I get emails —
I have many friends who worship with instrumental music who agree that singing is a command (deaf/mute excluded), but believe that there is nothing wrong with instruments aiding their singing. Their argument is very specific: the addition of the instrument does not violate the command to sing.
In light of that reasoning, I have asked them, “If an instrument prevents one from fulfilling the command to sing, like a trumpet, would you reject its use in Christian worship? One cannot blow the trumpet and sing at the same time.”
Historically, I have been given one of two responses, though I am ready for a third: (1) Yes, they would reject an instrument that prevents one from singing or (2) they change their position and claim that singing is not a command.
Will you give me your opinion on this question, if you have a moment? If you don’t believe singing is a command, can you tell me — from your study — what it is?