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Horrible Repentance Songs: SOUL ON FIRE by Third Day

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How many professional Christian musicians does it take to write one bad song about repentance?  Well, in the case of Soul on Fire, it took six: Matt Maher, Brenton Brown, and four members of the Christian group Third Day.  So, really?  Six guys to write a song with so little to it?  Can you imagine that conversation?  “Hey, I put the G chord in the second verse, so I get my name on it.”   “Hey, I wrote that one line in the chorus, so I get my name on it, too.”  “Hey, I came up with the title, so I get a cut.”  We Christians really do get ridiculous in our lust for glory and fame, don’t we?

Now to understand why singing Soul on Fire is going to leave your soul feeling discouraged about ever getting into a good place with God, you need to get a correct understanding of how repentance works.  It’s time for some analogies. Read more of this post

Offensive Worship Songs: GOD’S NOT DEAD by the Newsboys

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When a song has a good beat and energetic music, it’s easy to just join the throng and sing those lyrics without really thinking about what you’re saying to God.  But here’s the thing about worship: it’s a two way street.  There’s not just you belting out those words, there’s also Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit standing right there listening to you.  When we claim to be worshiping our Gods, we shouldn’t just be yammering a bunch of insulting guff at Them.  We shouldn’t just be letting some animated performer lead us down some road of irreverent statements and meaningless confessions.  Treating our Gods with honor means giving serious thought to what we’re saying to Them, and making a point to choose worship lyrics that are actually worshipful.  Unfortunately, worshipful lyrics are not what we find in the song God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion).  Brought to us by the Newsboys and popularized in the recent God’s Not Dead movies, this song contains some very problematic words for the serious Christian.  Let’s now go through these lyrics line by line so you can decide for yourself if this is a song you should be singing to God. Read more of this post

Confession Worship Songs: White Flag

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So far in our discussion of various worship songs, we’ve said that worship and sin are very serious topics to God. Now we can add surrender to the list: spiritual surrender is a very serious topic to God. Are you noticing a theme here? Your whole relationship with God is extremely serious to Him. It matters. He is invested. He doesn’t treat His association with you like some casual deal. He isn’t your fair-weather friend. He isn’t your pseudo friend on Facebook. He is your God and Creator. There’s no room for a bunch of phoniness in your walk with Him. Things need to be honest, real, and sincere.

Now no matter how much you think you love God, He loves you a whole lot more. No matter how much you want to grow closer to Him, your desire for Him is nothing compared to His desire for you. There are certain things that God REALLY wants from you. Total surrender is one of those things. Total surrender is when we SINCERELY say “Have Your total way in my life now and forever.” Total surrender isn’t a game. “Surrender” isn’t a phrase we should be throwing around casually. Do you want someone you’re madly in love with to propose marriage to you and then say, “Just kidding, I take it back”? Wouldn’t such a vicious joke make you feel sick with heartache? Well, God finds it extremely repulsive when His people say to Him “We totally surrender to You—just kidding!” There are far too many songs in circulation today which promote this exact message. When we sing them, we make all kinds of glorious promises to God that we DON’T MEAN. He HATES IT. Read more of this post

Confession Worship Songs: The Heart of Worship

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By definition, a Christian leader in the Church is supposed to be a spiritual leader. This means they are supposed to be teaching the flock how to treat God with honor. Now there are many areas in which we can lead. A worship leader is supposed to be someone who is teaching the flock how to honor God through worship. Unfortunately the title “worship leader” today usually means nothing more than “People think I’m really good at playing an instrument.” And once we surround ourselves with leaders who don’t have a clue about what it means to treat God with honor, it’s hardly a surprise that the songs they set before us are so inappropriate.

