Russ Adcox: the Law of Silence

The Abomination of Desolation: first defined as the instrumental-trinitarian worship at Mount Sinai.

Maury Hills Church of Christ, Columbia:
Russ Adcox:  1) Why did you include the senior minister position with the elders? The reason I included this position as a restriction is because in many churches (including Maury Hills) the senior minister operates in a very similar capacity as an elder in that he provides authoritative teaching and oversees the affairs of the church. In our context, the elders have delegated a good deal of authority to me in regards to preaching/teaching, leading the staff, overseeing the daily operations/ministry of the church, having a vote in key decisions, etc.




Jude 3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation,
        [unity established within the Little Flock almost invisible and certainly inaudible when in God's presence.]
        it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
         that ye should earnestly contend for the faith [The Word, Logos, Regulative Principle]
        which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares,
        who were before of old ordained to this condemnation,
        ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness,
        and denying the only Lord God, AND our Lord Jesus Christ.
         [Meaning trinitarians claiming that BREATH is a PEOPLE]
Jude 5 I will therefore put you in remembrance,
        though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt,
        afterward destroyed them that believed not.
Jude 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate,
        but left their own habitation,
        he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner,
        giving themselves over to fornication,
        and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example,
        suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Genesis 3.1  sed et serpens erat callidior cunctis animantibus terrae quae fecerat Dominus Deus qui dixit ad mulierem cur praecepit vobis Deus ut non comederetis de omni ligno paradisi

5175 nâchâsh naw-khawsh' From H5172 ; a snake (from its hiss):—serpent.
H5172 nâchash naw-khash' A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate:— X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

Serpo , of things, to move slowly or imperceptibly, to creep along, proceed gradually,
Of disease, etc.: “si ulcus latius atque altius serpit,gradually spreads,serpentes quasdam (bestias), quasdam esse gradientes,”  “chamaeleon,
 Fire: “exsistit sacer ignis et urit corpore serpens,slowly spreadingcanam, qui leniter
(cf.:sermones Repentes per humum,
A creeping LOUSE

The Jacob-Cursed and then God-Abandoned Levites rose up to PLAY--instrumental-trinitarian-perverted rising up AGAINST God at Mount Sinai:

Amos 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images,
        the STAR of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
        and rejoiced in the works of their own hands

Note the wind, string and percussion instruments: Lucifer which the Spirit OF Christ says as a singing and harp-playing prostitute brought into the garden of Eden.  They are the same instruments the Jews used to offer children as burn offerings and which God will used to drive His enemies into Hell.

This is a picture of the instrumental worship at Jerusalem and Mount Gerizim just before and just after Russ and David claim that God commanded them to impose instrumental Worship. Perhaps He did:
Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        and gave them up to worship the HOST of heaven; 
        as it is written in the book of the prophets,
        O ye house of Israel,  have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices
        by the space of forty years in the wilderness?

Amos 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into
        captivity beyond Damascus,
        saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch
        and the star of your god Remphan
        figures which ye made to worship them: 
        and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Must ye always rejoice, and go into my holy places continually, as they that keep a feast? and must ye go with a pipe, as those that rejoice into the mountain of the Lord, to the God of Israel Isaiah 30:29 LXX

and the Lord shall make his glorious voice to be heard and the wrath of his arm, to make a display with wrath and anger and devouring flame: he shall lighten terribly, and his wrath shall be as water and violent hail. Isaiah 30:30 LXX

For by the voice of the Lord the Assyrians shall be overcome, even by the stroke where with he shall smite them. Isaiah 30:31 LXX

And it shall happen to him from every side, that they from whom their hope of assistance was, in which he trusted, themselves shall war against him in turn with drums and with harp. Isaiah 30:32 LXX

For thou shalt be required before thy time: has it been prepared for thee also to reign? nay, God has prepared for thee a deep trench, wood piled fire and much wood: the wrath of the Lord shall be as a trench kindled with sulphur. Isaiah 30:33 LXX

Judas  was a thief: his bag or box was
always attached to the spotted flute case.


And God WATCHED the prophesied and fulfilled Musical Worship Team
Trumpet, drums, flute, cymbals and castinets with buffoons
Psallo permits ONLY smiting a string with your FINGERS: not a plectrum
Psallo and SOP have the same root meaning.



From the Golden Calf: The Canaanites were under Assyro-Babylonian dominance from 3000 to 1700 BCE. Even by circa 1400 BCE, their influence was still so great that all correspondence with Egypt and the Pharaoh was conducted in Babylonian, and the name of the moon-god Sin formed the basis for the Canaanite names Sinai and the wilderness of Sin (ERE, Vol. 3, p. 183). The hand of Sin was seen in the cause of Catatonia or madness in children - hence, lunacy is associated with this deity.

My LAST INVESTMENT: "grew" the church from over 300 to less than a hundred and left a stink in the county, left and diverted a church in another county after a long "frog-boiling" process before deciding IT IS TIME: Kairos the demon son of Zeus and the pagan ANTI-LOGOS means "the right time to mount an attack."


The Prototype of Babylon-Tyre Israel. Sodom not spiritual Israel. Jesus referenced Isaiah and Ezekiel to define the national Worship of the Starry Host--Abaddon The End-Time Fulfillment
For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. Ezek 26:7

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

Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses,

and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying,

Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. Eze 33:30

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music [sound] of your harps will be heard no more. Ezek 26:13

The LXX is more forceful in showing that both the music and the musicians would be silenced---

"And he shall destroy the multitude of thy musicians, and the sound of thy psalteries shall be heard no more." Ezek. 26:13 LXX
My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words,
    but they do not put them into practice.

With their mouths they express devotion (Lord, Lord as amorousness - inordinate love),

    but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain (commerce or trade or attendance). Eze 33:31
Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.   2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird
  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
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

Isaiah 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms [maggots] cover thee.

