I am approached by “Church of Christ” members about the use of musical instrumentation in mass. They practice acappela singing, no musical instruments other than their voices. How do I refute these arguments when it is obvious the Church had no instruments in the first centuries? Why did we incorporate musical instruments into mass, and why does this not violate the early Church’s teaching? This is their claim:
As a result of the distinctive plea of the church - a return to New Testament Faith and practice - acapella singing is the only music used in the worship. This singing, unaccompanied by mechanical instruments of music, conforms to the music used in the apostolic church and for several centuries thereafter (Ephesians 5:19). This principle eliminates the use of instrumental music.