Olan Hicks Instrumental Music in Worship

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David Young Minister North Boulevard Church of Christ.


http://www.olanhicks.com/?page_id=166 Dec 6 2008

Olan Hicks Instrumental: My purpose here is not to defend either the use or non use of instruments in worship. It is rather to show that one’s choice in that issue does not qualify as a matter of fellowship.

Of course, that makes the common claim that Churches of Christ became a sectarian division of the Christian church: that is proven that neither olan nor any unifiers want to unity with the Disciples of Christ and the NACC or Christian church did not began to be a sectarian split from the Disciples until beginning in 1927 and not removed until 1971.  What happened in 1906 is that the census taker knew that the Church of Christ did not belong--as claimed--to the organ and society party.

Churches of Christ understand that the Church of Christ (the Rock) is defined as the Holy Convocation where the synagogue asssembled:

It was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or any self-speak or preachering.
It was INCLUSIVE of REST, Reading and Rehearsing the Word.
That is because the Synagogue was A SCHOOL (only) of the WORD (only) and quarantined from any usual seventh day "worship service."

Thomas Campbell in explaining the declaration and address read the Old Testament and ALL of the definitions in the New Testament until the Disciples used the PSALLO (sop) word as an AXE against the DISCIPLES who refused to believe the false teaching:

CHURCH is a School of Christ
WORSHIP is Reading and MUSING the Word.

None of the groups including the Disciple's preachers at the time thought that "music" had a role in a School Room--beyond kindergarten for heaven's sake.

The date of 1832 was a meeting of some preachers who agreed and DOCUMENTED their "contract" which agreed with the views always held by churches of Christ.

Alexander Campbell denied there could be any "unity" which demanded a creed by the Stoneites before 1832

Both Alexander Campbell and Stone agreed that there could be no unity after 1832 as long as the Reformed Baptists taught their views of the Atonement, church organization and rejected the name CHRISTIAN.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  I believe the pioneers of the restoration movement were right in declaring that only express Bible statements constitute God’s laws and that inferences and deductions are private property and cannot logically be bound as “terms of communion.” Decl. & Address, prop. 6 & 3

The Real Declaration and Address

IV. That this Society by no means considers itself a Church,

nor does at all assume to itself the powers peculiar to such a society;
nor do the members, as such, consider themselves as standing connected in that relation;
nor as at all associated for the peculiar purposes of Church association;

but merely as voluntary advocates for Church reformation; and, as possessing the powers common to all individuals, who may please to associate in a peaceable and orderly manner, for any lawful purpose, namely, the disposal of their time, counsel, and property, as they may see cause.

Note: If this cannot describe a denominational structure, it does describe the local congregation. If freedom of individual decision about time, counsel and property cannot be taken away by a large group, it cannot be taken away by a local group.

V. That this Society, formed for the sole purpose of promoting simple evangelical Christianity, shall, to the utmost of its power, countenance and support such ministers, and such only, as exhibit a manifest conformity to the original standard in conversation and doctrine, in zeal and diligence;

only such as reduce to practice that simple original form of Christianity,
expressly EXHIBITED upon the sacred page;

There is no preaching, acts of singing, passing the plate, ministers, programs etc exhibited upon the sacred pages.  Olan Hicks etal thinks that instrumental discord is acceptable because he thinks that IT IS NOT exihibited as the mark of people silencing the voice of the victim.

without attempting to INCULCATE anything of human authority, of private opinion, or inventions of men,
        as having any place in
worship, of the Christian Church,
        or anything as matter of Christian faith or duty,

Inculcate: instill (an attitude, idea, or habit) by persistent instruction.
teach (someone) an attitude, idea, or habit by persistent instruction.
Olan Hicks accepts people wo impose as WORSHIP and DUTY that which he agrees is not on the sacred pages: but, he and they are wrong.

for which there can not be expressly produced a "Thus saith the Lord, either in express terms, or by approved precedent.

