Rick Atchley Defends Instrumental MusicThe method of Hegel, Hitler, Machiavelli and the modern CHANGE MOVEMENT is to lie and condemn the OLD SYSTEM. Once people are dissociated or put into schizophrenia, then you can impose your NEW STYLE WORSHIP. With music, this is as NEW as Lucifer in heaven and the end-time Babylon Whore of Revelation 18.
- Rick Atchley says that the Levites are his PATTERNISM to command "Instrumental Praise" (whatever that be).
- In fact God commanded the Levites to stand guard and EXECUTE any of the other tribes or their fellow Levites who came NEAR any holy thing or place. No Levite could go inside any holy place--even to clean out garbage in Rick Atchley's patternism.
- The Instruments commanded by David were under the King and Commanders of the Army: they stood in RANKS and made a great noise to warn any of the "progressives" that God wanted them dead. God has had man Heresy-Triming events in history leaving only a tiny remnant.
- After they executed 3,000 at Mount Sinai they "had no inheritance in Israel" and God had dedicated them to PREVENT any godly person from being inside the "camp" when they executed "types" of Jesus Christ because of their blood and flesh lust. A person such as a singer or instrument who has SET themselves as an ornament or needed skill in a holy place is said to be Anathema: they cannot be redeemed and must be burned. They would musically mock Jesus up to the cross.
We don't know of any Levite or harp which survived the holocaust MARKED by the Roman trumpets.
- It is logical that the intrusion of the heresy of the musical worship team with or without instruments is the MARK that those who remain after the godly leave their "investment" to seek a true ekklesia or synagogue ARE the ones who have been spiritually and mentally executed. They sing to their race as theologians speak only to theologians. This is also the "pruning" message of the locusts (Muses or dirty adulteresss under Apollo, Abaddon, Apollyon.)
It is claimed that no baptized believer--who never heard instrumental worship in the temple--who was executed and burned in "hell" just outside of Jerusalem.
- Christ in the prophets denies what Rick Atchley etal tell you: He said that God did not command sacrifices or burnt offerings: these came with God turning them over to worship the starry host and were MARKS in sight and sound of a people God had already sentenced back to Babylon where most began as robbers of caravans--something like church houses of widows.
The Bible and contemporaneous literature identifies the INSTRUMENT as the MARK of people who had rejected the Word of God and were dedicated to destruction. When you heard the "trumpets" in Texas and approved there is no Bible or recorded history which does not mark you as unfit for a Holy Spiritual Kingom. You are not SUPPOSED to believe it but I need to witness with no burden to convince.
You should understand that the joke about postmodernism has given theologians with no role and no dole--doctors of the Law take away the key to knowledge says Jesus--do not understand the word DISCIPLE and therefore cannot understand CHRISTIAN. A Christian is a Disciple of Christ and commanded to teach what HE COMMANDED to be taught. Even if they preach that the olden Bible has been obsoleted by the rise of quantum physics and the evolution of their eyes, ekklesia or synagogue is defined as A School of the Word: Peter defines the Prophets and prophecies made more perfect by Jesus of Nazareth. He says that those who do not teach that "left memory" and "further expound" the prophecies is a false prophets.
A School of Plato would never insult Plato by rewriting his writings into songs and sermons to be performed with instruments. They would have terminally insulted Plato. Because they see "godliness as a means of financial gain" or occupation they do not need the Biblical Text and imagine that their imagination is authority enough.
The fact then is that Rick and his "progressives" are NOT remotely related to the ekklesia or synagogue of Christ: their songs and sermons are superior to God's songs and sermons. That is how Jesus defined the Scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites: He quotes Isaiah and Ezekiel who identified preachers, singers and instrument players: they simply could not sell the FREE water of the Word and get rich and famous. Christ FORBIDS you to pay for this silly product of a silly generation.
Furthermore, He outlaws seeking your own pleasure (Romans 15) or even SPEAKING YOUR OWN WORDS.
That is after He prophesied in great detail how the the Scribes and Pharisees would treat Him as a SIGN that prophecy had been fulfilled. See Isaiah 50 where He warns of the Smiting and Plucking which included plucking musical instruments.
IT IS A FACT THAT THE RHETORICIANS, SINGERS, INSTRUMENT PLAYERS: SORCERERS ARE THE MARK THAT JESUS HAS REMOVED THE LAMPSTAND.
6. But Israel crucified our Lord, on the plea that verily He was seducing us from the One God. But they themselves used constantly to wander away from the One God through their many idols. While then they imagine they crucify Him Who seduces them from the One God, they are found to be led away by Him from all idols to the One God;
to the end that because they did not voluntarily learn of Him that He is God, they might by compulsion learn of Him that He is God; when the good which had accrued to them through Him should accuse them concerning the evil which their hands had done.
Thus even though the tongue of the oppressors denied, yet the help with which they were helped convicted them.
For grace loaded them beyond their power, so that they should be ashamed, while laden with Thy blessings, to deny Thy person.
And also Thou didst have mercy on those, whose lives had been made food for dead idols. For the one calf which they made in the desert, [Exod. xxxii. 4.] pastured on their lives as on grass in the desert.
For that idolatry which they had stolen and brought out in their hearts from Egypt, when it was made manifest, slew openly those in whom it was dwelling secretly.For it was like fire concealed in wood, which when it is gendered from within it, burns it. For Moses ground to powder the calf and caused them to drink it in the water of ordeal; [Exod. xxxii. 20.] that by drinking of the calf all those who were living for its worship might die.
19. But when Moses came down, he saw their heathenism revelling in the wide plain with drums and cymbals.Speedily, he put their madness to shame by means of the Levites and drawn swords.
So likewise here, our Lord concealed His knowledge for a little when the sinful woman approached Him, that the Pharisee might form into shape his thought, as his fathers had shaped the pernicious calf.
Review of Truitt Adair's review of Rick Atchley. Preachers are shooting blanks and keeping their career path safe as long as they agree that Amos (by the Spirit of Christ) condemned only their "attitude." And as long as they say that God commanded anything in the cursed king, kingdom, temple, sacrificial system at which they made exorcism noises never called music. The church is built upon the Prophets and Apostles all who radically condemn the the Civil-Military-Clergy complex as robbers, parasites and hypocrites (defined as speakers, singer and instrument players). There is NO historic scholar who did not agree that Amos was condemning the use of instruments in Samaria.
When Ahaz took the sacrifices and noise (never music) outside of Jerusalem he violated God's law which quarantined the horrors behind closed doors . If you become a Levite singer outside of the Temple in Jerusalem the PATTERN is that God will send a plague upon you.
5.01.11 Prophesied by John in Revelation 17-18
John T. Willis 2. "Sing" is vocal; "make melody" is instrumental. Psalms 33:2-3; 144:9; 149:1, 3 make this crystal clear. Amos 5:23 further verifies this reality. People forget that God turned Israel over to worship the starry host because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. The Levites were under the KING and the COMMANDERS of the army: they made war and not worship. We will examine these passages in context.
Church is Ekklesia or Synagogue: both for instruction only: both exclusive of any performing arts: you don't do music when God's Word is taught. I submit that you cannot be a Christian if you do not understand the meaning of "teach them what I have commanded to be taught."
