The Ekklesia A Church of Christ


Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. In the Ezekiel 33 example Christ named speakers, singers and instrument players.  Almost always they performed for the burden or "a tax not in time of war."  Christ in Isaiah 55 says that we should not be burdened by using our food money for the free water of the Word. Now, all theatrical and musical performers feel a bit inspired and they think that we should put the same value on them. However, religious performers especially sacrificial musicians were called parasites.

We are all tired from making a living and need a day of REST.  There is no role for an institution to consume all of your rest time and all of your "spare" money for which there is "no law of tithing or giving."
  1. kop-iaō
Everyone is Tired from Sunday Worship as the hardest day of the week.

Orkheomai , dōsō toi Tegeēn possikroton orkhēsasthai to DANCE in or on, Orac. ap. Hdt. 1.66, cf. Lakōnika skhēmatia orkheisthai dance Laconian steps, Id.6.129 ; “o. pros ton aulon [flute] skhēmataId.Smp.7.5

tōn humnōn hoi men ōrkhounto hoi de ouk ōrkhountoAth.14.631d.
II. Work hard, toil Matt 6:28  Apoc 2:3
            Matt. 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field,
Rev. 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
III. Act. orkheō , make to dance (v. Pl.Cra.407a), is used by Ion Trag.50, ek tōn aelptōn mallon ōrkhēsen phrenas made my heart leap (so codd. Ath., ōrkhēsai Nauck); but orkēsi in Ar.Th.1179 is a barbarism for orkhētai.
Everyone is Tired of:
Phi^losophos , ho, A. lover of wisdom; Pythagoras called himself philosophos, T sophos, Cic Tusc.5.3.9, D.L.Prooem.12; “ton ph. sophias phēsomen epithumētēn einai pasēsPl.R.475b,2. philosopher, i. e. one who speculates on truth and reality, hoi alēthinoi ph., defined as hoi tēs alētheias philotheamones, Pl.R.475e;
Everyone is Tired of:
Sophis-tēs , ou, ho, 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 [turtle harp] A.Fr.314, cf. Eup.447, Pl.Com. 140; sophistē Thrēki (sc. Thamyris) E.Rh.924, cf. Ath.14.632c: with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” (religious melody) “Apollōnidē sophistē
Magga^n-eia , , A. trickery, esp. of magical arts, Pl.Lg.908d; magganeiai kai epōdai ib.933a; “periapta kai m.Ph.2.267, Gal.11.792; “tēs Kirkēs [CHUIRCH] m.
Acts 13:5 And when they were at Salamis,
        they preached the WORD of God in the synagogues of the Jews:
        and they had also John to their minister.
Acts 13:6 And when they had GONE through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus:
Magos [a^, ou, ho, Magian, one of a Median tribe, Hdt.1.101, Str. 15.3.1: hence, as belonging to this tribe,
2. one of the priests and wise men in Persia who interpreted dreams, Hdt.7.37, al., Arist.Fr. 36, Phoen.1.5, Ev.Matt.2.1.
3. enchanter, wizard, esp. in bad sense, impostor, charlatan, Heraclit.14, S.OT387, E.Or.1498 (lyr.), Pl.R.572e, Act.Ap.13.6, Vett. Val.74.17: also fem., Luc.Asin.4, AP 5.15 (Marc. Arg.).
II. magos, on, as Adj., magical, “magps tekhnē prattein tiPhilostr.VA1.2; “kestou phōneusa magōteraAP5.120 (Phld.). (Opers. maguš 'Magian'.)

phōn-eō , (phōnē)  A.produce a sound or tone4. of a musical instrument, sound, E.Or.146 (lyr.); of sounds, hēdu phōnein sound sweetly, Plu.2.1021b; but brontē ph. it has a voice, is significant, X.Ap.12. of a singer, “aoidos . . aiola phōneōnTheoc.16.44:—
The Church of Christ (the Rock) consisted of all of those Jacob warned away from the Qahal or synagogue of Levi.  He warned that they not attend the Teaching School or enter into covenant with Levi.  In Genesis 49 Jacob warned instead::
Gen. 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
        thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
        thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Gen. 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down,
        he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Gen. 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
        until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Gen. 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine;
        he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:


Rest is:

Anapauo (g373) an-up-ow'-o; from 303 and 3973; (reflex.) to repose (lit. or fig. [be exempt], remain); by impl. to refresh:- take ease, refresh, (give, take) rest.

Anapausis (g372) an-ap'-ow-sis; from 373; intermission; by impl. recreation:- rest. When you hear people yelling for you to do this here religious program, it is not God. Believe me. I tell my folks that they are reloading me with the burden Jesus died to remove just by anouncing (and anouncing and anouncing) all of those "busy" programs. All good of course, but not added to our "to do list" by Jesus.

So, you have heard it straight from Jesus:"Go enjoy an ice cream cone, sleep late, go for a long walk in the forest or along the beach, and just relax."

Pauo means stop the polemos or battle, fight, war: stop levying war against another, anaireisthai or airô egeirein, kathistanai, epagein to begin a war; p. poieisthai to make war, -- opp. to p. anapauein, kataluesthai to put an end to it, make peace, all in attic

The singing which is to PAUSE to give rest is b. mostly of things, make an end of, stop, abate

Stop the:  Melōd-eō ,A. chant, sing, Ar.Av.226, 1381, Th.99:—Pass., to be chanted, “ta rhēthenta ē melōdēthentaPl.Lg.655d, cf. Chamael. ap. Ath. 14.620c; to be set to music, Cleanth. ap. Phld.Mus.p.98 K.; ta melōdoumena diastēmata used in music, Plu.2.1019a. II. chant, choral song, melôidias poiętęs, lullaby, generally, musispauō , Il.19.67, etc. ;

Stop the: lupas ōdais p. E.Med.197 (anap.), etc. ; p. toxon let the bow rest, Od.21.279
Stop the: 2. c. acc. pers. et gen. rei, hinder, keep back, or give one rest, from a thing, p. Hektora makhēs, ponoio Akhilēa, Thamurin aoidēs,

Pauo means: Stop worshipping the MUSES

Stop the: 3. c. pres. part., stop a person from  leave off doing . . , hoth' hupnos heloi, pausaito te nēpiakheuōn when he stopped playing
Stop the: later paēsomai ana-) Apoc.14.13
Stop the: of one singing or speaking, 17.359, Hdt.7.8.d : generally, Med. denotes willing, Pass. forced, cessation.
Stop the rhapsōd-os , o(, A. reciter of Epic poems, sts. applied to the bard who recited his own poem, 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:
Stop the orkheomai , 2. represent by dancing or pantomime,
III. Act. orkheō , make to dance (v. Pl.Cra.407a), is used by Ion Trag.50, ek tōn aelptōn mallon ōrkhēsen phrenas made my heart leap

kata-pauô put an end to, stop

3. depose from power, k. tina tęs archęs, tęs basilęďęs, Hdt.4.1, 6.64; tous turannous Id.5.38 , cf. 2.144, 7.105; Mousas depose them from their honours, cease to worship them, E. HF685 (lyr.):--Pass., tęs basilęďęs katepausthę Hdt. 1.130 , cf. 6.71.

Euripides, Heracles (ed. E. P. Coleridge)  Never will I cease to link in one the Graces and the Muses, [675] sweetest union. Never may I live among uneducated boors, but ever may I find a place among the crowned! [680] Yes, still the aged singer lifts up his voice of bygone memories: still is my song of the triumphs of Heracles, whether Bromius the giver of wine is near, or the strains of the seven-stringed lyre and the Libyan pipe are rising; [685] not yet will I cease to sing the Muses' praise, my patrons in the dance.

The Psalmist agreed:

THE Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:
He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2

Paul silenced both male and female so that we might all be SAFE and come to a knowledge of The Truth or Word

1Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man,
        but [
einai what I mean is] to be in silence.

