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What does the Bible say concerning the use of instrumental music in the church? I have a few verses, but would appreciate more, specifically from the New Testament.

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 ---Helen on 4/30/05
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Does the Bible state that I should eat oats and ice cream? I hope so because I have that stuff everyday.

Helen, please don't let yourself become a fanaticist.
---Albert on 4/2/08

I don't know any NT references to music, but I know David in his Psalms talks about playing the harp to worship God. For me, music is a way to enhance worship and give glory to God. I don't sing or play in church for me or the congregation, but for me to glorify God. For me, it is the one gift I can offer Him in worship.
---Katie on 7/13/07

I cann't remember a mention of symbals, drums, brass, and harps being used in a gathering of christians in the New Testament. Most of the christian meetings were held in privacy at different homes, in secret places where the attorities could not bother them. The christians were being persecuted for their faith, and Rome had accused the christians for burning down Rome. Instruments of any sort would have been heard very easily, if you were hiding. In the Old Testament there is alot of references of instruments being used. If I am wrong please let me know. My prayer of support as you seek.
---Blue on 7/6/07

Dear Helen: I think God would be pleased by your question. Anything that praises our Lord would be a blessing to Him. He likes singing too. The verses that the other Bloggers gave you are great guidance. You want to do what is right in the sight of God; that's worship too! Let's give our Lord praise with instruments and our lips! David (in Psalms) even danced!
---Elsie on 5/13/05

Becky, are are so correct too. There must be a balance in church and I have had preachers to tell them that is one of their hardest jobs.
---shira_5965 on 5/6/05

Although I agree that one must emphasize salvation above all else , many people that attend church on a regular basis are already saved and thus are looking for both fellowship and guidance. So they want their preachers to speak about issues and direct them in their lives. If this is done prayerfully and always checked against scripture I don't think it's neccesarily wrong.
---BeckyH on 5/5/05

Bob, you are so so correct. Some of our churches are so full of legalism, you really don't know what to do. Our pastors need to preach doctrine (biblical) and salvation more than anything else. I once heard a fat preacher(so fat he sat down to preach) and all he could preach to was smokers. I thought that was sort of stupid. He should preach salvation.
---shira_5965 on 5/5/05

I always relate this to "What does the bible say about going to the bathrooom...ahem". Do you need the bible to tell you everything to do? Just because a certain expanse of the bible is free of references to a particular thing...does not necessarily mean you aren't supposed to do it..however legalists feed off such things :-).
Legalism isn't what we are called to though, but a life where everything we do is kindled by the holy spirit. Without him, all we do is in vein. In him we might write, type, speak, or communicate through music. The voice is an instrument. -Bob
---Bob on 5/5/05

I will apologize for my answer concerning music and instruments. I did not sit down with my strongs and seperate every single issue and count the number of times they were in the bible. My answer was suppose to be an overwhelming answer to promote music that God intended. It is obvious God loves music and instruments because it is mentioned so many times in the bible. If someone wants to rebuke me for not counting the times other things are in the bible, I suggest they buy a strongs and take about 6 months out of their lives and start counting. Frankly, I don't have that kind of time.
---shira_5965 on 5/3/05

Alan, I understand and accept your apology. Please accept mine, as well. The information that others have shared has been quite helpful. Once again, thanks to all who have taken the time to reply.
---Helen on 5/2/05

Helen 2 ... and of course did it in a very clumsy way, made worse by the fact that I had misinterpreted your question anyway!
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/2/05

Helen... I ran across you question today and you may have already did your presentation but I thought it might be helpful to know that Eph 5:19 says for us to speak to ourselves with psalma hymns and spiritual songs.. the definition of a psalm in strong's concordance is...

5568 psalmos (psal-mos');

from 5567; a set piece of music, i.e. a sacred ode (accompanied with the voice, harp or other instrument; a "psalm"); collectively, the book of the Psalms:
I hope this is helpful to you.. Annie
---Annie on 5/2/05

Helen ... I am sorry about the second half of my reply ... no, not sorry, because it is true, but sorry for seeming to aim it at you.

We have had so many people on on here, saying we must not have music, or certain instruments, in church, because it is not mentioned in the NT. Nor of course is having a leisure swim in the sea, or going in a hot air balloon!

I thought you needed to be told that it does not matter if the NT does not mention guitars, or French Horns or whatever!!
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/2/05

I'm a musician. I play the radio, the turn table, the cassette player and other similar instruments. None of these are mentioned in the Bible and I don't feel guilty at all.
---Albert on 5/2/05

Whoa, chill out Helen, insulting 2 brothers in one blog? Do you have a New Testament? Look in a concordance and you'll find out if instruments are mentioned.
---NV_Barbara on 5/1/05

FF Yes the piano was not around then ... and the lyre was not far from what we now have as a guitar.

It is amazing how people can get hung up on so called biblical rules abot things like that
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/1/05

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Albert, you're starting to sound like Alan. Just because I asked a simple question, doesn't mean I'm turning into a fanatic. I'm simply trying to put together a study for my class and was hoping some of you might have some actual Bible text to share. My only intent is to learn more about God's word, from people who might have a better understanding than I do. My thanks to those who took the time to offer some useful insight.
---Helen on 5/1/05

There is not much in the Bible to help answer your question. Two texts are right on: Ps.33:1-3 and Ps.81:1-2.
"Let all joys of the godly well up in praise to the joyous melodies of Praise....accompanied skillfully on THE HARP...accompanied by DRUMS,the LYRE and HARP"
---Pierr7958 on 5/1/05

Psalm 81:2108:2147:7,149:3 David knew how to play the harp. If you know how to play an instrument, it would be wonderful to use that talent to praise the Lord. Singing is a great way to praise the Lord too.Psalm 7:17,Eph 5:199:2
---Ulrika on 5/1/05

My former pastor used to complain about churches that allowed the use of guitars because it wasn't biblical. Well, I don't know of many churches without a piano but I can't find that in the bible either. The bible doesn't discuss things that were not around then but that doesn't mean that God is against anything invented since the days the bible was written. Everything is good, it is what we do with it that sometimes isn't.
---F.F. on 5/1/05

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The old testiment is here for instruction and it is full of music and instruments. It teaches to sing with a loud voice with instruments. music is mentioned more times in the bible than anything else except for Jesus and salvation.
---shira_5965 on 5/1/05

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