Forsake Not the Assemblying
Churches of Christ and MOST of the world's worshipers do not and have never used music because it is outlawed to any one with A holy spirit or A clearn conscience. The church named the Church of Christ has existed in all ages and always repudiated MUSIC as anti-scriptural. No one prior to 1878 ever thought of looking for PROOF for music because post-civil the WEALTH of the Northern churches-- more out of an Anglican backgrounds-- needed to COMPETE for the flood of $. The motive for J. H. Garrison was to collect ALL CHRISTENDOM into one Society. Even children must be signed up as LIFE MEMBERS. Evangelistic women sowed discord in Nashville and hired their own EVANGELISTS to force churches to adopt music: they retreated with their carpet bags empty and the church untouched except those thy confiscated.
Of course Garrison and Standard Publishing decreed that only THEIR SONG book was acceptable for the joining churches which never joined and some people cannot get over being rejected.
As exiles primarily from Baptists and Presbyterians there was no MUSICAL BACKGROUND to repudiate. Therefore, watch for those who claim that the church of Christ CHANGED and ADDED a new LAW and a PATTERN for worship. Don't buy no Koolaide from them.
As a result of a NEW ASSAULT on Southern churches (by those riding the backs of the poor) you may need to decide to COME OUT OF HER as she follows Hollywood, Dollywood and the Grand Ole Opry.
This is our take on the iBelieve.com forum which is JUST ONE SIDE of the formula for "church" attendance. The CONTRACT demands that the leaders remain faithful to the direct commands, examples and inferences by Jesus. In the church in the wilderness (Qahal, synagogue) God outlawed "playing instruments and 'making a joyful noise'" because this was the WARRIOR'S "REBEL YELL" to melt the heart of the enemies. The Levitical, warrior musicians "under the king and commanders of the army" were prophesied to do this to MOCK Jesus as Beel-zebub which in Hebrew was the DUNG GOD.
Perhaps this is why Jesus cast out the superstitious MUSICAL WORSHIP TEAM "more or less violently" using a word meaning as one "ejects dung."
I believe that there is something missing in the DON'T FORSAKE the assembly credo. What? Paul didn't use the word CHURCH. Jesus didn't say "I will build my church" but "I will build my Ekklesia" which is SYNAGOGUE in Hebrew. However, the Greek ekklesia was more like a county court given to debate and decision making. Therefore, of those who ASSEMBLED Paul used various forms of SYNAGOGUE a school of the Bible.
Episunagoge (g1997) ep-ee-soon-ag-o-gay'; from 1996; a complete collection; spec. a Chr. meeting (for worship): - assembling (gathering) together
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb.10:25
Parakaleo (g3870) par-ak-al-eh'-o; from 3844 and 2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): - beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray.
FOR I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; Col 2:1
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Col 2:2
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 1 Tim 3:8
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 1 Tim 3:9
Episunago (g1996) ep-ee-soon-ag'-o; from 1909 and 4863; to collect upon the same place: - gather (together).
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not Mt.23:37
A. collect and bring to a place, Plb.1.75.2 II. bring in, in a discussion, peritton-ein kai tautas, conclude, infer. sullog-izomai II. conclude from premisses, infer 2. in the Logic of Aristotle, infer by way of syllogism, infer syllogistically. ratiocinor , a-tus, A. To consider, deliberate, meditate, B. To reason, argue, to infer or conclude from a consideration of circumstances:
Polybius, Histories 1:75T he Carthaginians, therefore, when they saw his mismanagement of the campaign, once more placed Hamilcar Barcas at the head of affairs; and despatched him to the war as commander-in-chief, with seventy elephants, the newly-collected mercenaries, and the deserters from the enemy; and along with them the cavalry and infantry enrolled from the citizens themselves, [p. 84] amounting in all to ten thousand men.
Sunagog (h4863) soon-ag'-o; from 4862 and 71; to lead together, i.e. collect or convene; spec. to entertain (hospitably): - / accompany, assemble (selves, together), bestow, come together, gather (selves together, up, together), lead into, resort, take in.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
........... together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
........... and they spake the word of God with boldness. Ac.4:31
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year
........... they assembled themselves with the church,
........... and taught much people.
