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The devil's instruments?

I’ve just been in a long and very useful email discussion about the use of instruments in church meetings.

Music Richard Simpkin

I’ve had a number of emails about this in the past, and I’m glad that I have the opportunity to give the subject a bit more airtime. The last discussion involved a sentence that I used in my article in the August issue of EN (page 20) on emotional manipulation through music, where I stated: ‘God has given us music that moves our hearts not just to remember truths, but to respond emotionally to them’. I then quoted Psalm 92.4 (‘…at the works of your hands I sing for joy’, ESV). I’m sorry for any confusion, especially to the writer of the email I got in response, who picked me up on my use of the word ‘music’ in regards to that verse. The writer was concerned that I was saying that an instrumental accompaniment of a song was needed to help us respond emotionally to the truths of God. What I should have said is that ‘God has given us the gift of singing, which moves our hearts…’.