Part Two: Practice

Chapter Eleven: Instrumental Music (pg 19 of 29)







  Most religious groups today use instrumental music in their services; with those not using musical instruments being a small minority.

The practice of using musical instruments in church services did not come into existence until about the year 666 A.D. Since the practice was only initiated more than six hundred years after Christ established the true church, it obviously was not a practice instituted by Christ for his church.

Musical instruments were used under the law service; but nothing in the law service is to be brought into the New Testament Church as established by Christ. This is the reason that we do not offer animal sacrifices and follow similar practices which existed under the ceremonial law service. The rituals and practices of the ceremonial law service were a mere shadow or figure of things to come:

Hebrews 9:9-10 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very images of the things,...

Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither had pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

If the Old Testament standard were the standard for the church and it's practices, then it could be argued that music is an appropriate part of the worship service of the true church. However, the ceremonies and modes of worship under the Old Testament were but shadows of better things to come and are not to be followed in the church which Christ established. Rather than following the Old Testament example and having music in its worship service, the church is instructed to sing as follows:

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

Colossians 3:16 ...teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

The new testament says that singing in religious worship is to be with melody in the heart, not on a musical instrument.

Singing without musical instruments is technically known as singing "a cappella". The term "a cappella" is a Italian word which means "as in chapel." This provides insight into the historical practice of the early church; as obviously music was not used in church services since singing without music is singing the way it was done in the early church and at the time the Italian phrase "a cappella" came into use.

There is not a single reference in the New Testament to the use of musical instruments in the services of the New Testament Church; and if Christ established the Church and gave us the pattern to follow, we should not introduce into the Church worship services anything that Christ did not introduce into those services:

Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:... .
Since Christ did not put music in the worship service of the new testament church, it should not be there!