Instrumental Music in Acts: Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson, Rick Atchley, David Faust and others deny that instrumental music is mentioned in the New Testament. Because it is not therefore worth dividing about they go ahead and become sectarian. This paper has them all denying any instrument connection in Acts. Do remember that Jesus said that truth had been hidden in parables from the foundation of the world from those not worthy of being faithful stewards of that which has been delivered.


Christ the Spirit spoke through the Prophets
Jesus of Nazareth made these prophecies more perfect
Jesus said "my WORDS are Spirit and Life."
To speak out of your own imagination while pretending to speak for Christ is defined as blasphemy.

Mark Henderson:
Instrumental music is a non-issue.
        You don’t see a discussion in the Book of Acts.
        There is nothing in the New Testament that even remotely resembles
        the detailed instructions for worship that we saw in the Old Testament.
        The New Testament simply has nothing to say about instruments in worship.
The Old Testament commands and encourages the use of instruments, and the heavenly vision includes instruments in the picture.

In between, the New Testament says nothing about instruments in worship, so how did we end up with this anti-instrument heritage?
There are two THREADS running through the Old Testament and in all ages: The Levites had been clergy in Egypt and were condemned to continue the worship of Dionysus and other of the starry host after Isreal rose up to PLAY at Mount Sinai. God took away The Book of The Covenant of grace and gave them a Fiery Law to legislate for the lawless to protect the weak.  

"Despite the differences between the Mosaic and the Egyptian cults, it can hardly be denied that Egyptian influence on Jewish musical practices were quite significant. They would stand to reason because of the high quality of egyptian cultic music.

The tambourine or timbrel, a hoop of bells over which a white skin was stretched, came from Egypt. Miriam used this instrument to accompany the singing and dancing on the shores of the Red Sea (Ex. 15).

The trumpet blown for decampment, at the gathering of the people and on different cultic occasions, especially during sacrifices (2 Chron. 30:21; 35:15; Num 10:2), was the signaling instrument of the Egyptian army.

The sistrum, according to 2 Sam 6:5, was used by the Israelites and bore the name mena'aneim. It was the same as the Egyptian kemkem which was employed in the cult of Isis.

The solemnity celebrated on the occasion of the transferring of the Ark to Sion, as well as the dances of the daughters of Israel at the annual feast of the Lord of Shiloh (Judg 21:21), were similar in thier musical embellishments to Egyptian customs in the liturgy and at parades. As Herodotus reports,

women sang the praises of Osiris while likenesses of the gods were born about and, during the festival of Diana at Bubastis,

choirs of men and women sang and danced to the beating of drums and the playing of flutes." (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 65)

Christ defined the Qahal, synagogue or church in the wilderness for the SPIRITUAL THREAD. This EXCLUDED vocal or instrumental rejoicing.

[7]  But when the assembly is to be gathered together,
        you shall blow,
        but you shall not sound an alarm.

[7] quando autem congregandus est populus simplex tubarum clangor erit et non concise ululabunt

Con-grĕgo Congrego Academia congregation.  where plato taught, scholars are called Academici, and his doctrine Philosophia Academica.. The philosophy of the Acadamy,A. For The philosophy of the Academyinstaret academia, quae quidquid dixisses

Simplex I. In gen., simple, plain, uncompounded, unmixed

Tuba Apart from military purposes, it was used on various occasions, as at religious festivals, games, funerals,
b. Sonorous, elevated epic poetry,
c. A lofty style of speaking,
II. Trop.: tuba belli civilis, i. e. exciter, author, instigato
Cicero F 6. The passport has not been issued at once, owing to the amazing rascality of certain persons, who would have been bitterly annoyed at a pardon being granted to you, whom that party call the "bugle of the civil war"--and a good many observations to the same effect are made by them, as though they were not positively glad of that war having occurred.

