Hi JesseW, first a little history. The reformers, calvin, luther, etc., recognised some of the ecumenical church councils as being authoritive, they also recongised early creeds, like Nicea on the trinity for example, apostles creed etc., They even employed church history and the church fathers.
Now, in American history there was a movement called the Christian Connection which was an Arain group of boston unitarians. They purposed a priniclple called “Bible Alone” which states basically, if it is not in the Bible then it is not authoritive for christians to follow. This movement influnced various American movements like the adventist movements, restoration movements and so on.
The Restoration Movement which Church of Christ is part of says, “no creed execpt the Bible” meaning if it is not in the Bible it is not true. Church of Christ tends to be congregational in nature with no church hiearchy above them.
- Some, CoC noticed that there is no reference to musical instruments in worship in the NT. So, they formed a rule that musical instruments are forbidden in worship. * in forming that rule they were acting on their definition, understanding of what Bible Alone means.
The purpose of this thread is using the musical instrument along with my example of no pants, no dresses and no underwear allowed in worship, only robes to address the heart of the Bible Alone theology.
The Heart of the Bible Alone is simply stated, if it is not in the Bible then it is not authoritive for Christians.
If you think about modern life vs life in the times of Christ, one can generate a long list of things not in scripture. Cars for example, early christians walked to church, therefore driving to church is forbidden, after all it is not in the bible. Church Buildings, early christians met in homes ( 2 John ) — therefore worship in a church building is forbidden.
Anti-Catholics follow the definition of Bible Alone given in this post. So, I think it is good to generate a list of things that would be forbidden to modern christians based on their principle of interpretation — that is “if it is not in the bible, then it is forbidden.”
A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.
Based on Mark 14, followers of Jesus are NOT to wear underwear.
List things that we have today, electricity, fans, electric lamps, pews, church buildings, underwear, dresses, pants, cars, shoes vs sandals, paper money vs coins, ---- basically, things they did not have in NT times. None of these things are in the Bible.
So, if Bible Alone is taken to mean “if it is not in the bible, then it is forbidden”, then all those modern things are forbidden right?
here I googled “if it is not in the bible”, and here is the principle at work,
“If it is not in the Bible, I will not believe it.”
“if it is not in the Bible, you must be silent on the matter. …”
“if it is not in the Bible, we don’t do it!”
“Just say that everything is false,if it is not in the bible.”
“Basically if it is not in the Bible, don’t do it.”
“The belief was that the Church had built a huge edifice upon false truths, so if it is not in the Bible, we need not believe it. …”
So, in short, those CoC are applying their principle of bible alone. So, lets take their principle of Bible Alone and apply it to all kinds of things like forbidding christians to wear underwear.