DiM | “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams

disapproveCCM Edition.

July 25, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Old Church Choir” by Zach Williams which currently sits at #5 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Today’s song is a nostalgia bomb of Revivalism lacking substance and misusing the term “gospel”. This won’t be a long review, as I could find very little to salvage in it. I am surprised that this is charting so high this week, though. Let’s give the song a listen and then read through its lyric. I’ll be posting a link at the end to discuss Revivalism of the 1700s, so do please check it out.

ZachWilliamsVEVO (Official Lyric Video)

Lyrics

There’s revival and it’s spreading
Like a wildfire in my heart
A Sunday morning hallelujah
And it’s lasting all week long

Can you hear it? Can you feel it?
It’s the rhythm of a gospel song
Once you choose it, you can’t lose it
There ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

I’ve got an old church choir singing in my soul
I’ve got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
I’ve got a heart overflowing cause I’ve been restored
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

When the valleys that I wander
Turn to mountains that I can’t climb
You are with me, you never leave me

There ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

I’ve got an old church choir singing in my soul
I’ve got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
I’ve got a heart overflowing cause I’ve been restored
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

Clap your hands and stomp your feet
Till you find that gospel beat
Cause He’s all you’ll ever need
He’s all you’ll ever need
I’ve got an old church choir singing in my soul
I’ve got a sweet salvation and it’s beautiful
I’ve got a heart overflowing cause I’ve been restored
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy
No there ain’t nothing gonna steal my joy

Lyric Video by Zach Williams performing Old Church Choir (Official Lyric Video). (C) 2017 Provident Label Group LLC, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Discussion

This is an anthem for Revivalism, not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The whole week-long tent meeting model of revivalism where Finney left his mark. Decision theology. Emotionalism. There’s not really a lot we can work with here by way of “best construction”. Let’s work through the verses briefly and then we’ll look at the problems with the Revivalist movement of the 1700s.

Verse 1. A “revival” spreading like wildfire in the heart, a rhythm of a gospel song, that one must choose. No mention of faith. Faith isn’t an emotion. It isn’t a feeling. It isn’t a rhythm of a song. It’s not clear if this is even going to try to distinguish between “revival” as in people returning to God or folks “getting saved”. It’s just a “gospel pep-rally” thing.

Chorus. An old church choir singing in my soul. How Old? What is it singing? I ask this because the revivalism movement is rather new in the history of the Church, 18th~19th Century. In our old church, we sing older hymns, some that date back to the 4th Century. But this song isn’t really drawing on antiquity or orthodoxy, it’s a nostalgia piece for the old “sawdust trail” of the late 1800s.

Verse 2. In this section we get a “you” reference we want to connect to Christ. Unfortunately, the emphasis of the song is revivalism, not specifically the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the word “gospel” is used, it’s referring to a type of music that accompanied many a tent-revival meeting.

Verse 3/Outro. In this section of the song, the “call to action” portion isn’t a call to the Gospel. I think this falls short of even revivalist synergism, in that it doesn’t even ask the listener to make a decision for Christ but it’s aiming for the listener to “find that gospel beat”, supposedly to get that old gospel choir singing in your soul.

The song is a mess, I’m thoroughly frustrated with it. Listen, we examine music here often. But what we focus on here is the content of the lyric, above all else. Whether you like bluegrass, polka, hand bells, rock & roll, or Gregorian chant is really a matter of Christian liberty. Scripture doesn’t speak for or against any particular style of music. It’s about the doctrine that is being taught.

So, before we close out let’s look at what the Apostle Paul urged his readers concerning the Gospel.

