1.In Leviticus 10:1, 2 Nadab and Abihu offered incense with fire which the Lord commanded them not and fire came out of the altar and consumed them. They changed the worship from that which the Lord commanded them and were punished. Today the Lord says to us "teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col. 3:16) To also play with pianos or organs would be changing the worship. Nadab and Abihu could have argued "the Lord didn't tell us we couldn't offer this strange fire", just like people today say "the Lord didn't tell us we couldn't use instruments." When the Lord gives us a command he doesn't have to add a bunch of "cant's" so we could understand not to substitute something else. He just didn't do things that way. The positive command to sing negates any other way of carrying on the praise service. 2.Adding instrumental music is going beyond the command of the New Testament to "sing." (Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16) Notice "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." (2 John 9) Since instrumental music is going beyond the command to sing then those who put it in their worship do not abide in the doctrine of Christ and so do not have God. There can be no fellowship between God and a worship that is carried on with the use of instrumental music. 3.Instrumental music is added because men want it and are pleased with it in worship. Therefore it is a teaching of men. Notice: "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Mat. 15:9) Those who use instrumental music in their worship are worshipping God in vain. There is no authority under the New Testament for the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship. If you people in denominationalism want to please God, you are going to have to leave off your instruments of music and start singing as the Lord commands you to do in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. 4.Denominations of men practice many things according to the tradition of men including instrumental music in their worship. Notice: "Every plant, which my Heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." (Matt. 15:13) It is sad to think about going to the judgment with a record of worshipping according to the commandments of men. Jesus said that such institutions will be rooted up. Dear friends, why not go back to the simple worship as was done in the early church. Jesus and his disciples sang an hymn and went out of the upper room. (Mat. 26:30) 5.Why do men use instrumental music in their worship? Because they want to be entertained and they sincerely think that the Lord is pleased with them as long as they praise him. But worship is not entertainment. Jesus said the Father seeks for men to worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23) For worship to be in spirit and in truth it must be (A) That which is due a sovereign God; (B) It must edify the worshippers; and (C) It must be according to the scriptures. Worship is defined as Reverence paid to Deity in thoughts and actions. We need to do what God has ordained that we do in worship- and one item is that we sing. God has not ordained that we play on instruments in worship. 6.Adding instruments of music to the worship is another gospel. Notice: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Gal. 1:8) Dear religious friends, we beg of you, please take them out of your worship as they are unauthorized in the gospel and the curse of God rests upon you for using them. 7.The early Christians were steadfast in the "apostles doctrine" (Acts 2:42) The apostles doctrine does not contain the authority of using instrumental music in worship. Therefore, those using them today are not continuing in the Apostles doctrine. Singing is in the apostles doctrine in I Cor. 14:15, Col. 3:16, Eph.5:19, Rom. 15:9, and Heb. 2:12. Dear friends, be content to abide in the apostles doctrine by just singing in your worship. THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS.
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