by Sandy Simpson
Apologetics Coordination Team
Updated As Of: 12/4/13
This Worship Song Ratings page is here to help churches, pastors and worship leaders in choosing music for their churches.  The ratings on this page are based solely on the lyrics of the songs we have rated, not the music.  Music is a subjective thing for most people and hard to rate for everyone.  But the lyrical content can be rated as to how well it upholds Biblical teachings ... or not.  Our ratings are based on a four star system as follows:

A rating of fours stars indicates an excellent song, one which teaches sound doctrine and accurately portrays a Biblical view of God.
A rating of three stars indicates the song is suitable for use in Bible believing Christ centered churches.
A rating of two stars means the song is only fair, usually as a result of having at least one lyrical problem or related issue.
A rating of one star means the song has seriously compromised unbiblical lyrics and should not be used.
A rating of zero stars means this song is not recommended for ANY use in a Biblical church.

The criteria for this ratings page stems from a proper exegesis of the Bible and the use of the core doctrines of the Faith. You can also use the following articles as reference and ideas on how to test music in your church.

Testing Music In The Church by Sandy Simpson, 10/00
Testing Music In The Church 2 by Sandy Simpson, 3/17/09

Before we get into rating individual songs, I want to give you some tips on how to test music in your church and choose good songs for your worship team.

(1) You can make any song better by NOT repeating phrases in the song over and over.  That can only lead to people zoning out and not really thinking about what they are singing.  Sing more songs instead of singing a few songs over and over until people are numb.

(2) Avoid songs that focus on self, repeating words like "I", "me", "my" and "mine" throughout.  Choose songs that focus people on Jesus Christ.

(3) Test all music, both new and old.  There are bad old songs and good new ones, and visa versa as you will see as you read these ratings.

(4) If a songwriter or music publisher is affiliated with a heretical or compromised church or movement, those false teachings will eventually come through in their compositions.

(5) Consider mixing up musical styles.  A church can get into a rut focusing on only contemporary music just as easily as focusing only on hymns.  Choose a mixture of new and old and different methods such as overheads and hymnbooks.

(6) Don't foster the habit of having people clap on every upbeat song.  That gets very boring.

(7) Consider, if possible, having more than one worship team in your church, especially if they have different styles.  I know one church who had a jazz band, a contemporary band, a rock band, and a classical music group with violins, etc.  I could add a lot more styles to that group including choirs, pipe or electric organ, folk, etc.

(8) Choose songs that glorify God, teach sound doctrine, teach about God's character, etc.

(9) Establish a committee of elders, pastors and worship leaders to make sure good worship music is being used in your church.

This ratings page will be an ongoing project.  Check back often for new ratings that have been added.  If you have any songs you want rated you can submit them to me at ditc@hotmail.com.  I hope this page will be a help to many.


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A Breath in the Fog
(Spoken, (C) 2003 BEC Recordings)


Verse 1:
God give me strength to make it through
Situations that sometimes get out of hand
I'll keep my eyes on You
I'll keep my eyes on You

Chorus:
My dreams may not come true
I may fall, I may fall on my face
Still my hope is in You
All I need is the strength to make it through

Verse 2:
God strengthen these hands that always hurt You
This mind that wanders and always gets out hand
I'll keep my eyes on You
I'll keep my eyes on You

Chorus:
My dreams may not come true
I may fall, I may fall on my face
Still my hope is in You
All I need is the strength to make it through

Like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared
Like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared
Like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared
(I'll keep my eyes on you)
Like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared
(I'll keep my eyes on you)
Like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared
(I'll keep my eyes on you)
Like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared
(I'll keep my eyes on you)

Chorus:
My dreams may not come true
I may fall, I may fall on my face
Still my hope is in You
All I need is the strength to make it through

My dreams they may not come true
I may fall, I may fall on my face
I may fall, I may fall,
I may fall, I may fall on my face

The good aspect of this song is that our hope is in the Lord (Ps. 39:7) and we do need to keep our eyes on the Lord (Matt. 14:29-31).  Not sure what "like a breath in the fog my memories have disappeared" means since there is no mention of that concept or apparently the word "fog" in the Bible.  I'm not sure if the author meant this as a good thing or bad thing.  It may be poetic but if people can simply assign any meaning of their own to a phrase, then there can be no unity in worship.