Romans 10:1-17 (ESV) Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

The focus is on the Preaching of God’s Word. Paul encourages Timothy to do just that.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 (ESV) I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

There is no sense in looking for or promoting waves of revival movements. The Church isn’t a movement, it isn’t a fad, it isn’t a campaign, or a circus. The Church is the Body of Christ, and gathers around the Preaching of God’s Word. Revivalism is a circus act, a man-made attempt to make God popular. In our modern-day context, instead of looking like Barnum and Bailey big tents, it looks like an NFL production ala Joel Osteen or anything Hillsong. Now, I’ll concede that there are some revivalists who actually do preach the Gospel to some extent. Folks are finding saving faith in spite of the revivalism because God the Holy Spirit does what He says He does, granting saving faith by hearing of the Word. This is in spite of Revivalism, not a result of it.

For more information on the history of Christianity in America: Rationalism and Revivalism of the 1700s.

Conclusion

This song earns a Disapproval. There’s nothing here but a promotion of Revivalism. The word “gospel” is pointing to a style of song or tent meeting, not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jude 24-25 (ESV) Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

DiM | “Broken Things” by Matthew West

disapproveCCM Edition.

July 18, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Broken Things” by Matthew West which currently sits at #8 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

I dislike this song very much. It’s an anthem of synergism with a focus on “me”. It’s a pious humble-brag of sorts along an, I’m broken, but God uses broken things not perfect things so I’m what God’s looking for, theme. This song earns a spot on the Disapproved list. Let’s watch the video and read through the lyrics.

Official Music Video

Lyrics (via KLove)

If grace is a kingdom
I’ve stopped at the gate
Thinking I don’t deserve to pass through after all of the mistakes I’ve made
But I heard a whisper
As Heaven bent down
Said, “Child, don’t you know that the first will be last and the last get a crown?”

Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring You so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I am all Yours

The pages of history they tell me it’s true
That it’s never the perfect; it’s always the ones with the scars that You use
It’s the rebels and the prodigals; it’s the humble and the weak
The misfit heroes You chose
Tell me there’s hope for sinners like me

Grace is a kingdom
With gates open wide
There’s seat at the table just waiting for you
So, come on inside

Publishing: © 2017 Atlas Music Publishing / House Of Story Music Publishing / Two Story House Music / Highly Combustible Music (ASCAP) / Housermania Music/ (ASCAP) (admin. by Amplified Administration)
Writer(s): Jason Houser, AJ Pruis and Matthew West

Discussion

Okay, this song upset me greatly. It starts with a goofy hypothetical and takes a nosedive from there. The video brings no corrective clarity. The summary of this song is “let God use you for Greatness despite your broken state!” That’s a theology of glory, it’s a pious version of the humble-brag. It’s about how awesome we are because we’re broken and we just need to see ourselves as god sees us…. no. That’s not the truth of our condition under sin and it certainly isn’t the Gospel of Grace. Even that last line is junk. It’s almost a partial quote… but it isn’t.

Verse 1. We start with a hypothetical question that winds up being presented as truth at the end of the song. If Grace is a kingdom… Stop. Why are we separating God’s Grace as its own thing and defining it as a kingdom? A kingdom is defined by its King. God the Son (Jesus) is King, not an abstract notion of “Grace”. Hear me, I’m not saying God’s Grace is abstract, I’m saying this lyric is treating the concept of God’s Grace in the abstract, and then comparing it to something else that is God’s, His Kingdom. The singer has stopped at the gate of God’s Kingdom, and all of heaven bent down to tell him he gets a crown? Man it takes a lot of work to unravel this coded speech to make it in any way redeemable. The average listener will simply pluck out word pictures and then proof text them in isolation. If you have to deconstruct a lyric into segments that might be valid in different contexts, you’re no longer evaluating the lyric. You’re on a theological scavenger hunt.

Chorus. First line is okay, we could go somewhere with this. We are beggars in front of the King. But instead of pointing the beggar to the King who gives good gifts, takes our rags and clothes us in the Righteousness of Christ… we go right back to synergism, the notion of “giving ourselves to God” so that He can use us. Folks, this is NOT the point of the Gospel. God doesn’t need us to “give ourselves over to Him” for Him to use us. He is Sovereign, God used unbelievers like Balaam and Judas to bring about His purposes. The point of the Gospel is not that God finally gets to use us… it’s being reconciled to Him, forgiveness of sins, the promise of the Resurrection in Jesus Christ, our adoption out of the kingdom of death and darkness into the Kingdom of Eternal Life with our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Verse 2. The hope being begged for is still the wrong hope. It’s a hope “to be used” when the primary Promise of the Gospel is the hope of Salvation!

