Keyboards for Christ Music/Award Program Feb 2006 Winners

Awarded to Firestarter Awards Program for Feb 2006 “A life that made a difference” Award.  Jo Phillips the program owner shows compassion and helps to make a difference in peoples lives on the internet. Jo Phillips website program is both an honor to the internet and a tribute to perfection. It is with the highest honor that she be awarded this honor for she truly made a difference in the lives many people. She has touched our lives. This award is the bird of peace the dove dropping a tear that forms a three sided pyramid.

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      Jack Neal Photographer
Let it hereby be known and acknowledged:
 Feb 17th  Jack A Neal Photographer  This is a well done website that “makes a difference”. Jack is a world class photographer that puts the eyes of his heart into his creations. We are proud to honor him with our website award.  Winner of the Dove Award “making a difference”
 http://americaspeakstalkradio.com/index.html
       Speak Out America
Let it hereby be known and acknowledged:
 Radio Hosts Jim Nicholson and Kaye Grogan voicing out about important moral values of our nation. You can make a difference …so speak out American!     Winner of The Dove Award “making a difference”  Feb 2006
http://www.geocities.com/swintz85044/Sarah_Elizabeth.html
         Sarah E. Wintz
Let it hereby be known and acknowledged:
This is a special award. It cannot be applied for. It is given out according to the criteria. A tribute to the passionate life of a 17 year old that was killed when a car ran a red light. This webiste touches the heart, done by her mother. Featuring pictures, music and Sarahs own notes about life.   Life that made a difference award for Feb 2006.

http://www.ethicspledge.com/

       The Ethics Pledge

Let it hereby be known and acknowledged:

This website holds the highest of standards to the internet awards program. The Ethics Pledge. Striving to “make a difference” in websites on the Internet. Your great Sandy keep up the fine work.  Winner of  “A life that made a difference” Award for Feb 2006.

        A Celtic Heart

Let it hereby be known and acknowledged:

A Celtic Heart  This site touches the heart with a tear drop of the difference that a website makes through the mission carried out to achieve the difference the visitor goes away with. Great Job, Well done  The Dove Award “for making a difference.

 

The Dove Award Program

The Journey to The Dove Award/Legacy Award is a Internationally Rated Award. You must meet our Criteria and guidelines to be honored with such. A point value of 95 is required.  We have tried to explain in great detail about several steps in our program so that you understand each part that you follow.  We thank you again for wanting to “make the difference”  and allowing our panel to visit your site.

“When you know you have made the difference”

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A certified and rated web site award is more than just another badge to place upon your web site. It is a statement that you have achieved a honor of your mission, your purpose that your site has meet the requirements set forth by the AP community.  It is not a ‘fake or give away award’.   By being honored with The Dove Award you can be sure that you have made the difference through the eyes of our judges and especially  those who visit your site, the internet surfer. That your site is one that leaves a lasting impression both in design and content.

 “Why was your site created? What makes a good web site? How can a web site make a difference?

What do judges look for in evaluations?

What makes a great web site

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A word about Ethics A word about our Standard for this program and our Web site 


ARE YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR JOURNEY?

 Preparation for your journey :prep a ra tion

n.
1. The act or process of preparing.
2. The state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness.
3. A preliminary measure that serves to make ready for something
The Free Dictionary by Farlex

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Please read and take the short test before you continue your journey to the dove awardPre-Qualification before you begin your Journey  some programs have a Self-test, this is like a self test for you to take only it is placed at the beginning of our program.  Please read each of the 10 questions very carefully before you proceed.

Warning please read the age requirements of this program1. We understand that the COPPA law is for the United States but we feel that all good web sites and respectable web masters should hold to some values and principles for young people and their safety, especially for collecting information and privacy. Are children in other parts of the world to be treated different? To us it is more than just posting that you are trustworthy or family friendly. We require that ALL sites have some posting or listing about collecting information from youth and children upon your site. no matter what country your site is from. If your site is located within the United States you must post that you support the COPPA Law or your site will not be evaluated by us. This is a automatic disqualification. Your journey will never begin here without some statement concerning the privacy and safety of children! We support International Children’s Safety The Virtual Global Task force and Childnet and will report Internet abuse that targets children and youth. Online Privacy AllianceMembers] CRIN Childs Rights Cyber Bullying Kidscape.                        

