Friday, November 30, 2007
Here are two works that have been written. Read both of these and see which glorifies God, spreads the Gospel, and proclaims the truth and which is a self-centered:
Did you see that I was hurt? Did you know that you had left me crying there? Now I'm holding all you words close till you feel this pain too, but you live on so unaware. While I thought somehow this hate would heal me, but this hate is never ending and it's only killing me. Oh sweet revenge, you've lied again. I find I can't get free till I release this vengeance that I seek. Forgive you the only thing I want to live. I'm ready to be free. Maybe you've been wounded too. Maybe all this is your self protection. All the hurts you thought were hidden are the ones now hurting me. So who will make the pattern end? I'm ready to break these chains. (I) Won't see this through because setting you free means my freedom too. I find I can't get free till I release this vengeance that I seek. Forgive you the only thing I want to live. I'm ready to be free.
Here is the next work:
Come you sinners, poor and wretched, weak and wounded, sick and sore. Jesus, ready, stands to save you, full of pity joined with power. He is able. He is willing. Doubt no more. Come you needy. Come and welcome. God's free bounty glorify: True belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh. Without money, come to Jesus Christ and buy. Come you weary, heavy laden, bruised and broken by the fall. If you tarry till you're better, you will never come at all. Not the righteous... Sinners, Jesus came to call. Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream. All the fitness He requires is to feel your need of Him. This He gives you, tis the Spirit's rising beam. Lo! The Incarnate God, ascended: pleads the merit of His blood. Venture on Him, venture wholly. let no other trust intrude. None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good.
Which leads you to love the Lord Jesus Christ more, and which is looking to self either to glorify or pity it? The answer is obvious. I presented these in paragraph form deliberately so you would avoid the temptation to hum along and, instead, see what the words are saying, but both of these are actually song lyrics. The first is by a "Christian" contemporary girl band named Barlowgirl called "Sweet Revenge", and the second is by Joseph Hart (1712-1768) and is called "Come Ye Sinners". Does this not show how drastically we have been led astray from our Lord? Don't get me wrong, there are some out there in this present day who are still making great hymn-like music (those affiliated with Indelible Grace come to mind), but the majority is much like the first. The lyrics on the first could either win a CCM or CMT award based on lyircal content alone these days, and that is truly pathetic. Is it really sinning against the Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth to tell the people producing "lyrics" like those in the first work that their story really isn't that interesting, or is it actually being faithful to God and loving them by telling them the truth? I for one am saying, "Out with the new and in with the old..."