Outro/Closing Verse. This is where that initial hypothetical is turned into a declaration. I’m annoyed by this abstraction of Grace being the Kingdom. It’s vague, semi-gnostic, gobbledygook.

There are clear ways of encouraging the body of Christ in the hope of their salvation by Grace through Faith in Christ Jesus and in stir up one another to love and good works without diving into the nonsensical. Let’s look at Scriptural encouragement in all of its clarity:

1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (ESV) | Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Colossians 1:3-23 (ESV) We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Colossians 2:6-15 (ESV) | Alive in Christ

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

1 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV) | Born Again to a Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Conclusion

This song is an altar-call anthem, an attempt to motivate someone to “give themselves to God” despite their unworthiness… by actually making that unworthiness into what makes you worthy? “Cause God uses broken things, you’re broken, so let God use you. It starts on the wrong foot and doesn’t recover. It’s a confusion of Law and Gospel, diminishing the Law and completely misrepresenting the Gospel and turning into Law (give yourself to God falls under the first/greatest commandment). This song falls under the Disapproved category.

Jude 24-25 (ESV) Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

DiM | “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson

Presentation1CCM Edition.

July 14, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “The Gospel” by Ryan Stevenson which currently sits at #17 on 20TheCountdownMagazine but was requested by a reader, so I thought we’d cover 2 songs this week.

Musically, this song is very well done. Lyrically… it has an odd way of talking about the Gospel without actually sharing the Gospel. Quite frustrating. The target audience is unclear, so for someone who already has a clear understanding of distinguishing Law and Gospel, it can be given a best-construction that serves as a reminder to rightly distinguish between law and Gospel. Outside of that, it’s a vague appeal to something called “the Gospel” but could be used by any church of any denomination to define what that Gospel is. I don’t like that kind of vagueness. Listen with discernment.

Official Lyric Video

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdFEZhjiko]

Lyrics (via YouTube)

A restless generation, we’re turning over every stone
Hoping to find salvation in a world that’s left us cold
Can we get back to the altar, back to the arms of our first love?
There’s only one way to the father and he’s calling out to us

To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel that makes a way

It’s the cure for our condition, it’s the good news for us all It’s greater than religion,
it’s the power of the cross
So can we get back to the altar, back to the arms of our first love?
There’s only one way to the father and he’s calling out to us

To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the Gospel that makes a way

In my own life it means forgiveness, when I know I deserved the fall
It called me out of my darkness, and carried me to the cross
In a moment my eyes were opened, in that moment my heart was changed
Like a blinding light in the dead of night it’s the gospel

To the captive it looks like freedom
To the orphan it feels like home
To the skeptic it might sound crazy
To believe in a God who loves
In a world where our hearts are breaking
And we’re lost in the mess we’ve made
Like a blinding light in the dead of night
It’s the Gospel, the gospel that makes a way

Lyric video directed by Tanner Johnston. Creative Direction by Brad Moist. Music produced & mixed by Bryan Fowler for Fabmusic. Mastered by Ambient Digital. Written by Ryan Stevenson, Bryan Fowler & Toby McKeehan. Spoken word passage written by Baxter Kruger from the book Patmos. ©2017 Gotee Records, Inc.

Discussion

As mentioned earlier, I’m confused as to whom this song is being targeted. Is it for the unbeliever? Is it for the believer who has doubt or has been led astray? Is it for the believer who isn’t sure how to help his/her neighbor? I think this last category is probably where we can force the song and give it a best possible construction, but that is us working meaning into the song. Overall, as long as we are providing the right definition of what the Gospel of Jesus Christ actually is, what this song says is fairly good despite being oddly worded in a few places. Let’s work through the song’s lyric.