Vergil, Aeneid 5.104
Now came the day desir'd. The skies were bright
With rosy luster of the rising light:
The bord'ring people, rous'd by sounding fame
Of Trojan feasts and great Acestes' name,
The crowded shore with acclamations fill,
Part to behold, and part to prove their skill.
And first the gifts in public view they place,
Green laurel wreaths, and palm, the victors' grace:
Within the circle, arms and tripods lie,
Ingots of gold and silver, heap'd on high,
And vests embroider'd, of the Tyrian dye.
The trumpet's clangor then the feast proclaims,
And all prepare for their appointed games.
clango , no
    I.perf., ĕre, 3, v. n. [kindred with crocio, glocio; cf. clamo and klazô] , to clang, to sound, resound (rare; only in ante-class. and post-Aug. poets): crepitu clangente, Att. ap. Non. p. 463, 16: horrida clangunt signa tubae, Stat. Th. 4, 342 ; cf.: luctificum clangente tubā, Val. Fl. 3, 349 : clangunt aquilae, Auct. Carm. Phil. 28.
Ululo Ulŭlo  I. Neutr., to howl, yell, shriek, utter a mournful cry. B.Transf., of places, to ring, resound, re-echo with howling: penitusque cavae plangoribus aedes Femineis ululant,Verg. A. 2, 488 : resonae ripae, Sil. 6, 285 : Dindyma sanguineis Gallis, Claud. Rapt. Pros. 2, 269 .--
fēmĭnĕus   II.Transf., with an accessory notion of contempt, womanish, effeminate, unmanly:

, a, um, adj., = magikos, of or belonging to magic B. To say urgently or continually (late Lat.): vernacula principi, Amm. 17, 11, 1 . Ubcijws vt ubxBRbrRUIBA
superstitio , o-nis, f. [super-sto; orig a standing still over or by a thing; hence, amazement, wonder, dread, esp. of the divine or supernatural] . II. In post-Aug. prose sometimes for religio, religious awe, sanctity; a religious rite:

B. vanitas , a-tis, f. [vanus] . B. Esp., falsity, falsehood, deception, untruth, untrustworthiness, fickleness, etc.

C.  resono to sound or ring again, to resound, re-echo

D.  Cantus  I. Neutr., to utter melodious notes, to sing, sound, play.

Transf., of the instruments by which, or (poet.) of the places in which, the sounds are produced, to sound, resound: canentes tibiae,

E. magicae resonant ubi Memnone chordae,mysterious 

Jesus defined the TWO THREADS in Jerusalem: the Scribes and Pharisees He called hypocrites by pointing to Isaah 6; 29 and Ezekiel 33.  There He spells out slick speakers, singers and talented instrument players. This He uses as an example of NOTHING MORE THAN.

Jesus taught in the synagogue and preached OUT THERE where He commanded all preachers to preach.

Paul also defined the evil thread in Romans 14 and outlawed doubtful disputations which means anything which arises out of the human heart. He defined the synagogue in Romans 15 where SELF-pleasure points to all of the musical practices of those marked by DIET in the marketplace.
SHOWN: prophecy that Judas would try to spook Jesus using musical terms
SHOWN: Jesus cast out the musical minstrels like dung
SHOWN: Jesus identified the clergy as MEN acting like CHILDREN piping hoping to get others to sing and dance

Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee, Jer 19:10
And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city,
as one breaketh a potters vessel, that cannot be made whole again:
and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury. Jer 19:11
Thus will I do unto this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof,
        and even make this city as Tophet: Jer 19:12
        And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah
        shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs
        they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven,
        and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods. Jer 19:13
Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy;
        and he stood in the court of the Lords house, and said to all the people, Jer 19:14

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
        Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil
        that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, t
        hat they might not hear my words. Jer 19:15

Is. 5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink;
        that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
Is. 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their [religious] feasts:
        but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Is. 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity,
        because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished,
        and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Isa. 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure:
        and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Is. 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming:
        it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth;
        it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
Is. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Is. 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement;
        when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:
        for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Is. 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD,
        Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:
        he that believeth shall not make haste.

Make Haste is

Chuwsh (h2363) koosh; a prim. root; to hurry; fig. to be eager with excitement or enjoyment: - (make) haste (-n), ready.

Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. Isaiah 28:17

Believeth is:

Aman (h539) aw-man'; a prim. root; prop. to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; fig. to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; mor. to be true or certain; once (Isa. 30:21; by interch. for 539) to go to the right hand: - hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, / fail, be faithful (of long continuance, stedfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Is.30:2

Isaiah 30 clearly says that HELL was prepared for Satan and all of God's enemies he/she could seduce with instruments.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants;
        the one from the mount Sinai,
        which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia,
        and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

  1. God gave Israel The Book of The Covenant of Grace.
  2. They rose up to PLAY which Paul in 1 Cor 10 identifies as demonism: musical idolatry.

    "The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).

    "In the New Testament there is nowhere any emphasis laid on the musical form of the hymns; and in particular none on instrumental accompaniment whereas this is significantly paganism." (Delling, Gerhard, Worship in the New Testament, trans. Percy Scott Phil. Westminster press, 1962, p. 86).


