Russ Adcox More Thoughts On Silence

If Russ Adcox decides that musical instruments--machines for doing hard work--are imposed into a peaceable Church of Christ then everyone must SUBMIT and remain SILENT. History  knows no better way of forcing a following than to stand as ANTI whatever it is that people are upset about. 

Russ Adcox PRO instrumental "worship" in debate with
An Elder PRO instrumentalists concluding that
        Instrumental music is ok but WE decide to be a cappella
Russ, according to the pattern, portrays the ANTI-instrumentalists as so wicked that YOU surely must be PRO-instrumental. Too bad, that the proof texts normally used fails to READ the Word.  Otherwise, they would know why there is not a remote musical concept in the whole Bible or early church history connected to the spiritual people of God whom He Quarantined from the regular pagan and the sacrificial system

The Spirit OF Christ in Jeremiah defines the blasphemy of The Holy Spirit OF Christ as saying that God says something he did not say: it was just the imagination of the falseteachers.
Russ keeps assuring the people that the Psallo type words (from Psao base or SOP) INCLUDES THE USE of musical instruments.

The Greeks had COMPOUND WORDS when they wanted to speak of singing TO a harp or Playing + a named harp. EACH instrument had its own compound word.

If you presume that Psallo (meditate, grace) contrary to all evidence is the SILENCE which authorized people to impose instruments and sow massive discord then you DO despise God in Christ and that is called blasphem.

Psallo at no time or place in recorded history MEANT to play a harp and "melody as tunefulness belongs to the 19th century.It means to pluck or SMITE a string or hair with your FINGERS but NEVER with a plectrum.  The Psallo word OUTLAWS the guitar player with a pick. You cannot psallo a drum, flute or MAKE music in any sense.  Psallo as PLUCK as used by the NACC writers is always connected with older males (Alexander the Great) plucking a lyre trying to seduce a young male whose hairs had been PLUCKED.  Psallo was associated with Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon) and the Muses (dirty adulteresses) as his musical worship team. In Revelation 18 John calls the SORCERERS as indeed all musical concepts spoke of enchantment, soothsaying (Miriam and the Levites) or Sorcery (the speakers, singers, instrument players under the Babylon Mother of harlots (Rev 17-18.

That's the Law of Silence was invented by the Disciples-Christian Churches. See H. Leo Boles quoting W.R. Walker, in Christian Standard,
The other alternative that many took, and still advocate, is to place the organ in the "area of silence" or in the field of expediency. But if there is no stronger reason for using the instrument than the opinions and judgments of men, it is sinful to force the use of the instrument in worshiping upon God's people. If it is placed in the field of opinion and judgment of men, not only may it be abandoned, but should be, for it invades the realm of divine revelation. 
God's children, to be loyal to his word, must oppose the use of the instrument in the worship. Those who use the organ in worship make it "a test of fellowship"; they sustain the attitude that if you do not submit to the use of the instrument in worship, then you can have no fellowship with us. 
A denial of making it "a test of fellowship" does not change the logic of the situation;  neither does the charge that those who oppose the use of the instrument in worship are disturbers of the peace and unity of God's people make it true; the charge is not a proof of the fact. Those who oppose the use of the instrument in worship are walking by faith in opposing it, but those who introduce it are making it "the test of fellowship."
Demosthenes On the Embassy 19. [232] With this example before his eyes, who, men of Athens,
        will ever wish to prove himself an honest man, or to go on embassy for nothing, 

        if he is neither to make money nor to be held more worthy of your confidence
        than those who have made money?  
Today you are not merely adjudging this case: you are legislating for all future time
        whether every ambassador is basely to serve your enemies for hire,
        or without fee or bribe to give his best service to you.

More Thoughts on Silence

Russ Adcox: I was raised with the idea that Biblical silence was always restrictive. The phrase “we are silent where the Bible is silent” meant that our church didn’t employ any practice that was not specifically mentioned in the New Testament.