1 Timothy 2.12 didaskein de gunaiki ouk epitrepō, oude authentein andros, all' einai en hēsukhia.

Si_gaō ,  used by Hom. only in imper. siga, hush! be still! I 2. metaph. of things, “sigōn d' olethros kai mega phōnount' . . amathuneiA.Eu.935 (anap.); “surigges ou sigōsinId.Supp.181; “

The command SILENCES:  phōn-eō , (phōnē) Anaxarch.1: abs., cry aloud, as in joy, S.Tr.202; of a singer, “aoidos . . aiola phōneōnTheoc.16.44:—Pass., ta phōnēthenta sounds or words uttered, Pl.Sph. 262c, Ti.72a, cf. Longin.39.4.
of a musical instrument, sound, E.Or.146 (lyr.); of sounds, hēdu phōnein sound sweetly, Plu.2.1021b; but brontē ph. it has a voice, is significant, X.Ap.12.

The command SILENCES:   surigx , iggos, , A. shepherd's pipe, Panspipe, “aulōn suriggōn t' enopēIl.10.13; “nomēes terpomenoi surigxi18.526; “suriggōn enopēh.Merc.512; “hupo ligurōn suriggōn hiesan audēnHes.Sc.278; “ou molpan suriggos ekhōnS.Ph.213 (lyr.); kalaminē s. Ar.Fr.719; “kat' agrous tois nomeusi surigx an tis eiēPl.R.399d.

con-quĭesco , quĭēvi, quĭētum sync. conquiesti, Cic. Fam. 1, 1, 1: “conquierit,Cels. 6, 6, n. 34; 7, 19 fin.; inf. conquiesse, Liv. 30, 13, 12), v. n., to be wholly at rest, to rest, take rest, to repose (in good prose; most freq. in Cic., esp. in the transf. and trop. signif.).
I. Lit., to rest, be at rest, to cease from exertion, to be idle or inactive, to be in repose, etc.
After the fall into musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity at Mount Sinai, God gave The Book of the Law which was in addition to The Book of the Covenant which was Abrahamic.   The Holy Convocation was held each sabbath or REST day and had a clear pattern:

EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or rhetoric.
INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word as it was delivered to sub groups as small as ten families EXOCUS 18.

THE CHURCH or CIRCLE: The Ekklesia consists of all who have been "washed with water into the Word or into the school of Christ. They are LIBERATED from any religious institutions and live their lives free to "come outside and learn of Me" says Jesus.

THE ASSEMBLY IS CALLED A SYNAGOGUE: The direct command and all examples is that the ekklesia (all disciples) or synagogue was held ONCE A WEEK which was adequate since each person heard the Word PREACHED by being READ. Rehearsing the Word or meditating in the heart meant that the oral tradition let each disciple return home and any questioning or disputing could be at home.

A Church of Christ is defined inclusively by Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness. The only reason for calling people out was to Rest, Read and Rehearse the Word of God.  This was exclusive of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or high-sounding rhetoric (sermonizing).  Jesus calls the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: in the Ezekiel 33 version by the Spirit OF Christ He defines speakers, singers and instrument players.

Both Ekklesia and Synagogue are Greek words meaning a political or civil assembly: neither were religious "worshiping" assemblies.   Believers are called OUT of the World: Jesus came to seek and save the lost meaning lost spirits: that is because the command was to present the gospel that Jesus is the Christ and King over His heavenly kingdom. If people did not accept it there was no effort to "mold their character" since they proved themselves OF the Kosmos for which Jesus refused to Pray.


David was king of a kingdom consisting of Civil-Military-Clergy whom Christ in the prophets calls robbers and parasites. That is because God did not command anything connected with Jerusalem (called Sodom): they were abandoned to their own IMAGINATION and the worship of the starry host.
Acts 7:44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness,
        as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
Acts 7:45 Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles,
        whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David;
Acts 7:46 Who found favour before God,
        and desired to find a tabernacle [tent] for the God of Jacob.
        But Solomon built him an HOUSE. Acts 7:47
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool:
        what house will ye build me? saith the Lord:
        or what is the place of my rest?
Acts 7:50 Hath not my hand made all these things?
Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears,
         ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Father-Son dwells with or IN those who keep His commandments. This is in the same sense that believers dwell IN Father-Son. [John 14)  See Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 6:19-20, 2 Corinthians 6:16, Revelation 21:3)

Hos 8:3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

Hos 8:4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not:
        of their silver and their gold have they made them idols,
        that they may be cut off.
Hos 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them:
        how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
Hos 8:6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God:
        but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
Jesus is the king and high priests of His KINGDOM.  Because He is King and head over His Kingdom, the Ekklesia is a set time and place where He continues to do ALL of the speaking when the elders as Pastor-Teachers teach that which has been taught. This kingdom says Jesus is within us and does not come with religious observations.
Isaiah 17:7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 17:8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands,
        neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
klēt-os , ē, on,
A. invited, Aeschin.2.162, etc.; welcome, Od.17.386.
2. called out, chosen, Il.9.165.
3. invoked, Anon. ap. Suid.
4. summoned to court, PAmh.2.79.5 (ii A.D.).
II. Subst. klētē (sc. ekklēsia), , convocation, LXX Ex.12.16, Le.23.2 (pl.)
Exodus 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you

Of the World Aeschin 2:162: I was, indeed, invited to receive the ordinary courtesies, as were my colleagues in the embassy. Those who were invited and were present at the banquet, including the ambassadors from other Hellenic states, were not less than two hundred. And so it seems that among all these I was conspicuous, not by my silence, but by joining in the singing

Hom. Il. 9.162 Come, therefore, let us send forth chosen men to go forthwith to the hut of Peleus' son, Achilles. Nay, rather, whomsoever I shall choose, let them consent.

Hom. Od. 17.380 Who pray, of himself ever seeks out and bids a stranger from abroad, unless it be one of those that are masters of some public craft, a prophet, or a healer of ills, or a builder, [385] aye, or a divine minstrel, who gives delight with his song? For these men are bidden all over the boundless earth. 
385ē kai thespin aoidon, ho ken terpēsin aeidōn;
Jesus taught the FAITH to the Apostles by "breathing" His spirit or mind into them.  He promised to return to the and in His post-glorified state as The Holy Spirit He returned and "poured out what you see and hear." He guided the Apostles into all truth and they left eye-- and ear-- witnesses of the prophets.

The Sabbath was never a day of "worship" but a time to REACH the Word of God quarantined from the "religion of the Jews." Jesus approved the synagogue by attending and teaching: He stood up to READ the Word and then sat down. Jesus "synagogued" with the disciples on two first days of the week: this would not conflict with the Sabbath schools. Paul used "synagogue" words for coming together, gathering or assemblying.  The Ekklesia is therefore Synagogue and we know that the synagogue was a School of the Word.

Peter said that educational foundation of Prophets and Apostles is not subject to private interpretation or "further expounding That, says Peter would REPUDIATE the fact that Jesus spoke only what the father "breathed" into him.

As a School of Christ (only)
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon [educated] the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
        Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
The idea of Faith only just because you believe in the Master Teacher is a produce of preaching and pseudo-scholarship which does not have the right to read the whole text:
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
A Disciple of Christ asks: "Saved from What?"

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this WORLD,
        according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Kosmos , ho,  natgural, II. ornament, decoration, esp. of women; “hieros k.”metaph., of ornaments of speech, such as epithetst o sing sweet songs of praise,
Hēdu^-melēs , A. sweet-singing, “khelidoiAnacr.67, cf. Sapph.122(Comp.), Pi.N.2.25; sweet-sounding, “xoanaS.Fr.238, etc.: poet. fem., “hēdumeleia surigxNonn.D.29.287.

Surigx , iggos, , A. shepherd's pipe, Panspipe2. cat-call, whistle, hiss, as in theatres, Id.Lg.700c; cf. “surizō11.2, surigmos:—the last part of the nomos Puthikos was called surigges, prob. because it imitated the dying hisses of the serpent Pytho, Str.9.3.10. 3. mouthpiece of the aulos,  

PSALM 22 Prophesied that the DOGS would encompass Jesus: reproach him, expose his nakedness, sodomize according to historical understand.
2 Peter 1." If anyone tries to do that Peter said to MARK him as a false teacher. In 1 Peter 1 he specificially identified the musical or performing people as CORRUPTION


The Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ (the Rock) was ordained in the wilderness to SEGREGATE the godly people from the Jacob-cursed (Genesis 49) and God-abandoned to the worship of the starry host AFTER the fall from grace in the musical idolatry of the egyptian (etal) trinity represented by Apis the golden Calf.

