Why Can’t I Use ‘How Much Is That Doggie In the Window’ in Worship?

A queriest asked:
> You said that the song “How Much is That Doggie in the Window” does not
>fit the bill of what Paul specified.
>
> I need to know if there is a specific verse that says I cannot sing this
>song, for where there is no law, there is no transgression and if I want to
>sing “How Much is That Doggie in the Window,” then I should be able to. (Just kidding!)

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window is excluded by the non-canonical reference, the Martyrdom of Pionius,
Library 3, Section 1, paragraph 2, which says in part, “Thou shalt not sing
doggereal while singing praise to the Lord”. Now Thayer says on G3427 that
the word means “to sing praise with a lyrical reference to canis major”.
Obviously, then, since Canis Major is in the sky and you have to look
through the atmosphere to see it, the pseudonymous author of the Martyrdom
of Pionius had refernce to not using “Doggie in the Window” and all such use
is prohibited. 😉 (Just kidding!)

About James Johnson

Bible student for 60 years. Preacher of the gospel for over 40 years. Author of commentary on Revelation, All Power to the Lamb. Married with children. Worked in aerospace and computer engineering for over 40 years.
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