2.20.11 Jay Guin uses David's Naked Dance as authority for instrumental music in the church. David did what the Israelites did at Mount Sinai: He played which means musically and sexually.
1.04.11 When people speak out of their own imagination instead of the Word as Spirit by Christ in the Prophets and Apostles, Christ calls it blasphemy. Of Hezekiah's Plague stopping exorcism used to say that "God commanded instrumental praise and we must not be disobedient" Christ calls them BLASPHEMERS.
See Christ defining Blasphemy of The Holy Spirit
For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded themDespise tthe Word of God of God and using your own words is:
in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22
But this thing commanded I them, saying,
Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: (CENI)
and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, (CENI)
that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23
Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me,
The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace;
and they say unto every one that walketh
after the imagination of his own heart,
No evil shall come upon you. "You can SOW discord and steal from the owners"
Blasphēm-eō , pf.A. “beblasphēmēka” D.18.10:—speak profanely of sacred things, “eis theous” Pl.R.381e; offer rash prayers, Id.Alc.2.149c; b. kata tinosutter imprecations against, Aeschin.1.180.2. speak ill or to the prejudice of one, slander, “peri tēs emēs diatribēs” Isoc.15.2, cf. D.l.c., ib.82; “b. kata tinos” Isoc.12.65, cf. Arist.Fr.44; “hosa eis hēmas eblasphēmēsan” D.51.3; “b. tina” Babr.71.6, Ev.Luc.23.39, etc.: abs., Phld.Lib.p.8 O.:—Pass., to have evil spoken of one, “beblasphēmēmenous” Id.Vit.p.12 J., cf. 1 Ep.Cor.10.30.3. speak impiously or irreverently of God, blaspheme, “eis ton Kurion” LXX Da.3.29(96); “eis to pneuma to hagion” Ev.Marc.3.29; eis ta theia Vett. Val.58.12; “tous theous” Id.67.20: abs., LXX 2 Ma.10.34, al., Ev.Matt.9.3.
Click for the latest PLEADINGS looking for some justification and discuss. Proves that Rick and friends are restoring the curse of the Monarchy when God abandoned Israel to worship the starry host as Acts 7 proves.Lynn Anderson Psallo justifies Instrumental Music and sowing of Discord. This is just a small number of false teachings cused at Oak Hills Church (Ex Church of Christ). The plan was for quiet strings in an extra room: this has sowed massive discord and now arrived it its planned destination of a full Rock and Roll performance. The ex-congregation just stands in shock and awe. Rick Atchley promised not to "have instrumental music on Sunday until Jesus returned" but being post modern that meant what he REALLY thought inside.
Part of the Stone Campbell Movement to INFILTRATE and DIVERT churches of Christ by pretending that SCHOLARS have a remote clue about the Bible and History's universal association of music with a perverted, anti-Christian worship of the god of the New WINESKIN.
"The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." ~ J. Edgar HooverWe have reviewed Rick Atchley's total perversion of the Bible and history about the Deaconess here.
And the SISTER VIEW of instrumental music from Farmer's Branch which perverts every Biblical passage on music.
Victor Knowles 2003 Pepperdine DANCING AT ARM'S LENGTH----wrong! A partial review of continuing effort to take captive "a cappella" churches.
"Very kind too, no doubt, they are in regard to the healing of diseases. For, first of all, they make you ill; then, to get a miracle out of it, they command the application of remedies either altogether new, or contrary to those in use, and straightway withdrawing hurtful influence, they are supposed to have wrought a cure.
Together for Greater Ministry Impact '04: The latest gasp at a UNITY FORUM under the auspices of COMMERCIALISM. Pro-Instrumental preachers called in to speak for "a cappella" churches of Christ. Goal to build 5500 instrumental churches.
A. Ralph Johnson is so attached that he feels an Apostolic Paul's right to HURT you real bad that good might come. Unfortunately, it is the same attempt to justify that which people insist on doing "spite of hell."
1. Tom Burgess in Documents on Instrumental Music reviewed. Psallo and Instrumental Music: Proofs do not prove anything but the "music-homosexuality" connection. See more on Strabo's definition of the worship of Apollo or Abaddon or Apollyon: his MUSES are the locusts or musical performers in the book of revelation.
2. Tom Burgess More Review of Plutarch: if Psallo authorizes "church music" it authorizes a homosexual gathering.
3. Tom Burgess on Moralia confirms the "Music-Heresy-Perversion" connection which has no historical exception. 10/20/04
4. Tom Burgess on John Chrysostom: are the anti-instrumentalists ignorant rurals? 10/21/04 What about Paul and Martin Luther and John Calvin and Zwingli and--everyone who believed the Bible as authority.
The serpent in the garden of Eden was the NACHASH or Naas or Naga. In the EAST of Eden dwelled serpent worshipers. Therefore, the word SERPENT in the garden of Eden was broadly understood to a MUSICAL ENCHANTER. His objective was to prevent a HOLY SEED from Eve and thereby preventing the Birth of Jesus Christ. This story is told in THE BOOK OF ENOCH, THE BOOK OF JUBILEES and in about three dozen ancient writings.
Satan or Lucifer is explained by comparing him/her to secular nations:
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. Ezekiel 28:13
Neqeb (h5345) neh'-keb; a bezel (for a gem): - pipe.
Naqab (h5344) naw-kab'; a prim. root; to puncture, lit. (to perforate, with more or less violence) or fig. (to specify, designate, libel): - appoint, blaspheme, bore, curse, express, with holes, name, pierce, strike through.
Like Judah, Tyre would be captive for 70 years and afterward:
And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Is.23:15
Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. Is.23:16
For seventy years Tyre will be forgotten. Then, in the days of another king, the city will come back to life again;
she will sing sweet songs as a harlot sings who, long absent from her lovers, walks the streets to look for them again and is remembered. Isa 23:15LIV
In Ezekiel 33 the people would treat God and Ezekiel as if they were musical entertainers like the male prostitutes.
The MARK was almost universally understood to be sexual perversion since Lucifer was bisexual:
"Of every tree that is in paradise thou mayest freely eat, but thou mayest not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, [Gen. ii. 16, 17. ] which is Naas.
Now the meaning is, that he should obey the rest of the eleven angels of Edem, for the eleven possess passions, but are not guilty of transgression.
Naas, however, has committed sin, for he went in unto Eve, deceiving her, and debauched her; and (such an act as) this is a violation of law.
He, however, likewise went in unto Adam,
and had unnatural intercourse with him; and this is itself also a piece of turpitude, whence have arisen adultery and sodomy.
You remember that Paul said that Eve was WHOLLY SEDUCED and in the context that the church might not be a faithful bride.
The same writers define the PIPING trying to get Jesus into the Dionysus SINGING and DANCING was the same sexual perversion which MARKED all priesthoods and still mark them.
A fair reading of the Bible will show that Satan always tried to SEDUCE God's people away from Him to BLEED OFF worship for himself. This is the LUCIFER PRINCIPLE and Lucifer is Zoe. Zoe is identified as the BEAST and the FEMALE INSTRUCTING PRINCIPLE. She is doing her best work creating division between brothers when she is forcing the "minor jehovahs and logos" into forming MUSICAL WORSHIP TEAMS.