Neh. 8:8 So they READ in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
This was cantillation and never singing tunefully.7922.  sekel, seh´-kel say´-kel; from 7919; intelligence; by implication, success:--discretion, knowledge, policy, prudence, sense, understanding, wisdom, wise.
Neh. 8:9 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep.
        For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.

Affirmation by John Calvin who called for a RESTORATION of the Church of Christ.

For where can I exert myself to better purpose or more honestly, where, too, in a matter at this time more necessary, than in attempting, according to my ability, to aid the Church of Christ, whose claims it is unlawful in any instance to deny, and which is now in grievous distress, and in extreme danger? 

But there is no occasion for a long preface concerning myself. Receive what I say as you would do if it were pronounced by the united voice

of all those who either have already taken care to restore the Church,
or are desirous that it
should be restored to true order.

I come now to ceremonies, which, while they ought to be grave attestations of divine worship, are rather a mere mockery of God. A new Judaism, as a substitute for that which God had distinctly abrogated, has again been reared up by means of numerous puerile extravagancies, collected from different quarters; and with these have been mixed up certain impious rites, partly borrowed from the heathen, and more adapted to some theatrical show than to the dignity of our religion.

The Synagogue was INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God.
The Synagogue was EXCLUSIVE of Vocal or Instrumental rejoicing including high-sounding rhetoric.

That SPIRITUAL REST could only happen fully with the rule of Jesus Christ without the destruction and purging of the Civil-Military-Clergy religion was totally dismantled.
Isaiah 4:3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion,
        and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy,
        even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
Isaiah 4:4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion,
        and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof
        by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
Isaiah 4:5 And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion,
        and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night:
        for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
Isaiah 4:6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat,
        and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
A Church of Christ is A Safe House to protect the Assembly of Christ from any intrusions from the religious world. The Direct Command, Jesus approved example that the INFERENCE drawn by several centuries of believers: preaching and singing had to wait for almost 4 centuries.

Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham,
         and whosoever among you feareth God,
         to you is the word of this salvation sent. Acts 13:26

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 (Setting Him at Nought). Acts 13:27

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
        hath in every city
        them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was,
        he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day,
        and stood up for to read. Lu.4:16

The Scrolls were OPENED at the assigned place making a reading of the WHOLE text the only purpose driving A church of Christ.

Led by John Calvin calling for a RESTORATION of The Church of Christ momentarily restored by the Campbells on Spiritual Worship. This followed from a reading of the Synagogue ordained in the Wilderness to QUARANTINE the godly people from the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites to operate the Worship of the Starry host.

Baptism was a first act of worship:

"But that this may be the case, the next immediate ordinance of the christian religion, namely,

the reading, I mean the musing upon, or studying the Holy Scriptures;
taking them up in their connexion, and
meditating upon the subjects they propose to our consideration, with a fixed contemplation of the various and important objects which they present.

This dutiful and religious use of the bible, (that most precious, sacred record of the wonderful works of God,

the only authentic source of all religious information,) is inseparably connected with, and indispensably necessary to, the blissful and all-important exercises of prayer and praise


The ekklesia or A Church of Christ consists of those who have been baptized and added by Christ to His Church which is His kingdom. "Baptism saves us" says Peter because God gives disciples A holy spirit of A good conscience (consciousness or co-perception of His Word.) Believers are baptized IN water INTO the Word or into the School (only) of Christ (only). Therefore, if you are a called out disciple you are called out only into a School of the Word of Christ. That school is built upon (educated) specifically by the prophets and apostles. 

There is no ACT of worship or article of faith which can replace the command for the elders to "teach that which has been taught." and In Romans 15the command is to "use one mind and one mouth speaking that which is written for our learning."

Before looking at the history of the Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness, the command of Jesus to the Apostles and all nations which defines and limits any thing imposed by the imagination of man which replaces or hinders the teaching process.


Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, [opposite to poetry or music]
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

G1849 exousia ex-oo-see'-ah resource From G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach [didaktikos] all nations,

ma^thēt-euō ,
A. to be pupil, tini to one, Plu.2.832c.
II. trans., make a disciple of, instruct, “panta ta ethnēEv.Matt.28.19, cf. Act.Ap.14.21:—Pass., Ev.Matt.13.52.

Acts 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city,
        and had taught many,
        they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

baptizING them in the name [Jesus Christ] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:


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.
Mt 28:20

Without A holy spirit or A good conscience when we are SAVED AT BAPTISM, it is not possible to HEAR the Word when it is READ or to READ the Word and understand it: Jesus said that truth had been hidden in parables from the foundation of the world to HIDE truth from the Scribes and Pharisees.  He called them HYPOCRITES and the Spirit OF Christ in Ezekiel named mercinary and self-speak preachers, singers and instrument players. These were defined as NOTHING but a mark that people would not obey the Word of God.


Entellō , thelō
A. enjoin, command, Act. only in Pi.O.7.40, S.Fr.269:— mostly in Med., “tini tiHdt.1.47, etc.; in a will, “philois tauta entellomaiDiog.Oen.66: c. dat. pers. et inf., Hdt.1.53, Pl.R.393e, etc.; enteilasthai apo glōssēs command by word of mouth, Hdt.1.123: so in pf., “entetaltaiLXX 3 Ki.13.17; “entetalmenoi eiēsanPlb.18.2.1, “ta entetalmenacommands, Hdt.1.60,5.73, S. Fr.462, X.Cyr.5.5.3.
II. invest with legal powers, authorize to act,e. soi kai epitrepō” 

The NEVER musical passages:

Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise,
        but understanding what the will [
thel-ēma , ethelō] of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine [always fluted down with wine among the pagans]
        wherein is excess; [which leads to debauchery]
        but be filled with the Spirit; [The Word of Christ: John 6; Colossians 3:16[


Ephesians 5:19 Speaking [say,
whisper, conversation, talk] to yourselves
        in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
         singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things
        unto God and the Father
        in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

The word "psallo" never means musical melody: in  Colossians 3:16 the word is "grace": both are qualities of SPEAKING.

In a religious institution are called INTO an assembly calculated to "save" you without too much effort on your part. The common term for church is a SEEKER CENTER.

However,God calls or Electos or invites people OUT of the World [kosmos]: many or most are called but few are chosen. Chosen means "testing as by fire." The object is not to "perform" some worship for you but to learn of Christ by learning what He taught and commanded to be taught:
Hebrews 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.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
        and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Jesus adds dsciples or students into His School only when they gladly receive HIS WORD.

Peter said that calling on the Name of Jesus Christ gives one A holy spirit (Acts 2:38) or A good conscience when we are SAVED BY BAPTISM (1 Peter 3:21).  One is washed to be added to a DISCIPLING "one-another" assembly and not to be added to a "worshiping" community or cult: the only WORSHIP concept in the synagogue or ekklesia is to PREACH the Word by READING the Word while everyone RESTS from religious observations. Why is that important? Because Jesus said that His Kingdom does not come with observation: that means religious observations not devoted totally to reading and musing His Word.
Eph. 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse [give A holy spirit]
         it with the washing of water [baptism]
         by the word,

Or by word definition:

Eph. 5:26WEB That he might sanctify and cleanse it
        with the washing of water
        [INTO] the word,   (In Verbo, En, Eis)
        Into Converto , epistles of a writer, to be occupied in, 
            Into —In eccl. Lat., to convert to Christianity, etc.: “aliquem ad fidem Christi,
2. Pregn., to change the nature of a thing; i. e. to change, alter, transform, turn.
We are converted INTO En en paidotribou, at the school of 
Discourse, conversation, Oral by word of mouth urnio plura verbo quam s
                Scripturā mandata dedimus,   In eccl. Lat. as a translation of logos,
LOGOS Opposite PATHOS (personal experiences), Opposite folly, Opposite reasoning, deliberation, opposite of poetry, opposite of music, opposite of acting.
epagō a^], bringing in AIDS, alurement, enticement, incantations, oppositeof human reasoning, leading into captivity
All "praise singing" by the Encomiast was force the gods to meet their needs:  God in Christ meets our needs by training us for a spiritual kingdom. The world's oldest profession was to use "magic" to make the foolish think that they can control the gods: as an agent of the gods he was freed from productive work as long as he could fool the foolish. For instance, the "magician" promises you good things if you TITHE and also threatens you that God will hurt you if you do not pay His agent or vicar.
Plat. Rep. 364c] any misdeed of a man or his ancestors,
        and that if a man wishes to harm an enemy,
        at slight cost he will be enabled to injure just and unjust alike,
        since they are masters of spells and enchantments  [epōdais]
        that constrain the gods to serve their end.
And for all these sayings they cite the poets as witnesses, with regard
to the ease and plentifulness of vice, quoting:“ Evil-doing in plenty a man shall find for the seeking;

1 In Laws 933 D both are used of the victim with epōdais, which primarily applies to the god.
Cf. Lucan, Phars. vi. 492 and 527.

