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terms would have first suggested to his countrymen and contemporaries , though not to us . In respect to us , the true interpretation may be remote and latent , and apparently unnatural . Such in scripture , I apprehend it often is : and so it will remain , unless the time should ever come when we shall
have arrived at a perfect knowledge of the opinions and habits of the Jews , and of the idioms and principles of their language , and when theological follies , instilled into us by our nurses and our preachers , shall have ceased to warp and pervert our minds . Till then , if we would not delude ourselves , we must be content , by a patient consideration of the occasion and the context , as well as
of the terms in question , and on diligent and accurate observation and inquiry concerning the usage of the language in respect of those terms , to ascertain , as we are able
the sense of such passages as have appeared obscure , and should learn to acquiesce in a reasonable , though it should not be thought an obvious and natural one *
Much of the language of scripture is formed upon conceptions derived from the law and history of the Jews ; on ideas of creation and destruction ; of life and
death and resurrection ; of similitude and analogy between God and men ; between spiritual and worldly powers ; between entrance into life and entrance into a
religious communion ; between the operation of divine laws in the system of the universe and the decision of human judicatures , ice I . " shall he happy if this communication Should be acceptable or useful tO any of your readers ; and
am , with sincere wishes for the continued respectability of the Monthly Repository , Sir , Your obliged Servant , CATH . CAPPE .
On the Use Of Vocal and Instrumental Music in Public Worship . 41
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On the Use of Vocal and Instrumental Music , in Public Wor ~ ship . Sir , I have lately been led to reconsider the question , Whether the use of instrumental music is
allowable , in aid of the singing , in public worship ? and my examination for my own private satisfaction , has led me to the knowledge of some facts , respecting the history and grounds of the
employment of vocal and instrumental music in public worship , with which I was not previously acquainted . It may not be useless to insert some remarks on this
subject , in your very useful work , and I shall feel obliged by your doing so . To those who look upon our Lord Jesus Christ , as ( under Him who appointed him ) the sole lawgiver of the Christian Church , it will be quite sufficient to determine the above question , if he have
given any instruction respecting it ; but it must be obvious to every one who reads the New Testament , that he has said nothing which at all directly affects the inquiry , since he has given no directions whatever respecting the mode in
which public worship- is to be performed . All he requires is , that we should worship the Father inspirit and in truth . If the use of music ( vocal or instrumental ) in public worship , is inconsistent with this most important direction .,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1813, page 41, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2424/page/41/