Not permitting others to IMPOSE something because there is no law which says "thou shalt not impose" floods the text of the Bible and all churches which claim or want to be Apostolic.  That has always guarded against those who have no love for the Word of God: He sends strong delusions. The signs of Lying Wonders is:

2Th. 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
        because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
        that they should believe a lie:

ŏpĕrātĭo , ōnis, f. operor,
I.  working, work, labor, operation (not in Cic. or Cæs.).
I. In gen.: insidiantur aquantibus (apibus) ranae, quae maxima earum est operatio, cum sobolem faciunt, Plin. 11, 18, 19, § 61; 11, 24, 28, § 80; Vitr. 2, 9.—
II. In partic.
A.  A religious performance, service, or solemnity, a bringing of offerings: operationes denicales, offerings, Fest. s. v. privatae feriae, p. 242 Müll.; Inscr. a. 286, p. Chr. ap. Orell. 2234.—

Mendācĭum , ii, n. mendax,
I.  a lie, untruth, falsehood.
*I.  Lit. (class.): “dicere alicui mendacium de re aliquā,Plaut. Bacch. 4, 9, 33: “mendacio fallere,Cic. Mur. 30, 62: “vatum,Ov. F. 6, 253: “famae,id. ib. 4, 311: “immensa spirant mendacia,Juv. 7, 111: “Titiae meae, cum quā sine mendacio vixi,” i. e. honestly, without hypocrisy, Dig. 34, 2, 36: “prophetāsti mendacium,Vulg. Jer. 20, 6; cf. id. ib. 27, 10: “credere mendacio,to believe a lie, id. 2 Thess. 2, 11.—
B.  Esp., a fable, fiction (opp. historic truth): “poëtarum,Curt. 3, 1, 4.—
II.  Transf., of things, a counterfeit (post-Aug.): “neque est imitabilior alia mendacio vitri,Plin. 37, 8, 33, § 112; 35, 6, 29, § 48.
pŏēta , ae (POETES, Inscr. Orell. 1163), m., = poiētēs.
I. In gen., a maker, producer (ante-class.): “nec fallaciam Astutiorem ullus fecit poëta,a contriver, trickster
a poet (“oratores et poëtae versificator quam poëta melior, qui Lucilium poëtam in scenā nominatim laeserat,
X.Smp.2.2 Xenophon, Symposium  II. When the tables had been removed and the guests had poured a libation and sung a hymn, there entered a man from Syracuse, to give them an evening's merriment. He had with him a fine flute-girl, a dancing-girl--one of those skilled in acrobatic tricks,--and a very handsome boy, who was expert at playing the cither and at dancing; the Syracusan made money by exhibiting their performances as a spectacle. [2] They now played for the assemblage, the flute-girl on the flute, the boy on the cither; and it was agreed that both furnished capital amusement. Thereupon Socrates remarked: “On my word, Callias, you are giving us a perfect dinner; for not only have you set before us a feast that is above criticism, but you are also offering us very delightful sights and sounds.” [3] “Suppose we go further,” said Callias, “and have some one bring us some perfume, so that we may dine in the midst of pleasant odours, also.” “No, indeed!” replied Socrates

“What use will you make of them?” the other asked.
“I will dance, by Zeus.”
    Wherefore we RECEIVING a KINGDOM which cannot be moved [by trumpets], let us have GRACE, whereby we may SERVE God acceptably with REVERENCE and godly fear: Heb 12:28 For our God is a consuming fire. Heb 12:29
Godly fear is:
    Aidos (g127) ahee-doce'; perh. from 1 (as a neg. particle) and 1492 (through the idea of downcast eyes); bashfulness, i.e. (towards men), modesty or (towards God) awe: - reverence, shamefacedness. Aidôs, oos, contr. ous, ê (late nom. pl. aidoi Sch.E.Hipp.386), as a moral feeling, A. reverence, awe, respect for the feeling or opinion of others or for one's own conscience, and so shame, self-respect 2. regard for others, respect, reverence, regard for the helpless, compassion,

The Law of Silence taught by the Spirit of Christ and all historic scholars has been that a Church must be APOSTOLIC. Because they understood that Ekklesia or Synagogue NEVER originated any  new information. Any discussion must be based on what is handed down from a HIGHER AUTHORITY.  If the NACC law of silence was obeyed then they have the power to TRUMP the Spirit OF Christ in the Prophets and the prophecies made more certain by Jesus of Nazareth.  The church is built upon the Prophets and Apostles with Christ Jesus being the AUTHOR and FINISHER of the spiritual teaching in the prophets.

Jesus died to be come the ONLY mediator between God and Man and He therefore has FINISHED the teachings to be used in the only ASSEMBLY that anyone has the right to call.