All names of instruments and musical terms speak of enchantment, charming, soothsaying or sorcery.  For instance Miriam, the Levites and the pagan priestesses were not real prophets but soothsayers often enterchanged with Sorcery. The instrumental sounds warned the vulnerable citizens to stay outside and call forth the good spirits (demons) and repel the evil spirits.
Epode song sung to or over [BURDEN], hence, enchantment,  spell, charm, “oute pharmaka..oud' au epōdaiPl.R. 426b ; (sorcery Rev 18:23)
Plato. Rep. [426b] and idling, neither drugs nor cautery nor the knife, no, nor spells nor periapts will be of any avail?” “Not altogether charming,” he said, “for there is no grace or charm in being angry with him who speaks well.” “You do not seem to be an admirer of such people,” said I. “No, by heaven, I am not.”
The "pharmakea" word defines the speakers, singers and instrument players in Revelation 18, sorcerers. John also promises that they will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.

The speakers, singers and instrument players of the END-TIME Babylonian Mother of Harlots are called SORCERERS. All musical terms connect in one way or another to evil men intending to pick your pockets.

Nimrod - Babylonian - Musical Worship Teams

MESOPOTAMIAN CULT: To see to all of this the god had priests trained as cooks, bakers, waiters, and bathers, or as encomiasts (singers of praise) and musicians

to make the god's meals festive, or as elegists to soothe him in times of stress and grief. Diversions from the daily routine were the great monthly festivals and also a number of special occasions.

" immediate relation is seen by some Biblical scholars between music and magic. It cannot be denied that this relationship is assumed in the myths and legends of the religious systems surrounding Judaism. Nor can it be denied that music and magic are linked in religious systems of primitave cultures everywhere.

Furthermore,... the influence of the Greek Philosophical system still has overtones in much of today's thinking regarding musical values.

In one way or another the Church, especially the Roman Catholic and in less systematic ways, much of Protestantism, has adopted this philosophy... which... seems to suggest that music has somewhat intrinsic powers to change behavior" (Zondervan Pict., Music P. 312).


Arnobius, Musical Mocking VI, p. 479).

"Mocking the belief that Mellonia introduces herself into the entrails, or Limentinus, and that they set themselves to make known what you seek to learn, Arnobius asks--

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 are so much akin to soothsayers, relate that, in their incantations, pretend 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." (Arnobius Against the Heathen)

The magicians or soothsayers sang their incantations but Arnobius warned that other "gods" or evil spirits seemed to steal in and, instead of divine truth, delivered lies and deceit. No one can justify  instrumental music and performance worship from the Bible or history without lying to God and about God: Without intending to wring more tithes and offerings for which there is noauthority.

"If any one perchance thinks that we are speaking calumnies, let him take the books of the Thracian soothsayer (Orpheus the inventor of musical worship), which you speak of as of divine antiquity; and he will find that we are neither cunningly inventing anything, nor seeking means to bring the holiness of the gods into ridicule, and doing so: for we shall bring forward the very verses which the son of Calliope uttered in the Greek, and published abroad in his songs to the human race through out all all ages."

"With these words she at the same time drew up her garments from the lowest hem ,
And exposed to view formatas inguinibus res ,
Which Baubo grasping with hollow hand, for
Their appearance was infantile, strikes, touches gently.
Then the goddess, fixing her orbs of august light,
Being softened, lays aside for a little the sadness of her mind;
Thereafter she takes the cup in her hand, and laughing,
Drinks off the whole draught of cyceon with gladness."
(Arnobius Against the Heathen, Ante-Nicene, VI, p. 499).

Jesus said that God HID the truth from the wise or SOPHISTS and speaks only to people simple enough to want Him to spek.

Sophos   A. skilled in any handicraft or art, clever, harmatēlatas s. Pi.P.5.115, cf. N.7.17;   A. skilled in any handicraft or art, clever, harmatēlatas s. Pi.P.5.115, cf. N.7.17;

Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238 (lyr.), cf. Ar.Ra.896 (lyr.), etc.; tēn tekhnēn -ōteros ib.766; “peri tiPl.Lg.696c; glōssē s. S.Fr.88.10;
Marg-os  A. mad, marge madman! Od.16.421; “maia philē, margēn se theoi thesan23.11, cf. Pi.O.2.96
margoi hēdonai  2. of appetite, greedy, gluttonous, “meta d' eprepe gasteri margēOd.18.2;
3. lewd, lustful, Thgn.581, A.Supp.741, E.El.1027

All sacrificial musicians were called PARASITES.


The story of the garden of Eden is told in its Babylonian tablet version. Moses wrote the Law for those who had fallen into musical worship of the trinity and had been sentenced to be carried beyond Babylon meaning no return. God gave Adam and Eve all that they needed and had no need to think LIKE GOD. The serpent was a musical enchanter(ess). It is derived from the brass "bell metal" which people like the sons of Cain (from a musical note) who was OF that wicked one: they discovered that they could freak people out of their God-given food.
Hēdu^-melēs , A. sweet-singing, “khelidoiAnacr.67, cf. Sapph.122(Comp.), Pi.N.2.25; sweet-sounding, “xoanaS.Fr.238, etc.: poet. fem., “hēdumeleia surigxNonn.D.29.287.

Surigx , iggos, , A. shepherd's pipe, Panspipe2. cat-call, whistle, hiss, as in theatres, Id.Lg.700c; cf. “surizō11.2, surigmos:—the last part of the nomos Puthikos was called surigges, prob. because it imitated the dying hisses of the serpent Pytho, Str.9.3.10. 3. mouthpiece of the aulos

The serpent was a Musical Enchanter or enchantress.

Nachash (h5172) naw-khash'; a prim. root; prop. to hiss, i. e. whisper a (magic) spell; gen. to prognosticate: - * certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) * enchantment, learn by experience, * indeed, diligently observe.

Nachash "snake, serpent" with nshk "bite" provides a link between two verses in Amos speaking of the impossibility of escape Amos 5:19 and 9:3 - nachash often either carries overtones of the serpent in Eden (Gen 3) or of the mythology of Canaanite cultures (Is 27:1).

"The spirits were thought to speak in murmurings or piping sounds (Isa 8:19), which could be imitated by the medium (witch or 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 clarvoyance, 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)

As musical worship teams claim to be able to LEAD you into the presence of God, Lucifer whom Christ called the singing and harp-playing prostitute claimed that HE could make them be as wise AS God: Now, they claim that they can bring a Spirit Person into you to guide you "beyond the sacred pages."

God in Christ made the only spiritual Covenant with Abraham specificially promising that His SEE (Jesus) would bless all nations and not just the Hebrews. You can skip all of the rest until Jesus came and saved us by faith when we are baptized INTO Christto become a son of Abraham.


After over 400 years the people were essentially Egyptian: God said that righteousness would have left them in Egypt to self destruct.  However, to fulfill His promise He brought them out of Egypt and into the Wilderness.  

When God gave The Book of The Covenant of Grace as the only spiritual Covenant God in Christ made with Abraham, the people agreed to keep it but refused to listen to it.  Moses was commanded in Exodus how to organize in groups down to ten families for INSTRUCTING the people: God never instituted any institute which is not A School of the Word.
Ex. 18:19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee:
        Be thou for the people to Godward,
        that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
Ex. 18:20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws,
        and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk,
        and the work that they must do.

Ex. 18:24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
Ex. 18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people,
        rulers of thousands,
        rulers of hundreds,
        rulers of fifties, and
        rulers of tens.
In Exodus 31 the command to OBSERVE the rest days (not called worship) was to prevent the outbreak of musical and other forms of idolatry.  Operating on the Law of Silence since they refused to listen, the people quickly fell back into Egyptian worship on the REST day. 

