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Does anyone understand why some churches do not allow musical instruments to be part of their services. What is the reasoning behind this belief?

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Romans 14:1 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. 2 One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables.:3 The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not, and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on another's servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
---jodogar on 6/3/09

Mary Ann ... "The reason being that the bible says DO NOT worship with man made insturments"

Please come back and tell us the Bible reference!

Your pastor should be able to tell you where he found this prohibition.
---alan8566_of_UK on 5/7/09

Mary Ann

I hope you are not using Microphones as well. These are not only considered musical instruments, but something man made as well. You should discontinue use immediately.

Actually I wouldn't worry about using musical instruments. Worry about where each and everyone's heart is while singing. Sing in spirit with or without instruments, and it is pleasing to God. All He hears is your spirit rejoicing His name
---Gregg on 5/7/09

I belong to the United Baptist Church and we do not use Musical Insturments. The reason being that the bible says DO NOT worship with man made insturments. I am not sure where in the bible this passage is. But will search and try to find it. Like anything else a person can make wrong out of anything. Ex. Exessive drinking and hard rock. These are sinful. However for religious use these things may or may not be wrong.
---Mary_Ann_Hitchcock on 5/7/09

Isaiah 38:20
The LORD was ready to save me, Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments All the days of our life, in the house of the LORD.
---Lisa on 9/14/07

Yes instruments are good to praise God with!
Read your Bible!
# 2 Samuel 6:5
And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
1 Chronicles 13:8
And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
---Lisa on 9/14/07

Yes! 1 Chronicles 15:28
Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps. 12Also Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)
---Lisa on 9/14/07

instruments should be in the church if possible.
13It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD,
---Lisa on 9/14/07

GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER . David danced before the Lord. All of the bloggers have given scripture re music being pleasing to the Lord. It still is. Jesus had better things to teach and to do than talk about playing insturments to the Father. He did say the Spirit would lead in all truth. Truth is in the Bible. Spirit also leads in worship to play insturments,dance, raise holy hands,make a joyful noise and even shout.GOD IS THE SAME TODAY,YESTERDAY, AND FOREVER.
---jody_martin on 9/14/07

whisper - thank you. I cannot imagine teaching that God would not want people to worship in whatever way they can.
If there are no instruments or you just want to sing without them that is great, but to teach that God doesn't honor this kind of worship is carnal.(it is a man-made doctrine).
---andre5846 on 9/14/07

GOD ADORES MUSIC, INSTRUMENTS, PRAISE, DANCING!!!!! He is the creator of these things, IN FACT THIS IS "COMMANDED" of us from God Himself. This weird false and repressive religious spirit of a church, is leading and feeding you a bizarre indoctrination of lies. MUSIC AND DANCING, was originaly created and intended for the GLORY OF GOD, but the DEVIL came and stole it away for himself making it apear evil.
---Whisper on 9/14/07

To sing with music is a command of the Word of God. The facts from both testaments prove it to be scriptural to use musical instruments to worship God.
1. They were used by prophets when prophesying by the Holy Spirit 1 Samuel 10:5****1 Chronicals 25:1-7
David used them to cause a demon to leave Saul 1 Samuel 16:16-23

Job the prophet used them Job 30:31
---Whisper on 9/14/07

The *****RIGHTEOUS****** are *********COMMANDED******** TO USE THEM IN WORSHIP TO GOD. Psalms 33:1-5,,,81:1-5,,,98:4-9,,,147:7,,,149:1-4,,,150,,,1-6.


I have a multitude of other scriptures from N.T. but not enough time here.
---Whisper on 9/14/07

The New Testament commands their use in the church. In Ephesians 5:19, Col. 3:16, saints are commanded to use psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and to make melody in their hearts. Psalms are a set piece of music sacred song to be accompanied with harp, or other instruments. James 5:13 play on a stringed instrument celebrate the divine worship with music and singing.
---Whisper on 9/14/07

I'm sorry, I cant resist saying one more thing.

Chad - Amen!

