Are drums fit to worship God (87 KB)
What is Christian music?
Firstly, the words must be true to the Bible.
Secondly, the music must not sound like or remind people of the world.
Thirdly, the music must honor and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Name above every name!
Fourthly, the musicians must be so dedicated to the Lord that they will do everything possible, including dress and music style, not to attract attention to themselves or the world but to magnify our Lord Jesus! Amen!
Using Musical Instruments in Worship (80 KB)
Views of Christian men of the past.
Instrumental Music in the New Testament Worship Service (82 KB)
It is significant that all the elements of Christian worship are based upon living things! Our bodies are living sacrifices (Romans 12:1); God's New Testament temple is made up of lively stones (1 Peter 2:5); the music of worship is performed on the most spiritual of all earthly instruments, the living, human heart and voice.
Worship Services in the Early Church (53 KB)
In the early years of the Church, public worship was engrafted and modelled on the order of synagogues services. It consisted of the following elements, not necessarily in this order
Reading of Scripture
Administering the Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper
The Music of the New Testament (63 KB)
Most churches in Christendom today use mechanical instruments of music, either alone or to accompany their singing, in worship to God. In fact, so widespread is the practice that its verity, or its scripturalness, is not generally questioned. Churches which do not employ mechanical instruments in worship are looked upon as being eccentric groups, irregular in doctrine, freakish in custom and non-conformable to the rules commonly accepted by the majority. Besides comprising a kind of oddity, being abnormal and "out of tune"with the times, they are often accused of being narrow, bigoted, and fanatical. It seems strange and unorthodox that a minority could be so dogmatic and unreasonable as to find ground for objection to anything so beautiful, innocent, refined and elevating as an implement that could aid in praising and glorifying God!
"The Contemporary Church" (69 KB)
The rush is on. How contemporary can we really be? How in the world will we ever get the unchurched to come when virtually all they know comes through 30 second sound bytes? We all know they will not listen to sustained discourse for more than 15 minutes! The contemporary plan is plain for all to see--create a worship service (none dare call it liturgy!) that is fast-paced, light on doctrine, and very heavy on music and drama. We are preoccupied, as a friend puts it, with being "trendier-than-thou."