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).