ICRAceop The Virtual Global Taskforce protecting those who target children and youth supported by International Police agencies Childnet a International organization protecting children and youth http://www.safesurf.com/

Not sure? Test Links from these programs

ICRA Family Friendly Safe Surf [We test each page of your site]

On this journey you must be a family friendly site and listed with such a organization 2. My web site is a family safe site? Your site must be a member and must be listed with a organization approved by this program.  Our Approved List is : ICRA/Safe Surf/Family Safe/ Watchdog. Trustworthy is a fine program to which we respect but has no placement of PIC’s or code to deem a site is family safe. We will not except badges that a site is family safe, or friendly only by those organization posted above in our approved list.

                 What are labels and pics on a web site

 You must have PIC’S posted within the code of your site and they must be placed and operate properly. This Award Program reserves the right to certain materials that we will allow,we post a list within our program so be sure to check the materials we do not evaluate.

 On this journey you must have a the Proper statements3. If you can not check off all the following 5 then please stop your journey here. Your site must Contain all five of the following statements or information about such to continue in our AP program. 

 1.  Update Statement Must list the date and items updated.   2. Mission Statement [Purpose] The purpose must define your  mission. It must be a well defined statement not just a sentence. 3. Copyright Statement  Must be well defined    4. Privacy Statement  A statement about collection of items within your site, what you do with such information. 5A site map

A copyright and privacy statement are a must for you to continue on this journey4.  No self-made validation badges or other membership/organization badges unless you have permission from that source to create your own badge.  Certain organizations will not allow you to resize your badge or create your own.  If your site is compliant with W3C we will only except their official badge. For more detail click here. 

  If you have a question about this please ask before you continue. shalomtoyou321@aol.com

Warning please read the age requirements of this program5. I am 18 years of age or over? age requirement is 18 years of age.

This program supports the COPPA laws and we comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Of April 21, 2000. This program has chosen to except no applications for our award program or W.O.R.D. or any website from anyone under Eighteen (18)

On this journey we except no free hosting sites you must own your own domain6.  No advertising pop ups/no more than 3 animations per page will be permitted. 

You must always pack for any journey the things you need here your site must have at least 5 pages of content7. You must have At Least 5 pages of content ?

This program is based around music but you must have a way to turn it off if you use it on your site8.  If you have music on the page [ A Song/song clip/wave file/midi file/mp3 file] There must be a way to turn your music off? Criteria # 28. We do not consider a sound effect[s] music, but they still must be no longer than 5 second’s samples in length. A sound effect we believe can ‘paint a picture’ and if done in taste adds to the presentation of a site. Web Definition of sound effect: a sound in film other than spoken words or music.

Broken links those mainly without pictures9. No Multiple Broken links or spelling errors? Multiple means that many.  We take into consideration this question as due to the fact that I am faced with a health problem in my hands I understand that sometimes spelling problems have been present within this site. We try to correct them when found, it is with us a typing problem so we are a bit considerate in understanding of the spelling problem, and broken links, we are concerned about real 404’s.

Your site pages must load within 60 seconds on cable10. Load within 60 seconds or less? Longer load times is not permitted in our program. This is at 56K.

Please read and take the short test before you continue your journey to the dove awardIf you have checked all the boxes then please continue your journey. If you did not and could not check all the boxes then please Stop here, go make the corrections and please return. If you are in doubt please e-mail us and we will reply within 24 hours. shalomtoyou321@aol.com We pray that your journey will be one in gaining knowledge and blessings.

THIS IS NOT OUR ETHIC STATEMENT IT IS ABOUT WHAT ETHICS IS

To read our Ethic Statement you may from any page within our Program

Our choice of standard is the King James Version of the Bible, with the 10 commandments as a foundation that we have built our program upon.

Our program [s] are not that to make you believe as we do, or to pay any disrespect to that belief. That is your right, your choice. But as such it is also our choice and our right to Stand upon this proven Standard. We all will not see things eye to eye, but in the spirit of love let us abide in such. If your content of your site is not within our standard we use, it has nothing to do with your religion or belief, it is a matter of content according to our standard and ethics.

Plain and simple: If you are promoting cats, but worship the sun god, and the sun god say’s it is ok to have several wives, that is your choice, your right, and has nothing to do with you application for our award, we will evaluate your site on cats. If you promote the sun god, and have a pet cat, we are sorry that is not within our standard and guideline.

Thank you for visiting with us!

