Shouting Above the Silence Al Maxey Reviews Alan Highers, The Spiritual Sword, a publication of the Getwell Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. See Patrick Mead or Rochester Church of Christ as the latest of the small groups of musical sowers of discord.
REFLECTIONS by Al Maxey Issue #269 ------- October 11, 2006:
2.09.13 Why do preachers work so hard proving their right to command, example and infer and deny God that power When there is so many direct commands, examples, inferences and those respecting God in church history insisting that God is the only Being with the authority to speak; Jesus proved Himself a Son by refusing to speak anything that God did not breath (Spirit) into Him as the Incarnate Logos.
The direct command is to PREACH the Word by READING the Word for comfort and doctrine. Therefore, the deep psychological motive might be to explain what they will say to God when they corrupted the word by selling their learning at wholesale.
The Ekklesia as A Church of Christ or Paul's use of SYNAGOGUE demanded the silencing of all of the performing arts so that they could "use one mind and one mouth to speak that which is written for our learning."
Isa 57:1 THE righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away,
none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
Isa 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
B. Trop., to repose, find rest, take consolation:
II. Act., to let rest; to stop, stay, arrest turba
turba . a turmoil, hubbub, uproar, disorder, tumult, commotion, disturbance, of a crowd of people “turbae carmina,”
“inanium verborum,” Quint. 8, 2, 17: “argumentorum,”Isa 57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
These monuments always show the Israelites as having straight noses, typical of Anglo Saxons. Other monuments, when they show Hittites or other Canaanite people, always show a hook nosed face.
Naturally such Canaanite faces would stand out in contrast to the Anglo Saxon, Israelite faces of Jerusalem. Even today these Canaanite faces stand out in Washington, D.C., London, New York, Los Angeles and other governmental or commercial cities. These are the people that can be recognized by the mere sight of their faces. These were the people that told the entire house of Israel to get out of Jerusalem, as these Canaanites were taking the land for themselves.
These infiltrating Canaanites weren't part of Yahweh's own vine, for they never were any part of true Israel. They had secured positions of wealth and power in Israel and Judah. They were corrupting the nation so that it was no longer bearing the sort of fruit, which Yahweh expected from His vine.
These Canaanite infiltrators are also the same people against whom Yahweh spoke in Isaiah 57:3-4. In the Hebrew He calls these Canaanites, "children of inborn transgression, and a false seed."
Isa 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
ludo to to SPORT play at a game of some kind:Esp., to play on an instrument of music, to make or compose music or song: “ludere quae vellem calamo permisit agresti,”
B. to sport, dally, wanton (cf. "amorous play," Milton, P. L. 9, 1045): “scis solere illam aetatem tali ludo ludere,” Plaut. Most. 5, 2, 36
“ludere opus,” to imitate work, make believe work,
Anag (h6026) aw-nag'; a prim. root; to be soft or pliable, i. e. (fig.) effeminate or luxurious: - delicate (-ness), (have) delight (self), sport self.
Empaizô , fut. - mock at, mock, tini2. euphem. in mal. part., LXXJd. 19.25.
- Jdg 19:24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.
- The viol or nebel is named after VILE which can be an empty bag or a harp.
- Jdg 19:25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go
- Illudo to play at or with any thing, to sport with, amuse one's self with, 2. To sport or fool away a thing, i. e. to destroy or waste in sport; in mal. part., to violate, abuse
Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: Je.27:9
- 3. Pass., to be deluded, Ev.Matt.2.16, AP10.56.2 (Pall.), Vett.Val.16.14; to be defrauded, of the revenues, Cod.Just.1.34.2.
- II. sport in or on, hôs nebros chloerais e. leimakos hêdonais E.Ba. 866 (lyr.); tois choroisin e. to sport in the dance, Ar.Th.975; tôi gumnasiôi Luc.Lex.5 .
- Hêdonê A. enjoyment, pleasure, first in Simon.71, S.l.c., Hdt.1.24, al.; prop. of sensual pleasures,
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Is.55:2Shouting Above the Silence: rebuttal of Al Maxey's rebuttal of the Spiritual Sword's stand on silence. For some reason Al is mad and intolerant of those he sees as "legalistic" because they see the Bible as authority for all they do in faith and practice and are intolerant in a "fellowship" sense of those who actively fight against their beliefs. If they believe that it is sinful to hold "school of the Bible" or ekklesia while choirs and instruments perform, then why get mad if they will not leave their own safe house and go "worship" (whatever that means) with those who never sought any authority before bringing in performers to entertain? Isn't it possible to refute--on a Bible basis--without making a hobby out of those who will not sing and dance while you pipe. Isn't LIBERTY the issue? Then why get violent with those who exercise their liberty and the first ammendment.
Al builds upon the foundation of Wikiquote. However, even then, he has trouble lifting without change. He quotes from Wikiquote about Junius who sent letters to a paper in Londan from 1769 to 1771. He launches out by quoting
Al Maxey quoting in part: "An honest man, like the true religion, appeals to the understanding. ...
The imposter employs force instead of argument,
imposes silence where he cannot convince,
and propagates his character by the sword."
That's true: all of the Bible,  church fathers and founders of denominations denied that anyone could understand the use of loud instrumental when Christ ordained the Church in the wilderness as a school of the word and EXCLUDED vocal or instrumental rejoicing. Even Simple Simon knew not to toot his bone flute when the assembled each Sabbath day to hear the reading of the Word of God and rehearse it so that they would learn about God.
 No imposter was so unlearned that he tried to impose even singing until the year 373. When singing non-Biblical songs was imposed a church council outlawed him. Only in 1878 did any imposter try to prove by the Bible that music had any rational or logical role to play in the school of the Bible. However, they forced instruments into the Disciples church and silenced those who opposed it.  When that didn't work, the Disciples of Christ confessed that they used the SILENCE of the word to permit them to SING where the Bible had not sung.  The use of instruments has been propogated by quite violent means for a hundred years under the ploy of unity. So, Al is correct.
If you do not AFFIRM or CONFORM to the imposition of musical instruments in the class room then you are an imposter, an imposer and propagating your own character. We told you above that Al and his band CLAIM that the ANTI-instrumental churches of Christ INVENTED NOT using instruments and rejecting them because they were just evil. Add that to Al's many-faceted RACA words including legalistic, sectarian, patternist hypocrites. Why else would he LOAD his gun up front with such RACA terms.
Al PRETENDS that the Bible is SILENT when it shouts about the serpent as Musical Enchanter or "singing and harp playing prostitute" to the Mother of harlots (Rev 17) who uses the "lusted after fruits" as rhetoricians, singers and instrument players John identified as SORCERERS (Rev 18).
Here is the TRUTH about Junius quoted just to show that Al takes imPostures.
An honest man, like the true religion, appeals to the understanding,
or modestly confides in the internal evidence of his conscience.
The imposter employes force instead of argument, imposes silence where he cannot convince,
and propagates his character by the sword.
No. 41, to Lord Mansfield (November 14, 1770)
Did you notice the SILENCE Al impostured? Why would an honest man, a Christian, do that?
Since understanding comes from HEARING facts, and since Al can have no positive UNDERSTANDING about using machines to worship a Spirit God that must be dishonest and psychological. Since Al can hear instruments used as the MARK of telling God to shut up, he is not of understnading. Since, the "law of silence" SHOULD keep people silent when they want to SOW DISCORD based on opinion, the instrumentalists LAW OF SILENCE gives them the authority equal with the bible to IMPOSE noise.
Everyone knows that INSTRUMENTS and performers SILENCE the Christ-given liberty to teach one another with "that which is written." Instruments are "machines for doing hard work in making war and the mental shock and awe of pagan religionism" you cannot play instruments and "come before the Lord in silence" when He "is in His holy temple--others individually.
Junius also has something to say of the Standard writer who said that where God is silent the HE has THE right to speak. He and Al would use PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENT FORCE to try to silence those who think that THEY have the right to the silence of REST Jesus died to give us to free us FROM the laded burden and the burden laders.
Junius also spoke to this tyranny of bishops;
They [the Americans] equally detest the pageantry of a king, and the supercilious hypocrisy of a bishop. No. 35 (December 19, 1769)
Al is a "bishop."
There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics as well as in religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. No. 35 (December 19, 1769)
The government of England is a government of law. We betray ourselves, we contradict the spirit of our laws, and we shake the whole system of English jurisprudence, whenever we entrust a discretionary power over the life, liberty, or fortune of the subject to any man, or set of men, whatsoever, upon a presumption that it will not be abused. No. 46 (25 May, 1771).
Al Impostures silence or his discretionary power to make legalistic patterns.
Al must be a supercilious hypocrite because Jesus identified the Scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites by pointing to mouth worship in Isaiah and Ezekiel which marks "speakers, singers and instrument players."
Al wants to FORCE his liberty when the Word of God leaves of: no one including Al has the presumptious right to elect himself to make decisions for those with their OWN freedom NOT to fall into musical idolatry.
SECOND PLACE: THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH INVENTED THE LAW OF SILENCE.
The NACC law of silence says that "where God has not spoken then I have the right to innovate and impose what is right in my own eyes."
God's law of silence says that if God is silent then YOU have no need to impose something on others without assuming that God ran out of words. This is to prevent disccord and honor God.
Al got his "degree" from Adam: hits 1000, all fouls. The Musical Sectarians invented the Law of Silence to give them AUTHORITY to sow discord rather than to PREVENT DISCORD. Blame the enemy for your folly!
However, Al has been SHOUTING from Genesis to Revelation and throrough the voice of all historical scholars and founders of denomiations. Even the Catholics needed no nearing aids in that they never did "congregational singing with instrumental accompaniment." That would have insulted God.
Al Maxey Shouting Above the Silence: One of the most tedious tenets of the humanly devised CENI (command, example, necessary inference) hermeneutic is this so-called "law of silence," which in reality is little more than a tool for exclusion of all that differs (and all who differ) with one's personal and/or party preferences, perceptions, practices and prejudices
The CENI principle is pronounced by the Spirit of Christ: it was first violated when Lucifer, the singing and harp playing prostitute (king/queen of Tyre) wholly seduced Eve in a sexual sense when she ADDED to God's direct command. Click for the universal evidence Al Maxey missed about the CENI absolute..
This writer agrees: instrumental music and choirs were added on the basis of silence as a late legalism: "The Bible hath NOT said, thou shalt not use instruments so we 'gonna use instruments spite of hell and the discorded brethren expelled by our secting out a New dogma." When you add choirs or instruments you intentionally EXCLUDE those who do not agree with you. Obeying ALL of the direct commands to "teach that which is written" whether in song or sermon never EXCLUDES anyone. Therefore, only instrumental venues EXCLUDES about half of otherwise friendly "audience."Furthermore, those who would not bow to Baal and USE instruments had NEVER used nor approved instruments. All of literate history knew that instruments were "machines for doing hard word" and mostly in warfare. The Bible is NOT silent in sourcing music from Satan to keep people listening to Al Maxey and not to "that which is written" in song and sermon.
You don't have to be a false accuser and say that the Church of Christ invented the law. Here, for instance, is the Presbyterian Girardeau who taught the principle which was ALWAYS used by those who could grasp that God is God and imposters are not. What a blasphemy to say that God "left out" the use of instrumental music always known to sow discord so AL has the right to impose instruments INTENDING to sow discord.
