Regulative Principle and Churches of Christ

Christ is the Regulative Principle accepted by most historic Christian movements. This is CENI: Commands, Examples and Necessary inference. A Christian is a Disciple of Christ (only) and a Disciple is s Student of the Word of Christ in the Apostles and Prophets. That is what A true Church of Christ is founded on.  Jesus made to be both Lord and Christ sent people OUT to make disciples and teach what He commanded to be taught. It is not possible to accept that direct command and tamper or mumble with the word: the command is to PREACH the Word by READING the Word for Comfort and Doctrine.

The Regulative Principle hated by the MASSES is based on the folly that Jesus died to establish a NEW WORSHIP SERVICE.  Jesus died to say that The Kingdom does NOT come with observation. That means Religious Observations. Those imposed worship services are the product of strongly deluded Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites named in Ezekiel 33 as speakers, singers and instrument players.  Lying Wonders are services (hard bondaged) centered on rhetoric, singing playing or acting claiming to serve God.  People who SERVE God beyond the Word-centered ekklesia are called PROSTITUTES who sell any body part as their Purpose Driven Destiny.

Scripture agrees with the Greeks to say that people are classified in two broad RACES or Genetic material. Plato writing about the Symbosium of the CROOKED RACE or those who were "fluted down with wine" before they began to sing.
§ i. Summary of the Argument.  Aristodemus meeting Socrates smartly attired expresses his surprise at so unusual a circumstance. Socrates explains that being invited to dine with Agathon he feels bound to go “in finery to the fine”; and he presses Aristodemus, although uninvited, to accompany him. On the road Socrates, immersed in thought, lags behind, and Aristodemus arrives at Agathon's alone. Not till they are half-way through the meal does Socrates appear; and Agathon rallies him on his devotion to sophia. The proposal of Pausanias to restrict the potations, in view of yesterday's banquet, and that of Eryximachus to dismiss the flute-girl and amuse themselves by logoi, are unanimously agreed to. Then Eryximachus propounds an idea of Phaedrus, that Eros is the best possible theme for encomia, and suggests that each of the party in turn, commencing with Phaedrus, should now deliver an encomium on Eros. This suggestion is applauded by Socrates. Of the encomia the most noteworthy were the following:—

Sophia (Wisdom of the Jews) is connected with rhetoric, singing, playing instruments, acting or other hypocritic arts and crafts which has always been real or virtual.  LEGALISM is only applied to those Worship Acts requiring a set of laws and extensive training and a certain mark or kharacter of personality.

d The varying nomoi concerning Eros may be classified thus:— (1) In all Greek states except Athens the nomos is simple, either (a) approving paidiske.  SELLING learning at wholesale is to Paul and the Greeks prostitution.  Elders who turn out to be wolves are marked by men and women exercising  AUTHENTIA authority knowing that keeping people's attention on the performers and performances "make the lambs dumb before the slaugher.

Kunikos II.Kunikos, ho, Cynic, as the followers of the philosopher Antisthenes were called, from the gymnasium

The Levites were musicians under the Worship of the Starry host.

-Charizesthai erastais Pederasty musicians, odes, Mousa paidikee, which are mere play for him. A nomos for cinaedi by a Sybarite Hemitheon is mentioned by Lucian adv. ind. 23 (cf. Pseudo-Lucian 3).

-Eros ,  Alex.Aet.3.12 , AP9.39 (Musicius) : in Ep. and Lyr. usu. eros (q. v.) : (heramai, era):--love, mostly of the sexual passion, tinos love for one, S.Tr.433 ; paidon E. Ion67

IV. name of the klēros Aphroditēs, Cat.Cod.Astr.1.168 ; = third klēros, Paul.Al.K.3 ; one of the topoi, Vett.Val.69.16.

Xenophon, in Symp. 8.32, say that pederasty was the usual custom in Elis and Thebes, and Plato adds that charizesthai erastais was not considered dishonorable because the people there were too inarticulate to persuade with words.

The LOGOS versus the SOPHIA is identified when Jesus implied that the MEN had become CHILDREN who PIPED hoping that people would lament and dance in the sexual initiation into Dionysus or the new wineskins worshi

Malakos

THIS: . of reasoning, weak, loose, logosIsoc.12.logoslian m. Arist.Metaph.1090b8 . Adv. -kôs, sullogizesthai to reason loosely

OR THIS:  2.
music to which a song is set, tune, logou te kai harmonias kai rhuthmoum
III. of persons or modes of life, soft, mild, gentle, malakōteros amphaphaasthai easier to handle, of a fallen hero, Il.22.373;
c. morally weak, lacking in self-control, Hdt.7.153 (Comp.); “antikeitai m. ho karterikosArist.EN1150a33: c. inf.,malakos karterein pros hēdonas te kai lupasPl.R.556c; “to truphōn kai m.Ar.V.1455 (lyr.); not to give in from weakness or want of spirit,   indulgences

d. = pathētikos, PHib.1.54.11 (iii B.C.), 1 Ep.Cor.6.9, Vett.Val.113.22, D.L.7.173.
e. of music, soft, effeminate, “m. harmoniaiPl.R.398e, 411a, cf. Arist.Pol.1290a28; tuned to a low pitch, opp. “suntonos, khrōma m.
THIS MAY BE WHY THERE IS SUCH VIOLENCE AGAINS THE LOGOS OR THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE.

The Spirit of Christ or the Mind of Christ is inculcated by giving heed to the Word of Christ: A Church of Christ is built upon the Prophets and apostles.

2Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you
        through the knowledge of God,
        and of Jesus our Lord,
2Peter 1:3 According as his divine power
        hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
        through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
        that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
        having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease
        to have these things always in remembrance.
2Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,
fābŭla , 1.  Most freq., a dramatic poem, drama, play (syn.: “ludus, cantus, actio, etc.): in full, fabula scaenica,Amm. 28, 1, 4; “or, theatralis,id. 14, 6, 20: “fabula ad actum scenarum composita,Quint. 5, 10, 9;

cantus , ūs, m. id., I.the production of melodious sound, a musical utterance or expression, either with voice or instrument; hence, song, singing, playing, music
2. With instruments, a playing, music: “in nervorum vocumque cantibus  “citharae,” “querulae tibiae,
B. An incantation, charm, magic song, etc.: cantusque artesque magorum.
        when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
        but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory,
        when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory,
        This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. .

The Spirit OF Christ defined a Church of Christ both inclusively and exclusively. 
God made Jesus to be lord and Christ and WORD or the Regulative Principle.

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake
        in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [not kings or priests]
Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
        whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
        by whom also he made the worlds;

2Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
        whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
        until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture
        is of any private interpretation. [further expounding]
2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
        but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
That was the Spirit OF Christ:
1Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things,
        which are now reported unto you
        by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost
        sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Jesus returned as the Comforter in Holy Spirit Form to guide the apostles into all truth by refreshing their memory of the ONE TIME EVENT.

As the Apostles finished their PARTS, the Word became perfected.  These documents in written form as the only way to protect one's memory were to be PREACHED by being READ for comfort and doctrine.  The Church of Christ (the Rock) was defined inclusively and exclusively and houses were built to get in out of the rain.  You need no authority for having water and toilets when a group meets to MUTUALLY CONFESSING Christ by the Direct command of "using one mind and one mouth to speak that which is written." (Romans 15) after silenceing all of the self-pleasure which is defined as rhetoric, singing, playing instruments, drama or any thing not given to SILENCE by both male and female so that "everyone can be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth."

2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
        whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
        as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
        until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

G1567  ekzēteō ek-zay-teh'-o From G1537 and G2212 ; to search out, that is, (figuratively) investigate, crave, demand, (by Hebraism) worship:—en- (re-) quire, seek after (carefully, diligently).

Prosekhō hold to, offer, 3. [select] turn to or towards a thing, “p. ommaE.HF931: mostly, p. ton noun turn one's mind, attention to a thing, be intent on it,  to be thinking with himself, attend to what I shall tell you,take orders,  attach oneself to a thing, cling, cleave to it

Jesus died to say that The Kingdom does NOT come with observation. That means Religious Observations. Those imposed worship services are the product of strongly deluded Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites named in Ezekiel 33 as speakers, singers and instrument players.  Lying Wonders are services (hard bondaged) centered on rhetoric, singing playing or acting claiming to serve God.  People who SERVE God beyond the Word-centered ekklesia are called PROSTITUTES who sell any body part as their Purpose Driven Destiny.

The Spirit OF Christ ordained the qahal, ekklesia, synagogue or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness to quarantine the godly people from the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites who had been "turned over to worship the starry host" BECAUSE of musical idolatry of the Egyptian etal trinity symbolized by the golden calf(S).

The PATTERN ordained by Christ was:

INCLUSIVE of Rest, (sabbath means rest from), Reading and Rehearsing or Speaking the Word and meditating iN the heart.
EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing including self-speak rhetoric the meaning of hypocrites.

Jesus added the weekly Lord's Supper to show forth or PREACH the Death of Christ: any disciple who grasps that Jesus paid it all will never pay for any hypocritic artist to go beyond Speaking the LOGOS or CHRIST who was/is THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE.

From Nimrod and his musical worship team and the musical enchanter(ess) in the garden of Eden those who IMPOSE instrumental or virtual-instrumental sounds INTEND to prevent you from giving heed to the Word which is the only meaning of spiritual worship IN the spirit.

Until the rise of the so-called Stone-Campbell Movement history identifies a Church of Christ (always known by that name) as APOSTOLIC.  That is, a Church of Christ or the Ekklesia is built upon or educated by the Prophets and the Apostles: The Spirit OF Christ spoke to the spiritual community only through the Prophets.  God made Jesus of Nazareth TO BE both Lord and Christ and Word and Grace.  The propheciess which defined the future REST both inclusively and exclusively.  Peter left a memory of his part of the Prophecies made more certain and outlawed private interpretation or further expounding. This, says Peter, will be the way to mark false teachers who do not teach that which has been fulfilled.

Jesus commanded that people be discipled and then "taught what He had commanded to be taught and observed.  We  are washed with water into the Word or into the School of Christ. The abortive Restoration Movement restored:

Church is A School of Christ
Worship is Reading and Musing the Word.
That is what Christ commanded for the church in the wilderness, exampled and further commanded by gathering or synagoguing with the disciples two first days of the week in a row.

The LOGOS or the Word of God is the Regulating Principle or Regulative Principle of the Universe. The LOGOS of God is HIS Word by which He creates and regulates: Jesus of Nazareth was made to be both Lord and Christ and Word.  In His Comforting and regulative Holy Spirit He is still king of His kingdom and High Priest over His church.