The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is written in symbolic language. I believe there is a reason why God placed this book last in the scriptures. When you understand the other books, then you can tackle Rev. I do not claim to understand all that is in the Bible, much less what is in that book.

Because God conducts worship one way in Heaven doesn't give me the authority to do it that way here.
---trey on 9/13/07

To SEE Musical INSTRUMENTS ACCOMPANYING SINGERS in NEW Testament: Rev. 14:2-3, 15:2-3, & 5:8-9. ...Harpers HARPING WITH their Harps, AND SINGING Before the Throne of GOD. YOU say: 'All Figurative, No Material things in Heaven.' Maybe GOD'S WORD IS A LIE to those who ASSume there'll be No River, No Trees, No Fruit, No Food, No Feast, No Jewels, No Gold, No Mansions, No God, No Christ, No Harps, No Singers, or ANYTHING ELSE reputed by the BIBLE that's IN HEAVEN! BEWARE of Pastoral FALSEHOOD.
---JoeMcDaniel on 9/13/07

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please show me where in Corithians musical instruments are mentioned ? NO , in heaven there will be no material things . the parts you talk in revelation is a figure of speech . If a women sings pretty as a bird , is she one ? No one has shown me yet where musical instruments are in the new tes. the instrument in the new tes. is our hearts .
---chad_mcpeek on 9/12/07

Alexia, please forgive me if I come accross as a Pharisee. I do not mean to. What you consider to be silly, I consider to be very serious, because of my personal desire to worship in spirit and in truth.
---trey on 9/12/07

John, thanks for your comment. I am not a member of the Church of Christ, I am an Old Line Primitive Baptist. For those of you who don't know anything about us, you should do a little research.

Last of all, I still cannot find any scriptures where Christ or the Apostles used them in the worship service.

This is the last time I am going to write on this subject.

May the Lord bless each of you.
---trey on 9/12/07

trey, my point was to make the whole discussion what it is silly. If anyone thinks God's worried about such issues, I suggest they have bigger problems to deal with. Nobody apparently ever learned what a pharisee was and IS today.
---alexia on 9/12/07

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In the First place, a PSALM is Words Put To MUSIC, NOT Music Put to Words! Secondly, with ALL the Singers that Accompany the INSTUMENTAL PLAYERS IN HEAVEN, I can only reckon those so-claimed 'Church of Christ' folk, IF they make it into Heaven, will just hafto SIT ON THE PORCH, so they won't be OFFENDED by MY GOD'S MUSIC! Think About It.
---JoeMcDaniel on 9/12/07

John, you are correct, the Apostle Paul mentions several musical instruments in I Cor 14, but is not condoning the use of musical instruments in the worship service. The subject at hand is speaking in tongues. Paul is explaining that the misuse of speaking in tongues is as detrimental as a trumpet that gives an uncertain sound, etc.
---trey on 9/11/07

Alexia, - Good point! Man's opinions mean nothing. My question for you is, do you believe you have more understanding on the scriptures than the first christians? Does it seem strange to you that for nearly 700 years musical instruments were not used in the worship service? Do you honestly believe that the early Christians didn't play musical instruments because they didn't have them, couldn't play them, were affraid, etc?
---trey on 9/11/07

Alexia - (continued)
Could it be that the early christians, many of whom spoke Greek, understood the word "Psallo" to mean to sing without musical instruments? (I realize the original Greek word means to twitch a line, or pluck a hair, or to twang a string. We can see the meaning of words changing from one generation to the next.
The original meaning of the word "lewd" meant common people, and "prevent" meant to go before.
---trey on 9/11/07

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One last comment concerning the subject of musical instruments in church worship - The reason the church I attend has never used musical instruments, is because we try to worship in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23). We try to follow the apostolic model as set forth by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and his apostles. We do not want to add to or take away from this model.

Outside the worship service, musical instruments are fine.

May the Lord bless each of you.