........... And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Ac.11:26
And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark;
........... where many were gathered together praying. Ac.12:12
And when they were come, and had gathered the church together,
........... they rehearsed all that God had done with them,
........... and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. Ac.14:27
So when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch: and
........... when they had gathered the multitude together,
........... they delivered the epistle: Ac.15:30
And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together
........... to break bread, Paul preached unto them,
........... ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. Ac.20:7
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Co.5:4
The word for synagogue is:
Sunagoge (g4864) soon-ag-o-gay'; from (the redupl. form of) 4863; an assemblage of persons; spec. a Jewish "synagogue" (the meeting or the place); by anal. a Christian church: - assembly, congregation, synagogue.
When Paul went into the Jewish synagogue he did what he had authority to do: that was not to play music:
And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. Ac.13:5
And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Ac.18:4
Epilog-ismos, ho, epilogismos defined as a generally accepted inference, of inductive reasoning, afterthought, later consideration,
Look up REASONING and you get SYNAGOGUE
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Ac.15:21
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; Ja.2:2
Paul said that there is something much worse than missing the assembly. In 11:5 he condemned the "uncovered women prophesiers" who were probably just out of some Oracle. Beginning in verse 17 Paul begins to list all of the problems in Corinth which were never solved in the Bible and only momentarily in church history.
Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. 1 Cor 11:17
Sunerchomai (g4905) soon-er'-khom-ahee; from 4862 and 2064; to convene, depart in company with, associate with, or (spec.) cohabit (conjugally): - accompany, assemble (with), come (together), come (company, go) with, resort.
For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 1Co.11:18
When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lords supper 1Co.11:20 .
And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. 1Co.11:34
If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? 1Co.14:23
Paul used the word which LIBERAL PATTERNISTS deny was ever commanded in the Bible. This, naturally, gives them the authority to toss away the OLD WINESKIN and create a second incarnation made of rubber which will stretch to fit all views.
Worse or "more harm than good" is:
Etton (g2276) hate'-ton; neut. of comp. of eka , (slightly) used for that of 2556; worse (as noun); by impl. less (as adv.): - less, worse
Kakos (g2556) kak-os'; appar. a prim. word; worthless (intrinsically such; whereas 4190 prop. refers to effects), i.e. (subj.) depraved, or (obj.) injurious: - bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.
Poneros (g4190) pon-ay-ros'; from a der. of 4192; hurtful, i.e. evil (prop. in effect or influence, and thus differing from 2556, which refers rather to essential character...
Ponos (g4192) pon'-os; from the base of 3993; toil, i.e. (by impl.) anguish: - pain.
One of the wicked things they were doing was violating the direct command of Paul and approved example of Jesus and JUST MAKING UP their inspired Scripture to replace the songs of Christ the Spirit. They were speaking out of THEIR OWN SPIRIT. Paul said that they were just "speaking into the air" and we know the names of the SPIRITS OF THE AIR worshipped in Corinth.
Paul said that CARNAL WEAPONS which are LIFELESS INSTRUMENTS cannot do battle with the principalities and powers of the air.
This is fulfilled in the end-time arousal of the Babylon harlot worship which worships those who help destroy God's creation.
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome (g2556) and grievous (g4190) sore (ulcerous, weeping) upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. Revelation16:2
and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. Rev 16:11
After discussing Romans 14 where division would assuredly result if the musical background of the Orphics (vegetarians) and the Dionysiacs (meat-eating, wine drinking) insisted on making the SYNAGOGUE a pagan worship center where both groups depended on singing, dancing and playing instruments to induce the mantik (madness in 1 Cor) form of prophesying (singing with instruments. The witch of Endor used an old wineskin like the harp eco chamber) which is defined as SOOTHSAYING.
WE then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Rom 15:1
Please ourselves is the NEW CREED of most religious groups who got schizophrenic as the Pope called for Jubilee 2000 where they HOPED that the church of Christ specificially would RETURN to the flock and Mary would "kill all of the Masons and Pagans."
PLEASE IS: Aresko (g700) ar-es'-ko; prob. from 142 (through the idea of EXCITING EMOTIONS); to be agreeable (or by impl. to seek to be so): - please.
