Initiating Cultural Change In Worship
Communion’s value lessened
The De-valuation Of The Assembly!
Elder’s Authority Compromised
Penchant to label as “tradition”
The “whole” Church is divided
The “Whole” Assembly
Highlighting this is the exhortation of Hebrews 10:25
“The assembling of ourselves”
Violating the “Whole” Assembly
Perverts the purposes for assemblies.
Leads to absurd end.
Founded upon immaturity.
Contains seeds for congregation’s destruction.
Hinders communication of values.
Impractical -- WHICH to attend?
“Change” is condemned because:
Its Results In Disaster
Five Arguments FOR Using Mechanical Instruments
It is a “non-issue”
Only an “aid”
Not a part of worship
The problem is with those opposing and not the instrument
Allows “talents” to be used
“Praise” Gone Awry!
Cultural calls for our worship to include “praise worship” poses these problems:
Many pulpits have been compro-mised because of very little . . .
... citation of Scripture.
... demands for repentance.
... encouragement to obey.
... study and preparation.
Different formats are allowed
“Freedom” in Christ permits
Opposition is “inherited”
Intolerance imposes self-willed laws
The Process For Studying Accounts Of Action
SUBJECT -- “You”
VERB -- “Be Filled”
PARTICIPLES -- “Speaking,”
“Speaking to yourselves”
ALLELON -- Individually
“The reflexive HEAUTON differs from the reciprocal ALLELON
in emphasizing the idea of corporate unity”
Subject -- The Colossian Church
Participles -- “Teaching,” “Admonishing”
How -- “One another”
It describes a unique assembly.
It requires absurdities.
It is used inconsistently.
It was written to correct, not command.
It reads too much into the text.
In order for 1 Co 14:26 to provide a basis for solos (and thus suggest that special music is biblical), one must prove . . .
All assemblies are like this one.
Instructions found here are transferable.
All directives are consistently applied.
The “psalm” was actually a song sung as a “solo.”
These texts are used as a last gasp effort to provide Scriptural basis for special music presentations.
By the Greek terms
By the grammar
By its historicity
By its practicality
The ONE CUP issue
The FREQUENCY issue
The DAY issue
The MEAL issue
The PARTICIPANTS issue
The UNIVERSALITY issue
The EMOTIONS of observance
The LITERALISM of the event
The PURPOSE of the event
A VALID SUMMARY!
Regarding the Lord’s Supper,
Eat the supper
Communion was IN
We thus know that Christians assembled ...
It was the
The text is
No Apostolic sanction is given.
How Universal Is The Command To Observe Communion?
It is universally obligatory to oberserve it . . .
1 Corinthians 11:26
1 Corinthians 11:29
1. For material discussing the current cultural efforts to modify worship the reader is urged to consult the following references. James D. Bales. Instrumental Music And New Testament Worship, Searcy, AR: Resource Publications, P. O. Box 1201, 72143 reprinted 1987. Curtis Cates, Worship: Heaven’s Imperative or Man’s Innovations? Cates Publications, 1993 Gary Colley, ed., Music In New Testament Worship, Southwest Publications, 1995. Freed-Hardeman University 1994 Lectures: Worship In Spirit & Truth. Thomas H. Holland, Man’s Worship To God Penman Publications, 1994. Jimmy Jividen, Worship In Song. Ft. Worth: Star Bible Pub., Box 181220, 76118, 1987. Bobby Liddell, ed., What Does God Authorize In Worship? 15th Annual Bellview Lectures, Firm Foundation Publishing House, 1990. Dave Miller, Piloting The Strait, P.O. Box 210667, Bedford, TX 76095, 1996. The Spiritual Sword, 1511 Getwell Rd., Memphis, TN. Issues specifically dealing with the questions on what kind of music is suitable for worship: Vol. 10, No. 1, October 1978; Vol. 21, No., 4, July 1990; Vol. 24, No. 2, January 1993; Vol. 24, No. 3, April 1993. G.K. Wallace, A Critical Review Of A New Modernism: A Plea For Unity, Gospel Defender Publications: Killen, AL. nd. Thomas B. Warren, When Is An “Example” Binding? National Christian Press, 1975.
2. An article in Wineskins, July 1992, presents the current liberal argument of this point (see "Right-Brain Christians in a Left-Brain Church," by Lynn Anderson, p. 28). An apt summary of worship being an "act" is given by Guy N. Woods, Gospel Advocate, September 2, 1982, Vol. CXXIV, No. 17, "Of What Does Worship Consist?" p. 514. Jividen's observation regarding phraseology "acts of worship" is correct. "The phrase 'acts of worship' has had some bad press in recent times. One could just as well say, 'activities of devotion' which would mean the same thing. One could just as well say, 'human responses to the numious' which would convey the same idea. The last phrase might appeal to the theologian. The phrase 'activities of devotion' may appeal to the pious monk. The phrase 'acts of worship' is probably best understood by the man on the street. It is true that the phrase, 'acts of worship,' has been stereotyped by reactionary writers in some circles to mean 'cold ritual involving mere word worship in the assembly,' but such does not nullify the right use of the phrase" (p. 13,14).
3. We have referred to several books already which address this popular justification for instrumental music. One further that will be most useful is What Does God Authorize In Worship? 1990 Bellview Lectures. Bobby Liddell, editor. Firm Foundation Publishing House, P. O. Box 17200, Pensacola, FL 32522. Of special interest to this point will be the lecture on p. 288ff.
4. M.C. Kurfees. Instrumental Music In The Worship. Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate Co., 1969, p. 250.
5. See Kurfees, p. 259ff; The Instrumental Music Issue, ed. Bill Flatt. Nashville, TN: Gospel Advocate Co., 1987, p. 60ff.
6. The Spiritual Sword, January 1993, p. 32.
7. Gene Frost, "Answering The Advocacy Of Choirs And Solos In Worship," The Gospel Anchor, July 1989, Louisville, KY: P.O. Box 36033, 40233, p. 163(3).
8. IBID., 164(4).
10.See Guy N. Woods, Questions and Answers, Vol. 1, p. 106ff; Frost, 167(7).
13.Bobby Duncan, "Choruses, Quartets, and Solos," Sound Words, Vol XVII, October 1989, No. 10.
14.Ray Whitley, "The Lord's Supper And The Common Meal." Gospel Advocate, December 1992. Nashville, TN. Bonnie Thurston, "Do This; A study on the institution of the Lord's Supper and fellowship limits." Restoration Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 4, Fourth Quarter, 1988. P.O. Box 8227, Abilene, TX, p. 207ff.
15.Thurston, p. 209.
16.Liddell, p. 177.
17.Warren, When is an "Example" binding? p. 148ff. Also see "The Lord's Supper is to be eaten on every first day of the week and only on the first day of the week," The Spiritual Sword, Vol. 13, No. 4, July 1982.
18.Warren, The Spiritual Sword, July 1982, p. 3.
19. Walace, pg. 74, 75
20. Woods, Questions and Answers Vol. 1, pg. 94ff
21. Woods, Questions and Answers Vol. 2, pg. 38
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