The universal Law of Silence is that Christ has spoken and commanded that we teach and observe what HE commanded. Christ defined the REST day both inclusively and exclusively:

Christ defined how HE is MOCKED and SMITTEN by Musical Performers
You should not PAY for the free water of the Word Isaiah 55 where Word is defined as SPIRIT or the Mind of Christ.

He defined the Law of Silence in Isaiah 57 which includes both man speak and woman speak.

You are commanded NOT to seek your own pleasure (music) or SPEAK your own words. in Isaiah 58

Russ Adcox: Of course we were fairly inconsistent in our application of that principle, but that’s besides the point.

The older preachers were scholars and not performers. They knew that the Purpose Driven Church is centered on the Word of God.  They were ethical enough not to allow little Jimmy Jump Up beat on his drums when the Preacher was trying to speak what Jesus commanded to be taught.  Contrary to the silliness, no one objected to HOUSES: they are exampled in the Old Testament and the meaning of EKKLESIA and by Jesus going INTO the houses and READING the Word.  They knew that PEWS would not hinder the teaching of the WORD.  They even knew that bathrooms and toilet tissue do not SILENCE the voice of Jesus Christ.

Russ Adcox:
The point was that silence primarily forbids rather than permits.
There’s nothing wrong with that approach.
What’s wrong is demanding that all other churches take the same approach,
and if they don’t, branding them as people that don’t really care about God’s Word.

I suspect that common reverence and understanding that Jesus died to be OUR WORD or rational discourse.

They understood that the instrumentalists built upon the foundation of THE LAW OF SILENCE which they perverted. They were closer to the Standard's Purpose Driven urge to "take Tennessee for the Society and Organ party."

They knew that the NACC founded in 1927 had as its MISSION forcing peaceable churches to join the PARTY and become dues-paying members to the society. Even children could be LIFE MEMBER long before Jim Bakker.

Those older and godly people knew that IMPOSING instruments and the Society based on SILENCE which must not be disputed was contrary to the Word of God and common ethics.

The christian church PREACHERS has just confessed that HE had another understanding contrary to all recorded history.

  1. Remembering that the Spirit OF Christ defined HIS future Rest which Joshua could not give the Jews both inclusively and exclusive.y.
  2. The Prophets REPUDIATE the Civli-military-clergy complex as robbers and parasites given as a curse.
  3. The Church is built [educated] upon the PROPHETS and APOSTLES with Christ the AUTHOR and FINISHER.
  4. Lifeless Instruments are equated to TONGUES and do not TEACH and instead SILENCE the voice of the Victim. Music was always called SACRED VIOLENCE and the mark of the effeminate domination by the Mother Goddess.

"Although the sermon was not an essential part of the synagogue service, the translation and explanation of the Scripture lesson was a step in the direction of a preaching service. There is evidence that an exposition of the lesson formed a part of the Sabbath afternoon service. In earliest times the sermon seems to have been connected with the reading from the Prophets. Anyone able to instruct might be asked to preach (Acts 13:15). The preacher spoke from a sitting position on an elevated place (Luke 4:20). (feiffer, Charles F., Between the Testaments, p. 63 Baker Book House).

Acts 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers,
        because they knew him not,
        nor yet the voices of the prophets 
        which are read every sabbath day,
        they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

4.  Christ in Isaiah affirmed that if you do NOT speak that which is written for our learning there is NO LIGHT IN YOU.  At least when people plan to sow discord by affirming the use of instruments SHOULD NOT BE OPPOSED you do NOT stand on Superior-to-Christ and recorded history grounds.

Christ in the wilderness and the Campbells defined

Church is A School of Christ (affirmed in the epistles)
Worship is READING and MUSING the Word of God (only)

Thomas Campbell: "who, at the same time are ignorant of, and even averse to, the religion it inculcates; and whilst others profess to embrace it as a system of religion,

without imbibing the spirit, realizing the truth, and experiencing the power of its religious institutions; but merely superstruct to themselves, rest in, and are satisfied with, a form (acts) of godliness; and that, very often, a deficient, imperfect form, or such as their own imagination has devised;

"let us, with an open bible before us, distinguish and contemplate that religion which it enjoins and exhibits--I mean the religion of christianity, for it also exhibits the religion of Judaism;
..   .but with this, in the mean time,
.   ..we christians have nothing directly to do--
...we derive our religion immediately from the New Testament. TC

"The principle of this holy religion within us, is faith, a correspondent faith; that is, a belief, or inwrought persuasion by, and according to, the word of truth,

in all points corresponding to the revelation which God has made of himself through Jesus Christ by the Spirit. Hence, being rooted and grounded in the truth of this revelation, by faith in the divine testimony,

we contemplate and worship God inwardly;
that is, adore and reverence him
in our souls, according to the characters and attributes under which he has revealed himself to us.