Instrumental Music in the Public Worship John Girardeau.
He not only proves from many authors that what God commands we can do. We have circumstantial authority to decide when to meet but we do not have any authority to add AIDS (Dogmas) because they are not necessary. He also gives some of the Reformation history when the leading Puritans were trying to remove the imposed SINGING as well as instrumental music.
Everyone taught the use of commands, examples and inferences. The Law of Silence Al promotes is PERMISSIVE giving him the right to impose over the opinions of others. The Law of Biblical Authority was pronounced by one of the founders of the Christian church out of the Anglican tradition.
 the Directory for Worship exclude instrumental music from the public worship of the church which acknowledges them as its formularies, in accordance with the legal maxim,
Expressio unius est exclusio alterius: the express statement of one alternative is the exclusion of the other.
Is there an exception
But does this, it may be asked, rule out the other? May it not be done, although not commanded? The answer is to be found in the great principle, already established by scriptural proofs,
that what Christ has not commanded to be observed, men have no right to introduce into the worship of his church; and those who acknowledge the ecclesiastical law which is now appealed to, as correctly representing or rather reproducing the divine law, are bound to hold that what the ecclesiastical law does not authorize cannot be legiti- mately introduced into the worship of the church.
We have seen that it is not true that what is not forbidden is permitted,
but on the contrary, what is not commanded is forbidden.
It follows that, as the law in the Presbyterian standards does authorize singing and does not authorize instrumental music, the latter is excluded. It is extra-legal, and therefore contra-legal.
W. E. MacClenny, The Life of Rev. James O'Kelly (began preaching 1774) and the Early History of the Christian Church in the South, Raleigh, Va.: Edwards and Broughton Printing Company, 1910, Reprint 1950 pages 232-247
1. I could call forth a cloud of witnesses from the Old and New Testaments to prove the authority, and sufficiency of the Scripture Hierarchy, but a few will be sufficient.
2. Thus saith the Lord by the pen of Moses, in the 18th of Deuteronomy: "The Lord shall raise up a prophet (Christ), him shall ye hear in all things."
3. The word of the Lord came unto the prophet Isaiah: "To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is not light in them. Chap. 8:20.
4. The law and testimony must include the doctrines and government of Christ's Church.
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits (Old, empty wineskins), and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter (these people used musical devices and said that the gods lived inside of them):
should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? Isaiah 8:19Yiddeoniy (h3049) yid-deh-o-nee'; from 3045; prop. a knowing one; spec. a conjurer; (by impl.) a ghost: - wizard.
"In Isa 8:19 the 'obhoth and yidh'onim are spoken of those who 'chirp and mutter." These terms refer to the necromancers themselves who practiced ventriloquism in connection with their magical rites. In Isa 29:4 it is said 'Thy voice shall be as an 'obh, out of the ground.'... They are stamped in these passages, as in the Witch of Endor narrative, as deceivers practising a fraudulent art. By implication their power to evoke spirits with whom they were in familiar intercourse is denied." (Int Std Bible Ency., ency, p. 690)
These are the speakers, singers and musicians in Revelation 18 whom John called sorcerers.
I. To sing in, with dat.: passer incantans saepiculae
A. To say over, mutter, or chant a magic formula against some one:
1. To consecrate with charms or spells: incantata vincula,lovelcnots,
vinculum , or (also in class. prose), contr., vinclum , i, n. [id.] , that with which any thing is bound, a band, bond, rope,
- 2. To bewitch, enchantTo the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
5. I will now call for the testimony of Daniel, 9:9,-10: "Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord, to walk in his laws, set before us by the prophets."
Dan 9:10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
Dan 9:11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing,
THAT they might not obey thy voice;
therefore the curse is poured upon us,
and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God,
because we have sinned against him.
Dan 9:12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us,
by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
The Spirit OF Christ speaks spiritual truth through the prophets most of whom radically condemn the sacrificial system and identify speakers, singers and musicians as hypocrites. Jesus pointed to these prophets accusing the Scribes and Pharisees with being hypocrites--speakers, singers and musicians working for a wage.
6. Isaiah 2:3. " For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord From Jerusalem." Compare 8:16. "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples." See 11:12
This is speaking of the Law of Christ to shut down The Law of Moses imposed because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.
Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isa 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
Anan (h6049) aw-nan'; a prim. root; to cover; used only as denom. from 6051, to cloud over; fig. to act covertly, i. e. practise magic: - * bring, enchanter, Meonemin, observe (-r of) times, soothsayer, sorcerer.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, De.18:10
Soothsayers: Anan (h6049) aw-nan'; a prim. root; to cover; used only as denom. from 6051, to cloud over; fig. to act covertly, i. e. practise magic: - * bring, enchanter, Meonemin, observer of times, soothsayer, sorcerer.
"In an inscription from Cyprus, in one from Rhodes and in several from around the district of Carthage, there are references to important personages who bear the title Mqm'lm which we can translate as AROUSERS of the god.'" (de Vaux, Roland, The Bible and the Ancient Near East, Doubleday, p. 247).
"We even have a mention at a later date of a similar custom in connection with the cult in Jerusalem, where certain Levites, called me'oreim, 'AROUSERS,' sang (every morning?) this verse from "Ps 44:23: "Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever." The Talmud tells us that John Hyrcanus suppressed the practice because it recalled too readily a pagan custom." (Roland de Vaux, p. 247).
7. Jerusalem was the place where the pure Gospel Church was established; from whence the doctrine and discipline went out into all the world.
8. Matthew 28:90. "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded." "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me." 2 Thes. 3:6. "Now we command you brethren, in the name of our Lord," etc.
Because Jesus sought disciples and not pagan worshipers, and because the synagogue or church is a school of the Bible, and the direct command is to "sing that which is written" and teach that which has been taught, there is nothing Al can derive out of silence to HELP OUT God Who "supplied all that pertains to life and godliness."
9. Chapter 33:14. [sic!] "If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him."The Christian Church (aka Disciples of Christ then) promoted the Law of Silence to AUTHORIZE adding the Organ. Al is confused and judgmental based on mental confusion.
The Musical Sectarians INVENTED the Law of Silence: saying at the trial at New Bern, TN that IF instruments were used AS worship that would be SINFUL. IN THE WAY OF UNTIY BETWEEN "CHRISTIAN CHURCHES" AND CHURCHES OFCHRIST," H. Leo Boles quotes the Law of silence used by the NACC.
W.R. Walker, in Christian Standard, May 27, 1939, said: "There are two areas in our religious living in which the authority of Christ must be recognized. The first embraces all his teaching and that of his inspired followers, the `vocal area' ; but there is another area, the `area of silence."' He further said: "I am persuaded that Christ has authority in the `areas of silence.' Christ, by his silence, in every situation concerning which he has left no direct teaching, has bestowed on me this authority to act for myself."
Of course, the Disciples never even thought about BIBLE AUTHORITY when they became musically sectarian until the year 1878 when they TRIED to invent PSALLO to authorize their sowing of discord: of course the scholars they contacted refuted them.
Boles continued: Here are the two standards or rules recognized by many in the "Christian Church," namely, that of "walking by faith," and that of "walking by opinion." W.R. Walker calls the opinions of man in the "areas of silence" "the authority of Christ." This is tantamount to saying that man's opinions in the "areas of silence" are of equal force with the word of God. I join issue with him on this point. There can be no unity in the "area of silence," as there can be no unity on opinions when each man claims the authority to do what is right in his own eyes. This would violate every scripture that God has given instructing his people to be "of the same mind, the same judgment of one accord."
If the liberty of opinion lets one put an organ in the worship, it will let another oppose that act; - if acting in the "realm of silence" permits one to act for himself, it will permit every one to act for himself. If liberty in opinion will let one organize a missionary society, the same liberty of opinion will let another group of God's people oppose that society.
Neither the "Christian Church" nor the churches of Christ can have the liberty of opinion, in the sense that they make their opinions the basis of action for themselves and for the church. One will have his opinions tyrannized over by the other. It will be nonetheless tyranny of opinion that a majority, great or small, imposes its opinion on the minority. One man has as much right to "liberty of opinion" as another, or any number of others. This doctrine of liberty of opinion in "the areas of silence" involves the right to act on those opinions, and our actions come in contact with the actions and opinions of others; this is the very thing that will continually gender discord and division. The slogan, "In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty," when the opinions become the guide in work and worship of the Lord, violates the basic principles of New Testament teaching and subverts the will of God.
The great aim and end of the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth, and the planting of congregations of Christians, were to bring man back into loyal obedience to God and submission to his clearly revealed will; but to allow man to do as he pleases in "the areas of silence" destroys unity and thwarts the great aim of God in restoring the rule and authority of God on earth.
Man is unable to keep his opinions in the "area of silence" - he thrusts them into the realm of revealed truth; he makes them invade the areas of faith. "0 Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." (Jer. 10: 23.) To exalt opinions in the church and let these guide people is to thwart the very purpose of God in bringing man to the submission of divine will. The opinions and judgments of men exalt man, and prevent his submission to the high God of heaven.
Very simple singing or reciting the Word of God or "that which is written" in Romans 15 SHOUTS that the purpose of the assembly is to educate, comfort with the Scripture, glorify or praise God and keep the unity of the body.
Those who refused to have instruments IMPOSED upon them do not use nor need a LEGALISTIC LAW of silence by which instruments were always imposed.
think that God OVERLOOKED music which was radically condemned by the
prophets, so that it is left to US to use our rational reasoning to
WORK out a new law based on silence is a denial of the very meaning of
God and authority.
DISAGREES WITH W.R.
"I am persuaded that Christ has authority in the `areas of silence.' Christ, by his silence, in every situation concerning which he has left no direct teaching, has bestowed on me this authority to act for myself."
But, he means that as an instrumentalists HE has the authority to act for OTHERS.
QUOTING Al Maxey: The October, 2006 issue of The Spiritual Sword begins with a three page Editorial by Alan E. Highers. His first words are, "Churches of Christ endeavor to 'speak where the Bible speaks' and to 'be silent where the Bible is silent'" [p. 1]. In that same first paragraph this brother further observes, "To take away from the word of God is to remove that which God has spoken; to add to the word of God is to interject that which God has not spoken. To diminish what God has explicitly said is to violate speaking where the Bible speaks. To add to the word of God is to speak where God has not spoken and thereby to violate the silence of the scriptures. To 'speak' and to be 'silent' are equally valid principles in the scriptures." There is absolutely no question that our God does not intend for mere men to tamper with His revealed Truth. When God speaks it is not our place to add to nor take from that which He has spoken. Our responsibility is to listen and obey. "You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you" [Deut. 4:2]. "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it" [Deut. 12:32]. "Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar" [Prov. 30:6]. "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book" [Rev. 22:18-19].
But AL MAXEY AGREES WITH W.R. Walker,
quoting Alan Highers about Biblical authority for our faith and
practice, Al adds:
Al Maxey: Please note something extremely important here, however -- that which is not to be tampered with by men (neither added to nor taken away from) is that which God has spoken. Read the above passages again very carefully ... very carefully!
