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‘Roots music’ for the community

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ray Fox, a member of the Granny White church in Nashville, Tenn., plays fiddle while minister Scott Gleaves plays banjo at a recent bluegrass jam in the congregation’s fellowship hall. Church members and visiting musicians invited the community to the free Thursday night performance. Gleaves said he hopes the public jam session — the congregation’s first — will strengthen community ties and attract new people. “We want to use it … as an outreach,” Gleaves said, “sort of a door of entry.”

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    This is clearky a movement by white Churches of Christ leaders who do not have faith in the doctrine. The Bible is very clear about instrumental music ib the church. This must be denounced. Satan has once again found a tool that he has been trying to use that will divide the church. If you want instrumental music then go to the denomination churches that plays this music.
    People wake up and use your brains. Read and study the scriptures.
    Eric Williams
    Oakland Church of Christ
    February, 21 2009

    If Ray Fox and Scott Gleaves want to play the violin and banjo respectively that’s fine. But don’t think that playing such insturments will be”sort of a door of entry” to attract new people to obey the gospel. The people they attract will ask why they don’t play these instruments in worship and they soon will. I hope the members at Granny White, especially the elders, see the danger in this performance. I have observed the very same thing several times and it always results in introducing mechanical instruments of music into the worship. This is just the first step. It will happen just as sure as night follows day.
    Billy R Harper
    February, 14 2009

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