New Testament Christians worshipped in a way not known to Jews or Old Testament worship. They sang together…simple, a cappella music (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We know, both from scripture and from history, that instrumental music in worship was not an issue—never even introduced in worship—till hundreds of years after the church began. Leaders in denominations, which are today fully instrumental, were appalled when the organ was first introduced.
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What is the meaning of authority? Why do preachers and Bible teachers use that term to defend what they do? We can find several descriptions in the scriptures themselves.
Matthew 8:5-10 shows that the Roman centurion understood what the word meant. Authority was understood to mean the one holding that power has a right to say what should be done and that “law” or direction should be followed absolutely and without deviation. The centurion noted this was what his authority meant, and he understood Jesus had such authority too. When Jesus says, “Go,” we should go, and when he says, “Come,” we should come.
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