There is no positive thus saith the Lord for any kind of congregational music with or without instruments: it was excluded for the church or synagogue and God had abandoned the Civil-Military-Clergy to worship the starry host including burning infants to Moloch in Jerusalem.

Since no one tried to justify instrumental "music" before the Disciples in 1878 and the Bible clearly connects instrumental noise with BURNING and marking those who do not intend to PREACH the Word only, Churches of Christ did not INCULCATE anything derived from the imagination of men.

Olan Hicks thinks there is no command against instruments when Jesus comes so we can learn of Him, He violates the Declaration and Address by blaming the INCULCATED for the sins of the INCULCATOR-and pay them too.  Thomas Campbell said that you cannot TEACH or suggest that instruments are approved: the Disciples didn't violate that command: they just brought the organ into churches and told J.W.McGarvey what all imposers say: get over it or get out!

The command from cover to cover was to PREACH the Word (Logos, Regulative principle) by READING the Word on the ONCE A WEEK assembly for education only

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  The movement followed this course for about 80 years. But in 1889 Daniel Sommer put forth very powerfully a different idea and the movement began to turn sharply in that direction.

That's utterly false: following the modern pattern the instrumentalists "lying in wait" waited until the new red brick building was finished and then insisted that THEY had a right to impose and organ.  The Illinois Supreme Court disagrees with Olan Hicks and said that the Instrumentalists would have to go build their OWN building. They VIOLATED the Declaration by inclulcating, judging and trying to IMPOSE an organ. Daniel Sommer in the most godly language simply said that they would not risk their property by getting close to those willing to lie, cheat and steal the widow's purse.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  It was his idea that anything the Bible is silent about is forbidden and that the choice in that is a fellowship matter.

The Christian and historically ethical view is that people claim that they have the AUTHORITY to impose any and all things which have not been required for the power of the gospel to work and the imposers know will so discord but they intend to get their way by making up the law of SILENCE. It is reasonable to make them prove that they have the right to IMPOSE on others that which has no authority.

Olan Hicks Instrumental: His list of things he thus pronounced wrong to practice included a church treasury, Sunday school classes, a located preacher, and instrumental music in worship. At Sand Creek, Illinois he presented this premise before several thousand brethren and concluded by saying of those who practiced such things, “We cannot and will not regard them as brethren.”

Jesus died to pay it all, Paul denied that there was a Church Treasury along with many others and church history notes that the presiding elder keep the loose change for any collection taken up only for the DESTITUTE by the willing.

Olan Hicks Instrumental: Division with the Christian church was the immediate result and over the next 75 years division after division developed over everything from church buildings to care of orphans to the number of cups for communion, to projectors for preaching etc. The “express scripture statements only” premise had faded from use and in its place was the “law of silence” premise.

However, it is a fact that the DISCORD was laid at the feet of the IMPOSERS usually with a high hand. The Law of Silence is owned by the Disciples-Christians who said if there is not LAW then (being legalists) WE can add something which had NOT been necessary for conducting the School of Christs

Olan Hicks Instrumental: Where as the pioneers said “Where the Bible is silent we are silent” churches of Christ began to say “Where the Bible is silent we place a law of prohibition.”

That LAW OF SILENCE is documented from page to page in the Bible, among the church fathers and supported by all founders of denominations.  The Disciple-Christians discovered that they were the INCULCATORS very quickly and desperately needed a BIBLE COMMAND.  All of the hostile attacks against Disciples or Churches of Christ who decided that EXCEEDING silence was not an authority God had given anyone. If the preacher running out of money EXCEEDED the law of silence He said in actual ancient and modern hostile take-overs: "SHUT YOUR MOUTH."

No one has ever proposed disfellwship except when men introduce things known to cause godly people to gladly be fleeced.

Daniel Sommer Address at Sand Creek

In other words, the great, deep-toned organ so slurred and blurred and drowned the human voices that no one could distinguish whether they were singing in English, Dutch or Sanskrit. Such music makes teaching by means of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs simply impossible and thus it is evident that it contravenes or comes in conflict with what is divinely authorized.

