Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

Why A Capella?

Biblical Proof

I suppose you have heard the denominational attempt to justify the use of instrumental music. One of them goes like this: “The Bible neither forbids or commands the use of musical instruments in church, therefore it is acceptable to do if a church so desires it.”

Have you ever noticed how many evil things the bible never once forbid nor commanded? For instance, the bible never once forbid nor commanded gay marriage. Yet, most agree that such is an abomination. Why? Because the bible affirmatively said marriage was between one man and one woman (Gen 2:24).  Secondly, homosexuality was condemned as an abomination (Rom 1). The bible never once forbid nor commanded many things, but does this mean that we can do them? Certainly not!

Peter commanded we are to speak the very words of God (1 Pet 4:11). Paul commanded we are not to go beyond that which was written (1 Cor 4:6). John wrote we are not add to or take from God’s Word (Rev 22:18,19). Denominations and some very liberal brethren refuse to adhere to God’s silence. When the new testament doesn’t validate their perversion, they run to the old testament. When that isn’t enough they run to lexicons and commentaries to change God’s intent.

In both the old and new testaments, God forbids anyone from altering his word (Deut 4:2 ff; 5:32;12:32; Prov 30:6). If the bible had to specifically forbid something in order for man to know not to do it, the world could not contain the books. Instrumental music epitomizes the silence of God. God commanded Christians to sing and make melody in the heart to the Lord (Eph 5:19). No, God didn’t have to condemn all forms of music in order to make it clear that  A Capella was the only form of music which received his approbation. This verse excludes all other kinds of singing. It’s a mortal sin to add to or take from God’s Word. Once you understand this, A Capella makes perfect sense.. As Paul said subsequent to how we are to sing, “ And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Col 3:17). There is no better proof than this!

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Comments on: "Why A Capella?" (7)

  1. I mostly agree with your posts but on this one i must disagree. Ive read everything i could find about music being played in the Bible. It seems God must have enjoyed it a lot from what i can find in the Bible. If on one hand the Bible teaches that God doesn’t change— why would He now change His ways between Old and New Testaments and ban music ?? Plus i threw in the common sense issue and again music wins– it sounds beautiful when played for our Father and i do believe He feels the same way.

    • God’s law changed in the writing of the new testament. Just read Jesus Sermon on the mount. Just read Paul’s writing about the law of Moses. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col 2:14); “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace” (Eph 2:15);
      Case closed.

  2. Psa_33:2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.

    Psa_71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

    Psa 92:1 A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
    Psa 92:2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
    Psa 92:3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

    Psa_98:5 Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

    Psa_144:9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.

    • Old testament is old because it was done away…nailed to the cross. Same old song, same old testament. YOur argument loses every time. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col 2:14); “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

  3. Al Shannon– changing the law or switching to the New Testament has nothing to do with God’s enjoyment of music. If He enjoyed it before Jesus came, what makes you think He now doesn’t ???????? This is just your opinion as i have God’s past history on my side of the question and as i stated earlier— God says He doesn’t change and i doubt very highly that one who enjoys music would just–poof– all of a sudden not like music.

    • God never changes. His law did change. “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law” (Heb 7:12). Mike, you must know that the old testament changed. Old law said an eye for an eye. New testament said turn the other cheek. Old testament allowed divorce for any reason. Deut 24:1 New testament allows divorce only for fornication. Mt 19:9

  4. Al- hello and a wonderful day to you. Yes i do know the law changed but we are not talking about the law here, we are talking about God either liking music or not liking music as we show praise and worship to Him. I have to believe God gets the same feeling as i do when i hear the beautiful music being played to praise and honor Him. Its a awesome- joyous feeling, that at times gives me goose bumps. At one time we know God loved / liked music during worship — now you’re trying to say He doesn’t like it anymore and i don’t feel you are correct. I don’t want this to sound bad but i think you’re adding your opinion into this. We may have to agree to disagree on this subject. I also have to add that on the importance of issues– this is a lower one to my thinking and not worth the break up of a church or members leaving. Sticking to the principles and doctrines that God and Jesus told us to follow, is a far greater concern to me and i believe we are both on the same page on those issues. Take care and keep up the good work– be a proud warrior for God 🙂

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