"God does not intend for mere men to tamper with His revealed Truth." That means to most of us that if Al can find only silence in the Word and he ADDS something which you must "get over or get out" then he has tampered with revealed truth. When he does that He claims that God was not adequate to see HIS needs to tamper.
These verses say absolutely nothing about the responsibility of men with regard to those areas about which God has never uttered a single word. True "silence" of both God and the sacred Scriptures is when our God has offered NO guidance from above, either for or against.
Then, Al should not PRESUME to guide where God has not guided: He will not need to GUIDE for God if he restores the ekklesia as a school of the Bible ONLY. The Campbells called "church" "A school of Christ." Unless Al is hearing the audible voice of God as some of his friends claim then he needs nothing more as TEXTBOOK for BIBLE CLASS--only.
It seems that if we are warned NOT to ADD to the text, and we are warned NOT to take away from the inspired text, it SHOULD be obvious that if God has NOT uddered a single word then He has not uttered a single word. Being God He must have thought that that He provided all that pertains to life and Godliness. If Al wants to sow discord by imposing something new and thereby become a sectarian, then Al intends to ADD something because he wants to impose it as the ONLY view.
But, what about all of those proof texts from the Old Testament PROVING that God commanded instrumental music meaning "for the Christian assembly" if He did not rescind what people call His direct commands. Take a look and hear God shouting but not for those who will not hear:
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched. Jeremiah 7:20
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21
(Isa 1:11 Ho 8:13 Am 5:21,22).
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Amos 5:21
For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
concerning burnt offerings OR sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them:
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Amos 5:22
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs;
for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. Amos 5:23
God did not command burnt offerings OR sacrifices. Therefore, this is WHY He does not accept them. BUT [instead of] this thing commanded I them, saying,
Obey my voice, and I will be your God,
and ye shall be my people:
and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you,
that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23
BUT [instead of] let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream Amos 5:24
Amos 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
BUT they HEARKENED NOT, nor inclined their ear,
but walked in the counsels
and in the imagination of their evil heart,
and went backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7:24
Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day,Yet they HEARKENED NOT unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. Jeremiah 7:26
I have even sent unto you all MY servants the PROPHETS,
daily rising up early and sending them: Jeremiah 7:25
Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them;
but they will not hearken to thee:
thou shalt also call unto them;
but they will not answer thee. Jeremiah 7:27
Amos 5:26 BUT ye have borne the tabernacle of your and MolochChiun [#666] your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
They burned infants to the beat of instruments in 2 Chron 28 just before the PURGE and EXORCISM and in chapter 30 just AFTER Hezekiah's ceremony SOLELY to get the priests to return to Jerusalem to help defend it.
Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity
beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
This was the sentence conditionally imposed because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. Canaan as the promised land became the Killing Fields as God let the kings lead them into captivity and death.
But, God has not been silent from Genesis to Revelation: it is probably a fact that Al cannot hear and read black text on white paper specificially BECAUSE He makes God an idiot for NOT commanding what Al has permission to ADD to that which is written and then define his opinions as the new Law of Christ. This would come as a surprise to Jesus who cast out the musical minstrels like dung and consigned the pipers, singers and dancers to the perversions which went on among the pagans in the marketplace.
If it is permissive Al should tell us HOW he plans to hear from God: his friends have visions and hear audible voices. Does Al have a sponge on his head to soak up sounds where God has been silent.
Al Maxey: How are we to approach such deafening silence? Is such total lack of divine declaration permissive? Is it prohibitive? Or, is it neither?
OUR TEACHING RESOURCES
Where the arousal singing and instruments prevailed, Paul outlawed the "new win getting fluted down with wine" singing and prescribed "singing" that which is written. No one sang non-scriptural material until the year 373.
When Peter said that the record had been delivered by eye and ear witnesses and that anyone who taught otherwise would be a false teacher as there were false prophets He prescribed giving attention to the PROPHETS which had been delivered by the Spirit OF Christ as our teaching resource.
Therefore, we should look to the prophetic message for "a law of silence" if a legalistic reason is needed to make noise when Jesus teaches:
The Israelites fell into musical worship of the Egyptian trinity at Mount Sinai and God removed the Covenant of Grace and gave them a firey law to regulate the lawless. They would be blind to the Word until they converted to Christ (2 Cor 3). Therefore, one of the prophecies Peter would want us to know is:
Balaam demonstrated a high ethical standard when he said:
'Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold,.
I could not do anything of my own accord, good or bad,
to go beyond the command of the LORD--
and I must say only what the LORD says'? Num 24:13
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee,
and will put my words [Dabar, Logos] in his mouth;
and he shall speak unto them
all that I shall command him. Deut 18:18
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words
which he shall speak in my name,
I will require it of him. Deut 18:19
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name,
which I have not commanded him to speak,
or that shall speak in the name of other gods,
even that prophet shall die. Deut 18:20
That PROVES that anyone who teaches anything that the WORD spoke from the FATHER within and as revealed by the Spirit OF Christ to the Apostles has PASSED from life to death and is worthy of execution. Zechariah identifies the "bowing to Baal prophesiers" who were musical frantics. After the signs following Pentecost, anyone who continued to try to manipulate people with music should be executed by their parents!Because all church scholars thought that God spoke clear enough to arouse a deaf man in repudiating instruments; and because no one has added music in any form without sowing discord; and there is no rationale for machines if you comprehend ekklesia or synagogue, it would behoove Al to keep silent and not do something KNOWING that he is sowing discord with a high hand.
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits (Old, empty wineskins), and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter (these people used musical devices and said that the gods lived inside of them): should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? Isaiah 8:19To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
Al Maxey: Does God perhaps simply desire for His people to use sound judgment, determining their actions and attitudes in the face of such silence in accord with His greater guiding principles (such as love, compassion, mercy, etc.)? It is my conviction that the latter is the will of our Father.How can you use LOVE to impose machines which typically drive off half of the owners? How can you show compassion when the "musical worship teams" hope that the grey hairs will just go away. How can you show respect for God's Word when you make what He always called NOISE when we are told to "Rest and come learn of me.?"
Contrary to the Christian Church self approval to speak where Christ has been silent (they presume), those who disagree with them HAVE NO RIGHTS and to assert that THEIR LAW of silence is a Biblical principle, makes one subject to psychological terrorism. To wit:
Al Maxey: To boldly assert that utter silence is either proscriptive or prescriptive is to promote and impose man's will in such areas, and this will always lead to conflict, chaos and ultimately condemnation and castigation of our spiritual siblings.
For 2,000 years at a theological level, the way to let God have His way and remove conflict is not to permit the conflictors to speak, sing or play. That is what the SELF pleasure in Romans 15 directly commands. There can be no conflict unless the self-seeking musicians IMPOSE THEIR will. Al thinks that to resist those "stealing the church houses of widows" leads to conflict.
Thus, in the face of such silence we must each prayerfully, and with appeal to the guiding principles of God's Word, come to a studied conviction of His will in the matter, and then "the faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God"How can you study God's word and pray and get divine authority to IMPOSE on others if the Word of Good is silent. If God HAD a will then was He incompetent when he radically condemned all forms of noise in His presence? It is not possible to have a conviction to IMPOSE silence to sow discord, create sectarianism and restore what was always legalism.
[Rom. 14:22], "each man being fully convinced in his own mind" [vs. 5], being careful not to harshly judge nor view with contempt those who arrive at differing convictions, but rather accept them in love as your brethren in Christ Jesus, just as God accepts you both [vs. 3], differing views and all. Such is the responsible approach to genuine biblical silence.Just how Al Maxey is going to determine what God WOULD have said if He HAD an opinion through a "studied conviction" based on "guiding principles" in the Word is a mystery. Paul absolutely outlawed the private convictions in Romans 14 from being discussed in the assembly in Romans 15. If God has been silent then WE should be silent. Then, we can obey the direct command to "sing" that which is written.
1 Cor. 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God
the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching
to save them that believe.
Romans 14 EXCLUDES these private opinions from the DISCOURSE which happens in the church defined in Romans 15 where SELF-pleasure actually outlaws all of the hypocratic or performing arts.
The commanded purpose for the Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or school of the Bible is as "a school of the Bible." The Campbells thought in terms of local societies guided by the direct commands of the Bible: "Church" is A school of Christ and "Worship" is reading and musing the Word of God. That is what Jesus exampled, Paul commanded and exampled and the historic church exampled before "singing" as a act was added about the year 373. How can you lovingly IMPOSE your will to turn school into a "theater for holy entertainment" and force the owners and widows out into the cold with the admonition: "Get with it or get out."
Paul outlaws Doubtful Disputations: if Al thinks that silence gives HIM the authority to make music while teaching "that which is written" then he makes instructing one another IMPOSSIBLE and a farce.
NIDNTT notes that...
In the NT dialogizomai (related verb) and dialogismos are always used with a slightly depreciatory connotation. The thoughts of the human heart do not necessarily lead, as the Greeks thought, to a knowledge of the truth (cf. 1 Cor. 1:21-25), but are evil (Mk. 7:21; Matt. 15:19), full of doubt and suspicion (Mk. 2:6, 8; Lk. 5:22; 6:8), moved by the passing moment (Lk. 3:15), full of greed (Lk. 12:17; 20:14), always concerned with the superficial (Mk. 8:16f.; Matt. 16:7f.) and full of sly calculation (Matt. 11:25; Mk. 11:31).
This is what Paul OUTLAWED for the assembly even as one can observe their died outside of the assembly. If out of the human mind comes evil then how is Al's mind going to "pray through" to become a sectarian by introducing something not required and what He says God was silent about?
(NIDNTT adds that) in Phil. 2:14 we have the questioning (dialogismos) which is the germ of apathy. (Brown, Colin, Editor. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. 1986. Zondervan) (Bolding added)
The Exegetical Dictionary notes that...
Even when dialogismos has a specialized use, the essential connection with the general NT meaning of doubting or calculating consideration is retained. (Balz, H. R., & Schneider, G. . Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans)
Vine notes that dialogismos refute's Al's RIGHT to make "school of the Bible" a place for him to diatribe against those who will not dance when he pipes:
chiefly in the N.T. in an evil sense, of reasonings that are the outcome of self-will, reasonings of the natural mind in independence of God. So in the LXX (e.g., Lam. 3:60), “imaginations.”...Dialogismos sometimes means inward questioning, sometimes dispute... the inward reasonings which find expression in controversy and contention. (Vine, W. Collected Writings of W. E. Vine. Nashville: Thomas Nelson )
Paul's outlawing doubtful disputations makes a LAW to silence Al Maxey who presumes to trump God's Word with his human, rational reasoning.However, Al and most "pulpit people" have no reason to be aware of the universal condemnation of music by the prophets speaking BY the Spirit OF Christ. Romans 14 defines the diversites which would only be observed in the Agora or marketplace. Remember that Jesus consigned the pipers, singers and dancers to the marketplace where all entertainment, sacrificial eating, singing, dancing and selling of human bodies took place. The ekklesia, however, was separated from the marketplace.
Because, as Al's proof text writer, Junius, would insist:
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts (dialogismos), murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man." (Mt 15:19-20)
Al Maxey agrees with Walker who insists: Christ, by his silence, in every situation concerning which he has left no direct teaching, has bestowed on me this authority to act for myself."