Therefore, God ordained or personified The Regulative Principle: He is king over His invisible Kingdom and High Priest over His Temple in the human spirit.

Jesus as the Christ is the only Visible-Audible LOGOS of God which He breathed (spirit not a people) without metron usually without meter.  Meter is antithetical to Logos.


THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE
Logos  computation, reckoning 2. statement of a theory, argument, ouk emeu alla tou l. akousantas prob. in Heraclit.50; logon ēde noēma amphis alētheiēs discourse and reflection on reality,
IV. inward debate of the soul, reflection, deliberation
Regulative and formative forces, derived from the intelligible and operative in the sensible universe, 
Opposite to epithumia
 A. desire, yearning, longing after a thing, desire of or for it, Theaomai :--gaze at, behold, mostly with a sense of wonder3. view as spectators
Opposite Pathos  A. that which happens to a person or thing, incident, accident,
Opposite Poiein to excite passion, Arist.Rh.1418a12; V. Rhet., emotional style or treatment,
Opposite Enthousi-astikos , ē, on, A. inspired,phusisPl.Ti.71e; esp. by music,
VI. verbal expression or utterance, lego, lexis
      -Lexis A.speech, OPPOSITE ôidê

-ôidê, 1.art of song 5. = eppsdê, spell, incantation
4. text of an author,  OPPOSITE exegesis [Peter's private interpretation outlaws exegesis]
Arist.En1142a26
Prose OPPOSITE -poiêsis, Id.R.390a;
OPPOSITE -poiêtikê, D.H.Comp.6; opp. poiêmata, onomatopoeic word

OPPOSITE  emmetra Modus   2. The measure of tones, measure, rhythm, melody, harmony, time; in poetry, measure, metre, mode: Mūsĭcus a, um, adj., = mousikos.
X. the Word or Wisdom of God, personified as his agent in creation and world-government,
347c] But if he does not mind, let us talk no more of poems and verses, but consider the points on which I questioned you at first, Protagoras, and on which I should be glad to reach, with your help, a conclusion.

For it seems to me that arguing about poetry is comparable to the wine-parties of common market-folk. These people, owing to their inability to carry on a familiar conversation over their wine by means of their own voices and discussions

Aristotle on Politics 8
2. or whether we ought rather to think that music tends in some degree to virtue (music being capable of producing a certain quality of character
        just as gymnastics are capable of producing a certain quality of body,
        music accustoming men to be able to rejoice rightly);
3. or that it contributes something to intellectual entertainment and culture (for this must be set down as a third alternative among those mentioned).
        Now it is not difficult to see that one must not make amusement the object of the education of the young;
        for amusement does not go with learning--learning is a painful process.
 
Commands, Examples and Necessary Inferences (CENI) became a issue when the Disciples of Christ imposed musical instruments insisting that they needed no authority even when it intended to sow massive discord. The CENI is usually used to justify or not those ACTS (legalism) which will permit the Evangelist to STAY instead of GO and in recorded history to try to rescue a failing idolatry of Buildings and Grounds and Staff.

"Nay, rather, to speak out more truly, the augurs, the dream interpreters, the soothsayers, the prophets, and the priestlings, ever vain, have devised these fables;

for they, fearing that their own arts be brought to nought,
and that they may
extort but scanty contributions from the devotees, now few and infrequent,
whenever they have
found you to be willing
       
that their craft should come into disrepute,
        cry aloud, the Gods are neglected,
        and in the temples there is now a very thin attendance.

For ceremonies are exposed to derision,
        and the time-honoured rites of institutions once sacred
        have sunk before the superstitions of new religions.

And men--a senseless race--being unable, from their inborn blindness, to see even that which is placed in open light,

dare to assert in their frenzy what you in your sane mind do not blush to believes." (Arnobius, Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene Fathers, VI, p. 418).

People who DENY God's Right to regulate the Assembly PRETEND that "a" spirit guided them into some new ACT almost always imposing the use of musical instruments to "make the lambs dumb before the slaughter."

Arnobius, Heresies IV May it not happen, may it not come to pass, although you craftily conceal it, that the one should take the other's place, deluding, mocking, deceiving, and presenting the appearance of the deity invoked?

If the magi, who ares o much akin to soothsayers [Levites], relate that, in their incantations, pretended gods steal in frequently instead of those invoked;  that some of these, moreover, are spirits of grosser substance, who pretend that they are gods, and delude the ignorant by their lies and deceit,-  why should we not similarly believe that here, too, others substitute themselves for those who are not, that they may both strengthen your superstitious beliefs, and rejoice that victims are slain in sacrifice to them under names not their own?

33. Your gods, it is recorded, dine on celestial couches, and in golden chambers, drink,
        and are at last soothed by the music of the lyre, and singing .
        You fit them with ears not easily wearied;
        and do not think it unseemly to assign to the gods
        the pleasures by which earthly bodies are supported,
        and which are sought after by ears enervated by the frivolity of an unmanly spirit.

RECORDED HISTORY AFFIRMS THAT MUSIC INTENDS TO DESTROY LOGOS OR THE RATIONAL PRINCIPLE. The Bible and history affirms that imposing any of the hypocritical arts such as rhetoric, singing, playing or acting is a PLANNED PLOT to silence the voice of the victim: religious music was called Sacred Violence.


Aristot. Nic. Eth. 1175b.1

But things that are akin to things of different kinds must themselves differ in kind.
        [3] A still clearer proof may be drawn
        from the hindrance that activities
        receive from the pleasure derived from other activities.

Paul outlawed self-pleasure in Romans 15: in Greek and Latin that points to rhetoric, singing, playing instruments or performing drama.

For instance, persons fond of the flute
        cannot give their attention to a philosophical discussion [The LOGOS or Regulative Principle]
        when they overhear someone playing the flute,
        because they enjoy music more than the activity in which they are engaged;
                therefore the pleasure afforded by the music of the flute
                impairs the activity of study.

Paul's direct command and example was to "use one mind and one mouth to speak that which is written for our learning or the comfort (paraklesis) of the Scriptures.
hoigar phil auloia dunatousitois logois prosekhein,    katakousōsinaulountos,

Worship of God is giving all of our attention to God and the LOGOS
-prosekhō The ONLY worship concept in A Church of Christ
3. turn to or towards a thing, p. ommaE.HF931: mostly, p. ton noun turn one's mind, attention to a thing, be intent on it,
ou prosekhei ta pragmata” “p. nomon theouLXX Is.1.11, cf. Ex.34.11: also p. apo tōn hagiōn, tōn grammateōn, ib.Le.22.2, Ev.Luc.20.46; “p. tou phagein haimaLXX De.12.23; p. hina mastigōthēs ib.2 Ch.25.16.

Imposing Musical Performers INTENDS to turn your attention to them and away from the Word of Christ.
[4] The same thing occurs in other cases when a man tries to do two things at once; the pleasanter activity drives out the other, the more so if it is much more pleasant, until the other activity ceases altogether.

The ANTI-LOGOS insist that one can give all of their attention to a "worship team" and still SING. Therefore, they say it is ungodly NOT to allow those who want to 'worshisp' by giving their attention to the TEAM and you can just sing.  However, that is ANTI-logical because THEY know that YOU will be forced to watch and listen to the MUSES and that will PREVENT you from speaking to teach that which has been taught.

Hence, when we enjoy something very much, we can hardly do anything else; and when we find a thing only mildly agreeable, we turn to some other occupation; for instance, people who eat sweets at the theater do so especially when the acting is bad.

[ 5] And since our activities [of the flute] are sharpened, prolonged and improved by their own pleasure, and impaired by the pleasures of other activities, it is clear that pleasures differ widely from each other. In fact alien pleasures have almost the same effect on the activities as their own pains; since, when an activity causes pain, this pain destroys it, for instance, if a person finds writing or doing sums unpleasant and irksome; for he stops writing or doing sums, because the activity is painful.
THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE FOR CONDUCTING EKKLESIA: No one did not know that musical performance intentionally PREVENTED the only meaning of worship IN the Spirit.

1Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance [prosekhe] to [public] reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee,
        which was given thee by prophecy, [teaching under inspiration]
        with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  [BY Paul's hands]
1Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; [melete not MELOS rehearse]
        give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

prokoptō , make progress, advance by high road “p. tou euaggeliouEp.Phil.1.12; “
Music never advances one or SHOWS that one is profiting.

1Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:
        for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

We do not worship the Bible but the ONLY spiritual worship is giving HEED to the Words of Christ in the prophets and apostles certified and written by eye and ear witnesses.

di^daska^l-ia , , d. parekhein serve as a lesson, ib.87; ek d., OPPOSITE ex ethous, Arist.EN1103a15.

Aristot. Nic. Eth. 1102b.1
But there also appears to be another element in the soul, which, though irrational, yet in a manner participates in rational principle. In self-restrained and unrestrained1 people we approve their principle, or the rational part of their souls, because it urges them in the right way and exhorts them to the best course; but their nature seems also to contain another element beside that of rational principle, which combats and resists that principle. [16] Exactly the same thing may take place in the soul as occurs with the body in a case of paralysis: when the patient wills to move his limbs to the right

LITERATE PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE:

Aristot. Nic. Eth. 1102b.20 they swerve to the left; and similarly in unrestrained persons their impulses run counter to their principle. But whereas in the body we see the erratic member, in the case of the soul we do not see it; nevertheless it cannot be doubted that in the soul also there is an element beside that of principle, which opposes and runs counter to principle (though in what sense the two are distinct does not concern us here). [17] But this second element also seems, as we said, to participate in rational principle; at least in the self-restrained man it obeys the behest of principle—and no doubt in the temperate and brave man it is still more amenable, for all parts of his nature are in harmony with principle. [18]
1 According to the psychology here expounded, the intellect ‘has a plan or principle,’ in the sense of understanding principle, and being able to reason and make a plan: in other words, it is fully rational. The  part of man's nature ‘has a plan or principle’ in so far as it is capable of following or obeying a principle.
        It happens that this relationship of following or obeying can itself be expressed by the words
        to have logos’ in another sense of that phrase, viz. ‘to take account of, pay heed to.’
To be precise the writer should say that the  part logon ekhei tou logou ‘has logos (takes account) of the logos.’ The phrase has yet a third sense in mathematics, where “to have logos” (ratio) means ‘to be rational’ in the sense of commensurable.
Luke 20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes,
        and love greetings in the markets,
        and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;

gramma^t-eus , eōs, ho,
2. metaph., recorder, of memory, Pl.Phlb.39a.
3. scholar, “g. saphēs
sa^phēs A.clear, plain, distinct, of things heard, perceived, or known; “muthosA.Pr.641
 
2. of persons, seers, oracles, prophets, sure, unerring, clear or manifest to the mind,
sophon toi to s., ou to s.E.Or.397.

sophos  I.properly, skilled in any handicraft or art, cunning in his craft poets and musicians,  of a soothsayer,

Luke 20:47 Which devour widows’ houses,
        and for a shew make long prayers [Hymns]:
        the same shall receive greater damnation.

propha^s-is , A.motive or cause alleged, whether truly or falsely: then, actual motive or cause, whether alleged or not: on the pretence that public debts are owing,

HUMNESANTES it is the Greek: humnōd-eō , A.sing a hymn or song of praise, Pl.Lg.682a, LXX 1 Ch. 25.6: generally, sing,thrēnonA.Ag.990 (lyr.). II. = khrēsmōdeō, E.Ion6; cf. “humnōdia2.. humnos fin.]