The "Abomination of Desolation" in Jerusalem had included the musical and sexual worship of Zeus and son Dionysus (Bacchus) and this is what the Jews LUSTED FOR when Messiah came. When He refused to BOW to their piping they murdered Him. Lucifer or Zoe is still among us.
Therefore, one simply CANNOT be a student of the Bible and believe that music as worship is anything other than Lucifer using the TEAM as he used the king of Tyre, the king of Babylon and the end-time Babylon whore.
The prophecy of the released LOCUSTS (grasshoppers) with stings like scorpions has John sending a coded message to the people who understood that Kirke (church) was the holy whore who mused music and drugs to sexually seduce people and then turn them into beasts. In the classics the locusts or grasshoppers were MUSICAL PERFORMERS who had the power to put the leaders into a DEEP SLEEP.
The end time Babylon Harlot religion would USE music and musicians.
John said: "Stay awake and keep your clothes with you."
THERE IS NO BIBLICAL OR HISTORICAL EVIDENCE WHICH DOES NOT CONNECT MUSICAL WORSHIP TO SEXUALITY OR HOMOSEXUALITY. THAT IS WHY WE CAN WONDER ABOUT THOSE WHO CAN BOAST OF "A VENUE FOR ROCK AND ROLL" KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT IT IS THE PRIMARY VOODOO "F" WORD.
The Christian church had a large part to do with CONVERTING Rubel Shelly and Rick is one of Shelly's FELLOW RUNNERS. In a report on the speech of Rick Atchley:
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: On October 20-22, 2002 self-appointed representatives of Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches met in Lubbock, Texas for their 20th annual assembly to promote unity among the two bodies. Among the many speeches presented was one by Rick Atchley, minister of the Richland Hills Church of Christ in Ft. Worth. I listened to the tape of his presentation and have before me a transcript of his speech.
I say this lest anyone assume that I might have misheard or misrepresented him. Of the several prominent ministers of the church who have embraced the change movement, Bro. Atchley stands at the head of the list, along with Max Lucado and Rubel Shelly.
John Mark Hicks identifies Max Lucado and Rubel Shelly as the promoters of the INCARNATIONAL VIEW that God is really three separated beings and that Christ did not come fully in the flesh. That, if true, would identify the ANTI-CHRIST. This article will connect you to the Lucado- Shelly repudiation of the church of Christ view of Baptism.
It is a fact that Rubel Shelly has been the leader but has not been able to take his group as far as has Rick Atchley as a change agent.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: The Richland Hills church is the largest congregation among us and no other is more fully committed to the change movement than is it. From his delivery at the Forum, it is evident that Bro. Atchley has the highest respect and regard for his peers in the Christian Churches. Not one word of criticism does he offer, not a single exhortation to make any adjustments or changes in their beliefs, worship or practice.
On the other hand it is equally evident that he holds members of Churches of Christ who do not share his unity quest in utter contempt. Describing them, he says, "they've been mean, they are mean, and going to stay mean! And I think those people (meaning us)....you're going to deal with some ugliness" (p.4 Question and Answer Session).
His description of us was greeted with a roar of laughter by the Christian Church delegates.
What most do not know is that when the Israelites rose up to PLAY their musical idolatry, they thought that the foreigners were laughing WITH them. However, God said that they were MAKING THEMSELVES INTO A LAUGHING STOCK.
Heredotus records of Cambyses:
"Why, when he was in Memphis before, the Egyptians had done nothing of this kind, but waited until now, when he had returned with the loss of so many of his troops?" The officers made answer,
"That one of their gods had appeared to them, a god who at long intervals of time had been accustomed to show himself in Egypt-
and that always on his appearance the whole of Egypt feasted and kept jubilee."
When the priests returned bringing Apis with them, Cambyses, like the harebrained person that he was, drew his dagger, and aimed at the belly of the animal, but missed his mark, and stabbed him in the thigh. Then he laughed, and said thus to the priests:- "Oh! blockheads, and think ye that gods become like this, of flesh and blood, and sensible to steel?
A fit god indeed for Egyptians, such an one!
But it shall cost you dear that you have made me your laughing-stock."
Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. Exodus 32:25
Amazingly, most pagans believed that the demons or "gods" dwelled in their idols and especially musical instruments. The still do and isn't that laughable?
Knowing something of the Christian Church I would never expect them to invite Rick to be their PASTOR. You simply do not expect your hired hand to be disloyal to those who pay him while he makes fun of them.
The condemnation of the serpent or NACHASH as a musical enchanter begins in the book of Genesis. It ends with the Babylon Harlot Worship in Revelation 18.
All of the musical passages in the Bible tell God: "We will not listen to your word."
All of the ANE documents from Babylon, the history of religions competing with God, the Classics, the Old and New Testaments, the church fathers and the PERSONA of musical and theatrical performers prove that the MUSICAL IMPULSE is associated with all pagan "gods" as being homosexual and their PRIESTS and worshipers initiated into sodomy.
"The necromancer or soothsayer gained their power through magical incantations. The sound of brass, pipe or string imitated the music of the seven heavenly spheres. As a result,
the gods were forced to give material and sensual blessings." Enuma Elish III.101; IV. 1-26, 91 and other Near Eastern Manuscripts.
Jesus repudiates all of the MUSICAL practices in parable-like statements and actions to HIDE the truth from the SEED OF THE DEVIL.
The CHURCH OF CHRIST has existed for 2000 years under that name. And it universally repudiated MUSIC as Satanic and perfectly obviously telling God: "We will not listen to your words."
The RM was founded by churches none of whom used INSTRUMENTS and all repudiated them.
Not until about 1878 did anyone try to prove the unprovable by claiming that the Bible AUTHORIZED instruments.
The Christian churches IMPOSED instruments into peaceable churches and continue to STEAL CHURCH HOUSES OF WIDOWS. Their effort failed to make southern churches members of the society which was to include ALL OF CHRISTENDOM and making even children LIFE MEMBERS.
Therefore, it is a provable LIE to blame those who have NEVER CHANGED their faith or practices for sowing discord and becoming SECTARIAN anti-instrumentalists.
Rick's view is that if I decide to add instruments into YOUR church which YOU paid for and you object then YOU are sowing discord. Isn't this like our childrn? That is what they did to J. W. McGarvey and even insulted him at his funeral.
Speaking Of Bro. Atchley's theme was, "The Unity Imperative," and he opened with the declaration,
"I want to see in my lifetime, our fellowship reunited,
and I intend to do all that I can to see that that happens" (p. 1).
To say united fellowship was the call of the Pope which was to suck churches of Christ back under her skirts in Y2K. The Jubilee was a response to the Pope's call and it is clear that their UNITY based on the false grounds of music is important because MUSIC of any form silences the human spirit so that groups like Richland Hills can applaud their own execution.
Unity as "speaking the same things" meant to speak that which is written: it did not include private interpretation which means FURTHER EXPOUNDING.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He and the Richland Hills church already are in full-fellowship with the Christian Churches, but his goal is to move all of our preachers and churches to that same position.