Thus we worship the Father, through the Son, by the Spirit, relying upon his teachings in and by the word, to lead us into all the truth which he has testified for our edification and salvation;

and also upon his internal influence to excite, instruct, and comfort us, by the truth; to help our infirmities, and to enable us to think and pray as we ought, both as to the matter and manner of our prayers. See Rom. viii. 26, and Jude 22, 21, with a multitude of other scriptures.

Thus we have the internal religion, the habitual worship of the real believer, the sincere bible-taught christian with its principle; which is the faith above described. See Rom. x. 12-15.

That was not an issue until the Disciples-Christian churches INVENTED the Law of Silence that THEIR opinion let them impose machines for making noise and work and Choirs who just embarassed everyone.  They insisted as Russ seems to be doing that this becomes the AUTHORITY of Jesus Christ and YOU must not object.

Russ Adcox: When we had our combined worship with the Christian church their pastor talked about great sayings from our heritage (we both come from the Restoration movement).

The Church of Christ under that name and NEVER approving of complex singing or instrument have always existed. Because the command is to SPEAK that which is written. And NONE of the Bible is METRICAL.  None of it COULD BE or was sung in a tuneful sense. Therefore, to say OUR HERITAGE is a put-down word pretending that all historical scholars recognized only Christ's right to SPEAK and everyone else must be SILENT.

Russ Adcox: He included the saying “we are silent where the Bible is silent.” That might have surprised some of our folks. How could he use that phrase?
        Wouldn’t it mean he should give up the instrument?
        Not necessarily.
        He gave me a different understanding of the quote.

How did this preacher GET an understanding that permits him to do something known to sow discord and without a command, example or remote inference? And how did he TRUMP all recorded scholarship (Bible based and not theology). His sp;iritual ancestors did not NEED any authority from ANYONE because they denied that Scripture cannot be ammended by church councils, the direct operation of the Holy Spirit, and TRADITIONS of the culture.

Russ Adcox: If the Bible is silent on something we shouldn’t take that issue and make it an essential doctrine.

That is NOT speaking where the Bible speaks: that is presumptious pride in one's own ability to HEAR the Father when the Son said that YOU cannot.

But he DOES claim that Scripture is silent (to Him) and yet he takes that issue and makes it such an essential doctrine that he willl hold "unity" meetings twisting all of the instrument passages PROVING that the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levite Soothsayers is HIS command to impose "instrumental praise."

But, the NACC presumed that God in Christ was SILENT: that should disqualify anyone from going beyond the command to PREACH the Word by READING the Word and discussing it: Speaking out loud and MEDITATING in the heart (spirit)

Next, the NACC took something they THOUGHT that the Spirit OF Christ was silent about and IMPOSED it knowing that they would sow massive discord which IS one of those things God hates along with "songs in the holy places" (Amos)

They made IMPOSING INSTRUMENTS an essential since anyone who dared refute them were told to shut up or get out says J.W.McGarvey. The Spirit OF Christ said that to say that the Word says something which it does not say is to DESPISE the Word or blaspheme the Holy Spirit of Christ.

Jer 23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing:
        they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers,
        that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom,
        and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Prophe-ta and prophe-tes , ae, m., = prophêtês,
I. a foreteller, soothsayer, prophet (post-class.; cf. vates): prophetas in Adrasto Julius nominat antistites fanorum oraculorumque interpretes, Aegyptius, propheta primarius Interpretes  I. An agent between two parties, a broker, factor, negotiator, divūm, the messenger of the gods, i. e. Mercury,  II. An explainer, expounder, translator, interpreter (syn. internuntius) portentorum, a soothsayer,
PHRASE: Aegyptius, propheta primarius
1.  Aegyptius,
2.  Prophetai
3.  Primarius I. one of the first, of the first rank, chief, principal, excellent, remarkable,
primarius parasitus,
Părăsītus , i, m., = parasitos, lit. one who eats with another; hence, I. In gen., a guest (pure Lat. conviva): parasiti Jovis, the gods, Hence, parasitus Phoebi, a PLAYER. actor, II. In partic., in a bad sense, one who, by flattery and buffoonery, manages to live at another's expense, a sponger, toad-eater, parasite
    -Comically, of a whip: ne ulmos parasitos faciat, that he will make his elm-twigs stick to me like parasites, i. e. give me a sound flogging, he tutelar deity of parasites was Hercules,
Plaut. Curc. 2, 3, 79.