While Moses was getting the Tablets and The Book of The Covenant the people rose up in musical idolatry.  God gave them The Book of The Law and sentenced the nation to "beyond Babylon" meaning no return. The Levites EXECUTED 3,000 of the people and God commanded that they "stand in ranks" and execute any godly person who came into any of the horrors of the sacrificial system.

In Exodus 32 the people who had REFUSED to listen to God fell into musical idolatry of the Egyptian--etal trinity.

The Jews would not be able to HEAR the Word or READ the word until they converted or were baptized into Christ.

Dt 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Dt 18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess,
        hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners:
        but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
Dt 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, 
        of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience,)
Audio 2. Aliquem, of pupils, to hear a teacher, i. e. to receive instruction from, to study under. to hear a person or thing with approbation, to assent to, agree with, approve, grant, allow: C.To hear, to listen to, to obey
The Spirit OF Christ ordained the days of Holy Convocation and defined the purpose both inclusively and exclusively.

See the Qahal or Synagogue or Church in the wilderness and you will undertand what Jesus endorsed and commanded with the word ekklesia.  To that, the Lord's Supper was added as a showing forth or evangelism visual aid.

And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. Ne 8:3

Read is:

Qara (h7121) invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim (- ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.

Because of musical idolatry the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites were turned over to worship the starry host (Acts 7). The nation was sentenced to beyond Babylon with no return. The godly people were quarantined from the normal pagan or Jewish rituals and attended Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness.  It was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or what we call preaching.

JESUS SYNAGOGUED ON TWO FIRST DAYS OF THE WEEK.  Paul used synagogue words to speak of "coming together, assembling or gathering."  This assembly is defined exclusively and inclusively as what the Campbells restored  as A School of Christ. They defined WORSHIP as READING and Musing the Word of God.  Hard to miss that if you have read the SCHOOL as the only time and place God called people out on their REST day.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

Thus these meetings, which at first were only held on Sabbaths and feast days,
came also to be held on
other days, and at the same hours with the services in the temple.

The essential aim, however, of the synagogue was not prayer,
instruction in the Law for all classes of the people.

Philo calls the synagogues "houses of instruction, where the philosophy of the fathers and all manner of virtues were taught"

"The rabbi Simon ben Shetach, brother of the queen Salome Alexandra and the president of the Sanhedrin, opened the first beth ha-sefer, house of book, in Jerusalem. His example was followed, and little by little a whole system of public instruction came into existence. Some thirty years after the death of Christ, in about the year 64 A.D., the high priest Joshua ben Gamala promulgated what may be considered as the first educational legislation: there was nothing wanting--the parents were obliged to send their children to school, there were punishments for idle children and those too often absent." (Quoted in Wilson, Hermon O. and Womack, Morris M., Pillars of Faith, p. 192). 

Josephus-Apion 2  permitting the people to leave off their other employments, and to assemble together for the hearing of the law, and learning it exactly, and this not once or twice, or oftener, but every week; which thing all the other legislators seem to have neglected.
We know that the synagogue (ekklesia, church) had no praise service. Philo also said that it was impossible to praise God audibly with one's one words. Therefore, worship or singing was silent or as Paul would say: "In the heart."  That is a fact because singing as an ACT was imposed from the east in the year 373 because "it was common in all pagan cults."

Both Jew and Gentile were wise unto salvation because they attended the synagogue: the Greeks attended synagogue to escape the pagan rituals.  Jesus refused to pray for the WORLD: He certainly does not call the world into a ritual "worship service."

Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham,
        and whosoever among you feareth God,
         to you is the word of this salvation sent. Acts 13:26

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 (Setting Him at Nought). Acts 13:27

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
        hath in every city
        them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Lu.4:16

Anaginosko (g314) an-ag-in-oce'-ko; from 303 and 1097; to know again, i.e. (by extens.) to read: - read.

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory,
        much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 2 Cor. 3:9

But even unto this day, when
Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2Co.3:15
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Ep.3:4

And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. Col.4:16

I charge you by the Lord, that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 1Th.5:27

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Re.1:3

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. Re.5:4


And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. Ac.13:15

Anagnosis (g320) an-ag'-no-sis; from 314; (the act of) reading: - reading.
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 2Co.3:14

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 1Ti.4:13
This pattern was commanded by the Spirit OF Christ (the Rock), observed by the godly Jews, was attended and endorsed by the example of Jesus, was continued when the first two "Lord's Days" the disciples knew when and where to synagogue.  The ekklesia is similar since it was unlawful to discuss any material not handed down by a higher authority.
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory,
        much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 2 Cor. 3:9
For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 2 Cor. 3:10
For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 2 Cor. 3:11

Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 2 Cor. 3:12
And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face,
        that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 2 Cor. 3:13

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth
.........the same vail untaken away the reading of the old testament;
.........which vail is done away in Christ. 2 Cor. 3:14
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2 Cor. 3:15
Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, [converted, baptized]
        the vail shall be taken away. 2 Cor. 3:16

Now the Lord IS that Spirit: and
        where the Spirit
OF the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Cor. 3:17

"Not surprisingly, most Israelites declined the prophet's invitation to enter into a dialog with Yahweh.  They preferred a less demanding religion of cultic observance either in the Jerusalem Temple or in the old fertility cults of Canaan.  This continues to  be the case: the religion of compassion is followed only by a minority; most religious people are content with decorous worship in synagogue, church, temple and mosque.

"The ancient Canaanite religions were still flourishing in Israel... the Israelites were still taking part in fertility rites and sacred sex there, as we see in the oracles of the prophet Hosea, Amos' contemporary.  (Armstrong, Karen, A History of God, p. 47).


"The word that is employed for this "anaginosko, anagnosis) is the technical term for the cultic reading aloud of the Old Testament in the synagogue. By applying this terminology to the reading of his own epistles he not only ascribes the same authority to the apostolic word as to the Old Testament writings...he also combines a quotation from the Old Testament with a word of Jesus and introduces the whole with the familiar formula: 'for the Scripture says.'" (Ridderbos, Hermon, Paul, P. 483 an Outline of His Theo., Eerdmans)

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:14-17


The Agora in Athens was the marketplace: this was the designated place  for speakers, singers, instrument players, dancers, sellers of meats and bodies of young boys--the chorus leaders were implicated.  The ekklesia was an official CIVIL body  of mature Greeks  located  up on the PNYX.   A higher authority supplied the material for discussion as did the Civil  Synagogue. The mature citizens heard evidence, discussed or debated and reached a conclusion: the synagogue was a syllogism in action.

The psallo word in its secondary sense was a polluted red rope which slaves used to force people away from the singing boys and girls and up  to the ekklesia.   If they were reluctant, they would show up at the ekklesia (church), be fined and not permitted to join in the discussion.   Except when invaded the official synagogue was not the place for any kind of musical or theatrical performance.

CHURCH:  God did not suddenly get smart and shut down His old system of worship and decide to start all over. It is a fact that the NATIONAL sacrificial system was IMPOSED when God "turned them over to worship the starry hosts" because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. (Stephen in Acts 7 etc., etc.).  The synagogue remained unchanged from the wilderness onward to when Jesus gave Himself as Spirit to be the sole Teacher. To that, Paul explained and the historic church observed the Lord's Supper. This was to show forth or preach the Death of Christ. 

Therefore, the ekklesia had no other set-time-place task but "making known the manifest wisdom of God."  The Campbells defined correctly "church" as "a school of Christ" and "worship" as "reading and musing the Word of God."  To that, you add at your peril and certainly the discording of a fraction of the "Bible class." That happened in the yer 373 when "singing" as part of the assembly was added.  Under the New Covenant any believer who becomes a disciple by learning, being baptized has their sins removed has A holy spirit or A good conscience. By removing sin from our mind or spirit EACH individual is given the ability and responsiblity to become a disciple. That is why the church is a ONE ANOTHER assembly and has no clergy and no funding to support one. 


Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, 
        and carried about with every wind of doctrine,
        by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness
whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

-Fluctuo  fluctus, to move in the manner of waves, i. e. to wave, rise in waves, undulate, to move to and fro, be driven hither and thither
I. Trop., to be restless, unquiet, uncertain, doubtful; to rage, swell; to waver, hesitate, vacillate, fluctuate,  Oratio II. In partic., formal language, artificial discourse,

-Oratio E. A prayer, an address to the Deity (eccl. Lat.): “respice ad orationem servi tui,Vulg. 3 Reg. 8, 28: “per orationes Dominum rogantes,id. 2 Macc. 10, 16: “pernoctans in oratione Dei,id. Luc. 6, 12.—Also absol., prayer, the habit or practice of prayer: “perseverantes in oratione,Vulg. Act. 1, 14: “orationi instate,id. Col. 4, 2; cf. Gell. 13, 22,

-cĭto . To put into quick motion, to move or drive violently or rapidly, to hurl, shake, rouse, excite, provoke, incite, stimulate, promote,
Panourgia (g3834) pan-oorg-ee'-ah; from 3835; adroitness, i.e. (in a bad sense) trickery or sophistry: - (cunning) craftiness, subtilty.

-Panourg-ęma  A. knavish trick, villainy, S.El.1387 (lyr.), LXX Si.1.6 (v.l.); sophistry, Gal.5.251; cf. panourgeuma.

1Cor. 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you
        seemeth to be wise [sophos] in this world,
        let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1Cor. 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
        For it is written,
        He taketh the wise  sophia
        in their own craftiness. pa^nourg-ia
1Cor. 3:20 And again,
        The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, sophōn
        that they are vain.

-Sophia A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and art, as in carpentry, tektonos, hos rha te pasēs eu eidē s. Il.15.412; of the Telchines, Pi.O.7.53; entekhnos s., of Hephaestus and Athena, Pl.Prt.32 1d; of Daedalus and Palamedes,
Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238 (lyr.), cf. Ar.Ra.896
Pind. O. 1 Water is best, and gold, like a blazing fire in the night, stands out supreme of all lordly wealth. But if, my heart, you wish to sing of contests, [5] look no further for any star warmer than the sun, shining by day through the lonely sky, and let us not proclaim any contest greater than Olympia. From there glorious song enfolds the wisdom of poets, so that they loudly sing [10] the son of Cronus, when they arrive at the rich and blessed hearth of Hieron, who wields the scepter of law in Sicily of many flocks, reaping every excellence at its peak, and is glorified [15] by the choicest music, which we men often play around his hospitable table. Come, take the Dorian lyre down from its peg,

E.IT1238 Lovely is the son of Leto, [1235] whom she, the Delian, once bore in the fruitful valleys, golden-haired,
        skilled at the lyre;
        and also the one who glories in her well-aimed arrows. [1240]
For the mother, leaving the famous birth-place, brought him from the ridges of the sea to the heights of Parnassus, with its gushing waters, which celebrate the revels for Dionysus
Matai-os  m. logoi idle tales or words, Hdt.7.10.ē; m. epea ib.11; “doxai pherousai kharin m.A. Ag.422 (lyr.);
Logaō ,
A. to be fond of talking, Luc.Lex.15. let loose one's whole tongue, speak without restraint,
3.  of persons, one who is all tongue, speaker, of Pericles,
Epos  'hymn', cf. eipon): 1. song or lay accompanied by music, 8.91,17.519. words of none effect
rhaptōn epeōn aoidoiPi.N.2.2 ; “ta Kupria epeaHdt.2.117, c
 “epea te poiein pros luran t' aeideinTheoc.Ep.21.6 ;
X.Mem.4.2.33, cf. 1.4.2; in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117
c. lines, verses, esp. of spoken lines in the drama, Ar.Ra.862, 956, etc. : sg., verse, line of poetry, Hdt.4.29, Pl.Min. 319d

Phero I. bear or carry a load, “en talaroisi pheron meliēdea karponIl.18.568;


Panegurizo would define a  public festival, to enjoy oneself, make a set speech, sound as at a festival, of flutes, etc. A. celebrate or attend a public festival, panēgurias p. keep holy-days, Hdt.2.59; “Olumpia kai Karneia p.2. frequent fairs or markets, App.Pun.116.

II. later, make a set speech in a public assembly, deliver a panegyric, Isoc.5.13, Plu.2.802e.
2. Pass., sound as at a festival, of flutes, etc., Heraclit.All.9.

Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God,
        ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God,
        how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
        whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Galatians 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

-Panegurikos  A. of or for a public festival or assembly, “hoi okhloi hoi p.Isoc.12.263; poluteleia, kosmos, Plu. 2.608f.
 II. generally, solemn, festive, logos festival oration, such as those pronounced at the Olympic games, panegyric, Isoc.5.9,84, al.; Isokratēs en p. in his Panegyric, Arist.Rh.1408b15; p. eidos tēs rhētorikēs] Phld.Rh.2.251 S.; “ta p.Plu.2.79b: Comp. -ōteros, of Isocrates himself, D.H.Vett.Cens.5.2; -ōterai diēgēseis Aps.p.257 H.
2. flattering, false, “p. lēroiPlu.2.6a; of style, showy, ostentatious, opp. alēthinos, D.H.Dem.8; of persons, pompous, “gunē sobara kai p.Plu.Luc.6. Adv. -kōs showily, “p. kateskeuasmenosId.Cam. 16, cf. Ant.61; opp. stratiōtikōs, Posidon.36 J.: Comp. “-kōteronPlb.5.34.3.
Includes: eidos tēs rhētorikēs]
Includes: Gune Sobaros A. rushing, violent, anemos . . pheretai s. Ar.Nu. 406;

hesukhos keep quiet, keep still, gentle, cautious,
        2. of things, s. melos a rousing tune, Ar.Ach.674;
        imposing, [stolē] Plu.Alex.45; of a triumphal procession,
         Id.Sull. 34; “s. anathēmata
-Melos , eos, to/, 2. music to which a song is set, tune, Arist.Po.1450a14; opp. rhuthmos, metron, Pl.Grg. 502c; opp. rhuthmos, rhēma, Id.Lg.656c; Krētikon, Karikon, Iōnikon m., Cratin.222, Pl.Com.69.12,14: metaph., en melei properly, correctly, “en m. phtheggesthaiPl.Sph.227d; para melos incorrectly, inopportunely, “par m. erkhomaiPi.N.7.69; “para m. phthegxasthaiPl.Phlb.28b, Lg.696d; “para melos lamprunesthaiArist.EN1123a22, cf. EE1233a39.
3. melody of an instrument , “phormigx d' au phtheggoith' hieron m. ēde kai aulosThgn.761; “aulōn pamphōnon m.Pi.P.12.19; “pēktidōn melēS.Fr.241: generally, tone, “m. boēsE.El.756. [In h.Merc.502 theos d' hupo kalon aeisen must be read for theos d' hupo melos aeisen, and Hellēsin d' adōn melea kai elegous is corrupt in Epigr. ap. Paus.10.7.6.]
Aristoph. Ach. 674

I invoke thee, Acharnian Muse, fierce and fell as the devouring fire; sudden as the spark that bursts from the crackling oaken coal when roused by the quickening fan to fry little fishes, while others knead the dough or whip the sharp Thasian pickle with rapid hand, so break forth, my Muse, and inspire thy tribesmen with rough, vigorous, stirring strains.
Includes: Thrupto softness, delicacy, daintiness II. luxuriousness, wantonness, women exposed, hubris


Ekklēsi-a ,ekklētosan assembly of the citizens regularly summoned, the legislative assembly 
A. assembly duly summoned, less general than sullogos, [more debate] Th.2.22, Pl.Grg.456b, 
sunageirein, sunagein, sullegein, athroizein, call an assembly, Hdt.3.142, Th.2.60, 8.97, X.HG1.6.8

II. in LXX, the Jewish congregation, De. 31.30,al.
2. in NT, the Church, as a body of Christians, Ev.Matt. 16.18, 1 Ep.Cor.11.22 ; “ kat' oikon tinos e.Ep.Rom.16.5 ; as a building, Cod.Just.1.1.5 Intr., etc.

Sullog-osA. assembly, concourse, meeting of persons, whether legal or riotous, at Athens, of any special public meeting or assembly, OPPOSITE the common ekklēsia, Th.2.22, Pl.Lg.764a; 

EKKLESIA (ÉKKŔNOĚA), from ek, out of, and klesis, a calling (kaleo to call), was used among the Greeks of a body of citizens gathered to discuss the affairs of State (Acts 19:39). 

