Bible Q&A: Three Questions About What Happens During Worship in the Lord’s Church

Why no music, why no praising during service, should women wear a cover over our heads when the minister speaks?

According to musicians, singing is music.  Thus, there is music during our worship.  As to why there is no music coming from musical instruments, the reason is because the only type of music commanded by the New Testament to be used to worship God is singing (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16).  Christians are commanded to not add to nor take away from God’s Word (1 Cor. 4:6; Gal. 1:6-10; Rev. 22:18-19), as were the Jews in the Old Testament (Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:6).  Thus, since the New Testament – the covenant Christians are under – speaks only of singing while worshiping God, that is what we do, nothing more or less.

Worship by definition means to praise God.  When we sing, we are praising God.  Pay attention to some of the lyrics of the hymns we sing.  You’ll find that they are full of praise to God.  When we pray and thank God for his mercy and forgiveness and speak of his power and might, we are praising him.  When I preach and I speak of “the awesome power of God” as I did in a recent sermon, I am praising God for his awesome power.  To praise God simply means to acknowledge how great he is.  That happens in various ways during every worship service.

Concerning women wearing a cover over their heads, the Bible specifically says that this is a matter that we should “judge for ourselves” (1 Cor. 11:13), and that the church has “no such custom” (1 Cor. 11:16).  Therefore, it is a matter of personal preference.

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