Well, I thought it was finally time to change the subject and talk about something other than instrumental music. But as soon as got back from vacation, there in my Inbox was an email from Al Maxey advising that another congregation had chosen to publish an ad in the Daily Oklahoman damning those who use the instrument — again embarrassing the Churches of Christ.
This link will take you to the original.
I’ll not waste time refuting the arguments made. They’ve all been dealt with before on this site. Just go to the Index under “Instrumental Music” and the recent posts on the “Regulative Principle.” Moreover, I’ve addressed the profound sinfulness of publishing such ads here and here.
These obscenities are going to continue so long as those Churches of Christ that see the error in these practice stand on the sidelines, hoping to avoid criticism from the legalists. This is cowardice and only encourages sin.
Please, elders, ministers, Bible class teachers — sit your congregation down and teach them the grace of God in unmistakable terms. Don’t allow the legalists to run your church. Don’t allow your decisions for the Lord to be influenced by those who seek justification by works — not even a little. TEACH!
I believe that the worst sin in the Churches of Christ is the fact that good men and women, who know God’s grace, are afraid to teach it to their brothers and sisters. We are afraid that the truth will divide us.
Well — how well is that working for us? I mean, what does our history teach us? Has legalism kept us united? EVER?? Are we happy with how this strategy is working out for us?
The path to unity is good teaching, not church politics and a cowed silence. Why on earth do we allow such sin — such profound misunderstanding of the gospel — to even slightly influence our preaching?
And has anyone in Oklahoma City gotten up in the pulpit and declared solidarity with Quail Springs? Anyone? If we can’t rush to the defense of our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we are worse than useless. Surely it’s not asking too much that we actually stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ!
(Gal 5:1, 4, 15) It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. … 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. … 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
(Rom 14:1, 4, 9-10) Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. … 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. … 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
(Heb 7:25) Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
When Jesus returns, he won’t ask the leaders of the Churches of Christ whether they used a piano. He’ll ask whether they taught the gospel — the good news that Jesus completely saves.