The debate was conducted in Neosho, MO from April 12-15, 1988 between Given O. Blakely and Alan E. Highers.
The use of mechanical instruments of music as an element of Christian worship is without Scriptural authority and therefore sinful.
Affirmative: Alan E. Highers
Negative: Given O. Blakely
Proposition 2: The employment of instruments of music in the singing of praise does not transgress the law of God, is harmonious with the faith of Christ, and is inoffensive to God; hence, it is Scriptural and in harmony with the Word of God.
Affirmative: Given O. Blakely
Negative: Alan E. Highers