In Acts 2 Peter said that they should save themselves from that crooked generation.  John called them a generation of vipers not fit for baptism and Jesus called them a generation like children [that PLAY word] consigning pipers, singers and dancers to the marketplace whre all of the other crooked or skolion singing took place along with the singers and dancers.

We have collected lots of information about the CROOKED GENERATION and it radically associates singing and playing instruments with the symposia of often perverted men. Even there, when they wanted to "speak one to another" they sent the flute-girl out.

When Jesus likened that generation to "children" the patternism is called PLAY: this was the perverted musical idolatry at Mount Sinai, the continuing devotion to Zeus and Dionysus in Herod's temple staffed with mercinaries, and those who PIPED hoping that Jesus and others would SING and DANCE.  When Paul said "don't get drunk with wine" he was pointing to the symposia and the marketplace where all kinds of things were sold. Crooked
Skolios 1 curved, winding, twisted, tangled, Lat. obliquus, Hdt., Eur., etc.:-- bent sideways, douleiê kephalê skoliê (Hor. stat capite obstipo) Theogn.: metaph. crooked, i. e. unjust, unrighteous , Il., Hes., etc.; skolia prattein, eipein Plat.:--so adv. skoliôs, Hes.

Prattein, Prassô II. experience certain fortunes, achieved bondage, i.e. brought it on himself, grant power of song, get something, plot, 3. of sexual intercourse, b. esp. of secret practices and intrigues
Charis for his pleasure, for his sake, glôssês charin for one's tongue's pleasure, hy pleasure or sake, s for the sake of my flesh, for the pleasure of devouring it,  prassein, 4. love-charm, philtre, charizesthai (1.2), indulge, humour, orgêi,
Charizomai charizô , fut. chariô 3. in erotic sense, grant favours to a man,
Skolios MEANING: ithunei skolion makes the crooked one straight, Hes.Op.7; s. kai phoberos

Hesoid Works and Days: (ll. 1-10) Muses of Pieria who give glory through song, come hither, tell of Zeus your father and chant his praise. Throug him mortal men are famed or un-famed, sung or unsung alike, as great Zeus wills. For easily he makes strong, and easily he brings the strong man low; easily he humbles the proud and raises the obscure, and easily he straightens the crooked and blasts the proud, -- Zeus who thunders aloft and has his dwelling most high.

Attend thou with eye and ear, and make judgements straight with righteousness. And I, Perses, would tell of true things.

(ll. 11-24) So, after all, there was not one kind of Strife alone, but all over the earth there are two. As for the one, a man would praise her when he came to understand her; but the other is blameworthy: and they are wholly different in nature.

For one fosters evil war and battle, being cruel: her no man loves; but perforce, through the will of the deathless gods,

men pay harsh Strife her honour due. But the other is the elder daughter of dark Night, and the son of Cronos who sits above and dwells in the aether, set her in the roots of the earth: and she is far kinder to men. She stirs up even the shiftless to toil; for a man grows eager to work when he considers his neighbour, a rich man who hastens to plough and plant and put his house in good order; and neighbour vies with is neighbour as he hurries after wealth.

This Strife is wholesome for men. And potter is angry with potter, and craftsman with craftsman, and beggar is jealous of beggar, and minstrel of minstrel.

And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Rev 18:22

God hath not said "thou shalt not be crooked" but don't say Jesus was ignorant when he defined things MADE crooked by the use of mind-altering music (Sorcery Rev 18)


Before falling beyond redemption to claim that Acts or the New Testament says nothing about musical instruments it would be well to see what it DOES condemn which DEPENDS on musical instruments.

We will look at the event where they wanted to offer a sacrifice to Paul as Zeus.  This may mean nothing for those who want to skip and play but the book of Maccabees defines Zeus and Dionysus as the Abomination of Desolation in the temple. Paul also addressed the perverts in a religious sense.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Phil 2:14
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke,
         in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
        among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Phil 2:15

G1112 goggusmos gong-goos-mos' From G1111 ; a grumbling:--grudging, murmuring
goggustes A grumbler, murmurer. (loidoros [3060], a railer, reviler.)
goes A conjurer, and enchanter; a deceiver, an impostor.

Crooked: G4646 skolios skol-ee-os' From the base of G4628 ; warped, that is, winding; figuratively perverse:crooked, froward, untoward.

