Does Romans 6:13 Authorize Hand Clapping in Worship?

Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Romans 6:13

Does this passage in Romans 6:13 authorize the use of hand clapping in worship? I can almost hear some people scream “NO!”, while others say, “Come on man, this is not a big deal.”

We know the meaning of “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” in Colossians 3:17, means by the authority of Jesus. His spoken/written word is His will.

Read these passages and see what you can come up with:

Hebrews 13:15, Romans 15:6, Romans 15:9, James 5:13, Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16-17.

Clearly Hebrews 13:15 tells us what part of the body we are to use (mouth/lips) and with our whole heart (1 Corinthians 14:15). Futhermore, Hebrews 8:13 says we are under a new convenant. Galatians 5:3–4 and Galatians 3:10 say that if we take any one practice from the old law, we must keep the entire law. (If your looking at Psalms to authorize hand clapping, check to see what covenant and law the the Psalms is under).

The greatest example in the scriptures we have is JESUS! Matthew 26:30, after authorizing the Lord’s supper, Jesus “Sung” a hymn. He could have done anything, but he chose to sing.

If singing is good enough for Jesus, and if Jesus did what was pleasing to God, and the Holy Spirit brought to remembrance everything the Apostles needed to communicate to us, then, yes, singing only is good enough for me.

When the word of God is not “rightly divided”, then people are divided. Division is terrible.

Let us aim for restoration (2 Corinthians 13:11) and “let us not go beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Sing only, we know for sure that is what God wants.

-Chad Makori.

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