Defiling God's Temple: Al Maxey

Al Maxey thinks rejecting musical instruments causes division and is therefore DEFILING the temple.  He utterly judges and consigns those who refused to be DEFILED to hell. Before looking at this post by Al who rests on the Old Testament sacrificial system, take a look at how Israel fell from gract at Mount Sinai for which God turned them over to worship the starry host which people lust to restore.

See Lynn Anderson on "psallo" and the beginning of musical idolatry.
See Lynn Anderson to see that the word PSALLO invented by the NACC has no musical connection: it just means to pluck or touch or handle.  The TOUCH word is used of Eve who was wholly seduced by the "musical enchanter." And the HANDLE word used of Jubal who handled musical instruments meaning without authority.
And a complete list of the "proof texts"
used by Lynn Anderson etal to sow discord and divert a church into musical idolatry at Oak Hills: Max Lucado's church


Exod 31:14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore;
        for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death:
        for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  
A Sabbath Fast excludes doing your own pleasure (music has no other motive) or even speaking your own words (Isaiah 58) as did the synagogue defined in Paul's "singing" passages and demanding that the elders teach that which has been taught. Jesus said that "speaking on your own" is the MARK of a son of the Devil.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isa 58:12

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him,

not doing thine own ways,
nor finding thine own pleasure,
nor speaking thine own words: Isa 58:13

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;
and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth,
and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father:
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isa 58:14 


The word Halal is most often used as a PRAISE WORD meaning to "make self vile. This boast song could drive the enemy into cowardice and panic because to lose the battle meant to be "Robbed, raped and raptured" in that order. Halal is the root meaning of LUCIFER (Zoe)

Chalal (h2490) khaw-lal'; to wound, to dissolve; fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute): - begin (* men began), defile, * break, defile, * eat (as common things), * first, * gather the grape thereof, * take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollutecast as profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound. 

Ezek. 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Ezek. 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 

Ezek. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

See Lynn Anderson and the origin of idolatry.  The word Chalal has to do with men beginning to "call on the name of the Lord" to defile it.

Work outlawed for the Sabbath now PAUO or rest under Christ:

Melakkah (h4399) mel-aw-kaw'; from the same as 4397; prop. deputyship, i. e. ministry; gen. employment servile) or work (abstr. or concr.); also property (as the result of labor): - business, * cattle, * industrious, occupation, (* -pied), * officer, thing (made), use, (manner of) work ([man], -manship). (never

Malok (g4397) mal-awk'; from an unused root mean. to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; spec. of God, i. e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): - ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

On the PAUO (new rest day) where Jesus invites us OUTSIDE THE CAMP to rest and "come learn of me" the most common defiling of the human spirit as God's temple is sermonizing rather than "teaching that which has been taught" and not "singing that which is written."  PAUO demands "Stop the speaking, Stop the singing, Stop the music."

Jesus cast out the musical minstrels like dung and consigned to the Agora or marketplace the pipers, singers and dancers along with all of the other defilements and universally perverted musical performers.

Al Maxey: The real problem being addressed in this particular passage [1 Cor. 3:16-17] is the potential for some to seek to defile the church of our Lord Jesus Christ by their godless, self-serving actions and attitudes. Paul makes it clear that whoever seeks to "destroy" this sanctuary of the Holy Spirit (the church), God will "destroy" him. Obviously, the Lord's church cannot be utterly "destroyed" by any one man or group of men. They may do it great damage, but they can't "bring it to naught."
Firstly, the context and fact is that the temple is not the church but the human spirit in which God dwells by faith.
A holy spirit in our body is OUR spirit made holy
What? know ye not that For ye are bought with a price:
your body therefore glorify God in your body,
is the temple of the Holy Spirit and in your spirit,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:1 which are Gods. 1 Corinthians 6:20 

Because Paul's uniqe worship words speak of giving heed or attendance to reading and exhorting the Word of God, and because both Jesus and Paul said (if we needed to be told) that such giving heed to the spirit OF truth can only take place in the mind or spirit and not with the body. Therefor, If I come before the throne of Grace--without a mediatory--then you defile MY temple.

Collectively the Church of Christ is the body of Christ and He is the Head of the Body. He promises to be with us as our Teacher while we REST and learn of Him.  That happens according to Paul when the elders "teach that which has been taught" and in Romans 15 when we "sing that which is written."  Al insists that YOU must be a participant and have no liberty to refute his imposition when he violates those two direct commands. Therefore, you cannot defile the collective body without making those who oppose your spiritual fornication participatants with you.  After all "corrupting the Word" is defined as "selling knowledge at retail" and means adultery.  If the peddlers are musicians then the definition of spiritual prostitution is made certain as Revelation 17-18 makes certain.  It is a mark of the Pharisee that they had to change God's word to make a business out of it.

Jesus commanded and Paul demanded that that component we call worship MUST be in the place of our human spirit made holy by God at baptism:

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in THE spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, 
have no confidence in the flesh. Phil 3:3 

I cannot do that with musicians "performing" the hypocritic arts! Why did both Jesus and Paul define worship in our "closets"?

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. Phil 3:2

The dogs were the Cynics whom you could identify by their singing style:

I. a dog or bitch,  
II. as a word of reproach, to denote shamelessness or audacity in women, rashness, recklessness in men, Hom.

2. at Athens a nickname of the Cynics, Arist., Anth.

III. the Trag. apply the term to the ministers of the gods; the eagle is Dios ptÍnos kuŰn Aesch.; the griffins ZÍnos akrageis kunes id=Aesch.; the Bacchantes LussÍs 

 3. of the Cynics, areskei toutois kunŰn  
Pan is the kuŰn of Cybele, of the planet 

AreskŰ  Ores-teros , a, on, poet. for oreinos, epith. of a snake, Il.22.93 ; of wolves and lions, Od.10.212, HÍphaistou [Lucifer] k., of sparksHarpiesHecate, in Mithraic worship,

Outlawed in Romans 15 as SELF-pleasure.

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Re.22:15

We will see more of Al's appeal to the Maccabees for warning about defiling the temple BECAUSE you refuse to participate with those who are defined AS the polluters.  Al fights those who do NOT take liberties based on silence. For now, note:

LXX 2 Maccabees 6.3;

1 - Not long after this, the king sent an Athenian senator to compel the Jews to forsake the laws of their fathers and cease to live by the laws of God, 

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.

3 - Harsh and utterly grievous was the onslaught of evil. 

Malus  evil betide him! (a formula of imprecation), male tibi esse malo quam molliter, I would rather you should be unfortunate than effeminate,

Mollis 2. In a bad sense, soft, effeminate, unmanly, weak (syn. effeminatus): philosophus tam mollis, tam languidus, tam enervatu disciplina, effeminate,  delicatior. mollis versus, an elegiac or amatory poem. [pathici submitting to unnatural lust],

Verg. E. 3, 11 : gramina, id. A. 2, 471 : carmen, i. e. an incantation

Canto  I. Neutr., to produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to sound, sing, play. III. In the lang. of religion, as v. n. or a., to use enchantments, charms, incantationsexorcised by magic, B. To call forth, produce by charms

Incentor, o-ris, m. [id.] , one who sets the tune or begins to sing, a precentor, singer (post-class.).