T. Maccius Plautus, Truculentus, or The Churl
STRATOPHANES (to PHRONESIUM.) What say you? Why have you dared to say that you love another man?
PHRONESIUM I chose to.
STRATOPHANES Say you so, indeed? I'll first make trial of that. Do you, for the sake of such a shabby present, vegetables, and comestibles, and vinegar-water, bestow your love upon an effeminate, frizzle-pated, dark-haunt frequenting, drum-drubbing debauchee, a fellow not worth a nutshell

6 Is he deranged: "Hariolus." Literally, "a soothsayer," or "diviner." In their prophetic frenzy, these persons often had the appearance of being mad, and were so considered.
7 Drum-drubbing debauchee: "Typanotriba." Literally, "drum," or "tambourine beater." He alludes to the eunuch-priests of Cybele, who used to beat tambourines in her procession-probably in allusion to debauchees, emasculated by riot and dissipation

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner,
giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh,
set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Ju.1:7

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city,
which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Re.11:8
Jer 23:15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets;
Behold, I will feed them with wormwood,
and make them drink the water of gall: 
for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land
Jer 23:16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
        Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you; they make you vain:
        they speak a vision of their own heart,
        and not out of the mouth of the Lord.

Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me,
        The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace;
        and they say unto every one that walketh
        after the imagination of his own heart,
        No evil shall come upon you.
Jer 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies?
        yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams,
        which they tell every man to his neighbour,
        as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. Jer 23:27
The prophet that hath a dream,
        let him tell a dream;
        and he that hath my word,
        let him speak my word faithfully.
        What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord. Jer 23:28
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord;
        and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Jer 23:29
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord,
        that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Jer 23:30
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord,
        that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Jer 23:31
Jer 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord,
        and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness;
        yet I sent them not, nor commanded them:
        therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

They have made a profession in "unity movements" to peel off week preachers by their white paper listing all of the "instrument" passages in the Bible even when Miriam was in Egypt a Prophetess meaning SOOTHSAYER. The Levites were SOOTHSAYERS and the NACC tool ALL of their commands for instruments from the Jewish Monarchy which God (says Stephen) had turned over to worship the starry host BECAUSE of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.

Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days, 
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol, 
        and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.

The Christian Church minister BELIEVES that God commanded "instrumental worship in the sacrificial system." However, when you use your IMAGINATION to define SILENCE when God shouts you should maybe not spead false teachings.

> 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

> 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

> 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
Euphrainō , Ep. euphr-, fut. Att.155.12, Pi.I.7(6).3   II. Pass., make merry, enjoy oneself,

Pind. I. 6 Just as we mix the second bowl of wine when the men's symposium is flourishing, here is the second song of the Muses for Lampon's children and their athletic victories: first in Nemea, Zeus, in your honor they received the choicest of garlands,

Pind. I. 7   In which of the local glories of the past, divinely blessed Thebe, did you most delight your spirit? Was it when you raised to eminence the one seated beside Demeter of the clashing bronze cymbals, flowing-haired [5] Dionysus? Or when you received, as a snow-shower of gold in the middle of the night, the greatest of the gods, when he stood in the doorway of Amphitryon, and then went in to the wife to beget Heracles?

But since ancient grace sleeps, and mortals are forgetful of whatever does not reach the highest bloom of skillful song, joined to glorious streams of words, [20] then begin the victory procession with a sweet-singing hymn for Strepsiades;
Aristoph. Ach. 5 I was in ecstasy and I love the Knights for this deed; ‘it is an honour to Greece.’ But the day when I was impatiently awaiting a piece by Aeschylus, what tragic despair it caused me when the herald called, “Theognis, introduce your Chorus!” Just imagine how this blow struck straight at my heart!

