Reader’s Query: “Are no musical instruments to be used in church?” J B, Keller
J. B., you are correct. It was hundreds of years after Christ built His church before any mechanical music was introduced into Christian worship. Animal sacrifice, Sabbath day observance (Saturday), instrumental music and much more were in Jewish worship under Moses. But we are not under that old law. If we keep one part of the old law, we are debtor to keep it all and are “severed from Christ” (Gal 5:4). He nailed the .old law to the cross with all its rituals and commands (Col. 2:14; Eph. 2:14-16).
We are warned not to add to or take away from the New Testament. Christians are told to sing. Period. (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19). Respected leaders in most denominations agree on this. But for the last 100 years or so, they have not honored the Lord or their best scholars on this point.
If you would obey Jesus, the One who alone is head, having “ail authority over all things in the church,” your praise will only be a’cappella (without instruments).