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  • Music and the Change Movement: A Biblical Grab-Bag
    • Dr. Bill Crump (no login)
      Posted Feb 21, 2006 5:39 PM

      The proponents of the Change Movement are so persistent and adamant on having instruments in worship that they find every possible way to “justify” them. Here are some of their more convenient “justifications”:

      • 1. The Old Covenant commanded instruments; therefore we will have them in our Christian worship.

      • 2. Jesus worshiped in the Temple with instruments; therefore we will have them.

      • 3. The Bible says all Scripture is “God-breathed”; therefore, since God breathed instruments in the Old Testament, our worship will use them.

      • 4. “Revelations” says that angels play harps in heaven. The Lord’s prayer says “thy will be done on earth as (it is) in heaven.” Therefore, it is the Lord’s will in heaven that we play harps (meaning musical instruments) on earth in our Christian worship.

      • 5. The Psalms do not fall under the auspices of the Old Covenant, because they are not one of the Books of Law (first five books of the Old Testament), and because they are poetry. Since Christians do not follow the Law of Moses, and since the Psalms have instruments, our worship will use them.

      • 6. Instruments are mentioned in Psalm 150; therefore, our worship will use them.

      • 7. The New Testament neither authorizes nor condemns instruments as such; therefore, our worship will use them.

      • 8. Using instruments will not keep us from heaven. Rejecting instruments will not get us to heaven.

      The list could go on, but it illustrates the mindset of the Change Movement. Now here’s what this Movement conveniently forgets or ignores. I’ll take each item above in order:

      • 1. Christ laid the Old Covenant and everything in it to rest and instituted the New Covenant with His death, burial, and resurrection.

      • 2. Jesus was also bound to follow the Mosaic Law while he lived in the flesh, until he laid it to rest with His death, burial, and resurrection.

      • 3. God also breathed the New Covenant, which supplanted the Old Covenant, and everything in it.

      • 4. To take a phrase from the Lord’s prayer and by a circuitous route apply it to angels playing harps and thence to us is to take Scripture out of context. It’s also an abuse of Scripture. The context of “thy will be done on earth as (it is) in heaven” is a spiritual plea that the will of each person on earth conform exactly to the will of the Father in heaven.

      • 5 and 6. Although the Psalms are not among the first five books of the Old Testament or Books of the Law, they nevertheless espouse principles found within the Mosaic Law; hence, the Psalms fall under the auspices of the Mosaic Law. Psalms 27 and 116 both cite examples of making animal sacrifices to God, acts of worship and praise which are commanded in the Mosaic Law. Psalm 150 cites praising God with instruments. Since the Psalms espouse principles of the Mosaic Law, those who justify instruments with the Psalms must not neglect sacrificing to God with burnt offerings, lest they be guilty of neglecting the entire Mosaic Law. After all, Gal. 5:1-6 states that those who keep part of the Mosaic Law are bound to keep ALL of it. But those who keep any part of the Mosaic Law make Christ of no effect.

      • 7. The New Testament specifies that vocal music is to be used in worship. We have no authority to add anything to or remove anything from the NT’s specifications for worship. And singing and making melody in the heart to the Lord IS worship, whether it’s done alone or in the company of other Christians. If the NT does not specify instruments, then who are we to second-guess the NT and add them?

      • 8. To say that adding instruments will not keep us from heaven or that rejecting them will not get us to heaven is abominable arrogance and a good example of “selective doctrine.” It is man-contrived. How do we know one way or the other? Do we have the authority to place importance on those commands that please us and slight those which do not? Christ said for us to observe all things whatsoever He commanded us (Matt. 28:20 KJV), which includes the Gospels and His words through the apostolic writers. Our role is to trust God’s New Testament enough to do what it says and not speculate about what is not written there concerning matters of worship.

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