As a follow-up to my previous post, “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.
New and improved versus old, obsolete and traditional. Our culture idolizes whatever is new. A..
These two sacrifices—Christ’s and ours—fulfill the old covenant burnt offerings which have become obsolete. So, our early church and Protestant heritage should prevent us from using musical instruments in the public worship of God.
It is God who calls us to assembly; we do not assemble together of our own desire. God does not need our worship because he does not need anything in himself. On the contrary, he commands us his covenant people to worship him.
This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why we have joy at Christmas. This is why we could say with David, â€œMy heart shall rejoice in your salvation!â€ This is why the angels in heaven rejoiced at the birth of Christ, because his birth was â€œgood news of great joy that will be for all the people.â€
Calvin carried on a very extensive correspondence throughout his ministry, writing to people and churches he knew and even to those he did not know. He answered theological questions, offered advice to troubled churches, encouraged pastors and friends, and wrote letters of consolation to those in distress.
The book says about the women’s turns in the king’s chamber, “In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem” (Est 2:14). Now we know that a night with a king widely known for being a womanizer was not spent on exchanging pleasantries.
Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, has quite a challenging post about musical instruments in worship: “Could Instruments Be Idols?” He points out two major problems with the use of musical instruments in worship.