Verse 1. So, the first 2 lines suggest the target audience is “seekers”, unbelievers supposedly looking for salvation. But the reference to returning back to the altar and the arms of our first love suggests it might be pulling from the Christ’s message to the church in Ephesus, “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ (Revelation 2:2-7 ESV). So, this language of returning to the altar seems to be aiming at making a sacrament of the whole “altar call” thing of Finneyism. Either come to the front to “accept Jesus into your heart” or come to the front to “rededicate your hearts to God”… it’s not found in Scripture. I’d much rather view this as a call to the Lord’s Supper, where we eat and drink the Gospel.

Chorus. Here’s where we get some of the odd coded references to the Gospel. It’s set up to say that the Gospel sets captives free, and it does but not as something apart from Christ. The “Gospel” is the “Good News” of what Christ has done for us. So, yes, He has set us captives free, He  has purchased us with His blood adopting us into His Kingdom/Household. Christ has done all of this for us, and this is the Gospel. I really don’t like the sanitizing of the state of our sin. It serves only to undercut the Law and in doing so it dims the brightness of the Gospel. We aren’t merely suffering from “broken hearts” or “in a mess” we are wretched.

Verse 2. It’s the cure for my condition… yes it is. The song hasn’t made that condition clear. The condition is dead. We are dead in sins, condemned under the Law. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is that He has brought us to life by His Grace through Faith in Him.

Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV) And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Also, can we please stop falsely pitting the Gospel against Religion? Stop it. Scripture is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. Our worship and our doctrine is tied up to the Word of God and that is true Religion. False religion is the problem, the religion of the old Adam (sinful man) fueled by the temptations of the doctrine of demons, “did God really say”. Every form of this “not religion but _____” cliché needs to die.

Verse 3. In my own life it means forgiveness? Forgiveness of sins is the central point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It’s the point of the Gospel for the whole world, though not all will believe it.

John 1:29-34 (ESV) The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

John 3:16-20 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

The same with the reference to “my darkness”. I’m not a fan of this subjective treatment of sin, it leaves too much room for dumbing down the problem to only an emotional/temporal concern rather than an eternal one.

Conclusion

I was very hard on some of the elements of this song, but overall I still think it is salvageable at least for easy listening. Discernment is key here, especially since we have another example of talking about the greatness of this thing we call “the Gospel” without clearly proclaiming Law and Gospel. I’m tired of muting of sin as “mistakes” or “a mess” that we see in these popular songs. It’s been the norm for so long, I really don’t fault these guys individually for making these errors in malice.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t rely on folks knowing what the Gospel is when attempting to teach the Gospel. Learn to articulate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If I’ve failed in sharing how that is done from Scriptures, do let me know.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV) Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

 

DiM | “Bulletproof” by Citizen Way

Presentation1CCM Edition.

July 11, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “Bulletproof” by Citizen Way which currently sits at #6 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

Musically, this song is fun. It has a bit of that Bruno Mars’ retro-chic feel, which is nice. Citizen Way does a good job of performing this genre, though it’s really hard to match Bruno’s vocal ability. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard on the CCM charts of late. There is a mention of the cross, but the song spends so much time in pep-rally, “I’m untouchable” mode that it stays in the middle category on our list. There is truth to the main point of the song, but it has to be properly framed, because what’s missing from the song is the fact that in this life we will face struggles of many kinds, and we don’t always win in the temporal sense. Let’s give the song a listen and then read through the lyrics.