I. Lit.: carminis, Paul. Nol. Carm. 15, 32 : [1] incentore [2] canam [3] Phoebo [4] Musisque [5] magistris, Avien. Perieg. 895 ; Isid. 6, 9, 13.--

II. Trop., an [A] inciter, exciter: [B] igneus [C] turbarum, Amm. 15, 1, 2 : civilis belli, Oros. 5, 19 : rebellionis [renewal of war] totius, id. 6, 11 . Flamen Hislop

Incensor I. one who kindles or sets fire to, II. Trop., an inciter, instigator: turbarum,

When attached to an adjective, it freq. gives it the opposite meaning: male sanus = insanus, insane, deranged,

4 - For the temple was filled with debauchery and reveling by the Gentiles,
........... who dallied with harlots and
........... had intercourse with women within the sacred precincts,
........... and besides brought in things for sacrifice that were unfit.

                G2970 Revel

To understand the Abomination of Desolation see Mark Henderson at Quail Springs.

We have added a table to show some history of the Old Testament which would prevent any beginning Bible student from using the curse of the sacrificial system as a DIRECT COMMAND to use instrumental music. See how Maccabees helps define the Levites and all religious musicians as Parasites.

Al wants to impose the OLD COVENANT; the New Covenant is both inclusive and exclusive:

DiathÍkÍ II. hai aporrÍtoi d. mystic deposits on which the common weal depended, prob. oracles  

1 Pet. 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 

1 Pet. 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

If any man speak,
let him speak as the oracles of God;

Log-ion 2.

A. oracle, esp. one preserved from antiquity,
2. ta l. Kuriou the sayings of the Lord
Rom 3:1 WHAT advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
Rom 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

Romans 15 and similar commands: "Speak with ONE MIND and ONE MOUTH that which is written."
Ephesiahs 5.  The SPIRIT or "Psalms, hymns and Spiritual songs" all the INSPIRED TEXT.
Colossians3: The Word of Christ.

if any man minister, [diakoneo],
        let him do it as of the ability which God giveth:
        that God in all things may be
glorified through Jesus Christ
        to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet. 4:11

Al Maxey: Jesus Himself said that He would build His church, "and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it" [Matt. 16:18].
The Church is the ekklesia or synagogue or school of the Bible: as defined in numbers 10 it excludes both vocal and instrumental rejoicing.  The first major use of the word PSALLO has to do with warfare or shooting "love arrows." The second major use is of the red rope to MARK those who dallied in the Agora or marketplace and drove them to the ekklesia for verbal instruction only.  The PSALLO red mark indeed marks one who is POLLUTED when they get to the ekklesia or "church".  Click for more on the MARK of those tarrying around wine and music.

I will resist too much attention to the ONLY meaning of the GATES OF HELL. Well, maybe just a bit to show that Jesus often spoke in parables to repudiate the matriarchal religionism of Babylon: in Revelation 17 John identifies the Mother of Harlots. In chapter 18 he warns about the "lusted after fruits" and identifies the speakers, singers and instrument players as sorcerers. More later.  Click to see how the prostitute goddess stole the magical scrolls or incantations we will discuss.

Including the ability to move in and out of the gates of hell to rescue Tammuz to return and play the magic flute with the women to restore the harvest.   
Enki raised his cup and toasted Inanna a second time:
"In the name of my power! In the name of my holy shrine!
To my daughter Inanna I shall give Truth!
..........Descent into the underworld!
..........Ascent from the underworld!
..........The art of lovemaking!
..........The art of kissing the phallus!"
Inanna replied:
"I take them!"
Enki raised his cup and toasted Inanna a third time:
"In the name of my power! In the name of my holy shrine!
To my daughter Inanna I shall give
The holy priestess of heaven!
..........The setting up of lamentations! The rejoicing of the heart!
..........The giving of judgements! The making of decisions!"
Inanna replied:
"I take them!"
This is the same lamenting for Tammuz in Ezekiel 8.
Al Maxey: The Greek word actually utilized by Paul in our text is phtheiro [Click for discussion below], which may be translated "to spoil, corrupt, defile, ruin." Basically, Paul is suggesting that if any person seeks to defile this sanctuary of the Spirit, God will bring that person to ultimateruination. Those who would defile the Holy Spirit's dwelling are themselves completely defiled in the sight of God, and thus fit only for eternal banishment from the immortality promised to those who dwell in Him, and who have Him indwelling them .

See how Isaiah 30 uses the nations to show that Hell was prepared for those who defile the temple: the MARK is that you hear the wind, string and percussion instruments.

The people of Israel were warned that if anyone defiled the tabernacle, their fate would be death [Lev. 15:31]. Acts 21:27-31a recounts an incident that demonstrates just how seriously the Jews took this charge. Paul is applying that same intensity and zealousness for holiness and purity to the Lord's church.

A singer or musician who entered into the Holy or Most Holy place--even to clean out the garbage--defiled the temple and would be executed.
You may look at our review of Terry Rush to show that the Levitical Warrior Musicians could never enter into the Holy or Most Holy place of the Tabernacle.  A singer or musician who ventured into the Holy Place (type of the body of Christ) or into the Most Holy Place (our spirit) would be executed just like a dumb ox.

Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister BEFORE the tabernacle of witness. [never IN]

H8334 sharath shaw-rath' A primitive root; to attend as a menial or worshipper; figuratively to contribute to:--minister (unto), (do) serve (-ant, -ice, -itor), wait on. 

Num 18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle:
        only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar,
        that neither they, nor ye also, di

That means that if Al encourages people--not even Levites to come into the holy places he is contributing to the defilement of the church and is self condemned.

Al Maxey: What specifically is this threat to the Lord's One Body? What behavior is so vile that it would defile the church of our Lord Jesus Christ? By examining both the immediate and remote contexts of this passage, the threat becomes clear. It is a sectarian spirit that fosters strife and separation among spiritual siblings! "There is jealousy and strife among you" [1 Cor. 3:3]. They were rallying around mere men, rather than the Lord Jesus. Some were claiming to be of Paul, others of Apollos, others of Cephas [1 Cor. 3:4f; cf. 1 Cor. 1:12-13]. There were quarrels among them [1 Cor. 1:11], which were threatening to lead to schisms, factions and godless divisions [vs. 10]. Such dividing asunder of this spiritual house would constitute a spoiling, corruption and defilement.  
Any one who has read 1 Corinthians 1 would see Paul radically condemn the fall from grace just as he did in Romans 1.  Paul explains Isaiah 33 to EXCLUDE all of the trappings Al and other men want to force fit.

One of the marks of having read the word is that you will discover that ALL musical terms and names of instruments derive fro evil: Satan, warriors, prostitutes, Sodomites. This is THE meaning of bring VILE things and people into the "school of the Bible."

"The name of psaltery entered Christian literature in the 3rd century B.C. translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint where, in the Psalms, nebel was translated psalterion.

Thus, Nebuchadnezzar's idolatrous ensemble included the Aramic psantria. Notice, also, that the book of Psalms has also become known as the Psalter (or psalterium), from the hymns sung with this harp. Source

Nebel (h5035) neh'-bel; or nebel nay'-bel; from 5034; a skin- bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form): - bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol
The harp is derived from: 
Nabel (h5034) naw-bale'; a prim. root; to wilt; gen. to fall away, fail, faint; fig. to be foolish or (mor.) wicked; causat. to despise, disgrace: - disgrace, dishonour, lightly esteem, fade (away, - ing), fall (down, -ling, off), do foolishly, come to nought, * surely, make vile, wither..
Al Maxey: Those responsible would answer to God, and the punishment for defiling His sanctuary had always been death. The apostle Paul pronounces "the judgment of God upon all who would defile His house by their carnal divisions" [Dr. B. W. Johnson, The People's New Testament, vol. 2, p. 84]. Dr. Paul Kretzmann refers to such persons, who are obviously devoid of the Spirit of Christ Jesus, as "agitators ... inciting wrangling and strife" [p. 101].
Any rhetorician, singer or instrument player who entered into the Holy or Most Holy Place would defile the temple and would be instantly executed.

