Flesh , ( violate ) – Faith, Love and Holiness – and are sinful – note this in Galatians 5:19-21 and Revelation 22:14-15.

Note how the – fruit of the Spirit – promotes Love and Holiness – read Galatians 5:22-24

To praise God with musical instruments does not ( violate ) – faith, love, or holiness.

This is the goal of redemption, to make us like Christ, who is the exact image of God, to restore the divine image of Love and Holiness.

Unfortunately, some in the Church of Christ seem to think that not using musical instruments is part of the goal of redemption.

Why do you follow external rules, man-made commands; they may seem to be wise, but are only part of a man-made religion; but they do nothing to control the desires of the sinful self; they do not promote love and holiness … read Colossians 3:20-23