Official Lyric Video

Lyrics (via MetroLyrics)

(Verse 1)
I used to live like I was under attack
Dodging arrows from my past
I had no hope for tomorrow
Felt too much pressure
Yes, I thought I would crack
But now there’s no looking back
I’m moving forward cuz’ I know

I got my armor now
No fear, no doubt can shoot me down, yea
I got my armor now
No fear no doubt
Gonna shoot me down down down down down down down…

(Chorus)
I’m bulletproof
Because of you, because of you
And I’m bulletproof
Because of you, because of you
Your love ain’t away
Now I’m not afraid
No matter what the world may say
Or what they do
I am bulletproof
Because of you, because of you you you

(Verse 2)
I know you got this whole thing under control
My soul is untouchable because you’ve already won me
My victory is not in this flesh and bone
It’s in the cross that I know, nobody’s taking it from me

I got my armor now
No fear, no doubt can shoot me down, yea
I got my armor now
No fear no doubt
Gonna shoot me down down down down down down down…

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
And I don’t have to fear no more, worry no more (4x)

(Chorus)
(Bridge 4x)

Discussion

Overall, the song is an attempt to encourage Christians in the Promise of the Gospel. I get it. We need the encouragement of the Gospel daily. What we don’t need is an attempt to present the Promises of the Gospel as if they are aimed at temporal victory/glory. The Promises of the Gospel are eternal. Christ bore our sin and died on that cross in our place, rose from the grave and ascended into heaven so that by His Grace through faith we might be resurrected in Him to eternal life rather than the eternal punishment we justly deserve. Everything that takes place in our temporal lives is in service to this eternal Gospel, and nowhere are we promised a temporal life of victory or invincibility. It isn’t we who are bulletproof, it’s the Promise of Salvation through Jesus Christ that is bulletproof. The focus on the singer being bulletproof (thus the listener singing along) is a problem in this song. They do attempt to anchor that invincibility in the second verse to the cross. However, the overall tone of this “bulletproof” anthem presents a shiny and polished cross, where the truth is far less glamorous. Let’s work through the song quickly and then examine some Scripture.

Verse 1. A common theme in CCM and American Evangelicalism as a whole is the idea that your mindset determines your reality. This is a pagan notion that is prevalent in the Word of Faith (WoF) movement. Your mindset only affects your perception of reality, it doesn’t determine it. Putting on rose-colored glasses doesn’t change the world pink, you’ve intentionally made it so everything looks pink to you. I write this in response to what is going on in the first line of this verse, I used to live like I was under attack. Dear Christian, you are under attack, whether you are aware of it or not. Having a change in mindset doesn’t change the reality of the war that is being waged. It’s odd that the writer(s) would make this something of the past while talking about now having the Armor of God. Again, the Armor of God doesn’t make the attacks cease. The attacks don’t stop, the arrows/darts keep flying, our flesh still craves sin.

Pre-Chorus. The turn in the pre-chorus follows the whole “positive confession” model. Where you declare something to be the case in hopes that it will actually be true. We see this in the culture that says, “you can be whatever you want to be” or “don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something”. It’s pep-talk fodder. Self-esteem boosting flattery. The truth is that we each have gifts and talents and they are not all the same, and there are things we cannot do, no matter how badly we might want to. No fear or doubt can shoot you down? Are you not still living in a tent of flesh? Sin still lives in your members, in your flesh, and that flesh wages war against the Spirit. The truth of the Christian life isn’t of bulletproof victory in this temporal life, but of repentance and the forgiveness of sin.

Chorus. Putting the best possible construction on this chorus necessitates a clear defining of the word “bulletproof”. It isn’t that we aren’t actually being shot at, it isn’t that there isn’t a concern out there, or that there is no war, but that we are safe in Christ, eternally speaking. This distinction is important to maintain, because the reality is that our flesh is constantly drawn us to step outside of that protection and into sin. That draw is constant. Our flesh is corrupt. That is why we die in the flesh and why it is so important that we maintain an eternal perspective when holding onto the Promise of the Gospel.

Verse 2. So this verse brings in the reference to the cross. I’m very grateful for its mention. There is also a helpful distinction made about our hope not being in our flesh and bone. I just wish there was somewhere in this song a mention of repentance, or at least the acknowledgement that we do still sin, still stumble, still fail, even as Christians. That’s honestly. That’s reality. That’s Biblically sound.

Okay, so let’s look at what Scripture has to say regarding this life and the Promises of the Gospel.