Because Al Maxey has his big guns aimed specificially at the Church of Christ which has never used instruments (machines for doing hard work) and continues to teach that both the instruments and the deliberate sowing of discord is defiling the "fellowship" whatever that may be.

Robertson a Presbyterian notes the dishonest  PUT DOWN.

If you listen to an organ discussion, or read a ritualistic paper,
        you cannot fail to discover
        that "liberty" is identified with additions to common notions. 

Al Maxey: how to make the changes. TWO --- "Introduce the idea as an addition, not a replacement." Many will consider something new if they know they do not have to abandon that to which they have grown accustomed. If a cherished tradition is perceived by the members to be threatened or at risk, they will rise to its defense (and that generally means attacking and terminating anything new which seeks to replace it). Thus, seek NOT to replace, but to enhance. Offer additional options; greater choices. Never shoot a "sacred cow" --- allow it to graze peacefully in the pasture while the new, improved herd is brought in for inspection.

The people who seek to hold men to unadorned notions,
        instead of being accounted friends of liberty,
        are held up to execration as
bigots, tyrants, men of contracted notions and shallow minds;

with whom to identify liberty, is held to be as absurd as would have been for Gordon, of Jamaica, to have expected justice from a court martial of aristocratic cadets and martinets

But the truth is that the ways which are now old-fashioned, were then new. Men had had a long trial of rites and ceremonies, - of trumpets, and psalteries, and harps, - and they were new "MAKING THE EXPERIMENT OF CHANGE."

Shall we put it so? Is it so as Peter puts it? Let us recall his words,

"Now, therefore, why tempt ye God to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear."

Peter thus looked upon the changes effected amongst these churches, - amongst which we must reckon trumpets, psalteries, and harps, of solemn sound and grave sweet melody, - as effected by God to promote the liberty and welfare of the human race;

and he blames the restorists, as tempters of God and enemies of liberty, as putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples, which neither their fathers nor they were able to bear. "Not able to bear!"

Now, the Agitators are the musical ministers of goddess worship.
Gal 5:12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! 
Paul is warning about the castrated and sex changed priests of Cybele: her musical worship ministers.  By restricting women and limiting the teaching role to senior males, Paul hoped to guard against the antics of the "mad women" in Corinth and the old form of the "new wineskin" worship which was musical and perverted.
MelpŰ, Sing or celebrate a song and dance Melos to which a song is set, tune 3. melody of an instrument, Mouso-polos, on, A.serving the Muses, poetic II. Subst., bard, minstrel, AS THE: Aoidos A.singer, minstrel, bard, 3.enchanter, Eunouchos Eunouchos A. castrated person, eunuch, employed to take charge of the women Gallos, ho, A. priest of Cybele, Used with: PempŰ , 2. pompÍn p. conduct, or take part in, a procession, chorous move in dancing procession, phallos DionusŰi pempomenos carried in procession in his honour.
To agitate with music is to "crucify Christ to yourselves." Those who are so agitated with perverted music are usually told "get over it or get out." J. W. McGarvey was told that in his own congregation. He discusses the satanic "guilt clause" used by those who are the SECTARIANS to blame those who refuse to remain. 

"That a vast amount of evil has been occasioned by the introduction of instrumental music into Christian worship is undeniable.

Beginning with the first instance of it among us which I can remember that which caused a schism in the church in St. Louis in the year 1869 

its progress has been attended by strife, alienation, and division, with all their attendant evils, in hundreds of congregations.

Before this it had bred similar evils among Methodist societies and Baptist and Presbyterian churches; for all these bodies in their early days knowing that the practice originated in the Roman Catholic Church, regarded it as a Romish corruption and refused to tolerate it until it was forced upon them by the spirit of innovation which characterized the present century.

Those who lie about all of the music passages have calculated the loses of those driven out of their church family by the introduction of most styles of music which is not part of the ekklesia or school of the Bible. The word is:
Anastatoo (g387) an-as-tat-o'-o; from a der. of 450 (in the sense of removal); prop. to drive out of home, i.e. (by impl.) to disturb (lit. or fig.): - trouble, turn upside down, make an uproar, to stir up, excite, unsettle to excite tumults and seditions in the state to upset, unsettle, minds by disseminating religious error.
But, Al Maxey says that you are a legalistic, sectarian patternists and now a defiler of the temple if you OBJECT to the agitators OR if you dare tell anyone that they are wrong. However, we have reviewed the proof literature by O.E. Payne and Tom Burgess and ALL of the instances of plucking the harp was by males trying to seduce a younger male.

Catullus - Poem 63 

Carried in a fast ship over profound seas

Attis, eager and hurried, reached the Phrygian grove,
The goddess's dark places, crowned with woodland.
And there, exalted by amorous rage, his mind gone,
He cut off his testicles with a sharp flint.
While the ground was still spotted with fresh blood

Quickly took in his snowy hands a tambourine

Such as serves your initiates, Cybele, instead of a trumpet,
And shaking the hollow calf-hide with delicate fingers,
Quivering, she began to sing to the troop this:
Go together, votaresses, to the high groves of Cybele.
Go together, wandering herd of the lady of Dindymus.
Quick into exile, you looked for foreign places
And, following me and the rule I had adopted,
You bore with the salt tide and the violence of the high sea 

And emasculated your bodies from too much hatred of Venus:

Delight the lady's mind with your errant haste.
Overcome your reluctance: together
Go to the Phrygian shrine of Cybele, to her groves

Where the voice of cymbals sounds, the tambourines rattle,

Where the Phrygian piper sings with the deep curved pipe,
Where Maenads wearing ivy throw back their heads,
Where they practice the sacred rites with sharp yells.
Where they flutter around the goddess's cohort:
It is there we must go with our rapid dances."
As Attis, the counterfeit woman, sang this to her companions,
The choir howled suddenly with tumultuous tongues.
The tambourine bellows, the cymbals clash again;
The swift troop moves off to Ida with hurrying feet.
Crazy, panting, drifting, at her last gasp,
Attis with her tambourine leads them through the opaque groves
Like an unbroken heifer refusing the yoke: 
The swift votaresses follow their swift-footed leader.
When they reach Cybele's shrine, feeble and worn,
From too much toil they take their rest without bread (Ceres).
Sleep covers their eyes with a heavy blanket;
Their rabid madness subsides to a girlish quiet.
You don't need to be too bright to know that MUSIC intends to ignore the Word of God and create the SPIRITUAL ANXIETY which Jesus died to remove along with the burden laders.  You may be in danger if you violated all of the direct commands and examples and made MUSIC so that you did not HAVE to "give Heed to the Word"--as Paul's only "worship word."

And you used a style specificially intending to stir UP, exite minds and "disseminating religious error" by failing to "sing that which is written" and "teach that which has been taught" all evidence said that you CRUCIFIED Jesus Christ again .
Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians:  Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115."  Ver. 12. 

"I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."
"A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will,

let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated.

Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees? ... But if you will not allow this,

why do you not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?

