“We sing with the accompaniment of an instrument in our church, and you don’t,” was a recent statement.
Of course, this is nothing new. Most of us have heard people say the churches of Christ sing “a capella,” a term meaning “without accompaniment” or “in the manner of the church.” That’s not true either.
What they mean is that we do not use a mechanical instrument accompanying our singing. While that is correct, it does not mean we sing without accompaniment.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord,” (Ephesians 5:18, 19 NET).
The instrument of accompaniment, according to the inspired apostle, is the heart. We employ our minds in our singing. It is not done as a meaningless ritual, but as a heart-filled, mindful praise of Almighty God, who deserves our full devotion in his worship.
Another recent statement is “they don’t have music.” This is incorrect, too, and shows a misunderstanding of what the scriptures teach. The Bible teaches the only authorized music in worship is singing (Colossians 3:16-17). We must worship in accordance with the truth of the New Testament.
Occasionally, these matters need mentioning so the truth continues to face those who do not teach it. As Paul wrote, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” (Ephesians 4:15 ESV).