That utterly denies that God in Christ has the power to prescribe teaching resources suitable for all times and places: He has supplied us with all that pertains to life and Godliness. Nothing that comes out of Al's mind is NECESSARY for life or Godliness. Therefore, to presume to speak FOR Christ is to claim superiority to Christ.
You may want to read about the Agora or Marketplace which was radically separated from the ekklesia by the PSALLO rope: anyone who dallied around the singers, dancers, instrumentalists and fornicators would be MARKED when they arrived at the place of the "church" which was for verbal instruction only.
Without dipping his pen Paul wrote Romans 15 which begins by outlawing SELF-pleasure. This is the creation of mental excitement which is the laded burden of "creating spiritual anxiety by religious rituals" Jesus silenced along with the burden laders like Al. He repeats a NOT musical definition of the synagogue which was to "speak with ONE MIND and ONE MOUTH using that which is written." This is the commanded way to glorify or praise God, educate one another, comfort with the Scripture and KEEP THE UNITY of the body.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him,The diversities are NOT SUBJECT to DIALOG or discussion when the ekklesia or synagogue (Paul's word) meets as "school of the Bible" just like the synagogue which "had no praise service." What would cause one to hallucinate the need for musicians in the Bible Class where Jesus Christ speaks when the elders "teach that which HAS BEEN taught." That should silence Al when he ADDES to that which has been taught in order to get paid.
being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
You may want to see where the Spirit OF Christ OUTLAWED both vocal and instrumental rejoicing when the assembly met. The word Qahal is the primary Jewish word for synagogue.
Al Maxey: I find it rather interesting, though on another level not particularly surprising, that some legalistic patternists are now attempting to disguise this so-called "law" of theirs with a completely new name. Even they realize how objectionable this "law of silence" has become among most disciples of Christ, thus they are desperately seeking a more palatable presentation of itNevertheless, we must DEspook all of the faithful churches and make them quit taking the blame Al wants to heap on their backs when THEY are trying to explain the LAW OF SILENCE invented by the Disciples when they needed no Biblical authority to add the organ knowing that it would sow discord. If God's silence lets THEM take up where He went silent, then they could care less what YOUR claim to authority says.
For example, on the infamous MarsList, a known breeding ground for patternistic exclusion, one of the Non-Institutional preachers who is a member of this Internet group wrote an interesting appeal to the other members under the heading: "Proposed Name Change for the Silence of the Scriptures" [message #2521, Sept. 27, 2006] --- "Perhaps describing the 'Silence of God' as where we are 'Without Instruction' would be more palatable. This term carries a little less baggage ... maybe!" Their highly rigid, restrictive theology of prohibition and exclusion drawn from such "lack of instruction," however, is just as fallacious ... regardless of how it is disguised or by what it is denominated. A dill pickle is still a dill pickle, even if you call it a pork chop.
The fruit of the vine is the fruit of the vine.
Dill Pickle fruit of the vine is the fruit of the vine.
I like dill pickle juice.
I will IMPOSE dill pickle juice
If you oppose dill pickle juice Al says you are a legalistic, sectarian patternist.
Here is where God has not been Silent: Al Maxey has nothing in his nature to direct his own steps. Therefore, a Christian looks to God to direct their ways: where HE has not led then we do not follow in our own steps.
God says that you will DIE without instructions. Not too silent.
Prov. 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
Prov. 5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
Prov. 5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
God says that noise is a sign that you WILL die. Not too silent.
Jer. 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come,
and a great commotion out of the north country,
to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
Qowl (h6963) kole; or qol kole; from an unused root mean. to call aloud; a voice or sound: - / aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (/ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, / hold peace, [pro-] claim, proclamation, / sing, sound, / spark, thunder (-ing), voice, / yell
H7494 ra‛ash rah'-ash From H7493 ; vibration, bounding, uproar: commotion, confused noise, earthquake, fierceness, quaking, rattling, rushing, shaking.
H7493 râ‛ash raw-ash particularly through fear; specifically to spring (as a locust):--make afraid,
God says that Al Maxey is neither God, a prophet or an apostle: therefore he has no MEANS of helping God overcome stuttering.
Jer. 10:23 O Lord [Jehovah] , I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Jer. 10:24 O Lord [Jehovah] , correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
You cannot SHAME God by denying that He is the INSTRUCTOR. We MUST be silent until we GET INSTRUCTION which comes only from God.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isa 55:8
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts Isa 55:9.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither,
but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower,
and bread to the eater: Isa 55:10
So shall MY WORD be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isa 55:11
For Al Maxey and those who do not "teach that which has been taught" the water of the Word is NOT for sale.
If God's silence lets ME support and attend a congregation where the Bible is the focus and not a musical performance, the Al has no right to tyrannize me by insisting that I have to AFFIRM that people have the right to IMPOSE machines and demand that I keep SILENCE.
Al Maxey: Bro. Rick Atchley, the minister at Richland Hills in Fort Worth, Texas, in a speech delivered at Abilene Christian University, and reported in the April, 2006 issue of Christian Chronicle, insightfully, and correctly, observed: "Where the Bible speaks, we speak; and where the Bible is silent, we have even more to say." Bro. Alan E. Highers retorted, "Most members of the church understand what it means to 'be silent where the Bible is silent.' Rick Atchley is not one of them" [p. 48]. Well, I beg to differ. In my view, it is Bro. Highers, and his co-writers of this issue of The Spiritual Sword, who have completely failed to perceive the significance of genuine biblical "silence," as I shall seek to demonstrate in the course of this review (and as I have sought to do in previous articles).
If Al had listened to the sermons and is capable of being "a teacher of the Law" then he would have known that Rick twisted every Bible passage and historical scholar. Where God speaks that the Sacrificial system was a curse to carry out God captivity and death penalty, and Rick and Al presume to have the authority to tell God that He is a liar then they should grasp that they have gone beyond redemption.
We have reviewed the three tapes and Rick Atchley SPEAKS where the Civil Scribe records a "plague stopping animal sacrifice" and then declares that "God commands instrumental praise and we should not be silent." Al is also good at taking tidbits out of context with no consideration for the story line. If Stephen and the Old Testament are correct that because of musical idolatry "God turned them over to worship the starry host" then Rick and Al can SPEAK words about praise (making self vile) with instruments during the burning of the goats but the PUSH WORDS down God's throat and then claim that the SPIRIT guided them to lie about all of the "music" passages in the Bible and church history..
But, God is NOT silent: it was Jesus who confirmed that the eyes of those who minimize the Word have been blinded and they are made deaf. That is because being hypocrites which He defined as slick speakers, singers and musicians, they have LOST their right to hear the Words in clear speaks and so He speaks in PARABLES. That is why Al cannot see the FOREST of radical association of music with Satan and perverts because he is busy looking for a silent tree. If you begin in the garden of Eden:
"It is interesting to note that in all of the following Scriptures we find reference to a BEAST that is biped. A (two-legged) BEAST who can talk, riot, commit adultery, co-habit with man, work in vineyards, use his hands, wear clothing, cry unto his creator and sow his seed with other races. Those who have studied the etymology of this Hebrew word CHAY-AH through the scriptures, under the English word "BEAST"
Was Joel speaking of a "beast" or field hand in Joel 2:22?
What kind of a beast do you know that wears clothing (sack-cloth) as we read in Jonah 3:8?
What kind of a beast "cries mightily unto YAHWEH" in Jonah 3:8-10?
What kind of a beast would have "eyes full of adultery", as recorded in 2 Peter 2:12-14?
What kind of beast loves to riot in the daytime? 2 Peter 2:12-14
What kind of a beast can talk or speak? 2 Peter 2:12
What kind of a beast was made to be taken and DESTROYED? 2 Peter 2:12
Plato, Republic [590b] and irascibility when they foster and intensify disproportionately the element of the lion and the snake 1 (or chimaera) in us?" "By all means." "And do we not reprobate luxury and effeminacy for their loosening and relaxation of this same element when they engender cowardice in it?" "Surely." "And flattery and illiberality when they reduce this same high-spirited element under the rule of the mob-like beast and habituate it for the sake of wealth and the unbridled lusts of the beast to endure all manner of contumely from youth up and become an ape. Not mentioned before, but, as Schleiermacher says, might be included in ta peri ton leonta. Cf. Adam ad loc. Or Plato may be thinking of the chimaera (Il. vi. 181 )
Leôn, metaph., of Artemis, se leonta gunaixi Zeus thêken Zeus made thee a lion toward women (because she was supposed to cause their sudden death), Il. 21.483; used of savage persons, A.Ch.938 (lyr.);
[590c] "Yes, indeed," he said. "And why do you suppose that 'base mechanic' handicraft is a term of reproach? Shall we not say that it is solely when the best part is naturally weak in a man so that it cannot govern and control the brood of beasts within him but can only serve them and can learn nothing but the ways of flattering them?" "So it seems," he said. "Then is it not in order that such an one may have a like government with the best man that we say he ought to be the slave
Plato, Republic [304b] Stranger
Shall we agree that there is such a thing as learning music and the sciences of handicraft in general?... And shall we say that none of them ought to have control of any other,
[620c] [620c] After her, he said, he saw the soul of Epeius,1 the son of Panopeus, entering into the nature of an arts and crafts woman. Far off in the rear he saw the soul of the buffoon Thersites 2 clothing itself in the body of an ape. And it fell out that the soul of Odysseus drew the last lot of all and came to make its choice, and, from memory of its former toils having flung away ambition, went about for a long time in quest of the life of an ordinary citizen who minded his own business,3 and with difficulty found it lying in some corner disregarded by the others,
The craftsmen in Revelation 18 whom John called sorcerers.
[Hard work of flute playing and harp playing and guitar playing.]
Used as ergon or hard work by the demagogue or sophists to appeas the masses.
Tektonos 3. master in any art, as in gymnastics, Pi.N.5.49; of poets, tektones sophoi (sc. epeôn) Id.P.3.113; tektones eupalamôn humnôn Cratin.70 (ap.Ar.Eq.530); tektones kômôn, i.e. the choreutai, Pi.N. 3.4; t. nôdunias, i.e. a physician, Id.P.3.6; dexias cheros ergon, dikaias tektonos a true workman, A.Ag.1406.
These were always polluted people bringing pollution among decent folk:
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness,
as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.
Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves
with their own deceivings [delusions] while they feast with you;
All musicians and rhetoricians are equated to parasites.
Entrupo (g1792) en-troo-fah'-o; from 1722 and 5171; to revel in: - sporting selves.
gamêliôi lechei [marriage couch-bed] hêdonais, playing in the wind, exult over, treat haughtily or contemptuously, made a mock of, tinos sumphorais, III. use or abuse at pleasure
Paison paizô [pais]
4. to play (on an instrument), Hhymn. II. to sport, play, jest, joke, Hdt., Xen., etc.; p. pros tina to make sport of one, mock him,[See Plato-Symposium]
Then, said Eryximachus, as you are all agreed that drinking is to be voluntary, and that there is to be no compulsion,
I move, in the next place, that the flute-girl, who has just made her appearance,
be told to go away and play to herself, or, if she likes,
to the women who are within.