For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the soul;
and the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it
frantic for pleasure

We will see below that Al's proof word for DEFILING the temple which he says is objecting to the use of instruments and choosing with whom we will worship, is in fact, bringing musical instruments and the universal personae of musicians into the "school of the Bible." The following instruments are said to be the defiling:
Cantus, 2. With instruments, a playing, music: in nervorum vocumque cantibus, Cic. Tusc. 1, 2, 4 ; id. Rosc. Am. 46, 134: citharae, Hor. C. 3, 1, 20 : horribili stridebat tibia cantu, Cat. 64, 264 : querulae tibiae, Hor. C. 3, 7, 30 : dulcis tibia cantu, Tib. 1, 7, 47 : bucinarum, Cic. Mur. 9, 22 : simul ac tubarum est auditus cantus, Liv. 25, 24, 5 : lyrae, Plin. 34, 8, 19, ß 72 : tibicines, qui fidibus utuntur, suo arbitrio cantus numerosque moderantur, Cic. Tusc. 5, 36, 104 : cantu tubarum convocare concilium, Auct. B. G. 8, 20: raucisonoque mi-nantur cornua cantu, Lucr. 2, 619 : rauco strepuerunt cornua cantu, Verg. A. 8, 2 .-- Of an actor: tardiores tibicinis modos et cantus remissiores facere, [make believe, pretend]  B. An incantation, charm, magic song, etc.: cantusque artesque magorum
In Hebrew all musical instruments are rooted into Satanic, vile, and sexual meanings:
H5035 nebel nÍbel From H5034 ; a skin bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence, a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form): bottle, pitcher, psaltery, vessel, viol.

H5034 n‚bÍl naw-bale' A primitive root; to wilt; generally to fall away, fail, faint; figuratively to be foolish or (morally) wicked; causatively to despise, disgrace:--disgrace, dishonour, lightly esteem
Al Maxey: "How dare they seek to destroy that temple with their jealousy and quarreling!!" [Gary T. Cage, The Holy Spirit: A Sourcebook with Commentary, p. 540]. Dr. W. Robertson Nicoll, in his classic work Rev. 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
Rev. 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!  identifies these defilers of the sanctuary as those promoting "party schisms" [vol. 2, p. 793].
Why would God LOVE the sound or noise of HARPS? Then why did He ALWAYS associate music and musical instruments with Satan led pollution to steal worship FROM God.  
They will plunder your wealth and loot your merchandise; they will break down your walls and demolish your fine houses and throw your stones, timber and rubble into the sea. Ezek 26:12  
I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more. Ezek 26:13 

"And he shall destroy the multitude of thy musicians, and the sound of thy psalteries shall be heard no more." Ezek. 26:13 LXX
then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of long ago. I will make you dwell in the earth below, as in ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, and you will not return or take your place in the land of the living. Ezek 26:20
Rev. 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

Rev. 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Rev. 18:22 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. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

If any singer or musician entered into the Jerusalem Temple or even most of the really vile temples it would what Jesus identified as the HYPOCRITES and not the temple which would be destroyed.

Only those who ADD something not required are HERETICS.  John Locke Wrote:

For it is not the paucity of those that are separated, nor the authority of the magistrate,
that can make any man guilty of heresy,

but he only is a heretic who divides the Church into parts,
names and marks of distinction,
and voluntarily makes a separation because of such opinions

Nor does it signify anything for them to say that their confessions and symbols

are agreeable to Scripture and to the analogy of faith;
for if they be conceived in the express words of Scripture
, there can be no question about them, because those things are acknowledged by all Christians to be of divine inspiration and therefore fundamental.

It will, no doubt, be said that the attempt to prove the unjustifiable employment of instrumental music in the public worship of the Church is schismatical,

since the practice is now well-nigh universal;

that it is trivial, inasmuch as it concerns a mere circumstantial in the services of religion;

and that it is useless, as the tendency which is resisted is invincible,
and is destined to triumph throughout Protestant Christendom.

To all this one answer alone is offered, and it is sufficient, namely: that the attempt is grounded in truth. It involves a contest for a mighty and all-comprehending principle, by opposing one of the special forms in which it is now commonly transcended and violated." George Girardeau, Against Instrumental music.


Al Maxey wants to make the point that REFUSING to either use or condone sowing of discord by the use of instrumental music is that which DEFILES the temple of God. On the contrary, this is a defiling or polluting word most often used to define homosexual musicians all known to be parasites.


The Iamblichus
There are some, however, who suppose there is likewise, the subject-race of a tricky nature, artful, and assuming all shapes, turning many ways, that personates gods and dśmons and souls of the dead like actors on the stage; and that through these everything that seems to be good or bad is possible. They are led to form this judgment because these subject-spirits are not able to contribute anything really beneficial as relates to the soul, nor even to perceive such things; but on the other hand, they ill treat, deride, and often impede those who are returning to virtue.

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness,
          as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.
          Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves
          with their own deceivings [delusions] while they feast with you;

Entrupo (g1792) en-troo-fah'-o; from 1722 and 5171; to revel in: - sporting selves.
gamÍliŰi lechei [marriage couch-bed] hÍdonais, playing in the wind, exult over, treat haughtily or contemptuously, made a mock of, tinos sumphorais, III. use or abuse at pleasure

Paison paizŰ [pais] 4. to play (on an instrument), Hhymn. II. to sport, play, jest, joke, Hdt., Xen., etc.; p. pros tina to make sport of one, mock him,

[See Plato-Symposium]
Then, said Eryximachus, as you are all agreed that drinking is to be voluntary, and that there is to be no compulsion,
I move, in the next place, that the flute-girl, who has just made her appearance,
        be told to go away and play to herself, or, if she likes, to the women who are within.
        To-day let us have conversation instead; and, if you will allow me, 
        I will tell you what sort of conversation. 

2Pet. 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest;
        to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2Pet. 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, 
        they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness
        those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pet. 2:19 While they promise them liberty,
        they themselves are the servants of corruption: [
        for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2Pet. 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world
        through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
        they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

They are likewise full of conceit, and take delight in vapors and sacrifices.

5. Because the begging priest with open mouth attempts in many ways to raise our expectations. Note 13

13. The agurtes or begging priest generally belonged to the worship of Rhea [ZOE] or Cybele, the Mother. He is frequently depicted in a most unfavorable light. Apuleius speaks of a company of these emasculate priests in the eighth book of the Metamorphoses. They are also described in the Republic of Plato:

"Agurtś and Mantics frequent the houses of the rich and persuade them that they possess a power granted by the gods to expiate,  by sacrifices and chants any unjust act that has been committed and that they induce the gods by blandishments and magic rites to help them. They collected money in this way, and they also followed the selling of nostrums and telling of fortunes."

Agur-tÍs  A. collector, esp. begging priest of Cybele, Gallois

The speakers, singers and instrument players were "lusted after fruits" under the Mother of Harlots and John called them sorceriers although all religious operatives were called parasites.

Here are some of the meanings of Al's RACA word which in fact IMPLICATES all religious music and musicians in the perverted worship of pagans--then and now.

