Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. – 1 Cor. 4:6

My title reflects the reasoning of the progressives, who call themselves “change agents”, and who seem bent on turning the Lord’s Church into a denomination that worships with instruments, has women leading worship, and fellowships with those who are not scripturally baptized.

But is this valid reasoning?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can I baptize infants?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can the church start praying to Mary and St. John?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can the Lord’s Supper emblems be substituted with Wonder Bread and Coca Cola?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can we abort babies and terminate the life of the indigent?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can we move the worship to Saturday?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can we build an altar and burn incense?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can we encourage the young women to dance in worship?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can one of the Elders be called “President”?
“Because God didn’t say not to”, can the church demand to see what is in your bank account?

If you answered no to any of these, you must answer why the same reasoning is valid to approve instrumental music. We must must be consistent and deny that musical instruments are not acceptable in worship. God has told us what to do. He has said “not to exceed the things which are written” (1 Cor. 4:6). In matters of teaching and worship, it is not advisable for anyone in the church to beging approving what God did not approve. That is the sin of being presumptuous.

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