Mechanical Instruments of Music in Worship
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
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)
Back To Bible Topics Page