Perverse: G1294 diastrephō dee-as-tref'-o From G1223 and G4762 ; to distort, that is, (figuratively) misinterpret, or (morally) corrupt:—perverse (-rt), turn away.

G4762 strephō stref'-o Strengthened from the base of G5157 ; to twist, that is, turn quite around or reverse (literally or figuratively):—convert, turn (again, back again, self, self about

Epi-strephô in Liddel And Scott.

G5157 tropē trop-ay' From an apparently primary word τρέπω trepō (to turn); a turn (“trope”), that is, revolution (figuratively variation):--turning.
Tropos,  ho, ( [trepô] ) turn, direction, way, diôruches pantoious tropous echousai Hdt.2.108 ; diôruchas tetrammenas panta t. Id.1.189 , cf. 199: but, II. commonly, way, manner, fashion, guise: in barbarous guise or fashion
IV. in Music, like harmonia, [IV. in Music, stringing, or scale] a particular mode, Audios t. Pi.O.14.17 , mousikês tropoi, dithurambikoi t.; ho harmonikos tês mousikês [skilled in music] of art in general, [able to represent]
See More Dithramb and the Love for boys
[595a] Socrates

“And truly,” I said, “many other considerations assure me that we were entirely right in our organization of the state, and especially, I think, in the matter of poetry. ” “What about it?” he said. “In refusing to admit at all so much of it as is imitative ; for that it is certainly not to be received is, I think,

Athenaeus v. 12. 187 says that Plato himself in the Symposium wrote worse things than the poets whom he banishes.

See the Tom Burgess literature on Athenaeus and others which proves that the PSALLO word always identified older males plucking the Harp to seduce young boys.

Pi.O.14.17 Pindar Olympian 14 Not even the gods arrange dances or feasts without the holy Graces, who oversee everything [10] that is done in heaven; with their thrones set beside Pythian Apollo of the golden bow, they worship the everlasting honor of the Olympian father.

[13] Lady Aglaia, and Euphrosyne, lover of dance and song, daughters of the strongest god, [15] listen now; and you, Thalia, passionate for dance and song, having looked with favor on this victory procession, stepping lightly in honor of gracious fortune. For I have come to sing [aeido] of Asopichus in Lydian melodies [tropoi]  and chosen phrases, because the Minyan land is victorious at Olympia,

Pindar Olympian 10 [75] The lovely light of the moon's beautiful face lit up the evening [76] and in the delightful festivities the whole precinct rang with a song {aeido} in praise of victory. Even now we will follow the first beginnings, and as a namesake song of proud victory, we will shout of the thunder [80] and the fire-wrought shaft of Zeus who rouses the thunder-clap, the burning bolt that suits omnipotence. Swelling music will answer the reed-pipe in songs

Nikaô conquer, prevail in battle, in the games, or in any contest, 2. generally, overpower, esp. of passions. Regularly used wi adido in praise of victory.  The Nocolaitans meaning that the TRIUMPH MUSICIANS claim victory over the LAITY--but not for long. Homer Odyssey: 21.

Homer Odyssey: 21. as soon as he had lifted the great bow and scanned it on every side--even as when a man well-skilled in the lyre and in song easily stretches the string about a new peg, making fast at either end the twisted sheep-gut--so without effort did Odysseus string the great bow. [410] And he held it in his right hand, and tried the string, which sang sweetly beneath his touch, like to a swallow in tone. But upon the wooers came great grief, and the faces of them changed color, and Zeus thundered loud, shewing forth his signs. Then glad at heart was the much-enduring, goodly Odysseus [415] that the son of crooked-counselling [skolio-boulos] Cronos sent him an omen, and he took up a swift arrow, ...But now it is time that supper too be made ready for the Achaeans, while yet there is light, and thereafter must yet other sport be made [430] with song and with the lyre; for these things are the accompaniments of a feast.” He spoke, and made a sign with his brows,

Israel was ABANDONED to worship the STARRY HOST unless they REPENTED of musical idolatry at Sinai. Stephen makes it perfectly clear that the TEMPLE STATE was NOT God's obsolete WORSHIP CENTER: but a CURSE people LUST to bring down on YOU as change agents of Lucifer (Zoe), the Mother of Harlots (Rev 17) who USES speakers, singers, instrumentalists as SORCERERS
Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies
    Amos 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
    Amos 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Zimrah (h2172) zim-raw'; from 2167; a musical piece or song to be accompanied by an instrument: - melody, psalm.  This is the BRANCH of the Terrible ones of Isaiah.
Amos 5:24 BUT. let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
    Amos 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
    Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
    Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.
Amos 6:1 WOE to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came   
    Amos 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
    Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David.