Above All
(Lenny LeBlanc & Paul Beloche, Performed by Michael W. Smith, EMI Publishing, Dove Awards "Inspirational Song Of The Year" 2003)

Above all powers, above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and the ways of man
You were here, before the world began

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure what you're worth

Crucified, laid behind a stone
You lived to die, rejected and alone
Like a rose, trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me
Above all

Above all powers
Above all powers, above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here, before the world began

Above all kingdoms, above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure what you're worth

Crucified, laid behind a stone
You lived to die, rejected and alone
Like a rose, trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me

Crucified, laid behind a stone
You lived to die, rejected and alone
Like a rose, trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me
Above all

Like a rose, trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me
Above all
You thought of me (4)

Thank you Jesus
Hallelujah

Generally good picture of Jesus and His Deity/humanity.  Two problems however.  (1) A rose that's on the ground has no value.  Its beauty is spent and gone. The biblical "fall" is about us giving in to temptation - and that doesn't really fit the context here.  The notion of "taking the fall" commonly referred to a co-conspirator in a crime who's job was to take the "fall" for the crime and do his time in prison, knowing that his cronys had his share waiting for him.  The "fall guy" was guilty and shouldn't be confused with a scapegoat. Mixed metaphors. The words we have of Jesus on the cross indicate that he was thinking about His Father and His separation.  He did speak of his mother and disciple but there is no reference to future believers or the world in general or about me, specifically. (2) God is no respecter of persons and, I believe, did NOT think of ME above ALL.  Theologically wrong and logically impossible. (Commentary by Mary Walker)


All That I Want
(Planetshakers from the album All For Love, 2011)

My soul sings
To my Saviour King of Kings
I need You
You are everything to me

I love You
So much more than anything
I'll live for You
Jesus You are everything

You're all that I want
You're all that I need
You're all that I want
You're all that I live for in this world
(REPEAT)

Jesus
You are all I need
Jesus
You are everything

Good song though sparse lyrics.


All To Us
(Matt Redman, Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, © 2010 worshiptogether.com Songs / sixsteps Music / Vamos Publishing / Said And Done Music)


Verse 1
Precious cornerstone, sure foundation
You are faithful to the end
We are waiting, on You, Jesus
We believe You're all to us

Chorus
Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the Church
Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns
Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives
We believe You're all to us

Verse 2
Only Son of God sent from Heaven
Hope and mercy at the cross
You are everything, You're the Promise
Jesus, You are all to us

Bridge
You're all to us
You're all to us
You're all to us
Yes, You are

Verse 3
When this passing world is over
We will see You face to face
And forever we will worship
Jesus, You are all to us

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.


Amazing Grace
(John Newton (1725-1807), published in 1779)

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

A truly great and classic song of Christianity.  I urge you to read more on the amazing story of this song here.


America
(Jack Parker, Chris Tomlin, J.d. Walt, 2001 worshiptogether.com)


Let your glory fly
Let your glory fly
Let your glory fly
If my people will humbly pray
Turn from sin and their wicked ways
And I will hear them and heal their land
And show my glory and power again, yeah
Lift your eyes up
Look to the sky
The Lord is coming
Coming to America
Can you feel the fire?
Can you see the wind?
It's blowing through
Coming to America again
Go and tell them the blind will see
The lame will walk and the slave is free
Shout the news that the lost are saved
In the name of Jesus, the dead are raised
Lift your eyes up
Look to the sky
The Lord is coming
Coming to America
Can you feel the fire?
Can you see the wind?
It's blowing through
Coming to America again
Can you see it coming?
Let your glory fly
Let your glory fly
Let your glory fly
Lift your eyes up
Look to the sky
The Lord is coming
Coming to America
Can you feel the fire?
Can you see the wind?
It's blowing through
Coming to America, yeah
Lift your eyes up
Look to the sky
The Lord is coming
Coming to America
Can you feel the fire?
Can you see the wind?
It's blowing through
It's coming to America again, yeah yeah
Can you see it coming?
Can you see it coming?
Can you feel it coming?

This song exposes the Latter Rain/Dominionist theology of the author.  (1) Firstly, 2 Chron. 7:14 was written about Israel, not America.  America is not God's people.  There are Gentile Christians and the Gentile Church within America, but America is not "called by My name".  Therefore God is not guaranteeing that He will "heal the land" of America.  The following OT verse is often used out of context in modern Gentile churches. 2 Chron. 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name (Israel), will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  America is under God's judgment mainly because the churches within it have, by in large, apostatized.  (2) The Lord is not coming to America, unless he means in a strictly spiritual sense.  And even then America is on the decline as the churches in America are falling away.  To be sure Jesus Christ does not physically return to America.  Notice where he returns. Zechariah 14:4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.  (3) The dead in Christ will be raised on the day of Jesus' return.  But many stories of false dead raisings are being passed around among the New Apostolic churches to bolster their claim that they are doing Divine signs and wonders.  Which are he referring to?  (4) The phrases "feeling the fire" and "feel the wind" are phrases of the Latter Rain in believing that God is going to cause a great end times revival.  But the Bible makes it clear that God says the end times will see a great apostasy (2 Thes. 2:3).  Do not use this song because it is promoting the false ideas of the Latter Rain.