Phtheiro 1. destroy things, wast them, pass away, cease to be, perish
Xenophon, Memorabilia 1.5.
 Surely then, if we should refuse a vicious slave, the master must look to it that he does not grow vicious himself? For whereas the covetous, by robbing other men of their goods, seem to enrich themselves, a vicious man reaps no advantage from the harm he does to others. If he is a worker of mischief to others, he brings much greater mischief on himself, if indeed the greatest mischief of all is to ruin not one's home merely, but the body and the soul. [4] In social intercourse what pleasure could you find in such a man, knowing that he prefers your sauces and your wines to your friends, and likes the women better than the company? Should not every man hold self-control to be the foundation of all virtue, and first lay this foundation firmly in his soul?
Phtheiro 2. of persons, ph. destroy them, Hes.Th.876 (b
Hes.Th.876 Hesiod, Theogony
From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, and dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, [5] and, when they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus or in the Horse's Spring or Olmeius, make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon and move with vigorous feet. Thence they arise and go abroad by night, [10] veiled in thick mist, and utter their song with lovely voice, praising Zeus the aegis-holder, and queenly Hera of Argos who walks on golden sandals, and the daughter of Zeus the aegis-holder bright-eyed Athena, and Phoebus Apollo [Abaddon, Apollyon], and Artemis who delights in arrows...

[25] the Muses of Olympus, daughters of Zeus who holds the aegis: "Shepherds of the wilderness, wretched things of shame, mere bellies, we know how to speak many false things as though they were true; but we know, when we will, to utter true things."
The only "music" concept in the word PSALLO has to do with Apollo and others shooting real arrows, love arrows and "shooting out hymns."

Pindar Olympian 9.[1] The resounding strain of Archilochus, the swelling thrice-repeated song of triumph, sufficed to lead Epharmostus to the hill ofCronus, in victory-procession with his dear companions.

[5] But now, from the bow of the Muses who, shooting from afar, send a shower of such arrows of song as these on Zeus of the red lightning-bolt and on the sacred height of Elis, which once the Lydian hero Pelops [10] won as the very fine dowry of Hippodameia.

[11] And shoot a winged sweet arrow to Pytho; for your words will not fall to the ground, short of the mark, when you trill the lyre in honor of the wrestling of the man from renowned Opus.

Trill is: elelizŰ 2. Med. and Pass., move in coils or spires, of a serpent,
III. cause to vibrate, megan d' elelixen Olumpon, of Zeus, ib.1.530, cf. 8.199; phorminga e. make its strings quiverquake, tremble, quiverbrandished spear,

The Deipnosophists of Athenaeus of Naucratis Book XIII: Concerning Women

So, then, most learned grammarian, I urge you to keep away from the high-priced prostitutes, because "you may see all the other flute-girls playing Apollo's tune... Zeus's tune; but these ladies play nothing but the Hawk's tune;"

As for myself, fellow-banqueters, I have not discussed courtesans after the manner of Metagenes' Breezes, or The Blockhead of Aristagoras: "I told you first of beautiful dancing prostitutes, and now I do not speak to you of flute-girls just beginning to be ripe, who have very quickly, and for a price, undermined the strength of sailors aboard the freighters/"

Even so, then, the earth melted in the glow of the blazing fire. And in the bitterness of his anger Zeus cast him into wide Tartarus. And from Typhoeus come boisterous winds which blow damply, [870] except Notus and Boreas and clear Zephyr. These are a god-sent kind, and a great blessing to men; but the others blow fitfully upon the sea. Some rush upon the misty sea and work great havoc among men with their evil, raging blasts; [875] for varying with the season they blow, scattering ships and destroying sailors. And men who meet these upon the sea have no help against the mischief.....

[1015] And they ruled over the famous Tyrsenians, very far off in a recess of the holy islands. And the bright goddess Calypso was joined to Odysseus in sweet love, and bore him Nausithous and Nausinous. [1020] These are the immortal goddesses who lay with mortal men and bore them children like gods. But now, sweet-voiced Muses of Olympus, daughters of Zeus who holds the aegis, sing of the company of women.
Phtheiro  3. corrupt, bribe, lure, entice, trap, entices to its ruin, entraps,  pervert  phtheirousin ÍthÍ chrÍsth'homiliaikakai

ChrÍsmodot-Ís who gives oracles, prophet, soothsayer, 

Phtheiro b.seduce a woman, hupotÍsthugatrosadikoumenonkai Dionusiou touphtheirantosautÍn kinaidou
Kinaid-os A.catamite, Pl.Grg.494e, etc.: generally, lewd fellow, Herod.2.74, PSI5.483.1  2.public dancer Cinaedus: I.  He who practises unnatural lust, a sodomite, catamite,
The Jews hoped that John wore the SOFT clothing of a catamite and Jesus accused them of being children (Play=pervert) piping hoping to induce the singing and dance of Dionysus.  Jesus consigned them to the marketplace with all of the other pagan, polluted religions.
[Pl.Grg.494e] Socrates

Soc. It is not my fault, Callicles; our friend Chaerephon is to blame; for he would keep us loitering in the Agora. 

Chaerephon. Never mind, Socrates; the misfortune of which I have been the cause I will also repair; for Gorgias is a friend of mine, and I will make him give the exhibition again either now, or, if you prefer, at some other time. 

Is it so if he only wants to scratch his head? Or what more am I to ask you? See, Callicles, what your answer will be, if you are asked everything in succession that links on to that statement; and the culmination of the case, as stated--the life of catamites--is not that awful, shameful, and wretched? Or will you dare to assert that these are happy if they can freely indulge their wants?

Phtheiro 4. ruin, spoil, pharmakon 3.enchanted potion, philtre: hence, charm, spell
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

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries [pharmakea] were all nations deceived. Rev 18:23
Used with: epŰidÍ , Ion. and poet. epaoidÍ , , sung to or over: hence, enchantment, spell, Magi, Hdt.1.132 ;
Rev 9:17. Thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those who sat on them, having breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of lions. Out of their mouths proceed fire, smoke, and sulfur. [18]  By these three plagues were one third of mankind killed: by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur, which proceeded out of their mouths. [19]  For the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For their tails are like serpents, and have heads, and with them they harm. [20]  The rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues, didn't repent of the works of their hands, that they wouldn't worship demons, and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood; which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk. [21]  They didn't repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their sexual immorality, nor of their thefts
Phtheiro b. with a Prep., luroidou, phtheiresthai pros tous plousious, of hangers-on and flatterers, D.21.139, Ant.24;
Luroidou lur-aoidos who sings to the lyre, harmonia meaning: In music, stringing, of bows and lyres, musical scale, generally music: rhythm, acting, dancing.
hudr-aulÍs one who plays the water organ

This included most of the musical instruments. Of the water organ:

Towards the end of the fourth century AD,
the historian Ammianus Marcellinus lamented the decadence of the times:
As things stand today, the few houses that once were centres for the cultivation of serious study are overflowing with the wanton playthings of sluggish idleness, re-echoing with the sound of voices and the jangle of musical instruments... The libraries are sealed forever, like tombs, and men construct hydraulic organs and huge lyres looking like chariots...

The organ Connected with Arsinoe: by Hydelus of Alexandria c 250BC:
Come, all ye lovers of pure wine,
Come, and within ArsinoŽ's shrine
Behold the Rhytum: like th' Egyptian dancer
Besas, giving forth tones pure and bold,
Such is the Rhytum's mouth, outpouring.
It makes no sound of war;
But from its golden mouth
It signals mirth and revelry,
Such as the Nile, King of flowing rivers
Pours in watery sound from holy shrines,
Dear to the priests of sacred mysteries.
Then honour this invention of Ktesibios,
And hasten ye to fair ArsinoŽ's shrine.

Isaac of Antioch (c 450AD
The flute was joined with the tongue, and the lips with the hydraulus, to make the desired sound as if from a single mouth. By its loudness the hydraulus dominated the other more delicate sounds, but it united with them so that the music reached the tops of the palaces; devoid of judgement and speech, the instrument joined forces with the men to make their voice heard far and wide.

