In conflict with preaching as teaching the Word of God as it has been delivered to us, both sermonizing and singing was imposed on the Church of Christ about the year 373 after pagan preachers flocked into the church because they were paid by the Roman state. Many of the errors were introduced by priests or bishops who had not even been baptized.
When we begin to USE isolated passages to teach our own views, the Word of God gets lost and the preacher or singer gets all of the attention--and you pay them too. Jeremiah 17 was used to show that because the heart is deceitful and cannot be understood, we should not judge the motives of people. However, Jeremiah 17 was written by the Spirit of Christ in the prophets and it is very EXPLICIT in outlawing prophets who speak out of their own head, and singers who bring in "burdens" or songs out of their own mind--which we cannot trust--and often for mercinary purposes. Isaiah defines the synagogue or ekklesia as a school of God where only God's words are spoken when we assembly.
Jeremiah 17 defines the synagogue to study God's Word: that is because no man's words in song and sermon can be trusted and are automatically called "burdens" intending to impose spiritual anxiety for money. Jeremiah 17 specificially outlaws turning God's word into songs because that always silences God's Word intending that people give their worship to the performer, and it intends to impose the burden of a tribute or paying the person for their own song or semon as opposed to the Word of God. This is a MARK because most are deceptive and mercinary and you cannot trust anything about God which He has not revealed in Words.
I have don't a quick study of Jeremiah 17 which in conntext outlaws both the sermon and the bad "singing" overwhelmed by a "team."
I will tidy this short review in time.
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