Last night, I was privileged to attend my first ever Diana singing in Pulaski, TN. Imagine if you will 3,000 plus souls together all with one goal in mind: singing praises to God the father. People came from all over the US to enjoy this weekend of singing. Many folks remained until 2 this morning singing. Here are a couple of things I took from this event.
1. The church is ALIVE AND WELL
I have to admit, I get discouraged from time to time. There are those who want to take the church down a progressive route ( Women preachers, instrumental music, Ecumenical( fellowship anybody) ). There are also those who are on a witch hunt marking everyone who they don't agree with. We should strive to be like King Josiah-"And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left" 2 Kings 22:2
Events such as Diana singing, Polishing the pulpit, and Challenge Youth Conference constantly remind me that the church of Christ is not dying, but it is strong as it ever has been. I am constantly encouraged by my faithful preaching brothers, their wives, and all faithful church members. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you," Philippians 1:3
2. Fellowship is one of the greatest blessings of being in Christ.
Being in sweet fellowship with each other is one of my favorite parts of being a Christian. I love being with good Christian friends. I think especially of my close friend Joey Ferrell who is a great encourager in the faith. I think of other preachers (and their families) that I love such as David B. Smith and his wife Ashley, Jeff Archey and his wife Renita, my grandfather in the faith Larry Acuff and his wife Janet and so many others. Through my sweet girlfriend Rebekah, I have gotten to meet a lot of new Christian folks that I love dearly.
Such fellowship helps me when I'm discouraged, and it also helps to keep me faithful. What should happen if a child of God errs and refuses to repent? Of course, we know the answer, withdrawing of fellowship should happen per Matthew 18:15-17,Romans 16:17, 2 Thessalonians 3:6,7,14-15. Too many congregations fail to do that though.(Another lesson for another day)
3. Acapella singing is and will always be the form of Music for New Testament worship.
I do understand that David used instruments. Please understand that was under the law of Moses and not under the Christian dispensation. When our Lord died, the Old Covenant died with him ( Colossians 2:14). We still can and should learn from the O.T but we are not saved by it. There is not one example of mechanical instruments in the New Testament. One preacher who used to be in my area said we should be careful about arguing against that subject. I think he should repent of that. We are to prove all things and to contend for the faith as Jude said in verse 3 of his Epistle. The fact is, the only type of music mentioned in the N.T was vocal music and melody made from the Heart (Colossians 3:16-17, Ephesians 5:19). Hearing 3,000 voices blend together brought me to tears. I don't see how a mechanical worship service could do the same. (Again, a more in depth lesson for another time)
If you love to sing, if you love your brethren and you enjoy fellowship, make a trip to Pulaski the Second weekend of June and September.