Bro. Atchley tells of his grandmother who in her family was the only member of the Church of Christ. She helped lead him to Christ. On her deathbed he discovered that she was baptized in the early 1900s in a Christian Church.
He asked how she ended up in an "a cappella Church of Christ?" He was shocked when she replied, "the preacher moved."
From this he concluded that in the past such questions as instrumental music were no "big deal;" hence, neither should it be today.
One of the big lies of the "unity forums" is for those who are members of the Christian church by heritage to PRETEND to represent churches of Christ. Of course, this and all efforts to DECEIVE by cunning speech is the CHRISTIAN CHURCH and the CHRISTIAN CHURCH playing children's games that they are going to bring UNITY. Unity is always on THEIR TERMS. And we still have never heard of a non-instrumental group infiltrating an instrumental group and stealing their property.
The church of Christ (under that name) existed prior to the Christian church was totally convinced that MUSIC was Satanic because "the Bible tells me so" and because THERE IS NO OTHER TRADITION.
Music, sexuality and perverted sexuality were VITAL to the pagan religions. Music in fact creates the impulses of FIGHT, FLIGHT or SEXUALITY. This is because the "spirit" Rick preaches about is the MUSICAL INJECTION of endorphins or natural MORPHINE to silence the rational or spiritual nature.
Music is highly addictive and AFTER HOURS Rock and Roll for children already super saturated by it is like BURNING children in the red hot arms of Molech which was the "worship" God turned Israel over to and condemned by Amos and Isaiah.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: By this story he unwittingly reveals his lack of understanding of our past history. The division we experienced was not a finished reality in some places until the decade of the 1920s.
The names Christian Church, Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ were all used indiscriminately prior to that final dissolution of fellowship. A congregation could be known as a Christian Church and yet be a cappella. If a previous preacher had tolerated or advocated use of an instrument, or if had he tried to straddle the fence, his successor could come along and teach the church God's will for worship, urging the brethren to sing and make melody in their hearts" (Eph. 5:19).
That is one of the BIG LIES. If you believe that you have never read that one of the first divisions included both instruments and the NAME of the Church. Moses Lard noted that you can have Christian meetings and Christian pamplets and you can BE a Christian but the NAME of the church is the church of Christ or the church of God which is IN CHRIST. Words like CATHOLIC did not intend to change the name of the church from the church of Christ.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He then refers to "all those lousy sermons" he had listened to "all these years."
Those of course, were sermons relating to instrumental music, stressing respect for God's Word, the authority of the New Testament of Christ, the sin of adding to or taking from God's revealed will, etc.
Perhaps we can identify with the GOPHER WOOD and LAW OF SINGING sermons but sermons which did not grasp the total Biblical statement about "music" as worship is no excuse for concluding that poor sermons MAKE MUSIC RIGHT. Neither Rick nor his RUNNING MATES can find any association between MUSIC and spiritual worship.
The present Rick preaches out of the same lack of concern for the Old Testament. The Law and its Temple were ADDED because of transgression. This transgression was rising up to Play at Mount Sinai.
"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). Click for the Sinai Musical Idolatry.
This was the common Egyptian worship of their trinity of Osiris, Isis and Horus. Osiris was idolized as the REAL Apis the bull calf worshiped with music which brought on prophecy which was charismatic singing. Musical Idolatry was the sin which lost Israel THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT and had God impose the BOOK OF THE LAW. Stephen in Acts 7 agrees with the universal Old Testament view that God TURNED THEM OVER to worship the starry host. In the Book of Amos this is Remphan and Chiun which is SATURN whose Chaldee number is 666.
When they demanded a KING to replace God He gave them kings in His anger and took them away in His anger (especially in Israel). This was not to APPROVE of musical worship but to carry out the death and captivity sentence imposed conditionally at Mount Sinai.
Rick and his crew ARE the GOLDEN CALVES bleeding off worship from God while being blinded and made deaf by a holy God. Being blind and then led by the blind does not excuse the blind.
See Alexander Campbell against instrumental music.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: Bro. Atchley cites Alexander Campbell, who wrote in his Millennial Harbinger, "We're not going to publish, in this journal a lot of issue-oriented articles."
I have found that most "scholarly" quotations are not true or out of context. Alexander DID write about ISSUES because that was about all you can write about.
"Printing opposing and dissenting views would help prevent the papers and the men from becoming sectarian, single-issue oriented, or one-sided and hegemonic. Campbell formally canonized this part of his editorial philosophy by publishing it in the first edition of the Christian Baptist.
See the difference? Huh? Huh? A half truth is a whole lie.
"When Tolbert Fanning and William Lipscomb established the Gospel Advocate in 1855, Fanning viewed the Advocate as a forum for the free discussion of issues, pro and con.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He proceeds to fault us for preaching and teaching on issues such as instrumental music.
It is noteworthy that he feels free to address the issue from his point of view (that instrumental music is not an issue worthy of discussion).
But we should not address it from our point of view!
Misquoting the "fathers" is very common. Campbell certainly did not associate the cursed "issue-oriented" with instrumental music as Rick attempts to do.
Isn't forcing INSTRUMENTS into a peacable non-instrumental group ORIENTED toward an ISSUE?
We have collected major repudiations of instrumental music just at the time Rick Atchley claims that he and others would not address the issue. This includes Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians and dozens of other groups.
"The argument drawn from the Psalms in favor of instrumental music,
is exceedingly apposite to the Roman Catholic, English Protestant, and Scotch Presbyterian churches, and even to the Methodist communities.
Their churches having all the world in them--that is, all the fleshly progeny of all the communicants, and
being founded on the Jewish pattern of things--baptism being given to all born into the world of these politico-ecclesiastic communities--
I wonder not, then, that an organ, a fiddle, or a Jews-harp, should be requisite to stir up their carnal hearts, and work into ecstasy their animal souls, else "hosannahs languish on their tongues, and their devotions die." ...
But I presume, to all spiritually-minded Christians, such aids would be as a cow bell in a concert.
Pay attention to Breckinridge and Hislop who prove that the Anglican or Church of England OUTLAWED instruments. However, Queen Elizabeth vetoed it.
Bro. A. attributes our refusal to yield on instrumental music to
"our pride and our refusal to admit that cultural baggage has influenced a lot of who we are."
Someone measuring his nose? If he is correct then 100% of church history is wrong and the Holy Spirit was caught up by CULTURAL BAGGAGE. And that is exactly what his friend Rubel Shelly preaches: OUR culture has changed (Wow!!) and WE gotto partner with God to get a NEW SET of truth.
He says, "We all have cultures that taught us what we believe about what is right and wrong and what the Bible says..." (p. 2).
It is true that we all have to distinguish between our culture and God's expressed will. But is he saying that it is impossible for us commoners to read and make that distinction?
Or is it only intellectuals of the change movement who have attained to that higher level of knowledge?
