Thursday, 30 August 2012

A little observation about CCM: Me, Me, Me [1]

Has anyone in Christendom noticed something odd about CCM (Contemporary Christian Music)? There are two words that feature more than any other; Me and I.

Lets look at the top 10 as of this date (30/8/2012)

1. 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
2. Me Without You by tobyMac
3. Losing by Tenth Avenue North
4. Forgiveness by Matthew West
5. Center Of It by Chris August

6. The Hurt & The Healer by MercyMe
7. Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets
8. The Proof Of Your Love by For King & Country
9. Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave
10. Jesus, Friend Of Sinners by Casting Crowns
 
(courtesy of: http://www.20thecountdownmagazine.com/)

I'm going to give number 1 [10,000 reasons] a miss because it is a WORSHIP song, its purely dedicated to how much someone will bless the Lord. So we start with 2.

2. 30 uses of "I" [including "I'd"] 15 uses of "me", 30 uses of "You". So, we have 45 Self-centred references and as opposed to 30 references to You - being God. Lets see if there is any pointed references to God [Nope], Lord? [Nope], Jesus? [Nope]. Who is "you" then?

3. More of a conversation this song is. Basically, I see a man ordering God to forgive people, I don't like this song much, its singable, but odd to me. It just doesnt sit right.

I - 12
Me-6
you- 7
God [Father] - 8

20 self centred references to 15 God centred references.

4. You/your [reference to man] 8
    You/your [God] 2
     me - 9

17 references to man, 2 to God.

I suggest you check the lyrics of these songs, they are so selfish. compare it to a hymn from the 19th century, or even the 50s..and the difference is stark:

Abide in me

me - 12
Lord - 5
thee - 1
thou 7
thy - 7
my - 3

15 references to man
20 to God.

It may not seem an apparent difference, but, in the songs I have analysed already, its man over God always.

More tomorrow, I have to work now.

Chris
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

More "I've been to hell" videos on youtube

Once again we have a Hell video on youtube. As always I ignore the content of the video, because its heresy. However we have another interesting caption beneath it that I wish to answer. Firstly however I want to address these styles? types? of video. Genres?

Firstly, to say that anyone has been to hell and come back is just plain stupid. Hell is not a holiday resort, its a place of destruction, its like throwing the rubbish into the garbage disposal. In fact - thats exactly what hell is! God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth, and he's going to populate it with US - that is - those who had faith and believed in him! His obedient sheep will be given fresh green pastures, springs of eternal water, and forever he will be our good shepherd.

Those who were disobedient will be cast away, just as those factory bred sheep are led away to slaughter.

Pretty much, thats all this is about! Its not about legalism, its about obedience to God, not by doing stuff right or wrong, but about in our hearts..we can sin and still love God, but its just that when we sin we tend to love ourselves more than him - yes that is a problem, but its not a death sentence for the saved, its a stumbling block that through prayer and communion with God through Jesus will be removed - this is sanctification. If you are saved, there IS NO WAY you are going to hell. In fact, if you are saved by God on Monday, sin on Tuesday, and die on Wednesday without repenting of it, it doesnt matter - God has saved you, you will enter his rest.

That is not to say we shouldnt repent, yes we should, but its more about Him than us, it represents his salvation, but it doesnt mean salvation. Salvation comes from his grace [loving kindness] poured out upon us. Its like infant baptism, it doesnt save, how many people throughout history were led to believe that an unbaptised baby would be in hell? thousands, hundreds of thousands. Then one man [John Wycliffe] comes along and says NO, this is unscriptural! Baptism is simply a foreshadowing of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is from the heart, not from external things - that God judges us.


So, these videos come along, apparently prophetic visions, some kid gets a "message from God" and sees a Christian woman in Hell. Now that should raise your eyebrow. A Christian in Hell? Apparently Jesus Christ's death on the cross wasn't good enough? Yes, this is blasphemy.
You see, if you don't do enough good, it doesnt matter what happened to Jesus in your place, you will burn. If you have a sin you haven't repented of, you're going to hell! [missing the whole point of repentance].

The title of this should actually be "Lady who professed Christianity will be destroyed in Hell". You see, then it would be scriptural, okay..it would still be a demonic lie [in that this is likely the source of this so-called vision], but it would be representative of the biblical view. "You are either WITH me OR AGAINST me", Jesus told his disciples, your house is either on rock OR on sand. So this lady was either Christian and saved, or an unsaved Pagan. Jesus said it again when he pointed out "On that day many will say to me 'Lord did we not prophecy in your name, and in your name cast out demons?' and I [Jesus] will say to them 'depart from me you workers of lawlessness, I never [notice that] knew you".

I NEVER KNEW YOU.

Not - as they make out - "I saved you, but you didnt repent!" If Jesus died for you...thats it! So lets look at what the uploader wrote about this video:

"To see full video: http://youtu.be/hQXrh3P3Dp4 Victoria Nahale who is from Namibia in Africa saw a Christian lady was in hell. That shocked her. This lady had unrepnted sin. As a Christian, do you still sin again and again? Have you thought about that sin may bring you to hell? It is time to repent! It is time to stop that sins! It is time to turn away from that sins! More than that, it is time to surrender all to Jesus! You are the one who die in Christ but Christ is the one who works within you!"