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2 Timothy 3:16,17 — The Scriptures instruct us in righteousness, providing us to every good work. Yet we must apply the word properly, study diligently, and pray for wisdom (2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:5-7). We must learn to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:14

). ethic Ethic Pledge

a. A set of principles of right conduct.

b. A theory or a system of moral values: “An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain” Gregg Easterbrook.
2. ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.

3. ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession


The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388.The Bible has since been translated in part or in whole into over 1200 languages and dialects.
The Bible was divided into chapters by Stephen Langton in 1228. The Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in 1488 and the New Testament by Robert Stephanus in 1551.
The entire Bible divided into chapters and verses first appeared in the Geneva Bible of 1560.
The Bible is the only book that reveals the origin, mission, and destiny of man.
The Torah is at least 3326 years old. Our Standard, our specific moral choice, our set of principles,philosophy,rules for this web site and Award Program is the Bible from cover to cover. There are 5 books of the Bible that came from the Torah. The Bible has been a very stable standard by which many people through out the world have based their standards upon.

Our program [s] are not that to make you believe as we do, or to pay any disrespect to that belief. That is your right, your choice. But as such it is also our choice and our right to Stand upon this proven Standard. We all will not see things eye to eye, but in the spirit of love let us abide in such.

Thank you for visiting with us!


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The evangelical or conservative Christians answer to these complaints is typically that non-Christians have misunderstood or misconstrued what Christianity really teaches about these things.

Christianity, first of all, is about Christ, not about Christians. Some Christians may be racist or sexist, but Christ was not. Christians may be hypocritical, but Christ is not. He simply gave us a choice, that is free-will.

Second, Christians often respond to these charges by trying to show that Christian ethical standards are really good. Again this is a choice. The Bible teaches the essential equality of men and women of all races (Gal. 3:28); unbridled sexual pleasure leads to AIDS; abortion targets the innocent, while capital punishment targets the guilty. Christ was love and against violence, He gave His life for all humankind, for us all.

Our Standard is not how we view things, but how the Bible views things. If you practice certain morals, values, or religions, that is by your choice. We have tried to show through out our programs where our standard so speaks on these issues of principles, values, and morals. You may worship or practice what you choose, and come to us with a web site about flowers. We will evaluate your flowers, but not things that go against our Standard The Bible. If you are a Christian or Buddust, or Islam, Black, white, a member of this or that, is not our concern. We want to look at your flower ‘s not your belief or practices. So please respect our programs also as we respect yours. If you practice WICCA fine, just don’t promote it within your site that you want us to evaluate for it goes against our Standard. If you believe in abortion, thats your belief, just show us your site about flowers…ok?

The principles of right behavior in the Bible are really universal and they are not simply opinions.

From a none-religious viewpoint…To know with certainty, we must begin by doubting.

Let’s first deal with this question from a non-religious viewpoint.

There are two general approaches.

  1. Use general ethical criteria
  2. Appeal to universally accepted standards
What are general ethical criteria?

General ethical criteria are guidelines for thought. They help you think about situations by answering questions. Questions to use in evaluating an act or rule include:

  1. Does it respect the rights of the people affected by it?
  2. Does it meet the test of reversibility? That is, would it be right if you were on either side of the situation?
  3. Does it’s universal use or application produce good consequences in the long run as well as the short run, for the individual as well as society?

These questions take the approach that principles of universal standards of conduct are intellectually supportable. That is, though proper thinking you can discover those principles that ought to regulate society. But, it also recognizes that though unstructured thinking, you can justify anything. History is filled to the brim with actions that were based on faulty principles. The above questions could not be answered “Yes” to those actions.

These questions form an objective atmosphere for evaluating moral actions.

What are Universally Accepted Standards?

The experiences of mankind have left an impression on each of our minds.

We see wars and the oppression of one group of people by another. We see violence in our communities and political scandals in our state and national capitals.

We as well as all mankind have a sense of what is right and what is wrong.

This sense has been expressed in several ways. One way is through the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It states in part that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people.”

This statements of rights and responsibilities goes far beyond your home or community. They were intended to apply universally to all people for all time.

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Scientific Facts in the Bible

1. Only in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of invisible atoms. Here, Scripture tells us that the “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

2. Medical science has only recently discovered that blood-clotting in a newborn reaches its peak on the eighth day, then drops. The Bible consistently says that a baby must be circumcised on the eighth day.

3. At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earths free float in space: “He…hangs the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).

