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Songs that God Hates: Holy Spirit Come Fill This Place

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Human beings were brought into existence by three glorious non-human Beings: Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  Though these three magnificent Gods could have just ditched us to fend for ourselves while They moved on to some more interesting project, that’s not how They operate.  They not only stay with us, They are intimately involved in every detail of our lives.  Not only are They involved, They are intentionally leading each one of us through a series of experiences which have been specifically designed to help us thrive in our own existence—and that means experiences which motivate us to seek and please the Ones who made us.  The bottom line is this: our Creators choose to cherish humans.  They certainly don’t have to, but They do anyway.  Why?  Because They are the sort of Beings who delight in creating half specks like us, and then nurturing those little half specks along.  Our Gods actually care about how we humans are experiencing our own existence.  They care so much that They’re willing to constantly fuss over us, talk to us, and graciously deal with all of our shenanigans just so we can eventually get over ourselves enough to actually cooperate with Their maturity program.  The Creators of all things are truly amazing Beings.  They are accountable to no one, They can do anything They want, yet They choose to delight in being, well, good. 

Now after contemplating the basic Nature of our glorious Gods, it’s no mystery that we feel inspired to praise Them. We owe Them worship a billion times over in the face of Their great faithfulness and unjustified love for us.  And yet when Christians sit down to actually write out the lyrics to songs which they classify as “worship,” over and over again we find them writing words that are incredibly insulting to the Gods who they claim to be setting out to please.  How do we explain this bizarre situation?  We expect those who hate God to take potshots at all things Divine, but what is wrong with Christians?  How do you make a personal soul connection with the three Beings who made you, have an aha moment about how much They love you, and then turn around and hurl a bunch of insults at Them?  Clearly Christians must have an ulterior motive for cranking out  songs which slander the Character of their Gods over and over again.  You can’t write lyrics this bad by accident, so what is our problem?  Well, our problem is that we don’t really love our Gods, nor are we anywhere close to sincerely appreciating all that They do for us.  We view Them more as three fascinating Beings who have an incredible amount of power that we just wish we could get our greedy hands on.  We are enticed by the way our Gods can give our earthsuits a drug like high anytime anywhere, and we spend most of our relationship with Them pleading for Them to manipulate our earthsuits.  It’s pathetically shallow, but this is where we’re at.  We don’t want to mature spiritually, we just want to wallow in carnality.  We live for emotional rushes and sensual shows.

Now for the small minority of you who are actually interested in honoring your Gods instead of just manipulating Them, we occasionally write posts like this in which we take some well-circulated worship song and show you how to recognize lyrics that are offensive to your Gods.  Going through these kinds of discernment exercises benefits you in multiple ways.  First, it encourages you to start thinking more critically about the things you say to your Gods.  Second, it increases your awareness that talking to God is a two-way street.  There’s not just you and what you want and what you care about.  There’s also God.

Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are not just automatons.  They Each have very strong opinions, preferences, and feelings, and none of these things are dictated by us humans.  The fact that we throw words in Their faces does not mean that They find those words pleasing.  In fact, the Bible is filled with passages in which both Yahweh and Jesus express an intense hatred of the kind of “worship” Their so-called followers are giving Them.  Our Gods won’t accept our garbage.  In the book of Malachi, we find some fabulous passages in which Yahweh expresses His feelings about priests presenting the dregs of their flocks to God.  Instead of sacrificing animals that were in pristine condition, these people are dragging in wheezing disease bags.  Then they pretend not to know why Yahweh is ticked.

“‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My respect?’ says Yahweh of hosts to you, O priests who despise My Name.

But you say, ‘How have we despised Your Name?’

You are presenting defiled food upon My altar.

But you say, ‘How have we defiled You?’

In that you say, ‘The table of Yahweh is to be despised.’

When you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you?  Would he receive you kindly?” says Yahweh of hosts. (Mal. 1:6-8)

That bit about us trying to get away with offering our Gods things that other people wouldn’t even accept from us really nails it, and the song we’re going to examine in this post is a great example of this principle.  Picture a wife handing her husband a card on their tenth anniversary.  Standing inches away from her, he slips the card out of the envelope, opens it up and reads the handwritten note she put inside: “Wish you were here.  Wish you cared about me.  Wish I knew you.”  Is the man going to feel complimented by such a sentiment?  No, he’s going to feel angry and insulted.  Here he’s been married to this woman for ten years, giving her his faithful love and support, and this is what she has to say to him?  No human husband would react well to such smack, yet some snarky little Christian decided that the Holy Spirit would find it honoring for His people to sing a song that totally denies His involvement in their lives.  So now we have Cece Winans’ [see-see WHY-nans] song Holy Spirit, Come Fill This Place added to the ocean of God bashing tunes that we circulate in Christendom.