Demosthenes 21:
[139] But now, I believe, his champions are Polyeuctus and Timocrates and the ragamuffin Euctemon. Such are the mercenaries that he keeps about him; and there are others besides, an organized gang of witnesses, who do not openly force themselves upon you, but readily give a silent nod of assent to his lies. [I do not of course imagine that they make anything out of him, but there are some people, men of Athens, who are strangely prone to abase themselves towards the wealthy, to attend upon them, and to give witness in their favour.]

Ant.24;  Plutarch, Marcus Antonius:
For straight, one Anaxenor, a player of the cithern, Xoutus, a player of the flute, Metrodorus a tumbler, and such a rabble of minstrels and fit ministers for the pleasures of Asia (who in fineness and flattery passed all the other plagues he brought with him out of Italy), all these flocked in his court, and bare the whole sway: and after that all went awry. For every one gave themselves to riot and excess, when they saw he delighted in it: and all Asia was like to the city Sophocles speaketh of in one of his tragedies: [plagues]
Was full of sweet perfumes and pleasant songs,
With woeful weeping mingled there-amongs.
For in the city of Ephesus, women, attired as they go in the feasts and sacrifice of Bacchus, came out to meet him with such solemnities and ceremonies as are then used: with men and children disguised like fauns and satyrs. Moreover, the city was full of ivy, and darts wreathed about with ivy, psalterions, flutes, and howboyes [hautboy: double reed mouthpieces. notice the Judas Bag on the flute case]; and in their songs they called him Bacchus, father of mirth, courteous and gentle: and so was he unto some, but to the most part of men cruel and extreme. For he robbed noblemen and gentlemen of their goods, to give it unto vile flatterers: who oftentimes begged living men's goods, as though they had been dead, and would enter their houses by force. As he gave a citizen's house of Magnesia unto a cook, because (as it is reported) he dressed him a fine supper. In the end he doubled the taxation, and imposed a second upon Asia. But thenHybraeas the orator, sent from the estates of Asia, to tell him the state of their country, boldly said unto him: "If thou [p. 173] wilt have power to lay two tributes in one year upon us, thou shouldest also have power to give us two summers, two autumns, and two harvests."
Phthong-osof the Sirens, includes: II. generally, sound, anemŰn Simon.37.11 ; daimonos pedarsiou,
daimonos pedarsiou,

DaimŰn  god, goddess, of individual gods or goddesses, 2. generally, spiritual or semi-divine being inferior to the Gods,

Metarsios 3. in suspense, II. metaph., high above this world, dia mousas kai m. Íixa E.Alc.963 (lyr.); m. humnos IG3.770 : in bad sense, puffed up, elated,
II. mousa, as Appellat., music, song, antiluron [A. responsive to the lyre or like that of the lyre]

Euripides, Alcestis: Chorus
I have soared aloft with poetry and with high thought, and though I have laid my hand to many a reflection, [965]  I have found nothing stronger than Necessity, nor is there any cure for it in the Thracian tablets set down by the voice of Orpheus nor in all the simples which Phoebus [970]  harvested in aid of trouble-ridden mortals and gave to the sons of Asclepius. 

2. of musical sounds, lŰtos phthongon keladei E.El.716 (lyr.); luras Pl.Lg.812d , etc., cf. phthongous alurous thrÍnoumen Alex. 162.6 (anap.).

E.El.716 Euripides, Electra.

The altars of beaten gold were set out; and through the town the [715]  altar fires of the Argives blazed; the flute, handmaid of the Muse's song, sounded its note sweetly, and lovely songs of the golden lamb swelled forth, saying that Thyestes had the luck; for he [720]  persuaded Atreus' own wife to secret love, and carried off to his house the portent; coming before the assembly he declared that he had in his [725]  house the horned sheep with fleece of gold.

Lura A. lyre, a stringed instrument with a sounding-board formed of the shell of a tortoise, II. lyric poetry and music, [Usually fear inducing]

Pindar, Olympian.10 [91] And, Hagesidamus, when a man with fine achievements but no songs reaches the house of Hades, he has spent his strength and his breath in vain and gained only a short-lived delight with his effort. But on you the soft-singing lyre and the sweet flute scatter grace [95] and the Pierian daughters of Zeus nurture your wide fame. 

b. pl., notes on a musical instrument; strings of lyre, D.Chr.10.19; stops of flute, Philostr.VA5.21; cf. Corn.ND14.

And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 1Co.14:7

Phthoggos (g5353) fthong'-gos; from 5350; utterance, i.e. a musical note (vocal or instrumental): - sound

Psa. 19:4 Their line [harp string?] is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Rom. 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 

Paul transfers this statement to the preachers of the gospel. 

Phthengomai: --utter a sound or voice, esp. speak loud and clear, freq. in Hom., phthenxamenos para nÍos Il.11.603, cf. 10.67, al., Pl. R.336b (properly of all animals that have lungs, Arist.HA535a30):3. of inanimate things, of a door, creak, Ar.Pl.1099; of thunder, X.Cyr. 7.1.3; of trumpets, Id.An.4.2.7, 5.2.14; of the flute, Id.Smp.6.3, Thgn.532; of the lyre, phorminx ph. hiron melos Id.761 , cf. Arist. Metaph.1019b15; of an earthen pot, eite hugies eite sathron ph. whether it rings sound or cracked, Pl.Tht.179d; ph. palamÍisi to clap with the hands, Nonn.D.5.106, cf. AP9.505.17 (dub.).  

Isaiah 22:24 has Christ prophesying that the people will HANG all of the instruments of David as they hang Him on a tree.  The CUPS and MUSIC will be hung on Him or people will try to associate Jesus with the evil thread of human kings.

Krater  A.mixing vessel, esp. bowl, in which wine was mixed with water, silver or gold inlaid, to set up a bowl of wine to be drunk in honour of the deliverance,  2. metaph., k. aoidan, of the messenger who bears an ode, Pi.O.6.91; k. kakŰn, of a sycophant, Ar.Ach.937 (lyr.); tosondekratÍr'endomois kakŰn plÍsas . . ekpineiA.Ag.1397 ; haimatoskratÍrapolitikoustÍsai, of civil war, D.H.7.44.

Pindar Olympian 6  I think I have on my tongue a shrill whetstone, which steals over me (and I am willing) with fair-flowing breaths. My mother's mother was the nymph of Stymphalus, blossoming Metopa, [85][85] who bore horse-driving Thebe, whose delicious water I drink, while I weave my embroidered song for heroic spearmen. Now rouse your companions, Aeneas, first to shout the praises of Hera Parthenia, and then to know whether we have truly escaped the ancient reproach [90] of men's speech, “Boeotian pig.” For you are a faithful herald, a message-stick of the lovely-haired Muses, a sweet mixing-bowl of loud-sounding songs.

Agaphthenktos , on, ( [phthengomai] ) A.loud-sounding, aoidai Pi.O.6.91 .

Phthegma, sound of the voice, voice, Pi.P.8.31, A.Pr.588 (lyr.), S.OC1623, Ar.Nu.319 (anap.), etc.; periphr. of a person, Ű phthegm' anaides, for Ű phthenxamene anaidÍ, S.OC863, cf. Aj.14, El.1225. 

