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Pious Music

Songbook by Davide Restivo

Thomas Hall on Amos 6:5:

There is a grave, composed, pious music, by which contemplation is promoted, the affections are moved, sadness is expelled, the spirits are raised and revived, composed and fitted for God’s service and praise; and to this end the most pious and noble spirited men have used it; as Moses, Exod. 15; Deborah, Judg. 5; Hezekiah, Isa. 38.20; Jehoshaphat, 2 Chron. 22.27, 28; the Levites, Neh. 12.27; 1 Chron. 9.33; and the saints, Rev. 14.2, 3…

There is a light, loose, lustful, profane, emasculating music, whereby the corruptions which are in the heart are excited, and the fear of God is expelled. Job brings in the wicked with their timbrel and harp, rejoicing at the sound of the organ, Job 21.12, 13. Against such the Prophet denounceth a woe, Isa. 5.11, 12, and 24.8, 9.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90276-Was-Hymn-Music-quot-Holy-quot-When-Written, Comment #4

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No Turning Back

Pr PGRathnam

The true story behind the song, “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus:”

http://notallowed2laff.blogspot.ca/2015/10/why-did-i-pick-that-song-for-sunday.html

Divine Worship Should Transcend All Times, Places, and Cultures

The Covenanters' Preaching

Michael Daniels:

“Divine worship is timeless, universal and transcendental. It does not have the fickleness of culture. Worship transcends the culture moment- the time, place and group out of which it has risen. The worship of the scriptures is universal and avoids the narrow generational or cultural classification and should transcend sect, race, generation, or party.”

Source and read more: https://mintdill.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/to-rap-or-not-to-rap-in-worship/

Worship Music is Different From Everyday Music

Laon 1562 Ps1Augustine, as quoted by John Calvin in the Preface to the Psalter, 1543:

“there is a great difference between music which one makes to entertain men at table and in their houses, and the Psalms which are sung in the Church in the presence of God and His angels”.

Source: https://mintdill.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/to-rap-or-not-to-rap-in-worship/

Reformation Hymns

Luther, Melanchthon, Pomeranus and Crucicer Wellcome V0048412

Discover them here:

http://weecalvin1509.blogspot.ca/2014/10/reformation-hymns.html

Is Rock Music Evil?

Biblical Landmarks makes a good observation about claiming that rock music is “sinful”:
Bowie Ziggy

“Before answering that question, it is worth noting that most of the arguments for or against rock music are based on only a few assumptions. Some against rock music are prone to use the lyric argument: the words are bad, therefore let’s get rid of rock music. However, it is easy to counter this argument by merely cleaning up the words so that they become acceptable. This is the rationale behind most Christian rock music. Another assumption against rock is merely pragmatic: I hate rock so it should be banned.

In the debate over rock music, however, there is very little attempt to come to grips with the music itself — that is, the music divorced from the lyrics. There is probably a good reason for this omission: it becomes very difficult to find a basis to criticize the music itself from a Christian perspective. For example, the Bible does not indicate what styles or forms of music might be considered immoral. This poses a very great dilemma for the person who wishes to criticize rock music: he can’t find the biblical evidence necessary to condemn it.”

Read more: http://www.biblicallandmarks.com/wpl/out-of-the-frying-pan/#more-6026

In the rest of his article, Biblical Landmarks discusses how music is a language, that languages have rules – or grammar – and the fact that much modern music is in rebellion against rules.  An interesting read!

The Church Fathers on Musical Instruments in Worship

David W. Music:

Pöttsching-Pecsenyéd -church-organ“The Fathers brought three basic arguments to bear on the question of instruments: (1) instruments and other “ceremonies” were characteristic of the “infancy” of the church (i.e., the Jewish Dispensation), while the church was now in its maturity (the Christian Dispensation); thus, (2) the numerous references to instruments and instrumental music in the Old Testament should be interpreted symbolically; and (3) instruments were associated with immoral practices, even as some pagan writers had noted. …[T]he Fathers do not seem to have been writing in reaction to contemporary Christian practice. That is, they were not trying to correct abuses that had crept into the Christian church, for there is very little evidence that instruments had ever formed a part of Christian worship during its practice in the early centuries…..”

~Instruments in Church: A Collection of Source Documents, vol. 7, Studies in Liturgical Musicology (Lanham and London: The Scarecrow Press Inc, 1998), 27.

Read more: http://heidelblog.net/2014/09/the-church-fathers-reject-instrumental-music-in-public-worship/