"The church #1577 ekklesia - assembly, called out ones, set apart ones, congregation; in Hebrew this word is #6951 qahal (kahal) - a "synagogue" (E. W. Bullinger, Commentary on Revelation, p. 165-166), an assemblage, congregation, company from the root #6950 qahal meaning specifically a coming together, an assembling, a convocation, congregation; this word is used mostly for religious purposes (see William Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies, p. 92) 

The LXX uses the word ekklesia to translate the Hebrew qahal. Qahal means to call, to assemble, and the noun form means a congregation or assembly. Solomon is called koheleth the Preacher, translated by the LXX ekklesiastes. The earliest known occurrence of the word is found in Job 30:28, ‘I cried in the congregation’. In the books of the law, qahal is rendered by the Greek word sunagoge, showing that the synagogue is the beginning of the New Testament church. Stephen in his speech which ended in his martyrdom referred to the history of Israel, and dwells for considerable length upon the one great leader Moses, saying in Acts 7:38:

‘This is he, that was in the CHURCH in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai’.

The people of Israel, looked upon as ‘a called-out assembly’ were ‘the Church’ of that period."

Jesus absolutely did NOT change what the CIVILLIANS had always done.  The mission of Christ was to MAKE DISCIPLES never called "ritual worshipers."

Under the Law, a seven year cycle demanded: 

Gather (h6950) the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates,
          that they may hear, and that they may learn,
and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: Deut 31:12

This is the synagoguing which also outlaws instruments and loud rejoicing:

Gahal (h6950) kaw-hal'; a prim. root; to convoke: - assemble (selves) (together), gather (selves) together).
Qahal (h6951) kaw-hawl'; from 6950; assemblage (usually concr.): - assembly, company, 

This continued as a weekly assembly or the church in the wilderness.



The Qahal, synagogue or church in the wilderness included "Resting, reading and rehearsing" the Word often in the heads of APT elders speaking for Moses.  It EXCLUDED vocal or instrumental rejoicing: after all who need a LAW to sit down and be quiet when God is speaking to us when the elders "teach that which has been taught."

Miqra (h4744) mik-raw'; from 7121; something called out, i. e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal: - assembly, calling, convocation, reading.

Every seven years, that is in the year of release, during the feast of Tabernacles, the Law was to be read before all the people according to the command found in Deut., xxxi, 10. But this enactment was probably soon found to be impracticable; and thus the Jewish authorities arranged to read on every sabbath, commencing with the sabbath after the feast of Tabernacles in one year of release and ending with the feast of Tabernacles in the next year of release, a portion of the Law so calculated that the whole Pentateuch would be read through in seven years. This would in some way the commandment be fulfilled. Some time later, the Jews of Palestine lengthened the sections for each sabbath in such a manner that he entire Law could be read in three years (Talm. Babyl. Megillah, 29b).

Eph 5: [19]WEB loquentes vobismet ipsis in psalmis et hymnis et canticis spiritalibus cantantes et psallentes in cordibus vestris Domino

Loquor  [Sanscr. lap-, to talk, whisper; speak, talk, say (in the lang. of common life, in the tone of conversation;
To speak out, 

The word SPEAK connected to the synagogue, ekklesia or church is

logos  the word or that by which the inward thought is expressed
        III. explanation,
                1. plea, pretext, ground, I (i.e. my conduct) would have admitted of an explanation,
                    b. plea, case, in Law or argument
                2. statement of a theory, argument,  my teaching, Ev.Jo.5.24, of arguments leading to a conclusion, sullogismos,
                    c. in Logic, proposition, whether as premiss or conclusion,
                4. thesis, hypothesis, provisional ground,
                5. reason, ground
        IV. inward debate of the soul
                1. thinking, reasoning
        V. continuous statement, narrative (whether fact or fiction), oration, etc. (cf. legô (B) 11.2)
        OPPOSITE Metrical or melody
OPPOSITE kata pathos,
OPPOSITE  Epagoges Bringing in aids.
4. allurement, enticement,tais elpisi kai tais e.D.19.322.
b. incantation, spel
-LOGIKOS ( [logos] )
A. of or for speaking or speech,
the ORGANS of speech, SPEECH

    Hagio-logos, on, A. speaking holy things, dub. in 1Enoch1.2.
    G2980 laleo lal-eh'-o A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb;
    to talk, that is, utter words:--preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter. Compare G3004 .
OPPOSITE to Mousikę,

OPPOSITE to MUSICAL ORGANS: Organum -Of musical instruments, a pipe, an organ, water-organ: organa hydraulica,
Organikos A. serving as organs or instruments, instrumental, esp. of war-engines, of musicians, practical, by way of instruments, making more use of instruments.
       Musical ORGANS are then defined as OPPOSITE to LOGIKOS

OPPOSITE to rhetoric or CONFLICTING elements.
Opposite of eloquence Agones which is the CONTEST with elelizomenos move in coilsr or spiresof the serpent. Meaning a colission:

III. cause to vibrate, megan d' elelixen Olumpon, of Zeus, ib.1.530, cf. 8.199; phorminga e. make its strings quiver, Pi.O.9.13; asteropan elelixais Id.N.9.19  . . agôniôi elelizomenos podi mimeo -Pass., quake, tremble, quiver, elelichthę guia Il.22.448 ; elelikto, of a brandished spear, 13.558; amphi de peplos elelizeto possin h.Cer.183 ; megas d' elelizet' Olumpos h.Hom. l.c.; phorminx [Apollyon's Lyre] elelizomena

Sug-krousis , eôs, hę, collision, hoplôn [Carnal Weapon] II. in Music, rapid alternation of two notes, trill, III. Rhet., collision of contradictory statements,

     2Cor. 10:4 (For the weapons HOPLON instruments
     of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

LOGIKOS continued.

3. suited for prose, ho hęrôios semnos kai ou l. Demetr.Eloc.42 ; to l., opposite to megaloprepes, II. possessed of reason, intellectual, 2. dialectical, argumentative, hoi l. dialogoi of Plato, logical, l. sullogismoi,

OPPOSITE to rhętorikoi, Rh.1355a13.

Jesus identified the rhetoricians, singers and instrument players as HYPOCRITES by pointing to Isaiah and Ezekiel. The SPEAKING in the ekklesia is defined as OPPOSITE to poety, music and rhetoric.
Aristotle, Rhetoric: I. Rhetoric is a counterpart of Dialectic; for both have to do with matters that are in a manner within the cognizance of all men and not confined to any special science. Hence all men in a manner have a share of both; for all, up to a certain point, endeavor to criticize or uphold an argument, to defend themselves or to accuse. [2] Now, the majority of people do this either at random or with a familiarity arising from habit. But since both these ways are possible, it is clear that matters can be reduced to a system, for it is possible to examine the reason why some attain their end by familiarity and others by chance; and such an examination all would at once admit to be the function of an art.
[3] Now, previous compilers of “Arts” of Rhetoric have provided us with only a small portion of this art, for proofs are the only things in it that come within the province of art; everything else is merely an accessory.
        And yet they say nothing about enthymemes which are the body of proof,
        but chiefly devote their attention to matters outside the subject;
        [4] for the arousing of prejudice, compassion,
            anger, and similar emotions

        has no connection with the matter in hand, but is directed only to the dicast.  ..... 
or the only thing to which their attention is devoted (20) is how to put the judge into a certain frame of mind. They give no account of the artificial proofs  which make a man a master of rhetorical argument.