Self-directed speakers or musicians CANNOT HELP "soaring away" lifted up as the product of their attempts to ELEVATE their own songs and sermons up to perform some MAGICAL effort. This is absolutely OUTLAWED. JESUS CHRIST read the passage and SAT DOWN. You cannot artificially pump the body without the FLESH taking over from the spirit:
AIRO (g142) ah'ee-ro; a prim. verb; to LIFT; by impl. to take up or AWAY; fig. to RAISE THE VOICE, KEEP IN SUSPENSE the MIND
The Incarnate God of the Universe came to give us REST from the burden of the RELIGIONISTS who try to silence the voice of God in all of the MUSICAL examples of the Old Testament. The laded burden is:
Phortizo (g5412) for-tid'-zo; from 5414; to LOAD up.. figurative to OVERBURDEN with CEREMONIAL or SPIRITUAL ANXIETY.
The Rest Jesus gave us means "to repose, be exempt, to refresh, to take ease, refresh or give rest." That fits the SYNAGOGUE or Ekklesia BUT "churching" or "religionists" are totally lost as proven by PROGRAMS to try to artificially pump up the SPIRIT.
SYNAGOGUE is still Jesus still speaking through His Word "as it has been taught" and sincere disciples sitting at His feet.
Paul immediately shows how the DIVERSE groups could meet in UNITY as a school of the Bible. Thomas Campbell spoke of the church as A SCHOOL OF CHRIST. "Restoration scholars" take pride in lying about the motives of the Restoration leaders. "Publish or perish" would prohibit the DOCTORS OF THE LAW fired by Jesus to publish the truth in once "christian" colleges, most now "infiltrated and diverted" into the MUSICAL SECT.
Campbell defined the act of worship as reading, discussing and comparing Scriptures. That is what Jesus died to build and that is what Paul commanded. "There was no praise service in the synagogue." Edersheim.
Music, noise, physical movement and just crowds BURDEN all people. The youth feel the endorphin or natural morphine DRUG HIGH as SPIRITUAL because it creates the impulses of FIGHT, FLIGHT or SEXUALITY. Older people can tell you that it is a BURDEN and "church" just becomes another PRODUCER OF ANXIETY just like the TV commercials. When you have to retreat from the hand waving, finger flinging, eye-winking, toe dancing and spit baptizing WORSHIP LEADER you know that you are in the presence of IRREVERENCE and GODLY CONTEMPT.
As a result, when the thoughtless youth destroy reverence and godly fear they are NADABS AND ABIHUS and "JUST CHRIST" didn't fool Paul who told the Hebrews that falling away from the Word was an unforgivable sin.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Heb 12:28
For our God is a consuming fire. 12:29
Besides, watch out for the hucksters who TEACH ONLY CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED. Paul said "KNOW only Christ and Him crucified." See the difference. God Incarnate modeled SACRIFICIAL SERVANTS and you cannot SELF-ELEVATE and be a Christian.
Paul who said that singing WITH MELODY in your heart also said singing WITH GRACE in your heart. Both "melody" and "grace" are essential parts of singing. Plato wrote in his Republic:
"At any rate you can tell that a song or ode has three parts --the words, the melody, and the rhythm; that degree of knowledge I may presuppose?"
There is NO musical word associated with WORSHIP in the Bible. The word PRAISE which gave birth to the word LUCIFER connects "playing the flute, polluting or prostituting." Beginning with Lucifer (Latin) the PRAISER who caused the fall of so many angels is the PATTERN in the Bible and its contemporary literature as the "harp playing prostitute." MUSIC in the Bible always tells God: "We will NOT listen to your Word."
Forward this to anyone interested or submit e-mails of those interested in hearing the WORD which has been "restrained" by Music as Amos and Isaiah 5 warned. As a result the "wander from sea to sea looking for the water of the Word" but starve and go into captivity and death to the beat of musical instruments.
What am I going to do about it? Right now, take a nap.
Musical Worship Index You will never find any support for "music as worship" and you will always find it associated with paganism or telling God to "get lost." You can do whatever you want to do but don't add lying to it by blaiming faithful churches for SPURTING BLOOD on your dancing slippers because YOU shot whole churches in the heart.
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