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There may be a difference between VAIN religion which follows the teachings of men and SIN. The Purpose Driven Church is to TEACH and ADMONISH one another with THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN FOR OUR LEARNING. Maybe you don't sin but you gained nothing from God and His Word.[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]"Speaking" essentially means "reciting" in the assembly [as in "Scripture reading" of] biblical text. It makes sense that in the public assembly, it involves teaching and admonishing "one another" -- we are NOT speaking to God nor are we teaching and admonishing God [He would not appreciate that ].
Speaking to one another in the assembly "as it is written" will always remain as a constant apostolic directive. We cannot change that. Neither singing means speaking nor is singing a substitute for speaking. We should know the difference.
"ONLY": Your usage of that word would be applicable in conjunction with "speaking that which is written" ONLY -- as opposed to what the Pope or Rick Warren says.
"SINFUL": To my knowledge, no one here has ever indicated that in regard to singing "that which is written" as opposed to unbiblical teachings of contemporary "Christian" artists," the Pope or Rick Warren.[/color]
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]"Speaking" has been well-emphasized because many folks don't even acknowledge or recognize that the word actually exists in the passage. And that historically synagogue worship was not without it.Repeatedly emphasizing the word "SPEAKING" in the apostolic directive "SPEAKING to yourselves IN psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" may have originally given some folks the erroneous impression that hymns must only be spoken and not sung. So then it is not sinful to sing hymns that truly praise God, because we can exhort one another to praise Him by singing as well as by speaking. Good. I'm glad we cleared that up.
I am glad that some people enjoy loud four-part harmony: some people enjoy sticking pins in mice. Actually churchy music has been highly honed to enhance what Scripture and recorded history calls SORCERY. This is not boiling frog's eyes and making you drink it: it is boiling the audience called frogs. The "frog spirits" are called QUACKS.[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]"Speaking" has been well-emphasized because many folks don't even acknowledge or recognize that the word actually exists in the passage. And that historically synagogue worship was not without it.
A scriptural and true, accurate historical perspective should not lead anyone to an "erroneous impression." But that can happen when music, instead of speaking that which is written, dominates one's thinking in letting "the word of Christ dwell in you richly."
It's good to know that you've now been made fully aware of that apostolic directive.[/color]
Oh, I've always known that singing hymns has never been sinful. I was just a bit concerned that, because you repeatedly emphasize "speaking" hymns, some readers might get the odd idea that you believe hymns must only be spoken and not sung. However, since you and I both know there is nothing wrong with singing hymns, I wanted to make sure the readers clearly understood that.[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Besides being fully aware now of the apostolic directive to SPEAK in order to teach and admonish concerning that which is written, you can also get rid of your confusion of someone here ever indicating that congregational singing is sinful.[/color]