Most false doctrines are quite obvious because they lack biblical proof. They have plenty supposition, common sense, and human reasoning, but they lack God’s approbation. Paul warned us to “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col 2:8). They are supported by denominational lexicons and commentaries, but are contradicted by God’s Word. They often take one verse as truth while neglecting all other verses which depute it.
When it comes to instrumental music, most Christians don’t know why it is forbidden. They quickly quote their lexicons and give their opinions, but they quickly find that it doesn’t prove anything. They don’t understand the silence of the scripture is to be obeyed. Paul made it quite clear that Christians are commanded to “sing and make melody in their heart to the Lord”, but they say he never said, “Don’t have instrumental music”. Liberal minded brethren say that proving your faith by the bible is being a “legalist. Perhaps that is why some liberal churches of Christ today are struggling with instrumental music. In fact, a few are using instruments in their worship already. These alien brethren neglect the commandment of God which prohibits one to change, go beyond, or add to or take from the scripture (Gal 1:6-9 ff; 1 Cor 4:6; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev 22:18,19).
Perhaps this is why liberals argue that some parts of the bible are not godly inspired. In fact, many are saying that the chief writer in the new testament was not totally inspired. Yet, we know all scripture was given by the inspiration of God (2 Tim 3:16,17). We also know that all the epistles Paul wrote to the churches were called scripture by the apostle Peter (2 Pet 3:16). Thus, all that Paul wrote was totally God inspired!
Conservatives who see the wisdom discovered in the teaching of instrumental music have trouble applying this to everything else in the scripture. They don’t understand that the scripture strictly forbid women from speaking in the churches. They want so much to have women participate in some things, even as men, they allow women to teach children and other women in classrooms situations. Liberals call conservatives “hypocrites” or “legalist” because they teach 1 Peter 4:11, but they are doing the opposite in this regard.
Conservatives will say “Speak where the bible speaks and be silent where the bible is silent” but are they doing this with adultery? Jesus said twice that a MAN could divorce his WIFE for fornication and be married to another woman and not be called an adulterer (Matt 5:32 cf; 19:9). Take note that “Man” means a husband and does not mean “Woman”. Man and woman was not used interchangeable in these verses. Jesus never said a spouse may put away their spouse for fornication. Man meant man and woman meant woman. Women were never allowed to divorce and remarry under the old law, and such was not changed in the new testament (Deut 24:1). Paul said twice that a woman who has a living husband and is married to another man shall be called an adulteress (Rom 7:2,3 f; 1 Cor 7:39). If a woman has “departed” (put asunder – divorced Matt 19:6) from her husband, she is commanded not to remarry, but she can be reconciled back to her husband (1 Cor 7:10,11).
Despite what is being taught in this perverse and adulterous generation, the bible still has the last say in all that a Christian may say and do. Remember, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”…(Col 3:17). Yes, God that strict?