Are we Singing in Unity or in Error

 

Psalm63-4

Praise The Lord by Jim Peters 

I would like to share with you something that has impacted me greatly in my Christian walk and that is the Music we sing.  God can even use Secular songs to touch our heart, His seeds are everywhere and yes it is ok to raise our hands and to show the Joy we have as we sing or to be in quiet reverence worshiping God in our heart and sometimes there will even be tears.

All Melody in music comes from God’s heart and so do the words when inspired by The Holy Spirit  but like all of God’s gifts man can distort or twist them causing much confusion, deception and often this error is then passed on…. so let’s read what God tells us about our Worship in song …

Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
 
Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one Body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
 
To show how error can come in Teaching through the words of songs, lets look at just one song, you may have read my Post, Onward Christian Soldiers, and heard this song on the YouTube link, it is also below.
 
Onward Christian Soldiers was first written by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865 but later changes were made by those who had different Doctrines and at other times verses were deleted but Sabine’s version is confirmed in the Scriptures the new versions are not. ( see below ) but thankfully many still sing the original words although sometimes deleting the last verses.
 
 For example Sabine’s words “One in Hope and Doctrine” was changed to “one in hope and purpose and  “We are not Divided” was changed to “Though divisions harass. ” Sabine’s words are of the Spirit because they are confirmed in the Bible but the first change although not  wrong, we do need to have hope and purpose but it was not as Sabine’ received it. The second alteration shows division which is caused by the worldly flesh.

Bible

 There are many Scriptures that confirm the Truth that we are to be in Unity and not argue or agree to disagree, I will just share some of them with you….

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1: 10 -11 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
 
Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.  Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
 
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in Peace; and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.
 
1 Peter 3:7-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
 
Philippians 4:2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
 
Philippians 2:1-6 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of Love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my Joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same Love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
 
Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Melody 1

How wonderful that we are the Body of Christ and He has Lovingly given us guidelines even in Worship and how we can praise Him in song which brings Unity and Maturity and as we can see in the Scriptures, there is always a balance which is needed to reach out to all generations including the Elderly who have joyful memories of  the Hymns they grew up with or enjoyed as new Christians.

Melody 1 
For me it was Scripture in Song, some had really beautiful words straight from the Scriptures, a few of my favourites are Bind us together in Love and A New Commandment I give unto you to Love one another.  My first Church was  a close Loving family of all ages, we were there for 20 years and there was great Unity and Love and I’m sure our heartfelt  worship was the unifying strength that we had in The Lord.
 
Below is the original words to Onward Christian Soldiers and the You Tube link….
 
Onward, Christian soldiers
 
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
forward into battle see His banners go!
 
Refrain: Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
with the cross of Jesus going on before.
 
2.At  the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise. 
 
(Refrain)
 
3.Like a mighty army moves the Church of God;
brothers, we are treading where the Saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one Body we,
one in Hope and Doctrine, one in Charity. ( Love ) 
 
(Refrain)
 
4.Crowns and thrones may perish, Kingdoms rise and wane,
but the Church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that Church prevail;
we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail. 
 
(Refrain)
 
5.Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
this through countless ages men and Angels sing.
 
(Refrain)
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Christian Love from us both –  Anne

 

 

About Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

Hi I’m a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my name is Anne. I live in Queensland Australia, I’m very much a People person believing we are all people of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free.
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15 Responses to Are we Singing in Unity or in Error

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  2. Ron says:

    You are right Anne ,when they change words of songs written by those who felt inspired by God to put pen to paper. The trouble with that is ,Where Do You Stop ? You dont like something further on ,so change it ! I love the songs of the church new and old ,brings me closer to Him. Lets not worry about changing ,just enjoy worship .

    Blessings
    Ron

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    • Hi Love, it is also sad when they change or ignor Scripture to suite there own fleshy understanding but some are just confused or deceived, it is not deliberate the same with music, they think they are making it fit and to be honest some words of songs are not from God and need to be changed or ignored but we need to have God’s discernment and wisdom to know the differance not mans agenda.

      See you soon – Christian Love Anne

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  3. I would like to believe that we are heading towards one heart and mind in following God’s path. Not easy but together, we are stronger. Thanks.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi dear Island Traveler, thank you for your insight we are indeed stronger when we are united but it is always our choice, God does not force us to do anything, or does He Zap us so we will, He does not want puppets but when we choose to do His will He empowers us so we can.

