I struggled about publishing this post because I know how much we love our old school Gospel songs. And, yes they ARE GOOD SONGS, but some contain some lyrics that aren’t completely aligned with scripture. Okay, I already know this may upset some people, but God wants us to speak the truth.
There are some old school Gospel songs that we love…that encourage us…that we sing in worship, but they contain some lyrics that aren’t biblically sound.
These particular songs are more common in some church cultures than others, but I persuaded to believe that all church cultures have them.
We’ve heard our parents and grandparents sing them…
Yes, they make us feel good…
Yes, they we enjoy them…
Yes, those who wrote them were anointed…
This isn’t to diminish the anointing of the song writer(s), but to remind us that when we are using songs to worship God, we must remember what our Lord and Savior Yeshua, Jesus Christ said…
John 4:24 (NKJV)
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
God demands that we worship Him not only in spirit…BUT IN TRUTH.
See if any of these lyrics sound familiar…
“If these wings should fail me, I want you to meet me with another pair” #TwoWings
When we are resurrected from the dead, we will all receive brand new SPIRITUAL BODIES. Our natural bodies will be a thing of the past. We will be made perfect. Once resurrected, our new bodies WILL NOT be able to fail. This sounds good, but it’s not biblically sound.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NKJV)
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
Also, this implies that we will become Seraphim, such as those that flew around the throne of God in Isaiah 6:1-8. This is a special order of angel with a special purpose. The bible does not say we will become Seraphim, or even angels for that matter. Angels are ministering spirits appointed to us (Hebrews 1:14). If we all become angels, who will we minister to?
How about these lyrics?
“If you find anything that shouldn’t be, take it out and strengthen me.” #SearchMeLord
This implies that God removes sin from our lives. Jesus died on the cross to give us power over sin and death, but He gave us the power and responsibility to remove from our lives ourselves…
Colossians 3:5 (NKJV)
5 Therefore PUT TO DEATH your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:8 (NKJV)
8 But now YOU YOURSELVES ARE TO PUT OFF ALL OF THESE: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
Ephesians 4:25 (NKJV)
25 Therefore, PUTTING AWAY lying,
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking BE PUT AWAY FROM YOU, with all malice.
2 Corinthians 7:1(NKJV)
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, LET US LAY ASIDE, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
No where in scripture to we find God TAKING SIN OUT of anyone…He told us to do it. Those lyrics sound good, but aren’t biblically sound.
I’m sure you’re familiar with these lyrics…
“I don’t feel no ways tired” #IDontFeelNoWaysTired
I have witnessed people actually sing this in church, then talk about how tired they are afterward.
I’m sure if Jesus Himself got tired while walking in flesh, that we will too…
John 4:6 (NKJV)
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, BEING WEARIED FROM His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
Yes, it’s necessary to resolve to keep on going in the Lord, but when we sing these lyrics, we better make sure we aren’t actually lying when we say them.
Okay, I’m sure someone will get upset with me about this one…
“Stepped in the furnace, a long time ago…Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.” #TroubleInMyWay
What’s wrong with that? Well, those were Babylonian names given to Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael by Nebuchadnezzar. Those names honored Babylonians gods (for example, Abednego means servant of Nego, a pagan god) and we’ve thrown them right in the middle of a Gospel song.
They didn’t accept those names. We don’t refer to Daniel as Belteshazzar, so we should immediately stop calling them those blasphemous names…especially in a Gospel song.
Okay, I’m going to stop right there, but we need to be careful about trying to justify what we want to do once God has made it clear in His word that something is wrong.
Some may even say it doesn’t matter, or that it’s a small thing, remember two things…
When God was rebuking Judah for committing sins in the house of God, He asked them, Is it a trivial (or small) thing…
Ezekiel 8:17 (NKJV)
17 And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here?
And, God commands the we sing His praises with understanding…
Psalm 47:7 (NKJV)
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises WITH UNDERSTANDING.
Let’s worship Him in spirit and truth.
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