Probably one of the most juvenile arguments for the use of contemporary worship is the conclusion that certain music is acceptable before God "because the Bible does not say it's wrong."* I have often maintained that this is a ridiculous requirement for at least two reasons:

  • the Bible does not intend to address the question, and
  • the Bible nowhere says contemporary worship is good or right.

Therefore I had a chuckle when I read this little remark by Tertullian (not concerning the "morality" of music, but that of military crowns):

"If someone says that it is permitted to wear the military crown because Scripture does not prohibit it, I reverse the thought and say it is not permitted to wear the crown because Scripture does not command it."**

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*This is closely connected to the argument that we may not condemn the use of "contemporary music" in worship because the Bible does not address it, or that the lack of any reference in the scriptures to musical genres make the manner in which music is employed in the worship of God irrelevant.

**On the Crown (2) quoted in Everett Ferguson, Early Christians Speak: Faith and LIfe in the First Three Centuries, vol. 2 (Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2002), 6.

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