---trey on 9/11/07

trey, how long have you been a member of the COC?
---augusta on 9/11/07

First of all, I would like to say, God bless each of you. I appreciate your opinions and beliefs. Your responses to this question drive me to study more, and hopefully you as well.
---trey on 9/11/07

StrongAxe - Singing with your God given voice is part of the worship service. It was there to begin with. Christ and the Apostles sang a hymn and went out into the mount of Olives (Mt 26:30)
We also find several other scriptural refferences where we are encouraged to sing unto the Lord, and unto each other, (Eph 5:19, Col 3:16, James 5:13). Heb 2:12 even tells us that in our worship service that Christ will sing with us unto the Lord.
---trey on 9/11/07

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I find in the scriptures where we are to sing, but I cannot find in the new testament where we are commanded or encouraged to play before the Lord?
---trey on 9/11/07

I find in the scriptures where we are to sing, but I cannot find in the new testament where we are commanded or encouraged to play before the Lord?
---trey on 9/11/07

Andrea, I love your wit.

Psalms 33:2 is in the Old Testament. Playing musical instruments in WORSHIP is in the Old Testament, but not in the New.
Worship procedure used in Old Testament service obviously cannot be used to amend the New Testament pattern, otherwise, animal sacrifices, tithing, etc. could be legitimately introduced into the church.
---trey on 9/11/07

trey, you will find here that the opinions of man count for nothing. So dont bother siting the opinions of theologians on the issue of instruments. They know nothing. You must discover all from the 4 corners of the Book ...Not quite sure which translation tho.
---alexia on 9/11/07

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trey - maybe the priest was reading His Bible and God decided since there was so much fear around the number 666 He'd do something to calm them.

1Sa 16:23 And it came to pass, when the [evil] spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

Psa 33:2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings.
---Andrea on 9/11/07

Paul mentions several instruments in 1Cor.14. An instrument played to the glory of God is a spiritual weapon just as much as a voice is. What we are told to do in the Old Testament is still in effect unless Christ fulfilled it or it says somewhere that it has been done away with. I'd like to see any Scripture that says music is done away with.
---john on 9/11/07


Is singing OK, because it is an aid to worship? If so, then why not musical instruments, which are merely an aid to singing? (You CAN sing a capella, it's just a bit harder).
---StrongAxe on 9/11/07

I'm glad to see some of you reading what I wrote. Let me explain, lighting, pews, bathrooms, fans, soft drink holders, song books with musical notes, magnifying glasses, even tuning forks are all aids. They aid in worship, but they are not an addition to the worship service. Musical instruments are an addition to the worship service, they were brought into church worship in 666 A.D. by a Catholic priest.
---trey on 9/10/07

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trey - continued:
I don't know how many of you come from main stream denominations, but you should study what men such as Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Adam Clarke - Methodist comentator, Heinrich August Welhelm Meyer -Lutheran scholar, Thomas and Alexander Campbell - Church of Christ, Isaac Erett - Founder of the Christian Standard, had to say concerning musical instruments.
---trey on 9/10/07

trey - continued, part 3
The list of oppossers to musical instruments goes on: Charles John Ellicott - Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, James Pierce - Presbyterian scholar, Prof John Girardeau - Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina, Charles Buck - English Independent minister, and all the Old Line Primitive Baptist Elders, as well as many others had to say about musical instruments in the worship service. All these men oppossed them.
---trey on 9/10/07

trey - continued, part 4
One last thing to think about, the Apostle Paul, when painting an ugly picture used a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbol.(1st Cor 13:1).
---trey on 9/10/07

I know my voice needs ALL the help it can get hehehe! :D I don't sing, I "make a joyful NOISE unto the Lord"! :D
---Mary on 9/10/07

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Each individual or group needs to find a way to praise and worship God. One doesn't need instruments to do that. On the other hand, God Created ALL THINGS. In my experience, if I couldn't celebrate God in worship by using instruments, I think "the very rocks would cry out...!"
---bartel on 9/10/07

Do any of you know what a pharisee is?
---alexia on 9/10/07

This is a good example of trying to please God from outside works instead of experiencing the love and joy of Christ.

