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Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship
Visit us on FB. Before long, the church of the New Testament was submerged in a sea of Apostacy. Having abandoned the simple worship of the New Testament, the Apostate Church began to develop a more elaborate and liturgical ceremony in its place.
As late as the 13th Century, the noted Thomas Aquinas, a world-renowned Catholic scholar, was writing against its use. Indications are that even in his time the practice was not wide-spread. Congregations which were guided by the principles of the Reformation generally made three changes in the arrangement of their houses of worship: 1 The altars were changed to communion tables, 2 Religious statues were taken down, and 3 Organs were taken out.
Leaders in the Reformationest were united in their opposition to Instrumental Music. Martin Luther called the organ "an ensign of Baal. He commented: "I would as soon pray to God with machinery as sing to God with machinery.
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The record is clear--wherever and whenever men have sought to purge Christianity of the innovations adopted by the Apostate Church, they have begun with the rejection of Instrumental Music; All of the great reformers were agreed--returning to the simplicity of the New Testament Church means dispensing with Instrumental Music!!! Unity is commanded by the New Testament. Throughout history, instrumental music has been disruptive of the unity of the church.
It has been a source of strife and unnecessary division. Congregations have been split over it, yet none argue that it is essential. The famed Methodist scholar, Adam Clarke, wrote: "I am an old man, and an old minister; and I here declare that I never knew them i.
Music as a science, I esteem and admire; but instruments of music in the house of God I abominate and abhor. In this study we have sought to determine why churches of Christ do not use instruments of music in worship. We have seen that. Savanorola, the 15th Century Florentine Reformer, said that when he preached the doctrines of human invention he pleased an impatient and fickle people, but when he turned to the Bible he shook men's souls. Our Plea is for a return to the Bible.
The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God - by G. I. Williamson
The Church continues and develops this tradition: "Address. Augustine, En. Col One of God's greatest gifts to us, his creation, was the gift of song. Gregory—have taught us how to revel in God's infinite love, proclaim his glory, give thanks for his abounding generosity, and plead for mercy and forgiveness.
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