In an effort to justify the use of instrumental music in worship, this question is often asked: “Is instrumental music a salvation issue?” Do not be deceived by the subtleness of the question. Remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Another way to frame the same question is this: “Can we get away with it?” That does not sound so good, does it? But it’s the same question. Both questions mean can we use instrumental music in worship and still go to heaven even if God prefers a cappella.
The problem with the question: “Is it a salvation issue?” is that it is the wrong question. How do I know it’s the wrong question? I know because the Bible does not answer it. The proper question is: “Has God authorized it?” Now that question is easily answered? God has clearly authorized singing (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15) but we have no Bible authority for the use of an instrument of music in our worship.
What it all comes down to is this: Are we interested in doing exactly what God wants or are we interested in seeing what we can get away with?
One question frequently asked preachers is: “Where did the devil come from?” Is he a fallen angel? Did he once live in heaven? Perhaps someday we will have all the answers but for now it is enough that we remember: He’s here!
While the Bible does not answer all our questions about the devil, it does tell us what his mission is on earth. He is out to get us! The apostle Peter put it this way: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Furthermore, the Bible informs us that the devil is here to deceive. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Not only that, but at times the devil can steal the word out of the heart. Jesus said of some who heard the word, “When anyone hearth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.” (Matthew 13:19)
We may not know all we would like to know about the devil but the Bible is clear – He is here in our world and he is out to get us. So watch out!
What does the Bible say about same sex marriage? Consider the following: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22) And again, “For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women changed the natural use into that which is against nature: and also the men, leaving the natural us of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which is meet.” (Romans 1:26-27) See also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-11.
These passages are all crystal clear. So why is it that so many of our religious leaders today say differently? Why is it that for centuries these passages were clearly understood by Bible readers but now are discarded? Well, the Bible answers that also. It’s the culture. Paul put it this way: “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) And again, “The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
People, even religious leaders, allow the modern culture to blind their eyes to the obvious truth.