OH - THOSE PRECIOUS OLD HYMNS OF THE FAITH - SO RICH WITH SOUND DOCTRINAL MEANING.
Sadly, many Christian churches have been moving, more and more, toward that awful, nursery-school
quality, dumbed-down, barely sensible, so-called, "contemporary" music.
I am sure the
forces of evil are deliberately involved in this, separating us from the dear, rich, high quality, hymns of our precious
Of course, this is done under the "cover story," of being "modern,"
and appealing to young folks.
When a church leader mentioned this appeal to young folks, I struggled
to keep from laughing.
I pointed out to him that whenever one of the "oldies" was sung,
the singing volume of BOTH young and old in the congregation ROSE dramatically, showing
the fallacy of his argument.
As I say, it is just a cover story to bring in damaging evil, causing
disconnect to our rich, excellent heritage.
Certainly there ARE, some high quality relatively
I deeply regret, not seeing this evil thing coming and failing to instill the
great, old hymns in my kids, at home, from their early age.
Once they got older, it
seemed to them sort of corny to sing at home.
Looking at my article title, I cite
two of the many great traditional hymns.
The first set of underlined verses,
(in the first hymn) speak of salvation in the sense of the believer obtaining instant, complete, and permanent forgiveness
upon his embracing the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ by faith.
The second set
of underlined verses, (in the second hymn), speak of salvation in a second sense, of the lifelong work of the Holy Spirit
in the believer,"breaking the power of cancelled sin," in our lives.
is often called "sanctification."
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL,
with those lovely lyrics:
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
AND, OH FOR
A THOUSAND TONGUES:
O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God
the triumphs of his grace!
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean;
his blood availed for me.
There are many great hymn
videos and other materials on the Internet.
The Bible actually speaks of salvation in three senses, first, the instant we embrace Jesus Christ,
second, the process of sanctification as the Holy Spirit breaks the power of cancelled sin, in us, over our lifetimes,
and third, when we go to be with Jesus Christ through death (Bible calls it sleep, for Christians) or in the Rapture.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 is helpful in the first sense, showing Christ's taking our total sin load on himself:
17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world
unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's
stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21For he hath made him
to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
second sense, Philippians 1:6:
6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun
a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Also, Ephesians 1:13-14 shows that
believers are permanently sealed, by the Holy Spirit, to salvation:
13In whom ye also trusted,
after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with
that holy Spirit of promise,
14Which is the earnest of
our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
the third sense of salvation we have Romans 13:11,12, exhorting us to make good use of time:
that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore
cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Regarding the second sense of salvation, the Holy Spirit's breaking of the power of cancelled sin in
our lives, I wish to say the following:
God got quite angry with the Old Testament Israelites,
for "going down into Egypt for help," rather than going to him for help.
them OUT of EGYPT, and did not want them going there for help.
Investigation will show that
our public eduction system, our social sciences, and behavioral sciences were started by avowed anti-Christians,
and anti-God persons.
We are "conscious" because we ARE living
souls(supernatural), NOT because of atoms playing tag in our heads.
say that ideas "pop into our heads," but that IS really our humans spirits (supernatural)
communicating to our souls.
We humans ARE body, soul, and spirit.
At death our soul and spirit depart for somewhere nice OR somewhere awful.
IS the departure of soul and spirit.
THIS TRUTH IS QUITE UNNERVING FOR FOLKS
THAT WANT TO AVOID GOD AT ALL COST!
SO, PUBLIC EDUCATORS, SOCIOLOGISTS,
AND COUNSELLORS HAVE CONSTRUCTED AN ENTIRE BOGUS, COMPLETELY NATURALISTICALLY BASED SYSTEM, TO
TRY TO EXPLAIN, WHAT IS REALLY SOUL, SPIRIT, AND GOD.
USING THIS SYSTEM WILL INVOLVE THE
INDIVIDUAL RELYING ON A SYSTEM OF FALSEHOOD.
ALSO, THIS CONSTITUTES, "GOING
DOWN INTO EGYPT FOR HELP." GOD DOES NOT LIKE IT.
IT IS VASTLY
BETTER TO RELY ON PRAYER TO GOD AND ON GOD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
LEADERS SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF HELP IN ACCORD WITH GOD'S TRUTHS.
THEY ARE NOT, AND MANY HAVE BOUGHT INTO THE WORLD'S FALSE SYSTEM.
HAVE USED GOD ALONE IN SEVERAL DIFFICULT PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND HE HAD
THE POWER OF CANCELLED SIN IN MY LIFE." -- JUST AS THAT GREAT HYMN SAYS.
HAVE BEEN A CHRISTIAN AT LEAST 40 YEARS AND I AM JOYED AT GOD'S FAITHFUL WORK.
Back on the subject of church music, I have a bit more to say.
seem to think that since the Music Director is the only one expert in music, he/she must be given unsupervised free reign.
This is a mistake, church elders are to "oversee" the music director as well as all other staff.
Loose canons are dangerous!
Some churches think the music director may be a woman, when
they would never allow a woman in other church leadership positions.
This is, again, a mistake,
1 Timothy 2, and other passages say women are not to teach or lead men, and this obviously includes music. Women can
be used in an assisting function as long as leading or teaching men is not involved.
churches have bought into the current LIE that boys and girls 12 to 18 are children.
This is a ridiculous lie. 12 years old has always been the transition point to young manhood, or young womanhood.
I will give one significant instance of an unsupervised music leaders making a definite mistake.
One year Christmas fell on a Sunday. -- Of course this happens every 7 years.
would make it very likely church folks could bring a visiting relative to church.
WHAT A GOLDEN
OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO REACH UNBELIEVERS.
INSTEAD THE MUSIC DIRECTOR
OF THIS LARGE CHURCH PREPARED A BROADWAY STYLE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL THAT TOOK UP THE ENTIRE CHURCH SERVICE PERIOD.
THE MUSICAL WAS VERY HIGH QUALITY, BUT WAY WAY OVER THE HEADS OF ANY NONBELIEVERS.
THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT FOR JESUS CHRIST WITH THE GOSPEL, WAS BLOWN
I VISITED THE ELDERS MEETING AND POLITELY GAVE MY VIEWPOINT.
HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE TO RESTRICT THE MUSICAL TO PART OF THE MEETING TIME, LEAVING TIME FOR A SIMPLE, CHRISTMAS, GOSPEL
PRESENTATION, TAILORED TO NON BELIEVERS.
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR TOOK ME ASIDE LATER
AND ASKED ME TO COME TO HIM INDIVIDUALLY NEXT TIME.
MY POINT IS - CHURCH ELDERS
HAVE NO RIGHT TO LEAVE THE MUSIC DIRECTOR UNSUPERVISED. A SIGNIFICANT ERROR OCCURRED IN THIS CASE.