As The Deer
(Martin Nystrom, Written in 1984)



As the deer panteth for the water
    So my soul longeth after you
You alone are my heart's desire
    And I long to worship you

You alone are my strength, my shield
    To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
    And I long to worship you

You're my friend and you are my brother
    Even though you are a king
And I love you more than any other
    So much more than anything

Chorus

I want You more than gold or silver
    Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joy giver
    And the apple of my eye

Good song taken directly from, among other places in Scripture, Ps. 42:1.


At The Cross
(Darlene Zschech, Hillsong United, 2011)


Oh Lord, You've searched me
You know my way
Even when I fail You
I know You love me

Your holy presence
Surrounding me
In every season
I know You love me
I know You love me

At the cross I bow my knee
Where Your blood was shed for me
There's no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now

You go before me
You shield my way
Your hand upholds me
I know You love me

At the cross I bow my knee
Where Your blood was shed for me
There's no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now? (x2)

You tore the veil
You made a way
When You said that it is done (x2)

And when the earth fades
Falls from my eyes
And You stand before me
I know You love me
I know You love me

At the cross I bow my knee
Where your blood was shed for me
There's no greater love than this
You have overcome the grave
Your glory fills the highest place
What can separate me now? (x2)

You tore the veil
You made a way
When You said that it is done (x4)

1 Corinthians 15:55  "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"  Note: Always be careful of music from Hillsong as they promote the New Apostolic.


B
Because of Who You Are

(Martha Munizzi, Say the Name, Central South, 2001)

Because of who You are I give you glory
Because of who You are I give you praise
Because of who You are
I will lift my voice and say
Lord I worship You because of who You are
Lord I worship You because of who You are

Because of who You are I give you glory
Because of who You are I give you praise
Because of who You are
I will lift my voice and say
Lord I worship You because of who You are
Lord I worship You because of who You are

Jehovah Jireh, my provider
Jehovah Nissi, Lord You reign in victory
Jehovah Shalom, my Prince of Peace
And I worship You because of who You are.

Jehovah Jireh, my provider
Jehovah Nissi, Lord You reign in victory
Jehovah Shalom my Prince of Peace
And I worship You because of who You are.

Because of who You are
I give You glory
Because of who You are
I give You praise
Because of who You are
I will lift my voice and say
Lord I worship You because of who You are
Lord I worship You because of who You are
Lord I worship You because of who You are

Good song.  True worship is worshipping the attributive names of God.  Would have been nice to mention Jesus Christ as He should always be our focus of worship because both the Father and Holy Spirit make Jesus Christ the centerpoint of our worship today in true biblical churches.


Beneath The Waters (I Will Rise)
(Brooke Fraser,  Album: Hillsong’s “Cornerstone”, 7/3/12)

[Verse 1]
This is my revelation
Christ Jesus crucified
Salvation through repentance
At the cross on which He died

[Verse 2]
Now here my absolution
Forgiveness for my sin
And I sink beneath the waters
That Christ was buried in

[Chorus]
I will rise
I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in him now in Him I live

[Verse 3]
I stand a new creation
Baptised in blood and fire
No fear of condemnation
By faith I'm justified

[Chorus] x 2

[Bridge 1]
I rise as You are risen
Declare Your rule and reign
My life confess Your Lordship
And glorify Your Name
Your word it stands eternal
Your kingdom knows no end
Your praise goes on forever
An on and on again

[Bridge 2]
No power can stand against you
No curse assault Your throne
No one can steal Your glory
For it is Yours alone
I stand to sing Your praises
I stand to testify
For I was dead in my sin
But now I rise

[Chorus] x 3

This song would be fine apart from the fact it got the facts wrong about Jesus' death, if that is what the underlined phrase above is refering to. We need to be careful to teach the truth because there are a lot of people out there who know little or nothing about what the Bible teaches, including many Christians.  Christ was not buried in water at His death. If this is refering to His baptism we need to be careful to explain that also.  He was not baptized as an evidence of being a sinner (ie. "forgiveness of my sin") then being born again and filled with the Spirit but rather as an example of what others should do. We are not saved by baptism nor are our sins forgiven by it.  That is only by belief and committment to the Lord Jesus Christ as the One and Only Sacrifice for our sins.  If this is a figurative statement regarding His death depicting the spiritual realm as "waters" then that should be explained.  But many people would be confused by this lyric, as was the person who pointed it out to me.  It is better to be sure that statements like this will be clearly understood as such by even small children if being used as a "worship" song.  Otherwise you end up with a song that has a lot of good in it and one false statement that most people might take in the wrong way. Because of that I cannot really recommend this song.