But this is not all. If those who are offended at the organ were the weakest, most ignorant and least to be esteemed in the church (which they are not),

yet even then it would be a sin to offend them by making an unauthorized instrument a test of fellowship, as is done whenever the organ is put into the meetinghouse and used in connection with the worship, since none can then worship there without seeing it and hearing it--

I say, when such a course is pursued, even if those opposing the organ were the least and the most ignorant, yet that course would be sinful in the sight of heaven.

I read 1 Cor. 8:12, "But when ye sin so against the brethren and wound their weak conscience ye sin against Christ." I also refer you also to Matt. 25th chapter where the Savior said, "Inasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these my brethren ye did it unto me."

This shows beyond controversy that multitudes are in danger of being finally rejected because in this life they have persistently sinned against Christ in sinning against his brethren.

In conclusion on this point I mention again that in favor of the organ in the worship there may be inferences, opinions, views, nothings, preferences

but there is not faith that it is the will of Christ that it should be used in connection with the worship. But "whatever is not of faith is of sin."

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  Incidentally, later in life Daniel Sommer came to Freed Hardeman College and spoke an apolology for causing division in the brotherhood.

That's too bad but I am quite certain that he did NOT say that he was wrong for resisting the instrumentalists stealing the brand new red brick church house so everyone could enjoy the "chist of whistles."  I am quite certain that up to 2/3 of a congregation who walk out when the instrument is imposed follow the rule of not opposing those who lie and steal their cloak.

Moses Lard and Others rejected the instrument and Alexander Campbell would preach anywhere including before Congress but not before they silenced the organ and the organist.

1Cor. 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
The instrumentalists attempted to DEFRAUD people of that "new red brick church building." Daniel Summer is too honorable to be mentioned by those who boast of "infiltrating and diverting" other people's property to turn it into a theater for holy entertainment.  He should have followed Christ even to the cross:
Matt. 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law,
        and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek
        offer also the other;
and him that taketh away thy cloke
        forbid not to take thy coat also.

1Sam. 12:4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us,
        neither hast thou taken ought of any man’s hand.

Olan Hicks Instrumental: In the New Testament we have no express statement concerning instrumental music in worship. In the Old Testament it was lavishly prescribed but the New Testament does not say “Use instruments of music” and it does not say “Do not use instruments of music.

That's where Preacher's Colleges failed.  They may not know that instrumental idolatry was a sin beyond redemption but being legalists those willing to fleece the widow's purse insist that you find a law which says: "They shalt NOT use instruments for doing hard work in they assembly."

The Spirit OF Christ defined the Assembly of Messiah both inclusively and exclusively. That existed in the synagoge at some level which was a Word of God only School. Christ has all of the prophets identify musical instruments with a hostile attack against God.


Jer 11:18 And the Lord hath given me knowledge of it,
        and I know it: then thou showedst me their doings.
Jer 11:19 But I was  like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaugher;
        and I knew not that they had devised devices against me,
        saying, Let us destroy
the tree with the fruit thereof,
        and let us cut
him off from the land of the living,
        that his name may be no more remembered.

mansŭesco ,
I. Act., to tame, to make tame B. Trop., to render mild, gentle, or peaceable: gentes mild, soft, gentle, quiet
nam me jam ab orationibus dijungo fere, referoque ad mansuetiores Musas,Cic. Fam. 1, 9, 23: “ira,Ov. Tr. 3, 6, 23.—
Mūsa , ae, f., = Mousa, I.a  muse, one of the goddesses of poetry, music,
Musarum delubra,Cic. Arch. 11, 27: “hic Musarum parens domusque Pieria, Mela, 2, 3, 2: crassiore Musā,
A. A song, a poem: “musa procax,Hor. C. 2, 1, 37
Dumb means the inability to MEDITATE on what is going on. 
cōgĭto The command is to SPEAK the Word and MEDITATE in the heart: not to make music.
Cogitation in a rational sense can be stopped by (d). With de: “cogitavit etiam de Homeri carminibus abolendis,
In Ephesians 4 Paul insists that if you have APT elders their Job-One is to cast out the cunning craftsmen or sophists. Sophists are speakers beyond the Logos or Regulative Principle, singers, instrument players, actors or dancers. Paul wants them EXCISED because by the MARKS they are LYING IN WAIT TO DECEIVE.

