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VOL. 12                                                                                                                          January 26, 2014                                                                                                                            NO. 48



In the discussion of any Bible topic it is extremely important to keep emotions out of the way and under control. Phrases such as "I feel" and "I think" should never be the basis of an argument. The Bible should and must be the only basis. 

Why? "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (I Tim. 3:16,17) Since the Bible perfectly and throughly furnishes unto all good works, why is there a need for anything else? Feelings and opinions lead only to "heated" arguments in which the truth is never revealed.

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (Jn. 4:24) In order to worship God in "truth" we must worship Him by His word. "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."(Jn. 17:17) So, what do the scriptures reveal concerning singing and/or playing musical instruments?

I Cor. 14:15 "What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also:I will sing with spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."

Eph. 5:19 "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

Col. 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in you hearts to the Lord."

These three verses teach that singing is an acceptable and required act of worship unto God, but what about playing musical instruments? Nowhere in the New Testament is there any mention of playing mechanical instruments as being an acceptable form of worship. So, where is the authorization to use them in worship found? To find this authority one must resort to the creeds and opinions of man. "But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matt.15:9)

Under the Old Testament worshiping God with mechanical instruments of music was permitted (Psa. 33:2). However, it must be understood that the Old Law is no longer binding or in effect today but is rather "for our learning."(Rom. 15:4)

Col. 2:14 "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us,and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross:"

Gal. 5:24,25 "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster."

Gal. 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

God has revealed His perfect will in the Bible and it is up to man to follow it. "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." (Jer. 10:23) It is when man becomes "bored" with God's will and changes it to fit their own will that they pervert the gospel. "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."(Gal. 6:6-9)


---Ruben Hall

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Mankind is certainly ingenious when it comes to inventing different views to tip toe around what God's word says. Mark 16:16 is one such passage.

THE METHODISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth not and is baptized shall be saved". One of their cardinal doctrines teaches the practice of infant baptism when the infant is way too young to know what's going on much less to believe anything the Bible teaches concerning sin, repentance, and salvation.

THE ATHEISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth and is baptized shall not be saved". They do not even believe in God to Whom man is accountable for his actions. Since there is no accountability to a God, there can be no such thing as sin and definitely no need for salvation.

THE UNIVERSALISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth not and is baptized not shall be saved". They believe EVERYBODY is SAVED and NOBODY is LOST

THE BAPTISTS read Mark 16:16 like this: "He that believeth and is not baptized shall be saved". They believe salvation comes at the point of faith and baptism has nothing to do with saving.

JESUS said in Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved". Now, which view are we going to take on this passage? 

—E.R. Hall, Jr.

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He who is born of God should grow to resemble his Father.


No man ever regretted Christianity on his deathbed.


The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.


Nothing will work unless you do.


Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.


The person who says that something cannot be done should never interrupt the one who is doing it.


A good reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night like the gourd of the prophet; but, like that gourd, it may perish in a night.

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