In several previously-published articles, we have discussed the issue of whether or not the use of mechanical instruments of music is divinely sanctioned for Christian worship. A foundational point that we have sought to emphasize is this: There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental accompaniment in Christian worship. We are not at liberty, therefore, to improvise in the absence of authority. Such an action would be characterized as “will-worship, ” which is condemned (Col. 2:23).
For additional articles dealing with this matter, please see “Do the Psalms Authorize Instrumental Music in Worship?” and “What about Mechanical Instruments of Music in Christian Worship?” located in our “Questions and Answers” segment. Also, see "The “Music-Authority” Issue Again" in our “Penpoints” segment.
We received an exceptionally large response to these essays. Some were in respectful disagreement, and we were grateful for the kindly disposition of these communications. Others (not a few) were hostile in the extreme. They revealed an explosive frustration. Some people do not understand that vitriolic language is no substitute for reasonable argument.
A number of these rejoinders readily conceded that there is no New Testament authority for the use of the instrument in Christian worship. They even acknowledged that the innovation appeared centuries after the conclusion of the apostolic age. But this fact bothered our detractors not at all. The issue of “authority” was not a matter of concern to them — and that is significant. Tragically so! In an age when authority per se is shamelessly flaunted, the rejection of divine authority has become common — even among those who profess an identification with Christ, at least in a superficial fashion.
The various objections that have been proffered can be assembled rather neatly into several categories. We are pleased to offer our response to them. We urge our readers to set aside personal preferences, and examine the evidence with careful discernment. We do not intend, however, to carry on a protracted, tit-for-tat discussion with those who seem obsessed with making the same error-ridden arguments, over and over again.
Playing Musical instruments
Okay, lets see if we can get this clear.
It is agreed that the bible sanctions SINGING. Some (who shall remain nameless) SEEM to be suggesting that, since there is no record in the christian greek scripture of first century christians playing musical instruments that ANY musical instruments (or possibly 'mechanical'(?) musical instruments) should therefore not be played in christian gatherings.
The question therefore is:
Can we operate on the principle that if it is not explicitely mentioned in scripture that Jesus or the apostles did it, we must therefore conclude it should not be done?
This reasoning seems somewhat irrational: The bible does not contain comments about everything explicitely, but are we to conclude therefore that such things must not be done?
To illustratee: There is NO record of the first century sitting on chairs or wearing shoes during their meetings,a…