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I was at a Church of Christ service that does not use musical instruments in their services but they had singers singing specials using accompaniment tapes. What is the difference between using actual instruments and using an accompaniment tapes?

Moderator - None as these are manmade rules.

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Both play music. Some people think musical instruments should not be used in churches, but there are musical instruments used in both testaments by God's people. Some musical instruments found in the Bible are the kinnor harps, the finger cymbals, the tambourines, and the panpipes and the flutes: "And be not drunk with wine, with whom stands demented: but be fulfilled with Spirit, delivering to yourselves psalms and hymns, and spiritual odes, singing and plucking with the heart of you to the Lord." Eph.5:18,19.
---Eloy on 11/8/10


Ok I grew up in the Church of Christ.In Deep for 20 years. The people of these churches will go to the grave insisting that their way of worship is exactly like the early church(Jesus,Nazorenes,Apostles of Jesus)worship.When I became an adult and finally began individually researching the truth of these beliefs(rather than simply listening to someone else as they taught what their parents taught them) I found that none of the Christian groups even remotely resemble the early teachings of Christ or the law he upheld.I believe worrying about musical instruments(which they obviously used in the old testament and have in heaven in the new testament) is the least of the Christian problem.
---Patrick on 11/7/10


I know of some that did say they have no musical instruments, they did sing with precise melody in voices.
I think why they do not have m-instruments that it provokes jealousy & what ever else that carnality throws their way.
Years-years ago there prob wasn't any or very little m-instruments available to be used in Church.
---Lawrence on 9/4/09


There is no real difference beyond technology not available for 1st century Christians.
You voice is signficant because it echos praise that generates in the heart.
The voice without the heart is worthless and tapes vs. instruments is a banal diversion.
Maybe the church didn't have trained musicians, who cares?
---larry on 7/29/09


Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Then they all started singing a new song. Looks like musical instruments are in Heaven.
---nick on 7/29/09




\\ CofC do not have choirs or soloists because they do not believe in exalting one person or a few people in their services. ... \\

So they DO exalt the preacher, huh? ,-)

\\ Moderator....You are so right. It is nonsense to think that the early Christians did not use musical instruments in their praise and worship. I'n sure they used the same instruments they had always used in any other kind of music. \\

What basis do you have for this certainty? Is this the result of your detailed study of Christian music and worship, or is it just an assumption you are making.

I can assure you they didn't carry Bibles to services for the simple reason they didn't have their personal copies in the days before the printing press.
---Cluny on 7/28/09


CofC do not have choirs or soloists because they do not believe in exalting one person or a few people in their services. They believe in the unity of the fellowship. Therefore, they all sing together. By the way, I have heard some of the most beautiful singing in harmony at CofC churches without music. Of course, they do have a pastor who preaches and, generally, "he" is the only one allowed to preach.
---SusieB on 7/28/09


I will admit, I see no intrinsic difference between accompaniment tracks and musical instruments. After all, what do we hear on the accompaniment tracks?

I always found them insulting, as if I were not a good enough musician to realize the accompaniment on even a Hammond C-3 with good effect.

My experience with the CofC is that they didn't even have choirs or soloists.

Orthodoxy doesn't generally use instruments because they don't really fit. Especially among the Greeks and Arabs, the chant is based on microtonal intervals (such as the note between F and F#).
---Cluny on 7/27/09


They're not needed but I would caution you to ask another question, "Is the Holy Spirit here?"

I went to a church that does not use musical instruments and was okay with it until the Minister got up to teach and I knew he was not spirit-filled and was teaching from his own theology. It was horrible, very bland stuff, not Spirit and Life and Jesus said, "My words, they are Spirit and Life."

So just make sure the Holy Spirit shows up too or else you'll just be sitting under theology.
---anon on 7/27/09


I agree with the mod. These are manmade rules. Read the Psalms and you will see all of the instruments that they used to praise God with.
---amand6348 on 7/27/09




Moderator....You are so right. It is nonsense to think that the early Christians did not use musical instruments in their praise and worship. I'n sure they used the same instruments they had always used in any other kind of music. The sad thing is that an entire denomination split over the instruments in church thing. I have attended several Churches of Christ and have never seen one that would even use tapes.
---SusieB on 7/27/09


I attended a Plymouth Brethren Mennonite church for 12 years. They did not use instruments for their evening 1 hour long communion service. It was voice only with ancient black hymnbooks from the 17 and 1800's. The strange thing was they used a rock band for the main morning service.
---obewan on 7/27/09


None. Actually, in Eastern Orthodoxy, musical instruments are rarely seen in parishes, as we believe the best musical instrument is the human voice.

May I remind you the Holy Apostles and the Apostolic Church did not used musical instruments. They sung psalms, etc, without any external help. Is it a sin to use them? Nope, but they are not needed.

In IC.XC,
---Ignatius on 7/26/09


its getting harder every year to find people who actually play instruments.
---tom2 on 7/26/09


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