Whatever we choose it should be about giving our thanks to Him about rejoicing in God our Savior.

All the trappings in the world will NOT Make you Holy.

Why was the mountain holy? What did it do?
why was the bush holy?
---Andrea on 9/10/07

Our worship does need to be in our heart, in the beauty of melody of the Holy Spirit's love. So, I'd say we should not depend on there being instruments or musicians being talented, lest we have respect of persons.

However, Paul made himself "all things to all men" (consider 1 Corinthians 9:19-23). So, I can see the point of playing music which can make us as the ones we are reaching to, like how Jesus became human in order to reach us.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/9/07

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Can'r say for sure but if it was ok for a man after God's own heart (David) why not for today. Psalms 33:2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre, Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.
---denna7667 on 9/9/07


There are also no references to use of podiums, pews, sound systems, carpeting, church boards, collection plates (or, for that matter, printed Bibles). In fact, there are no references to walls or roofs either. If we were to be obsessively literal in making our churches just like exactly what we written in the New Testament, all churches would be little more than empty lots.
---StrongAxe on 9/9/07

It could be that they have an over active conscience. Not wanting to be in the entertainment business. But I have got to tell you, I do not want to go to a church with no instruments. I absolutely love music. [Gospel] People don't sound to good without instruments. Off key and everything else.
---catherine on 9/9/07


Unfortunately, that attitude suggests that "anything that is not explicitly permitted must be forbidden".

By that logic, we should not use cars, telephones, or even computers because those are not mentioned anywhere in scripture.

Yet here we are, blogging on the internet...
---StrongAxe on 9/9/07

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Well they sure better get over themselves, and get rid of the "Spirit of Stupid" cause Many musical instruments are in Heaven, Revelation 14:2 alone speaks of 144,000 harps and in Revelation 15:2 innumerable harps if God allows this many in heaven let us not consider it unheavely to have musical instruments in churches.
---Whisper on 9/9/07

Often times the words were interpreted as praise it actually means 'to dance before the Lord' most of the time music would accompany that. But acopella singing is beautiful too.

Just be blessed - not uptight enjoy your worship and give it all back to the Lord.

we go crazy with the shoutin and shofars, skipping and praise going but then we do the acopella too. Its a blessing and its our sacrifice to Him

if you go nuts at a football game why not let it go PRAISE HIS GLORIOUS NAME!
---Andrea on 9/9/07

Some people think that music draws in seducing spirits. Not me but you asked. They are not following the Bible but rather teachings of man and superstions. The guy who made it up probably had problems with lust:) I do not know the roots and am not going to do the research.:}
---jody_martin on 9/9/07

you guys sure worry about some weird stuff. There are thousands of references to musical instruments in the OT. What in the world could you find offensive in using musical instruments? Sounds like the pharisees have returned.
---alexia on 9/9/07

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We can find no biblical precedent for the usage of musical instruments in New Testament worship.
Musical instruments were not utilized by Christ, the apostles, or His disciples for the first 600 years.
We are commanded to sing, not make music. The word "psallo's" meaning has changed over the years. Sophocles, Professor of Greek Language, Harvard University, studied 594 authors- B.C.146-A.D.1100 - psallo meant always to chant, or sing without musical insturments.
---Trey on 9/8/07

Noah, doesn't the old covenant imply the laws they had to follow in the OT? How does that transfer into not using musical instruments to worship God? God gave us instruments, God gave us people who can play them. What is wrong with using our God given talents to worship Him?
---Katie on 8/13/07

god does not authorize the use of insruments in the new testament which is what we go by. heb. 8 tells that the old covenant is done away with.
---noah on 8/10/07

Jake, Jake, Jake please.....
Hey, where does the Bible give us permission to drive a car or hook a horse up to a Buggy if you are so inclined?
Where are we allowed to put diapers on a baby or even cook our food?
God created musical tones. Why not use them to His glory?
---Elder on 3/13/07