Better Is One Day
(Matt Redman, Passion For Your Name (1995)

How lovely is
Your dwelling place
Oh Lord Almighty,
For my soul longs
And even faints
For You
Oh, here my heart
Is satisfied (is satisfied)
Within Your presence
I see beneath
The shadow of
Your wings

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
(Than thousands elsewhere)

One thing I ask,
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells
(One thing I ask)
One thing I ask
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
(Better is one day)
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere

(My heart and flesh cry out)
My heart and flesh cry out
For You, the Living God
Your Spirit's water to my soul
I've tasted, and I've seen
Come once again to me
I will draw near to You
I will draw near to You
To You

Better is one day
Better is one day
Better is one day
Than thousands elsewhere
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
(4X)
Yeah, than thousands elsewhere (Yeah)
Oh, than thousands elsewhere

This song is taken from Psalm 84:10: "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked."  As long as people don't take this song to mean that Christians are to expect the Shekinah Glory in their churches, but instead are looking forward to the resurrection, then it is fine.  I am not at all sure what the author means by saying he has "tasted" and "seen".  If he is saying he has tasted and seen God in the sense of being born again and filled with the Spirit, than that is good.  If he is saying that he as tasted and seen the Shekinah Glory, then he is mistaken.  Since this author is associated with Hillsong he may well be subtly advocating New Apostolic/Latter Rain ideas.


Blessed Be Your Name
(Matt Redman, Blessed Be Your Name The Songs Of Matt Redman, Vol. 1 (1999)

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Great song on the willingness to put your whole life in the hands of the Lord, no matter the ups and downs.  Though the author is working with Hillsong, this is nevertheless a good song.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.


Breathe
(Michael W. Smith, Lyrics by Oliviera, Fabio Almeida De / Duarte, Ian, © 2001 Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.,
EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)


This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I, I'm desperate for you
And I, I'm I'm lost without you

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread
this is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I'm, I'm desperate for you
And I'm, I'm lost without you

And I'm desperate for you
And I'm, I'm lost without you.

I'm lost without you.
I'm lost without you.
I'm desperate for you.

(Cry out to live)

I'm desperate for you..
I'm lost, I'm lost, I'm lost without you..
I'm lost without you
I'm desperate for you

The main problem with this song, which is why I do not recommend it for worship music, is that it tends to portray God in a pantheistic way. The authors may or may not have intended it this way and the lyrics can be taken figuratively, but this song sung over and over again brainwashes people into thinking that God is in everything. Therefore if the air that you breath is God, then logically since everyone breaths air they must be part of God.  These types of ideas are all leading to a false world religion under the antichrist.  Smith, who popularized this song, is himself working with Third Wavers and does concerts in their churches, on TBN, etc.  Benny Hinn demonstrated this idea of God being in breath when he was famously filmed blowing on people (and even on himself) to slay them in the spirit.  Hinn said:

"When we breathe out we breathe ourselves out and when we breathe in we breathe in the Spirit".  (Observed by Ed Tarkowski on TBN, Fri, 11 Jul 1997)

This is clear, unadulterated pantheism.  Smith would have been aware of this idea when he picked up this song to perform it.  Many Christians who have sung this song assume it is speaking figuratively about Jesus meaning everything to them.  To see more on the Third Wave religion of people like Benny Hinn, check out this DVD.

Another problem I have with this song is the assertion of a "believer" like Smith that he is "desperate" for God.  It can sound like he really wants "more" of God or like he has perhaps not really connected with Jesus Christ.  Yet he states that this experience is his "daily bread" without mentioning the Scripture.  The Bible is our bread, not breathing in air.  You don't get your "word" out of the air or an experience ... you get it from reading the written Word of God.  Those who believe that they can get truth through somehow breathing in the Holy Spirit will be desperate for real truth and will end up feeling very lost unless they allow the indwelling Spirit to teach them through the Scriptures.  The reason for the one star rating is the repetition of the worst lyric in this song.