2. of other sounds, as of birds, cries, S.El.18, E.Hel.747; of a bull, roaring, Id.Hipp.1215; brontas ph. Pi.P.4.198 ; thueias ph. the grinding of the mortar, Ar.Pax235; of musical notes, Id.Av.683 (lyr.), Pl.Lg.812d; of the nightingale's song, Ar.Av.204, 223. 

Ar.Pax235; of musical notes,Id.Av.683 (lyr.), Pl.Lg.812d;

Anapaistos hammered, forged, rebounding,
Pindar, Olympian 4.[1] Charioteer of the thundercloud with untiring feet, highest Zeus! Your Seasons, whirling to the embroidered notes of the lyre's song, sent me as a witness of the most lofty games. When friends are successful, the noble immediately smile on [5] the sweet announcement. Son of Cronus

And the voice [phone] 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

Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Rev. 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

After the musician-sorcerers as agents of the Mother of Harlots (Rev 17) are silenced John heard:

Rev 19:1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

For true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. Rev 19:2

Phtheiro (g5351) fthi'-ro; prob. strength. from phthio, (to pine or waste): prop. to shrivel or wither, i.e. to spoil (by any process) or (gen.) to ruin (espec. fig. by mor. influences, to deprave): - corrupt (self), defile, destroy

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Ep.4:22

Al Maxey: The people of Israel were warned that if anyone defiled the tabernacle, their fate would be death [Lev. 15:31]. Acts 21:27-31a recounts an incident that demonstrates just how seriously the Jews took this charge. Paul is applying that same intensity and zealousness for holiness and purity to the Lord's church.
It is a fact that because of musical idolatryat Mount Sinai God turned Israel over to worship the starry host.  The Temple was a HOUSE built by Solomon but God does not live in houses builty by human hands.  Leviticus has to do with personal defilement such as touching a dead animal.  However, none of common people could enter the Tabernacle.  Another way the people defiled or profaned in a religious sense is the Hebrew h2490 which means to "begin" to do something usually destructive, play the flute, pollute or prostitute. It is used of Lucifer who as the "singing and harp playing prostitute" was cast as profane out of heaven.

1Ki 1:39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

1Ki 1:40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.

donax poet. gen. dounakos AP (v. infr.), dat.A. dŰnaki Theoc. (v. infr.): (doneŰ, 'a reed shaken with the wind')

This was a sign of judgment against Adonijah the righful heir:

1Ki 1:41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating.    
        And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, 
        Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar?

That is why god never calls it "music" but noise and making an uproar. One of the ways to profane the Sabbath was to do work meaning "to send out ministers" or to "speak your own words" (Isaiah 59). Taking up a collecting or selling things would pollute the REST day:

Neh. 13:17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? 

Neh. 13:18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. 

Psa. 74:4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
Psa. 74:5 A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
Psa. 74:6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
Psa. 74:7 They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
Psa. 74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 

Solomon spent more time on pagan shrines for his pagan wives than on Jehovah.  Therefore, as defined by Amos, forms of Baal worship prevailed.
Baal: Look to the Hills: Celbrates victory over Yahm
1. "Do not lower [your heads]."
2. Then Radamin does service to the Mightiest
3. Baīal; he does wait upon [honor] the Prince, Lord of
4. the Earth. He does rise, he sets the table prepares food
5. and gives it to him to eat;
6. he divides a breast before him,
7. with a sharp blade
8. he does cut up a fatling. He does get up,
9. he makes ready a feast and gives him drink
10. he places a cup into his hands,
11. a flagon into both his two hands,
12. a large beaker, great to see, a jar
13. of [men of heaven (D/G)/ sky folk (Ga)], a holy cup
14. such which should never women behold, a goblet
15. such which should never `Athirat set her eye on; a thousand
16. pitchers he takes of (new autumn) wine,
        Or: 16. barrels it holds, wine enough (Ga 
17. ten thousand he mixes in - his mixture (D/G)/the mixing bowl (C).
         Or:  17. to be mixed in ten thousand portions. While he is mixing it, (Ga)</font>
18. One does riseone chants and sings,
19. cymbals in the hands of the minstrel;
20. sings the youngster with a sweet voice 
21. over Baīal in the Heights
22. of Tsaphon, the North. Catches sight does Baīal of
23. his daughters, he sets his eye on Pidraya
24. daughter of `Ar/mist/light; also on Talaya
25. daughter of Rabb; Pidar knows
Al Maxey: What specifically is this threat to the Lord's One Body? What behavior is so vile that it would defile the church of our Lord Jesus Christ? By examining both the immediate and remote contexts of this passage, the threat becomes clear. It is a sectarian spirit that fosters strife and separation among spiritual siblings!  


"No doubt St. Paul had chiefly in mind to warn all those teachers who were likely so to teach as to split the Church into divisions; for, in his thought, the Church is one great whole, and strife and party feeling are the very things that most seriously defile it" [The Pulpit Commentary, vol. 19, p. 130].

This same source goes on to note: "Eastern peoples are extremely jealous about the sanctity of their temples. The Christian system transfers the sanctity from these buildings to the body of believers, and even to the individual believer" [ibid]. "It is a capital crime against Christ and the Church ... to disunite these living stones, striking the pick-axes of dissension into the temple wall" [ibid, p. 125].
We have proven that those agitators who crucify Christ to themselves were the perverted musicians whom the world recognized to be parasites: they would do ANYTHING to keep from working--even performing religious hypocricy (speaking, singing, playing) widows to steal their money.

We have also noted that the Israelites who were really "levitical Warrior Musicians" under the king and commanders of the army could NEVER even come close to the holy places: that is the Nadab and Abihu principle.

Not even in the most VILE pagan temples could the singers or musicians enter into the holy places. Because God had abandoned Israel to this sacrificial system, we should not that they were classified with the priests, soothsayers, musicians, cooks, jesters and prostitutes:

Lucian of Samosata writing about the Syrian Goddess worshipped by emasculated "musical worship ministers":

50 - And on set days the multitude assembles in the sanctuary, and many Galloi (Castrated Musicians) and the religious men that I spoke of perform their ceremonies; and they cut their own arms and beat one another on the back.

And many stand there playing flutes and beating timbrels, and others sing inspired and holy songs.

This is done outside the temple,
And they who perform it do not come into the temple.

The towers of Babylon consumed much of the energy of the community and were the beginning and end-time patterns for "churches" (Rev. 18). 

"On the lowest of these platforms a heavy wall--first oval, later rectangular--enclosed storerooms, the temple kitchen, workshops, and other such rooms.

On the highest level, approached by a stairway, were the god's living quarters centred in the cella, a rectangular room with an entrance door in the long wall near one corner.

The god's place was on a podium in a niche at the short wall farthest from the entrance;

"The function of the temple, as in all of the other sacred places in ancient Mesopotamia,

was primarily to ensure the god's presence and
to provide a place
where he could be approached.

The providing of housing, food, and service for the god achieved the first of these purposes. His presence was also assured by a suitable embodiment--the cult statue, and, for certain rites, the body of the ruler.

To achieve the second purpose, greeting gifts, praise hymns as introduction to petitions, and other actions were used to induce the god to receive the petitioner and to listen to, and accept, his prayers.

Hislop who wrote against instrumental music in the church 

Also wrote.

In some places in Egypt, for the song of Linus or Osiris, a peculiar melody seems to have been used. Savary says that, in the temple of Abydos,

"the priest repeated the seven vowels in the form of hymns,
and that
musicians were forbid to enter it." 

