At the beginning of this discussion, which is to appear simultaneously in the gospel Advocate and the Christian-Evangelist, I suppose a word of explanation would be in order. The discussion grows out of conditions which are peculiar almost entirely to the South. The music question is of no concern whatever in any other religious body except our own, and with the great mass of our people it is, as it should be, “a dead issue.” Professor McGarvey was asked a short time before his death what he then thought of the question as it affected our people, and he answered: “The churches have settled it.” Here is a custom which is well-nigh universally practiced by Christians of our time, and not one word of objection is raised against it, except by a small group of Christians here in the South. This incontroverible fact should have some weight with these brethren.
M. D. Clubb is in 1927 the Secretary of the Tennessee Christian Missionary Society and Editor of the Tennessee Christian. H. Leo Boles is President of David Lipscomb College. This discussion first appeared in the pages of the Christian-Evangelist (Clubb’s affirmatives) and the Gospel Advocate (Boles’ negatives). I am quoting from the compilation published in 1927. This quote above is the first paragraph of the first affirmative (by Clubb).
M. D. Clubb and H. Leo Boles, Discussion, Is Instrumental Music in Christian Worship Scriptural. Nashville: Gospel Advocate Company, 1927, page 7.