Nearly every leading scholar of the religious world has spoken. They strongly urge that mechanical instruments of music be excluded from Christian worship. Hear what some have said:
Martin Luther: “The organ in the worship of God is an ensign of Baal.”
John Calvin, founder of Presbyterianism: “Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense and … other shadows of the law. The papists have foolishly borrowed this from the Jews.”
John Wesley, founder of Methodism: “I have no objection to instruments in our chapels, providing they are neither heard nor seen.”
Adam Clarke, renowned Presbyterian scholar: “Music as a science I esteem and admire, but instruments of music in the house of God I abominate and abhor.”
Charles Spurgeon, Baptist champion preacher: “I would as soon pray to God with machinery as to sing to God with machinery.”
Cajetan, Roman Catholic 16th century cardinal: “The church did not use instruments of music in Thomas’ time. Even to this day the church of Rome does not use them in the Pope’s presence.”
Erasmus, called by historian Schaff the most influential scholar of his age, 1466-1536: “The church rings with the noise of trumpets and men run to church as to the show.”
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