Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Do Specific Instructions Forbid Other Actions?

Guest blogger today - Christian Hope, who says,
I actually copied these thoughts from a man named Edward Lawrence. I encourage you to check out his website here: https://www.creedrehearsal.com/.../cre.../instrumental-music

I did add some thoughts into it. I just desire to be honest and consistent.
[Many Christians believe] that when God specifies one specific action then therefore all other kinds or similar types are automatically excluded. I used to hold this view but have changed it due to in-depth searching, prayer and more studying.

If we're going to view Eph 5:19 and Col 3:16 this way, which I believe we shouldn't, then let's view the whole New Testament this way. For example:
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
(Rom 16:16, 1 Cor 16:20, 2 Cor 13:12, 1 Thes 5:26, 1 Pet 5:14)
Kisses are a kind of greeting and are specified as the kind of greeting Christians are to use. Therefore, all other kinds of greetings are excluded and thus unauthorized. Handshakes, hugs, waving, etc. are all unauthorized forms of greetings.

No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.
1 Tim 5:23
Wine is a kind of medicine and is specified as the kind of medicine Christians are to use for their infirmities. Therefore, all other kinds of medicines are excluded and thus unauthorized. Penicillin, Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol and all other forms of medicine are unauthorized.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Heb 10:24-25
There can be many kinds of assemblies (social, entertainment, educational, etc), but the kind of assemblies Christians are specified to gather in are for the purpose of spiritual edification. Therefore, all other reasons why Christians might assemble are excluded and thus unauthorized.

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
James 5:14
There are many kinds of "healers" (doctors, nurses, 911, etc.) who can alleviate illnesses, but the kinds of "healers" specified for Christians are elders of the church. Therefore, all other "healers" (doctors, nurses, 911, etc.) are excluded and thus unauthorized.

Now obviously, we don't interpret these other passages in the same way we interpret the ones about singing. If we are going to remain consistent, we are going to have to admit that we can't apply the concept of specific authority to the "singing" passages in an attempt to forbid musical instruments. Otherwise we had better start greeting one another only with kisses, using wine as our only medicine, and so forth. Ephesians 5 is talking about our lives. We must remain in context. I say this with love and am always open to reproof. Also look at 1 Cor 10:21-31. I believe Paul is talking about the things which God has not specifically forbidden in scripture.

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