One simply cannot have enough knowledge to eat and defecate and claim that the instrumental music issue is part of the cultural baggage. To say this accuse Moses in Genesis with preaching CULTURAL BAGGAGE. Not far fetched. The Shellyite dogma of the CORE GOSPEL is that nothing in the Bible can be used for doctrine except the SEVEN FACTS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST. All of the rest has been "sifted through philosophy and the BIBLE WRITERS own personal AGENDA." See the CORE GOSPEL which allows people to lie about and PERVERT the rest of the Bible
You have to remember that Jesus said that He spoke in parables to HIDE the truth from those who hate truth FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD (Matt 13). The more they reject the word and lie about Bible believers the more God SENDS STRONG DELUSIONS to force them to believe a lie and be damned.
Here is some of the UNIVERSAL VIEW which had been demoted by the Shellyites to BAGGAGE. The blue links are to documents you can read on line without haveing to TITHE.
Scholars who rejected Music
Churches which rejected or reject Music
It is the RUNNING TEAM against the universal evidence that music comes from Satan:
"In pagan traditions, musical instruments are invented by gods or demi-gods, such as titans. In the Bible, credit is assigned to antediluvian patriarchs, for example, the descendants of Cain in Genesis 4:21.
There is no other biblical tradition about the invention of musical instruments." (Freedman, David Noel, Bible Review, Summer 1985, p. 51).
"Slightly less familiar are the Devil's musical exploits. He not only loves singing but is master of the violin, of which instrument of evil he is reputedly the inventor. By the same token he can give mastery of the violin, bartering infernal skill for the pupil's soul.
These legends are related to the larger belief in the supernatural origin of musical skill and individual songs." (Botkin, B. A., A Treasury of American Folklore, Crown Publishers, p. 718; Cf. The Devil and the Fiddle, Herbert Halpert, Hoosier Folklore Bulletin, Vol II (Dec., 1943).
Click to see how Satan brought serpent worship facilitated by instrumental music right into the garden of Eden: the serpent is a Musical Enchanter just as the Greek OPHIS or sOPHISts enchants with lies.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He insists that "we've (Churches of Christ) got to recover a passion for the doctrine of the unity of all believers" (p. 2).
This is the Infiltrate and Divert. What has UNITY to do with the use of Instrumental Music at this very late date. However, unity or saving souls or evangelism has always been the BAIT used to catch the suckers.
Paul said that the church is to GIVE HEED to the word: to preach the wisdom of God to the World. Rick is speaking of a RELIGION but Jesus established a DISCIPLINE. The passion of the bonded runners SHOULD be to go preach to the lost.
Jesus made UNITY rest totally upon HIS WORD. As "son" Jesus spoke only what He heard from the "father." That is the meaning of SPIRIT WITHOUT MEASURE. The apostles and believers were NEVER advised to be UNITED by massed groups but be UNITED by SPEAKING THE SAME THINGS which can happen only if our SINGING practices rest on Romans 15 which is "THAT WHICH IS WRITTEN." In Ephesians it is the SPIRIT which Jesus said was HIS words (John 6:63) and the WORD OF CHRIST (Col. 3).
UNITY was based on rejecting human creeds and even songs so that no one could doubt the SOURCE of what they were united on.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He seems to think that only he and his comrades for change care for or preach on the importance of Christian Unity. From the beginning of our movement 200 years ago, our brethren have preached on unity. Sadly we have learned that not everyone wants unity. Some want a unity to believe and do as they will, regardless of Scripture's teaching. Others want unity, with everyone yielding to their opinions.
Even the apostles encountered factious men (Tit. 3:10) and those who caused divisions (Rom. 16: 17). Just as Paul was not responsible for the defection of Phygelus and Hermogenese (II Tim. 1:15), we are not responsible for those who break fellowship with us.
If you worship what you seen in the mirror it is virtually impossible to associate with divisive companions without being corrupted. The God- Imposed making them into BUFFOONS demands that they have to tell jokes at the expense of others.
However, Paul insisted that only elders who "taught that which has been taught" and could "refute those who oppose it" be recognized as worthy of being followed. One suspects that Rick's church has been INFILTRATED by pseudo-scholars from a "christian" college.
Paul identifies the MANY out there as false teachers and the end- time will see a tiny remnant of those SCARCELY SAVED while the masses will be lost.
The URGE to be BIG TIME is positive proof that Satan is the spirit indwelling the new breed.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He labors to convince his Christian Church auditors that
our objection to instrumental music is simply a matter of "personal faith" or opinion,
rather than a matter of Scriptural teaching.
He confuses the eating or not eating of meat, (something God declares unimportant), with the worship of God, of which nothing is more important.
There is no reason to expect that Rick would be a big gun and know anything about the Bible at the same time: they are just incompatible.
Those with a meat eating and wine drinking heritage in Rome were the Dionysus worshipers: the same ones who tried to PERVERT JESUS into singing and dancing. The Orphic group were the ONLY VEGETARIAN group in Rome. Both of these groups saw "church" as a musical celebration where the Rock and Roll produced the literal "F" act of worship.
Jesus built His EKKLESIA OR SYNAGOGUE. Therefore, Paul said that the ONLY WAY for a group to meet for BIBLE STUDY with no true music was to SPEAK THAT WHICH HAD BEEN WRITTEN. All Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are the INSPIRED TEXT:
WE then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Romans 15:1
And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. Romans 15:10
Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. Romans 15:3
And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. Romans 15:11
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning (teaching), that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4
And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Romans 15:12
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: Romans 15:5
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify (tell of His works) God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:6
And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Romans 15:14
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister (deacon) of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: Romans 15:8
Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God. Romans 15:15
And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will
(2) that the offering (bloodless sacrifice) up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:16
(1) confess to thee among the Gentiles, and
(1) That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles,
(2) sing unto thy name. Romans 15:9
ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed.
15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He says that early Christians, being led away to death would not have "fussed about a piano." (The Christian Church folks enjoyed his point and laughed.)It was prophesied that the JUDAS band would lead Jesus away to death with mocking which was with musical instruments. The PICTURE was of Satan trying to defeat the WORD with music.
Jesus had deconstructed all of the musical events added such as the Musical Team trying to appease the dead Girl. This in part got Him killed: He would not sing and dance while the Jewish Clergy piped.
Stephen got himself killed in part for repudiating the TEMPLE and with it necessarily the TEMPLE SACRIFICIAL MUSIC.
The early Christians understood two very important things. First, the understood that the Jewish people's congregation NEVER worshiped God with instruments. Instruments were to make one huge, horrible noise during the slaughtering of thousands of animals. The singers and musicians were OUTSIDE in the typical place where they would MUSICALLY MOCK and SLAUGHTER Lord Jesus Christ.
Second, the non-SECTARIAN Jews might attend synagogue or school of the Bible WHICH NEVER HAD ANY PRAISE SERVICE.
Third, ALL Gentiles would understand that INSTRUMENTS in a religious sense was in the hands of SINGERS defined by the Hebrew as prostitutes and MUSICIANS defined as SODOMITES.
Neither Jew nor Gentile would think of any form of MUSIC unless they were the just-out of Dionysus or Orpheus worship in Rome.
When people repudiate His Will he pours out His WRATH on them. How does He do it? Why, he sends BUFFOONS, JESTERS, FOOLS, CLOWNS.
