The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP

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 »

My Husband Is a Snake

Human beings instinctively are worshiping creatures. Generally speaking, if a person does not worship God, he will worship something else. It could be the sun, a tree, money, or self. Human degeneracy knows no limit. The apostle Paul addressed the issue in the opening segment of his epistle to the saints in Rome. He pointed out that the Creator made ... 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 »

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 »

Are Christians Required to “Lift Up Holy Hands”?

"In his letter to Timothy, Paul said that men are to pray, 'lifting up hold hands' to God (1 Timothy 2:8). Why don't people lift up their hands when they pray today? The "lifting up holy hands" is more than likely an expression borrowed from the Old Testament because of a common (though neither mandated or rigid), ancient practice of ... read more »

Amos 5:21,22 – Vain Religion

It is commonly believed by many that so long as a person is religious - in some generic way - he is well-pleasing to God. The notion is popular that man is free to direct his own manner of service to the Creator. And for many, there is little connection between one's religious exercises and his daily life. Worship God ... read more »

History of Instrumental Music

William Woodson (Th.D) is an accomplished Bible scholar whose labors have blessed thousands for more than forty years. He has served as the head of the Bible department at one university, and the director of graduate studies in another. He has written scores of articles and authored or co-authored several books, including a volume on the theme of instrumental music ... read more »

The Bible Doesn’t Say, “Don’t Do It,” Does It?

Solomon once wrote that "there is no new thing under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Certainly that saying is true with reference to the arguments that a swelling "progressive" element within the church is employing in defense of the idea that the use of musical instruments is permissible in Christian worship. Or at the very least, they allege, the issue is ... read more »

Amos, David, and Instruments of Music

"Does Amos 6:5 censure David's introduction of instrumental music in worship - even under the old covenant?Does the text hint that musical instruments in the Old Testament were something God tolerated, like polygamous marriage, rather than being his ideal?" This is a question upon which Bible expositors are not agreed. Let us first note the controversial text. In his rebuke ... read more »

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

Jesus Christ was the master teacher of all times. He taught in such a variety of ways. While he frequently spoke to the multitudes, he also spent considerable time in one-on-one situations. He gave kindly attention to the individual. John's Gospel account reveals one such incident. The record of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, as contained ... read more »