The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

New Hermeneutic: An Abandonment of Reason

Hermeneutics is the procedure by which certain logical principles are applied to a document in order to ascertain the author's original meaning. All literature is subject to hermeneutical analysis. In this country we have one branch of our government, the judiciary, which has been designed to practice legal hermeneutics, i.e., to interpret the law. Sacred hermeneutics is the science of ... read more »

The Authorized Elements of Church Music

Jesus Christ declared there are three elements to appropriate Christian worship. It must be directed to deity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit); worship must be rendered in "spirit" (sincerely), and it must be offered consistent with revealed "truth" (John 4:24; 17:17). Paul declared worship must be "in the name of Christ"; the phrase signifies by his authority (Colossians 3:17; cf. ... read more »

Is the Church a Reed or a Pillar?

Jesus once asked regarding John the Baptizer: "What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?" (Matthew 11:7). A reed is a symbol of instability; it pictures that which yields to other forces. On the other hand, Paul described the church as the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). The imagery ... read more »

The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church

Influence is a powerful thing. Every person both influences and is influenced by others in varying degrees. Jesus stressed the importance of godly influence when he compared his disciples to "salt" (Matt. 5:13), and Paul warned of the power of bad influences when he noted that "evil companionships corrupt good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33 ASV). The Greek word for "companionships" ... read more »

An Analysis of the “Salvation Army”

Street corner bands, trucks collecting repairable items, red kettles, ringing bells at Christmas time, and soup lines are well-known marks of the internationally publicized Salvation Army. This is an organization that is hailed as a paragon of virtue by most religious people. The Salvation Army is widely acclaimed for its charitable thrust. It operates hostels for homeless men and women, ... read more »

Times That Try Our Souls

There may be many things upon which brethren in Christ are at variance, but there is one matter upon which most all agree: we are at a very critical point at this stage of our modern history as the New Testament church. We are on the brink of a major division, if, in fact, such has not occurred already to ... read more »

The Twisted Logic of Liberalism

It strikes me as odd.Why would one construct an argument, grounded in an appeal to biblical authority (e.g., precedent), in an attempt to prove that divine authority is not needed for one's religious practice? And yet this is precisely what some are attempting to do these days.The argument runs something like this. The Jews of the first century engaged in ... read more »

What Is a Missionary Society?

In the mid-to-late 1800's there was a tragic split in the American "restoration" movement - that noble effort that seeks to throw off the shackles of modern denominationalism and return to primitive Christianity. There were two key issues that precipitated the division: - the introduction of instrumental music as an accompaniment to singing in Christian worship - the crafting of ... read more »

An Abused Passage — 2 John 9

Towards the conclusion of his second epistle, the apostle John wrote: "Whoever goes onward, and abides not in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. . . " (v. 9). In recent years, this passage has become the focus of stormy controversy. The significance of the passage has been distorted seriously - both by those on the liberal "left," ... read more »

Paul’s Condemnation of Will-Worship

The church at Colossae was troubled by a heretical movement that seriously compromised the integrity of the Christian gospel. It was a conglomerate mixture of Judaism, asceticism (radical self-abuse), and proto-Gnosticism. For an extended discussion, see Lightfoot (1892, 71-111). One aspect of the heresy depicted by Paul was this: Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship, and ... read more »