To-day let us have conversation instead; and, if you will allow me, I will tell you what sort of conversation.
Jesus CAST OUT the flute girls and minstrels like dung to speak HIS Word.Demosthenes 8
tên...aulêtrida. It was the fashion at convivia to provide pipers, dancers, jesters, jugglers et hoc genus omne to amuse the guests. aul-êtris , idos, hê,
A.flute-girl, As it is, by persuasive arts and caresses they have brought you to such a frame of mind that in your assemblies [Ekklesiais] you are elated by their flattery and have no ear but for compliments, while in your policy and your practice you are at this moment running the gravest risks. For tell me, in Heaven's name, if the Greeks should call you to account for the opportunities that your carelessness has already thrown away, and should question you thus:
Charizô [GRACE was a Greek prostitute] 2.gratify or indulge a humour or passion, 3. in erotic sense, grant favours to a man,
and are gone astray [wandering stars= fallen angels]
following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor,
who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Balaam: H1109 bil‛âm bil-awm' Probably from H1077 and H5971 ; not (of the) people, that is, foreigner; Bilam, a Mesopotamian prophet; also a place in Palestine:--Balaam, Bileam.
A FAILED People: H5971 ‛am am From H6004 ; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically a tribe (as those of Israel) hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively a flock: folk, men, nation, people. congregating together to hide.
Many have missed the point in a severe way when they claim that we are "Without Instruction." Every Bible reader knows that God instructed Adam and Eve and "Lucifer" in Tyre is called "the singing and harp playing prostitut" in the Garden of Eden. She / he / it wholly seduced Eve in a sexual sense according to Paul. The serpent was known by all literate commentators of that period as a "Musical Enchanter" or enchantress.
Al Maxey: Such transparent efforts only display a desperate need on their part to hide the obvious discrepancies, inconsistencies and outright fallacies of their legalistic theology and the various interpretive devices that they employ to bolster it. Perceptive disciples have seen their teachings and techniques for what they are,One wonders why ALL of the church fathers and founders of denominations defined the Biblical text as the only source of faith and practice and suddenly Al sees all who went before him is idiots. The Spirit OF Christ spoke spiritual truth through the PROPHETS. The "hypocrites" Jesus marked as speakers, singers and instrument players MURDERED the prophets and therefore Jesus identified them as a RACE of vipers.
thus we are not fooled by this pathetic attempt at an outward reclothing of that which is inwardlycorrupt . It seems Jesus had something insightful to say to the legalists of His day about whitewashing tombs [Matt. 23:27-28]. Same basic principle.
Al sentences you beyond hell if you continue to reject musical HARD WORK to make up for God's inability:
Al and pals do not grasp that the Spirit OF Christ spoke through the prophets. The prophets radically condemn the Civil-Priestly class whom God had "turned over to worship the starry host" (Acts 7 etc.). However, Jesus spoke in parables to fool the foolish clergy who TOOK LIBERTIES.
Matt 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves,
that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Matt 23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Matt 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
This is the CROOKED race of Skolion singers the believers save themselves from in Acts 2:38. Remember, to that EXTERNAL Psallo speaks of warriors shooting arrows to kill you and they also use their lyre to shoot LOVE ARROWS.
Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris
Lovely is the son of Leto,
whom she, the Delian, once bore in the fruitful valleys, golden-haired, skilled at the lyre; and also the one who glories in her well-aimed arrows. For the mother, leaving the famous birth-place, brought him from the ridges of the sea to the heights of Parnassus, with its gushing waters, which celebrate the revels for Dionysus. Here the dark-faced serpent with brightly colored back, his scales of bronze in the leaf-shaded laurel, huge monster of the earth, guarded Earth's prophetic shrine. You killed him, o Phoebus, [Apollo] while still a baby, still leaping in the arms of your dear mother, and you entered the holy shrine, and sit on the golden tripod, on your truthful throne distributing prophecies from the gods to mortals, up from the sanctuary, neighbor of Castalia's streams, as you dwell in the middle of the earth
Hippolytus spoke of the Nassene or serpent worshipers. They are also defined as those who worshipped Judas.
This, he says, is the word of God, which, he says, is a word of revelation of the Great Power.....
Therefore, he says, when, on the people assembling in the theatres,The Scribal court records are accurate accounts of what transpired in this SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM which God did not want nor need. However, because of Musical Idolatry at Mount Sinai God abandoned them to paganism on their way back to Babylon. Therefore, if you want to know the Spirit OF Christ's opinion you must give heed to the prophets who are NOT SILENT about how Music is both the CAUSE and MARK of people who deny that God has the right to speak for them.
any one enters clad in a remarkable robe,
carrying a harp and playing a tune (upon it,
accompanying it) with a song of the great mysteries,
he speaks as follows, not knowing what he says:
"Whether (thou art) the race of Saturn (Satans) or happy Jupiter, or mighty Rhea (ZOE), Hail, Attis, gloomy mutilation of Rhea. Assyrians style thee thrice-longed-for Adonis,and the whole of Egypt (calls thee) Osiris, celestial horn of the moon; [The bull, Apis, at Sinai]
However, those who whitewash the tombs of the prophets MURDERED the prophets. Without the Prophets you have no spiritual history of faithful people who were EXCLUDED from the sacrificial system.
BUT, THE PHARISEES AND SCRIBES AS HYPOCRITES (speakers, singers, musicians) AGREE WITH MAXEY AND WALKER:
By defining the Scribes and Pharisees as Hypocrites Jesus pointed to Isaiah and to Ezekiel:
"They interpreted the Law according to its spirit; when in the course of time a law had been outgrown or superseded by changing conditions, they gave it a new and more acceptable meaning, seeking scriptural support for their actions through a ramified system of HERMENEUTICS. It was due to this PROGRESSIVE tendency of the Pharisees that their interpretation of the Torah CONTINUED to develop and has remained a living force in Judaism. Catholic Encyclopedia, Pharisees.
Ye hypocrites [actors, singers, speakers], well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, Mt 15:7Rick Atchley says and apparently Al agrees that God commands instrumental praise. This is derived from twisting God's word. However, if Al says that God HATH NOT COMMANDED instruments and God's oversight lets Him fill in the blanks the NE is teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. Walker says and Al agrees that silence gives them AUTHORITY to teach the commandments from silence which MUST be from men. The opposite to the commandments of men are the commandments of God. This seems to say that we should be SILENT where God has not commanded RATHER than taking the silence as divine authority to SPEAK knowing that it will sow discord.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Mt.15:8
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matt 15:9 [songs, sermons, etal]
Hupokrinô reply, make answer, of an oracle, 2. expound, interpret, explain [Peter outlawed this as private interpretation.] 2. deliver a speech, declaim, of orators and rhetoricians, represent dramatically, erôtikôn dramatôn 3. of an orator, use histrionic arts, exaggerate,
INCLUDING canto I. Neutr., to produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to sound, sing, play (class. in prose and poetry; to sing and play while the actor accompanies the song with gestures or dancing, C. Transf., of instruments, to sound, resound:
1. With the voice, a singing, song; in full, cantus vocum, 2. With instruments, a playing, music:
in nervorum vocumque cantibus,
B. An incantation, charm, magic song,
They were looking for hypocrites or musical performers just as they listened to Ezekiel as a rhetorical performer:
Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs (minstrel as a prostitute) with a beautiful voice and plays (make melody on) an instrument well,
for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. Eze 33:32NIV
He was really calling them perverted musical performers by connecting HYPOCRITES to those who sing love songs and pluck the strings skillfully.
All of the performing arts or two or three removes from the truth: we love drama because we know that it isn't true. We sing "at the foot of the old rugged cross" because we are acting and KNOW that blood will not drop on our heads. We sing "Lord send me" because WE know that HE knows that we are just engaging in the histronic arts.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matt 23:13
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites for ye devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Matt 23:14
Prophasis (g4392) prof'-as-is; from a comp. of 4253 and 5316; an outward showing, i.e. pretext: - cloke, colour, pretence, show.
All of the SECTS of Scribes, Pharisees and Hypocrites performed the hypocritic art:JUMPING AHEAD TO THE NO AUTHORITY FOR THE SYNAGOGUE
But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, Matt 23:5
I have tried to fill in Maxey's Missed Message about the Babylonian tratitionalism most of which was SILENCED or CAST OUT by the "acted parables" of Jesus. This article has lots of background for general background. Click for Maxey Silence Passover. The "traditions" of the Babylonian Jews who were probably Kenites or Arabs makes it certain that one container of UNfermented juice would have been available for THEIR drunken pseudo-Passover. This was the juice which Jesus used to institute the Lord's Supper.
The very institution of the SYNAGOGUE was to quarantine people FROM pagan musical worship which was SERVILE LEGALISM, and to directly command reading and rehearsing the Word either written or in the minds of any APT elder.
Al Maxey Shouting Above the Silence: In other words, the four cups of wine in no way negated, replaced or diminished what God HAD prescribed and ordained in the Passover. The things which our God commanded continued.
That is untrue: they KILLED the Passover and ATE the Passover in connection with the Feast of Unleavened Bread where they had authority to EAT bread. The Lord's Supper is based on the Feast of Unleavened bread and NOT the Passover: because Jesus WAS the spiritul Passover we do NOT do "passover" at the Lord's Table.
The Passover included many things which were symbolic of Jesus Christ Who was the TRUE sacrifice for ALL of the people. Unleavened bread and bitter herbs did not proscribe eating leavened bread or drinking wine except for certain periods:
And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Exod 12:8
For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Exod 12:12
And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. Exod 12:13
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Exod 12:14
Even if you keep Passover and eat unleavened bread for two weeks the Bible is not silent:
And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites. 2 Chronicles 30:16
For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the Lord. 2 Chronicles 30:17
They kept the feast for 14 days WITHOUT drinking or going to the bathroom if Al's ake on THE LAW OF SILENCE has any meaning. If you gather to eat the Lord's Supper you don't need authority to leave the usually-private room and go get roast beef or have a potluck. However, if you use a roasted lamb for the Lord's Supper someone will think you are just a troublemaker rather than being FREE IN CHRIST.
The unleavened bread and the Passover was connected:Luke 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
Luke 22:8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
They ate the passover and Jesus took bread and INSTITUTED the Lord's supper ;because the PASSOVER and UNLEAVENED BREAD were not the same things.
Luke 22: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
All leaven including the SEOR or products of fermentation would have been removed. You don't need authority to have lots of bread and "fruit of the vine" and lots of other foods where 13 men have gathered for what was a FAMILY practice IN THY DWELLINGS and not an ACT OF WORSHIP.Luke 22: 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
Luke 22: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Luke 22: 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Luke 22: 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Eating bread and drinking "the fruit of the vine" was a DISCONNECT from the traditonal Babylonian feast where everyone was bound to get stoned. The SOP or "melody" word induced Satan into the Son of Perditon and he knew that he had failed his true Satanic Master: the Judas bag "carried the mouthpieces of wind instruments"
Based on the Babylonian "let's get drunk on four cups of wine" I think that Jesus used what would have been the FIFTH CUP which would have been the ONLY unfermented fruit of the vine which was customarily SET OUT for He who would be John the Baptists. This cup if consumed would be the SECRET CODE which announced that Messiah had arrived. The SOP fed to Judas was the signal that the SON OF PERDITON was now cast out along with his Judas Bag which "carried the mouthpieces of wind instruments. SOP has the root meaning of PSALLO which means to "triturate or grind into a fine powder" which is HARDLY an endorsement for SEEING the word SPEAK and just automatically reading it as MAKE MUSIC.
