The use of instruments and instrumental music in American churches
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The use of instruments and instrumental music in American churches

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Statementby Sela Isabel Paisley
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Pagination[4], 22 leaves ;
Number of Pages22
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Open LibraryOL25579808M

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  MURFREESBORO – Traditionally, the Church of Christ denomination is known for the lack of instrumental music in worship. Some allow musical instruments for non-worship functions or fellowship activities, while others ban the practice in the church building all together. Beginning with the Old Testament passages relating to the use of instruments in worship, Instruments in Church proceeds through the late 20th century. This book will be invaluable to church musicians (especially organists and ministers of music), and to students and teachers of church music history and philosophy by: 4. The first widespread use of instrumental music in worship was not until around A.D., and universal use not until A.D. In addition, it has only been in the last years that the denominational world has fully embraced the instrument in worship. The Coptic and Ethiopian churches, by contrast, have their own musical traditions, which make use of ancient percussion instruments. The Reformation kicked off large-scale worship : Elesha Coffman.

  The Richland Hills church in Texas — the largest of the nation’s 13, a cappella Churches of Christ — has decided to add an instrumental worship assembly with communion on Saturday nights. Jon Jones, an elder and former pulpit minister at the 6,member church, told the congregation Dec. 3 that Richland Hills’ elders “fully and [ ]. “Although Josephus tells of the wonderful effects produced in the Temple by the use of instruments of music, the first Christians were of too spiritual a fiber to substitute lifeless instruments for or to use them to accompany the human voice” (The Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: The Encyclopedia Press, , Vol. X, p. ). 1 We can see that the making melody to the Lord involves the use of musical instruments. Therefore, we are free to use musical instruments in the church in our worship to the Lord. 1. Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Since instrumental music has the Old Testament precedent of being approved of God ("musical instruments of God" 1 Chronicles ), and there is no evidence that there was a time when this approval ceased, we have biblical authority for its validity. What is the Church of Christ "silence" argument about the non-use of instrumental music?

Sir John Hawkins, in General History of Music, makes an appeal to Ambrose () Bishop of Milan to support the view that the instrument was in use in public worship prior to the seventh century: "T hough it is uncontroverted that Vitalianus introduced the organ into the service of the Romish church, yet the use of instruments in churches.   The word acapella refers to non-instrumental singing and means “of the chapel” in Latin. The word comes from the ancient form of Christian praise when early churches worshiped by singing without instrumental music. For fourteen centuries following Christ, almost all churches sang and opposed the use of musical instruments in worship and. There is no example or even a hint that the church of Christ you read about in the Bible ever worshiped God with mechanical instruments of music. The idea of the church worshiping God with a mechanical instrument of music was entirely unheard of! It is a matter of historic record that the church of Christ did not use instrumental music in worship.   "The use of [instrumental] music was not received in the Christian churches, as it was among the Jews, in their infant state, but only the use of plain song. Simply singing is not agreeable to children [the aforementioned Jews], but singing with lifeless instruments and with dancing and clapping is.