John 6:35-40 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

1 John 5:10-12 (ESV) Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 Peter 1:3-12 (ESV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

The promise of the Gospel is in eternity. Now, in the interim between being dead in sins and trespasses and the Resurrection of the Saints in the Last Day, we are alive in the Spirit by the Grace of God while still walking in sinful flesh. This calls for daily repentance, mortification of the flesh and it’s passions/desires.

Luke 9:23-26 (ESV) | Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Romans 6:1-11 (ESV) | Dead to Sin, Alive to God

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 7:14-25 (ESV) For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

This struggle of being simultaneously sinner and saint (latin: simul justus et peccator) is the every-day reality for Christians. It is in this sense that we much take up our crosses daily. Too often we take Christ’s words to be pointing to our need to do some sacrificial good work, but it’s more than that, we are to consider ourselves to sin and resist the urges from within our very own flesh. This is the work of the Law of God in our hearts, this is why we must still hear the preaching of the law, full-force, with none of its edges smoothed out. Our sin is immeasurable and true sanctification in this life will be an endless revealing of the depth of our sin. Praise be to God for the Promise of the Gospel, for Christ Jesus’s death and resurrection, for our baptism into that death and resurrection, being made clean by the washing of the water with the Word, for all who are in Christ have been clothed in His Righteousness, so that in the last day we will be raised again to new and eternal life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

The song is on the better side of most of CCM, but it still is stuck in that pep-rally, over-emphasized positivity that I fear sets up false expectations for walking in this temporal life as Regenerate Christians. The hardships don’t go away, but we are not without hope. It is a fun song, and I hope that I’ve given you some keys to giving this fun song a best-possible construction.

Jude 24-25 (ESV) Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

In Christ Jesus,
Jorge

DiM | “I Wanna Go Back” by David Dunn

Presentation1CCM Edition.

June 28, 2017. Today we’ll be taking a look at “I Wanna Go Back” by David Dunn which currently sits at #11 on 20TheCountdownMagazine.

This song is a good example of taking a portion of Scripture and inflating it into a life statement or overarching philosophy of living that doesn’t really reflect the whole of Scripture. As we’ll see from the artist’s own words describing this song, he’s taken Christ’s command to become like a child and come to Him as something we should do to make all of life better. We’ll be spending some time looking at where Scripture supports this idea and where Scripture also calls us to maturity.

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Lyric (via KLove)

When I was a kid
I was sure
I could run across the ocean
And I was gonna be an astronaut

When it was You and it was me
I had everything I needed
Faith could even move a mountain top

And then I grew up
And then I got older
Then my life got tough
And we grew apart

I wanna go back
To Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me
For the Bible tells me so
I wanna go back
To this little light
Gonna let it shine
Gonna let it shine
I wanna go back

When I was a kid
I didn’t care to keep up with the Jones’s
I was just happy that they lived next door

When it was You and it was me
I had everything I needed
Your hands were big enough to hold the world

And then I grew up
And then I got older
Then my life got tough
And we grew apart

I wanna go back
To Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me
For the Bible tells me so
I wanna go back
To this little light
Gonna let it shine
Gonna let it shine
I wanna go back

I wanna go back, back to
Yes, Jesus loves me

Publishing: Songs From the Penalty Box(BMI) Word Music, LLC, Howiecowie Publishing (ASCAP) Be Essential Music, Bentley Street Songs(SESAC)
Writer(s): David Dunn, Benji Cowart, Hank Bentley

Discussion

Before we start talking about the lyrics, let’s take a look at an interview where David talked about this song:

JFH (Nicole): What inspired you to write “I Wanna Go Back”?