Amos 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise [
tŭmultus] of thy songs [carmen]  for I will not hear the melody [cantĭcum] of thy viols
Indeed, to them you are NOTHING MORE
    than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice
and [NOTHING MORE than one who]
    plays (make melody on) an instrument well,
for they hear your words
    but do not put them into practice. Eze 33
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.

I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more:
    though thou be sought for,
    yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord God. Ezek 26:2
When all of this this comes true--

and it surely will--

then they will know that a prophet has been among them." Eze 33:33

Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
   Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

1. The "serpent" in the Garden of Eden was a musical enchanter(ess): The Spirit identified the Eve-Zoe-Venus of the pagan feminists as "a singing and harp playing prostitute."

Isa 57:4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,

Lūdo , ” Verg. E. 6, 1.—Esp., to play on an instrument of music, to make or compose music or song: “ludere quae vellem calamo permisit agresti,Verg. E. 1, 10:
Delude or Deceive.quod tenerae cantent, lusit tua musa, puellae,id. Am. 3, 1, 27: “coloni Versibus incomptis ludunt,Verg. G. 2, 386: “carmina pastorum
2. Jacob curses the Levites and commands that the godly people not attend their synagogue or enter into covenant with them. Rather, they should wait and upon Shiloh

h7951.Shalah.Shiloh.jpg Isaiah 4: 6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

UmbrācŭlumI. any thing that furnishes shade).Lit., a shady place, bower, arbor, Verg. E. 9, 42.— B. Transf., a school: “in solem et pulverem, ut e Theophrasti doctissimi hominis umbraculis,Cic. Brut. 9, 37: “ex umbraculis eruditorum in solem atque in pulverem,

dŏmus  b. In philos lang., a philosophical school, sect, Cic. Ac. 1, 4; Sen. Ep. 29 fin.; id. Ben. 5, 15.   audĭo, to hear, to perceive or understand by hearing, to learn, the person from whom one hears or learns any thing,

WE don't get to VOTE on what Jesus Christ as the only MASTER or Authoritative Teacher has PROPHESIED by the Spirit OF Christ, fulfilled by Jesus Whom God made to be both LORD and Christ, the Apostles were eye-- and ear--witnesses of that truth by signs and wonders, and the MEMORY the Apostles left for us: Those documents: The Prophets and Apostles are NOT subject to vote. The Elders have NO authority other than to TEACH that which as been taught and rebuke those who DENY IT.

However, WE make sure as the Purpose Driven Cult that WE collect YOUR money and get our finances in order. THEN WE can begin to tell you that WE gonna DIVERT your monies for our HIDDEN agenda planned from the beginning.  Isn't that so SERPENT-like?

Instrumental Music in Worship IS the BEAST: once MARKED you cannot quit being strongly delusional producing lying wonders which is any performance to keep JESUS silent.
  1. The Church of Christ (the Rock) outlawed "vocal or instrumental rejoicing" including self-speak: pretty simple if the Purpose Driven Church of Christ is commanded to be A School of the Word of God. In Exodus 18 it was the Abrahamic Covenant. After the instrumental fall from Grace (Exodus 32) the assembly was to quarantine the godlly classes from the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned Levites.  They were not "musical worship ministers" but they stood in ranks to EXECUTE any godly person who came near or into any of the HOLOCAUST of the sacrificial system.
  2. Jesus died to shut down the Civil-Military-Clergy who (then and now) had a Covenant with Death and Hell.
  3. Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. In the Ezekiel 33 version Christ names speakers, singers and instrument players: they claimed special power and are therefore A Generation of Vipers.
  4. In Matthew 13 Jesus told the Apostles that truth had been hidden in parables from the foundation of the world from the Jewish Clergy: they had a Covenant with Death and Hell.
  5. He said that God HIDES from the Wise or Sophists: speakers, singers and instrument players.
  6. He paid it all, taught it all in Prophetic Types and Jesus made them more certain.
  7. Peter said that the mark of a false teacher is that he "private interprets" or further expounds.
  8. Christ in Isaiah 55 and and Paul identified "corrupting the Word" as selling learning at wholesale.
  9. This was to prevent the Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of Christ (the Rock) from ever growing back into a Jewish-like Babylonish kingdom with "kings set over us" senior pastors USING people as Serfs in his little kingdom.
  10. This will certainly alert those OF TRUTH or OF FAITH from ever getting captured in a human institution with loads of staff to eat up your health-care money and make certain that you cannot enjoy the REST Jesus died to give us all

After Israel fell into singing and playing and acting on rest day as the musical idolatry of the Egyptian triad, God sentenced them to beyond Babylon for captivity and death. Moses then wrote an INVERTED version of the national or Babylonish account.  This was to teach the doomed people that God serves His people wherease the Jewish Civil-Military-Clergy complex forces the people to serve the GODS: Of course, the clergy is the god's agents and he gets your lands, tithes and bodies for his OWN use and that of his STAFF.  To be expected the MARK of those who would rule over you happens especially in the last days.

See 1 Samuel 8 to know what institution builders are not allowed to read.

The serpent is not a snake but a musical enchanter(ess) or in the Words of Christ "the singing and harp-playing prostitute in the garden of Eden: Moses is writing in terms of the Babylonianism to which Israel was abandoned later at Mount Sinai.


Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3.1  sed et serpens erat callidior cunctis animantibus terrae quae fecerat Dominus Deus qui dixit ad mulierem cur praecepit vobis Deus ut non comederetis de omni ligno paradisi

5175 nâchâsh naw-khawsh' From H5172 ; a snake (from its hiss):—serpent.
H5172 nâchash naw-khash' A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate:— X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment, learn by experience, X indeed, diligently observe.