So, based on an utterly unlearned premise, Al continues to revile those who will not DO MUSIC nor have time nor inclination to AFFIRM them:If one puts acid into a glass of milk the milk is still there. However, if you ADD the voice of the MACHINE to the living voice both the living voice and the resulting harmonics make it SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Even the pure tone of the voice is changed by the machines vibrating the whole body. You might as well saying that if Jesus visits to teach and we decide to strike up the band Jesus STILL SPEAK so that's what we gonna do. Nonsense.
Al Maxey Shouting Above the Silence: The same is true with respect to our singing. By the addition of musical accompaniment one does NOT in any way replace, negate or even diminish the heartfelt expressions of devotion by those singing. Singing continues to occur. It still comes from the heart. The directive is obeyed fully. The only thing truly negated here, for those not too blinded by their tradition to perceive it, is the exclusionary force of this so-called "Law of Silence."
Next, the word commanded by God and used in the synagogue and defined by the SPEAK words for the ekklesia does NOT translate into SINGING. All singing related words related to enchantment or Sorcery as John proves in Revelation 18 and all word definitions.
However, if you decide to SING as an ACT added close to the year 400 by non believeing Bishops, you cannot OBEY the operative wordS to COMFORT, GLORIFY GOD, TEACH, EDIFY and ADMONISH, and PREVENT disunity.
If you add INSTRUMENTS universally known to DISCOMFORT to give you the "runner's HIGH" then you CANNOT do these things. Music which Scripture says came into the garden with Lucifer intends to SILENCE the Word of God.
Ep.5:19 SPEAKING to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Speak..........psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.........to yourselves
SiING and makING melody .........in your HEART..........to God
Laleo (g2980) lal-eh'-o; a prol. form of an otherwise obsol. verb; to talk, i.e. utter words: - preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter. Comp. 3004.
Logik-os, ( [logos] )Lego (g3004) leg'-o; a prim. verb; prop. to "lay" forth, i.e. (fig.) relate (in words [usually of systematic or set discourse
A. of or for speaking or speech, merê l. the organs of speech, Plu.Cor.38: logikê, hê, speech, OPPOSITE to mousikê,
Eph 5: WEB loquentes vobismet ipsis in psalmis et hymnis et canticis spiritalibus cantantes et psallentes in cordibus vestris Domino
Loquor: 1. [Sanscr. lap-, to talk, WHISPER to speak, talk, say (in the lang. of common life, in the tone of conversation; A. To speak, declare, show, indicate or express clearly
The purpose is not a "heartfeld expression of devotion." The purpose is to TEACH. The SINGING does not come FROM the heart: John 4 to the "sinful woman degree" would say that the worship is IN the PLACE of they human heart or spirit. That is OPPOSITE to on your MOUNTAIN PLACE or mine because God CANNOT be worshipped in hand-built houses or hand-facilitated WORKS of self righteousness.
Paul said that the Jewish converts now worshipped IN the spirit as opposed to IN THE FLESH. When you OPEN up the safe place in the SPIRIT devoted to the WORD the perverted dog singers take over:
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Re.22:15
kuônII. as a word of reproach, to denote shamelessness or audacity in women, rashness, recklessness in men, Hom. 2. at Athens a nickname of the Cynics
III. the Trag. apply the term to the ministers of the gods; the eagle is Dios ptênos kuôn Aesch.; the griffins Zênos akrageis kunes id=Aesch.; the Bacchantes Lussês k. Eur., etc.
All history notes with a "hee haw" that poets and musicians are notorious LIARS. You cannot turn prose into songs without adding, subtracting or changing words. Athenian Law outlawed sending out a herald (kerusso, preacher, presbyter) a rhetorician or poet because they always OPENED the message and turned it into a song.
And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Rev 18:22
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth;
for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Rev 18:23
For we are the circumcision, which worship God IN the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence IN the flesh. Phil 3:3
These are PLACES, Al, and not ATTITUDES
"Awed by the mysteries of his own spirit no less than by those of nature, primitive man was likely to attribute to divine influence
any abnormal emotional state, whether above or below the usual level. Medicine men customarily went into states of trance in which they were believed to be in communication with the gods,
and many tribes supposed lunatics and sexual deviants to be divinely possessed.
Philo cointed the word "enthusiasm" to mean enthus o mania. This was the frenzied excitement made obvious by loud singing, hand clapping (a show of contempt) and the goose-bump feeling of being "spiritual." Paul called it madness or being "outside of self." Don't feel superior if this happens to you because:
"In most early societies, moreover, men evolved techniques for deliberaly inducing the abnormal forms of consciousness in which they supposed themselves to achieve union with divine power, sometimes by the use of drugs and other physiological stimuli, sometimes by hypnotic dances (pacing, hand waving, effeminate movements, shouting) and music. The wild utterances to which they gave vent on such occasions were regarded as the words of a god and were interpreted as divine commands or predictions of future events." (Parkes, p. 32-33).
"Many peoples attributed any violent or unusual emotion to one of the gods as a matter of course; the individual was then no longer held responsiblie for his actions, though the gods were sometimes mischievous or even malevolent and the result might be catastrophic." (H. Bamfort Parkes, Of Gods and Men. p. 33).
Why is Al Maxey so mad at people who at least try to keep the blather down when approaching God with reverence and Godly fear?
Iamblichus.5. Because the begging priest with open mouth attempts in many ways to raise our expectations. 13
13. The agurtes or begging priest generally belonged to the worship of Rhea or Cybele, the Mother [Zoe]. He is frequently depicted in a most unfavorable light. Apuleius speaks of a company of these emasculate priests in the eighth book of the Metamorphoses. They are also described in the Republic of Plato: "Agurtæ and Mantics frequent the houses of the rich and persuade them that they possess a power granted by the gods to expiate,
by sacrifices and chants any unjust act that has been committed and that they induce the gods by blandishments and magic rites to help them.
They collected money in this way, and they also followed the selling of nostrums and telling of fortunes."
If someone tells you to drink Gatoraide for your heart, and Al says that adding Cyanide would not change it: you are still DRINKING Gator aide then you know WHY Jesus fired the "doctors of the Law because they take away the key to knowledge.
Al Maxey is the leading proponent of trying to find someone in the Bible doing some kind of worship ritual which is not commanded in the Bible. Because Jesus violated two presumed "laws of silence" that means that we can (1) endorse instrumental music and, (2) label those who do NOT endulge and continue to teach the Biblical facts as beomg legalistic, sectarian, patternists, hypocrites. Those add up to RACA.
First, is the Bible totally silent about the assembly called the synagogue?
Did Jesus follow the "law of silence" in going into synagogues and READING from the Old testament?
Did Jesus endorse the law of silence by not condemning the institution of the synagogue?
Can we hire preachers, sing songs, take up collections and use instrumental music because Jesus did not say, "Thou shalt not use instruments in the assembly."
We, will prove that the synagogue or SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE always existed especially BECAUSE OF (1) Israel's refusal to hear the voice of God, (2) their fall into musical idolatry, (3) the giving of the Law of Moses which protected the "people" from the warriors, (4) the definition of the instruments and loud noise for signals and to panic the enemy, (5) the prohibition of them as the ALARM or TRIUMPH OVER for the assembly, (6) the NAMING of the assembly or synagogue to hold Holy Convocations on the First and Seventh day of certain events and subsequently for all REST days in settled Canaan, (7) the definiton of Holy convocations to READ, REST and REHEARSE the Word of God, (8) The outlawing of SERVILE work on the First and Seventh days, (9) the definiton of the Levitical Warrior and the sacrificial "musicians" as performing SERVILE WORK, (10) the common knowledge that the violation did not occur in the historical and later-codified synagogue meaning "there was no praise service in the synagogues" and in fact the loud noise quarantined and expelled the "people" fro the Gentile-like sacrificial system.
Second, did Jesus eat bread and drink the fruit of the vine when the Bible defines only roast lamb?
Did the Jews violate the law against roast lamb and add bread and wine (as in to get drunk)?
Did Jesus fail to repudiate the imagined "change of the Law?"
Does that mean that we can violate the commandments of the Bible and add instrumental music as long as no one has commanded legalisticy, "Thou shalt not play instruments when Jesus meets to teach us?" But, the Word IS NOT SILENT: God just blinds people who have not yet been converted (2 Cor. 3)
No, Al and most miss the point that the Feast of Unleavened bread included the ROAST LAMB which was the passover: you EAT what you KILL as Passover. Then, you keep on eating bread and drinking--Jesus' radical put down of the Babylon Passover--the fruit of the vine with leaven is not permitted.
Besides repudiating the "getting drunk on wine" Babylon Passover, Jesus used the hand-ground SOP which has the same root meaning as PSALLO or external melody as the signal for SATAN to enter into Judas to prove that he had failec, as Psalm 41 prophesied, to TRIUMPH OVER Jesus which is the "musical practices" outlawed in Numbers 10.
THE MUSIC AT THE ARCANE RITES.
22. The Korybantes are variously described. Their cult was identified or closely allied to that of the Kabeirian divinities, and that of the Great Mother. It was celebrated in the islands of the Aegean Sea and in Phygia. Music, dancing, processions, and ecstatic frenzy were characteristics.
23. Sabazios, Sabaoth, or Sabbat, the god of the Planet Saturn, was better known as Bacchus or Dionysos, and was also styled in Semitic countries, Iao or Yava. His worship was more or less associated and identified with that of the Great Mother, under various designations, and it was characterized by phallephoric [carrying the penis] processions, dances, mourning for the slain divinity, and the Watch Night. It came from Assyria as its peculiar symbols, the ivy or kissos, the spotted robe or Nimr, and the Thyrso, indicate.
The name Zagreus the Kissos and nimr remind us of Kissaia or Asiatic Ethiopia, and the Zagros mountains occupied by the Nimr. Assyria was called "the land of Nimrod." -Amos VIII.
The CIVIL monarchy abandoned the True God and God abandoned them as the answer to their prayer.
However, God MADE A HIDING PLACE from the World in the SYNAGOGUE just as the church is SUPPOSED to hide us FROM the now popular SUN worship.
Judas was the agent or Son of Perdition and the "musical" code parable cannot be missed by those with A holy spirit.
Satan came into the musical instruments as well as the people so that the musical instruments were often the idol itself. Telling the same story as The Book of Enoch:
After Cain had gone down to the land of dark soil, and his children had multiplied therein, there was one of them, whose name was Genun, son of Lamech the blind who slew Cain. Second Adam and Eve 20:1
But as to this Genun (Jubal), Satan came into him in his childhood; and he made sundry trumpets and horns, and string instruments, cymbals and psalteries, and lyres and harps, and flutes; and he played on them at all times and at ever hour. -- Second Adam and Eve 20:2
And when he played on them, Satan came into them, so that from among them were heard beautiful and sweet sounds, that ravished (raped or enchanted) the heart. -- Second Adam and Eve 20:3
In the Bible, Moses wrote
And his brothers name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. Gen 4:21
Jubal was the "father" or instructors of all of those who handle musical instruments. To handle is to use MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WITHOUT AUTHORITY.
