We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Another Hillsong Pap Song


This song was used in our assembly a couple weeks ago, and I finally got a chance to examine the lyrics. The author of the lyrics has enough problems as it is, being very ecumenical in her ideology and singing for the Pope.

So let’s dissect this song a wee bit:

Worthy Is The Lamb (Thank You for the Cross)
Hillsong Worship, Songwriter: Darlene Joyce Zschech

Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

I’m always amazed at how much Christians virtually worship the cross on which Jesus was crucified.  It wasn’t the cross which brought our salvation!  God could have used any other method of execution, because Jesus didn’t really pay for our sin by the punishment of the cross, but rather the punishment of God and by dying to pay for our sins. 

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Here we use the KJV “darling,” a word which has a whole different connotation nowadays, as in a word you call your sweetheart! In KJV it means “only one.”  When “darling” is used in a modern song like this, it really slants to the “Jesus is my boyfriend” genre. 

Thank you for the cross, Lord (thank you)
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Notice the inane repetition!  This may be a fine song for personal listening, but it is NOT for congregational singing!  The intent of the last half of this song is obviously to manufacture emotions.  

This pap does NOT belong in the assembly for worship—NOTHING associated with Hillsong should ever be used in the assembly.

10 comments:

Martha said...

In agreement with your article, Glen. I had an interesting conversation with a charismatic/Pentecostal woman, who is an ardent follower of Todd Bentley, say to me in conversation, "Jesus is my husband, more than my own husband." She also cornered me another Sunday, and boasted about her "birthing experience" on the floor when she was "in the spirit."

After her montage, I simply asked her if she could point me to the Scripture where the "birthing experience" is mentioned. Her face became a blank slate and she walked away. It is from women such as these, that I receive sympathy cards stating of my loved ones, "I hope they knew Jesus," or this, "I hope they had a great love for Jesus." This spiritual elitism is fodder for spiritual abuse and it grieves those of us who are looked down upon by these followers of rank heretics. Evidently, no one knows Jesus better than the charismatics and the Pentecostals.

Jesus is now our husband?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Hi Martha,

Well, if the Catholic nuns can be the bride of Christ, I suppose charismaniac woman can be also! :oD

Actually, this whole false bridal paradigm is from spiritualizing Song of Solomon to be about Christ and the Church -- which it definitely isn't!

Doug Evans said...

I agree with your assessment, worship music is supposed to be a sing-along to worship God, but CCM is designed to get the congregation to worship the lead guitarist. Our little church of Bereans has only one instrumentalist - a classically trained concert pianist. She would NEVER dream of interrupting a hymn to show off her "chops" by going full Chopin in a slammin' solo on the 88s.

Cross - I fully agree, if any inanimate object should be proudly displayed it would be the empty tomb, but that's kind of hard to put on a necklace, or charm bracelet, or ear rings...

Darling - that's a left over from a language that's been dead for 200 years: pre-King James English. It derives from the middle English derling which means pretty much what the modern use of darling entails, but it also means "minion" and "household god" It also makes the script of 'The Quiet Man' more quaint... or weird.

Inane repetition - All that shows is an inordinate lack of understanding of the subject on the part of the song writer. It also allows for so much more lead guitarist worship on the part of the congregation.

The majority of the CCM bands that I've heard performing in goat pens truly need to shut off KLOVE, turn off the Hillsong Channel on their TVs (yes, there is such a thing) then pick up a hymnal and learn. They can 'rockify' the hymns all they want but in the end they will have a God glorifying, Christ worshiping hymn that the congregation can sing along with. And maybe they will read the lyrics and learn something. Last Sunday our worship session ended with a hymn that contains everything that you need to know

Jesus loves me, this I know
'Cause the bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
We are weak but He is strong
Yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me
The bible tells me so

Martha said...

@Doug Evans

You make some valid points, adding to Glen's post. A classically trained pianist for singing songs of praise.....I would love to go back to the single organist or pianist. I'm forgetting what that sounds and looks like anymore.

I have discovered that "the praise band" participants will not like you very well if you don't raise your hands up to the ceiling; if you don't look up at them in awe at all times; if you don't follow "their leading," which is difficult to do when they ad lib; and especially when you don't pat them on the back or offer "compliments and praise" over their "serving the lord or their awesome talents."

Praise bands love the praise of man. Hence the term "praise bands."

Courtney said...

No offence, but maybe you need to get with the times a little....being this critical of a song written and released 17 years ago doesn't seem like the greatest use of your time...

just my .02

Doug Evans said...

@Martha

You're more than welcome to join our little band of Bereans, come for the music, stay for the teaching. Our pianist has two sons that occasionally join her, one plays violin and the other plays cello. We have been trying to get her to cut loose and play a bit more classical music for special events, but she doesn't like to show off in Church.

Our "worship leader" not only has a beautiful Irish tenor voice, but he plays also the organ, although it's a rare blessing when he does do it for us.

The Lord was truly graceful and generous to me when He led me to this little family

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Courtney,

So, I need to "get with the times"?!?!? Just don't worry about bad teaching because it is 17 years old?!?!?

Anti-trinitarianism is over 1900 years old, so should I just "get with the times" and never expose that heresy for what it is?

This song was new to me, regardless of how long non-discerning churches have been using it. Therefore, it is an excellent use of my time to expose it for the bad teaching it presents, the worthlessness of using it in the assembly, and the fact that coming from Hillsong no church should ever be using it to begin with, as I noted in this article:
https://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2016/09/open-letter-to-worship-leaders.html

Fred said...

Good article, Glenn. As someone who spent a number of years within the Charismatic movement years ago, I can relate to how they tend to see things. Everything is based on how they FEEL about something. Music is especially helpful to cause people to believe that God is near or moving within them.

It's based on emotion and nothing more. As some have already pointed out, there is precious little proof from Scripture for many of the ethereal/ecstatic experiences they seem to adore and yearn for. Without them, they do not "feel" whole or spiritual at all.

Jesse said...

My my, I cannot stand singing in the church because so many of the songs sound outright lousy!

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

I refuse to sing anything from Hillsong, Bethel, Elevation, or Vineyard.