Now though Christians make the ridiculous claim that they are monotheists who only worship one God, in reality they are polytheists who worship three separate and distinct Beings.  When they sit down to compose a worship song, they make a choice about which of their Gods they want to address.  Sometimes they sing to just One, other times they acknowledge multiple Gods.  The nasty little song we’re going to cover in this post is a direct slam on the Holy Spirit.  He is the only One we’re hurling the insults at, and those insults come thick and fast.  Let’s now go through this foul little piece line by line and understand why this is such an offensive piece of rot to our God.

Holy Spirit, come and fill this place

One of the most insulting requests a Christian can make of any of their Gods is to ask Them to “come.”  Humans only ask for things which they believe they don’t already have—it’s how we’re wired.  If your mouth is stuffed with a doughnut, you don’t say, “Can I have a doughnut?”  You know you have a doughnut, you’re in the process of eating it.  Well, as a Christian, you claim to believe that the Holy Spirit is already with you on two counts.  First, He’s an omnipresent God—which means that He is already everywhere all of the time.  Even an atheist is delusional to ever ask God to “come” because there is nowhere that God doesn’t exist.  So right out of the gate, you are flatly denying the fact that the Holy Spirit is even in the vicinity of where you are.  But then it gets even more insulting, because you don’t have the excuse of being a soul who has not yet been educated about who your Creators are.  No, you are a Christian—a person who specifically claims to have the Holy Spirit dwelling within your personal being.  And yet though you say that these things are part of your theology, you are now singing a song at the magnificent Holy Spirit in which you actually have the gall to tell Him to come.

Bring us healing with Your warm embrace
Show Your power make Your Presence known

Ah yes, now things are getting more clear.  “Bring us healing. Show Your power.”  What you really want is for the Holy Spirit to perform for you.  This song has nothing to do with worshiping Him or expressing any complimentary sentiment.  You actually think that by insulting Him with your blatant denial of His Presence, you can motivate Him to want to give you a bunch of warm fuzzies just to assure you that yes, He really does exist.  You want Him to give you some cozy little embrace—that’s code for Him sending warm tingles up the spine of your earthsuit.  You want Him to perform some supernatural stunt in order to make His Presence known.  In other words, you’re telling Him that you have zero respect for anything He’s told you up until now.  You’ve decided that His illumination of your soul is like so much trash.  Until He “shows His power,” you’re going to keep up this bratty act of pretending that you don’t even know He is around.

Holy Spirit, come fill this place
Holy Spirit, come fill this place

See how it works?  You start the song by declaring your rejection of the Holy Spirit’s Presence with you.  Then you lay down the conditions for how He can win back your acknowledgement of Him: He has to give you some “warm embrace” and put on a show of power.  Then, and only then, will you give Him the great honor of acknowledging that He exists.  How incredibly generous of you.

Now perhaps there are humans in your life who care so much about your approval that they will rush to appease you when you start throwing out a bunch of unfounded accusations that you feel unloved and unsupported.  But the Holy Spirit is God Almighty, not a human, and He doesn’t find your insults endearing.  The Holy Spirit is pleased by soul attitudes like trust, reverence, submission, humility, dependency, and gratitude.  This faithless fit you’re putting on in this song is utterly repulsive to Him and if He was the leaving type, your constant cries for Him to “come” would be the very thing to send Him out the door.  You see, you just can’t pull this routine on the Holy Spirit, because He knows that you know He is real.  He can see your soul responding to Him, and He knows that this whole “Where are You?  I can’t find You,” routine is a total sham. 

My heart is longing just to hear from You
My soul is waiting to know Someone who
Can take us higher, help us make it through
So will You please come and set us free

Now this is priceless.  “My soul is waiting to know Someone…”  In other words, you’re saying that your soul has never met God.  You’re still waiting to meet some Being who can “help you make it through.”  Wow. How do you sing such smack as a Christian?  Why on earth are you even calling yourself a Christian if you’re going to claim to have never met Christ?  Or don’t you view Christ as Someone who helps you?  Apparently you don’t.  As you stand here whining about needing to meet Someone who can help you in life, you’re grossly insulting all three of your Gods. Well, if this is the thanks the Holy Spirit gets for protecting you, providing for you, and guiding you 24/7, why should He bother to continue?  If you’re going to publicly deny His involvement in your life and actually stand there claiming to have never known anyone who can help you, then why shouldn’t He just flick you into Hell?  Are you getting a feel for how insulting it is to be on the receiving end of this particular bit of snark?  Oh, but now let’s have you once again plead for Him to “come,” because that’s so God-honoring.