, of things, to move slowly or imperceptibly, to creep along, proceed gradually,
Of disease, etc.: “si ulcus latius atque altius serpit,gradually spreads,serpentes quasdam (bestias), quasdam esse gradientes,”  “chamaeleon,
 Fire: “exsistit sacer ignis et urit corpore serpens,slowly spreadingcanam, qui leniter
(cf.:sermones Repentes per humum,
A creeping LOUSE

lēnis , I. soft, smooth, mild, gentle, easy, calm. sensus judicat dulce,

dulcis  II. Trop., agreeable, delightful, pleasant, charming, soft, flattering.
orator,Cic. Off. 1, 1, 3; cf. “of orators or writers,” “carmen,id. 12, 10, 33: poëmata, Hor. A. P. 99
carmen , a tune, song, air, lay, strain, note, sound, both vocal and instrumental
per me (sc. Apollinem) concordant carmina nervis
Christ marked the king of Tyre as "lucifer" which He identified as a "singing and harp-playing prostitute in the garden of Eden." So the anti-God morning star is prophetically identified as the enemy of the LOGOS or true Day Star.  LOGOS is identified as the REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE.
Quint. Inst. 12 10.33 Consequently the Greek language is so much more agreeable in sound than the Latin, that our poets, whenever they wish their verse to be especially harmonious, adorn it with Greek words.

pŏēma , a composition in verse, a poem. Poësis est perpetuum argumentum e rhythmis, scribere,

Callĭdus , a, um, adj. calleo, I.that is taught wisdom by experience and practice, shrewd, expert, experienced, adroit, skilful:  “in disputando,Quint. 12, 2, 14
In reference to art, excelling in art, skilful, Hor. S. 2, 3, 23 Heind.; 2, 7, 101; id. Ep. 1, 10, 26. — -sŏno

dis-pŭto ,
isti in eo disputant, Contaminari non decere fabulas,
Contamino [Chalal or polluting the Rest means play the flute, steal other people's property, pollute or prostitute]

, “poëticae
1. Most freq., a dramatic poem, drama, play (syn.: “ludus, cantus, actio, etc.): in full, fabula scaenica,Amm. 28, 1, 4; “or, theatralis,
atque carminibus non a veritate modo,
Prov.: Lupus in fabula (like the Engl., talk of the devil, and he will appear), of a person who comes just as we are talking about him
1. To discuss, preach: “in synagoga,Vulg. Act. 17, 17; 18, 4; 20, 9.—
Acts 17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
2. To dispute, contend in words: “quis eorum major esset,Vulg. Marc. 9, 33: “cum diabolo,id. Jud. 9.
Mark 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Săpĭentĭa ,  sapiens sophia  doctores sapientiae,philosophers, denoting their perpetual speaking of wisdom

Doctor , ōris, m. doceo, I.a teacher, instructor, Cic. de Or. 1, 6, 23; 3, 15, 57; id. Div. 1, 3, 6; id. Or. 33, 117; Quint. 2, 2, 2; Hor. C. 4, 6, 25; id. S. 1, 1, 26; Vulg. Matt. 22, 35 et saep

Luke 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

Sophia , A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and art,
in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8, cunning, shrewdness, craft,
in divination, S.OT 502 (lyr.)

Callida Musa, Calliope, * Lucr. 6, 93audacia,Cic. Clu. 65, 183: “callida et malitiosa juris interpretatio,

Rĕ-sŏno  to sound or ring again, to resound, re-echo (freq. and class.). theatrum naturā ita resonans, ut, etc.,  tubarum sonus amplior quam editur resonare solet,clamore et gemitu templum resonit caelitum, Att. ap. Non. l. l.: aura crepitu musico, Pac. l. l.: late plangoribus aedes,Verg. A. 12, 607:
The Evil Meaning of all Temples:
aedēs and aedis 
dwelling of the gods, a sanctuary, a temple
aedes Mercurii dedicata est,Liv. 2, 21:
aedem Baal,Vulg. 4 Reg. 10, 27; ib. Act. 19, 24 al.:
haec ego ludo, quae nec in aede sonent, i. e. in the temple of the Muses, or of the Palatine Apollo, where poems were publicly recited, Hor. S. 1, 10, 38; cf.: “quanto molimine circumspectemus vacuam Romanis vatibus aedem,

Acts 7:47 But Solomon built him an house.
Acts 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
qui (cornus) ad nervos resonant in cantibus, carmina resonantia chordis Romanis, to the strings,
callida et malitiosa juris interpretatio,id. Off. 1, 10, 33: “liberalitas,crafty, calculating,

Sophia cleverness or skill in handicraft and art, in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8, in divination, S.OT 50  Demēgorikē,
speculative wisdom, EN 1141a19, Metaph. 982a2, 995b12 (pl.), 1059a18;
Lucr. 6.93
Which were, are changed now, with fury stilled;
All other movements through the earth and sky
Which mortals gaze upon (O anxious oft
In quaking thoughts!), and which abase their minds
With dread of deities and press them crushed
Down to the earth, because their ignorance
Of cosmic causes forces them to yield
All things unto the empery of gods

