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  • There is no worship in music (instrumental)
    • Judge Knott (no login)
      Posted Mar 4, 2006 7:16 AM

      1.)Singing is commanded in the words, “Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” It is the precise thing to be done. It is not a command to perform music, either vocal or instrumental. The music is only a secondary matter, and incidental, and not the thing commanded. The singing is the precise thing commanded. The Apostle says, “And even things without life, giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle ? So likewise you, except you utter with the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? For you shall speak into the air.”-l Corinthians xiv. 7-9. Again, a little further on he says, I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than you all, yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.” Then the Apostle is here speaking of spiritual gifts, but showing the importance of being understood in the assembly.

      In the midst of this he says, "What then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” The singing in worship is no mere exercise in music, or musical display, but singing in obedience to the divine command; to please God; to do his will; and is to be with the spirit and the understanding: and to be understood by the congregation, as we shall see more fully presently.

      2.) We are to teach one another in singing. This singing is not for music, a musical entertainment, amusement, or attraction, but one method of teaching one another, in the church, in worship; and, therefore, must have teaching in it and the words must be sung so that they can be understood, or they can teach nothing. This divine appointment has been almost wholly subverted, and this important method of teaching set aside by a variety of pieces that have no teaching in them; the merest vapor ever put into poetry; the most insipid trash ever uttered, and sung purely for music, without ever thinking of the meaning of the words, or whether they have any meaning. No wonder the people are in ignorance, when the very means God has ordained for teacfiing is thus subverted. But to complete the farce an instrument is brought in, as if the determination was that the appointment of God, to teach one another in singing, should be defeated by musical sounds, that utter no words, and confuse the ear, so that not one word of five can be caught at all! Who is taught in the songs where they use an organ? Who listens to it with the idea of being taught? No one. Not a spiritual idea is imparted in a month. Still, they say, “What harm is it?"


      Taken from:The Gospel Preacher: a book of 21 Sermons, by Benjamin Franklin, vol 2, Gospel Light Publishing Co., Delight Arkansas 71940

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