Plat. Laws 682a  Indeed, these verses of his, as well as those he utters concerning the Cyclopes, are in a kind of unison with the voices of both God and Nature. For being divinelychanting, the poetic tribe, with the aid of Graces and Muses [sorcers Rev 18], often grasps the truth of history.

thrēnos , ho, (threomai2. complaint, sad strain. th. houmos for me, lamentations, “thrēnōn ōdasS.El.88


humnos , ho, A. hymn, ode, in praise of gods or heroes (“kai ti ēn eidos ōdēs eukhai pros theous, onoma de humnoi epekalounto Pl.Lg.700b;

Plat. Laws 700b one class of song was that of prayers to the gods, which bore the name of “hymns

1 i.e., solemn chants sung to the “cithara” or lyre. “Dithyrambs” were choral odes to Dionysus; “paeans” were mostly hymns of praise to Apollo. [Abaddon, Apollyon: the name of the SERVICE of the Levites or soothsayers] Plat. Laws 936c There shall be no beggar in our State; and if anyone attempts to beg, and to collect a livelihood by ceaseless [making Poieo meter, hymns] prayers, the market-stewards shall expel him from the market, and the Board of city-stewards from the city, and from any other district he shall be driven across the border by the country-stewards, to the end that the land may be wholly purged of such a creature. If a slave, male or female, do any injury to another man's goods.

Jesus called them hypocrites and in Ezekiel 33 Christ names speakers, singers and instrument players.
THE WORSHIP OF THE MUSES UNDER ABADDON OR APOLLYON SILENCES THE WORD OF GOD
You are forced to GIVE ATTENTION to the speaker, singer and instrument player: that means you WORSHIP what Jesus called the Hypocrites or Scribes and Pharisees

-prosku^n-ētos
, ē, on, A.to be worshipped, worshipful Mousaistai

Mousagetēs 1 doric for Mousēgetēs leader of the Muses, Lat. Musagetes, of Apollo [Abaddon, Apollyon] , Plat.1 Mous-a_getēs, ou, ho,

Mousa_geta_s , a, ho, Dor. for Mousēgetēs (v. infr.), A.leader of the Muses, epith. of Apollo, Pi.Fr.116; “ho m. kai arkhagetas tas poiētikas theos” (Delph. Mousēgetēs , Pl.Lg. 653c, D.S.1.18, Jul.Or.4.132a, al.; voc. Mousēgeta^ , IG12(5).893 (Tenos); also Epithet of Heracles, in dat. Mousagētē ,

Mouseios , on, Aeol. Moisaios , a, on, (Mousa)\ A.of or belonging to the Muses, “hedraE.Ba.410 (lyr.); Moisaion harma the car of Poesy, Pi.I.8 (7).67; lithos M. a monument of song, Id.N.8.47. II. musical, “kelados

Mouso-polos , on, A.serving the Muses, poetic, “oikiaSapph. 136 (s. v.l.); m. stonakha a tuneful lament, E.Ph.1499 (lyr.); kheires, stephanos, AP9.270 (Marc. Arg.), 12.257 (Mel.); mousopole thēr, addressed to Pan, Castorio 2.5. II. Subst., bard, minstrel, E.Alc. 445
THE WAY TO WORSHIP THE MUSES LED BY ABADDON OR APOLLYON: John called them SORCERERS and SLAVES of the Babylon Mother of harlots.

Obey or Worship: Kat-a^kouō, A hear and obey, be subject, “Arabioi oudama katēkousan epi doulosunē PersēsiHdt.3.88, cf. App.Syr. 55; tinos D.1.23, Arr.Fr.7J., App.Mith.57, , ib.314c; “k. aulountos

Worship by obeying the: Auleō
A. auliōnIG7.3211,3212 (Orchom. Boeot.): (aulos):—play on the flute,Phrugion aulēsen melos[the musical melody word] . Hdt. 1.141, 2.60, Pl.Prt.327a: c. dat. pers., X.Smp.2.8, etc.; au. exodon play a finale, Ar.V.582; au. eiresian, of the boatswain, Plu.Alc. 2:— Pass., of tunes, to be played on the flute,ho Bakkheios rhuthmos ēuleitoX. Smp.9.3; “auleitai pan melathronis filled with music, E.IT367.

SILENCING THE LIVING AND WRITTEN WORD BY THOSE WHO WORSHIP THE MUSES UNDER ABADDON OR APOLLYON'

DENYING THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE IS THEREFORE BEING ANTI-CHRISTIAN

The command to SPEAK the Biblical text (that which is written for our learning)
Is ANTITHETICAL to singing and PLAY in an external sense.
As in 1 Corinthians 14 those who needed to sing should sing INTO THE AIR or to themselves.

Logos VI. verbal expression or utterance, lego, lexis
      -Lexis A.speech, OPPOSITE ôidê

-ôidê, 1.art of song 5. = eppsdê, spell, incantation
4. text of an author,  OPPOSITE exegesis [Peter's private interpretation outlaws exegesis]
Arist.En1142a26

From the wilderness onward the PATTERN was to PREACH the Word by READING the Word for comfort and doctrine.  In the wilderness that was The Testimony or The Book of The Covenant of Grace which was Abrahamic.  Paul leapfrogs all of the Monarchy which had been abandoned to worship the starry host at a church near you.  He calls us back to the Abrahamic Covenant which we enter by being baptized into Christ.

In these last days The Regulative Principle is a RACA statement directed against the ANTI - instrumentalists which refuse to sing and dance when the children pipe.

The Guilty Party always uses the Guilt Clause:
A rich man does wrong, and he even adds reproaches; a poor man suffers wrong, and he must add apologies Ecclesu 13:3.

"There were those saying that they could "not abide the election of a Republican President."
In which event
they would destroy the Union.

"And then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us!
That is cool.

A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth,

"Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you,
and then
you will be a murderer." Abraham Lincoln, Frost, Vol. 1, p. 274

Augustine speaks of the Guilt Clause: because he uses the harp as an illustration people say he defends the harp:

Letter LV. or Book II. of Replies to Questions of Januarius. (a.d. 400.)

In such a case we ought by all means to adopt it, especially if it be something in defence of which Scripture can be alleged: as in the singing of hymns and psalms, for which we have on record both the EXAMPLES and the PRECEPTS of the Lord and of His apostles.

In this religious exercise, so useful for inducing a devotional frame of mind and inflaming the strength of love to God, there is diversity of usage, and in Africa the members of the Church are rather too indifferent in regard to it; on which account the Donstists reproach us with our grave chanting of the divine songs of the prophets in our churches,

while they inflame their passions in their revels by the singing of psalms of human composition, which rouse them like the stirring notes of the trumpet on the battle-field.
Does that mean that those who preach that the church Fathers defended instruments are as straight as a crooked viper? Could be.

BEFORE WE WASTE OUR TIME ON HUMAN THOUGHT PROCESSES, LETS LOOK AT SOME FACTS.

There is no Clay Tablet, Bible, contemporaneous literature, Greek Classics, church Fathers or modern medical science or watching TV which does not agree with:

"Hebrew music... was used in the luxurious times of the later monarchy the effeminate gallants of Israel, reeking with perfumes, and stretched upon their couches of ivory, were wont at their banquets to accompany the song with the tinkling of the psaltery or guitar (Am. v1. 4-6), and amused themselves with devising musical instruments while their nation was perishing... music was the legitimate expression of mirth and gladness, and the indication of peace and prosperity." (Smith's, Music, p. 590).

"An artificial, effeminate music which should relax the soul, frittering the melody, and displacing the power and majesty of divine harmony by tricks of art, and giddy, thoughtless, heartless, souless versifying would be meet company." (Barnes, Albert, Amos, p. 303).

History of Aesthetics p.224
Poledumus launched a polemical attack

  • 1. against the allegation there there existed a specificic association between music and the soul. He stated bluntly that its effect on the soul is no different from the culinary,
  • 2. against its alleged association with the deity, since the states of ecstasy brought about through listening to music are easily explained;
  • 3. against its alleged elemental moral effects and its ability to strengthen or weaken virtue;
  • 4. against its ability to express or represent anything and characters in particular.

"Philodemus considered it paradoxical that music should be regarded as veneration of the gods while musicians were paid for performing this so-called veneration. Again, Philodemus held as self deceptive the view that music mediated religious ecstasy. He saw the entire condition induced by the noise of cymbals and tambourines as a disturbance of the spirit.

He found it significant that, on the whole, only women and effeminate men fell into this folly.

Accordingly, nothing of value could be attributed to music; it was no more than a slave of the sensation of pleasure, which satisfied much in the same way that food and drink did.

Similar opinions may be found in the writings of Philo. On one occasion he spoke of the Jewish "Feast of Fasting," used by the Greeks for the Day of Atonement:

"Now, many a man from the false religions, which are not ashamed of criticising what is noble, will ask: how can there be a feast without carousing and overeating, without the pleasant company of hosts and guests, without quantities of unmixed wine, without richly set tables and highly stacked provisions of everything that pertains to a banquet, without pageantry and jokes,

bantering and merry-making to the accompaniment of flutes and citharas, the sound of drums and cymbals and other effeminate and frivolous music of every king,

enkindling unbridled lusts with the help of the sense of hearing. For in and through the same [pleasures] those persons openly seek their joy, for what true joy is their they do not know.

Women's singing was a vital part of all pagan worship. In very early times women became priestly singers of the gods in the temple.

"Women and girls from the different ranks of society were proud to enter the service of the gods as singers and musicians. The understanding of this service was universal: these singers constituted the 'harem of the gods'." (Johannas Quasten) CLICK TO  BUY THE BOOK.
Music & Wiorship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity

THAT'S WHY THE MUSICAL ATTACK AGAINST NON-INSTRUMENTAL CHURCHES DIDN'T EVEN GET OFF THE GROUND: THE PERSONA IS ATTRACTIVE TO SOME AND REPULSIVE TO OTHERS.

