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  • What’s the BIG argument all about????
    • Donnie Cruz (no login)
      Posted Feb 17, 2006 5:09 AM

      Instrumental music is not supposed to be an issue at the Madison congregation.

      The MUSICAL “Worship Leader” of Madison is “the founder and chairman of Acappella Ministries and producer of the singing group ACAPPELLA.” [] As you can tell, this gifted musician is really in BIG BU$INE$$—just to remind you here and now that musical talent is NOT a “spiritual gift OK? He insists that he is strongly opposed to the use of musical instruments, and the current leadership has assured the congregation that it is NOT going there.

      Now this makes me wonder if rhythmic clapping makes singing not a cappella—doesn’t it? As well as those thingies (vibrations, etc.) that the concert director’s “Praise Team” members’ vocal folds produce—the unintelligible sounds that simulate and are a substitute for the “forbidden” musical instruments….

      There are threads on this forum dealing with music and musical instruments in the assembly. The “Sunday School in Exile” forum has dealt with this topic also: see

      I have no idea how far this discussion will go. But let’s consider certain points brought up by the above poster in conjunction with facts and with properly “dividing the word of truth”:

      • Of the thousands of congregations in the brotherhood that have identified themselves for so long as “non-instrumental,” how many have become instrument users? Six or seven … including Oak Hills Church [formerly “… of Christ”? Haven’t they all become Community Churches?

      • … and the usual pro-musical instrument posters on this forum—which church(es) are they affiliated with? Or, are they simply dreaming and wishing that their respective congregations would be just like Oak Hills?

      • ”Growing up in the church of Christ” … implying “didn’t question anything … didn’t know any better.”

      • Understanding the definition of “music” (which encompasses either or both instrumental and/or vocal) versus “vocal” [only].

      • The only time “music” is referenced in the NT (Luke 15:25)—what is the passage talking about.

      • The instances in which the book of Psalms mentions musical instruments—was David in the midst of the congregation? What are psalms? “Praise music” or “praise service”—what’s that? The harps in the book of Revelation—taken out of context…? Harps … the Lamb … the Lamb’s book of life … the trumpet(s) … the pipers—LITERALLY? Wow!

      • The “law of silence”—a common defense mechanism!

      • ”The Lord does not change”; therefore, what?

      Well, that’s just a few to start with . . . “what is the Big Argument all about????” … according to Luey.

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