Good Words Ignored- WHY?
| Baptist Manual, page
81, "It may be laid down as a principle of common sense, which
commends itself to every candid mind, that a commission to do a thing
authorizes only the doing of the thing specified. The doing of all other
things is virtually forbidden. There is one maxim of law, that the
expression of one thing is the exclusion of another."
The manual cites as an example. "God commanded Noah to make an ark of gopher wood. He assigns no reason why gopher wood should be used. The command, however, is positive and it forbids the use of every other kind of wood. Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. He was virtually forbidden to offer any other member of his family." THESE ARE GOOD WORDS AND TRUE AS CAN BE!
But it makes one wonder why, since God only authorizes singing in Christian worship, and not playing mechanical instruments of music, that the Baptists do it anyway. Should not they practice what they preach?