Burning
(Burning Desire CD, Live Harp and Bowl Worship, Executive Producer Mike Bickle, Recorded live May 2000 at the Friends of the Bridegroom Conference in Kansas City, Featuring Mike Bickle and worship teams from the International House of Prayer. Includes artists: Mike Bickle, Misty Edwards, Julie Meyer, JoAnn McFatter, Carol Oosthius and Monty Poe, (spoken voice portions by Mike Bickle in brackets), http://www.worshipmusic.com/fotb-bdcd.html)

I have found the love of my desire (Jesus)
I'm caught up in the passion of an ever-flaming fire (We're lovesick)
Captured by a pure and holy gaze (You're beauty ravishes me)
Frightened by your beauty but I just can't look away
Burning, oh I'm burning
My heart becomes and instant flame
At the very mention of Your name

You can hear Mike Bickle adding to the song with disgusting references to God in sexual terms.  These ideas are misapplications of the Song of Solomon.  JFB Commentary states in introductions to the Song of Solomon:

Three notes of time occur [MOODY STUART]: (1) The Jewish Church speaks of the Gentile Church (#So 8:8) towards the end; (2) Christ speaks to the apostles (#So 5:1) in the middle; (3) The Church speaks of the coming of Christ (#So 1:2) at the beginning. Thus we have, in direct order, Christ about to come, and the cry for the advent; Christ finishing His work on earth, and the last supper; Christ ascended, and the call of the Gentiles.
Scofield states this:
The interpretation is twofold:  Primarily, the book is the expression of pure marital love as ordained of God in creation, and the vindication of that love as against both asceticism and lust: the two profanations of the holiness of marriage.  The secondary and larger interpretation is of Christ, the Son and His heavenly bride, the Church (#2Co 11.1-4, refs). In this sense the book has six divisions: I. The bride seen in restful communion with the Bridegroom, 1.1-2.7. II. A lapse and restoration, 2.3-3.5. III. Joy of fellowship, 3.6-5.1. IV.  Separation of interestâ€â€ťthe bride satisfied, the Bridegroom toiling for others, 5.2-5. V.  The bride seeking and witnessing, 5.6-6.3. VI.  Unbroken communion, 6.4-8.14.
It is quite a stretch, in fact patently bad hermeneutics, to teach that the Song of Solomon is painting a picture of lust and love between a human individual and God rather than a picture of the relationship (not sexual) between the Church and Christ.  To profane this wonderful prophetic book, a picture of both earthly human marriage and the marriage of Christ and His Church is sickening, in fact blasphemous.


C

Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
(Duet with Fernando Ortega, Words by Joseph Hart, Music: Traditional American Melody, 1759)

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy
Weak and wounded, sick and sore
Jesus ready, stands to save you
Full of pity, love and power

I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O, there are ten thousand charms

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome
God's free bounty glorify
True belief and true repentance
Every grace that brings you nigh

Come, ye weary, heavy-laden
Lost and ruined by the fall
If you tarry 'til you're better
You will never come at all

I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O, there are ten thousand charms

See Him Prostate in the garden
On the ground your Maker lies
On the bloody tree, behold him
Sinner, will this not suffice?"

Lo! the incarnate God ascended
Pleads the merit of his blood
Venture on him, venture wholly
Let no other trust intrude

I will arise and go to Jesus
He will embrace me in His arms
In the arms of my dear Savior,
O, there are ten thousand charms

This is a good song except for the very last line.  It is almost as though they ran out of rhyming words.  There is no such reference to Jesus in the Bible, in fact when the word "charms" is used it is used in a bad way, particularly talking about magic charms.  The Gospel is not magic, nor is being embraced by Jesus to be compared to charms.  Song Of Solomon 1:16 says that the "beloved" is "charming", the only reference to this word in that book.  That dialog is a reference to the Lord the Father has for His People, Israel.  According to the dictionary the word "charm" is defined as: a : the chanting or reciting of a magic spell : incantation, b : a practice or expression believed to have magic power, :something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune : amulet. :a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights,:a physical grace or attraction —used in plural <her feminine charms>, :compelling attractiveness <the island possessed great charm>, :a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain, :a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of +2?3 and a measured energy of approximately 1.5 GeV; also : the flavor characterizing this particle. The only definition that would fit would be alure or delights.  But even that is not really a proper way to address God.  Notice that the first primary definition is of a chant or magic spell.  Because of this one problem it taints the whole song.


D

Dance With Me
(Jesus Culture, )

VERSE 1:
Behold You have come over the hills upon the mountain
To me, You will run. My Beloved, You've captured my heart
(repeat)

CHORUS 1:
Won't You dance with me, Oh
Lover of my soul,
to the song of all songs?

VERSE 2:
With You, I will go You are my Love You are my Fair One
The winter has passed and the springtime has come
(repeat)

CHORUS 2:
Won't You dance with me, Oh
Lover of my soul,
to the song of all songs?
Romance me, Oh
Lover of my soul
to the song of all songs.

