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No, we need to be respectful of the Word of God and probably the majority of people who suffer from Ahedonia and do not hear the praise singing as helpful and indeed probably hinders the church which is devoted to be A School (only) of the Word (only).Ken, thanks for being honest. I've suspected for a long time that you did not condone vocal tuneful CONGREGATIONAL SINGING. We all have opinions and we need to be more tolerant and respectful of each other.
Ken, it seems that you're in a private world of your own. There's only your personal bias that congregational singing is neither proper nor right. If the New Testament doesn't command such singing, it certainly doesn't condemn it either. Only you condemn it.No, we have not concluded any such thing: we have concluded that there is no "musical" content commanded or practiced for the synagogue-ekklesia in the entire Bible. In fact, the Holy Convocation for the REST day prohibits vocal or instrumental rejoicing or speaking out of your own head.
You have to conclude that it is NOT prohibited: singing as an ACT was first introduced in the year 373 so that the bishop's own Bible Stories could be sung in that NEVER TUNEFUL sense. This sowed massive discord. In the words of John Calvin these things have not "statute of limitations."
Just keep speaking out of your head. More below for the readers.
Sorry Charlie (or in this case Donnie), but even if you own this site, you can't go there! Ken has taken liberties ALWAYS with the Word when he continually blasphemously condemns a capella. So give Ken another slap on the back and tell him thanks for the fleecing follies.[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Bill,
Congregational singing by definition is not sinful; neither is singing by an individual Christian.
Singing itself is not a command, although it is allowed. There are only a few references to singing in the New Testament -- they do not indicate that singing is a command. Notice:
--- I WILL confess ... and [WILL] sing unto thy name. (Rom. 15:9)
--- I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (I Cor. 4:15)
--- ... singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph. 5:19)
--- ... singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Col. 3:16)
--- ... will I sing praise unto thee (Heb. 2:12)
--- ... let him sing psalms (Jas. 5:13)
Sounds optional or allowable to me -- either "will sing" OR "singing." If it is a command or imperative, it will say: "You [must] sing."
What's negative about understanding the history of congregational singing or the history of music in the church? As I have expressed before, you can do your own research concerning "music in the church." Then, inform us.
Here's the congregational singing that's DEVIANT: it's when the Praise Team performs musical worship for the congregation or when the song perverts the word of Christ. [/color]
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Yes, you were addressing Ken -- I knew that. But I'm a poster, too, I think.I was addressing Ken. Yes, we know that the praise teams perform vocal music that is really not suitable for the assembly. Yes, we know that congregational singing that is not perverted and that praises God is not sinful. I'm just trying to figure out why Ken leaves the clear impression that he opposes ANY AND ALL vocal music in the assembly. Since the New Testament neither commands nor condemns it, then what is Ken's problem?