David: “I Wanna Go Back” is me thinking about kids, again, and really thinking about myself. Actually I started with the Bible, is Jesus encouraging us to be more, not less, like children, to be more like kids? I tend to speak in derogatory terms most of the time when I’m referring to children. You’ll go over to somebody and go “Stop picking your nose like a little kid!” Things like that–mostly you admonish people for acting like children, but Jesus mostly encouraged people to be more like kids. “I Wanna Go Back” is me investigating what that looks like from the kid me to the adult me. The kid me, when it came to faith especially, there were only two things that were important to me: that Jesus was, that He existed, and two, that He loved me, and that was it. That was the entirety of what was important to me when I was a kid. And then I grew up, and I felt like faith was no longer that He is and that He loved me, now faith was a culmination of my steps up this giant theological mountain. How much knowledge could I accrue about Jesus, so I could have this big punching bag of faith that I could delve into? This is not facts. The facts are is that faith is holding onto the important things. Whereas knowing about Jesus is a good thing, the important thing is that Jesus is and that He loves me.

JFH (Nicole): I definitely see that, as I get older, there are a lot more questions that I have, whereas when you’re a kid it’s more easily accepted, especially when you sing songs like “Jesus Love Me.” *laughs*

David: Yeah! And you get these questions and they tend to minimize the power. I don’t think asking questions is a bad thing, I think it is a good thing. Asking questions about your faith is a really, really positive thing. If it takes the place of what’s important, you’re in trouble. That’s the difference, I think. If you start accruing knowledge, and your doubts become the foundation of your faith, then you’re in trouble. What you want to be the foundation of your faith is that Jesus is and that He loves you.

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So let’s first address the overall theme of wanting to go back to “Jesus loves me this I know”. The idea here is simplifying life, and within the context of modern-day evangelicalism, this is sorely needed. American Evangelicalism has turned Christianity into a never-ending string of works-based striving without rest. Tithe, give sacrificially, volunteer for programs, join small groups to talk about shallow “Christian” books, etc. While most of these things are not problematic in themselves, what is a problem is they become a test of salvation, proof of “a changed life”, evidence that you are a “real Christian” as opposed to being merely a nominal one. Christians need to hear the Gospel for them, too. Dear Christian, not only does Jesus love you, He lived a perfect life for you, He fulfilled the Law and the Prophets for you, and He died on the cross in your place, propitiating God’s wrath against sin for you, and He rose again from the grave to eternal life for you, so that in Him you will also have eternal life. “This little light of mine” isn’t how great a life you lead… it’s the testimony of Jesus, His life, death, resurrection, ascension, and Promise to return for His Church. In giving this song its best possible construction, I’d say that this is what is being referred to in wanting to “go back”, it’s not so much wanting to turn back the hands of time, but to return to the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ for the assurance of salvation and the forgiveness of sin. The answers to the interview questions leave some doubt as to whether or not that is actually what the artist was thinking, so please pray that this artist finds assurance, peace, and rest in the True Gospel.

Verse 1. We see in this first verse a theme common to most of CCM, in that faith is often depicted as unfettered optimism. I blame the widespread influence of Word of Faith (WoF) false teaching. Faith is better viewed as trusting in God’s promises, in His Will, and in His salvation. Our culture fixates onto the idea of “dreaming big” and “aiming high” and “changing the world”… but is that really the focus of the Gospel? No. Christ has already done all of the work, It is finished (John 19:30). Now, I don’t blame a child for not understanding faith, as I’m sure my little ones truly believe that I am capable of doing things that are well beyond my abilities. But, when asked the serious question, they trust that I will do my very best for them. We do our best to teach them who they are in Christ Jesus, and they are growing in wisdom, stature, and knowledge of Christ. They know that it is Christ Who saved and is saving them, Who forgave and is forgiving them, and Who is returning for them. Getting back to this lyric, I do have a problem with the turn in the end, particularly with the line “And we grew apart” because that phrasing suggests the separation was mutual. It isn’t. We are led astray by sin and the cares of this world… God doesn’t move. I don’t think this is anything intentional on the part of the writer, but that is what the phrase suggests. In common speech whenever this language is invoked in relationships it is done to suggest a mutual growing apart, a sharing in the responsibility for the separation.

