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The "authority" people use for using any form of music in the "school of the Bible" is David and the Levites. What most preachers missed is that it was because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai that God abandoned the NATIONAL system to the tribe of LEVI and the SPIRITUAL PEOPLE attended The Church of Christ in the wilderness QUARANTINED from what was pagan and evilDear Readers:
The church is in the midst of a battle that will determine her future. Will she continue to be the church founded by Christ or will she become a "Christian Church" or an Evangelical denomination? Although she has many enemies in the world, the enemy in this conflict is within her own ranks. They claim to members of the Church of Christ but are working ceaselessly to deconstruct her faith, her worship, her very existence. If you find today's lesson helpful, please forward it to others.
THE WALL OF SHAME
[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]To honor their heroes, men build "Halls of Fame." To expose rogues and rascals some have created "Walls of Shame."
Among those who deserve to have their names on a wall of shame are those who have inflicted wounds on the church, the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22). Over the years a numerous band of villains have earned a place on the Wall of Shame. Historically there have been persecutors and oppressors, heretics and corrupters of the faith. There have been factious men and schismatics. Some have been ambitious for power and recognition. Others have used the church for their own enrichment. Still others have used her as a cloak to hid their sins.
Today, we nominate those contemporary leaders of the church who have opted to introduce instrumental music into their worship of God. You might be thinking, but surely there are far worse sins than the use of an instrument of music in worship. In one sense this is true. Atheism, or denial of Christ as the divine Son, is a greater sin. To blaspheme God or to curse his name is surely worse. But comparing one sin with the other and concluding that my sin is not as bad as yours is nothing to be proud of. All sin is a transgression of God's law (I John 3:4). All sin is offensive to God. All sin that is not repented of and renounced will be punished!
For preachers and elders of a congregation of the Church of Christ to embrace the use of instrumental music is especially shameful. It is a betrayal of a trust committed to their hands (I Tim. 6:20). The Lord's church was seriously wounded and decimated by liberal-minded leaders in the waning years of the 19th and opening years of the twentieth centuries. Among their innovations was the use of instrumental music in worship. We lost some 85 percent of our congregations and members in that conflict. A valiant handful of faithful men and women stood their ground and refused to compromise. They girded up their loins and went to work to rebuild the Cause of Christ. Within 50 years, their sacrifices and struggles paid off. They recovered all that had been lost and surpassed in size and strength both the Disciples of Christ and the Christian Churches. From their apostate brethren and sectarian neighbors, they endured scorn and ridicule for their commitment to the ancient, biblical form of worship.
As that past generation finished their earthly course, they committed the Lord's church to the care and keeping of this present generation of preachers and elders. They had taught, baptized and nurtured them. But some of them have betrayed that trust and embraced the idol. If it were left to them, the Church of Christ would soon cease to exist on earth.
By adopting the use of instruments in worship they are casting aside a heritage. They do so to please the world, to gain the praise of men, hoping to attract people of the world who have little interest in conforming their worship to God's Word (Gal. 1:10). Their acceptance of instruments of music in worship implies that their fathers were wrong in their faith, worship and stand!
Most of them still cling to the sacred name "church of Christ" but they have renounced and abandoned aspects of the biblical faith, worship and practice ordained by the founder and head of the Church. They are like the unfaithful prophets in Jeremiah's day who "were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush" (Jer. 6:15). They should "bear their shame and their abomination which they have committed" (Ezek. 44:13). Their names should be known to all (Rom. 16:16). Most prominent of those who have begun to use instrumental music in their worship are:
[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]This list will grow as other congregations choose to walk this path. There are many leaders who really see nothing wrong with using instruments in worship. It is just a matter of time before join the pilgrimage to Baal's shrine. [/color]
- The Richland Hills Church of Christ, North Richland Hills, TX, Rick Atchley, minister
- The Quail Springs Church of Christ, Oklahoma City, OK., Mark Henderson, minister.
- Norway Ave. Church of Christ, Huntington, WV, Jeff Garrett, minister.
- The Faithcross Church of Christ, (formerly Tomball Church of Christ) Tomball, TX.
- Oak Hills Church (of Christ), San Antonio, TX, Max Lucado, minister.
- The Farmers Branch Church of Christ, Dallas, TX, Chris Seidman, minister
- The Northwest Church of Christ, Seattle, WA, Milton Jones, minister.
- The Central Church of Christ Cocoa, FL. Don Adkins, minister
- Metro Church of Christ, Orlando, FL, Don Holland, minister
- Bridgeway Church (of Christ) Flowermound, TX, Art, McNeese, minister
- The First Colony Church of Christ, Sugarland, TX, Ronnie Norman, minister
John Waddey, Editor
Christianity: Then and Now
nuff said.amen[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]You are correct, Annie; the answer is very easy: we do not use those inanimate, lifeless, soul-less musical devices and we leave the rest of "you" alone. That's right; we have no control over the rest of "you." Some of "you" have now affiliated with the Christian Church [yes, instrumental]; and some of "you" are now "Community Churches."
What needs clarification, however, is your use of the expression "the rest of us." Just be sure the list of "the rest of us" includes those congregations that have apostatized -- they're listed in the initial message posted above -- and that 99.88888% of the 18,000 churches of Christ worldwide has remained loyal to His church and to His teachings.
Therefore, "the rest of you" will be left alone.[/color]
When a person adds the Word of God by saying that instrumental music is a sin, when God has done no such a thing......they are the real sinners.Sorry, but try using that verse in the context is was meant for. Christ was gearing his disciples up for their journies into Isreal as they will begin to do miracles and preach to those that do not believe. In chapter 10 he is talking about the truths to their mission and how it will not be an easy journey, but a hard one filled with pain and struggles. Then he says, but do not worry because you are more valuable to God than anything. He loves us all so much that in all that goes on in this world, he loves us enough to know exactly how many hairs are on each of our heads. This verse is not meant to be a warning but to be a showing of the deep love and commitment that God has for his children. Leave it to legalists to propagate a sentiment of love with a lesson of obedience to a tradition. Context people!
Some people say, "Speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent." But then those same people turn around and put words into the mouth of God by saying, "God didn't say not to have instrumental music in Christian worship." That rationalization speaks where the New Testament is silent. People who embrace that rationalization add to the Word of God in the New Testment.People who justify instrumenal music in Christian worship with the lame excuse of "God didn't say not to" add to the Word of God, because "God didn't say not to" does not exist in the New Testament. That phrase is a figment of worldly man's imagination.
Is Dave telling us he's not familiar with the phrase "God didn't say not to" that some people use to defend IM in Christian worship? I don't think Dave is that naive--or is he? Perhaps Dave would have us believe he would never use that phrase to defend IM. Neither are we that naive.Speaking of a figment of one's imagination......who is saying that God didn't say not to???
Dr. Crump, what is a "Testment"(sic)? The English Cop is already on probation!Some people say, "Speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent." But then those same people turn around and put words into the mouth of God by saying, "God didn't say not to have instrumental music in Christian worship." That rationalization speaks where the New Testament is silent. People who embrace that rationalization add to the Word of God in the New Testment.