Taphas (h8610) taw-fas'; to manipulate, i. e. seize; chiefly to capture, wield; spec. to overlay; fig. to use unwarrantably: - catch, handle, (lay, take) hold (on, over), stop, surely, surprise, take. overlay.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. Ge.39:12
Taphah (h8608) taw-faf'; to drum, i. e. Play on the tambourine: - taber, play with timbrels.
Taphar (h8609) taw-far'; women that sew together to perform magic.
Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, Eze 13:17
Is that a LAW or what? This music WITHOUT A DIRECT COMMAND gave rise to TOPHETH the model of HELL as king Solomon's Music Grove. Isaiah 30 says that topheth or the place of burning was SPECIFICIALLY prepared for Lucifer and those she seduced with Music. When you HEAR the music it is the sound of God repaying all of His enemies. Click to see the MARKS of God whipping you into hell.
These have been Al's favorite ADDITIONS to the LEGALISTIC SYSTEM which permits us to MAKE ADDITIONS as if the explicit and universal connecton of music as "worship" or threskia (affliction) to Lucifer as the "singing and harp playing prostitute" even in the garden of Eden, of Levitical musicians performing "hard bondage" doing Sabian or Astrial "worship of the starry host" as Stephen tells us in Acts 7.
Al Maxey Shouting Above the Silence: Jesus participated in the synagogue system, by way of yet another example, "as was His custom" [Luke 4:16].Yet, the OT Scriptures are completely silent with regard to a synagogue system.
If biblical silence equates to prohibition, then do we have Jesus engaging in a system that is "unauthorized"?
The legalistic patternists contend that to do such is SIN. Did Jesus sin? Had Jesus become bound to human innovation in direct opposition to the "law of silence"?
Because one of the SYNAGOGUING was to eat the Passover, we will lump them togther: How can you ASSEMBL without God commanding you to SYNAGOGUE. There were several purposes but MUSIC was excluded.
The synagogue or church in the wilderness was commanded and defined INCLUSIVELY and EXCLUSIVELY. This was because the Israelites repeated the MUSICAL PATTERNISM which began with Lucifer "the singing and harp playing prostitute" as the king/queen of Babylon (and end-time Babylon) and Tyre. Stephen said that God turned them over to worship the starry host: both the SABBATH as a day for god's AGENTS to enjoy rest, food, drink and even sexual services, the TITHE also originated in Babylon to fuel the GOYIM or gentile religion which God ABANDONED them to. Yehweh knew that they OFFERED the sacrifices in His name but THEY ate the flesh.
THE ASSEMBLY WAS ALWAYS HELD IN REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR TO QUARANTINE RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE FROM THE SONS OF THE DEVIL WHO "SPEAK ON THEIR OWN" AND ALWAYS USE MUSIC TO WHOLLY SEDUCE.
You are pretty slick, willie, if you can untangle the PASSOVER which was roast lamb ONLY FROM the Feast of Unleavened Bread which wad enmeshed. No one would be silly enough to LUMP the "law of giving" with the Lord's Supper just because it often follows closely to cut down the disturbance.
You will note that this involved a cycle of days:
Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your DWELLINGS.
Sabbath means REST and primarily to STOP the noise and rituals of pagan religion from which the rest quarantined the righteous people:
Shabbath (g7676) shab-bawth'; intens. from 7673; intermission, i. e. (spec.) the Sabbath: - (/ every) sabbath.
Shabath (h7673) shaw-bath'; a prim. root; to repose, i. e. desist from exertion; used in many impl. relations (caus., fig. or spec.): - (cause to, let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking, leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.
What do you STOP or cause to Cease?
Is.14:4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
Is.24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
Alliyz (g5947) al-leez'; from 5937; exultant: - joyous, (that) rejoice (-ing).
Alaz (g5937) aw-laz'; a prim. root; to jump for joy, i. e. exult: - be joyful, rejoice, triumph.
A Holy Convocation RESTS from any music Maxey wants to authorize. Paul outlawed the same thing:
Tinkling or clanging is derived from--
Alalazo (g214) al-al-ad'-zo; from alale , (a shout, "halloo"); to vociferate, i.e. (by impl.) to wail; fig. to clang: - tinkle, wail
When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy (wailing) crowd, Mat 9:23 (He promptly ejected them to do His spiritual work)
And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. Mk 5:38
Mk 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
Matthew 9:23 And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
Auletes (g834) ow-lay-tace'; from 832; a flute- player: - minstrel, piper.
Aoidos A. singer, minstrel, bard, 3. enchanter, chrêsmôn aoidos, III. = eunouchos, Hsch.; cf. doidos. crow as cocks, hoot as owls, twang, of the bow-string, vie with one in singing, [complex harmony is NOT related to melody but is WARFARE]
Alal-azô , fut. -axomai v.l. in E.Ba.593, A. -: (formed from the cry alalai): --raise the war-cry, nikên alalazein shout the shout of victory, S.Ant.133.
2. generally, cry, shout aloud, Pi.l.c., E.El.855; esp. in orgiastic rites, A.Fr.57; of Bacchus and Bacchae,
II. rarely also of other sounds than the voice, sound loudly, psalmos d' alalazei A.Fr.57 ; kumbalon alalazon 1 Ep.Cor.13.1
All honest Bible students know that the "church in the wilderness" was set up for a solemn reading of the Word while RESTING (Sabbath) from the pagan musicians.
Now, when Al is attacking good men you are NOT working so you have violated the LAW of God and are fleecing the widows. Next, I hope that you note that the Passover was a PERSONALor FAMILY observance and had NO connection to THE CHURCH HOUSE. That is your authority to pluck the guitar in your HOUSE but not in the face of God: the word PSALLO specificially OUTLAWS the guitar pick. David gives you the SAME authority to dance naked with the camp followers: when do you plan to begin?
Lev 23:4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even HOLY CONVOCATIONS, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Lev 23:5 In the FOURTEENTH day of the first month at EVEN is the Lords passover.
Now, I have tried to tell Al that getting drunk on wine and bread constituted the BABYLONIAN "passover" which Esther managed to keep the Jews from endulging in. The Rabbi added pagan rituals to the Passover where everyone was bound to get blind drunk. The "Jews" in Jerusalem were not Israelites but Kenites or mostly Arabs. That is why John called them a generation of VIPERS and refused to baptize most, and Peter called a CROOKED generation which points to the Skolion Singers where the assembly was a "war of musicians" just as Al is promoting. This true PASSOVER silenced the drunken four cups ritual and Jesus is OUR true PASSOVER: we eat His flesh when we eat His WORDS which are SPIRIT and LIFE.
Now, the DIRECT COMMAND written by the Spirit of Christ made the bread and fruit of the vine on the FOLLOWING DAY but was often merged:
Lev 23:6 And on the FIFTHEENTH day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Now, read closely, Al, the eating of BREAD is the larger festival so it is okey dokey if Jesus eats bread before, during or following eat the KILLED passover. I suspect that the law of silence or necessary inference would say that you might even nibble on a boiled calf during the day.
Mark 14:12 And the first day of unleavened bread,
when they KILLED the passover, his disciples said unto him,
Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest EAT the passover?
Now, Al missed the simple simon fact that the PASSOVER what you EATS is the passover WHAT you kills and THAT does not mean that God in Christ VIOLATED the Law. SO you flunk on what must be a FULL TIME use of the fleeced widow's wool on a HATE campaign against those who REFUSE to do what faithful groups have NEVER DONE which is to MAKE MUSIC when Christ the Spirit is our only teacher when the preacher TEACHES that which has been taught. So, Al, they are OBLIGATED to teach that Jesus CAST OUT the musical minstrels LIKE DUNG.
Al is on his crusade lusting to find Jesus BREAKING THE LAW about Passover to give HIM the authority to BREAK THE LAW and add INSTRUMENTS when from Genesis to Revelation the same SPIRIT OF CHRIST associates instruments with Lucifer (Zoe), warriors, prostitutes and Sodomites. No, the animal sacrifices were a CIVIL ceremony just like the GENTILES because that is what God abandoned them to when they PLAYED meaning sexually and musically turning back to their old trinity.
Lev 23:7 In the FIRST day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exod 20:10
Melakkah (h4399) mel-aw-kaw'; from the same as 4397; prop. deputyship, i. e. ministry; gen. employment (never servile) or work (abstr. or concr.); also property (as the result of labor): - business, * cattle, * industrious, occupation, (* -pied), * officer, thing (made), use, (manner of) work ([man], -manship).
Malok (h4397) mal-awk'; from an unused root mean. to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; spec. of God, i. e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): - ambassador, angel, king, messenger.
Why would you employ a preacher who CANNOT speak the Word as it has been written when Isaiah outlaws "speaking your own words" and Jesus calls such men "Sons of the Devil" to whom He would never give A holy spirit so that they could read BLACK text on White Paper? (2 Cor 3)
REST meant REST as in the word REST and never meant WORSHIP. Isaiah 58 even OUTLAWS Al speaking his own words and doing his own pleasure. The Sabbath or REST was always a SET-TIME-PLACE one day out of seven and not Saturday.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isa 58:12
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him,
- not doing thine own ways ,
- nor finding thine own pleasure,
- nor speaking thine own words: Isa 58:13
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;
and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth,
and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isa 58:14
NO SERVILE WORK SPECIFICIALLY OUTLAWS PLAYING INSTRUMENTS.
What meaneth SERVILE WORSHIP? The word "worship" means SERVILE work and the WORSHIP LEADER did SERVILE work kinda like LEGALISM. The faithful preacher does SYNAGOGUE and not pagan worship. MUSIC must be the most WORKS and TIME intensive ACT you could PERFORM for what all but morons knew to be ENTERTAINMENT ONLY and in fact ABUSIVE to many older people who are INFIRM and therefore you don't SELF PLEASE or create EXCITEMENT unless you INTEND to hurt them.
The Levitical Warrior Musicians did SERVICE which means HARD BONDAGE using the word ABAD which points directly to Abaddon who is part of the STARRY HOST to which God had ABANDONED them (Acts 7, etal, etal). David's authority was a STARGAZER. Therefore you cannot do APOLLYON work on the First or Seventh REST days and we readers know that John called them SORCERERS in Revelation 18. His MUSES or LOCUSTS in John's symbolism were singers, musicians, craftsmen and GRINDERS who made a piping noise when they spread their legs as religious prostitutes.
This was direct command in the wilderness, the practice of the synagogue EXAMPLED by Jesus, the meaning of ekklesia as "school of the Bbile," the definition of synagogue in Romans 15, the examples of Paul on mission, the direct command to Timothy and the universal practice of the church before SINGING as an ACT was added 400 years too late. I read enough mumbling on the forums to know that a large part of the charge of LEGALISM is the "boring" preacher doing expository preaching rather than bumping and grinding to get their bodies PRIMED for what the Vinyard Mother, Carol Wimber and all pagan writers, called having a SEXUAL-LIKE CLIMAX with the spirits.
