Singing In Worship (Part 4)
Since Christ never authorized mechanical instruments of music in the New
Testament to be used in worship of the church, we might ask, when did man
"take it upon himself" to start using them in trying to worship God?
It is a historical fact according to early church history, no mechanical
instruments of music were ever used in church worship until about the year 670
A.D. At this time the church at Rome introduced an organ which produced such
disturbances that it was removed. It was not until about 775 A.D. that it was
introduced again, but this time it was kept, even with many people objecting.
The instrument was not accepted by many churches for many years.
Even in the 13th century Thomas Aquinas, a noted Catholic scholar,
wrote against its use. This showed that even by the 13th century the
instrument had not gained full acceptance. Men wanted to have it their way with
no regard to what God had specified. This was a departure from the faith and
practice of what God has authorized. Those who have respect for the word of God
should wonder why the use of mechanical instruments of music was totally
unknown in the worship of the church for the first six hundred years after
the New Testament was written.
The word "A Capella" means singing without instrumental
accompaniment. It actually means, "as done in the chapel." For the
first 600 years of the church "as done in the chapel" meant singing in
worship of the church without instrumental accompaniment. This is the way the
early church worshipped. Why shouldn't we also worship this way?
When people can find no authority for the use of the mechanical instrument of
music in the New Testament, they try to go to the Old Testament for their
justification. But we are no longer under the Old Testament. The Old Testament
is still of great benefit for us today, because without it the New Testament
would be difficult to understand. Romans 15:4 tells us, "For whatever
things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the
patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." But we do not go
to the Old Testament for instructions of how to be justified and to worship God.
If we did we would be worshipping in the temple in Jerusalem, burning daily
animal sacrifices, and the many other requirements of the Old Law.
Our Lord has made the Old Testament obsolete. As we read in Hebrews 8:13,
"A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete." He has taken it away
as we see in Hebrews 10:9, "He takes away the first that He may establish
the second." In the Old Testament's place Christ has replaced it with the
New Testament as we continue to read in Hebrews 9:15-16 (KJV), "And for
this cause He is the Mediator of the New Testament...For where a testament is,
there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." Christ's
will, the New Testament, is now in effect.
We are no longer under the Old Testament because in Colossians 2:14
concerning the Old Testament we read that Jesus, "has taken it out of the
way, having nailed it to the cross." In Romans 7:6 we read, "But now
we have been delivered from the law." And then in Galatians 3:24-25,
"Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be
justified by faith. But after faith is come, we are no longer under a
tutor." In speaking of the Old Testament, Galatians 5:4 (KJV) says,
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by
the law; ye are fallen from grace." Here God is telling us we will
fall from grace if we try to justify what we do by the Old Testament. Unless we
want to fall from God's grace let's not use the Old Testament to try to
justify the use of mechanical instruments of music in our worship to God.
Singing in worship to God is for the purpose of honoring God and teaching one
another. Singing is what pleases God. Singing without the instrument of music
shows our respect of God and what He says in His word when He specifies our
heart as the instrument where the melody is to be made. If we love and respect
God we will do everything He says and in the way He says to do it. We will not
change, substitute, or add to what He says. We must only sing if we want to
worship God "in spirit and in truth."
Questions Lesson 19
Singing In Worship (Part 4)
(click on the button of the answer of your
1) (Hebrews 8::13, 10:19) In order to establish and put the New Testament in
The Lord left the Old Testament in effect.
The Lord made the Old Testament obsolete and took it out of the way.
The Lord has both the Old and New Testaments in effect today.
We are still under the Old Testament.
3) (Hebrews 9:15-16) What had to happen before the New Testament came into
There had to be the death of the testator who is Christ.
It will not come into effect until the end of the world.
Christ had to be born.
Christ's will, the New Testament, is now in effect.
5) (Colossians 2:14) When was the Old Testament taken out of the way?
When John the Baptist was beheaded.
Testament is still in effect.
When Jesus died on the cross.
We are no longer under the Old Testament.
7) (Galatians 3:24-25) What happened to our tutor, the Old Testament, when
We are no longer under the tutor, the Old Testament.
We are still under our tutor, the Old Testament.
We are still obligated to keep the Old Testament.
9) (Galatians 5:4) If we try to justify ourselves by the Old Testament law
We are fallen from grace.
We will be saved.
God is well pleased.
If we try to justify the use of mechanical instruments of music in
worship to God by the Old Testament law, we are fallen from grace.