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Music In Worship

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Christianity is pre-eminently a religion of faith. All acceptable service to God depends upon a proper understanding and appreciation of this vital principle. Some may wonder what kind of strange people are they who do not use instruments of music in worship. For a number of what some would consider to be good reasons, we would like to use instrumental music as an addition and accompaniment to our singing. Only one thing really prevents its being introduced into our worship. If only we can find the evidence in God's word that He would be pleased to have it, we shall add it. However, if we walk by faith and not by sight, we must refuse to add it.

I.  It Matters To God What We Do, Matt. 7:21-23, 15:7-9

A.  Christ Was Given All Authority, Matt. 28:18-20.

1. He commanded what the apostles taught the disciples to practice, Matt. 18:18

a. Divine authority is established by expressed statement;

b. Approved apostolic example;

c. Necessary inference (inescapable conclusions).

2. The Bible is a complete and perfect guide, 2 Pet. 1:3.

a. Furnishes man unto all good works, 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

b. Cannot change it without a curse, Gal. 1:6-8.

c. Cannot go beyond without losing God's fellowship, 2 John 1:9.

d. Transgression of the law is sin, I John 3:4.

B.  We Must Walk By Faith, 2 Cor. 5:7.

1. Faith is not superstition nor personal likes, but founded upon Bible, Rom. 10:17.

2. God's ways are not man's ways, Isa. 55:8-9.

C.  We Must Understand The Difference Between Aids And Additions.

1. Aids — help to obey the commands of the Lord.

a. These are not specified, yet they are lawful (authorized) because they fall within the class or kind of that which is commanded.

b. Example: Communion plates and cups help to serve the Lord's Supper. They assist in distributing the thing commanded, Lk. 22:1,18.

2. Additions — change that which is commanded.

a. These do not fall within the same class or kind of that which is specified.

b. For example, why would anyone object to using lamb for the Lord's Supper? Though it may be more filling and pleasing to man, it is wrong because it is a change from unleavened bread and fruit of the vine.



 

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