Jesus said that God HIDES from the Wise or Sophists: speaking personal opinions, singers, instrument players, actors or any STAFF known in all religions as PARASITES.


Mark 10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem;
        and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests,
        and unto the
scribes [hypocrites: speakers, singers, instrument players];
        and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:

Mark 10:34 And they shall mock him,
        and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him:
        and the third day he shall rise again

Olan Hicks is correct: there is no law saying THOU SHALT MOCK JESUS!
Latin Illudo  as a female: Applied as a term of reproach, effeminate men, eloquence, rhētor but with idea of contempt, caneret,
A. Of men: “si absurde canat, of the crooked race, a reed pipe, a guitar, crowing of a hen tibiae, tubaeGallus , i, m., = Gallos Strab., A. Galli , the priests of Cybele, on account of their emasculated condition) Gallic:turma, the troop of the priests of Isis, Ov. Am. 2, 13, 18.  “resupinati cessantia tympana Galli,

Gallos , ho, A. priest of Cybele, gallazō , A. practise cult of Cybele, Galli. Eunuch priests of Cybele or the great mother: begun under the reign of Erichthonius, king of Attica, B.C. 1506;

Galli A form gallantes, as if from gallare, "to rave like a priest of Cybelé," is cited from Varro (ap. Non. p. 119Non., 5). In their wild, enthusiastic, and boisterous rites the Galli recalled the legends of the Corybantes (q.v.). According to an ancient custom, they were always castrated (spadones, semimares, semiviri, nec viri nec feminae), and it would seem that, impelled by religious enthusiasm, they performed this operation on themselves... Other names, however, are of distinctly Semitic affinities; Rhea perhaps=the Babylonian Ri (Mulita or Mylitta), and Nana more certainly=the Babylonian Nana, modern Syrian Nani.  Nana motherof Attis
Tac. Ann. 14.52 Of Nero:  They further alleged against him that he claimed for himself alone the honours of eloquence, and composed poetry more assiduously, as soon as a passion for it had seized on Nero. "Openly inimical to the prince's amusements, he disparaged his ability in driving horses, and ridiculed his voice whenever he sang

Paizo, 4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap.206: c. acc., “Pan ho kalamophthogga paizōnAr.Ra.230; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16. 5. play amorously, “pros allēlousX.Smp.9.2

Prospaizō, prospaizousa tois ōmois komē playing over, II. c. acc., theous p. sing to the gods, sing in their praise or honour, Pl.Epin.980b: c. dupl. acc., humnon prosepaisamen . . ton . . Erōta sang a hymn in praise of Eros, Id.Phdr.265c. 2. banter , “tous rhētorasId.Mx.235c, cf. Euthd.285a; p. ton kuna, ton arkton, , humnon pr. ton 



Galatians 5:11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision,
        why do I yet suffer persecution?
        then is the offence of the cross ceased.

Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

A. Based on the words Paul uses pointed to the emasculated priests of the mother goddess, Paul intends to CUT OFF the musical performers in the same way the priests were made eunuchs:

, a.ta gennētika, of eunuchs, Ph.1.89: abs., “apokekommenoseunuch, LXXDe.23.1, cf.Luc.Eun.8:—Med., make oneself a eunuch, Ep.Gal.5.12, cf. Arr.Epict.2.20.19.

Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians:

Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115 ."
Ver. 12.