Amos 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Mirzach (h4797) meer-zakh'; from an unused root mean. to scream; a cry, i. e. (of joy), a revel: - banquet. Like the pagan Agapae.

For thus saith the Lord, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord, even lovingkindness and mercies. Je.16:5

This was "Resonsive singing" of emotion-INDUCING songs: OUTLAWED RIGHT THERE.
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: Acts 7:38 [Instruments and rejoicing for the Qahal: Num 10:7]
    To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, Acts 7:39
    Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. Acts 7:40 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Acts 7:41 [Miriam was a prophetess of Hathor]
    Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;

as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Acts 7:42

Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. Acts 7:43

Figures: Tupos (h5179) too'-pos; from 5180; a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. a statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning): - en- (ex-) ample, fashion, figure, form, manner, pattern, print.
Tumpanizo (h5178) toom-pan-id'-zo; from a der. of 5180 (mean, a drum, 'tympanum"); to stretch on an instrument of torture resembling a drum, and thus beat to death: - torture.

Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. Acts 7:44

Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David; Acts 7:45

Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. Acts 7:46

Skenoo (g4637) skay-no'-o; from 4636; to tent or encamp, i.e. (fig.) to occupy (as a mansion) or (spec.) to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion): - dwell

BUT, Solomon built him an house. Acts 7:47

Oikos (g3624) oy'-kos; of uncert. affin.; a dwelling (more or less extensive, lit. or fig.); by impl. a family (more or less related lit. or fig.): - home, house (-hold), temple.

Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet. Acts 7:48

Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Acts 7:49

That condemns your MEGA-THEATER right there: The Spirit God moves with His people.

Hath not my hand made all these things? Acts 7:50

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Acts 7:51

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Acts 7:52 

This was the Spirit OF Christ in the PROPHETS (not the kings) 1 Pet 1:11; 2 Cor 3; Rev 19:10

what was this LORD to whom the SPIRIT OF CHRIST abandoned the ISRAELITES as a NATION while faithful people SYNAGOGUED as scool of the BIBLE and were considered righteous because they LIVED right and practiced social justice. Maybe Rick will OUT him/her/it next year at the TULSA SOUL STEALING WORKOUT.
John Chrysostom is used to prove that the Fathers had nothing bad to say about instrumental music: In fact they regulated those OUTSIDE OF CHURCH to using or listening to more than the lyre or harp.  See John Chrysotsom of the Temple and Sacrifices referring to Acts 7Like Stephen, he denies that God commanded wither the kingdom, king, temple or sacrifices to which noise--not called music--was attached as exorcism.


Acts 7 defines the idolatry (musical) at Mount Sinai repeated by Amos
I have a paper on the parallel by Clicking Here.    
Acts 14 Paul gets violent with those practicing the Abomination of Desolation.

These false teachers missed the Abomination of Desolation which makes the universal association between religious music and perverted males or prostitutes.  Reading Acts 7 should have warned them about musical idolatry at Mount Sinai and Amos and reading Acts 14 might help.

When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!" Acts 14:11

Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes (Mercury) because he was the chief speaker. Acts 14:12

The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. Acts 14:13

Zeus and Dionysus were worshipped as "the Abomination of Desolation" in the Jerusalem temple. 

2 Maccabees 6:2 - and also to pollute the temple

> in Jerusalem and call it the temple of Olympian Zeus,
> and to call the one in Gerizim the temple of Zeus the Friend of Strangers, as did the people who dwelt in that place.

Clement Contra Heresies.
, the son of Zeus-a true son of Zeus-was the offspring of that long night, who with hard toil accomplished the twelve labours in a long time, but in one night deflowered the fifty daughters of Thestius, and thus was at once the debaucher and the bridegroom of so many virgins.

It is not, then, without reason that the poets call him a cruel wretch and a nefarious scoundrel. It were tedious to recount his adulteries of all sorts,
debauching of boys. For your gods did not even abstain from boys, homosexuals
        one having loved Hylas, another Hyacinthus, another Pelops, another Chrysippus, and another Ganymede.

Let such gods as these be worshipped by your wives, and let them pray that their husbands be such as these-so temperate; that, emulating them in the same practices, they may be like the gods.

