After receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior, the two major factors that shape our Christian lives are the messages we hear (preaching & teaching) and the music we sing. I love good preaching and traditional ‘black church’ choir music.
I remember listening to a well-known “evangelist” in my early Christian walk. That person had went from a ‘nobody,’ to a ‘somebody’ after using a catchy title to encourage people to stay sexually pure. That person’s second message was about the armor of God. The message strongly implied that a Christian needed to have their armor on or they would end up in hell. Wow! That message was far from the Biblical doctrine of salvation.
But songs we sing also shape our theological understanding.
Sermons are not the only medium that may have catch titles; songs can have a catchy chorus. I once purchased a CD and listen to it so much it began to skip like an old vinyl 45 record. The traditional cultural choir and its reference to Scripture captivated me, but I had exchanged the truth of God’s Word for a lie and reduced a “saint,” to a “Sinner who just fell down and got up again.”
Jesus is not real because I can feel Him in my hands and feet…
Victory is mine because “I trust the Ever living One—His wounds for me shall plead, not because I told Satan to get thee behind…
I don’t have to fear because I don’t have my armor on…
I don’t have to doubt because I fell down and didn’t get up again…
NO, “Enough for me that Jesus saves—This ends my fear and doubt”
1 John 2:2a states, “He is the propitiation for our sins…”
Not my armor, not my ability to get back up again, not even because I feel him in my hands and in my feet… It is because of His death on the cross.
Do the messages you hear, and the music you sing proclaim the truths in Scripture and strengthen your heart by the grace of God? (Hebrews 13:9)
If not, stop listening to those messages, and stop singing those works-righteousness songs, and embrace music that reminds you of our security in Christ’s finish work on the cross. “My soul has been anchored in the Lord” – Douglas Miller
“I need no other argument, I need no other plea; It is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me” – “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place” – Lidie H. Edmunds
You will never hear this song on 88.3 Power & Praise, Philadelphia’s Praise 103.9, Sunday Praise Countdown on WBLS, or Kiss FM, but when you sing this hymn you will proclaim the truths of Scripture and establish your heart in Christ’s gracious work on the cross.
Brian Spivey – D.O.C.