Now at some point, some fool thought it would be a brilliant idea to turn the worship hour into a time of group confession. The idea is that we all stand around singing about how miserably we’ve been treating God. And because we’re singing, not speaking, that’s supposed to make it worship. Well, no, this doesn’t work. Read more of this post

Worship Songs from Satan: Awake My Soul

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A favorite trick that Satan uses to get you to lower your guard is to quote Scripture. Just stick a verse in the middle of the lies and that makes it all okay. And while we’re at it, let’s yank things out of context and try to pretend God was talking to Christians when He so wasn’t. Whenever you hear someone quoting the Old Testament and trying to say God was really talking to YOU—a New Covenant believer—when He said whatever He said, you need to be extremely cautious. While the Old Testament provides us with an invaluable education about who our Gods are and what pleases Them, many of the passages we love to quote are being grossly misapplied. Malachi 3:10 is a prime example of this—the old “Bring the whole tithe into My storehouse.” Let’s take a quotation from a furious Yahweh who is reaming out a bunch of snarky rebels and pretend He’s talking to Christians who actually care about pleasing Him. Can we get any more foolish?

Now Christian leaders know that you don’t know your Bible very well. They know that they can yank Scriptures out of their contexts and make them say whatever they want. Since you’re too lazy to look up the passages for yourself, you’ll never realize how many baloney sandwiches you’re being served on Sunday morning. It’s a classic trick, and you’ll find that many false shepherds rely heavily on verse quotations to woo you into trusting them. Read more of this post

Worship Songs from Satan: Lord Reign in Me

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Worship songs from Satan are songs which outrageously insult God under the guise of praising Him. They are terrible theology set to music. They encourage you to flatly deny essential truths God has taught you about who He is and how He operates. They are pure rot. And yet because of their catchy tunes and a sparse sprinkling of reverent sounding lyrics, many of them become enormously popular in the Church. “Lord Reign in Me” is a classic example.

Now the title alone should raise some flags, because if you’re a Christian, how do you think God doesn’t already reign in you? Not only does God reign over everything, but don’t you say that Jesus is your Lord? Don’t you refer to God as your King? What do Lords and Kings do if They don’t reign? Or are you just using the terms flippantly? Because if Jesus isn’t your Lord, then clearly you aren’t saved. There is no situation in which our Sovereign God doesn’t reign, and this is a fact that Christians should be celebrating, not denying. Read more of this post

Worship Songs from Satan: Build Your Kingdom Here

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As a Christian who wants to grow closer to God, it is vital that you are totally open and honest with Him in your prayer life. The way God chooses to operate in this world often frustrates and confuses us. We don’t understand why He withholds healing and help from some people while giving it to others. We don’t understand why He lets evil men rule the day. Of course, if we read our Bibles and did a better job of listening to the Holy Spirit we would understand because God has already explained these things to us. But the prevailing Christian mentality today is to just coast. Don’t put much work in your relationship with God. Don’t pay attention to the things He teaches you. Just live from one adrenaline spike to the next. Downplay your role in rebellion. Deny that God’s discipline ever comes in negative forms. When things go wrong, talk like it’s all His fault. Such deluded thinking is what inspired the lyrics to the popular worship song “Build Your Kingdom Here.” The title alone should give you pause. Why would a Christian think it’s a good idea to ask God to build His Kingdom on earth? Since when does God not already have a Kingdom well-established here? What’s the Church if she’s not the Kingdom of God? Ah, but so many of our Christian composers find it fashionable to pretend obvious truths aren’t obvious, so we end up with ridiculous lyrics like: Read more of this post

Worship Songs from Satan: Create in Me a Clean Heart

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When you hear the term “worship song”, what comes to mind? Well, we like to think that worship songs were written by Christians who were trying to give their brothers and sisters in the Lord a new song to sing to the Lord. Worship songs are supposed to be a means by which we worship God. What does it mean to worship God? Worship is when your soul expresses its love, adoration, and devotion to God. Worship is supposed to bless God’s heart, not make Him groan in frustration. Now when you stand in church exercising your vocal cords while your mind is a million miles away, are you worshiping God? No, you’re just making a bunch of noise and He finds it very annoying. God loves you—A LOT. How would you like it if someone you really loved had his eyes glued to the football game on TV while he said, “You have no idea how much I love you.” Or how much you would enjoy having sex with your wife while she texted with her friend? In the Bible, God uses sex as His main metaphor for worship. By making such a shocking comparison and then calling His chosen people His bride, Yahweh drives home the point that our worship is extremely serious to Him. It is an intimate activity. It is something we should be doing when we are focused. It should ALWAYS be sincere. Read more of this post