Of all Holy Places   

"The rectangular central shrine of the temple, known as a 'cella,' had a brick altar or offering table in front of a statue of the temple's deity. The cella was lined on its long ends by many rooms for priests and priestesses. These mud-brick buildings were decorated with cone geometrical mosaics, and the occasional fresco with human and animal figures. These temple complexes eventually evolved into towering ziggurats.

"The temple was staffed by priests, priestesses, musicians, singers, castrates and hierodules (Temple Prostitutes). Various public rituals, food sacrifices, and libations took place there on a daily basis. There were monthly feasts and annual, New Year celebrations. During the later, the king would be married to Inanna as the resurrected fertility god Dumuzi..." 

For most of its life, the Temple was taken over by these defilers and prostitute and Sodomites plagued all temple grounds: 

Asherah: Queen of Heaven, Ashtoreth, Athirat, Astarte, and Ishtar. Her "male" priestesses were known as kelabim, the faithful "dogs" of the Goddess, who practiced divinatory arts, danced in processions, and served as hierodules, qedeshim, in the company of other priestesses. Goddess worship were largely erased in a cultural purge c. 630 BCE by King Josiah

"there may have been large numbers of eunuchs, as well as temple slaves. Merlin Stone believes that "sacred women" celebrated their sexuality and fertility by making love in Eanna in Inanna's name. This seems to be supported as that H.R. Hays says that there were temple prostitutes associated with Inanna, which is not too out of line as that she is supposed to be the goddess of prostitutes." (Interpreter's Dict of the Bible, Music, p. 461).

John warns about the mother of harlots (Revelation 17) who used the "lusted after fruits" as rhetoricians, singers and musicians in Revelation 18. John calls them sorcerers who HAD deceived the whole world.  In his condemnation of the musical Isrelites, Amost speaks of the "basket of sumer fruits" which were Catamites or male prostitutes.


[10.] Wilt thou hear besides of some things of another class which shew their folly? For as they punish not these things, so there are others which they enforce by law. What then are these?

They collect crowds to fill theatres, and there they introduce choirs of harlots and prostituted children, yea such as trample on nature herself; and they make the whole people sit on high, and so they captivate their city; so they crown these mighty kings whom they are perpetually admiring for their trophies and victories. And yet, what can be more insipid than this honor? what more undelightful than this delight? From among these then seekest thou judges to applaud thy deeds? And is it in company with dancers, and effeminate, and buffoons, and harlots, that thou art fain to enjoy the sound of compliment? answer me.

Al Maxey: There are few sins that compare with the sin of sectarianism that rends the One Body of Christ into countless feuding factions. Such people as promote such division will be dealt with rather decisively by our God. Frankly, they're on a par with Antiochus Epiphanes, who was guilty of some of the most horrendous and heinous atrocities against the temple of God in Jerusalem [see: 1 Maccabees 1:1-64].
Second Maccabees defines some of the Musical Idolatry of the Temple.   Only yount males willing to wear the "hat of hermes" devoted to being male prostitutes were left in Jerusalem.  Zeus and Dionysus were especially favorites of the false Jews:


"Upon hearing that Ganymede was to be cup bearer as well as Zeus' lover, the infinitely jealous Hera was outraged. Therefor Zeus set Ganymede's image among the stars as the constellation Aquarius, the water carrier. Aquarius was originally the Egyptian god over the Nile. The Egyptian god poured water not wine from a flagon.

"All of Zeus' scandalous liaisons have allegorical meanings. Zeus' torrid affair with Ganymede was a religious justification for homosexuality within the Greek culture.

Before the popularity of the Zeus and Ganymede myth spread,

the only toleration for sodomy was an external form of goddess worship. Cybele's male devotees tried to achieve unity with her by castrating themselves and dressing like women.

"While Platonic love needed women for regeneration purposes (grow the attendance)the philosopher used this myth to justify his sexual feelings towards his all male pupils.


When Zeus had an affair with Mnemosyne, he coupled with her for nine consecutive nights, which produced nine daughters, who became known as the Muses.

They entertained their father and the other gods as a celestial choir on Mount Olympus.

They became deities of intellectual pursuits. Also the three Charites or Graces were born from Zeus and Eurynome. From all his children Zeus gave man all he needed to live life in an ordered and moral way.

Sing, clear-voiced Muse, of Castor and Polydeuces, the Tyndaridae, who sprang from Olympian Zeus. Beneath the heights fo Taygetus stately Leda bare them, when the dark-clouded Son of Cronos had privily bent her to his will.

Very easily he softened the son of all-glorious Leto as he would, stern though the Far-shooter was.

He took the lyre upon his left arm and tried each string in turn with the key, so that it sounded awesomely at his touch.

And Phoebus Apollo laughed for joy; for the sweet throb of the marvellous music went to his heart,
             and a soft longing took hold on his soul as he listened.

Then the son of Maia, harping sweetly upon his lyre, took courage and stood at the left hand of Phoebus Apollo; and soon,

        while he played shrilly on his lyre, 
        he lifted up his voice and sang,    
        and lovely was the sound of his voice that followed.

Jesus identified the Scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites by pointing to Isaiah and Ezekiel who warns about performance speakers, singers andinstrument players.

He sang the story of the deathless gods and of the dark earth, how at the first they came to be, and how each one received his portion. First among the gods he honoured Mnemosyne, mother of the Muses, in his song; for the son of Maia was of her following.

And next the goodly son of Zeus hymned the rest of the immortals according to their order in age, and told how each was born, mentioning all in order as he struck the lyre upon his arm.

But Apollo was seized with a longing not to be allayed, and he opened his mouth and spoke winged words to Hermes (Mercury, Greek Logos):

(ll. 436-462) `Slayer of oxen, trickster, busy one, comrade of the feast, this song of yours is worth fifty cows, and I believe that presently we shall settle our quarrel peacefully.

But come now, tell me this, resourceful son of Maia: has this marvellous thing been with you from your birth, or did some god or mortal man give it you -- a noble gift -- and teach you heavenly song?

For wonderful is this new-uttered sound I hear, the like of which I vow that no man nor god dwelling on Olympus ever yet has known but you, O thievish son of Maia.

What skill is this? What song for desperate cares? What way of song? For verily here are three things to hand all at once from which to choose, -- mirth, and love, and sweet sleep. And though I am a follower of the Olympian Muses who love dances and the bright path of song -- the full-toned chant and ravishing thrill of flutes --

yet I never cared for any of those feats of skill at young men's revels, as I do now for this:

I am filled with wonder, O son of Zeus, at your sweet playing. But now, since you, though little, have such glorious skill, sit down, dear boy, and respect the words of your elders.

For now you shall have renown among the deathless gods, you and your mother also. This I will declare to you exactly: by this shaft of cornel wood I will surely make you a leader renowned among the deathless gods, and fortunate, and will give you glorious gifts and will not deceive you from first to last.'

Al Maxey: God Himself declares that He hates the "one who spreads strife among brothers" [Prov. 6:19]. It is time that some in the church began to take this all a bit more seriously!! If you're promoting separation among brethren, you are a defiler of the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, and the penalty for this is death.
That is true but Al is the one promoting the STRIFE by promoting that which is universally condemned and MARKED with the stigmata of the "gay priesthoods" of all religionisms.  Only those who FORCED instruments into peaceable Disciples churches. The Church of Christ was never part of that denomination even when there were efforts to cooperate at times.

No thinks: I will not participate in DEFILING God's Temple which is, in fact, the human spirit devoted solely to the "Spirit OF truth" as a school of the Bible.

These are a few rough notes.

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