The following articles are related to the topic of MUSIC IN WORSHIP

What Is A Cappella Music?

One of our readers recently wrote asking that we explain what is meant when it is stated that churches of Christ use only a cappella music. This is an excellent question and we are happy to respond. The phrase a cappella derives from a Latin expression which, by way of Italian, means "in the style of the church," or "as ... read more »

The Silence Argument

One of the strongest arguments against the use of instrumental music in Christian worship is the "silence" principle. This is the concept that when God is silent about a matter, man is not at liberty to "presume" &>, and so to act without divine authority. There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental music in Christian worship. ... read more »

Ephesians 5:19 — Making Melody

The inspired apostle admonishes the saints: "And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody [psalontes] with your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:18,19). Psalontes is from the Greek psallo. Advocates of the use of instrumental music in Christian ... read more »

What About Mechanical Instruments of Music in Christian Worship?

"Why don't we use instruments of music in our worship?" Tragically, so many members of the Lord's church these days appear to be untaught as to exactly why churches of Christ refrain from instrumental accompaniment in their worship. The simplest, most concise answer is this: It is a matter of authority. There is no authority for the use of a ... read more »

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 »

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 »