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Title: Should We Use Instruments in Worship?


1
Should We Use Instruments in Worship?
  • Introduction
  • Question has been discussed for many centuries.
  • Church fathers sometimes opposed instruments even
    outside worship and never used them in worship.

2
Should We Use Instruments in Worship?
  • C. Many later religious leaders opposed
    instruments.
  • Thomas Aquinas1250 AD
  • John Calvin
  • Martin Luther
  • John Wesley

3
Should We Use Instruments in Worship?
  • Adam Clarke
  • Charles Spurgeon
  • Alexander Campbell
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • D. So the question is not just a modern issue.

4
Should We Use Instruments in Worship?
  • E. So how should we answer the question today?
  • Here are some reasons why I believe we should not
    use instruments in worship.

5
I. Because the apostolic church did not use them
  1. We seek to please God by following the words of
    Scripture and using the early church as our
    model.
  2. Since they didnt use instruments, neither should
    we.

6
I. Because the apostolic church did not use them
  • C. A cappella means
  • as in the church.

7
II. Because we cant be sure they are acceptable.
  • A. All agree singing without the instrument is an
    acceptable form of worship. No question.
  • B. Can one prove instruments are acceptable? Why
    do what we cannot be sure of? Lets do what we
    can be sure of?

8
II. Because we cant be sure they are acceptable.
  • C. Salvation issue?
  • I dont know.
  • And that is the problem.
  • No one can be certain that using instruments is
    acceptable. How will God judge? I dont know.

9
III. Because singing in worship is commanded.
  • A. Eph. 519speak to one another in songsing to
    the Lord.
  • B. Col. 316Teach one another in song.

10
III. Because singing in worship is commanded.
  • C. 1 Cor. 1415-16Praise and thank God through
    meaningful songs in the worship.
  • D. James 513Express joy in song.

11
IV. Because the command to sing excludes
instruments.
  • A. Old Testament cases.
  • 1. Nadab and AbihuLev. 10
  • Unauthorized fire.
  • By specifying one place, Gods silence about
    other places excluded themso they were
    unauthorized.

12
IV. Because the command to sing excludes
instruments
  • 2. Saul1 Sam. 1313. Not kept the command the
    Lord your God gave you.
  • What command?
  • The command for priests to preside at sacrifices
    was a command for others not to.

13
IV. Because the command to sing excludes
instruments.
  • 3. 2 Chron. 26King Uzziah.
  • Enter the temple, burn incense
  • 80 priests say It is not right for you,
    Uzziah, to burn incense. That is for the
    priests, the descendents of Aaron.

14
IV. Because the command to sing excludes
instruments
  • Uzziah raged at the priests.
  • God struck him with leprosy.
  • God had saidsons of Aaron.
  • Did not say Judah could not.
  • Heb. 714 In regard to that tribe, Moses said
    nothing about priests. So Judah excluded.

15
IV. Because the command to sing excludes
instruments
  • B. New Testament--1 Cor.1123
  • Departed from what Paul had taught about the
    Lords Supper. I received from the Lord what I
    delivered to you.
  • Guilty of sinning
  • Drinking judgment on selves.

16
IV. Because the command to sing excludes
instruments
  • When God specifies one out of a group, others in
    that group are excluded by His silence about
    them.
  • Pharmacy
  • Store
  • Lords Supper

17
V. Because instruments promote other departures.
  • A. Doesnt say not to.
  • B. Is that the principle on which God wants us to
    decide about His Word?
  • C. Those who use this principle have made other
    departures.

18
VI. Because using instruments has been divisive.
  • A. When they were first introduced about 1000 AD.
  • B. Among many denominations.
  • C. In the Restoration Movement.

19
VII. Because singing is better without them.
  • A. Promotes more participation
  • B. Allows more focus on the meaning of the songs
  • C. Less likely to move into an entertainment mode.

20
Conclusion
  • A. There are very good reasons not to use
    instruments in our worship.
  • B. We should take the NT church as our model.
  • C. We will weaken our stance for restoration.

21
Conclusion
  • D. Lets lead in taking the way we can be sure of.
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