Such gods let your boys be trained to worship, that they may grow up to be men with the accursed likeness of fornication on them received from the gods. But it is only the male deities, perhaps, that are impetuous in sexual indulgence

It is a historical fact that the Jews anticipated that the Messiah would be Bacchus of Dionysus--the perverted new wineskin god. See the resources in 2 Maccabees and the SYMBOLISM of building gymnasiums.

In his article 'Homosexuality and the Maccabean Revolt,' Catholic scholar Patrick G. D. Riley also identifies homosexuality as the focal point of conflict between the Jews and the Greeks. The Greek King, Antiochus, had ordered that all the nations of his empire be 'welded... into a single people' (Riley:14). This created a crisis for the Jews, forcing them to choose between faithfulness to Biblical commandments (at the risk of martyrdom) and participation in a range of desecrations from'the sacrificing of pigs and the worshipping of idols, to 'leaving their sons uncircumsized, and prostituting themselves to all kinds of impurity and abomination' (1 Macc. 1:49-51)' (ibid.:14). The Greeks also built one of their gymnasia (these were notorious throughout the ancient world for their association with homosexual practices) in Jerusalem, which 'attracted the noblest young men of Israel...subduing them under the petaso' (emphasis ours -- 2 Macc. 4:12). In the traditional Latin translation the above phrase is rendered'to put in brothels' (Riley:15).

The tensions which led to the Jewish revolt were exacerbated when the Jewish high priest, a Hellenist himself, offered a sacrifice to Heracles (Hercules) who was a Greek symbol of homosexuality. Riley adds,'The Jewish temple itself became the scene of pagan sacrificial meals and sexual orgies [including homosexuality].' The final insult (for which Antiochus is identified in the Bible as the archtype of the antichrist)'was the installation in the temple of a pagan symbol, possibly a representation of Zeus [Baal], called by a sardonic pun 'the abomination of desolation'' (ibid.:16).
Heracles is the model for Lucifer "the singing and harp playing prostitute" in the garden of Eden: using music to steal your tithes and unlawful offerings.  Heracles introduced sodomy which appeared in the Jerusalem Temple.  God abandoned Israel to this worship because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. He conditionally sentenced them to captivity and death but the never repented.

Euripides Ion I am ashamed before the god of many hymns, if he, the sleepless night watcher, shall see the torch procession on the twentieth day, beside the springs with lovely dances, when the starry sky of Zeus also joins in the dance, and the moon dances, and the fifty daughters of Nereus, in the sea and the swirls of ever-flowing rivers, celebrating in their dance the maiden with golden crown and her revered mother;

In every Greek city the god Dionysus was worshipped by fraternities and sororities and also by mixed communities. Dionysus was a god of fruitfulness and vegetation but especially of wine. The Dionysiac festivals provided an opportunity for stepping outside of the daily routine. The festivals included not only drinking wine and engaging in sexual activity but also participating in such significant features of Greek civilization as choral singing and mimes. In many cases, only the initiated could participate in the ceremonies. As almost every Greek did join in, initiation into the Dionysiac cult might be compared to tribal initiations. It seems that initiation into the Dionysiac Mysteries was accompanied by initiation into sexual life. The act of producing offspring, however, could never be wholly separated from the thought of death, so that the worshippers of Dionysus were aware of a mystic communion among the ancestors, the living generation, and the future members of the community. Britannica Members

The dance was induced by music and the body could not stay still. As with all music, the effect is produced by FEAR IN THE HEART which the hucksters sold as the "gods" just as with modern "worship teams."


II. metaph., leap
, bound, orcheitai de kardia phobôi A.Ch.166 , cf. Anaxandr.59 ; Thessaliê ôrchêsato Thessaly shook, trembled, Call.Del.139.
Jesus identified THAT generation as children which is the PLAY concept: He consigned the pipers, singers and dancers to the agora or marketplace where all of the singing, dancing, playing music along with homosexual customers were contacted. He refused to DANCE and they decided that He was not their anticipated Dionysus messiah.  That crooked generation specificially identified the musical rituals whose dance, skolion singing and homosexual practices MARKED the majority RACE in the Earth. That is why Peter said SAVE yourselves FROM this generation. The Music Masters intend to bring the WORLD into the church.