We Lambs of God know wolves when we see them and WE don't give them the authority to have ANY OPINION at all: just none at all.

Then, only hirelings invite the wolves in to consume the flocks
. Consume in all of the pagan religions such as the Dogs and Wolves Paul EXCLUDED has a double meaning.  See Amos 5


Aldus Huxley equates all theatrical performance as emotional masturbation and insists that musical performers are perverted by their own art.  That's why people fled from the "worship teams" leading up to instruments perhaps without knowing the absolute and eternal persona invading.

"Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession.

Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process. From Source

A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls. Bertolt Brecht

"And Euripides does likewise, in his Bacchae, citing the Lydian usages at the same time with those of Phrygia, because of their similarity:

But ye who left Mt. Tmolus (Sardis was on this mt.), fortress of Lydia,
revel-band of mine, women whom I brought from the land of barbarians as my assistants and travelling companions,

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 1 Corinthians 14:10

Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. 1 Corinthians 14:11

uplift the tambourines native to Phrygian cities, inventions of mine and mother Rhea.

And again, happy he who, blest man, initiated in the mystic rites, is pure in his life, . . . who, preserving the righteous orgies of the great mother Cybele, and brandishing the thyrsus on high, and wreathed with ivy, doth worship Dionysus.

Come, ye Bacchae, come, ye Bacchae, bringing down (double entendre) Bromius, (boisterous one) god the child of god, out of the Phrygian mountains into the broad highways of Greece.

"Come Holy Spirit, come, make us truly new creatures in Christ"

FOLLOW THE MONEY! The Double Cross.

Ezek. 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof,
        like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls;
        they have taken the treasure and precious things;
        they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
Ezek. 22:26 Her priests have violated my law,
        and have PROFANED mine holy things:
        they have put no difference between the holy and profane,
        neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean,
        and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them
.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Wounded is H2490 châlal
khaw-lal'  (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one’s word), to begin (as if by an opening-wedge); denominatively (from H2485 ) to play (the flute): defile,break, defile, X eat (as common things), take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

Ezek. 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey,
        to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.


Lupus "makes people dumb" as the wolf does not care whether the number of the sheep is right or not, Verg. E. 7, 51.— of treacherous or unnatural love, Poet. ap. Pl.Phdr.241d; lukou bion zēn, i. e. live by rapine, Prov. ap. Plb.16.24.4; ek lukou stomatos, of getting a thing Lukos VI. nickname of paiderastai, AP12.250 (Strat.), cf. Pl.Phdr. 241d.  
  
Ezek. 22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter,
        seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying,
       Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
Ezek. 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression,
        and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy:
        yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Vānus I.  that contains nothing, empty, void. vacant.
B.  Transf., of persons, false, lying, deceptive, delusive, untrustworthy:
orationi vanae crediderunt,idle, delusive, Cic. Rosc. Am. 40, 117:
voti vanus,” i. e. deceived, Sil. 12, 261: “turba vana sanctitudinis,

Turbafestaque confusā resonabat regia turbā,id. ib. 12, 214 et saep.— a crowd, throng, multitude, mob; a band, train, troop,

-sŏno   “qui (cornus) ad nervos resonant in cantibus,Cic. N. D. 2, 59, 149. — With dat.: “suave locus voci resonat conclusus,echoes to the voice, Hor. S. 1, 4, 76; cf.: carmina resonantia chordis Romanis, to the strings, B. Trop., to resound, re-echo: “in vocibus nostrorum oratorum recinit quiddam et resonat urbanius,Cic. Brut. 46, 171; cf. Quint. 11, 3, 30.—With dat.: “gloria virtuti resonat tamquam imago,Cic. Tusc. 3, 2,

Melody in Amos Five is:

Zimrah (h2172) zim-raw'; from 2167; a musical piece or song to be accompanied by an instrument: - melody, psalm.

Zimrah (h2173) zim-raw'; from 2167; pruned (i. e. choice) fruit: - best fruit.

> And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. Rev 18:14

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

Baskets of Sumer Fruit in Amos 8; God says: "I will not again pass by them any more."

THUS hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. Amos 8:1

And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. Amos 8:2

A basket:

Keluwb (h3619) kel-oob'; from the same as 3611; a bird-trap (as furnished with a clap-stick or treadle to spring it); hence a basket (as resembling a wicker cage): - basket, cage.

As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. Je.5:27

Keleb (h3611) keh'leb; from an unused root mean. to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute: - dog.

The alarm or triumph over OUTLAWED for the Church in the Wilderness is the MARK of the Dogs attacking Jesus with mocking music.

See Psalm 22 for the mark

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly [multitude, swarm] of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. Ps.22:16

Kuôn  II. 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, Arist., Anth.
II. 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

SEE ISAIAH 56 AND LISTEN TO CHRIST AND NOT THE LYING SCRIBES

-Akragês A. not barking, akrageis kunes, of gryphons, A. Pr.803. Hsch. expl. akrages by duskheres, sklēron, oxukholon, cf. akragges (leg. akrages)“: akrokholonAB369.

-Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound And near them are their three winged sisters, the snake-haired Gorgons, loathed of mankind, [800] whom no one of mortal kind shall look upon and still draw breath. Such is the peril that I bid you to guard against. But now listen to another and a fearsome spectacle.

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs (keleb = male prostitutes), they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Isaiah 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.  

The Eleusinian. Thus "Bacchus was directly called upon," he says. The Sabazian worship was Sabbatic; the names Evius, or Hevius, and Luaios are identical with Hivite and Levite.  The French name Louis is the Hebrew Levi; Iacchus again is Iao or Jehovah; and Baal or Adon, like Bacchus, was a phallic god.

"Who shall ascend into the hill (the HIGH place) of the Lord?" asks the holy king David, "who shall stand in the place of his Kadushu? (Psalms xxiv. 3). Kadesh may mean in one sense to devote, hallow, sanctify, and even to initiate or to set apart;

Socrates
-[265b] And we made four divisions of the divine madness, ascribing them to four gods,
        saying that prophecy was inspired by Apollo, (Abaddon, Apollyon)
        the mystic madness by Dionysus,
        the poetic by the Muses,
        and the madness of love,
                inspired by Aphrodite and Eros, we said was the best.
We described the passion of love in some sort of figurative manner,
        expressing some truth, perhaps,
        and perhaps being led away in another direction, and after composing a somewhat 

-Plato Phaedrus: [265c] plausible discourse, we chanted a sportive and mythic hymn in meet and pious strain to the honor of your lord and mine, Phaedrus, Love, the guardian of beautiful boys. 

Sportive -Propaizo sang a hymn in praise of eros [praise songs], banter, rhetoric, kuna (dogs)
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

-Kuon 3. of the Cynics, “areskei toutois kunōn metamphiennusthai bionPhld.Sto.Herc. 339.8: hence, Cynic philosopher, Arist.Rh.1411a24 Outlawed for the synagogue in Romans 15. Pan is the kuōn of Cybele,Hephaistos  of the “Bakkhai, Lussas k.E.Ba.977 (lyr.); Lernas k., of the hydra, Id.HF420 (lyr.); of a great fish Rhapsoidos  

       -
Rhapsoidos A. reciter of Epic poems, sts. applied to the bard who recited his own poem, as to Hesiod, Nicocl. ap. Sch.Pi.N.2.2 (v. infr.); but usu., professional reciters, esp. of the poems of Homer, Hdt.5.67, Pl.Ion 530c, etc.: also rh. kuōn, ironically, of the Sphinx who chanted her riddle, S.OT391. (Prob. from rhaptō, aoidē; Hes.Fr. 265 speaks of himself and Homer as en nearois humnois rhapsantes aoidēn, and Pi.N.2.2 calls Epic poets rhaptōn epeōn aoidoi: not from rhabdos (cf. “rhabdos1.6) as if rhabdōdos (Eust.6.24, rhabdōdia ib.16).)

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Is.56:11

And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the Lord: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy. Je.15:3

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Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them,
        Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds;
        Woe be to the shepherds of Israel
        that do feed themselves
        should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ezek 34:2

The MARK or RESULT of MUSIC in Amos and Isaiah

Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed:
        but ye feed not
the flock. Ezek 34:3

The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick,
        neither have ye bound up that which was broken,
        neither have ye brought again that which was driven away
,
        neither have ye sought that which was lost;
        but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. Ezek 34:4

And they were scattered,
        because there is no shepherd:
        and they became meat to all the beasts of the field,
        when they were scattered. Ezek 34:5

BEFORE LOOKING AT THE ABSOLUTE MARK OF THE DOG AND WOLF INVADING THE FLOCK:

All of the ancients, including Israel demanded that males perform the musical rituals but they must perform the role of women: that's what David did in his dirty dance with the girls.

The Pope's Eunuchs [beginning of text] 

One of the vices which the Spaniards had brought to Italy in the 16 century along with the Borgia family and the Spanish Roman Emperors was the falsetto singer. There were artists who could sing falsetto with distinction, but as the opera gained in popularity in Italy the practice began of emasculating boys with good voices and retaining them as male soprani or,

as the Italians, with their usual lack of Christian reticence about sex called them, the castrati. They were in every opera in the 18th century, but foreign visitors were never reconciled to them. The famous English weekly,

The Spectator, wrote about "the shrill celestial whine of eunuchs," and by the end of the 18th century they began to fade out of the opera-house

"The trained musicians which eventually appear around the time of David and Solomon mark a distinctive change in the history of Jewish music. Before this time much of the music was made by women." (Zondervan Pict., Music p. 313).

"Before the establishment of the kingdom under Saul, it was the women who, as in every young civilization, played a major part in the performance of music. Such figures as Miriam, Deborah, Jephtha's daughter, and the women hailing the young hero David have become almost archetypes of female musicians. Characteristic of all these cases is the familiar picture of a female chorus, dancing and singing, accompanied by frenzied drum-beating. This is the scene known to the entire Near East, and not even the severe rule of Islam could wholly suppress this age-old practice." (Int Dict of the Bible, Music, p. 457).

Ancient literature from Babylonian tablets and beyond agree with Johannes Quasten. In Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, beginning on page 41 He uses many of the church Fathers and Classical resources we also rely upon:

"Philodemus considered it paradoxical that music should be regarded as veneration of the gods while musicians were paid for performing this so-called veneration. Again, Philodemus held as self deceptive the view that music mediated religious ecstasy. He saw the entire condition induced by the noise of cymbals and tambourines as a disturbance of the spirit.

He found it significant that, on the whole, only women and effeminate men fell into this folly.