A Holy Convocation means to REST, READ and REHEARSE the Word residing in any APT tribal elder or evangelists. That defined the Qahal, synagogue or "church in the wilderness" which OUTLAWED the ALARM which meant making instrumental noises and "a joyful noise before the Lord." That was the practice of the synagogues which "never had a praise service" based on LAW and minimal common decency when you assemble to "speak that which is written ONE TO ANOTHER" where the SPEAK words excludes the MUSICA word.
Lev 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the SEVENTH day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
When the Passover was eaten [that which had been killed], Jesus took the bread and juice of UNLEAVENED BREAD eating and INSTITUTED the Lord's Supper NOT part of the finished PASSOVER which was ROAST LAMB.
Al, PASSOVER does not mean BREAD AND JUICE. You KILL the passover and you EAT the passover: you don't not KILL the unleaven bread other than the "animal-planty thingies" inside.
Now, you have lost what seems to be the ONLY REMAINING "approved example" of Jesus BREAKING THE LAW so you can AUTHORIZE the use of instrumental music: if you want to do what was always identified as "females and the effeminate" thingy then GO AHEAD. But, if you can find God Himself breaking the LAW a hundred times you CANNOT scrub off the UNIVERSAL connection between MAKING MUSIC and MAKING the MUSICIAN. All of the PLUCKING examples used by Tom Burgess and dittoed by everyone else point DIRECTLY to older males PLUCKING the harp to get a "youth minister" ready to be plucked--his pubic hair already plucked.
If Scripture is silent about using toilet tissue in the "house" we use for "worship" then we can USE toilet tissue without violating any laws of decency or ALTERING what we do when we SPEAK the Word one to another to TEACH and ADMONISH one another. If we add a MUSIC TEAM and INSTRUMENTS to accompany the READING and SPEAKING "that which is written" God knows that we are telling Him to: SHUT YOUR FACE. That is the message of all music passages in the Bible.
Mighty Maxey Mouths Madness! Hath he not read the OLDEN testament as he didn't grasp that the PASSOVER was enmeshed in the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You eat the PASSOVER of that which is KILLED and you eat and drink but using UNLEAVENED bread as symbolic. Othewise, you would probably be eating the same bread and UNleavened bread all along. The drink offering if fermented would be POURED OUT: when you offer it to God you don't eat and drink it as God noticed. Paul communed with the saints and paused to eat a snack. When you BUZZ outside the arena of minimal common sense you are more APT to chase a coon than APT to teach the Word.
Al thinks that God is a moron for giving a LAW which would prevent people from dying WITHOUT making some provision for assemblying and teaching. Moses gathered the elders and RECITED the song so they could return and assemble people to teach them. Stephen identified the CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS using the word meaning SYNAGOGUE.
The Ekklêsia at Athens, the ordinary Assemblies were called kuriai, the extraordinary being sunklêtoi, ap. Dem.; ekkl. sunageirein, sunagein, sullegein, athroizein to call an assembly
Stephen said that the church in the wilderness was a SYNAGOGUE. Jesus didn't miss that! Here is what you CANNOT DO in the synagogue, never done in the synagogue even by Daffy Dan, what Paul outlawed as self-pleasing and what the church practiced:
And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly (SWARM) shall assemble (h3259) themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Nu. 10:3
The word Yarad is just one of many words to define a SET-TIME-PLACE for assemble. Outlawing the ALARM or music, the word is different but recognized by scholars to be the SYNAGOGUE:
But when the congregation (Qahal) is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. Nu 10:7
The word ALARM is TRIUMPH OVER and is:
Ruwa (h7321) roo-ah'; a prim. root; to mar (espec. by breaking); fig. to split the ears (with sound), i. e. shout (for alarm or joy): - blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph.
We noted above that this was the MARK of Lucifer-fed false religion which CUT OFF the teaching of the Word.
Alliyz (g5947) al-leez'; from 5937; exultant: - joyous, (that) rejoice (-ing).
Alaz (g5937) aw-laz'; a prim. root; to jump for joy, i. e. exult: - be joyful, rejoice, triumph.
SO we are where Jesus was when He assembled with the assembly and DID NOT sing and play like a "crooked" or perverted skolion singers.
To assembly is:
Edah (h5712) ay-daw'; fem. of 5707 in the orig. sense of fixture; a stated assemblage (spec. a concourse, or gen. a family or crowd: - assembly, company, congregation, multitude, people, swarm.
The assembly is also:
Mowed (h4150) which is translated SYNAGOGUE in Psalm 74.
They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. Psalm 74:8KJV
And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, Deut 31:10
Assembly or ekklesia or synagogue or church MEANS SOLEMNITY which would outlaw music as self-pleasure.
Solemnity is Mowed (h4150) or synagogue: when you ASSEMBLE without REVERENCE and GODLY FEAR to read the Word God is STILL A CONSUMING FIRE.
When ALL Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Deut 31:11
And throughout the land forever:
Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within THY gates,
that they may hear,
and that they may learn,
and fear the Lord your God,
and observe to do all the words of this law: Deut 31:12
And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it. Deut 31:13
GATHER IS: Qahal (h6950) kaw-hal'; a prim. root; to convoke: - assemble (selves) (together), gather (selves) together).
H6951 qahal kaw-hawl From H6950 ; assemblage (usually concretely):assembly, company, congregation, multitude.
When Paul used the word assemble or gather he used a form of the word synsgogue.
The synagogue gathers th HEAR, LEARN, FEAR and OBSERVE. The assembly of the common people was never called EXCEPT to hear instructions.
Al totally missed this command:In the FIRST DAY ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Lev 23:7
But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days:
in the SEVENTH DAY is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Lev 23:8
The synagogue word means a SOLEMNLITY: A holy Convocation is an assembly in community groups:
Miqra (h4744) mik-raw'; from 7121; something called out, i. e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal: - assembly, calling, convocation, READING.
The FIRST and SEVENTH day of the cycles were for what became the synagogue practice. Sabbath does not mean seventh but REST: the Greek word PAUO is a dedicated word most often used in the literature meaning to STOP the music.
THE Levitical Warrior Musiciand performed SERVILE work: This was never part of the Sabbath worship but connected to temples, kings or plague stopping rituals.
1 Chron 25:1 David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:
SERVILE work was OUTLAWED for the FIRST and SEVENTH day REST
Abodah (g5656) ab-o-daw'; from 5647; [WORSHIP] work of any kind: - act, bondage, / bondservant, effect, labour, ministering (-try), office, service, servile, -itude), tillage, use, work, * wrough
An overseer can superintend with kind or hostile intent. He is:
Nacach (h5329) naw-tsakh'; a prim. root; prop. to glitter from afar, i. e. to be eminent (as a superintendent, espec. of the Temple services and its music); also (as denom. from 5331), to be permanent: - excel, chief musician (singer), oversee (-r), set forward.
Amos, in the Septuagint, warns that the people thought that those excel in music thought that it had an abiding value. However, God said that it was just a fleeting pleasure:
Ye who are approaching the evil day, who are drawing near and adopting false sabbaths; Amos 6:3LXX
who sleep upon beds of ivory, and live delicately on their couches, and eat kids out of the flocks, and sucking calves out of the midst of the stalls; 6:4 (stolen by the tyrants)
who excel in the sound of musical instruments; they have regarded them as abiding, not as fleeting pleasures; 6:5 LXX
Instruments and LOUD REJOICING were outlawed for the "church in the wilderness" which SYNAGOGUED or constituted the EKKLESIA according to STEVEN who accused the CIVIL Jews and NOT Jews of worshiping the STARRY HOST because of MUSICAL IDOLATRY.
The Passover and Unleavened bread OUTLAWED doing SERVILE work which silenced the Musical Worship Team. It may be interesting that as Judas was prophesied to try to ALARM or TRIUMPH OVER Jesus (the singing with instruments) that the Judas Bag wa for "carrying the mouthpieces of wind instruments" and was not a PURSE and always pictured attached to the FLUTE CASE of new wineskin, perverted singers and dancers. The SOP Jesus hand ground for Judas has the same ROOT meaning as PSALLO based on "grinding you into a fine powder" and therefore NOT a musical word except fot the Bow, Lyre and By PLUCKING by Apollo or Abaddon the FATHER of such ritauls and who can be ENJOYED in any NEW STYLE WORSHIP VENUE.
The harps were NOT played on the SEVENTH say sabbath because even tuning the strings was considered WORK. PSALLO lets you pluck your bow to shoot those you use the RACA words against. As a disciple of Abaddon you do WORK on the first day and John calls that SORCERY. You can, if you USE the MUSES (vile prostitute musicians) you are also authorized to SHOOT OUT LOVE ARROWS.
MANY, many more:
And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: (h4150) the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. Lam 2:6
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that PREACH him, being READ in the synagogues every sabbath day. Acts 15:21
Preaching as in allegorizing was outlawed!
That is what Jesus did, Paul practiced, Paul demanded of Timothy and the faithful churches practiced:
1 Tim 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
Rom 14: 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
1 Tim 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth;
but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation,
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Tim 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
The word SPEAK is defined as the opposite of poetry or music. That is because poets and musicians were restricted to the area of MYTHS. Their myths could not be true history but what history MIGHT have been in their idle dreams. When Timothy said to refuse profane and old wives fables we need to PAUSE before we assume that Paul has been SILENT. Click for 1 Timothy 4 on Old Wive's Fables.
Profane in Hebrew includes to play the flute, steal one's inheritance, pollute and prostitute. It is use of Lucifer called the harp playing prostitute in the garden of Eden as "Lucifer was cast as profane out of heaven." Thayer on h2490 reads:
This is what Paul commanded just after telling the Romans not to do THINGS OF THE WORLD. Assuredly not puffed up stories which glorify speaker or singer.Rom 15 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime
were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Rom 15 5 Now the God of patience and consolation
grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Rom 15 6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the oldest sermons in Second Clement concerned repentance. It was taken from Scripture and the writer says:
"Brothers and sisters, after the God of truth,
I am reading to you an exhortation
to give attention to the things written,
in order that you may save yourselves
and one reading among you. (19:1; cf. VI. 25)
And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied,
we bless [psalms] the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost.
And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits;
then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.
Al and his readers will ignore this and play LET'S PRETEND that Jesus violated the LAW by READING THE BIBIE so that gives US the authority to violate ALL OF THE BIBLE and all known literature associating music with Satan or perverts when done in the place where JESUS still stands up to READ THE WORD when we obey the DIRECT COMMAND to speak that which is written.
So, Al and his misleads, the word is NOT SILENT and often speaks of the assembly of the PEOPLE who were qarantined from the pagan-like sacrificial system where the loud instruments were their warning to be OUTSIDE of the gates where we have to be if we want to assembly with Jesus. Shame, shame, shame for HALLUCINATING evidence and then beating honest people over the head as if he has a BYPASS directly to God which gives him authority to collect a wage for misleading. Observers not that when people go charismatic with music "the WRONG spirits often steal in." It was called MADNESS or PROPHESYING.
Musical Worship Index: Most known literature from Babylonian tablets onward.
12.15.07 373 1.01.08 477 1.14.07 520 8.03.09 3000