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    • Charles (no login)
      Posted May 2, 2008 4:52 PM

      Robert and Ken,

      Clearly there are at least two sides to the issue of instrumental worship. One side says it is wrong and forbidden either directly or indirectly in the Bible. The other side disagrees and feels that it should be up to each congregation to decide whether or not to have some form of instrumental worship. Hopefully we can agree on that.

      It seems clear that the First Colony Church of Christ is only exploring the idea of using instruments to quote the email sent to the entire congregation

      "We have certainly given this some thought but nothing is set in stone. We are not even married to offering an instrumental service. But we are married to a clear and open process where we ask the entire church to consider the possibility of live instrumentation in one of the worship services of our church family."

      Why would you, Robert, say "I am curious as to why the darkness! Bring this out into the light if this is good and just!. John 3 states that evil is afraid to be found out and that is why they stay in the dark."?

      I read the same email you did. (The one that asked the deacons to keep from spreading the news) The reason is that the Elders wanted to share this with all of the church leaders and seek their questions and comments before it was discussed with the congregation as a whole. In a church body and in all walks of life, leaders sometimes choose to seek input before implementing changes. It makes sense to do that and it makes sense to ask that those who you told early to "sit" on that information until all decisions have been made. By the way, many of the original ideas and implementations were changed as a result of these leader meetings.

      Another quote from the email,

      "Specifically, on Sunday May 4 we will ask you to fill out a brief survey telling us your perspectives regarding “church music”. That survey will also be available on-line and here’s what it will do: it will help us know more accurately where we are as a church family and what you think."

      It clearly appears that the Church leadership, including Ronnie Norman, is seeking input from the membership before a decision has been made. It goes directly against your comment about this taking place in "darkness."

      Also Robert, you said that "The minister at First Colony is not as dynamic a speaker as Rick Atchley and needs help to get this message across, because the majority of the congregation has already heard about this instrumental music service."

      When did you decide that Ronnie is less dynamic than Rick? How did you decide this? What are you basing this on? Frankly, it just sounds mean! Rick's DVD series is being offered to the church members to provide additional information about the topic of instrumental music. It is not being done to shore-up Ronnie's inadequacies.

      Ken, why would you say that, "Ronnie Norman has been a misguiding light from the beginning so there is no doubt that he has been warming the waters to boil the frogs."?

      What do you mean? And what is your basis for this quote. How did you come to realize that "Ronnie Norman has been a misguiding light from the beginning....?" That is a very strong statement that would imply that he has had less than honorable intentions from his first days at First Colony. The email he sent to the congregation would suggest otherwise. If he were intentionally misguiding the congregation it would make little sense to give each and every member an opportunity to share their feelings. Seriously, how do you know what is in Ronnie's heart?

      Ronnie and the other leaders have made it very clear to the congregation that they are seeking input from the church body. They have been very accessible and had literally hundreds of conversations with individual members about instrumental music. Thankfully the Eldership of this congregation has the wisdom to seek the input from its members.

      I am thankful that we live in a time and place where both sides can voice its own opinion. But your attack on Ronnie seems to be unwarranted, unfair, and ignorant regarding this congregation's apporoach.


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