Accordingly, nothing of value could be attributed to music; it was no more than a slave of the sensation of pleasure, which satisfied much in the same way that food and drink did.

"Similar opinions may be found in the writings of Philo. On one occasion he spoke of the Jewish "Feast of Fasting," used by the Greeks for the Day of Atonement:"

"Now, many a man from the false religions, which are not ashamed of criticising what is noble, will ask: how can there be a feast without carousing and overeating, without the pleasant company of hosts and guests, without quantities of unmixed wine, without richly set tables and highly stacked provisions of everything that pertains to a banquet, without pageantry and jokes,

bantering and merry-making to the accompaniment of flutes and citharas, the sound of drums and cymbals and other effeminate and frivolous music of every king,

enkindling unbridled lusts with the help of the sense of hearing. For in and through the same [pleasures] those persons openly seek their joy, for what true joy is their they do not know.

"Women's singing was a vital part of all pagan worship. In very early times women became priestly singers of the gods in the temple.

"Women and girls from the different ranks of society were proud to enter the service of the gods as singers and musicians. The understanding of this service was universal: these singers constituted the 'harem of the gods'." (End of Quasten)

And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. Deuteronomy 8:17

And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Deuteronomy 8:19

Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 8:20

"Indeed not before David's time do professional musicians appear in the Bible. From where did they come?

Considering the apparent connection of professional musicians with the institution of Monarchy, we must bear in mind that in the neighboring countries, Egypt and Assyria, the professional musician was an old and familiar figure. It seems that the midrash alludes to an ancient tradition when it relates that King Solomon's Egyptian wife, daughter of the Pharaoh, carried in her dowry a thousand foreign instruments.

Yet an instrument is of no use without a musician able to play it.

Hence, we may assume that the systematic import and subsequent training of professional musicians took place in the era of David and Solomon." (Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, p. 457).

"The trained musicians which eventually appear around the time of David and Solomon mark a distinctive change in the history of Jewish music. Before this time much of the music was made by women." (Zondervan Pict., Music p. 313).

"There is incontrovertible archaeological evidence for the antiquity of the musical guilds themselves. The Phoenicians (Canaanites) outshone their contemporaries in music, and the Israelites were early influenced by them.

Musical guilds of the Hebrews may be traced back in some instances,
to
old Canaanite families whose designations, such as Hemen the Ezrahite (I Chron. 2:6),
became a part of later Hebrew family names." (Unger, Merril, Archaeology and the Old Testament, Zondervan, P. 216-7)

Ezek 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves [YELLOW] ravening the prey,
        to shed blood, and to
destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Epictetus, Works XLIII.

XLII. Instead of herds of oxen, endeavor to assemble flocks of friends about your house.

XLII As a wolf resembles a dog, so much does a flatterer, an adulterer, a parasite, resemble a friend. Take heed, therefore, that instead of guardian dogs, you do not inadvertently admit ravening wolves.
[All musicians were also called PARASITES and not allowed to feed on polite society]

A dog or wolf in Paul's writings is a pederast identified in all of the PSALLO PLUCKING history.
II. Kunikos, ho, Cynic, as the followers of the philosopher Antisthenes were called, from the gymnasium ( [Kunosarges] ) where he taught, D.L.6.13; or from their resemblance to dogs in several respect
Kolax , a^kos, ho,
A. flatterer, fawner, Ar.Pax756, Lys.28.4, Pl.Phdr. 240b, etc.; tuchês kolakes Antipho Soph.65 ; pantes hoi k. thêtikoi kai hoi tapeinoi k. Arist.EN1125a1 , cf. 1108a29, Thphr.Char.2.1; parasite, Eup.159.1, Antisth. ap. D.L.6.4.
2. in later Gr., = Att. goês, Moer. p.113 P.
II. lisping pronunciation of korax, Ar.V.45.

Moichos , ho,
A. adulterer, paramour, Hippon.74, S.Fr.[1127.6], Ar.Pl. 168, Pl.Smp.191d, etc.: prov., thuran, di' hês galê kai m. ouk eiserchetai Apollod.Car.6 ; horkoi moichôn Philonid.7 ; kekarmenos moichon miai machairai having the head close shaven with a razor, as was done by way of punishment to persons taken in adultery, Ar.Ach.849.
II. generally, paramour, of a sodomite, POxy.1160.26(iii/iv A. D.). (Cf. omeichô.)
III. idolatrous person, Ep.Jac.4.4.

Parasit-os , ho,
A. one who eats at the table of another, and repays him with flattery and buffoonery, parasite, Epich.36, Arar.16, etc.; name of plays by Antiph., Alex., and Diph.; peri Parasitou, title of work by Luc.: c. gen., kenês p. trapezês AP11.346 (Autom.) : metaph., ichthus ên p. (v. opson) Luc.Lex.6.
II. of priests who had their meals at the public expense, Clitodem.11, Polem.Hist.78.
2. one who dines with a superior officer, Arist.Fr.551.
Ravening
lum-eôn
, ônos, ho, ( [lumê] )
A. destroyer, corrupter, l. emos S.Aj.573 ; gunaikôn E.Hipp.1068 ; sôtêres alla mê lumeônes [tôn Hellênôn] Isoc. 8.141, cf. 4.80; lumeôni sômatos thalassai Tim.Pers.81 ; hodouroi l., of robbers, E.Fr.260, cf. J.BJ4.3.9; phobos tôn hêdeôn l. X.Hier.6.6 ; koinos l. tês poleôs SIG799.23 (Cyzic., i A.D.); tês technês, of bad physicians, Gal.9.916; skulakas . . l. tôn poimniôn Jul.Or.2.87a ; ophin l. anthrôpinês geneseôs Id.Gal.93d .

lanthanô unnoticed.

lukos
VI. nickname of paiderastai, AP12.250 (Strat.), cf. Pl.Phdr. 241d.
paiderast-ês , ou, ho,
A. lover of boys, mostly in bad sense, Ar.Ach.265(lyr.), X.An.7.4.7, Pl. Smp.192b, Eub.130, etc.
See where Tom Burgess etal get their urge to pluck musical instruments.

[5] Therefore it was a fine saying of Antisthenes, when he heard that Ismenias was an
excellent piper:
"But he's a worthless man," said he, "otherwise he wouldn't be so good a piper."
Ezek 22:28 And her prophets have
        daubed them with untempered [Taphel, Tabret, frivolity] morter,
        seeing vanity, and divining lies [magical songs] unto them, saying,
        Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.


PAUL EXCLUDED "DOGS" IN PHILIPPIANS 3.


The "Dogs" were the Cynics recognized by their old style singing or howling to attract customers. Worship is in the PLACE of the human spirit.  When people want to do ACTS that arouse the lust of the eyes and ears you have a bad MARK:
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years
        I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God,
        `and to the word of his grace,
                which is able to build you up,
                and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

A common mark of those calling music to the aid of their failed mission:

Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Acts 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

-Lukos  oresteroi [homosexual. snake, wolf]  to be struck dumb, of things that are not, 'pigeon's milk', Suid.; hôs l. chanôn, of vain expectation,oin humenaioi, of an impossibility, Id.Pax1076, 1112, cf. Il.22.263; hôs lukoi arn' agapôsin, of treacherous or unnatural love, Poet. ap. Pl.Phdr.241d; lukou bion zên [ZOE], i. e. live by rapine, Prov. ap. Plb.16.24.4; ek lukou stomatos, of getting a thing praeter spem, Zen.3.48; tôn ôtôn echein ton lukon 'catch a Tartar', Apollod.Car.18, cf. Plb.30.20.8; l. aeton pheugei, of the inescapable, Diogenian.6.19; l. peri phrear choreuei, of those engaged in vain pursuits, ib.21.

-Humenai-oô ,
A. sing the wedding-song, A.Pr.557 (lyr.).
2. wed, take to wife, kouras Theoc.22.179 : prov., prin ken lukos oin humenaioi
2. wed, take to wife,kourasTheoc.22.179: prov., “prin ken lukos oin humenaioiAr.Pax1076 (hex.).

-Humenai-os u^, o(, (Humēn) II. = Humēn, Hymen, the god of marriage, addressed in wedding-songs, freq. in Trag. and Com. (lyr.), “Humēn ō Umenai' anazE.Tr.314; Humēn ō Humenai' Humēn ib.331; “Humēn Humenai' ōAr.Pax1335; “Humēn ō, Humenai' ōId.Av.1736,1742; Dor. “Human ō HumenaieTheoc.18.58; hence the two are used as one word, “humēn humenaion aeidōnOpp.C.1.341.

The hieros gamos was the ultimate expression of what is termed 'temple prostitution' where a man visited a priestess in order to receive gnosis - to experience the devine for himself through the act of lovemaking. The word describing the priestess was hierodule which means 'sacred servent'. Pistis (Faith) is Sophia or Wisdom: Her daughter is called 'Eve of life' or Zoe, the 'holy spirit'. i.e. prostitution

All singers and musicians were honored to be the harem of the gods. 

Psaltôid-eô , psaltOideo, KitheraOideo,
A. sing to the harp, LXX 2 Ch.5.13.

Chor-euô dance a round or choral dance, take part in the chorus, regarded as a matter of religion, things represented in mimic dance, to celebrate marriages, things represented in mimic dance,' aulos [flute, trumpet]justeron choreuetô 

INCLUDES: paizô, 4. play on a musical instrument, 5. play amorously, II. jest, sport, 

Gregory Nazianzen

For what they worship as true, they veil as mythical. But if these things are true, they ought not to be called myths, but to be proved not to be shameful; and if they are false, they ought not to be objects of wonder; nor ought people so inconsiderately to hold the most contrary opinions about the same thing,  as if they were playing in the market-place with boys or really ill-disposed men, not engaged in discussion with men of sense, and worshippers of the Word, though despisers of this artificial plausibility.

Nor are these Thracian orgies, from which the word Worship (threskia) is said to be derived; nor rites and mysteries of Orpheus,
..........whom the Greeks admired so much for his wisdom that they devised for him a lyre which draws all things by its music.

VI. nickname of paiderastai, AP12.250 (Strat.), cf. Pl.Phdr. 241d.

Aristophanes Archarnians

DICAEOPOLIS
Peace, profane men! Let the basket-bearer come forward, and thou Xanthias, hold the phallus well upright.

Xanthias, walk behind the basket-bearer and hold the phallus well erect; I will follow, singing the Phallic hymn; thou, wife, look on from the top of the terrace. Forward!

Oh, Phales, [god of generation, worshipped in the form of a phallus]  companion of the orgies of Bacchus, night reveller, god of adultery, friend of young men, these past six years I have not been able to invoke thee.