In this collection of notes you will see that the ARCHAIC insists that priests, prophets and musicians have some unusual emotional, physical or sexual abnormality.
We LAUGH AT clowns because they are FASCINATING to behold like the SERPENT: at once amazing and repulsive. Since the end-time KIRKE or church will be ruled by THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN or the Holy Whore of Babylon we need to look to Babylon:
The Synagogue as the Qahal was the "church in the wilderness." The trumpets were to blow the ALARM or TRIUMPH only as signals or going into war. The ALARM meant to "play instruments and make a joyful noise before the Lord." This was the WARRIORS CHANT of all pagan nations. In Numbers 10:7 God outlawed this TRIUMPH OVER for the GATHERING or SYNAGOGUE which was never more than a SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE.
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Psalm 41 prophesied that Judas whose JUDAS BAG carried the mouthpieces or TONGUES of wind instruments would not triumph over Jesus. The Dead Sea Scroll version clearly shows that this would be treating Jesus as Beliar or Beelzebul the ENEMY.
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE NEW WINESKIN IS UNIVERSALLY OF SODOMITE WORSHIPERS IN THE KOMO FROM WHENCE UNSPIRITUAL PREACHERS GET THEIR URGE TO LAUGH AND JOKE IN THE PRESENCE OF A HOLY GOD.
The one on the right is playing the BARBATON: he is the Barbarian in Paul's writings;
Below is the worship of the god of the NEW WINESKIN which always spoke to the PERVERTED KOMO. The little box attached to the flute case is the JUDAS BAG shown in dozens of preserved Greek vases:
This would be the PIPING of child-like Jews trying seduce Jesus into the DIONYSUS song and dance of the PERVERTED. This was always like ROCK AND ROLL which is one of those "F" words forced into Ricks OWN PERSONAL CHURCH by black VOODOO.
This is the Dionysus CHORAL performed as part of the Abomination of Desolation in the Jerusalem Temple. The Jews were still afflicted with the rites of SODOMY which adheres to ANY musical performer in a religious sense.
The Witness of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Everyone understood that the "musical" instruments were instruments of warfare and triumph over the enemy:
"The priests shall blow the trumpets of massacre, and the Levites and all the blowers of the ram's horn shall sound a battle alarm, and the foot soldiers shall stretch out their hands against the host...and at the sound of the alarm they shall begin to bring down the slain. All the people shall cease their clamor, but the priests shall continue to blow the trumpets of massacre." - War Scroll
- They come to inquire of Thee
- from the mouth of lying prophets deceived by error
- Who speak with strange lips to Thy people,
- and an alien tongue,
- That they may cunningly turn
- all their work to folly.
- For Thou, O God, hast sheltered me
- from the children of men
- And hast hidden Thy Law within me
- against the time when Thou shoudst
- reveal Thy salvation to me.
- All who have eaten my bread
- have lifted their heel against me (cf John 13:18)
- And all those joined to my Council
- have mocked me with wicked lips.
- Thy members of my Covenant have rebelled
- and have murmured round about me;
- They have gone as talebearers
- before the children of mischief
- concerning the mystery which Thou hast hidden in me...
- They have overtaken me in a narrow pass without escape
- And there is no rest for me in my trial.
- They sound my censure upon a harp
- and their murmuring and storming upon a zither."
- Anguish seizes me
- like the pangs of a woman in travail,
- and my heart is troubled within me.
- I am clothed in blackness
- and my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth. (Vermes,
However, in victory it is said of Messiah:
- I will groan with the zither of lamentation
- in all grief-stricken mourning and bitter complaint
- until iniquity and wickedness are consumed
- and the disease-bringing scourge is no more.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Ps.41:8
- Then will I play on the zither of deliverance
- and harp of joy,
- on the tabors of prayer and the pipe of praise
- without end.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: Under those same circumstances, what would they have said about infant baptism, or sprinkling, or weekly communion or a hundred other points of Bible teaching? Such emotional Atchley's Speech, continued appeals only beg the question.
The real question is, must we obey all things whatsoever Christ commanded or not? (Matt 28:20).
He feels he has discovered the cause of our lack of unity:
"We haven't preached Christ crucified as the gospel.
We have not decided to know nothing but Christ and him crucified" (p. 5).
I believe that I can assure you that they will play Rick for the fool in their DISUNITY MEETINGS. However, one sincerely doubts that Rick could get a job at any Christian Church.
1 Corinthians 2:1-16. PAUL'S SUBJECT OF PREACHING, CHRIST CRUCIFIED, NOT IN WORLDLY, BUT IN HEAVENLY, WISDOM AMONG THE PERFECT.
You will notice that Paul did not say, and Rick Atchley slept through the whole thing, I HAVE DECIDED TO PREACH ONLY CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED. To KNOW CHRIST AND PAUL Rick Atchley would have to GO INTO THE WORLD and preach. He would be prepared to be abused, condemned and murdered. One CANNOT KNOW Jesus as God who abandoned all Majesty to become a common criminal and be a BUFFOON seeking self affirmation.
1 Cor 2:1 AND I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rev 19:10
1 Cor 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Because Christ was crucified the Corinthians should not honor the self-exhalted but look to the suffering servants for their example. Paul is maligned by the "trained speakers" in Corinth whom he calls huper or super-apostles who used their exalted skills to demand a salary. However, as an apostle of a vile, crucified malefactor Paul was uniquely qualified to be their teacher. Nothing in his person, his manners, secular knowledge or speaking skills could stand between Christ and the student.
Paul clearly could not RUN with Rick's RUNNING MATES:
1 Cor 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
1 Cor 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of mans wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
"You might hear many poor wretches of sophists, shouting and abusing each other, and their disciples, as they call them, squabbling; and many writers of books reading their stupid compositions, and many poets singing their poems, and many jugglers (buffoons) exhibiting their marvels, and many soothsayers giving the meaning of prodigies, and then a thousand rhetoricians twisting lawsuits, and no small number of traders driving their several trades.
"The Greeks were intoxicated with fine words; and to them the Christian preacher with his blunt message seemed a crude and uncultured figure, to be laughed at and ridiculed rather than to be listened to and respected. (Barclay, William, First Corinthians, p. 19-20)
However, to the PERFECTED who were baptized and NOT STILL CARNAL:
1 Cor 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
Yet the Gospel preaching, so far from being at variance with true "wisdom," is a wisdom infinitely higher than that of the wise of the world
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Speaking Of Rick Atchley: Of course he has in mind all of his brethren, save the change agents. It strikes me as a bit arrogant and judgmental to assert that the thousands of men who have preached among our churches have failed to preach Christ and him crucified. In fact I think it is more likely that every last one of them did; some more, some less, but all of them proclaimed the crucified Christ.
The Core Gospel which we have linked treats the Bible in the same way that Mormons treat it. That is, when we moved out of the MODERN AGE into the POSTMODERN AGE all truth suddenly got sucked up into a BLACK HOLE (true story) and we have to MAKE UP OUR OWN.
This, took, is from Hegel, Hitler or Machiavelli: if you want to be a PRINCE you have to discredit all other princes or Moses or Christs who went before you.
