Richland Hills. Instrumental music: A Plea to Reconsider by Dave Miller
While this is a "traditionalists" rebuttal of Rick Atchley's totally false teaching, it abandons the high ground. At the same time it may explain why the usual "proof text" have never worked among those wishing that "school of the Bible" be all "recess."
The error is in AGREEING with Rick Atchley and his NACC friends who make the false claim that:
God commanded and approved worship with musical instruments as an ACT.
Then the task of theology and not speaking where the Bible speaks is to PROVE that God ceased enjoying the burning of innocent flesh and instrumental NOISE never called music.
Because, they say, Jesus did not COMMAND the ACT of instrumental worship, we cannot do so. This embraces the Law of silence which only the instrumentalists have ever used with effect.
This review will prove to any reader that God DID NOT command instrumental music. Rather, it was BECAUSE of musical idolatry that God IMPOSED rather than commanded the Monarchy and the Sacrificial system.
As long as those who call themselves "conservative" but who are wildly liberal preach that God's OLD PATTERNISM approved instrumental music in congregational worship they simply HAVE NOTHING OF VALUE TO SAY. I fact, they give aid and comfort to the musical idolaters.
DAVE MILLER ASSERTS: The first two reasons assert that under the Old Testament, God did not just allow instrumental music, He commanded and blessed it. Rick offered the following passages for these contentions: 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; 7:6; 1 Chronicle 29:25-26; Psalm 33:1- 3; Psalm 150:1-6.
Dave Miller Response: Rick is absolutely correct in these assertions. It is true that some among the anti-instrument viewpoint (as Rick styles it) have claimed that God never approved, but only tolerated, the instrument in Old Testament worship. Rick ridiculed this viewpoint with the rhetorical question: s that standing under the word of God or over the word of God?
The fact is the majority of those within churches of Christ have long acknowledged the divinely approved use of instruments in Old Testament Jewish worship. But this realization is completely beside the point and side-steps the issue. Why?
That's because all I have known and read about do NOT grasp the fatal fork in the road at Mount Sinai: Stephen affirms all of the prophets that God TURNED THEM OVER TO WORSHIP THE STARRY HOST. And that says all of the Bible and the Jewish Encyclopedia is EXACTLY what they did. It may be that they are simply unable to read black text on brown paper.
Dave Miller: Likewise, the Old Testament firmly asserts that God was pleased with animal sacrifices and other offerings: Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar (Psalm 51:19, emp. added).
Here is a second part of our review of Dave Miller reviewing Rick Atchley and in truth giving him aid and comfort UNLESS you can find a LAW stopping what all false teachers claim God commanded.
It appears that there is no institute prepared to teach prospective preachers the story line in the fall from grace BECAUSE of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.
We can respond faster if anyone has any update information.
A quick review of a statement of Richard Rogers representing that sector of the church of Christ as literal trinitarians.
http://www.piney.com/Richard.Rogers.Hol ... lling.html