"I would that they which unsettle you would even
cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."  "A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will, let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated. Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees? ... But if you will not allow this,

why do you
not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?
For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the soul;
and the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it frantic for pleasure .

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  Therefore God has not issued a ruling on it in regard to the church age. This is a fact of scripture. So we have to look at other considerations such as what may be implied in scripture, whether such music harmonizes with what God has said, and especially whether anything God has instituted might be affected.

All of the Jews understood that the synagogue of Christ (the Rock) never changed:

It was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or rhetoric.
it was INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  In checking this out we find Jesus rejecting the “law of silence” idea. In Mat. 12:3-4 He reminded the Jews that David and his men entered the temple and ate of the shewbread “which was lawful only for the priests.” He recognized the principle of exclusion but he rejected the idea of an absolute law of exclusion.

God had not commanded the king, kingdom, temple, animal slaughter or the Levites to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter. The TITHE and SABBATH were inherited from Babylon and therefore, the recorded evidence proves that it would not be a law against God to go into the temple. However, the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites mad noise to prevent any godly person from getting close to the horrors and getting executed.

God abandoned the Jews and the Temple "to worship the starry host." Because it was quarantined behind several gates the horrors were hidden from the public.  In 2 Chronicles 29 the Levite "sorcerers" were not permitted into the holy place even to carry out the garbage including the INSTRUMENTS of the Assyrians. If Olan Hick stumpled into the inner court where they slaughtered the innocents and conducted holocaust which God had not commanded, the levites would have run him through with a sword.  Jesus would have been murdered if He went into the inner court: he was also murdered for casting out the COLLECTION PLATES perhaps as an APPROVED EXAMPLE.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  It is often argued that while we find musical instruments in use in the Old Testament before the Christian age and

The Levites prophesied with instruments: that means that they were soothsayer-sorcerers and under the King and Commanders of the Army. There is no command, example or remote inference of God calling the godly out for congregational singing with or without instruments. 

We also have the vocal and instrumental "play" at the foot of Mount Sinai: this was a sin beyond redemption and the Levites executed 3000 of their idolatrous brethren, God removed the Covenant of Grace and sentenced them back to Babylon for captivity and death.

idol-golden-calf.gif Golden.Calf.Wind.String.Percussion.gif

The instruments were  in the hands of ONLY Levites and God said that they made NOISE.  The only people who "worshipped' were the small group of officials (never the congregation) who bowed or fell on their face. The Levites performed EXORCISM since they prophesied with instruments meaning soothsaying or sorcery.

Christ in Isaiah 30 defined this picture as God drumming the enemies of God into "hell" with wind, string and percussion instruments.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  in Revelation after the christian age, but no such thing occurs in the Christian age. This is not accurate. In Revelation chapter 5 we find 24 elders and 4 living creatures before the throne of God. They fall down to worship Him and the text says that each one had a harp and that they sang a new song. We know this was in the Christian age because the “lamb” was there and He had died for our salvation. The song they sang was about that lamb. Whether or not these were literal harps is immaterial. The fact that the Bible text says a song was presented to God with harps during the Christian age makes it hard to argue that doing such a thing would incur God’s wrath.




SOLEMN WARNING! No one PLAYS harps in heaven.

And I heard a sound from heaven

like the roar of rushing waters and
like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was
like that of harpists playing their harps. Re 14:2NIV

Disturbing, creating fear: the meaning of Apollo or Phoebus.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. [seed pickers]

Rev 19: 1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

And they sung [ode=no tune] as it were a new song [ode] before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. Rev 14:3

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 I heard as it were the of a great multitude,
and as the voice of many waters,
and as the voice of mighty thunderings,
Nothing LIKE AS harps

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Rev 14:5

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Rev 14:6

Rev 18:23 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.

Saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Rev 19:6

Sad, sad that bitter wail.

All "singing" words speak of enchantment or sorcery.