    Note: The essence of sophistry consists in the moral purpose, the deliberate use of fallacious arguments. In Dialectic, the dialectician has the power or faculty of making use of them when he pleases; when he does so deliberately, he is called a sophist. In Rhetoric, this distinction does not exist; he who uses sound arguments as well as he who uses false ones are both known as rhetoricians.
Sophis-tęs, 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 khelunA.Fr.314, cf. Eup.447, Pl.Com. 140; sophistē Thrēki (sc. Thamyris) E.Rh.924, cf. Ath.14.632c: with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” (religious melody) II. from late v B.C., a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money,
The Wise Sophos A. skilled in any handicraft or art, clever, mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238

Craftiness Panourgia

2Cor. 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry,
        as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2Cor. 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,
        not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully;
        but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves
        to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
2Cor. 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
Dialekt-os A.discourse, conversation, discussion, debate, argument , 2.common language, talk, II.speech, language articulate speech, language, opposite  phônę,

phōn-ētikos , ē, on,
A. vocal, to ph. the faculty of speech, Zeno Stoic.1.39, D.L.7.110; “ta ph. organaPoll. 2.115, cf. Gal.2.690; ph. dunamis, aisthēsis], Arr.Epict.2.23.2, Theol.Ar.49.
II. endowed with speech,zōa

Opposite phone

Phôn-ę  3. any articulate sound, opp. inarticulate noise (psophos)“, ph. kōkumatōnS.Ant.1206; “hōsper phōnēs ousēs kata ton aera pollakis kai logou en phōnēPlot.6.4.12: “stoikheion esti ph. adiairetosArist.Po.1456b22; also esp. of vowelsound, opp. to that of consonants, Pl.Tht.203b, Arist.HA535a32; in literary criticism, of sound, opp. meaning, Phld.Po.5.20 (pl.), 21.
4. of sounds made by inanimate objects, mostly Poet., “kerkidos ph.S.Fr.595; “suriggōnE.Tr.127 (lyr.); “aulōnMnesim.4.56 (anap.); rare in early Prose, “organōn phōnaiPl.R.397a; freq. in LXX, “ ph. tēs salpiggosLXX Ex.20.18; ph. brontēs ib. Ps.103(104).7; “ ph. autou hōs ph. hudatōn pollōnApoc.1.15.

Therefore SPEAK is Opposite to Organon:
Organon , to, ( [ergon, erdô] ) (ergon, erdō) A. instrument, implement, tool, for making or doing a thing
3. musical instrument, Simon.31, f.l. in A.Fr.57.1 ; ho men di' organōn ekēlei anthrōpous, of Marsyas, Pl.Smp.215c ; aneu organōn psilois logois ibid., cf. Plt.268b ; “o. polukhordaId.R.399c, al.; “met' ōdēs kai tinōn organōnPhld.Mus.p.98K.; of the pipe, Melanipp.2, Telest.1.2
Because Musical Instruments perform WORK: they are machines.

Ergon  [Ergô], 1. in 1. in Il. mostly of works or deeds of war, “polemēia e.”, 3.a hard piece of work, a hard task, Il.: also, a shocking deed or act,
Sullogismos II.a conclusion, inference from premisses
II. putting together of observed facts, Pl.Cra.412a; “s. estin hoti touto ekeinoArist.Rh.1371b9: generally, inference
2. in the Logic of Arist., a syllogism or deductive argument, defined provisionally as an argument in which, certain things being posited, something different from them necessarily follows, APr.24b18, cf. 47a34, al.; of several kinds, e.g. ho apodeiktikos s. APo.74b11; o( dialektikos s. Top.100a22; eristikos s. ib.b24; sts. opposed to epagōgē (q.v.); ho ex epagōgēs s. the syllogism which springs out of induction, APr.68b15; “to enthumēma s. tisRh.1355a8.
III. Rhet., inference from written to unwritten law,

OPPOSITE  Epagoges Bringing in aids.
4. allurement, enticement,tais elpisi kai tais e.D.19.322.
b. incantation, spell [all musical performances]
5. process of reasoning, Aristox.Harm.pp.4,53M.
b. esp. in the Logic of Aristotle, argument by induction (cf. “epagō1.10b),
The synagogue or ekklesia was to assemble the people but the PURPOSE was to assemble their minds. The TEXT is that which is written with no authority to introduce your own. You dialog the facts and ASSEMBLE your conclusions. From that the law and common sense excluded the performing arts or artists.

The Sulligos was like the Ekklesia and Synagogue (all Greek Words).  While HOW you say something is important the use of RHETORIC as performance is radically outlawed by Paul defining what we do "at church."

Apoiętos , on,, on,
II. not artificial, unpolished, D.H. Lys.8; esp. unpoetical, a. logos, OPPOSITE. poiętikę, Id.Comp.1; ta apoięta, opposite ta pepoęmena, a. hupothesis not used as material for poetry,

hupothesis , A.proposal, proposed action, II.subject proposed (to oneself or another) for discussion, 2. in the syllogism, the preliminary statements of fact (whether proved or not) from which inference starts, i. e. the premisse, starting point, raw material 
If you cannot understand the WELL DOCUMENTED DEFINITIONS then BLAME the preacher, singers and musiciians whose INTENTION throughout the Bible and common sense is to KEEP THE BIBLE CHAINED to the PULPIT because the PREACHER has chained the DIALOG Jesus died ot give us to PREVENT you from being a body member.

Of all churches near you since the attack of the Stone-Campbell Movement:

Christianity in this hour has been reduced to format, formalism, ego building dreams and visions of grandeur, emotional worship and worldly, soulical music--all abominations to the Lord, a spectacle to the holy angels and a delight to devils! Yet in the heart of God, nothing of these things constitutes the true, essential substance of Christianity.
        Each local assembly desperately seeking to find a way to add to their numbers, as if this had some significance in God's mind. Leadership has become so far removed from the Lord's heart that it has adopted a worldly, secular mentality and cloaked it in Bible terminology, i.e. elders, pastors, deacons, teachers, prophets, etc. Governing principles that determine the growth rates of businesses and corporate establishments have become the mind-set. 

Pink On Worship

“It is the bounded duty of every Christian to have no dealings with the “evangelistic” monstrosity of the day:” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952

“In connection with what is styled “Divine worship” today, the great majority of professing Christians follow the dictates of their own wisdom, or inclination of their fleshly lusts, rather than Holy Scripture. Others mechanically follow the traditions of their fathers, or the requirements of popular custom. The result is that the Holy Spirit is grieved and quenched by the worldly inventions of carnal men, and Christ is outside the whole thing. Far better not to worship God at all, than to mock Him with human “will worship” (Colossians 2:23). Far better to worship Him scripturally in the seclusion of our homes, than fellowship the abominable mockery that is now going on in almost all of the so-called “churches”.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

“Spiritual worship must be distinguished sharply from soulical worship, though there are few today who discriminate between them. Much, very much, of our modern socalled worship is soulical, that is, emotional. Music which makes one “feel good,” touching anecdotes which draw tears, the magic oratory of a speaker which thrills his hearers, the clever showmanship of professional evangelists and singers who aim to ‘produce an atmosphere’ for worship and which are designed to move the varied emotions of those in attendance, are so many examples of what is soulical and not spiritual at all.

True worship, spiritual worship, is decorous, quiet, reverential, occupying the worshipper with God Himself; and the effect is to leave him not with a nervous headache (the inevitable reaction from the high tension produced by soulical activities) but with a peaceful heart and a rejoicing spirit.”  —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites
The REST Jesus died to give us; Stop the speaking, singing, playing
My people come to you, as they usually do
and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice.
  With their mouths they express devotion,
  but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Ezek 33:31
Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love (amorous) songs
with a beautiful voice
and plays an instrument well,
for they hear your words
but do not put them into practice. Ezek 33:32
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt 11: 28
   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt 11: 29

Phortizo (g5412) for-tid'-zo; to load up (as a vessel or animal), figurative: to overburden with ceremony or spiritual anxiety: - lade, be heavy laden. (Lots of "invoices")
Phoros (g5411) for'-os; from 5342; a load (as borne,) i.e. (fig.) a tax (prop. an Tithes and offerings individidual assessment not in time of war
Epôidos , on, epaidô
A. singing to or over, using songs or charms to heal wounds, epôidoi muthoi
b. Subst., enchanter, e. kai goęs (but goęs e. Ba.234): a charm for or against,
c. c. dat., assisting, profitable,
2. Pass., sung to music, phônai Plu.2.622d ; fit for singing, poiętikęn 
2. epôidos, ho, verse or passage returning at intervals, chorus, burden,

DON'T PANIC: If you speak the WORD you CANNOT be popular. If you speak the WORD you will be despised and rejected by MOST.  If you NUMBERS won't add up: you may be doing something which is risky and right.  Never take a talley: David did that and could never come before God again.
Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect,
        which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.
        Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh,
        shall he find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain
        which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Tumors grow!

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