Instrumental Music

Bible Authority – Matthew 28:18; Colossians 3:17

Authority for Singing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15; James 5:13; Acts 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26

No Authority for Instrumental Music

  • No express statement like there is for singing – 1 Corinthians 14:15,26
  • No direct command like there is for singing – Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
  • No approved example like there is for singing – Acts 16:25
  • No divine implication – nothing to suggest that God approves of instrumental music

Arguments for the Use of Instrumental Music

  • “It doesn’t say not to” – Hebrews 7:14
  • Used in the Old Testament – 2 Timothy 2:15; Colossians 2:14
  • Instruments in heaven – Revelation 14:2 (symbolic, not actual harps)
  • Just an expedient – 1 Corinthians 6:12

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