Did God authorize vocal music, or instrumental music, or a combination of both in the Lord’s Day assembly? As you might imagine the answer to the question: What Kind of Music Did God Authorize in the worship of the New Testament Church will depend on whom you ask. However, the only valid authority for answering that question has to be based on what God’s Word teaches.
There are two questions we ought to seek answers on as a people interested in following the practice of the early church when it comes to the subject of music:
1. What Kind of Music Did God Authorize in the Church?
2. What was the music practice of the early church?
It should not go unnoticed in any discussion on the subject of New Testament music that Jesus promised the apostles that when the Holy Spirit came He would guide them “into all truth” (John 16:13). The nonexistence of any apostolic command or example concerning the mechanical instrument in Christian worship indicates the kind of music God authorized for the church. It is worth noting the Bible is Not Silent about the music in the church as some have suggested in recent years. The Bible however, is silent about the use of the mechanical instrument either as a stand-alone form of music, or an accompaniment with the singing in the New Testament Church.