Does Anyone Else Think Musical Instruments Get in the Way of Congregational Song?

I do.

The human voice lifted up in unison praising the Holy name of God is as good as it gets.

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10 thoughts on “Does Anyone Else Think Musical Instruments Get in the Way of Congregational Song?

  1. I do not like voice only. (I can not sing) However most churches drown out the voices with too loud organs or praise bands.

  2. Oops, I should mention I like Glad and their Acapella. They can sign, most congregations can not match them.

  3. Musical instruments can aid in congregational singing without overwhelming the voices. Unfortunately, many churches do not do a good job of guarding against this, and the instruments seem to take precedent. But I have attended a men’s retreat sponsored by the RPCNA (read: acapella psalm-only singers) and even they pecked out a few notes on a piano prior to singing a psalm just so the proper pitch was found.

  4. HELO DEAR SAINTS,IAM AN INDIAN,24 YEARS OLD.
    MY QUESTION IS:IS IT RIGHT TO USE INSTRUMENTS IN WORSHIP?
    PLEASE TELL ME.
    YOURS IN CHRIST
    VICTOR SUMAN

  5. Victor, the short answer is yes, it is right to use instruments in worship. There is no doubt in scripture about that. Just realize that music is not the only element of worship. American Christianity does not particularly understand that, and even American Reformed Christianity has problems with that. (To be fair, there is debate about what are the appropriate instruments in worship and what words to sing, but that is a different question.) Yes, acapella singing can sound great, and be encouraging, particularly as reformed Christians where content of our worship is very important.

  6. This relates to the other discussion regarding the Law. We’re not under the OT system. Temples, altars, sacrifices, vestments, candles, musical instruments, holydays….all of it has been fulfilled in Christ.

    We can’t borrow here and there from portions of the OT Law. It’s a unit…either it all comes over into the New…which is what Rome does, they just transform it…. or,

    it’s all fulfilled and inappropriate for NT worship.

    Rome is consistent….the RPW is consistent…the question is, which is right.

    The hybrid view of the day are what don’t make any sense.

    Paul was always fighting two battles…one against the Judaizers trying to revert to the OT.

    And against what I call the Paganizers…trying to bring in cultural values and ideas into the church.

    Great discussion…..

    Protoprotestant

  7. Very quickly after becoming Reformed, I came to two conclusions based on application of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura: first, psalm singing is not normative, but should exclusive in the Church; and second, musical instruments belong in OT. My answer: yes. A capella singing is biblical; it is apostolic.

  8. I also quickly became convinced very quickly after becoming Reformed that instruments have no place in worship. I was helped to this conclusion by reading stuff by Girardeau online.

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