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Instructions for Christians concerning the public worship

The Instruction to the Christians in Ephesus:

Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints that are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Eph 5:17-21 Wherefore be ye not foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is. (18) And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; (19) speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; (20) giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; (21) subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.

The Letter to the Ephesians was written to Christians, or Saints as the text says, and many as you say were Gentiles. This Command to speak and sing with a melody in your heart with the Spirit is to all Christians. For it was written to instruct ignorant Christians of proper public worship. Our Speaking and Singing is the command to apply, you cannot infer instruments into the text for the command is to sing being filled with Spirit. No Instrument that is dead can be filled with the Spirit nor can an instrument Speak, and Sing.

Also remember, Christians were instructed to Speak, Teach, and Encourage as the Letter to Colossian Saints Says as it is written:

The Instruction to the Christians in Colosse:

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.

No Instrument can fulfill the commands to speak, sing, teach, and encourage, these are things human hearts and mouths do, not instruments. Therefore, the conclusion is made Instruments are not needed in public worship nor can they fulfill the commands to speak, teach, admonish, and sing. They only make sounds not words. The command is to the individual Christian, not to just men or not to just those who sing well. The command is for each individual to sing and be the choir or praise team. Let us each individual Christian sing in truth and spirit. Amen. “Wesley said, I have no problem with a piano in the church as long as it is neither seen nor heard.” To paraphrase Spurgeon: I would not pray to God with machinery, nor will I sing to Him with machinery.

In Private worship, a man can worship anyway he wants, it is up to God to accept any form of worship, Jesus said, “the Father Seeks those that will worship Him in Spirit and Truth. When people write songs; instruments help with the melody and harmony and notes. However, this is in the area of private worship and not public worship. The instructions above were for when the letter was read to the public assembly and both letters addressed to the Saints (Christians), so both of these instructions must be applied today, if one wants to practice the whole truth written on the matter to Christians (Saints).

Father, we pray we always praise You and worship You and Your Son in Truth and Spirit in Jesus of Nazareth’s name amen.

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