The following articles are related to the topic of SINGING

The Song Police

I love my kinsmen in the Lord.But some of them tip the balance with slightly more zeal than knowledge. Musical Extremism Because of the indisputable liberalism that significantly has invaded the church in recent years, there has been a swinging of the pendulum towards the opposite extreme.Some appear to be searching for some "issue" to dispute, and not infrequently they ... read more »

May A Woman EVER Teach A Man?

The pattern is common in Christian history. A religious leader will craft a doctrine that coincides with his theological perspective (based on a misunderstanding of a few Bible texts). Once a proposition is formulated, zealots forage through Scripture collecting passages that conflict with their theory, mercilessly twisting them into submission. Born out of a misdirected defense of New Testament teaching ... read more »

Should Women Function as Translators in the Assembly?

With the fall of the iron curtain, thrilling evangelistic opportunities have opened up in Russia and Eastern Europe. Our hearts have been genuinely warmed as the news reached our ears that thousands have embraced the gospel of Christ and have organized congregations after the New Testament order. May Jehovah bless such efforts, and may we lend our support to these ... read more »

Responding to Critics on the “Instrumental Music” Issue

In several previously-published articles, we have discussed the issue of whether or not the use of mechanical instruments of music is divinely sanctioned for Christian worship. A foundational point that we have sought to emphasize is this: There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental accompaniment in Christian worship. We are not at liberty, therefore, to improvise ... read more »

May a Christian Address Christ in Praise or Prayer?

"Is it ever appropriate to pray to Jesus? Did he not teach us to pray, 'Our Father' (Matthew 6:9)? Did he not instruct his disciples that the time would come when nothing would be asked of him (John 16:23)? And is it appropriate to sing praises directly to Christ?" There appears to be a sincere but vocal minority within the ... read more »

Is It Appropriate to Worship Jesus?

"Some of the songs we sing in worship address Christ. Is it appropriate to worship Jesus?" It is not surprising that some cultists, who deny the deity of Christ, should eschew the worship of the Lord. What is shocking is the fact that some-who are quite sincere, but who ought to know better, and hopefully will learn better-are expressing themselves ... read more »

1 Corinthians 14:34 – “Silence” in the Church

A number of years ago, a faction arose within the church which argued that it is sinful for women to teach the Bible to children in the class arrangement when the church comes together. This practice, they alleged, violates Paul's instruction for women to "keep silence" in the churches (1 Cor. 14:34). Some of our old debaters responded to this ... read more »

Identifying the Church of the New Testament

The following material is the transcription of a lecture presented to a group of interested Bible students. The style is, therefore, more spoken than written. It is not burdened with technical argument or documentation. Several months ago, the nation's news programs were dominated by the story concerning the young woman from California who worked as a congressional aide, and who ... read more »

Funeral Customs – Past and Present

From the time of Adam and Eve, until the days of Abraham, the Scriptures are silent as to how our early ancestors disposed of their dead. The first explicit reference to burial is in conjunction with the death of Sarah: "And Abraham rose up from before his dead [Sarah], and spake unto the children of Heth, saying, I am a ... 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 »