Christian Bands and Worship

By Clifton Fox, Church of Christ

This may surprise you: But, New Testament Christians in the Bible did not use musical instrument in worship.  For the first 1,000 years of Christianity, all church worship, was only acapella singing, without instruments. Worship music with instruments is a new innovation for church worship (recent centuries). Pianos may be popular, but their use is not Biblical worship (2nd John 9-10). Instrumental music in worship may even mean we are taking the Lord’s name in vain, when we use instruments. Jesus condemned man made traditions in worship in Mark 7:7-8: “In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” The New Testament does not authorize musical instruments. Historically, they are a man-made idea.


This may be a new concept for you, but God accepts only what He calls “True worship” (Jn. 4:23-24). Please, read this text and sincerely consider what Jesus stated: True worshippers “Must worship in spirit and in truth.”  In describing what He calls “true worship” in that text, Jesus identified which worship is acceptable and which is vain worship. Think about what Jesus says here:  First, God only seeks worshippers who worship the way He says.  Secondly, some worship is not at all acceptable to God. Our Lord declared true worship is rooted in truth (God’s word), The New Testament does not authorize musical instruments.

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