I have pretty much refuted all this, as a "believer" I find it shocking how anyone could believe that unrepented sin condemns a saved person to Hell. There is a time this sort of stuff would have shocked me and scared me but now it just turns my stomach that people could fall for it. The whole point of this demonic deception is to scare christians into leaving the faith. If this is too hard for you you may just give up, obviously that may be pre-ordained, but..regardless you are saved if you believe that Jesus died for you on the cross. If you do then you are saved!

The idea of 'unrepented sin' comes from modern works salvation doctrines that preach lies and deception. Remember that Jesus died on the cross for a reason, any sin you could possibly remember and repent of is covered, as well as all those sins you cannot remember. IF YOU COULD GO TO HELL FOR UNREPENTED SIN EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN WHO HAS EVER LIVED WOULD BE IN HELL!


And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:9



If you are afraid that these videos may be right, I would suggest that you find a place in the bible that says anything about a place called hell that resembles what I know will be mentioned in that video [despite me not seeing it]. Hell is not a torture chamber, Hell is not a place where demons abuse humans, Hell is not a place where people become skeletons then their flesh is restored, Hell is not a place where people cry out to Jesus and Jesus weeps over them powerlessly and warns little african girls to "tell the world". I exhort you with everything that I am, to ignore, denounce, even report these videos. Do not be deceived, Satan can appear as an angel of light, and he will use every device at his disposal to make your journey through life as hard as he can. If he can make you question the sovereignty of God over his own people! What more can he make you question..the resurrection? the Spirit? Your own salvation? Maybe he could make you hate God? Maybe you could denounce God?

Think about it, its a slippery slope! Thats what these videos are all about,

Monday, 27 August 2012

I have something to do tomorrow.

 I love the gospel, its so simple yet so life-changing, for believers and non-believers alike. One believes the gospel and is saved forever. One disbelieves it and is judged and destroyed forever. For one it is light, for the other it is darkness.

I personally believe that all sermons should revolve around the gospel in some way, even if we are preaching about Joshua destroying the great wall, or about Samuel proclaiming Saul king, it should be in light of the gospel truth. But many churches don't do this, and sadly the one I have been attending doesnt. Therefore I have to leave and move on.

I have been attending on-off for about 3 or 4 months. I have even blogged about it, but I won't mention its name because I am speaking negatively about it, and frankly, I wouldnt want to ruffle feathers if someone decides to check out my facebook and inadvertently finds this blog.

The people at the church are lovely people. Very welcoming and friendly. The only issue I have is the preaching, and of course the theological slant of the church [love and nothing else really]. The minister has been kind enough to try to take me under his wing, the people have been gracious, but I cannot get over the use of itinerant preachers who are: Self Self Self. Everything is about feeling good, and I remember a person [who shall remain nameless] pointing to a picture of Jesus on the Cross and saying "This is what we are all about here". No it isnt! If it were you wouldnt have to point at that picture and state that would you!

I can't actually remember a single sermon, it doesnt not edify or raise my mind, it doesnt make me *feel* christian. It simply is a place to go, and when I can log into sermonaudio and hear sermons that make me have chills, and reduce me to tears (thank you Pastor Richard Caldwell jr of Founders Baptist Church), I have to wonder why I don't make a little more effort and travel a little further to hear THAT sort of preaching in my local area.

The only problem is that this church is REALLY local, and that really I feel like I will be letting people down. But I have to make a stand for the gospel, for Jesus Christ. If everybody did what I was doing and simply left churches that no longer preached the gospel, either that church would shut down, or those in power would buck up their ideas. There is a church, a BIG church, just a couple of miles from me, that follows a similar doctrine [interestingly both these churches are methodist] of nothing but love, that means: no justification, no sanctification, no repentance, no predestination, no conviction, no salvation!

If people do not hear the gospel, how then are they to be saved? You can talk all day about how much God loves me, but what am I meant to do with that. My cat loves me, my family loves me, But God loves me sooo much! and? What is that for me? Does God want me to feel good? Yay God loves me: and?

God loves me, and he sent his only son to die on the cross for my sins, so that 1980 years later I could say, I accept and trust in you and what you did for me, never let me go Lord. Thank you!

Thats the simple gospel, he died that we may live, and he rose again so that we may live even MORE. his death is our salvation, and his resurrection is our promise of our resurrection into glory!

Of course, methodism preaches none of this. Instead it preaches; well I couldnt say, I remember none of it [therefore it must be bad]. I know its a form of arminianism, I know that its so lightweight that often the MESSAGE is used! seriously, the message?! this is preached to women of 90, the message! Can you imagine in your lifetime going from the KJV to the Message? Wow, how far we have fallen church, I don't particularly love the KJV but even I know how bad that is.

I now disavow methodism, I will hopefully (short of christenings etc) never attend one again. I am going to take two weeks off of church until my hours at work allow me to attend a further away church (darn sunday bus service), tomorrow I must inform the minister that I am leaving never to return. But if I am to get right doctrine I must move on. This is not just for me, this is for my future family. If I am to settle at this church, what example will I set for them? What was it that was said in courageous; "I dont have to ask who will teach my children, I WILL, I am their father", so if I teach them right doctrine (when I have them obviously) and take them to a 'heretical' church, wont that cause a mental conflict?

So for my family's sake, I will set an example, but cutting all ties with this church and moving on. No church ( for now ) is better than some church.



"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed." Galatians 1:8
 

"Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD." Jeremiah 23:16
 

"I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them." Romans 16:17

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15

"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1