Fightings within and fears without, oh Lamb of God, I come, I come!
The instrument cannot be both right and wrong!
The general flavor of the comments posted rest upon the assumption that to use or not to use the instrument is just an "opinion." God does not really care if we do or not use it - so appears the typical sentiment. In fact, there is a certain syncretistic overtone to all of this, a sort of "we can have it both ways" if you please. This reminds me of the syncretism of the State of Israel from the time of Jeroboam until the Babylonian exile. Websters On Line Dictionary defines the term as: "the combination of different forms of belief and practice." ["We will take the instrument while you do not but your'e o.k. and I'm o.k. We both can be right though our faith and practice is 180 degrees apart."] THEY wanted it both ways; "We can serve Yahweh AND Baal!" "Not only that we can change the priesthood, we can alter the focus of our worship and we can change the place of worship. God won't care..." Well, He DID care. He sent prophet after prophet, not to those outside of the covenant, but to those "wandering sinners" inside the covenant. These prophets were not so-called "defenders of the faith," they were proclaimers of a message of repentance. That, my friends, is OUR role as we seek to lovingly engage the advocates of the "instrument of division." Our engagement is one of repentance, renewal and restoration while God's mercy tarries. The need is eternally urgent for we can see, as it were, the dust of the approaching Babylonians just over the next hill.