I was recently asked by a brother-in-Christ what my views about music
were. The following was my reply.
I’m grateful for many of the older hymns and choruses and also for some of
the newer ones. Some of the older ones, and probably more of the newer
ones, have some lyrics that are not sound, doctrinally. Many of the newer
ones might fall into the area of vain repetition. The hymns and choruses
and music that you and I are likely to be familiar with are at most 500
years old, I would think, and originate in Europe and North America. I
would love to hear what followers of Jesus sang to the Lord 1500 years ago
in Asia minor, or even 40 years ago in China!
I strongly recommend that we be dogmatic about the clear teachings of
scripture and that we are not so dogmatic about things that are not taught
in the scriptures. We ought not take away from scripture or add to
scripture. In areas that the word does not explicitly speak to, we are to
apply the principles of scripture in that area. Such areas are disputable
matters, and we must give one another the freedom to disagree.
All things we think and do should be edifying.
Styles of music and the types of instruments that are used are not dealt
with explicitly in the Bible. If,
for example, drums are considered not edifying to a brother, he has the
freedom to live out that conviction, but he should not place his
conviction on the level of the word of God and try to enforce that on
I recognize that there are many convictions and opinions and preferences
about music among Christians. I'm open to discuss with anyone who would