For those who don’t know, the “Churches of Christ” don’t use musical instruments. They want to return to a “first century” way of doing Church and so they exclude musical instruments. I wondered… the Bible never explicitly excludes musical instruments… in fact, it never adresses the issue. So I decided to look up their reasoning online…
9 - “WHY DON’T YOU USE MUSIC IN YOUR WORSHIP?”
We do use music, but we don’t use musical instruments to accompany our singing.... Early Christianity included two groups of people: Jews with a background of instrumental music (see Psalm 150) and pagan Gentiles who also worshipped with musical instruments. Yet when the church was established in about 33 A.D., those early Christians worshipped without such instruments. According to Dr. F.W Mattox, a scholar of early church history, musical instruments weren’t used until the fifth century, and organ music didn’t become part of Christian worship until the eighth century...."
Hm… Earlier in the web page, the Church states that it is focused on “looking to the Bible only (#10).” Since the New Testament does not specifically address the issue, they turned directly to the cultural mileu and early Christian tradition for guidance. They may turn to tradition for guidance on musical instruments, but as for allowing tradition to define other norms of early Christian worship: the eucharistic sacrifice, eucharistic canons/prayers… they affim their complete rejection of tradtion. :rolleyes: Ask them to turn to the early Church to understand how church discipline, absolution, and penance was administered, the rite of confirmation/chrismation, or any other facets of early Christian practice and life (let alone doctrine), and they will denounce the early Church as a fallen Church.
And we as Catholics are supposed to take their claims seriously?