Holy Spirit, come and fill this place
Bring us healing with Your warm embrace
Show Your power, make Your Presence known
Holy Spirit, come fill this place

Breath of God we need a touch from You
Shine down on us with the light of truth
Stir our hearts and set our spirits free

The Holy Spirit is God Almighty, not breath.  And no, you really don’t need a touch, you need a full on spanking to snap you out of your bratittude.  Touch us.  Shine down on us. Stir us. Set us free.  This is all Christianese for “give our earthsuits a sensual rush.”  When you talk to God like this, you’re like the wife who only values her husband for the massages, petting, and orgasms he can give her.  Would you feel respected and loved in a relationship where your partner was treating you like their personal sex machine?  Do you want to date someone who only ever wants you to give them rubdowns and services?  Of course not, yet you expect God Almighty to smile when you nag Him for a bunch of sensuality.  You haven’t paid God a single compliment in this song, but you’ve made it very clear that the only thing you value Him for is how warm and gushy He can make you feel.  He’s your earthsuit stroking problem solver.  And until He gets it in gear and starts putting on the light and power shows, you’re going to keep denying His Presence with you.

Holy Spirit, come fill this place
Holy Spirit, come fill this place

Nice.  Some Christian fool who posted this song on their YouTube channel introduced it with the following comment:

This is a great and awesome worship song by CeCe Winans. This song is anointed by the Holy Spirit so that anyone who praises and worships Him will also receive the same anointing.

No, we’re not trying to use God.  We just want to sing this song at Him so He’ll be coerced into giving us some special anointing.  Such is the mainstream Christian definition of worship.

Our hearts are hungry for Your perfect peace
Our souls are thirsty for the joy You bring
So send Your glory; make Your praise complete
Send down the rain, touch us once again

The longer we sing, the more demands we make.  Now we want perfect peace and joy.  Notice that bit about the Holy Spirit having to make His praise complete by sending down glory and rain.  Where do we get off talking to the Holy Spirit like He’s some kind of weather system?  He’s God Almighty.  He’s not breath and He’s not rain.

Holy Spirit, come and fill this place
Bring us healing with Your warm embrace
Show Your power, make Your Presence known
Holy Spirit, come fill this place

Breath of God we need a touch from You
Shine down on us with the light of truth
Stir our hearts and set our spirit free

What we really need is a swift kick in the pants and a boatload of life crushing trials which will motivate us to rediscover what reverential submission is.  If we are so comfortable flat out denying the fact that the Holy Spirit is with us, and if we can actually make the outrageous statement that our souls are still waiting to meet Someone who can help us in life, then a bunch of warm fuzzies is the last thing that will help us.  It is only pride grinding misery that will break us out of this kind of brat mode, and that is what we can count on the Holy Spirit to give us.  But then again, the Holy Spirit’s patience has limits, and if we’ve been refusing to respond to His convictions about improving our treatment of Him, why should He give us the help we so desperately need to get over ourselves? Why not just surround us with other irreverent fools who will encourage us to abandon the work of faith development so that we’ll waste our lives chasing after emotional rushes that mean nothing?  It is a privilege to be invited to know our Gods better, and They don’t extend such invitations to souls who refuse to respect Them. As we now end this song with a bunch of emphatic declarations that we absolutely do not believe the Holy Spirit is with us, how motivated do you think He’s going to feel to invite us closer to Him?

Holy Spirit, come fill this place
Holy Spirit, come fill this place
Holy Spirit, come fill this place

Holy Spirit, come and fill this place
Holy Spirit, come and fill this place
Holy Spirit, come and fill this place
Holy Spirit, come and fill this place

Send Your Presence, let it fall on me; Come fill this place
Send Your Presence, let it fall on me; Come fill this place
Send Your Presence, let it fall on me; Come fill this place
Send Your Presence, let it fall on me; Come fill this place

Thank you, Cece Winans, for leading us all down this faithless road of God-bashing rot.  Take a good look: this is what is called bad leadership.  On her Twitter account, Cece posts:

Worship is celebrating Who GOD is and what He has done. It is essential to the future of the Church!

And who does Cece teach us that God is in this song?  She teaches us that He’s not with us, hence she leads us to plead for Him to “come” a whopping twenty one times in this song. This is her idea of celebrating who God is?  This is how she celebrates what He has done—by saying she’s still waiting to meet Someone who can help her in life?

We tell you over and over again that you need to talk to God directly in life.  In the Church, you are surrounded with leaders like Cece who are encouraging you down wrong roads and lying to you about what pleases your Gods.  They shamelessly encourage you to treat Them far worse than you would another human, and then they tell you that that’s “anointed.”  Well, no it’s not, and the fact that Cece has been showered with awards in the music industry does nothing to make up for the fact that she is grossly insulting the Holy Spirit in this song.  Don’t follow her down the road of spiritual idiocy by speaking so irreverently to the One who is holding your molecules together. Instead, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how He wants to be worshiped, and to help you continuously improve your treatment of Him in every area of your life.  That is what it means to honor your God.

FURTHER READING:
Faith Development: Basic Mechanics
Hymns That Lead Us Astray: Showers of Blessing
Hymns That Lead Us Astray: There is Power in the Blood
Worship Songs from Satan: Fall Afresh

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