Here we have another song that is being used by IHOP, Bethel Church and other NAR establishments to try to paradigm shift people into the "bridal" movement (again (see reviews of lyrics to "Burning", "Obsession", "Sailed On" and "Undivided Focus" for information on this movement).  God is not there to "romance" us, though He loved us enough to send His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place for our sins.  God is not looking for sexual partners, He is looking for born again obedient children who become the bride of Christ.  But to use the term "romance" casts a different light on God Who loves us and Who is love but is also the Righteous Judge.  God does not want us for some personal sexual satisfaction, He wants our love and devotion because that is what we need.  I do not recommend any of the "bridal paradigm" songs to be sung in true biblical churches because is it simply an introduction to the counterfeit "anointing" that can be transferred by laying on of hands, by the will of man, which is entirely unscriptural.  I have also seen much destruction come about in the lives of countless individuals because they got another spirit when someone laid hands on them and "prophesied" over them.  Stay far away from this occult stuff that arouses unbiblical sensuality if you are a true born again believer and want to show God that you love Him.  Here is God's definition of love: John 14:23-24 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.  It would do all of us well to remember the admonishment of Paul to the Ephesians regarding false teachers: Ephesians 4:18-20  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned.  Though these people claim they are hyper sensitive to the "spirit" they are actually insensate and have given themselves over to indulge the soul and flesh instead of understanding the things of the Spirit.


Days of Elijah
(Robin Mark, Days Of Elijah, ©1996 CCLI)


These Are The Days Of Elijah
declaring The Word Of The Lord
and These Are The Days Of Your Servant Moses
righteousness Being Restored
and Though These Are Days Of Great Trials
of Famine And Darkness And Sword
still We Are The Voice In The Desert Crying
prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord!

behold He Comes! Riding On The Clouds!
shining Like The Sun! At The Trumpet Call
lift Your Voice! It's The Year Of Jubilee!
and Out Of Zion's Hill Salvation Comes!

and These Are The Days Of Ezekiel
the Dry Bones Becoming As Flesh
and These Are The Days Of Your Servant David
rebuilding A Temple Of Praise
and These Are The Days Of The Harvest
the Fields Are As White In The World
and We Are The Labourers In Your Vineyard
declaring The Word Of The Lord!

behold He Comes! Riding On The Clouds!
shining Like The Sun! At The Trumpet Call
lift Your Voice! It's The Year Of Jubilee!
and Out Of Zion's Hill Salvation Comes!

there's No God Like Jehovah!
there's No God Like Jehovah!
there's No God Like Jehovah!
there's No God Like Jehovah!
(Repeat 3 Times)

behold He Comes! Riding On The Clouds!
shining Like The Sun! At The Trumpet Call
lift Your Voice! It's The Year Of Jubilee!
and Out Of Zion's Hill Salvation Comes!

behold He Comes! Riding On The Clouds!
shining Like The Sun! At The Trumpet Call
lift Your Voice! It's The Year Of Jubilee!
and Out Of Zion's Hill Salvation Comes!

and Out Of Zion's Hill Salvation Comes!
and Out Of Zion's Hill Salvation Comes

A fanciful song but actually these are not the days of any of those mentioned.  That was all in the past.  Though Elijah and Moses may come in spirit as the two witnesses during the Tribulation (or possibly Enoch and Elijah), it is not yet their time.  This is also not a time of righteousness being "restored" but of a falling away. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, The falling away (apostasy) will come before the two witnesses are revealed and is a mark of the end times.  1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,  The parts of this song looking forward to the second coming are good.  But let's not give people a false impression and exaggerated view of the Church.  Also it is more proper to use YHWH or Yahweh when referring to the Lord rather than the manufactured term "Jehovah".


Deep Cries Out
(William Mathews, Amanda Gilbertson, & Christiann Koepke Bethel Music
Publishing 2010, Bethel Live, Be Lifted High, 2010)

I've got a river of living water
A fountain that never will run dry
It's open Heavens You're releasing
And we will never be denied

Cause we're stirring up deep deep wells
We're stirring up deep deep waters
We're going to dance in the river, dance in the river
Cause we're stirring up deep deep wells
We're stirring up deep deep waters
We're going to jump in the river
Jump in the river and everybody singing now

Deep cries out to deep cries out to
Deep cries out to deep cries out to
So we cry out to, we cry out to, You Jesus

We're falling into deeper waters, calling out to You
We're walking into deeper waters, going after You

If He goes to the left then we'll go to the left
And if He goes to the right then we'll go to the right
We're going to jump jump jump jump in the river
Jump jump jump jump, everybody
If He goes to the left then we'll go to the left
And if He goes to the right then we'll go to the right
We're going to dance dance, dance dance in the river
Dance dance, dance dance, everybody
If He goes to the left then we'll go to the left
And if He goes to the right then we'll go to the right
We're going to shout shout shout shout in the river
Shout shout shout shout in the river, everybody

This is a song from from a heretical church who are proponents of the false teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation.  They are known for dancing around during church services, slain in the spirit, spinning around like whirling dervishes, prophets roaming the sanctuary giving personal readings, "gold" dust and angel feather manifestations, you name it.  The references to the river in the song is the river of counterfeit revival in the tradition and direct link to the Toronto "Blessing" and Brownsville "Outpouring" movements.  Their pastor has taught many heretical teachings which we have exposed on our site.

http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/newapostolic.html#bjohnson

The reference to "open heaven" is not only from the NAR but also from New Age.  If your church is beginning to use this type of song, it is time to leave.


