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9-16-2016 A Capella Music

Why, for hundreds of years after the Apostles, no Christians used mechanical instruments of music in their worship?  Their song worship found them “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19 NKJV).  The “melody” was to come from their heart, through their singing, not an external instrument!  Before the Catholic Church justified external instruments, the music of Christians in worship was known as “a capella,” a phrase meaning “according to the church,” and referring to singing without any additional instrumental accompaniment!  Worship in the churches of Christ involves heart-felt music that teaches “one another,” not heavy, overwhelming instrumentation that entertains!  Corruption of worship caused God to say: “Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments” (Amos 5:23 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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7-24-2015 Use The Right Instrument

Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2 NKJV). We may approach God through the voice music of “singing.” But David added to this: “Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets” (1 Chronicles 13:8 NKJV). God said “Woe” to those: “Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David” (Amos 6:5 NKJV). Today, Christians should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19 NKJV). The churches of Christ don’t use David’s instruments, but our God-given hearts for singing.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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