Then, as at Madison, you can musically lead them into CANAAN LAND which became the SCATTERING GROUNDS and KILLING FIELDS because of the musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He affirms his belief in "salvation by grace through faith" (p. 5) and implies that other brethren (i.e. traditionalists) don't believe it.
Again I suggest that every man that ever spoke from a pulpit in a Church of Christ believed in salvation by grace through faith because it is plainly taught in Scripture (Eph. 2:8-9).
They did not however preach salvation by grace alone.
That was the theme of their Presbyterian neighbors. They did not teach salvation by faith alone.
That was the message of their Methodist, Baptist and Lutheran friends. In recent years, change agents such as Bro. Atchley have discovered this foundation pillar of Protestantism and have begun to proclaim it among our people. They neglect to emphasize that those who truly love Christ will keep his commandments (John 14:15) and that Christ saves those who obey him (Heb. 5:8-9).
Martin Luther defined FAITH identically to Thomas Campbell: Faith must have some object to obey.
But as our would-be wise, new spirits assert that faith alone saves, and that works and external things avail nothing, we answer:
It is true, indeed, that nothing in us is of any avail but faith, as we shall hear still further. But these blind guides are unwilling to see this, namely,
that faith must have something which it believes, that is, of which it takes hold, and upon which it stands and rests.
Thus faith clings to the water, and believes that it is Baptism, in which there is pure salvation and life;
not through the water (as we have sufficiently stated), but through the fact that it is embodied in the Word and institution of God, and the name of God inheres in it.
Now, if I believe this, what else is it than believing in God as in Him who has given and planted His Word into this ordinance, and proposes to us this external thing wherein we may apprehend such a treasure? Martin Luther
Luther called the ORGAN the ensign or MARK of BAAL and so MUSIC is the universal MARK of Satan:
"That with one accord ye may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
52. All the good we can do to God is to praise and to thank him. This is the only true service we can render him, according to his words in Psalm 50, 23:
"Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me; and to him that ordereth his way aright will I show the salvation of God."
We receive all blessings from him, in return for which we should make the offering of praise. If anything else purporting to be service to God is presented for your consideration rest assured it is erroneous and delusive.
For instance, the distracted world attempts to serve God by setting apart houses, churches, cloisters; vestures, gold-trimmed, silk and  every other kind;
silver vessels and images; bells and organs, candles and lamps;
the money for which expense should have been appropriated to the poor if the object was to make an offering to God.
Further, it keeps up a muttering and wailing in the churches day and night. But true praise and honor of God, a service that cannot be confined to place or person, is quietly ignored the world over.
The pretenses of priests and monks about their system of exercises being service to the Lord, are false and delusive.
53. Service to God is praise of him. It must be free and voluntary, at table, in the chamber, cellar, garret, in house or field, in all places, with all persons, at all times. Whosoever teaches otherwise is no less guilty of falsehood than the Pope and the devil himself.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: By the way, if preaching Christ crucified will forestall division among Christians, why have some left the Richland Hills church since they launched their program of change?
And about half from Madison.
Bro. Atchley is proud that his congregation participated as counselors in the recent Billy Graham mission. He calls it "a tremendous event." Over 100 members of his congregation participated in the mission (p. 6). Did they help those seeking salvation to pray "the sinner's prayer" that was advocated in the crusade? We would ask Bro. A. what would be the spiritual status of those who prayed that prayer but chose not to be baptized for remission of their sins (Acts 2:38)?
Of course, like the MUSIC thing, this is just to SOW DISCORD and try the Hegelian Dialectic (Communist) to try to upset Bible Believing churches of Christs.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: He protests that some call him a liberal. He says he believes in the absolute authority of Scripture, the miracles and male leadership for the church.
Of course he uses a twofold definition for "liberal." Since he is not as extreme a liberal as a Unitarian preacher or professor, he insists that he does not qualify for the designation.
But "liberal" is a relative term. Webster defines it, "Broad-minded, tolerant; esp: not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms."
It is "insistence that the churches should be undogmatic in temper, tolerating a plurality of theologies, and seeing personal social ethics as their main concern...." (New Dictionary of Theology (IVP).
It is being ideologically left of center of the group one is associated with and its standard which they honor as the declaration of their faith. There are liberal and conservatives among Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists and Churches of Christ. Bro. A. and others of the change movement, without dispute are left of center among the brotherhood of our people.
I don't blame Rick. To this writer a LIBERAL is one who is a scholar, has examined all of the facts and just does not believe that the Bible is anything other than the CORE GOSPEL.
A TRUE LIBERAL is to be respected as having made a conscious decision based on his ethical base.
The ATTACK AGENTS in churches of Christ have no trouble totally ignoring the Bible and all history to say IT JUST ISN'T TRUE ANYMORE. That does not rise up to the respectable level of a liberal.
True liberals would not confiscate the "church houses of widows" and redirect their SACRIFICIAL GIVING into a denomination.
The world has a name for that it it isn't "liberal."
Click for the HEART of Rick Atchley: He reveals the thinking of his circle of brethren by saying,
"most of the preachers that I run with in mainline churches of Christ do not believe instrumental music is wrong" (p. 7).
Strange, but most of the preachers I know do in fact believe instrumental music in worship is sinful.
Consistent with the original "christian church" these people subscribe to the Shepherding and Promise Keepers plan to INFILTRATE and DIVERT.
As we have noted the church of Christ has existed for these 2,000 years and have universally repudiated music as the weapon of Satan as Genesis makes abundantly clear.
One can sincerely doubt that anyone runs with this group which banded together to RESTRUCTURE the church of Christ into a Catholic or ecumenical group who has not been CONVERTED by their TENNY RUNNERS.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: Until 25 years ago 99 percent of our preachers believed it was wrong. He assures us that he is not trying to make (us) worship "and violate (our) conscience" (p. 7).
He just wants us to admit and accept that "it ain't wrong." Then he and his change agents can use instruments if they wish and enjoy full fellowship with those who do. We could argue the same way for the use of beads, incense and candles in worship.
Someone claims that the Stone Campbell Movement has existed for about a quarter of a century. That's about right! The catholics confess that they got candles and music from the PAGANS because it was common to ALL PAGAN CULTS.
But it is wrong: there IS NO OTHER TRADITION but that Satan or Demons taught the young and restless and mindless how to SEDUCE holy people into a sexually perverted atmosphere of the Cainite.
The primary WORSHIP word means to GIVE HEED to Christ by Giving attendance to the reading of His words.
You simply CANNOT give attention to the big gun preacher or musicians and give attendance to Christ and His word at the same time.
History knows that thing like ROCK AND ROLL has always been used for the intentional purpose of perverting the youth into a MONEY MACHINE for the founders.
Jesus repudiated music and musical worship teams which He "cast out more or less violently" using a word which means to CAST OUT DUNG.
Revelation 18 says that the WHORE will have her musicians and instruments and will again go back into hell with them.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: In the Q & A session he ponders,
"I wonder in a cappella churches of Christ, if this one issue isn't going to cause another breach...?" His response is enlightening. "I don't know if we have enough energy to split again" (p. 7).
But note that he is not worried that it might do just that! He has no intention of giving up his crusade, even if it is divisive!