Desert Song
(Brooke Fraser, © 2008 Hillsong Music Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)


Chorus 1
I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 1
This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

Verse 2
This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

Verse 3
This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

Misc 1
(BRIDGE)
All of my life in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship
(REPEAT)

Verse 4
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favour and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I've received I will sow

This is basically a good prayer to the Lord in every season of life.  It does sound suspiciously like a "Desert Fathers" litany but I cannot find the reference.  One problem I have with the bridge is that saying "I have a reason to worship" without actually worshipping God (except to say He is "still God") is what a lot of modern "worship" songs do.  They are always promising to worship the Lord but rarely get around to doing it.  This is more of a prayer/petition song with promises to obey the Lord but is not really a song that extols the many attributes of God. Also, declaration is not what brings the presence of the Lord.  It is the gathering of true believers together.  Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.


Draw Me Close
(Katinas, Collection 2006, Mercy/Vineyard Publishing)


Draw Me Close to You
Never Let Me Go
I Lay It All Down Again
To Hear You Say That I'm Your Friend
You Are My Desire
No One Else Will Be
Cos no One Else Can Take Your Place
To Feel the Warmth of Your Embrace
Help Me Find the Way
Bring Me Back to You

Chorus
You're All I Want
You're All I've Ever Needed
You're All I Want
Help Me Know You Are Near

Draw Me Close to You
Never Let Me Go
I Lay It All Down Again
To Hear You Say That I'm Your Friend
You Are My Desire
No One Else Will Be
No One Else Can Take Your Place
To Feel the Warmth of Your Embrace
Help Me Find the Way
Bring Me Back to You

Chorus
You're All I Want
You're All I've Ever Needed
You're All I Want
Help Me Know You Are Near

You're All I Want
You're All I've Ever Needed
You're All I Want
Help Me Know You Are Near
Help Me Know You Are Near
Help Me Know You Are Near

The group The Katinas has been working with some organizations that are compromised theologically like World Vision and compromisers like Greg Laurie.  This is likely why you see the beginnings of the effect of Mike Bickle's IHOP in this love song.  I have heard this song in a number of churches for years.  Two problems I see.  First is that this love song can be applied to anyone even though it has been used as a worship song and I believe that was the original intent.  Second, talking about being warmly embraced by Jesus is a nice metaphor for His love as long as this is not taken in a sensual or sexual way.  This song is a little too open to interpretation for me to highly recommend it as a worship song in church.


The Drinking Song
(Kathryn Riss, Toronto Airport Vineyard)

If you feel too serious and kind of blue, I've got a suggestion, just the thing for you! It's a little unconventional, but so much fun, That you won't even mind when people think you're dumb! Just come to the party God is throwing right now, We can all lighten up and show the pagans how Christians have more fun and keep everyone guessing, Since the Holy Ghost sent us the Toronto blessing! I used to think life was serious stuff; I didn't dare cry, so I acted kind of tough  'Til the Spirit of God put laughter in my soul, Now the Holy Ghost's got me, and I'm out of control! Now I'm just a party animal grazing at God's trough, I'm a Jesus junkie, and I can't get enough! I'm an alcoholic for that great New Wine, 'Cause the Holy Ghost is pouring, and I'm drinking all the time! Now I laugh like an idiot and bark like a dog, If I don't sober up, I'll likely hop like a frog! And I'll crow like a rooster 'til the break of day, 'Cause the Holy Ghost is moving, and I can't stay away! Now I roar like a lioness who's on the prowl, I laugh and I shake, maybe hoot like an owl! Since God's holy river started bubbling up in me, It spills outside, and it's setting me free! So, I'll crunch and I'll dip and I'll dance round and round, 'Cause the pew was fine, but it's more fun on the ground! So I'll jump like a pogo stick, then fall on the floor, 'Cause the Holy Ghost is moving, and I just want MORE!

