Music in Church

1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV)

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

I was raised Church of Christ. In the Church of Christ churches, music is looked upon as being evil. Because God didn’t tell us to do it, therefore, it’s pure evil. I’ve been to several of those churches throughout my life, and it seems that all of them at some point were split over whether or not to allow the use of musical instruments. By split I mean some or most of the members left to start a new church where the only difference would literally be that they played musical instruments.

Back in April of this year (2014), I moved from Texas to Ohio and started going to a baptist church. They play instruments. The first couple weeks I was so uncomfortable that I sat there rigid expecting the place to be destroyed any second. But soon I found that I preferred the music. It enhanced the worship for me. It didn’t hinder the worship.

Romans 14:2-3 (KJV)

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Paul isn’t talking about literal herbs. The context is talking about worshiping God. Verses 2 and 3, and the verse I opened this with, are basically saying, “If it enhances your worship without hindering it, and doesn’t go against the Bible, go ahead and do it”. You’re saved by believing in Christ and being baptized, not by playing music or singing A Capella.

Besides, Paul instructed us to use instruments. At least, he said to use string instruments. What? You didn’t know that? That’s because you don’t know Greek.

Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms. The original Greek, psalmos (or ψαλμός) means “a striking (of musical strings)“. So Paul, through whom God spoke, tells us to strike a sting instrument and sing spiritual songs.

So we’ve seen here that not only does scripture give us the freedom do enhance our worship as long as it doesn’t hinder, but we’re also instructed to use string instruments.

The Fig Tree

What do I mean by “Fig Tree Reborn”? Why did I call it that? Let’s look at the book of Hosea:

Hosea 9:10 (KJV)

10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Israel is the Fig Tree.

In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the rebirth of Israel (reblooming of the fig tree). saying:

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Israel was later destroyed, in 70 AD. After that, Israel ceased to exist. It was just like Persia and Babylon, ancient nations that are now little more than mere memories.

In 1948, the Nation of Israel was…wait, what? That can’t be right. The Nation of Israel was reborn? After being gone for nearly 2,000 years? I looked and couldn’t find any other example of a nation being defeated then being re-established 2,000 years later. Not only that, but this was prophesied several times in the Bible.

Right, so a generation won’t pass until “these things” happen. We know that the starting point is 1948. How long is a generation? Well, if you read this page, it will explain that a generation is 70 to 80 years. Which means that these things will happen before either 2018 or 2028. Note that it doesn’t say that Christ will return in this time, just that these things will happen before that generation passes.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Notice I am not specifying a specific date. All these false prophets calling out random dates have themselves been prophesied about.

When studying scripture. Context is key to understanding. It’s widely preached that Jesus will come like a thief in the night, that we will have no way of knowing when these things will occur, so we shouldn’t even discuss them. While the Bible does say the “thief in the night” line, if you keep reading it’s revealed a few verses later that it will only be that way for those who aren’t ready.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (KJV)

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.