Chorus. The chorus corrects the mutual language bit, so I’m thankful for that. If we’re still applying our best possible construction to this song we can interpret the “I wanna go back” as repentance and returning to the pure Gospel. This is something we do have to bring to the song, though, as the Gospel is never clearly articulated in any meaningful way. The references to the nursery songs “Jesus loves me” and “this little light of mine” don’t quite get the audience to the heart of the Gospel of Grace, repentance and the forgiveness of sin. This song settles into the megachurch evangelical sermon mode of “what one thing can you focus on that will make your life more effective for Jesus”. The whole “life tips” for living an overcomer’s life type of thing.

Verse 2. What we see different here is the artist keying in on how he feels like he was more grateful for things back then. He coveted less. I think that’s sort of looking at our past selves through rose-colored glasses. As children, we sinned just as badly. What has changed is that as adults we have responsibilities and as Americans, we measure our self-worth by our accomplishments, our collections, and our accolades. This part of the whole “keeping up with the Joneses” is a very real and sadly pervasive element in megachurch spirituality. When every sermon takes the form of “life tips” or “keys to Christian living” all centered on law (what you need to do or abstain from doing) rather than on the Gospel (what Christ as done and is doing for you), you fall into a constant cycle of fruit-checking for the assurance of salvation. And when you feel like you cannot internally measure your “progress” you look to your neighbors to gauge your progress in relation to theirs, and that’s when the enemy leads you into either the ditch of pride or the ditch of despair, either way, you’re in a ditch, stuck in the mud, trying desperately to measure your own fruit to find security in your salvation.

The song loops back around to the Chorus, and doesn’t quite offer a clear out for the artist or the listener. There is a sense of “going back” to what might be considered a child-like outlook on life, and there is some truth to it, but I’d like to develop the concept a little further. Let’s look at Matthew 18 for Christ’s teaching regarding a child-like faith.

Matthew 18:1-6 (ESV)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Luke 9:46-48 (ESV) An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

The disciples had gotten into an argument over who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Christ’s answer is surprising, especially to the Old Adam in us. You see, our Old Adam (our sinful nature) wants recognition/reward for our works. Christ’s answer chops that notion off at the knees. The least among us is the one who is great. It’s not the one who does great things, it’s the one who receives the Greatest thing, Faith in Christ Jesus. Faith alone. With this teaching in clear view, we can see how our best construction on the song lyric might connect that second verse to this passage… the disciples got caught in measuring up works, the idea that fuels the “keeping up with the Joneses”. Christ snaps them back to the Gospel, which is where Luke’s account focuses, “whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me”. Matthew also captures the clear warning of where such arguments can lead, it can cause one such person with childlike faith in Christ to stumble and sin. This is a clear warning and rebuke to the pastors who abandon the clear preaching of the Gospel in favor of law, of “life tips” and “keys to success” in this life.

Before we close, I do want to make a clear distinction between having a childlike faith and being childish in the faith. The former is a picture of humble reliance and trust upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation. The latter is immaturity and lack of discipline.

1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (ESV) When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Colossians 1:24-29 (ESV) Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV) About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Philippians 3:12-16 (ESV) Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

While we are indeed called to have a childlike faith in Christ Jesus, we are also exhorted to spiritual maturity in Christ. It is childishness to ignore doctrine or to dismiss Biblical discernment. Childlike faith and spiritual maturity are not mutually exclusive, in fact, we need both. How can this be? Only through clear teaching of God’s word, both Law and Gospel.

Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (ESV) You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Conclusion

This song doesn’t really make much of any theological assertions, so it relies heavily upon what the listener brings to it. The song doesn’t stand on its own; however, as we’ve demonstrated it can be given a best possible construction by those whose theology has been grounded in the Word of God. As such, this song settles in the middle ground of listening with discernment. Childlike faith is trusting in Christ Jesus for salvation and the forgiveness of sin. I pray we all grow in this childlike faith unto spiritual maturity in the Body of Christ.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV) Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Amen.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge