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Are Musical Instruments Bad

Do you believe the Church of Christ is in error about musical instruments in the church and other doctrine?

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I can't imagine going to a church where no musical instruments are played. I play flute, and my greatest pleasure is playing it in church to help enhance worship. Music is my way of offering up what I have to God.
---Katie on 11/12/07


Don't worry about it--if that's they way they interpret the Bible, so be it. Nobody says you have to worship that way, after all.

Just go to a different denomination, if you don't like it that way. That's one of the great things about Christianity--there are so many ways to practice it!
---Nancy on 11/9/07


I am not a member of the Church of Christ denomination, but I believe them to be correct concerning the doctrine of no musical instruments in the worship service.

To understand why the Church of Christ doesn't have musical instruments, you have to understand their history. Alexander Campell, their founder, was baptized into the Primitive Baptist Church. After becoming disgruntled he left the church, but held onto many of their beliefs.
---trey on 10/15/07


I respect the CoC's right to be in error

or the right of any denomination to have a quiet service. i don't understand it. If you get loud and happy over a football game how much more so about what Jesus Christ did and is doing and will do. Rejoice your king has come! Rejoice!
---Andrea on 10/15/07


Actually, most of the Eastern churches do not use organs, either, because they simply would not fit with the service.

Certain percussion instruments such as simandra and cymbals are sometimes used by Copts and Ethiopians.
---Jack on 10/15/07




Where was worship conducted in the Bible? anywhere? or in the temples? Werent the temples primarily used for teaching the word of God only?
---Steveng on 8/29/06


All you have to do is read the book of Psalms to see that musical instruments are permitted (and even encouraged) in worship. Since it is approved of in the Old Testament, it would also be approved of in the New Testament...
UNLESS it had been expressly forbidden therein. In New Covenant Worship, if musical instruments were "banned," or even deemed somehow inappropriate, it WOULD have been commanded. Since it wasn't even mentioned, Jesus and His disciples considered it a non-issue.
---Crystal on 8/25/06


Augusta. Very good answer. And many of us selectively follow that doctrine about "silence means no". There are no cars,tractors,chain saws, electricity. airplanes, etc, etc, in the Bible but we use these regulary without a thought. The C of C is in great error to not have music. The whole universe plays music to the Lord except them.
---john on 8/25/06


Jack, Jack, Jack - do you see the words "musical instruments" in the question? The scriptures I quoted showed they used musical instruments. And since the church isn't a building, the people were outside while using these instruments. Where do you see the question asking about "using musical instruments" in worship time? Musical instruments were used all the time. A harp especially. I will sing praises on harp and lyre King David said.
---Donna9759 on 8/25/06


CofC takes one scripture and formulates entire doctrine. Eph 5:19 for no musical instruments. They believe they're only ones going to heaven. Women should be silent in the church, elders must have complete perfection in home to be one. If you're not baptized by death, not saved. (Thief on the cross not mentioned in this doctrine). It's legalistic and dogmatic. They believe Baptist churches are incorrect - big division in the southern states.
---Rachel on 8/25/06




The *error* of the cofC is their "Silence of the Scriptures" doctrine. It's not biblical.
---augusta on 8/25/06


Steveng: **When were any of the songs and worship in the entire Bible were in churches of temples?**
What do you think the Book of Psalms was?
How about St. Paul's reference to "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs"?
Are you saying that worship is merely a one-man lecture?
---Jack on 8/25/06


I believe that Psalm 150 gives a thorough list of instruments to be used in praising and worshipping the Lord. They are noisy instruments too.
---Helen_5378 on 8/24/06


Donna, what does your verse, which clearly describes a victory parade, have to do with New Testament worship?
---Jack on 8/24/06


Dont get me wrong, music is great. I play the drums, the guitar and a little of the piano. I believe that a church is to learn Gods word only -- as boring as it may sound to you. Church leaders havent scratched the surface of the Bible during sermons because they fill it up with non essentials. When were any of the songs and worship in the entire Bible were in churches of temples?
---Steveng on 8/24/06


There is a time and a place for everything. A time to play music and a time to refrain. Playing music in a church is not the time. I was the Youth Director of a congregation and we began a youth service (anyone having a youthful heart). The young people wanted a band. In the beginning, it sounded great. But deep down inside, my soul was wrenched. It didnt feel right that we practically replaced the teaching of Gods word with music.
---Steveng on 8/24/06


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40 years ago of the public school teacher in a hotbed of" Church of Christ" churches in Texas. They are a works organization. I was appalled at what I found out about"Church of Christ".
---mima on 8/24/06


Sorry for my answer, I thought by Church of christ, you meant all of us! Is that not what we are? So a denomination has cornered the use of the title?
It seems they forbid the use of music because it is not commanded in the NT? OK, their pastor should not use an auto to visit his flock, or a bank to cash his paycheck.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/24/06


What is wrong with musical instruments in a church? What is wrong with someone wanting to learn how to play a musical instrument? We have a few fellows that play their guitars at times while they sing. and plus I sing with soundtracks, with the whole PA system. There is nothing wrong with either of it. For we are making a joyful noise unto the Lord.
---Rebecca_D on 8/24/06


1 Samuel 18:6 - And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick.
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.
Does that answer your question?
---Donna9759 on 8/24/06


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Yes, sure, if you believe that pastors should not have a motor car, or even a bicycle.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/24/06


In the Word of God, we are instructed to praise God. I believe that whether we use instruments or not is irrelevant to God. He looks on the heart! BUT, I don't think He would approve of "harps and stringed instruments" in the Old Testament and then turn around and forbid them in the New. That reasoning is beyond my understanding. I just don't get it!
---Crystal on 8/24/06


They are free to think what ever they want about musical instruments. But you can bet that I will not be attending one. I enjoy oratorio and choral music in church and pipe organs with carillons not to mention 20 bag pipes and drums processing to Amazing Grace on Reformation Sunday.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/24/06


Of course I believe church of christ is wrong concerning music. Our friend is a member of the c of c and she has a piano and wants to learn how to play, but when I went with her to her church, no musical instruments were allowed. Everyone was confessing little sins and the church was restoring them as members. I didn't understand that part.
---shira on 8/24/06


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They are wrong about water saving you, then they could be wrong about musical instruments. Did you know that if you accepted Christ as your savior and died before you got baptized that you would go to hell, by there beliefe. Most of them use a pitch pipe, isn't that a musical instrument?
---Rev_Herb on 8/24/06


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