February 3, 2014
The Legalistic Church of Christ
I wish more Christ followers would take the time to read their bibles and follow God instead of men. The Legalistic Church of Christ will tell people that the New Testament is the only testament people should follow and that Christ died on the cross to abolish the Old Testament. Just typing that out makes me want to gag!
In Mathew 5:17 Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” When Jesus died on the cross he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The Greek word translated “it is finished” is “tetelestia” which means “paid in full.” Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin.
The Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination is so contradictory in its man-made practices and man-made teachings it has twisted the Word of God and continues to this day to pick and choose which parts of the bible it feels is relevant. This particular denomination reminds me of the following verses in the bible: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” (Matthew 15:8-9, See also Isaiah 29:13) People reading this will be offended and that’s okay because Jesus goes on further in the chapter to say, “Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
There are bible verses that support the use of instruments but the Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination will tell you these verses are of no relevance: Psalm 33:2, Psalm 71:22, Psalm 81:1-3, Psalm 92:1-4, Psalm 98:5-6.
Ephesians 5:19 refers to the phrase “making melody” which happens to be the Greek word “psallo” which means to pluck off, pull out, to cause to vibrate by touching, to twang, to touch or strike a chord, to twang the strings of a musical instrument. Hence, making melody to the Lord involves the use of musical instruments.
Let’s take it a step further: Our voices are instruments. Music is also a universal language. The Gospel will be proclaimed to every nation, tribe, LANGUAGE and people. The bible says to worship the creator; it doesn’t say you can’t use musical instruments in worship. Also, worship doesn’t just take place in church. Hopefully, it is taking place in your heart, mind and soul.
The Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination reminds me of the part in the bible where Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matthew 23:13-14) “Woe blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” (Matthew 23:24) Read all of chapter 23. Jesus doesn’t mince words about blind guides and hypocrites.
The Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination will tell people that instruments, choirs, and solos hinder all-membership participation. Is that not the most idiotic statement you have ever heard in your entire life? They will tell everyone that man is not at liberty to worship God freely. You have to worship God their way or it’s the highway. They go on to say that churches who worship God freely have made their worship entertainment-oriented. They also go on to say that it’s important not to draw a crowd but to do what pleases God. Can you believe it? Sounds like more door-slamming to me!
It is in my humble opinion that the Legalistic Church of Christ is off their rocker! They are missing the point so bad that it’s more important for them to argue and debate non-essential stupid arguments than it is to preach The Good News! Nowhere in the bible does it say that you can’t worship God with an instrument AND there are MANY instances IN THE BIBLE of examples where people did use instruments in worship. If you don’t want to worship God with an instrument then don’t but to tell people who do they are doing it wrong is asinine.
I’m starting to believe that the Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination is run by a bunch of people with narcissistic personality disorder. The bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:6-8)
If the Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination can’t seem to get it right on instruments in worship and they are condemning people who do it—can you imagine what else they are wrong about? Thousands of people are being misled. I think the reason for this is because people are not reading their bibles. The fact that this even comes into play as a goal or belief system in their church should send up red flags!
There are other things that annoy me about the Legalistic Church of Christ but today I felt like writing about their stance on absolutely NO instruments in church. They will tell you that you aren’t worshiping in spirit or in truth if you use instruments.
Don’t be a blind guide, read your bible. Follow God, not men. Read the WHOLE bible in CONTEXT and STOP twisting to suit a self-centered, controlling, manipulative, narcissistic, man-made agenda.
Disclaimer: Not all Church of Christ Churches are legalistic. In this blog post I am referring to the Legalistic Church of Christ Churches.