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.