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I Can’t Take It No Mo’

I will undoubtedly receive some flack for this entry, but so goes life. I have purposely not written about the Richland Hills Church of Christ and their decision to use musical instruments in worship because too many other people are spending WAY too much time doing it for me.

In an attempt to “educate” people about the evils of instrumental music and Rick Atchley many people have written books, blogs, pamphlets, and other material in the defense of God. I am not sure why things have come to this. Each argument boils down to either “lack of command, example, and necessary inference” or “speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent”. The problem with the later defense is that some are being extremely verbal on a topic in which the Bible is silent. I am sure some wonder what my view on instrumental music is and I will answer it this way “My view doesn’t make a difference!”

I do not understand why so many people feel it is their job to police what other congregations are doing under their own eldership. The idea of being autonomous and independent loses something when we feel we have the right to publicly scrutinize what another congregation is doing because it is different from what we practice or are comfortable with. Should we clap? Should we say ‘Amen’? Should we raise hands? Should we use one cup or many? Should we all use the KJV? Should we all have the name ‘Church of Christ’ in the name of our building? Should we all be separated racially in congregations? Should a woman pass the collection plate?

Why does what we do during one hour on Sunday define if we are “evil” or a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” the rest of the week?

It is my prayer that we will spend more time reaching out to the lost, taking care of the poor, doing Bible studies, and living right before God before we take the time to point fingers at others.

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  1. Gallagher
    April 11, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    If I hear another lesson, read another article, or get mailed any more stuff regarding IM, I am going to explode.


  2. Mike Jones
    April 11, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for you comment Chris. This is exactly why you need to win the presidency.

  3. Dana
    April 12, 2007 at 3:42 am

    Amen, honey! While it is important to not only believe, but believe the truth, you have to wonder why some people choose to follow only the things in the Bible with which they are comfortable. Why is it that we are so bent on IM that we forget that whole passage where Jesus teaches us to “first, go be reconciled to your brother?” I wonder just how many of these “defenders of the faith” have actually reached out to the Richland Hills eldership to have a loving discussion…According to Jesus, our hearts and intentions will reveal whether we truly are following the commands of God, or the precepts of men (think of the Pharisees). Jesus was the one to “defile the Sabbath” by healing, picking grain, etc. I see no love, or real plea for unity, in these “defense papers,” so what is the point? I’m pretty sure that the hours lost writing these defenses could have been much better used in actual ministry to the spiritually lost and dying world around us. A little perspective, please?…

  4. NB
    April 12, 2007 at 9:29 am

    I think you hit the nail on the head with your last paragraph!That prayer should apply to all churches, whatever the issue.

  5. john dobbs
    April 16, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Great post, Mike. Thanks for being Christ-centered….where we all need to be.

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