Question #236

Where in the Bible does it say that we should use musical instruments in worship?

Where in the Bible does it say that we should use musical instruments in worship? I don't see how you can throw out the Old Testament. Psalm 150 clearly tells us to worship with musical instruments.

The Answer:

It appears that the word “not” was omitted from this inquirers question, since he appears to be defending the use of mechanical instruments in worship. Both of his questions have been answered in the past. Questions and Answers No. 121 directly addresses the first question. A good place to begin when you have a question is to search this website to see if it has already been answered. It would also be helpful when asking a question to give support for the position that you espouse. For instance, by what authority do you contend that the Old Testament governs New Testament worship? By what authority do you follow only the part of the Old Testament that appeals to you? Why do you not offer animal sacrifices? Why do you not go to Jerusalem to worship? Why do you not observe the Passover? Why do you not praise Him in His sanctuary? That is the phrase with which Psalm 150 begins. Since the Psalms preceded Solomon’s reign, and since Solomon built the temple, God’s sanctuary at the time was the tabernacle.

It is amazing that we are asked to defend the teaching of scripture while many who ask make to effort to defend the practice that they are following. In spite of that, however, you will find the answer to your question if you will read the following portions of this website:

Class: Questions – Lesson 8

Questions and Answers: Nos. 7, 35, 55, 121, 140, 177, and 188.

Class: Lord’s Church – Lesson 7

God's Plan of Salvation

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)

You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)