4. The prophet Isaiah also tells us that the earth is round: “It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). This is not a reference to a flat disk, as some skeptic maintain, but to a sphere. Secular man discovered this 2,400 years later. At a time when science believed that the earth was flat, is was the Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world (see Proverbs 3:6 footnote).

5. God told Job in 1500 B.C.: “Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, Here we are?” (Job 38:35). The Bible here is making what appears to be a scientifically ludicrous statement that light can be sent, and then manifest itself in speech. But did you know that radio waves travel at the speed of light? This is why you can have instantaneous wireless communication with someone on the other side of the earth. Science didnt discover this until 1864 when “British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested that electricity and light waves were two forms of the same thing” (Modern Century Illustrated Encyclopedia).

6. Job 38:19 asks, “Where is the way where light dwells?” Modern man has only recently discovered that light (electromagnetic radiation) has a “way,” traveling at 186,000 miles per second.

7. Science has discovered that stars emit radio waves, which are received on earth as a high pitch. God mentioned this in Job 38:7: “When the morning stars sang together…”

8. “Most cosmologists (scientists who study the structures and evolution of the universe) agree that the Genesis account of creation, in imagining an initial void, may be uncannily close to the truth” (Time, Dec. 1976).

9. Solomon described a “cycle” of air currents two thousand years before scientists “discovered” them. “The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits” (Ecclesiastes 1:6).

10. Science expresses the universe in five terms: time, space, matter, power, and motion. Genesis 1:1,2 revealed such truths to the Hebrews in 1450 B.C.: “In the beginning [time] God created [power] the heaven [space] and the earth [matter] . . . And the Spirit of God moved [motion] upon the face of the waters.” The first thing God tells man is that He controls of all aspects of the universe.

11. The great biological truth concerning the importance of blood in our body�s mechanism has been fully comprehended only in recent years. Up until 120 years ago, sick people were “bled,” and many died because of the practice. If you lose your blood, you lose your life. Yet Leviticus 17:11, written 3,000 years ago, declared that blood is the source of life: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”

12. All things were made by Him (see John 1:3), including dinosaurs. Why then did the dinosaur disappear? The answer may be in Job 40:1524. In this passage, God speaks about a great creature called “behemoth.” Some commentators think this was a hippopotamus. However, the hippos tail isn�t like a large tree, but a small twig. Following are the characteristics of this huge animal: It was the largest of all the creatures God made; was plant-eating (herbivorous); had its strength in its hips and a tail like a large tree. It had very strong bones, lived among the trees, drank massive amounts of water, and was not disturbed by a raging river. He appears impervious to attack because his nose could pierce through snares, but Scripture says, “He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.” In other words, God caused this, the largest of all the creatures He had made, to become extinct.

13. Encyclopedia Britannica documents that in 1845, a young doctor in Vienna named Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was horrified at the terrible death rate of women who gave birth in hospitals. As many as 30 percent died after giving birth. Semmelweis noted that doctors would examine the bodies of patients who died, then, without washing their hands, go straight to the next ward and examine expectant mothers. This was their normal practice, because the presence of microscopic diseases was unknown. Semmelweis insisted that doctors wash their hands before examinations, and the death rate immediately dropped to 2 percent. Look at the specific instructions God gave His people for when they encounter disease: “And when he that has an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself even days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean” (Leviticus 15:13). Until recent years, doctors washed their hands in a bowl of water, leaving invisible germs on their hands. However, the Bible says specifically to wash hands under “running water.”

14. Luke 17:3436 says the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur while some are asleep at night and others are working at daytime activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night at the same time.

15. “During the devastating Black Death of the fourteenth century, patients who were sick or dead were kept in the same rooms as the rest of the family. People often wondered why the disease was affecting so many people at one time. They attributed these epidemics to bad air or evil spirits. However, careful attention to the medical commands of God as revealed in Leviticus would have saved untold millions of lives. Arturo Castiglione wrote about the overwhelming importance of this biblical medical law: The laws against leprosyin Leviticus 13 may be regarded as the first model of sanitary legislation (A History of Medicine).” Grant R. Jeffery, The Signature of God With all these truths revealed in Scripture,how could a thinking person deny that the Bible is supernatural in origin?

There is no other book in any of the worlds religions (Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Koran, Book of Mormon, etc.) that contains scientific truth. ark chasm, but a faith based on established evidence.” (11:3 continued[Back to top opage]
“But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.” (Jude vv.17-18)

” Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1Thessalonians 5:21)

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2Thessalonians 2:15)

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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