Saturday, April 29, 2017

Why I love to read and cherish the Exclusive Psalmody Debate


I love to read the debate on Exclusive Psalmody or the use of musical instrument because of several reasons;

1) These controversies touch on the bones of Christian worship.
2) Both sides are seriously pursing the biblical worship according to the Scripture.
3) These debates have been with us more than 500 years!

In any serious and sound Christian controversy, I think we can learn precious truths not just from the results/conclusions, but rather from the discussion process itself

When two serious Bible-believing Christians disagree on a certain issue and that that particular debate has been discussed well over the centuries, then, it might be wise to guess that there must be some vital, unignorable arguments on both sides of the debate. So, it is worth investigating it! 

Upon this, Dr. Vern Poythress, a professor of NT hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary wrote an impressive remarks;


  "Until now, “hardline” representatives have been tempted to regard people in the opposite camp as unenlightened. The opposing views seem so absurd that it is easy to make fun of them or become angry and cease even to talk with people in the opposite camp. If you, dear reader, consider the opposite position absurd, let me assure you that people within that position consider your position equally absurd.  
  Of course, in the dispute,,, not everyone can be right. It might be that one position is right and the other wrong. It might also be that one position is mostly right, but has something to learn from a few points on which the other position has some valuable things to say. So it will be important to try to listen seriously to more than one point of view, in order to make sure that we have not missed something.  
  Suppose after our investigation we conclude that people in one camp are basically mistaken. That still does not mean that every aspect or concern of their theology is mistaken. Still less does it mean that we cannot learn from the people involved. People are important in other ways than simply as representatives of a theological “position.” More is at stake than simply making up our minds."
from Understanding Dispensationalists, chapter 1

Now, regarding the issue of Exclusive Psalmody, I came across a compassionate, profound and highly convincing article recently and I want to share it with my readers.

By reading this, you can understand that many vital issues are involved in and around this particular theme indeed and that no serious Bible-believing Christians can dismiss the arguments of Exclusive Psalmodists in a light or scoffing way. No way!

* And I recommend this site as well. You can dive into a beautiful world of Scottish Metrical Psalter (1650) with online congregational singing!
The Psalms of David – Sung a cappella

* Let us incline our ears to both sides of the arguments with both sympathetic hearts and with critical minds. 

1) Exclusive Psalmody? ----YES! It is biblical.

2) Exclusive Psalmody?----NO! It is not biblical.


Anonymous said...

I have read the article explaining why orthodox church does not use any instrument in service.(below)It was so convincing to me.
(in Japanese)

I do not think using instruments in service to help people sing is bad,I play hymns by my degital piano also.
But still I feel that instruments sometimes can restrict free flow of praise.

There are so many christians who do not use instruments in their service.I've listened a lot of beautiful acappella hymns sung by believers of many countries.I think that worshiper's voice should be first in any way.

Thank you for the article and introducing sites of psalmody!When I have time,I will listen to these songs.


Kinuko H said...

Dear Sanae,
Thank you so much for your comment. I've just finished reading the article which you kindly introduced me. It was very educational, especially the first part which says that they value the WORD in the heart of worship. I might introduce this article somewhere in the future! Thank you so much. Kinuko