The following articles are related to the topic of WORSHIP

1 Kings 12 — The Sin of Jeroboam

Jeroboam, a ruler of the northern kingdom of Israel, is given special attention in the Old Testament. No less than twenty-one times he is charged with having caused Israel to sin (cf. 1 Kings 14:16). What was his transgression that merited such attention? He was an innovator. He practiced what the apostle Paul would call "will-worship" (Colossians 2:23). His presumptuous ... 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 »

Electronic Church

In recent months numerous articles have focused attention upon the phenomenal value of the World-Wide Web as an evangelistic tool. A recent issue of the popular denominational journal, Christianity Today, was devoted entirely to this medium of communication as it relates to religious information. Twenty percent of those who use the Internet do so for religious purposes. During the final ... read more »

What About Singing “Psalms”?

"Since the law of Moses was abolished by the death of Christ (Colossians 2:14), and the Psalms were a part of that law, why did Paul allow the singing of psalms in Christian worship (Ephesians 5:19)?" In the first place, when one recognizes that the Mosaic law was abolished by Christ's death - and it certainly was (Romans 7:4; Galatians ... read more »

2 Timothy 1:13 – The Pattern of Sound Words

Man has ever sought to be free of divine restraint. In the early days of the church, a philosophy known as antinomianism was prevalent. It was the ideology that argued: "We are not under law." The concept is not dead even today. There are some, even in the church of the Lord, who allege that we are under grace - ... read more »

Why Was Cain’s Sacrifice Rejected?

"Did God reject Cain's sacrifice simply because he did not 'give his best' or was it because it was not a blood sacrifice like Abel's? Did God require an animal sacrifice (blood sacrifice) on this occasion?" The record of Cain's rejected sacrifice reads: "And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ... read more »

Are Modern “Church Buildings” Digressive?

There is a minority element within the Christian community that contends the early church met exclusively in private homes, not in the type of public facilities one sees today. They allege that the use of modern "church buildings" is in violation of the biblical pattern. Church groups, they argue, are "families." Therefore, in order to preserve the atmosphere of intimacy, ... 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 »

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 »