> Well, Rick knows that he and his FELLOW RUNNERS have tried to force churches of Christ to adopt music and instruments through the JUBILEE (which repudiates Christ's death) and similar workshops of evil.
> The churches of Christ EN TOTO for 2,000 years have not used music or instruments.
> Therefore, the ones who try to forcibly CHANGE churches into Christian Churches are by all of the definitions of history the HERETICS and SECTARIANS.
Rick says: "The person who RESISTS having poison put in their coffee SOWS DISCORD and breaks up friendship."
All of history says: "He who introduces unnecessary or unscriptural changes SOWS DISCORD and becomes the only SECTARIAN."
How in the name of sanity can anyone believe that NOT CHANGING just because Rick and his Runners say so can CAUSE ANOTHER BREACH?
J. W. McGarvey Refutes Rick: 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 (Our Note:1851 Midway KY by a liberal over the physical objections of the elder),
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.
His fellow runners BRAG about INFILTRATING AND DIVERTING. They know that they will SOW DISCORD and offend THOUSANDS OF THESE LITTLE ones and they giggle all the way to the bank. So, why not BLAME the person you shoot in the heart for squirting blood all over his TUTU and spoiling the dance?
To a question, he responds,
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: "You are going to find a lot of a cappella churches that are gonna' start saying Sunday morning we are going to be a cappella, but after that, we are going to let a lot of freedom reign, which is pretty much what we do at Richland Hills.
J. W. McGarvey: But he who makes peace with an evil because it is likely to prevail appears to me to love peace more than he loves truth and to be deficient in the courage proper to a soldier of the cross,
while he who refrains from speaking on a subject which to him appears important because others regard it with indifference or with contempt seems to me to esteem the applause of men more highly than the approval of his own conscience.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: You walk into our youth center Sunday morning or Wednesday night: and I'm telling you; Christian rock an' roll is just blasting" (p. 9).
Now, married Christians can enjoy sexuality in their private life but when you make it into an ACT OF WORSHIP then your PRAYERFUL BRINKMANSHIP has sucked you down to where history proves that musical diverters WILL NEVER GET UP.
Click to see that Rock an' Roll is THE MAJOR "F: WORD. It derives solely from Voodoo and Satan's Seed which he loves to plant in your church. Carol Wimber is a major MOTHER of seeing worship as HAVING A CLIMAX with God: just before "giving of means." Singing and Instrumental music has always been the necessary "inference" in getting drunk on wine or in the Greek world meaning 'getting piped or fluted down with wine.' You cannot run a "holy tavern" without music. This, in turn spoke of the rituals of CHARISMATIC religion was to say 100% of the time perverted "bowing to Baal" religion.
Rubel Shelly, one of Rick's RUNNERS speaking for a revival of such worship wants a Musical Worship Facilitator (manipulator) to:
Work with the worship planning committee, the preaching minister and worship presentation groups (music, drama and technical) to facilitate group worship experiences which will help
bring worshipers into the presence of God.
"And Euripides does likewise, in his Bacchae, citing the Lydian usages at the same time with those of Phrygia, because of their similarity:
But ye who left Mt. Tmolus (Sardis was on this mt.), fortress of Lydia,
revel-band of mine, women whom I brought from the land of barbarians as my assistants and traveling companions,
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. 1 Corinthians 14:10
Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. 1 Corinthians 14:11
uplift the tambourines native to Phrygian cities, inventions of mine and mother Rhea. (ZOE)
And again, happy he who, blest man, initiated in the mystic rites, is pure in his life, . . . who, preserving the righteous orgies of the great mother Cybele, and brandishing the thyrsus on high, and wreathed with ivy, doth worship Dionysus.
Come, ye Bacchae, come, ye Bacchae, bringing down (double entendre) Bromius, (boisterous one) god the child of god, out of the Phrygian mountains into the broad highways of Greece.
Contrary to this, in the Christian system, Paul insists that God isn't far from any of us. One who has the Spirit of Christ has God dwelling in the human heart.
The new wineskin or Voodoo system works only because some kind of spirit works in the flesh. And the imagery is always sexual as the new praise songs are erotic:
"Where there is no music, the spirit will not come."
After all, Rock and Roll which some seeker or vineyard-influenced church is one of those "F" words induced into pseudo-Christian vocabulary right out of Voodoo.
"For decades African Americans had used the term rock and roll as a euphemism for sex, and Presley's music oozed sexuality. Presley was hardly the only artist who embodied this attitude, but he was clearly a catalyst in the merger of black and white culture into something far bigger and more complex than both. The Britannica
The history of rock and roll is a history of infamy, a parade of perversion&emdash;illicit sex, drugs,
rebellion against authority, and violence&emdash;in both the purveyors and consumers of it.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: Bro. Atchley's final word is, "But if you believe that Jesus alone saves, then you can be my brother or sister" (p. 10). Thus he shows where his road leads: open membership; fellowship with all who believe in Jesus as Savior. Perhaps it would be easier for him to tell us which sects and denominations that would exclude from his fellowship.
History knows of no worse PERVERSION of the Christian faith than the use of music of instruments to DESTROY the right, rational brain so that the outrageous claims of big gun preachers does not get them tossed out on their head. If you can fellowship MUSICAL PERFORMANCE then would would be right at home where Genun or Jubal was used by Satan to PERVERT the holy Sethites by the use of choirs, instruments and SODOMY. This IS the sin for which God will come with ten thousands of His saints.
In the 33rd chapter God warned Ezekiel that they would treat him as an instrument playing prostitute even as they "praised" Him as if He were a prostitute:
Consistent with all of the records of the ancients and the message of Jubal in the Bible, instrumental music and singing "romantic" songs instead of the Word of God was spiritual prostitution.
Speaking Of Rick Atchley: Rather than Rick Atchley and his team trying to change a million and a half of us, most of whom do not share his view, it seems it would be far better for them to go to the Christian Church or to some other Protestant body where they would be gladly received. It is time we bid farewell to Bro. Atchley and his fellow change-agents. They are going out from us because they are no longer of us (I John 2:19).
Simple answer: the claim is that they INFILTRATE AND DIVERT and music is the most powerful producer of a natural MORPHINE to keep you asleep until your POCKET HAS BEEN PICKED and they have STOLEN THE CHURCH HOUSES OF WIDOWS.
Why build when you can steal. Remember that Jesus called the people in Jerusalem the SEED of the Vipers and the children of their father, the devil. The devil is a LIAR because "he speaks on his own." He steals by his slick WHISPERING which speaks of the musical enchantment from the beginning.
The Bible and ancient literature is 100% in agreement that music defeats the Spiritual God and that its end product is perverted sexuality as the daily newspapers prove.
There is NOTHING which the Christian church and Rick Atchley can find which gives approval for music as having any spiritual significance.
A. B. Gregoreo
* Page numbers cited refer to a typed transcription of Bro. Atchley's speech. Additional copies available; contact Box 821220, Fort Worth, TX 76182. Item #D-3050c.
It is still the Shellyites against the Bible and universal history. As for me and my house I will JUST SAY NO to perverted and perverting rituals which are not remotely related to Christianity.
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