by Kevin Rutherford
I was told by a member of the church that we should not really be all that concerned about the use of instruments of music in worship.† He also suggested we talk about it too much.† He is wrong on both counts.† It is an important issue and it is not talked about enough.† The very reason why so many members and congregations donít see anything wrong with the use of man-made mechanical instruments of music in worship is because it has not been preached on enough.
God said speak to one another and teach one another by singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).† Words, and/or a godly example, are required for teaching the truth.† Unless words are being used in the music that we give to God we are not teaching, nor are we speaking to one another.† Humming, and the imitation of instruments of music with the voice are not Scriptural.† Also, one cannot use a piano to teach the gospel to the lost, because the piano can speak no words.
God said sing and make melody in your hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19).† God is very clear in what He wants.† He specified the instrument that we are to use.† It is the heart.† The heart represents the emotional and thinking part of man.† Our singing is to come from deep down inside.† We are to mean what we say when we sing songs of praise to God.† This is the greatest instrument that could be used in singing.† This is an instrument that fits clearly with Godís admonition to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).† This is the instrument that goes along with Godís command to sing with the spirit and to sing with the understanding also (I Corinthians 14:15).† A man-made mechanical instrument cannot do this.
Is God really concerned all that much about the specifics of worship? History would tell us that He is.† The priests under the Law of Moses were to take fire from a flame that was to be kept burning in the tabernacle.† Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, were priests.† They decided they could take the fire for the animal sacrifices from another source. †God killed them (Leviticus 10:1, 3). Is God concerned about the specifics of His commands with regard to worship? Ask Nadab and Abihu.
We now live under the Law of Christ.† A law that is much greater than Law of Moses.† There is no way that we will escape punishment from God if we ignore the specifics of worship He has set forth in the New Testament (Hebrews 2:1-4). The punishment may not be immediate, but it will certainly be severe (II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
God is very concerned with the way in which He is worshipped (John 4:23, 24).† Consequently we should be very careful to offer up to God the worship He desires.† The problem with the use of instruments of music stems from the heart.† Men would rather do what pleases them than what pleases God. Men are more concerned with the praise of men than they are with the praises of God.† Men simply do not show the kind of respect for Godís authority that they should.† God will not accept that worship that places the commands of men over the commands of God (Matthew 15:9).† Unless they repent, they will pay a terrible price (Revelation 21:8).