The Levites who served (hard bondage) as musicians along with the animal sacrificers. was God's way of QUARANTINING the pagan worship mostly among the elite at Mount Sinai. Their PLAY was p;erverted, musical idolatry.  By establishing the Qahal, synagogue or church in the wilderness, God prevented them from participating in the clearly-pagan sacrificial system limited to the civil and priestly leadership.
Plutarch noted: When all the company requested and earnestly begged it of him; first of all (says he), the time and manner of the greatest and most holy solemnity of the Jews is exactly agreeable to the holy rites of Bacchus; for that which they call the Fast they celebrate in the midst of the vintage, furnishing their tables with all sorts of fruits while they sit under tabernacles made of vines and ivy; and the day which immediately goes before this they call the day of Tabernacles.

Within a few days after they celebrate another feast, not darkly but openly, dedicated to Bacchus, for they have a feast amongst them called Kradephoria, from carrying palm-trees, and Thyrsophoria, when they enter into the temple carrying thyrsi.

What they do within I know not; but it is very probable that they perform the rites of Bacchus. First they have little trumpets, such as the Grecians used to have at their Bacchanalia to call upon their gods withal.

Others go before them playing upon harps, which they call Levites, whether so named from Lusius or Evius,--either word agrees with Bacchus.

And I suppose that their Sabbaths have some relation to Bacchus; for even now many call the Bacchi by the name of Sabbi, and they make use of that word at the celebration of Bacchus's orgies. [both the sabbath as "worship" and the tithe derive from Babylon]

And this may be discovered out of Demosthenes and Menander. Nor would it be out of place, were any one to say that the name Sabbath was given to this feast from the agitation and excitement [Greek omitted] which the priests of Bacchus display.

The Greek word is:
A. inspired, phusis Pl.Ti.71e ; esp. by music, Arist.Pol.1340a11; hê e.
sophia divination, Plu.Sol.12 ; e. ekstasis Iamb.Myst.3.8 ; to e. excitement, Pl.Phdr. 263d : Sup. -ôtatos Sch.Iamb.Protr.p.129 P. Adv. -kôs, diatithenai tina Plu.2.433c : Comp. -ôteron Marin.Procl.6 .

II. Act., inspiring, exciting, of certain kinds of music, Arist.Pol.1341b34; nosêmata manika kai e. Id.Pr.954a36 : Comp. -ôtera, akousmata Pl.Ep. 314a .

This is the "laded burden" Jesus died to remove as "spiritual anxiety created by religious rituals" which are defined as using music to induce FEAR to produce a "drug high" which they can peddle as the "spirit."  Paul outlawed "self pleasure" which is the same "creation of mental excitement.  As Apollo is the Abaddon or Apollyon in Revelation, the Locusts are defined as the Muses (dirty prostitutes) as hims musical worship team.  Sons also fell into this state but history notes that when males fall into singing and playing instruments they are "drunk, perverts or just mocking or having fun." These "ministers" are the Corybantes sons of Apollo

Strabo in his Geography wrote

[10.3.15] They invented names appropriate to the flute, and to the noises made by castanets, cymbals, and drums, and to their acclamations and shouts of "ev-ah," and stampings of the feet; (Eve or Sophia-Zoe) (See The Eve-Zoe connection)

and they also invented some of the names by which to designate the ministers,
choral dancers, and attendants upon the sacred rites,
I mean "
Cabeiri" and "Corybantes" and "Pans" (gender-bent) and "Satyri" and "Tityri,"

and they called the god "Bacchus," and Rhea "Cybele" or "Cybebe" or "Dindymene" according to the places where she was worshipped. Sabazius also belongs to the Phrygian group and in a way

(Priests of Cybele were effeminate and emasculated themselves. Paul said in Galatians 5:12, "As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!" The agitators "drove people out of their homes (churches?)) All pagan gods or goddesses and therefore their priests were homosexual.

is the child of the Mother, since he too transmitted the rites of Dionysus.

[10.3.19] Further, one might also find, in addition to these facts concerning these genii and their various names, that they were called,

not only ministers of gods,
but also gods themselves.

For instance, Hesiod says that five daughters were born to Hecaterus and the daughter of Phoroneus, from whom sprang the mountain-ranging nymphs (like har-meggido little hills striving to be mountains), goddesses, and the breed of Satyrs,

creatures worthless and unfit for work,
and also the Curetes, sportive gods, dancers.