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I just read through all of Benny's replies on his personal page. (See Benny's name below).
Rev Herb, you should check it out. I think it may have been Benny himself. The Real Benny, and I'm not kidding. The man you love.
---Byron on 3/12/07

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. (Rom 14:6)
Same goes for existence of musical instruments, dancing etc. or lack thereof.
---Benny on 9/18/06

I've never heard an organist play softly. I've been so drowned out by the organist that I've gotten a headache trying to scream the words over the pipe organ.
---buffwarrior on 9/18/06

Jake ... why are you listening to the words ... why are you not singing them?
Does a piano drown out words anyway?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/18/06

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** Because the bible does not give permission or say that we can use instruments in church. Why take a chance. And also you cant hear the words over instruments, it sounds a lot better with just peoples voices.**
What is not forbidden is permitted.
And speaking as an organist, one CAN hear the words over the instruments. (I'm not saying that some instrumentalists and groups don't play too loudly.)
---Jack on 9/18/06

there's many scriptual references to instruments of praise. My personal taste and what gets me closest to God is many instruments and voices with harmony. Good musicians vary the sounds, loudness, involvement, tempo etc. The person running the sound board is a very key person.
---buffwarrior on 9/18/06

many churches do things out of tradition versus any substance to a belief. If Grandpa did it this way then it must be right. If you research history of music in church. it's evolved as talent has improved
---buffwarrior on 9/18/06

Because the bible does not give permission or say that we can use instruments in church. Why take a chance. And also you cant hear the words over instruments, it sounds a lot better with just peoples voices.
---jake on 9/18/06

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Some churches have gone OVERBOARD and have become money hungry, mega rock concerts, charging the earth, complete with super amplification, flashing colourful lights, pelting drum rythms so one cant hear the words of love sung to God..the louder the better it seems..the music becomes the issue and not the words..we dont absolutely NEED musical instruments.. in fact,God gave US a voice capable of making sweet melody, the day we were born, not with mike or an amplified guitar, plugged into our mouth.....
---Karin on 2/23/06

I have been told by a Church of Christ member that they believe musical instruments hurts God's ears. Of course the same people have radios in their cars and watch T.V. at home... The lack of instruments in the N.T. being proof they didn't believe in them really seems lame since those people used the O.T. as their Bible... But hey, I don't have snakes (on purpose) in my church either.
---mikefl on 2/22/06

Psalms is filled with making a joyful noise.Playing the lyre and harp. David was a musician. making music is one way to worship.
---joe on 2/15/06

Oops :)
What I meant is that I am all for instruments in worship. What a wonderful blessing music is!
---Bruce5656 on 2/14/06

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Bruce ... "Just to be clear, I am not defending the no instruments in chruch stand. I am all for it" What are you saying? Grammatically, you are saying that you are all for no instruments in chruch stand. But is that really what you meant?
---a on 2/14/06

The Church of Christ uses no instruments. They also fall back on the one scripture of "making melody in your heart."
---NVBarbara on 2/14/06

The Mennonite church that I visit has a song service consisting of about six to eight songs sung occopello. It sounds pretty good when sung by those who have done so all their lives. Our church uses instruments as we believe in making a joyful sound as witnessed in many scriptures. I may not agree with their view but I will give honour to their sincerity.
---Delmar on 2/13/06

What do they do in the churches without the instruments???
---Rickey on 2/13/06

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When I asked my Mennonite friends why they don't have instruments inchurch they told me it was because their ancestors worshipped in fear of being caught and did not want to make any loud sounds. The practice of singing with no accompanyment was carried over to modern services. Their services are very humble and serious.
---Delmar on 2/13/06

Just to be clear, I am not defending the no instruments in chruch stand. I am all for it. When you pointed out the meaning of psallontes, I thought that is a good one! However, I imagine that they would point out that it says making melody "in your heart" not out loud.
---Bruce5656 on 2/13/06

Some primitive baptist love music and instruments in their church. I am baptist but not primitive. I think they believe you can loose what God sealed for my sin. The church of Christ does not believe in instruments. I love music and instruments.
---shira on 2/13/06

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