CHORUS

Here is a man truly happy. See how everything succeeds to his wish. Peacefully seated in his market, he will earn his living; ....without being accosted on the public place by any importunate fellow,

neither by Cratinus, shaven in the fashion of the debauchees, nor by this musician, who plagues us with his silly improvisations, Artemo, with his arm-pits stinking as foul as a goat, like his father before him. You will not be the butt of the villainous Pauson's jeers, nor of Lysistratus, the disgrace of the Cholargian deme, who is the incarnation of all the vices, and endures cold and hunger more than thirty days in the month.

A BOEOTIAN By Heracles! my shoulder is quite black and blue. Ismenias, put the penny-royal down there very gently, and all of you, musicians from Thebes, pipe with your bone flutes 

Plato, Symposium
[192b] they are boy-lovers, and have no natural interest in wiving and getting children, but only do these things under stress of custom; they are quite contented to live together unwedded all their days. A man of this sort is at any rate born to be a lover of boys or the willing mate of a man, eagerly greeting his own kind. 

Peter outlawed "private interpretation" or "further expounding."  First, he left us a memory of his eye-- and ear-- witness of the risen Christ.  Christ through the prophets and apostles wrote in pretty clear text.  The direct command is to PREACH the Word by READING the Word. No preacher can be a co-Jesus.  CORRUPTING THE WORD is "selling learning at retail" which also means "adultery.

2 Peter 2 clearly DEFINES the polluters of the Word.

kapēl-euō ,
A. to be a retail-dealer, drive a petty trade, Hdt.1.155, 2.35, Isoc.2.1, Nymphod.21, IG11(2).161 A16 (Delos, iii B. C.), BGU1024 vii 23 (iv A. D.); di' apsukhou boras sitois kapēleu' drive a trade, chaffer with your vegetable food, E.Hipp.953.

CYRUS IS TOLD HOW TO EMASCULATE THE MALES
Hdt. 1.155 [3] “O King, what you say is reasonable. But do not ever yield to anger, or destroy an ancient city that is innocent both of the former and of the present offense. For the former I am responsible, and bear the punishment on my head; while Pactyes, in whose charge you left Sardis, does this present wrong; let him, then, pay the penalty.
        [4] Grant, then, forgiveness to the Lydians,
        and to
make sure of their never rebelling against thee, or alarming thee more,
        send and
forbid them to keep any weapons of war,
                  command them
to wear tunics under their cloaks, and to put buskins upon their legs,
......        ....and make them bring up their sons to cithern-playing (Kitharizein), singing (psallein),
...        .......and shop-keeping (Hucksterism).  So wilt thou soon see them become women instead of men,
and there will be no more fear of their revolting from thee

II. c. acc., sell by retail, “ton herpinHippon.51.
2. metaph., k. ta prēgmata, of Darius, Hdt.3.89; k. ta mathēmata sell learning by retail, hawk it about, Pl. Prt.313d; “k. ton logon tou theou2 Ep.Cor.2.17; so eoiken ou kapēleusein makhēn will not peddle in war, i. e. fight half-heartedly, A.Th. 545; “k. Khariti tēn amoibēnEpicur.Sent.Vat.39; k. tēn politeian traffic in grants of citizenship, D.C.60.17; k. tēs hōras anthos or tēn hōran, of prostitutes, Ph.2.394,576; eirēnēn pros Rhōmaious Khrusiou k. Hdn.6.7.9; tukhē kapēleuousa . . ton bion playing tricks with life, corrupting it, AP9.180 (Pall.).
In fact, Paul OUTLAWS doubtful disputations which includes anything that comes out of human opinion or preferences: THAT would imply that people think they are C0-rulers or regulators of the laws of worship.

Romans XV. 1 debemus autem nos firmiores imbecillitates infirmorum sustinere et non nobis placere

Sustinere  I. to hold up, hold upright, uphold, to bear up, keep up, support, sustain 1.To sustain, support, maintain, by food, money, or other means (maintain, preserve with dignity of a citizen II. Concr., the citizens united in a community, the body - politic, the state, and as this consists of one city and its territory, or of several cities, it differs from urbs, i.e. the compass of the dwellings of the collected citizens; 

Imbecillitas Caes. B. G. 7, 77, 9

Caes. B. G. 7, 77, 9  Caesar, Gallic War 7.77. LXXVII. But those who were blockaded at Alesia , the day being past, on which they had expected auxiliaries from their countrymen, and all their corn being consumed ignorant of what was going on among the Aedui, convened an assembly [Concilium Pastorium] and deliberated on the exigency of their situation. After various opinions had been expressed among them, some of which proposed a surrender, others a sally, while their strength would support it, the speech of Critognatus ought not to be omitted for its singular and detestable cruelty. 

Concilium is the same as Latin ecclesia or Greek sulloge or synagogue. I.a collection of people, an association, gathering, union, meeting A.An assembly for consultation pastorum pasco  2.To feed, nourish, maintain, support, 3.To cherish, cultivate, let grow, feed 

4. Of animals, to graze, browse (poet.): pascentes capellae,Verg. E. 3, 96

Verg. E. 3, 96 Virgil, Mario

MENALCAS
O every way
unhappy sheep, unhappy flock! while he
still courts Neaera, fearing lest her choice
should fall on me, this hireling shepherd here
wrings hourly twice their udders, from the flock
filching the life-juice, from the lambs their milk.

DAMOETAS
“My Muse, although she be but country-bred,
is loved by Pollio: O Pierian Maids,
pray you, a heifer for your reader feed!”

DAMOETAS
“Pollio himself too doth new verses make:
feed ye a bull now ripe to butt with horn,
and scatter with his hooves the flying sand.”

DAMOETAS
“Pollio himself too doth new verses make:
feed ye a bull now ripe to butt with horn,
and scatter with his hooves the flying sand.

Outlawed:  Placeo to please, to be pleasing or agreeable, to be welcome, acceptable, to satisfy (class.).
1. In scenic lang., of players or pieces presented, to please, find favor, give satisfaction: scenico placenti 

Rom. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, 
        if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. 
        Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Outlawed: Scaenicus I. of or belonging to the stage, scenic, dramaticORGANA, theatrical
I. Lit.: poëtae, dramatic poets, ludi, stage-plays, theatrical representations, : fabula, a drama,  
2. Placere sibi, to be pleased or satisfied with one's self, to flatter one's self, to pride or plume one's self

I. Lit.: poëtae, dramatic poets, ludi, stage-plays, theatrical representations, : fabula, a drama, organa, Suet. Ner. 44 : coronae, id. ib. 53 : habitus, id. ib. 38 : gestus, Cic. de Or. 3, 59, 220 : modulatio Comedy. Orator

Poi-êtês II. composer of a poem, author, p. kômôidias Pl.Lg.935e ; p. kainôn dramatôn, b. composer of music, 2. author of a speech

Outlawed:  Organum Vitr. 10, 1.--Of musical instruments, a pipe,. Gen. 4, 21; id. 2 Par. 34, 12 et saep.--Of hydraulic engines, an organ, water-organ: organa hydraulica

Gen 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

H8610 manipulate, figuratively to use unwarrantably:--catch, handle, (lay, take) hold (on, over), stop, X surely, surprise, take.
H8608 taphaph to drum, that is, play (as) on the tambourine:taber, play with timbrels.
H8611 tôpheth to'-feth From the base of H8608 ; a smiting, that is, (figuratively) contempt:--tabret. MEANING HELL

Outlawed:  Modulatio. In partic., a rhythmical measure, modulation; hence, singing and playing, melody, in poetry and music, Quint. 9, 4, 139: modulatione produci aut corripi (verba), id. 9, 4, 89 : modulatio pedum, id. 1, 6, 2 : scenica, id. 11, 3, 57 : vocis, melody, id. 11, 3, 59 : musica, Aus. Ep. 25, 13 .

Clement of Alexandria: "After having paid reverence to the discourse about God, they leave within [at church] what they have heard. And outside they foolishly amuse themselves with impious playing, and amatory quavering (feminine vibrato), occupied with flute-playing, and dancing, and intoxication, and all kinds of trash.

[2] unusquisque vestrum proximo suo placeat in bonum ad aedificationem [3] etenim Christus non sibi placuit sed sicut scriptum est inproperia inproperantium tibi ceciderunt super me 

LOQUOR I. inf. loquier, Naev. ap. Gell. 1, 24, 2), v. dep. n. and a. [Sanscr. lap-, to talk, whisper; Gr. lak-, elakon, laskô], to speak, talk, say (in the lang. of common life, in the tone of conversation; cf. Quint. 9, 4, 10; 11, 3, 45). 

1. To speak out, to say, tell, talk about, mention, utter, name: A. To speak, declare, show, indicate or express clearly:

Aedificatio III. Fig., building up, instructing, edification.
(a). Absol.: loquitur ad aedificationem, Vulg. 1 Cor. 14, 3 ; 14, 26.--
(b). With gen.: ad aedificationem Ecclesiae [church], Vulg. 1 Cor. 14, 12 ; ib. Eph. 4, 12.

See our review of Jay Guin to see that Paul OUTLAWS human opinions along with discussing diets which disturbed church members in the marketplaces. In Romans 15 Paul followed Christ's "pattern" for the Church in the wilderness: we are NOT to seek self pleasure which parses to all of the hypocritic arts and crafts: in Ezekiel 33 entertaining preachers, singers and instrument players.

In fact the Bible demands the right for GOD to linform us about our faith and practice: it was the abandoned Jews who performed "worship" or service meaning hard bondage. The Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ in the Wilderness met for instruction only and "vocal or instrumental rejoicing was outlawed." You don't let the children play in Bible Class.

The the Synagogue or Church in the wilderness: the only authorized change was the Lord's Supper to show forth or evangelize.  The godly elder and Jesus stood up to preach by READING the Word and had the uncommon decency to sit down and discuss any unclear passage.  Preaching and singing was imposed only after Constantine gave them a pay day for the first time in history. Of course, that attracted all of the rabble.

In 2 Peter 1 Peter left us the example (written) of Christ for our "memory" since no one since the Prophets and apostles had a single word to add.  In fact, Isaiah 55 gives us the FREE WATER OF THE WORD.  And in Isaiah 58 we are forbidden to seek our own pleasure or SPEAK OUT OWN WORDS: we can contribute nothing to God.

Peter outlaws PRIVATE INTERPRETATION which means "further expounding." God is God and we are not: we have nothing to the cross to bring.  In 2 Peter 2 Paul defines the MUSICAL or performing arts as CORRUPTING.