And the author of Phoronis speaks of the

Curetes as "flute-players" and "Phrygians"; and
others as "earth-born" and "wearing brazen shields."
Some call the Corybantes, and not the Curetes, "Phrygians," but the Curetes "Cretes," and say that the Cretes were the first people to don brazen armour in Euboea, and that on this account they were also called "Chalcidians"; (chalc, brazen) still others say that the Corybantes, who came from Bactriana (some say from among the Colchians. Also a note: "they occupied Bactriana, and acquired possession of the best land in Armenia"), were given as armed ministers to Rhea [ZOE] by the Titans.
The mysteries into which males were initiated while "bowing to ball" was homosexuality and therefore Jesus refused to sing (lament) and dance when they piped.
Mustês, ou, ho, ( [mueô] )
A. one initiated, Heraclit.14, AP9.147 (Antag. or Simon.), Arist.Ath.56.4, etc.; tois mustêsin kai tois epoptêisin IG12.6.49 ; ho tôn m. kêrux X.HG2.4.20 ; ta mustôn
orgia E.HF613 : c.gen., Dios Idaiou mustês Id.Fr.472.10 (anap.), cf. IG3.700; luchnon mustên sôn theto pannuchidôn AP6.162 (Mel.); m. apokruphôn Vett.Val. 7.30 , al.: as Adj., m. choroi Ar.Ra.370 ; m. luchnos AP7.219 (Pomp. Jun.).

2. a name of Dionysus, Paus.8.54.5; of Apollo, Artem. 2.70.

Orgi-a , iôn, ta,
A. secret rites, secret worship, practised by the initiated, a post-Hom. word ; used of the worship of Demeter at Eleusis, h.Cer.273,476. Ar.Ra.386, Th.948 ; of the rites of the Cabeiri and Demeter Achaia, Hdt.2.51,5.61; of Orpheus, Id.2.81; of Eumolpus, App.Anth.1.318 ; of Cybele, E.Ba.78 (lyr.): most freq. of the rites of Dionysus, Hdt.2.81, E.Ba.34, al., Theoc.26.13.


From the earliest times, the Pelasgi are said to have sacrificed a tenth of their produce to the Cabeiri in order to be preserved from famine.

There were two classes of votaries-- the mustai and the mustai eusebeis, mystae pii--the [p. 238] latter being apparently those initiated for the first time. In the Samothracian mysteries, sacra accipere (paralambanein ta mustêria), which is the regular phrase for primary initiation, seems to be applied to the higher grades. But the whole matter is quite obscure and unsettled. See Hirschfeld in Conze, Untersuchungen auf Samothrake, pp. 37-39.

II. generally, rites, sacrifices, SIG57.4 (Milet., v B. C.), A.Th.179 (lyr.), S.Tr.765, Ant.1013 ; orgia Mousôn Ar.Ra.356 .

Aristophanes, Frogs

Let him be mute and stand aside from our sacred dances
who has no experience of mystical language, or has not cleansed his mind
Who never has seen and never has danced in the rites of the noble Muses
Nor ever has been inducted into the Bacchic mysteries of beef-eating Cratinus
Or who takes delight in foolish words when doing this is ill-timed,
Whoever does not eliminate hateful factionalism, and is disagreeable to the citizens,
but kindles and fans civil strife, in his thirst for private advantage:

Whoever takes bribes when guiding the state through the midst of a storm
Or betrays our forts or our ships, smuggles contraband from Aegina
As Thorycion did, that wretched collector of taxes
Sending pads and sails and pitch to Epidauros,
Or persuades anyone to send supplies to the enemies' ships,

Or defiles Hecate's shrine, while singing dithyrambs,
Or any politician who bites off the pay of the poets
For being ridiculed in the ancestral rites of Dionysus.
All these I warn, and twice I warn, and thrice I warn again,
stand aside from our mystical dances; but as for you: arouse the song
and the night-long dances, that belong to our festival here.
2. metaph., mysteries, without reference to religion, epistêmês Hp.Lex5 ; tois tês Aphroditês o. eilêmmenon Ar.Lys.832 , cf. Ach.Tat.4.1; ta Epikourou theophanta o. Metrod.38 .--The sg. orgion is rare, Jahresh.13Beibl.29 No.3 (Erythrae, iv B. C.), Luc.Syr.D.16, Orph.H.52.5. (Prob. cogn. with erdô, rhezô, cf. ergon, orgeôn.)
1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without WRATH and DOUBTING

Orge I. natural impulse or propension: one's temper, temperament, disposition, orgê , hê, II. passion, anger, wrath, 3. Panos orgai panic fears (i. e. terrors sent by Pan), Eur.:--but, orgê tinos anger against a person or at a thing, Soph.; hierôn orgas wrath at or because of the rites, Aesch.

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