God's Authorized Music In Worship
1. Jesus spoke to the apostles with all authority, saying, "...
teaching them to observe ______ ________ whatsoever I have commanded
you..." (Mat. 28:20). Since the apostles never did mention
instrumental music in worship, we must not use it in worship.
2. Though the Old Testament mentions instrumental music in worship,
we cannot use the Old Testament to approve instrumental music
in New Testament worship. The Old Law ended at the cross (Col.
2:14). Christians today are under the law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21).
"Wherefore the ______ was our schoolmaster to bring us unto
_________, that we might be justified by faith. But _______ that
faith is come, we are ____ __________ under a schoolmaster (the
law of Moses)" (Gal. 3:24-25).
3. We must not add to nor subtract from God's word. Since God
does not authorize instrumental music, but specifies vocal music
(Eph. 5:19), we must sing only with our lips and heart unto God
in worship. "For I testify unto every man that heareth the
words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall _____ unto
these things, God shall _____ unto him the ________ that are written
in this book ..." (Rev.22:18-19).
4. Elisha commanded Naaman to dip himself in Jordan seven times
so that his leprosy might be cleansed (2 King 5:10). "Then
he (Naaman) went down, and dipped himself _________ times in _________
___________, according to the saying of the man of God: and his
flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he
was _________" (2 King 5:14). When Elisha specified the Jordan
River, it excluded all other rivers. Naaman could not receive
his cleansing if he washed himself in other rivers. Even so, when
the New Testament says "singing and making melody in your
heart unto God" (Eph. 5:19), it has excluded instrumental
music in worship.
5. "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do _______ in the
name (authority) of the Lord Jesus ..." (Col. 3:17). We do
not find any instruction of using instrumental music in Christ's
word, it is therefore sinful to use it to worship God (2 John
9-11). "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise
unto God continually, that is, the fruit of our _______ giving
thanks to his name" (Heb. 13:15).
Conclusion: Paul commands, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms
and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your
heart to the Lord" (Eph. 5:19). This commandment specifies
only vocal music and scriptural singing in worship. It therefore
excludes the use of instrumental music and unscriptural songs