Even what they do and from what cause soe'er
They're borne along- that thou mayst tremble not,
Marking off regions of prophetic skies
For auguries, O foolishly distraught
Even as to whence the flying flame hath come,
Or to which half of heaven it turns, or how
Through walled places it hath wound its way,
Or, after proving its dominion there,
How it hath speeded forth from thence amain-
Whereof nowise the causes do men know,
And think divinities are working there.
Do thou, Calliope, ingenious Muse,
Solace of mortals and delight of gods,
Point out the course before me, as I race
On to the white line of the utmost goal,
That I may get with signal praise the crown,
With thee my guide!
Herpō , herpein es muthon, pros ōdas, Id.Hel.316, Cyc.423 ;
herpon tois odousi thērion an animal that walks on its teeth, 
ēnthon, etc., “eis to hieron
2. public speech, “m. andressi melēseiOd.1.358; “muthoisin skoliois” 
muthoisi kekasthai to be skilled in speech, Opposite LOGOS
Muthos , ho, A.word, speech
2. public speech, “m. andressi melēseiOd.1.358; “muthoisin skoliois
either of a story which never comes to an end, or of one told to those who do not listen, 
As the MARK Paul said to SPEAK that which is written for our learning BUT (antithesis) SING and make melody IN THE HEART so we do not become sorcerers.
ōdē , , contr. for aoidē, but also of joyful songs, songs of praise,kallinikosId.El.865 (lyr.) 2. = epōdos, magic song, spell, Longus 2.7. II. singing, Plu.Crass.33, et
Opposite  lexis,
In a Figurative Sense: ō. kitharōdikēLg.722d; “kitharizein pros tēn ō.
Plat. Laws 722d yet it is only recently that we have begun, as it seems, to utter laws, and what went before was all simply preludes to laws. What is my object in saying this? It is to explain that all utterances and vocal expressions have preludes and tunings-up (as one might call them), which provide a kind of artistic preparation which assists towards the further development of the subject. Indeed, we have examples before us of preludes, admirably elaborated,
lexis , eōs, , (legō B)
A.speech, Opposite ōdē, Pl.Lg.816d; l. ē praxis speech or action, Id.R.396c; ho tropos tēs l. ib.400d; ta lexei dēloumena orders given by word of mouth, Arr.Tact.27.2.
4. text of an author, Opposite exegesis,
Plat. Laws 7.816d  The actions of ugly bodies and ugly ideas and of the men engaged in ludicrous comic-acting, in regard to both speech and dance, and the representations given by all these comedians—all this subject we must necessarily consider and estimate. For it is impossible to learn the serious without the comic,...
Plat. Laws 7.816e or any one of a pair of contraries without the other, if one is to he a wise man;
        but to put both into practice is equally impossible,
        if one is to share in even a small measure of virtue;
in fact,  it is precisely for this reason that one should learn them,—in order to avoid ever doing or saying anything ludicrous, through ignorance, when one ought not; we will impose such mimicry on slaves and foreign hirelings, and no serious attention shall ever be paid to it, nor shall any free man or free woman be seen learning it, and there must always be some novel feature in their mimic shows. Let such, then, be the regulations for all those laughable amusements which we all call “comedy,”

I.e. lest the public taste should be debased by the repeated exhibition of any one piece of vulgarity.

THAT'S WHY THE INCLUSIVE-EXCLUSIVE ROLE IS TO PREACH THE WORD BY READING THE WORD: A Church of Christ is built upon (educated) by the Prophets and Apostles: SPIRIT formation happens only when we give attendance (the only worship concept) to that which is written for our learning.

GOD BEGAN TO NOT BE SILENT IN GENESIS TO PRE-ORDAIN THE MARKS OF FALSE TEACHERS. Paul said that those who tamper with the WORD are sent strong delusions and they think that their INABILITY is GOD'S SINFUL NEGLECT.

When Russ Adcox and a few others speak of the Law of Silence they intend to say that ALL of Scripture and most recorded history REFUSES to use instruments (machines) in the assembly because they invented a LAW OF SILENCE which says that Scripture does not authorize instruments therefore we must NOT use instruments. Of course, that is a bit silly since there is not a command, example or remote inference of any of God's people called into REST ever engaged in congregational singing with or without instruments. Any minimalists Bible reader understands that Scripture ALWAYS identifies instrumental sounds as from people trying to silence the Words of God.

The Law of Silence is owned by the Disciples/Christian churches. They also use "traditionalism" and historical church decisions to determine authority.  The use of T.B.Larimore is such an attempt to trump the clear word of God and history by appealing to those who choose not to "express an opinion" when the Word of God was never silent. It is correct to say that most of those doing worship wars do not know what Christ in Spirit taught by associating instruments with Lucifer called the singing and harp playing prostitute in the Garden of Eden, religious frenzy producers, warriors threatening molestation for those who did not flee, prostitutes and Sodomintes.  There is no other recorded history of religious music which always connectes it to deceivers and the lower classes who could not appreciate the reading of the Word.

Russ Adcox More Thoughts on Silence accepting the Christian Church twisting where SILENCE says that we can impose and YOU should shut op.
Russ Adcox PRO instrumental "worship" in debate with
An Elder PRO instrumentalists concluding that
        Instrumental music is ok but WE decide to be a cappella--FOR NOW!
Russ, according to the pattern, portrays the ANTI-instrumentalists as so wicked that YOU surely must be PRO-instrumental. Too bad, that the proof texts normally used fails to READ the Word.  Otherwise, they would know why there is not a remote musical concept in the whole Bible or early church history connected to the spiritual people of God whom He Quarantined from the regular pagan and the sacrificial system

The Spirit OF Christ in Jeremiah defines the blasphemy of The Holy Spirit OF Christ as saying that God says something he did not say: it was just the imagination of the falseteachers.
Russ keeps assuring the people that the Psallo type words (from Psao base or SOP) INCLUDES THE USE of musical instruments.

Psallo never in recorded history meant to make musical melody or to play a harp: its root is from plucking a bowstring and you MUST use only your fingers on a string and EVER a plectrum or guitar pick.

The Greeks had COMPOUND WORDS when they wanted to speak of singing TO a harp or Playing + a named harp.
EACH instrument had its own compound word.

If you presume that Psallo (meditate, grace) contrary to all evidence is the SILENCE which authorized people to impose instruments and sow massive discord then you DO despise God in Christ and that is called blaspheme.

For follow up proof that the Bible and all historic scholars and founders of denominations always defended the Bible as the sole source for faith and practice.  You are free to discuss it.

Russ Adcox: Here's What I'm Talking About
T.B. Larimore (1843-1929) was a preacher in our heritage around the time of the split over instrumental music. He refused to make it an issue (i.e. was silent where the Bible is silent). Throughout his ministry he continued preaching in both instrumental and non-instrumental churches. Naturally, he was criticized sharply. In 1897 someone wrote an article in the Christian Standard demanding that Larimore take a side in the debate. Here's part of Larimore's response:

First, we take issue with the usual HERITAGE word: When God condemns instruments from Genesis to Revelation, and all church fathers and founders of denominations warned about the violation of commands and instrucing a destructive practice and all denominations repudiated instruments, the fact that groups known as The Church of Christ never used instruments in the face of God, the "heritage" word is a RACA word to claim that the Church of Christ just invented NOT using instruments.  Not beginning to do something they had never done is claimed by these people as deliberately sowing discord. Not using "machines for doing hard work" and which would be nit witty in a school of the Bible is not a vile disease caught from our ignorant ancestors.