God invented CENI or the Regulative Principle: it fills the Bible, Church Fathers, and all founders of denominations.
Isa. 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, 
        Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
        and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter:
        should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

[19] et cum dixerint ad vos quaerite a pythonibus et a divinis qui stridunt in incantationibus suis numquid non populus a Deo suo requirit pro vivis a mortuis

To the law and to the testimony:
        if they speak not according to this word,
        it is because there is no light in them. Isa 8:2

In-canto , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. and n. *
I. To sing in, with dat.: “passer incantans saepiculae (i. e. in saepicula),App. M. 8, p. 210, 26. —
II. In partic.
A. To say over, mutter, or chant a magic formula against some one: QVI MALVM CARMEN INCANTASSET, Fragm. XII. Tab. ap. Plin. 28, 2, 4, § 17.—
B. Transf.
1. To consecrate with charms or spells: “incantata vincula,lovelcnots, Hor. S. 1, 8, 49.—
2. To bewitch, enchant: “quaesisti, quod mihi emolumentum fuerit incantandi (sc. illam)?App. Mag. p. 305: “incantata mulier,id. ib.: “pileum vetitis artibus,Amm. 14, 7, 7.

vincŭlo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. id.,
I. to fetter, bind, chain: “multa animalia redimiculis gaudent, et phalerari sibi magis quam vinculari videntur,Ambros. in Psa. 118, Serm. 3, 6; Cael. Aur. Tard. 4, 8, 108.
vincŭlum , or (also in class. prose), contr., vinclum , i, n. id.,
I. that with which any thing is bound, a band, bond, rope, cord, fetter, tie (cf.: catena, manica, compes).
Incantātĭo , ōnis, f. id.,
I. an enchanting, enchantment (post-class.): “magicae, Firm. Math. 5, 5: incantationum vires,Tert. Hab. Mul. 2.

Strīdō to make a shrill noise, sound harshly, creak, hiss, grate, whiz, whistle, rattle, buzz: stridentia tinguunt Aera lacu, V.: cruor stridit, hisses, O.: belua Lernae Horrendum stridens, V.: horrendā nocte (striges), O.: mare refluentibus undis, V.: aquilone rudentes, O.: videres Stridere secretā aure susurros, buzz, H.

Everyone knows that Jesus didn't COMMAND instruments but repudiated them if you grasp that He called the Scribes and Pharisees HYPOCRITES by speaking of MOUTH worship and by naming falkse preachers, singers and instrument players: the extreme example of NOTHING. The CENI is

Matt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things WHATSOEVER I have COMMANDED you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

2 Peter 1 outlaws "private interpretation" or "further expounding" of anything: He commands the prophets by Christ and the prophecies made more perfect by Jesus, left as OUR MEMORY and the way to MARK false teachers. He points directly to rhetoric and all of the HYPOCRITIC arts identified in Ezekiel 33

2 Peter 2 them MARKS the false teachers with CORRUPTION including all of the hypocritic arts.

Proposition 5. That with respect to the COMMANDS and ORDINANCES of our Lord Jesus Christ, where the Scriptures are silent as to the express time or manner of performance, if any such there be,

        no HUMAN authority has power to interfere,
        in order to supply the supposed deficiency by making laws for the Church;
        nor can anything more be required of Christians in such cases,
        but only that they so observe these COMMANDS and ORDINANCES
        as will evidently answer the declared and obvious end of their institution.

Much less has any [16] human authority
        power to IMPOSE new commands or ORDINANCES upon the Church,

        which our Lord Jesus Christ has NOT ENJOINED

Nothing ought to be received into the faith or worship of the Church,
        or be made a TERM OF COMMUNION among Christians,
        that is not as old as the New Testament.

The direct command,  approved example of Jesus and until the year 373 did not IMPOSE any kind of Eastern "singing" which would not be tuneful. That is because the DIRECT COMMAND is to use "that which is written" or the Word of Christ for our edification which means EDUCATION.

Congregational unison singing of rewritten metrical Psalms (only) came after John Calvin. I am not aware that this caused the discord introduced in the midst of the "awakenings" fueled by witchcraft. 

Because of His experience in the Seceder Presbyterians we know that nothing Thomas or Alexander can be twisted to endorse the use of instruments. Therefore, CONGREGATIONAL SINGING was not IMPOSED as an ORDANCE uponn any church: the use of the organ (onlly they promised) was IMPOSED by physical force in some places. Therefore, Al Maxey cannot use the Declaration and Address to impose ANYTHING.

CATHOLIC "For almost a thousand years Gregorian chant, without any instrumental or harmonic addition was the only music used in connection with the liturgy. The organ, in its primitive and rude form, was the first, and for a long time the sole, instrument used to accompany the chant. The church has never encouraged and at most only tolerated the use of instruments.

Total Declaration and Address

11. That (in some instances)
        a partial neglect of the expressly revealed will of God,
        and (in others) an assumed authority
        for making the approbation of human opinions and human inventions a term of communion,
        by INTRODUCING them into the constitution, faith, or WORSHIP of the Church,
        are, and have been, the immediate, obvious, and universally-acknowledged causes,
        of all the corruptions and divisions that ever have taken place in the Church of Go

12. That all that is necessary to the highest state of perfection and purity of the Church upon earth is,

first, that none be received as members but such as having that due measure of Scriptural self-knowledge described above, do

profess their faith in Christ and obedience to him in all things according to the Scriptures;

nor, secondly, that any be retained in her communion longer than they continue to manifest the reality of their profession by their temper and conduct.

Thirdly, that her ministers, duly and Scripturally qualified,

inculcate none other things than those very articles of faith and holiness expressly revealed and enjoined in the word of God.

Lastly, that in all their administrations they keep close by the observance of all Divine ordinances, after the example of the primitive Church, exhibited in the New Testament; without any additions whatsoever of human opinions or inventions of men.

13. Lastly. That if any circumstantials indispensably necessary to the observance of Divine ordinances be not found upon the page of express revelation, such, and such only,

as are absolutely necessary for this purpose should be adopted under the title of human expedients, without any pretense to a more sacred origin,

so that any subsequent alteration or difference in the observance of these things might produce no contention nor division in the Church.

Because the Churh of Christ did not INTRODUCE or IMPOSE anything, it is fuzzy logic to blame those who refuse to be treated as the Declaration and common decency forbids.

Paul outlawed every of private opinion which did not edify. Doubtful disputations means that "we don't discuss your private opinions about food or your old worship." Rather, we use one MIND and one MOUTH (tongues are human) to teach "that which is written FOR OUR LEARNING."  No human composition of musicla machine can TEACH.
Hab. 2:19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone,
        Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver,
        and there is no breath (spirit) at all in the midst of it.

Hab. 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple:
        let all the earth keep silence before him.

Because Christ OUTLAWED "vocal or instrumental rejoicing" for the Church in the wilderness where HIS is "preacher" through His word; and because no synagogue ever had "any kind of praise service," and because singing was not IMPOSED as an act until 373 NOT adopting instruments has all of the CENI and REGULATIVE principle directly on its side.  You cannot even hallucinate the use of instruments if you understand that the Spirit connects them with evil people from the 'singing and harp-playing prostitute in the garden of Eden to the end time Babylon mother of harlots (Rev 17) who USES lusted after FRUITS (same as in Amos) as slick speakers, singers and instrument players. John called them SORCERERS and says they will be cast into the lake of fire along with the DOGS and WOLVES.

THE CENI OR REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE FROM GOD AND SUPPORTED BY ALL HISTORIC SCHOLARS.


Silence EXCLUDES the presumptious for imposing THEIR opinion on others: Al's agenda is to shame churches of Christ into the use of instruments.

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jer 13:8

Thus saith the Lord, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. Jer 13:9
This evil people, which
refuse to hear my words,
........which walk in the imagination of their heart, [twisted]
........and walk after other gods, to serve them,
........and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. Jer 13:10

For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man,
........ so have I caused to cleave unto me
........ the whole house of Israel and
........ the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord;

that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory:
........ but they would not hear. Jer 13:11

Irenaeus (ca. 150)
Against Heresies 3.1.1
“We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith.”

Clement of Alexandria (d. 215)
The Stromata, 7:16
“But those who are ready to toil in the most excellent pursuits, will not desist from the search after truth, till they get the demonstration from the Scriptures themselves.”

Gregory of Nyssa (d.ca, 395)
“On the Holy Trinity”, NPNF, p. 327
“Let the inspired Scriptures then be our umpire, and the vote of truth will be given to those whose dogmas are found to agree with the Divine words.”

Athanasius (c. 296–373)
Against the Heathen, 1:3
“The holy and inspired Scriptures are fully sufficient for the proclamation of the truth.”

Basil the Great (ca.329–379)
On the Holy Spirit, 7.16
“We are not content simply because this is the tradition of the Fathers. What is important is that the Fathers followed the meaning of the Scripture.”

Ambrose (340–397 A.D.)
On the Duties of the Clergy, 1:23:102
“For how can we adopt those things which we do not find in the holy Scriptures?”

St. Augustine (354–430)
De unitate ecclesiae, 10
“Neither dare one agree with catholic bishops if by chance they err in anything, but the result that their opinion is against the canonical Scriptures of God.”

Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
Summa Theologiae, Question 1, art. 8
“For our faith rests on the revelation made to the Prophets and Apostles who wrote the canonical books.”

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

Acts 7 where Stephen lets the Jews in on the secret that God did not command the king, kingdom, temple or anything that went along with it.  In fact, he tells them that "God turned them over to worship the starry host" and sentenced them to return to beyond Babylon.  In fact again, he says that this is the same Amos story people never believed. See what happened when people engage in musical madness in the front of a holy God who does not judge by what He hears or Sees (Isaiah 11).  Or see what Christ Who spoke through the PROPHETS and not by the "lying pen of the Scribes" said about it.  In fact, Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: In the Ezekiel 33 example he names slick preachers (for pay), singers and instrument players. In fact the primary meaning of a hypocrite worked from "silence."

Stand in the gate of the Lords house [courts], and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord. Jeremiah 7:2

Shachah (h7812) shaw-khaw'; a prim. root; to depress, i. e. prostrate (espec. reflex. in homage to royalty or God): - bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship. 

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
        Amend your ways and your doings,
        and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Jeremiah 7:3  

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord,
        The temple of the Lord, are these. Jeremiah 7:4

For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings;
        if ye thoroughly
execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; Jeremiah 7:5 
If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
        and
shed not innocent blood in this place,
        neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Jeremiah 7:6 

Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Jeremiah 7:7
Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Jeremiah 7:8

> Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
       Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21 

21. Put ... burnt offerings unto ... sacrifices ... eat flesh--Add the former (which the law required to be wholly burnt) to the latter (which were burnt only in part), and "eat flesh" even off the holocausts or burnt offerings. As far as I am concerned, saith Jehovah, you may do with one and the other alike. I will have neither (Isa 1:11 Ho 8:13 Am 5:21,22).