Xen. Sym. 7.5 However, these questions also fail to promote the same object that wine does; but if the young people were to have a flute accompaniment and dance figures depicting the Graces, the Horae, and the Nymphs, I believe that they would be far less wearied themselves and that the charms of the banquet would be greatly enhanced.”

The NACC has always insisted that no one has the right to question their contact with "the spirit".


That a vast amount of evil has been occasioned by the introduction of instrumental music into Christian worship is undeniable.

Beginning with the first instance of it among us which I can remember that which caused a schism in the church in St. Louis in the year 1869 (Our Note:1851 Midway KY by a liberal over the physical objections of the elder),

its progress has been attended by strife, alienation, and division,
with all their
attendant evils, in hundreds of congregations.

Before this it had bred similar evils among Methodist societies and Baptist and Presbyterian churches; for all these bodies in their early days knowing that the practice originated in the Roman Catholic Church, regarded it as a Romish corruption and refused to tolerate it until it was forced upon them by the spirit of innovation which characterized the present century.

Now it is obvious that these evils, the baleful effects of which will never be fully revealed until the day of judgment,

> must be charged either against those who have introduced the instrument
> or against those who have opposed its introduction.

I begin by arguing that the practice belongs to a class of things expressly condemned in the New Testament.

Jesus said in reference to certain additions which the Pharisees had made to the ritual of the law: "In vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men." In these words he propounds the doctrine that all worship is vain which originates in human authority; or, to put it negatively, that no worship is acceptable to God which he himself has not authorized.

Paul echoes this teaching when he condemns as "will worship" the observance of, ordinances "after the precepts and doctrines of men." (Col. 2: 20-23, R. V.) The Greek word here rendered "will worship" means

worship self-imposed, as distinguished from worship imposed by God; and the practices referred to in the context are condemned on this ground, thus showing that all self-imposed worship is wrong in the sight of God.

If they IMPOSE an instrument into J.W.McGarvey's church then HE would be guilty of sowing discord if they allowed HIM to question their Biblical knowledge or ethical conduct.

This inclination developed into action in the city of St. Louis in the year 1869, when the congregation meeting on Olive Street, in a building purchased from the Episcopalians with a pipe organ in it, resolved to use the organ in its worship, whereupon a considerable number of prominent and influential members withdrew and held meetings elsewhere.

The affair awakened intense interest throughout the brotherhood, and was regarded as seriously imperiling the unity that had hitherto prevailed in the body at large. Prudent counsels however were brought to bear, and the parties to the division in St. Louis were induced to call in a Committee of eminent brethren to adjudge the case, and decide [p. 63] what should be done.  The Committee consisted of Robert Graham, Isaac Errett, Alexander Procter and J. K. Rogers. 

They decided that the use of the organ should be discontinued,
        and that the members who had withdrawn should thereupon resume their places in the church.

Peace for awhile prevailed and it was generally hoped that the controversy would spread no farther. But after a few months the members of the St. Louis church
        who favored
the organ obtained letters of withdrawal,
        organized another congregation,
        and resumed the use of the instrument.

Russ Adcox: Instead we should also be silent on it and not allow our opinions to divide us.
        In other words, regardless of how you view silence,
        you shouldn’t make it a matter of fellowship or salvation.

The issue is not SILENCE: All bible students understand that direct commands and the meaning of EKKLESIA or A School of Christ prohibit "vocal or instrumental rejoicing including high-sounding rhetoric. Not even Simple Simon would impose his drum set into a Class on how to cut up a frog.

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 8:20

Russ Adcox wants us to be SILENT and submit to HIS opinions.  We have seen the result of speaking out. The WILL silence anyone who simply reads and discuss the text.

Russ Adcox: We shouldn’t draw lines in the sand based on what God has not said. If He didn’t feel the need to comment on it then why do we? I think the exact words were “where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we shut up.

That's exactly what Jesus Comanded and the historic church practiced before SINGING as an act was imposed in the year 373 and preaching about the same time.

The DISCORDERS who arrogantly SEE something out of his own imagination which God says is only evil continually then the DISCORDED persons must SHUT UP. Pretty arrogant. The Christian church owned THE LAW OF SILENCE and when they had reached a conclusion THAT BECAME the Word of Christ.  H. Leo Boles denied that as a right in the 1939 effort to Infiltrate and Divert churches of Christ to shame them into becoming INSTRUMENTAL to make unity possible.