Secondly, Alexander Campbell mocked the idea that a few handshakes ever "unioned" what became the Disciples / Christian church and what becamethe Church of Christ.  See our confession from William Nottingham in our review of Restoration Roots.
The Disciples fell for the prophecies of William Miller (aka Seventh Day Adventists) that Jesus would return in 1843.  Because they believed in a literal reign of Christ in what He called "Sodom" they formed a society. It was required of them to SAVE all of the Jews in Israel to make it POSSIBLE for Jesus to return. That was the motive of the ecumenical lust of Jubilee etal believing that Y2K must see us all in one big lump to enable Jesus to return and give THEM a high office in dispensing rewards and judgement.

The term Millenniel Harbinger was used to expose ALL of the millenniel theories and repudiate them all.  While the Church of Christ was never "unioned" Nottingham sees this folly as what split the Christian church from the Disciples from 1927-1971 when they began "unity" efforts meaning that everyone has to endorse instruments.  They took it for granted that Alexander Campbell agreed with them just as Richard Hughes and C. Leonard Allen and their disciples failed to do their homework before setting out to sow discord.
Russ Adcox: "Never, publicly or privately, have I expressed opinion or preference relative to any of these "matters"...over which brethren are wrangling and disputing and dividing the church of Christ--NEVER. Rather, I am for Christ and I believe I can do for him, his cause and humanity without meddling in these "matters"; hence I let them alone, and just simply "preach the Word," "the gospel of Christ," the power of God unto salvation."

Good for him: the only wrangling was over people who IMPOSED instruments an intended to DIVIDE the church.  If everyone preached the GOOD NEWS they would never intentionally impose something knowing that they would sow discord. Russ Adcox wants to and will impose instruments KNOWING that God hates music in the holy places and He hates people who sow discord.

Alexander Campbell would preach anywhere but not until the organ and organist had been shut down.   Resting the case FOR instruments on T.B. Larimore does not prove that he would fellowship an instrumental church meaning to attend, support, defend and promote the use of instruments. Preaching for or visiting does not mean "fellowship" in the sense that the changelings demand that we cease teaching what the Bible teaches.  Larimore

“I am for Christ,” he said, “and I believe I can do more for him, his cause and humanity without meddling with these ‘matters’; hence I let them alone, and just simply ‘preach the Word,’ ‘the gospel of Christ’, the power of God unto salvation.”

Many or most are called but few (almost none) are chosen: the task is to preach the gospel and the lost spirits WILL respond and that would probably excludes most. If you obey the command of Jesus to teach what "I" commanded you to teach why would any reader of text think that He gave people the right to teach what He DID NOT COMMAND.

If you just preached the gospel of Christ then by definition you would be radically opposed to the Scribes and Pharisees He called hypocrites by pointing to speakers, singers and instrument players.

It was prophesied and fulfilled that Judas would try to Triumph Over or alarm Jesus Christ: This is the "vocal or instrumental rejoicing" Christ outlawed for the synagogue or church in the wilderness.

But, the real Jesus cast out the musical minstrels using a term "like dung." He consigned the pipers, singers and dancers to the other polluted practices of the marketplace.

The Alpha and Omega warned about the end time when the Babylon mother of harlots would use "lusted after fruits" (same as in Amos) as speakers, singers and instrument players. John called them sorcerers (Rev 17-18) and so all Greek musical terms and names of instruments point to the effeminate who were always the sorceresses even if in the message of Paul, they had to get emasculated and even gender-reassigned. There is no history which does not connect males doing religious singing and playing other than being "drunk, perverted or just having fun."


First, let's dispense with the usual falsehoods spread in encyclopedic levels.

See Richard L. Hamm and the Disciples of Christ Creed

H. Leo Boles on Unity

The other alternative that many took, and still advocate, is to place the organ in the "area of silence" or in the field of expediency. But if there is no stronger reason for using the instrument than the opinions and judgments of men, it is sinful to force the use of the instrument in worshiping upon God's people. If it is placed in the field of opinion and judgment of men, not only may it be abandoned, but should be, for it invades the realm of divine revelation. 
God's children, to be loyal to his word, must oppose the use of the instrument in the worship. Those who use the organ in worship make it "a test of fellowship";  they sustain the attitude that if you do not submit to the use of the instrument in worship, then you can have no fellowship with us.  

   A denial of making it "a test of fellowship" does not change the logic of the situation; 
        neither does the charge that those who oppose the use of the instrument in worship 
        are disturbers of the peace and unity of God's people make it true; the charge is not a proof of the fact. 

Those who oppose the use of the instrument in worship are walking by faith in opposing it, 
but those who introduce it are making it "the test of fellowship."

"Areas of silence," "liberty of opinion," and "the realm of expediency" are trite phrases used by leaders in the "Christian Church" and have been coined and put on a par with the teachings of the New Testament. It is just another way of saying that the opinions of men may guide the people of God, and that some of the people of God should submit to the opinions of men. There was unity with God's people so long as they respected the slogan, "Where the scriptures speak, we speak; and where the scriptures are silent, we are silent"; but when brethren began to claim the authority to speak where the New Testament is silent, and impose their opinions upon other brethren, division and separation were the inevitable results.  

W.R. Walker, in Christian Standard, May 27, 1939, said: "There are two areas in our religious living in which the authority of Christ must be recognized. The first embraces all his teaching and that of his inspired followers, the `vocal area' ; but there is another area, the `area of silence."' He further said: 
"I am persuaded that Christ has authority in the `areas of silence.' 
 Christ, by his silence, in every situation concerning which he has left no direct teaching, 
 has bestowed on me this authority to act for myself."  
Here are the two standards or rules recognized by many in the "Christian Church," namely, that of "walking by faith," and that of "walking by opinion." W.R. Walker calls the opinions of man in the "areas of silence" "the authority of Christ." This is tantamount to saying that man's opinions in the "areas of silence" are of equal force with the word of God. 