The Elders fired God and demanded a "senior pastor" and brought on all of the laded burden and burden laders.
The BEASTS have to finally fall on their face: the Theiron are defined as 'a new style of music or satyric drama." If you are still living:

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven
        having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth,
        and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Rev 14:6

Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him;
        for the hour of his judgment is come: 
        and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Rev 14:7

And there followed another angel, saying,
        Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city,
        because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Rev 14:8

This is the Mother of Harlots (Rev 17) who uses lusted after fruits as rhetoricians, singers and musicians Joh called Sorcerers.  Her time comes to an end and the SOUNDS LIKE JUDGMENT comes to an end.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,
        If any man worship the beast and his image,
        and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, Rev 14:9

Thinking and works.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
        which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
        and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
        in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven
        having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth,
        and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Rev 14:6

Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him;
        for the hour of his judgment is come: 
        and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Rev 14:7

And there followed another angel, saying,
        Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city,
        because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Rev 14:8

This is the Mother of Harlots (Rev 17) who uses lusted after fruits as rhetoricians, singers and musicians Joh called Sorcerers.  Her time comes to an end and the SOUNDS LIKE JUDGMENT comes to an end.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,
        If any man worship the beast and his image,
        and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, Rev 14:9

Thinking and works.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
        which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
        and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone
        in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

When you HEAR these sounds all creating panic you know that time is about up.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  Our New Testament specifies “psalms” as one kind of church music. (Eph.5 & Col.3) Instruments were used in singing the psalms and Paul did not say they must be excluded in the use of psalms in the church.

The command is to SPEAK that which you do for learning
ODE and PSALLO are IN the heart or mind and MUST be silent for learning to take place
The commanded resource is to "use one mind and one mouth to speak that which is written for out LEARNING."
We adults do not SING Fanny Crosby as a legalistic ACT of worship in the School of Christ.

There is no command, example or remote inference that the assembly SANG anything. The command was to SPEAK that which is written for our learning. Speak as in LEXIS is the opposite of ODE. The word MUSIC among the Greeks included moving your voice together and moving your body together in dance.

Psilos IV. logos ps. bare language, i. e. prose, Opposite to poetry which is clothed in the garb of metre, Pl.Mx.239c, Phld.Mus.p.97K.; more freq. in pl., “ps. logoiPl.Lg.669d; Opposite ta metra,

2. poiēsis ps. mere poetry, without music, i. e. Epic poetry, Opposite Lyric ( en ōdē), Pl.Phdr.278c; so “aneu organōn ps. logoiId.Smp.215c, ; ps. phōnē the ordinary sound of the voice, Opposite singing ( ōdikē), D.H. Comp.11.

If you PLAY an instrument--NEVER COMMANDED--it is unaccompanied by the voice, Opposite meta melōdias, psilos aulētēs one who plays unaccompanied on the flute (cf. psilokitharistēs),

The command is to SPEAK the ODES
-lexis , eōs, h(, (legō B) A. speech, OPPOSITE. ōdē, Pl.Lg.816d; l. ē praxis speech or action, Id.R.396c; ho tropos tēs l. ib.400d; ta lexei dēloumena orders given by word of mouth,

Plat. Rep. 3.396a
and in other ways sinning against themselves and others in word and deed after the fashion of such men. And I take it they must not form the habit of likening themselves to madmen either in words nor yet in deeds. For while knowledge they must have both of mad and bad men and women, they must do and imitate nothing of this kind.” “Most true,” he said. “What of this?” I said, “—are they to imitate smiths and other craftsmen or the rowers of triremes and those who call the time to them or other things

