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Question #288

If a song writer wrote what he felt, then that's good enough for me!

Sir, you are an idiot.

You are insulting and inconsiderate about these songs which you call "trite" little songs. The writer of the song wrote what they felt. That's good enough for me. You make fun of 3 different songs on here with absolutely no reason why they are truly wrong, let alone a scriptural reason.

Do you not have anything better to do with your time than "warn" people against potentially helpful and encouraging songs? I advise you to get a life. It's absolutely ridiculous. You require that a song be an absolute masterpiece of music before it is singable. These writers are just people! And there would be NO songs in your book if it wasn't for them.

The Answer:

First, you may not agree with the conclusions stated, but you really give no reason to support your position other than that they are good enough for you. Unfortunately, you fail to give any indication of your ability to discern between a song that is trite and one that is not. What is your background in writing? What is your background in music? Moreover, upon what basis do you espouse the position that what is good enough for you is good enough for God? One ought not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think. (Romans 12:3)

Second, the standard for songs of worship is not what you or I or the author of the song may “feel.” The standard is whether the words of a song (or sermon or prayer for that matter) are sound (Scriptural) and worthy to bring to God as a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of our lips. (Hebrews 13:15) You may feel that anyone who can write a little “ditty” can produce such a worthy product. I do not. I am not suggesting that they do not have a right to write it; I am suggesting that I have a right to reject it as unworthy to take before the throne of Grace and to use it to teach and edify my brothers and sisters.

Third, much of the music for many of the new songs was written for the “accomplished.” Some are in minor chords and many have intervals that are difficult for the untrained singer to sing. Worship music should be written in a manner that is easy for all to sing because we are all commanded to worship. How can we worship when we are incapable of “hitting the notes” because the intervals are difficult? Some of them may be “masterpieces of music,” but most of us common folk cannot follow it. I am sure you are an accomplished singer and have no trouble at all, but that describes a small portion of the church.

Fourth, if you want to read something insulting and inconsiderate, just read what you have written. Disagreement does not call for such language. Several have written in disagreement and have done so in a kind and Christian manner. As for being an idiot, I will be judged by the work that I have done and that which I have accomplished. You will be judged on the same basis, and the only basis of judgment for you now is your “trite” comments worthy of a small unthinking child. You might want to show it to your mother. I am sure that she will be proud of you.

God's Plan of Salvation

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)

You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)