I join issue with him on this point. There can be no unity in the "area of silence," as there can be no unity on opinions when each man claims the authority to do what is right in his own eyes. This would violate every scripture that God has given instructing his people to be "of the same mind, the same judgment of one accord."


from the very beginning. That is because He is God and we are not.  Those intending to hurt  those who will not submit to their assumption of rights over YOUR opinion and conscience love to claim that the ANTI-instrumental legalists just invented this concept because they were naturally evil.

No one promoting instrumental music fails to prove that tolerance trumps truth by using T.B.Larrimore.  As a roving preacher Larrimore did not want to offend either side of a church already split by the instrumental sectarians.  This was the beginning of freezing out the evangelists by practicing located evangelism by  exchanging pulpits.

Published Monthly by T. R. Burnett 
"The city churches know very well how to settle the pastor question, and stop the division over that issue.  Just send the hired preacher out to preach the gospel, which is his scriptural duty,  and restore the elders to their Bible functions. But will they do it? Prof. T. B. Larimore once held a meeting that continued five months.

At the last sermon there were five confessions, and he said the meeting closed "too soon."  He wants to hold a meeting (before he dies) that shall continue one year. He is only seventy-two. Burnett's Budget

"The bishops to feed the flock, the deacons to serve in secular affairs, and the evangelists to carry the good news to the world. That is God's system. You can not beat it, unless you are wiser than God.

The "law of silence" about the use of that which was always denounced is building upon the false foundation of preachers which have no office and no funding. If the preachers had not bee prowling like wolves the instrument sect would never have reared its ugly head. A better way to solve ALL fellowship division would be to organize a true ekklesia or synagogue commanded, exampled, inferenced by Christ and practiced for almost 400 years. That was about the time preachers swarmed in from paganism to get paid and singing as an ACT was added in the year 373.


To not judge people on the basis of where they bought their food is used by the instrumentalists to insist on the RIGHT to impose instruments on YOU and you have no right to object.

Disputing” implies a questioning mind and suggests an arrogant attitude by those who assume they’re always right. Arguing with others in the body of Christ is disruptive. That’s why Paul spent the first part of chapter 2 on humility.

To dwell above, with saints we love, that will be grace and glory
But to live below with saints we know, now that’s a different story

Dialogismos is used 14 times in the NAS (Matthew; Mark; Luke 6x; Romans 2x; 1 Corinthians; Philippians; 1 Timothy; James) and is translated as: argument, 1; disputing, 1; dissension, 1; doubts, 1; motives, 1; opinions, 1; reasonings, 2; speculations, 1; thoughts, 3; what...were thinking, 2

NIDNTT notes that...

In the NT dialogizomai (related verb) and dialogismos are always used with a slightly depreciatory connotation. The thoughts of the human heart do not necessarily lead, as the Greeks thought, to a knowledge of the truth (cf. 1 Cor. 1:21-25), but are evil (Mk. 7:21; Matt. 15:19), full of doubt and suspicion (Mk. 2:6, 8; Lk. 5:22; 6:8), moved by the passing moment (Lk. 3:15), full of greed (Lk. 12:17; 20:14), always concerned with the superficial (Mk. 8:16f.; Matt. 16:7f.) and full of sly calculation (Matt. 11:25; Mk. 11:31).

That is to enable what Paul called "synagogue" in Romans 15.  Paul outlawed SELF pleasure which points to the "creating of mental excitement" always attributed to the hypocritic arts of rhetoric, singing or playing instruments. The command was to use one mouth to tead "that which is written" or Scribture.


Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things
           which make for peace, and
           things wherewith one may edify another. [educate]

Psallo is DEFACTO a WARFARE WORD. Other than the pagan singers SHOOTING OUT HYMNS or even "Love Arrows" the word had NO musical content. They DO call it the WORSHIP WARS because warriors decided to make war on God and His people.

Tertullian,understood the destructive effect of spectacle on the human body. For instance we discuss the creation of endorphins in the body by music or any visual-audible perfORMANCE

"and not to vex Him with rage, ill-nature, anger, or grief. Well, how shall this be made to accord with the shows?

For the show always leads to spiritual agitation,
since where there is pleasure,
there is keenness of feeling giving pleasure its zest;
and where there is keenness of feeling,
there is rivalry giving in turn its zest to that.
Then, too, where you have rivalry,
you have rage, bitterness, wrath and grief."
(Tertullian, de Spectaculis, Ante-Nicene, III, p. 8 

Romans 15 defines the EDIFICATION or EDUCATION ASSEMBLY. The synagogue or ekklesia "had no praise service." For the synagogue or church in the wilderness it was OUTLAWED.

Psallo speaks of Cantus and Psallere as jucunde.  Canto, III. In the lang. of religion, to use enchantments, charms, incantations, to enchant, to charm: John used the word SORCERY.  Jucunde pointing to the self-pleasure and the word HEDONE or vŏluptŭōsus which includes charizô  3. in erotic sense, grant favours to a man, which is what Paul outlawed.

Rom 15:1 WE then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Music HURTS or causes PANIC which the vipers sell as the SPIRIT inside. That is why you don't ABUSE or mollest people who do not hear "churchy" (voodoo derived) singing as pleasant but as ABRADING which is the very rood meaning of PSALLO "to grind into a fine powder."

"Please self" is a concept which includes the "laded burden" Jesus died to remove meaning "creation of spiritual anxiety through religious rituals." It inclu  In Romans 15:1

G700 aresky ar-es'-ko Probably from G142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); to be agreeable (or by implication to seek to be so):please.