God in Christ PRESUMES to have the authority to COMMAND that we teach what HE commanded to be taught and observed.

Tatian born AD 120, , Syria died April 173

Chapter XXXII.-The Doctrine of the Christians, is Opposed to Dissensions, and Fitted for All.

But with us there is no desire of vainglory, nor do we indulge in a variety of opinions.

For having renounced the popular and earthly,
and obeying the commands of God,
and following the law of the Father of immortality,
we reject everything which rests upon human opinion.

Not only do the rich among us pursue our philosophy,

but the poor enjoy instruction gratuitously,

( [Compare cap. xi. p. 69. And note, thus early, the Christian freeschools, such as Julian closed and then imitated, confessing their power.])
for the things which come from God surpass the requital of worldly gifts.

Thus we admit all who desire to hear, even old women and striplings; and, in short, persons of every age are treated by us with respect, but every kind of licentiousness is kept at a distance.

How about me telling you that the Spirit OF Christ said that the marks in sight and sound of God driving His enemies into "hell" will be wind, string and percussion instruments.

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

For thou shalt be required before thy time: has it been prepared for thee also to reign? nay, God has prepared for thee a deep trench, wood piled fire and much wood: the wrath of the Lord shall be as a trench kindled with sulphur. Isaiah 30:33 LXX

"We may understand a thing as spoken generally, even when it requires a certain special interpretation to be given to it. For some things spoken with a special reference contain in them general truth.

When God admonishes the Isrealites of their duty, or sharply reproves them,
        He has surely a reference
to all men;

when He threatens destruction to Egypt and Ethiopia,
He surely pre-condemns every sinning nation, whatever.

If, reasoning from species to genus, every nation that sins against them is an Egypt and Ethiopia; so also, reasoning from genus to species, with reference to the origin of shows, every show is an assembly of the wicked.

These are the instruments Lucifer brought with him-her-it when CAST AS POFANE (that praise concept) out of Heaven. He said the same thing in Revelation when John says that the "self-speakers, singers and instrument players are SORCERERS and they will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.

Of the Musical Worship Team (the first heresy intending to add instruments): The MARK of Apollo, Abaddon or Apolllyon.

"The spirits were thought to speak in murmurings or piping sounds (Isa 8:19), which could be imitated by the medium (ventriloquist)...Most spiritual and popular was the interpretation of dreams.
It also was the case that mediums intentionally would convert themselves into a semi-waking trance. In this way the suitable mediums attained to a certain kind of clairvoyance, found among various peoples. This approaches the condition of an ecstatically aroused pseudo-prophet.. In Greece, too, oracles were pronounced by the Phythian prophetess who by vapors and the like was aroused to a practice of the mantic art. (Int Std Bible Ency, p. 2466) 

Jude 16 These are murmurers, complainers [blaming Fate], walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having mens persons in admiration because of advantage.

-Goês Phoronis 2, Hdt.2.33,4.105, Pl.R. 380d, Phld.Ir.p.29 W.; “g. epōdos Ludias apo khthonosE.Ba.234, cf. Hipp.1038; prob. f.l. for boēsi Hdt.7.191.
2. juggler, cheat, “deinos g. kai pharmakeus kai sophistēsPl.Smp.203d; “deinon kai g. kai sophistēn . . onomazōnD.18.276; “apistos g. ponērosId.19.109; “magos kai g.Aeschin.3.137: Comp. “goētoteros

-Sophis-tēs , ou, o(, A. master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, “meletan sophistais prosbalonPi.I.5(4).28, cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, “sophistēs . . parapaiōn khelun
with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn
panu thaumaston legeis s
. Pl.R.596d

boêisi  [.loud cry, shout, in Hom. mostly battle-cry, shout, murmur of a croud, song of joy, roar of the sea, sounds of musical instruments

E.Ba.234 Chthonos, Earth goddess, nether world, the shades

ALL musical terms especially connected to always-pagan worship rituals (ceremonial legalism) point directly to sorcery or witchcraft. That is because of the fact that musical tones create the impulses of Fight, Flight or Sexuality. The Purpose Driven Churches USE musicians--especially female--because they KNOW that they can arouse the people and make them want to return and especially participate--says Carol Wimber--the second ACT of extortion called the Giving of Substance. Plato and others knew why they used SILENCE to attract the Seekers (a Hitler word) to "take away their kingdom."



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