Key Factors Of The Division Over Instrumental Integration Into Worship

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What were the key factors of the division over instrumental integration into worship? This paper will discuss the thought process behind the rejection of instruments, explaining; why those who favored it chose to keep peace, why it was seen as impure worship to those who rejected it, and why it was not ordained according to positive law. During the Stone Campbell movement, music was a strict topic because of its significant in worship to God. Since the time that Europeans first arrived to North America, music has been a very crucial factor to the development and spreading of Christianity. Christianity is known for the diversity of traditions, as well as the diversity of music expressions of these traditions. (Stowe, 2010) “The instrumental…show more content…
McGarvey leads his argument by presenting as fact, the idea that, …any part of the Jewish worship was discontinued by those who organized the Christian church, is a direct condemnation of it by the Spirit of God as unsuited to the new institution. (Campbell 1865, 187) This claim is unsubstantiated, therefore the entire argument is fallacious. When a church of Disciples of Christ played its first instrument (a melodeon) in worship, it caused huge controversy. An elder of the church removed it from the church one night and sold it because he saw it as unscriptural. A man named Huldrych Zwingli who was a well-known instrumentalists, also rejected instrumental music and banned all playing of organs in worship. Under his influence, some of his followers went to their churches and destroyed their organs. Reading Monroe Hawley’s article, “Controversy in St. Louis,” the “First Church” built a building that included expensive commodities. One of which was a $3000 organ. (Hawley 1984, 4) Though it seemed like a blessing, it brought a debt upon the congregation, which led to prompting members to actually rent pews. This caused a lot of commotion. A woman named Louise Hockday, along with many other members, pushed to have the organ torn out and sold. But as a vote was made, the organ was decided to stay and members who opposed left. Because of this, both sides of the controversy met to settle it on December 27th-30th, 1870. Some of these arbitrators were Alexander Proctor,
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