G142 airo ah'ee-ro A primary verb; to lift; by implication to take up or away; figuratively to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind); specifically to sail away (that is, weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare [ H5375 ]) to expiate sin: away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up).

Aedificatio, III. Figurative, building up, instructing, edification. Absolute: loquitur ad Aedificationem Ecclesiae, Vulg. 1 Cor. 14, 12 ; ib. Eph. 4, 12. 

Rom. 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, 
        that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Rom. 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Rom. 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The phrase loquitur ad Aedificationem Ecclesiae defines THE meaning of the ekklesia or church and the same METHOD excludes music of any kind.  Singing would be the ODE which defines "Hebrew cantillation" which means SPEAK as in the word SPEAK.

Loquor  a. [Sanscr. lap-, to talk, whisper; Gr. lak-, elakon, laskô], to speak, talk, say (in the language of common life, in the tone of conversation;

B. Act. 1. To speak out, to say, tell, talk about, mention, utter, name, declare, show, indicate or express clearly

logik-os , ê, on, ( [logos] )

A. of or for speaking or speech, merê l. the organs of speech, Plu.Cor.38: logikê, hê, speech, opposite to mousikê, D.H. Comp. 11; l. phantasia expressed in speech, Stoic.2.61 .

Mousikos II. of persons, skilled in music, musical, III. of things, elegant, delicate, brômata Diox.1 ; professional musicians,  mousikos kai melôn poêtês, hêdion ouden, oude -ôteron Philem.23 ; harmonious [in tune], fitting, trophê

Presuming to add AIDS to assist God and His Word is called DOGMA. Those who use dogma are called dogmatic.

Dogma is the Greek Autonomia or Self made laws: 3. dogmatism it includes POETRY poi-êtikos or poetic license. Dogma would be "sermons" as opposed to "teaching" or "songs" which are SELF composed and imposed on the church as LAW.

Dogma is: Poi-êtikos A.capable of making, creative, productive Opposite to praktikos or useful. Strong, vigorous. with mousikoi II. of persons, skilled in music, musical, melody, used to speak before a mob, elegant, delicate, effeminate. Hedone

Dogma is: Hedone A. enjoyment, pleasure, first in Simon.71, S.l.c., Hdt.1.24, al.; prop. of sensual pleasures, desires after pleasure, pleasant lusts, X.Mem.1.2.23, Ep.Tit.3.3, al.

Dogma is: Charizo: In erotic sense, grant favors, to a man, comedy, gratify or indulge a humar of passion. Give up as a favor by dropping a law aimed at him, 

Dogmatic is Theorematikos or interpreted as SEEN or the Greek Oneiros as seen in a dreem, similes or metaphors or anything unreal or fleeting

Oneiros you are telling me what I know already, oneiron hupokrinesthai   2. as pr. n. dream personified, 3. in similes or metaphors, of anything unreal or fleeting, skia

hupokrinô 2.expound, interpret, explain, II. Att., speak in dialogue, hence play a part on the stage, the part played, an actor, tragoidias, komoidian, play, drama, 2.deliver a speech, declaim, of orators and rhetoricians, represent dramatically, ape, mimic histrionic arts, play a part, feign, pretend. Latin Canto I.Neutr., to produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to sound, sing, play, sing and play while the actor accompanies the song with gestures or dancingC.Transf., of instruments, to sound, resound

3. in similes or metaphors, of anything unreal or fleeting, dreams of wealth, 

Skia A shadow, 3.shade of one dead, phantom, proverbs of man's mortal estate, Evil spirit, uninvited guest

[941a] Athenian 12.

If anyone, while acting as ambassador or herald, conveys false messages from his State to another State, or fails to deliver the actual message he was sent to deliver, or is proved to have brought back, as ambassador or herald, either from a friendly or hostile nation, their reply in a false form,--against all such there shall be laid an indictment for breaking the law by sinning against the sacred messages and injunctions of Hermes and Zeus, and an assessment shall be made of the penalty they shall suffer or pay,

 Son, and herald, of Zeus, and a master of speech (and of lies).

Preaching was added because people rejected the direct commands of Christ in Spirit in Isaiah 58 which outlawed seeking your own pleasure or even speaking your own words. The alternative to keep from burning was to spend that money on the poor.  


For honorable people you can settle the Law of Silence claimed to be invented to impose musical instruments by understanding: WHAT IS THE CHURCH.

Jesus' promise uses the word ekklesia which defined a roughly-weekly assembly of mature citizens. This was held up on the Pnyx in Athens quite removed from the Agora or marketplace.  As Jesus consigned the pipers, singers and dancers to the marketplace, the decent citizens consigned them to the Agora where they sold songs, sermons, various foods for all diets, bodies of boys and the place of many pagan temples.

The Levi tribe had been turned over to worship the starry host because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. There was still no rationale for instrumental noise until "God gave them kings in His anger and took them away in His anger." They kings were selected to carry out the captivity and death sentence for most of the nations.
The church #1577 ekklesia - assembly, called out ones, set apart ones, congregation; in Hebrew this word is #6951 qahal (kahal) - a "synagogue" (E. W. Bullinger, Commentary on Revelation, p. 165-166), an assemblage, congregation, company from the root #6950 qahal meaning specifically a coming together, an assembling, a convocation, congregation; this word is used mostly for religious purposes (see William Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies, p. 92)

The LXX uses the word ekklesia to translate the Hebrew qahal. Qahal means to call, to assemble, and the noun form means a congregation or assembly. Solomon is called koheleth the Preacher, translated by the LXX ekklesiastes. The earliest known occurrence of the word is found in Job 30:28, ‘I cried in the congregation’. In the books of the law, qahal is rendered by the Greek word sunagoge, showing that the synagogue is the beginning of the New Testament church. Stephen in his speech which ended in his martyrdom referred to the history of Israel, and dwells for considerable length upon the one great leader Moses, saying in Acts 7:38:

‘This is he, that was in the CHURCH in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai’. The people of Israel, looked upon as ‘a called-out assembly’ were ‘the Church’ of that period. 