Plat. Rep. 3.396b
How could they,” he said, “since it will be forbidden them even to pay any attention to such things?” “Well, then, neighing horses and lowing bulls, and the noise of rivers and the roar of the sea and the thunder and everything of that kind—will they imitate these?
        “Nay, they have been forbidden,” he said, “to be mad or liken themselves to madmen.”
         “If, then, I understand your meaning,” said I, “there is a form of diction and narrative in which
For this rejection of violent realism Cf. Laws 669 C-D. Plato describes exactly what Verhaeren's admirers approve: “often in his rhythm can be heard the beat of hammers, the hard, edged, regular whizzing of wheels, the whirring of looms, the hissing of locomotives; often the wild, restless tumult of the streets, the humming and rumbling of dense masses of people.”
. See on mimeisthai 395 D. hippous -- brontas. The reference is probably to stage machinery and musical effects etc. in dramatic poetry generally, as well as in the later and degenerate form of the dithyramb (see on 394 C). Cf. (with Nettleship Lect. and Rem. II p. 105) Laws 669 C ff. and Ar. Plut. 290 ff. The bronteion and keraunoskopeion for producing thunder and lightning were familiar enough (Müller Gr. Bühnenalt. p. 157 note 2). It is clear, as Nettleship remarks, that “Plato felt strongly that Greek literature and music were declining” in his days: see Laws 659 A ff., 700 A ff., 797 A ff

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  This is one of many implications that might be considered. So Jesus worshiped at the temple where instruments were used and also worshiped at the synagogue where they were not used, and said nothing about it either way.

Worship means to fall on your face: the only times Jesus went to the temple was to CONFRONT the clergy and turn over their collection plates.  You accuse Him of being ignorant and discorders have to IMPLY.  Jesus knew that the temple was Herod's Temple and the House of Prayer was the outer court where the collection plates were located. God and Jesus and Paul were NOT ignorant: if they wanted to hint at instruments they had instrument-specific words which Simple Simon would understand:
Psallo never means to PLAY AN INSTRUMENT. If Christ wanted to include an instrument HE was pretty smart and did not depend on latter days.

epi-psallō , A. play the lyre, S.Fr.60, Poll.4.58(Pass.); “melesi kai rhuthmoisPlu.2.713b ; sing,tous humnousLXX 2 Ma.1.30:—Pass., Ph.1.626.

psalmōd-ia , A. singing to the harp, Aristid.2.310J.
psal-tikos , ē, on, A. of or for harp playing, ps. organon a stringed instrument, Ath.14.634f (of the magadis; andra psaltikēn agathon a good harpist, Ael. ap. Ar.Byz.Epit.84.8.

psaltōd-eō , A. sing to the harp, LXX 2 Ch.5.13.

An ODE is NOT a Psalm or Hymn

And ODE set to music is:
Mouso-ō , A. furnish with power of song, hosa phusis memousōke,
2. to be set to music, “ta di' ōdēs . . mousōthenta kroumataD.H.Dem.40, cf. Cat.Cod.Astr.8(3).188; to be filled with melody, “memousōtai ta peri tēn thalattan hup' ōdēs tōn petrōnPhilostr.Her.10.7.
kitharizein pros tēn ō.

Olan Hicks Instrumental:  It is a Biblically stated fact that worship at the throne of God in heaven during the Christian employed musical instruments. Another implication is the fact that God has never said anything negative about instruments. Every time they are mentioned in the Old Testament it is with lavish approval. Thus while divine approbation on instrumental music in worship is often implied, no dislike or condemnation of instruments is ever implied.

I think instruments are to our singing what the plate is to communion bread, equivalent to song books, tuning forks etc. Many arguments pro and con can be made and have been made. The bottom line is as Paul said in Rom. 14:5, “Let each one be fully convinced in his own mind.” Singing with instruments is not a sin and singing acappella is not a sin. Dividing over “doubtful matters” is forbidden. (Rom. 14:1-6)

If we went back to the “explicit scriptures only” idea unity would be restored with conservative Christian churches and we would double our size and greatly increase our outreach. Make your own choice about instruments and allow everyone else to do the same.

If we went back to Explicit Scriptures only would exclude making your own choice.  No one stops anyone from using instruments: the issue is can you lie, cheat and steal other people's property so that everyone is forced to endure YOUR choice.


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