One of our readers commented on the brief article regarding the argument on “A thing not expressly prohibited is allowed.” We earlier said that this kind of reasoning is dangerous because there are many things not expressly prohibited but when taken into the church they are not welcomed even by those who espouse the above quoted axiom.
Justin, the one who made the comment says that there should be several items that go with the axiom like: (a) It is not a prohibition, (b) It is used in the OT, (c) God does not change, so he would still enjoy musical worship, and (d) Etc.
The above enumerated guidelines are still wanting. For example: the 7th Day Sabbath is not expressly prohibited, it is in the OT, it was observed by our Lord Jesus, and God would enjoy resting because He has finished creating the world, and God does not change. Do we then keep the 7th Day Sabbath? But we have the celebration of the resurection of Christ on the first day of the week and so we have the first day or Sunday worship. We have a change of the Law and change of the. Read Galatians 3 and Hebrews 7. God does not change but God changes laws and covenants.
God can also change the way He wants to be worshipped. That’s what Jesus said in John 4:24. God pointed to the temple and the City of Jerusalem where the able bodied Jews should go three times a year. But God changed that according to John 4:24.
The meaning of the word psallo has changed over a period of time according to Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon page 675. At the time of writing of the NT, psallo meant “to sing.” It had dropped off the meaning of a musical accompaniment. The word “salvage” in the Philippines has changed its meaning so we have to be very careful. Salvage comes from the word “salvar” which means to save. But a police superintendent should be careful not to make a command to his men: “You go out and salvage the drug users.”
In the next article we shall give more examples of words that have changed their meanings. — Eusebio Tanicala