      It does show we have Love when we choose to be in unity, that is when it’s God’s unity not mans. His unity is all about sacrifice and giving unconditionaly, as I read your Blog I see you do this, you have so many to encourage and yet you do so even when you are tired, this encourages me to do the same.

      God bless you dear friend – Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  4. Love it \o/ Thanks so much for letting me be a small part, I am deeply honored -In Christ Darrell

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  5. Lovely line of thought, Granny Annie. I enjoyed the scriptures that admonish us to sing hymns and spiritual songs. It is intersting how thorough you can be in ensuring that things are right. I admire that virtue in you.
    In my opinion, almost anything that man does may either have a flaw or generate some sort of controversy.
    We don’t necessarily agree completely with everything we come across. Some people insist on ways we may not feel comfortable with, based on their own interpretations of life or even scriptures.
    One thing that makes me enjoy songs and people’s expressions, without much strife, is the fact that I know that all I have received from God is by grace and not by works.
    I wouldn’t intentionally step into error but if for whatever reason, I’m in error, God rescues me and reinstates me to my rightful place.
    I would be as careful as I can, but my righteousness is a gift from God, through His son.
    Keep sharing God’s word and generating thought provoking ideas that can transform minds positively.
    Welldone, Granny Annie!
    Regards to Ron!

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    • I always keep in mind Son, that the Holy Spirit does not say one thing to one person and something different to another when it contradicts, there is only one Truth and that is God’s and when we have His wisdom we are not in error and what we share will be confirmed in the Scriptures but as you can see below not all will understand , in Christ Jesus we will all have the same focus and be of one mind in regard to God’s Truth, as for the colour of the curtains in the Church etc yes we can differ but God even chose these for the Tabernacle, do you know why Son ?

      Christian Love from both of us – Grannie Annie

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      • Granny Annie, God is gracious and He does great and mighty things!
        I received your message about the situation of things back home and I believe that God is intervening and restoring peace and soundness.
        Life situations may shake us up sometimes, but they all build up our confidence in God.
        I pray that soon, you shall testify to God’s goodness and faithfulness. One thing I’m sure of is that God never fails. He makes all things beautiful in His time.
        Cling to Him in trust and confidence, He would work out the unimaginable.
        Be strong through it all, this too shall pass.
        God’s grace, Grannie Annie!
        Regards to Ron.

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        • Hi Son, thanks for your Loving thoughts and yes God works everything for good in our lives and it brings me great comfort to know He does not cause us to suffer, our God is very Loving and I feel His arms about me through the prayers of you all.

          I will phone Pam, Alfred’s wife today, it was too late yesterday and I will talk to the Vet too and if I’m ok to share, I will do a Post or Ron will and let you all know. Not sure if they will operate on Monty’s leg, we will know today, it could have been a bite or it’s a Tumour and he may have been poisoned accidentally, or their both connected, he is very sick, we just don’t know.

          Thanks for Caring Son you have all been so wonderful God does indeed comfort us.

          Christian Love from both of us – Grannie Annie

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  6. Love this hymn learned early as a child. Loved your post as well!

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  7. Hi Marie, thank you for sharing your Spiritual song, the words are very True, right through the generations God has given His Children beautiful songs to sing and they come from the Melody in His heart.

    We need God’s Balance too, not just sometimes but all the time so that every Generation can be uplifted. I notice often that the elderly are being left out in a lot of modern churches today, their much Loved Hymes are being ignored and they feel their is something missing, I have asked them and yes there is for them which is very sad. When we have God’s balance like Him we concider everyone not just the younger generation, to be in Unity we need to concider others first and respect our elders and seek to uplift and encourage them, at their time of life they have battles we don’t even realise.

    Christian Love – Anne

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  8. Marie says:

    Hi Anne! I so agree that the words of songs matter a great deal. AS we choose new hymnals for our worship service I am carefully watching for word changes. Your post reminded me of a song by Sandi Patti called “It’s Your Song Lord”. Check out these words:
    It’s Your song Lord, You created the gift that we bring.
    It’s Your song Lord, You created music so we could sing.
    So we’ll send the melody right back around
    To make a perfect circle with the sound.
    We love to lift our voices Lord, ’cause every time we do
    We’re singing Your song for You.

    Blessings and Christian love from the Northern Hemisphere.
    Marie @ http://asatisfiedspirit.com & http://123craftcafe.com

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