The people's assembly was only called to hear the reading and rehearsing of the Word of God. The day was REST or sabbath which never meant saturday or worship but REST. The rest would be FROM the pagan idolaters who worshipped on the Sabbath.  

The Holy Convocation was INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God.  

It was EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing: aweful Aaron was too bright to make noises when the Words of God were being taught. The Holy Convocation is h 4744 Miqra.  ALL of the prophets defined the teaching assembly and repudiated the Civil-Military-Clergy class as robbers and parasites: that is what was prophed by God through Samuel. Christ defined the Spiritual people only through the writing prophets.

Neh. 8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
Neh. 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Neh. 8:7 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
Neh. 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that PREACH him, being READ in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Because it was ordained by Christ in Spirit, the Church of Christ began as it continued and quarantined the people from the curse of the sacrificial system, and because those direct commands were never changed, Christ continued to attend the synagogue and therefore did not need to OUTLAW that which He had outlawed from the beginning.


See the history of the Synagogue to see that "there was never a praise service in the synagogue" by direct command and minimal common sense.

See John Calvin's comments on Numbers 10.

The Church of Christ in the Wilderness outlaws specificiall the musical mocking Judas would use to try to panic Jesus.

Would that Russ Adcox followe Larimore rather than contribute to the deliberate sowing of discord over instruments.

Others had their opinion of T.B.Larimore so we won't use him to trump the Words of Christ.

B. LARIMORE: THE MAN WHO WOULD NOT FIGHT Bro. T. B. Larimore was one of the great evangelists of the church from 1870-1925. He was loved and respected by all who knew him for his pleasant temperament and peaceable spirit. All change agents cite the example of Bro. T. B. Larimore as they seek to persuade conservative brethren to sit silently while they work to change the church and capture congregations, church buildings and schools. 

When a similar change movement swept through our brotherhood, following the Civil War, Bro. Larimore chose to devote himself to evangelism rather than taking a strong stand against those who were abandoning the restoration plea and corrupting the faith. He steadfastly refused to condemn their innovations or to break fellowship with those who were introducing instrumental music and missionary societies into the churches.

Modern promoters of change usually fail to mention that he did have sufficient conviction to pitch his tent with the conservative brethren of the churches of Christ rather than with the progressives of the Disciples of Christ. Bro. Larimore faced questions such as, "How should we worship in order to please God? Or are we allowed to tamper with the structure of Christ's sacred church?"

Douglas Foster comments, "To Larimore those issues were not worth dividing the body of Christ" (Will the Cycle Be Unbroken? p. 157). This of course is what Bro. Foster wants his readers to conclude about the innovations of the change movement. He does not consider the possibility that Bro. Larimore was naive about what was actually happening to the church of his day...just as many are naive today. Perhaps Larimore's personality was such that he could not bring himself to confront those who were walking away from the ancient gospel standard. It is reasonable to ask if Bro. Larimore's actions reflected a proper spirit for a Christian soldier in the face of hostile enemies (I Tim.6:12)?

God does command us to "Contend earnestly for the faith" (Jude 3). Like Paul we are to be set for the defense of gospel (Phil.1:16). We must ask, if every member of the conservative churches had responded as did Larimore, what would have been the result? Would we even exist today? Would all have been swept into apostasy? Do our modern change agents think such would have been the preferable course? Is that what they want for today?

Bro. Foster naively asserts, "if everyone had had T. B. Larimore's attitude, the problems would never have been blown up into divisive issues in the first place" (Ibid. p. 158). Either he doesn't know or chooses not to mention that the progressive brethren did not have that sweet, passive spirit. They were determined to have instruments in our churches and involve all in their missionary societies. They pushed their agenda and even resorted to stealth to gain control of congregations. If all had passively stood by, all would have been swept away. The same is true today.

During the controversy, Bro. Larimore held a lengthy gospel meeting for the church in Sherman, Texas. Dr. Foster mentions 

that the progressives of the church in Sherman were meeting at separate times from the conservatives 
so they could worship with their instruments (Ibid. p.152).

This is similar to the "alternative services" modern change agents use to get a foot hold in a conservative church. A year later he notes that the "pro-instrument faction withdrew to form what they called the First Christian Church" (Ibid.). If our change folks cannot take the property, you can expect them to leave in order to worship as they wish.

In time of war, every patriotic citizen does his part to help his nation through the conflict. Some produce food, others produce war materials. Some are warriors, some are medics. Some drive supply trucks, others fly bombers that rain death on the enemy. Some plan strategies, others process the paperwork. But all who faithfully do their part are good citizens who together serve their nation. So it is in the church. While we do not fault Bro. Larimore's passive stand, but neither should we fault Tolbert Fanning, David Lipscomb, Jacob Creath, Jr., Benjamin Franklin or the other noble men who fought valiantly to save a remnant from the apostasy that confronted them. We are much indebted to them for the survival of the church and our existence today. JHW

Another false charge by Hughes:

Yet where instrumental music was introduced, those who opposed it could not continue worshiping there. Errett counseled that if a congregation chose to use instrumental music, there might have to be a separation. But this should not result in hatred and excommunication of each other. They should continue to do everything together they could without violating their consciences. In reality, that was a very hard proposition--yet there were a few who showed it could be done. J. W. McGarvey opposed instruments, and when they were added to his Lexington, Kentucky church he quietly moved to another congregation. But he always maintained fellowship with those who used instruments and never condemned them as lost. T. B. Larimore opposed both the missionary society and instrumental music. But he expressed his attitude toward the issues as matters of fellowship in no uncertain terms.

See that J.W.McGarvey blames those who sow discord and we know that God HATES those who sow discord.


People want Paul to preach something differently than the obedience gospel of the other apostles.  This then permits "salvation by faith only" without emphasizing baptism.  However, Paul preached the same gospel and demanded that only after obedience in baptism were they "then free from sin." This series has as its objective more tolerance for instrumental music.

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