> 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

Some people are so simple that they might say that WE can be rightous AND burn innocent animals without tainting either.  They say, "If we add instruments we are STILL singing."

> But 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

God hath not said, thou shalt not sing and play instruments and pretend that you are worshiping Me.

> 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

Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John,  

That the Pharisees puffed up unto strange boasting,
        were wont to pretend that the Divine Word was with them and in them,
        and therefore foolishly affirmed that they had advanced to marvellous wisdom, 
        the Spirit Itself will testify, 
        since Christ says by the Prophet Jeremiah unto them, 
                How do ye say, WE are wise, and the word of the Lord is with us?
                For nought to the scribes became their lying pen;
                the wise
men were ashamed, were dismayed and taken;
                what wisdom
is in them? because they rejected the word of the Lord.

For how are they not taken rejecting the Living and Hypostatic Word of God, receiving not the faith to Him-ward, 
        but dishonouring the Impress of God the Father, and refusing to behold His most true Form (so to say)
        through His God-befitting Authority and Power?

Or say, 1 Corinthians 10 where Paul said that they worshipped demons when they rose up to play.  Play? what means Play. Well, play is specificially profaning the rest day devoted to God by singing, dancing, playing instruments and playing with one another because of the music-induced lust.

Or say, Romans 10 when Paul speaks of sending across the sea when they HAD the Word of God preached by Moses.

Or say, 2 Corinthians 3 where the people refused to listen to God who commanded them NOT to engage in musical rituals (Exodus 31) and the--working from "silence" because Moses hadn't told them yet--in Exodus 32 they DID IT. For that affront they lost The Book of the Covenant of Grace and were abandoned to the Law of Moses. But, stranger, Moses still didn't commanded any musical instruments when God ABANDONED them to animal sacrifices.


ALL OF THE "SOUNDS LIKE" IN REVELATION ARE SOUNDS OF TERROR AND JUDGMENT.

Nietzsche Tragedy

In these Greek festivals, for the first time nature achieves its artistic jubilee. In them, for the first time,

the tearing apart of the principii individuationis [the individualizing principle] becomes an artistic phenomenon.

Here that dreadful witches' potion of lust and cruelty was without power. The strange mixture and ambiguity in the emotions of the Dionysian celebrant remind him, as healing potions remind him of deadly poison, of that sense that pain awakens joy, that the jubilation in his chest rips out cries of agony.

From the most sublime joy echoes the cry of horror or the longingly plaintive lament over an irreparable loss. In those Greek festivals it was as if a sentimental feature of nature is breaking out, as if nature has to sigh over her dismemberment into separate individuals.

The language of song and poetry of such a doubly defined celebrant was for the Homeric Greek world something new and unheard of.

Dionysian music especially awoke in that world fear and terror. If music was apparently already known as an Apollonian art, this music, strictly speaking, was a rhythmic pattern like the sound of waves, whose artistic power had developed for presenting Apollonian states of mind. The music of Apollo was Doric architecture expressed in sound, but only in intimate tones, characteristic of the cithara [a traditional stringed instrument}. The un-Apollonian character of Dionysian music keeps such an element of gentle caution at a distance, and with that turns music generally into emotionally disturbing tonal power, a unified stream of melody, and the totally incomparable world of harmony.

"In the Apocalypse, no doubt, we read of " harpers harping with their harps;" but the book where this occurs, is a symbolical book; and it would be absurd to understand it in any other than a symbolical sense.

"If the "harpers" are to be understood literally; the offering of "incense," referred to in that book, must be understood literally too.

"The beast with the seven heads and ten horns, must be a literal beast; and the woman that sits on the back of it, must be a literal woman.

"Who, in his senses, would contend for such a principle of interpretation in regard to these? But this must be contended for, and maintained, before any argument can be drawn from the "harpers" of the Book of Revelation, in favour of the use of instrumental music in the Gospel Church.

However, Scripture is usually inspired to warn Christians against pagan practices: 

Note that the 144,000 are on the Earth:

AND I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fathers name written in their foreheads. Rev 14:1

What they heard was from heaven--in the atmosphere over Zion.

And I heard a voice from heaven,
as the voice of many waters, and
as
the voice of a great thunder:
and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: Rev 14:2
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. Rev 14:2NIV

And I heard a voice from heaven
..........like the sound of many waters and
..........like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was
..........like the sound of harpers playing on their harps Revelation 14:2RSV

Keladeo sound as flowing water 2. of persons, shout aloud, atar keladēsan Akhaioi, in applause. keladeonti amphi Kinuran phamaiPi.P.2.15: c. acc. cogn., “k. humnous” lSound of the grasshopper, ring bells, of the flute, sing of, celebrate loudly.

There is nothing to support the voice "of harpers harping with their harps in either Latin or Greek.

We have noted that when you hear these SOUNDSthe next angel sounds a warning that you should PREACH THE GOSPEL: time is short.

Click for Harps In Revelation which would be JUDGMENTAL SOUNDS even to a simple simon.

THESE SOUNDS POINT TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF DIOTREPHES as well as the sounds of judgment.

-Echeion ( [êchos] ) drum, gong,   tambourine, as head-dress,; used for stage-thunder,  as sounding-boards in the theatre
II. in the lyre, = chalkôma, apptly. a metallic sounding-plate  
2. Adj. êcheion organon sounding instrument,  

Plut. Crass. 23 But when they were near the Romans and the signal was raised by their commander, first of all they filled the plain with the sound of a deep and terrifying roar. [7] For the Parthians do not incite themselves to battle with horns or trumpets, but they have hollow drums of distended hide, covered with bronze bells, and on these they beat all at once in many quarters, and the instruments give forth a low and dismal tone, a blend of wild beast's roar and harsh thunder peal. 
        They had rightly judged that, of all the senses,
        hearing is the one most apt to confound the soul,
        soonest rouses its emotions,
        and most effectively unseats the judgment.

And they sung as it were a new song 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 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

INSTRUMENTAL NOISE is always the MARK or SOUND of Judgment and NOT Spiritual worship.

Saying [not singing] 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
Proskuneo (g4352) pros-koo-neh'-o; from 4314 and a prob. der. of 2965 (mean. to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (lit. or fig.) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): - worship. 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Rom 15:4

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: Rom 15:5

That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 15:6

Docazo (g1392) dox-ad'-zo; from 1391; to render (or esteem) glorious (in a wide application): - (make) glorify (-ious), full of (have) glory, honour, magnify.

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

NOT EVEN THE TRIBE OF LEVI--CURSED BY THEIR FATHER--WAS PERMITTED TO BE NEAR OR IN ANY HOLY PLACE.

At Mount Sinai God turned the Civil-Military-Clergy complex over to worship the starry host and THAT is who they worshipped.

Christ ordained the Qahal, synagogue or Chruch of Christ in the Wilderness for the godly people.  They would never be inside the camp or gates when the Levites smade loud exorcism noisies never called music.

CHRIST SPOKE ONLY THROUGH THE PROPHETS TO REPUDIATE SACRIFICES AND DEFINE THE PATTERN FOR THE FUTURE REST HE WOULD BRING.
Isaiah 30 shows the sights and sounds of God driving His enemies into "hell."

Must ye always rejoice
, and go into my holy places continually, 
        as they that keep a feast? and must ye go with a pipe,
        as those that rejoice into the mountain of the Lord, to the God of Israel Isaiah 30:29 LXX

        and the Lord shall make his glorious voice to be heard and the wrath of his arm,
        to make a
display with wrath and anger and devouring flame:
        he shall
lighten terribly, and his wrath shall be as water and violent hail. Isaiah 30:30 LXX
For by the voice of the Lord the Assyrians shall be overcome,
        even
by the stroke where with he shall smite them. Isaiah 30:31 LXX
And it shall happen to him from every side, that they from whom their hope of assistance was,
        in which he trusted, themselves
shall war against him in turn
        with
drums and with harp. Isaiah 30:32 LXX
Tumultus . Of thunder, storm, etc.: “tremendo Juppiter ipse ruens tumultu,” i. e. the roar of thunder, tempest
1. In milit. lang., a sudden or impending war, civil war, insurrection, tumult, sedition, rebellion:
2. Excitement, anxiety: S. Disturbance, disquietude, agitation, tumult of the mind or feelings: “tumultus Mentis,Hor. C. 2, 16, 10;
B. Of speech, confusion, disorder: “sermonis,
Hor. Carm. 2.16 

For ease the Mede, with quiver gay:
For ease rude Thrace, in battle cruel:
Can purple buy it, Grosphus? Nay,
Nor gold, nor jewel.

No pomp, no lictor clears the way
'Mid rabble-routs of troublous feelings, [mind]
Nor quells the cares that sport and play
Round gilded ceilings....

With double dyes; a small domain,
The soul that breathed in Grecian harping, [Carmena A muse Mousa]
My portion these; and high disdain
Of ribald carping. 
Ezek. 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches,
        and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls,
        and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber
        and thy dust in the midst of the water.
Ezek. 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease;
        and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.
Ezek. 26:14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock:
        thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more:
        for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezek. 26:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus;
        Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall,
        when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?
h2491 from 2490 pierced, play the flute, pollute, prostitute, profane
Christ made certain that He would not need any help in defining how that is to be accomplished; Click for the patternism which excludes all of we who are not God.

HO, every one that thirsteth,
        come ye to the
waters,
        and he that hath no money;
        come ye, buy, and eat; yea,
        come, buy wine and milk WITHOUT MONEY
        and WITHOUT PRICE. Isa 55:1

Wherefore DO YOU 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. Isa 55:2

Incline your ear, and come unto me:
        hear, and your soul shall live;
        and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
        even the sure mercies of David. Isa 55:3

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found,
call ye upon him while he is near: Isa 55:6

Let the wicked forsake his way, and
        the unrighteous [forsake] man his thoughts:
        and let him return unto the Lord,
        and he will have mercy upon him;
        and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isa 55:7

Is. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
        neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Is. 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways,
        and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Is. 55:10 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:

Is. 55:11 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.
Is. 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
        the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,
        and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Is. 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree,
        and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree:
        and it shall be to the LORD for a name,
         for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. 
THEN AS THE WAY TO KEEP THE MERCHANDISERS OF THAT FREE WORD SILENT ON THE REST DAY:

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
TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE NOT BAITED AND SWITCHED
Rom. 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written,
        The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
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 Chris
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