Perhaps the song lyrics that get the award for being the "ugliest" would be this song written by Kathy Riss, wife of Dr. Richard Riss who is the foremost historian and apologist for the Third Wave movement. That Dr. Riss would allow his wife to write this song and publish and republish it all over the Internet, shows he has no headship over his wife at all.  This song was used in Toronto "Blessing" meetings to put people into an altered state of consciousness so they would be more receptive to the false anointing. It sets people up for unbiblical and even demonic oppression. The things mentioned in this song have been going on since John Wimber and the Vineyard and continue today in Toronto "Blessing" and Brownsville AoG influenced churches. This song is so disgusting I had reservations in citing it, but I do so to inform you about how far away from the Word of God many churches have strayed in their music, teaching and actions.


E

East To West
(Casting Crowns, Hall, Mark; Herms, Bernie, August 28, 2007)


Here I am, Lord, and I'm drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don't want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You've cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I've never sinned
But today I feel like I'm just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
'cause I can't bear to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I'm in
Today I feel like I'm just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

I know You've washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can't live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I'm not holding on to You, but You're holding on to me
You're holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don't have to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
One scarred hand to the other
From one scarred hand to the other

This song is based on this verse: Psalms 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  The problem with some believers is that they allow the enemy to taunt them with sins that God has already forgiven.  If a person is fighting a war with being reminded of their past forgiven sins everyday, they likely have not understood the Gospel message or have not really repented of those sins.  This song is more of a personal testimony and should not be sung as a worship song in the assembly of believers.  Not every believer can sing this because those who truly know the grace of God have left the past behind and stand against the enemy when he tries to bring those sins up again.  One problem that causes this situation is methodologies like Cleansing Stream and Theopostics which get people to drag up past sins and dwell on them when true believers need to "let go and let God".  You cannot move forward in serving God if you are allowing the enemy to taunt you with past sins.  I am glad the author does acknowledge that he does need to change and that Jesus Christ died for his sins in the chorus.  This is a good song for those who call themselves followers of Christ to think about if they are dealing with past sins still weighing them down.  If they are, however, they should not be singing about it but follow what the Bible says:

Romans 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Ephesians 4:22  that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

Of course to say that God will leave you and forsake you over one sin is not biblical.  In fact He died for our sins while we were yet sinners.

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Hebrews 13:5  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

It is true that if those who call themselves followers of Christ have never repented of their sins or live in unrepentant lifestyle sin, then they need to test themselves to see if they are in the Faith.

1 John 3:9  No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
1 John 3:4  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
2 Corinthians 13:5  Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you...unless indeed you fail the test?


F

Fill Me Up, Lord
(© 1994 Scott Underwood, Mercy/Vineyard Publishing.)

I'm thirsty Lord, Yes, I'm thirsty Lord. I'm thirsty Lord for the Living Waters of Life. I want a drink (x3) of the Living Waters of Life. Fill me up Lord. I don't have to feel it. Make me drunk with your Holy Spirit and I'll take a drink (3x) of the Living Waters of Life. Fill me up Lord. I don't have to feel it. Lord, make me drunk with your Holy Spirit. I'm tired of whisperin'. I'll start to shout it: "I don't want a cup Lord, give me Your fountain!" I'll take another drink (3x) of the Living Waters of Life

This heretical song is easy to discern in many ways. First of all the Bible says: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Eph 5:18)  Is this passage teaching us to replace alcohol drunkenness with being "drunk in the Spirit"? No. It is saying we must be "filled" with the Spirit. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Gal. 5:22-23)  Drunkenness and self-control are mutually exclusive concepts. Therefore anyone filled with the Spirit will not be drunk, with wine or with the "Spirit". Anyone opening themselves up to being "drunk in the Spirit" is actually opening themselves up to another spirit, because the Holy Spirit never causes people to be drunk in any way. Ever wonder why they called alcohol "spirits" in the old days? In fact, drunkenness is a sign of the antichrist spirit of the whore of Babylon. "Babylon was a gold cup in the LORD's hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad." (Jer. 51:7)


Forever Reign
(by Hillsong Live from the album A Beautiful Exchange, (C) 2010 Hillsong Church T/A Hillsong Music Australia)

You are good, You are good
When there's nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You're the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost its sting

Oh, I’m running to Your arms,
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I'm made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I'm letting go

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.  This song overemphasizes a bit of a romantic aspect to our relationship to God.  Fortunately it does not go as far as songs from IHOP.


G

Give Thanks
(Heywood, Leroy/Heywood, Dave/Brown, Barry, Integrity/Epic, © 1991 Integrity Media, Inc.)


Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Psalm 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.


God's Not Dead, He Is Alive
(Unknown)

Verse 1
God’s not dead, [no] He is alive
God’s not dead, [no] He is alive
God’s not dead, [no] He is alive

No no no no no
No no no no no
No no no no no

Bridge 1
I feel him in my hands
I feel him in my feet
I feel him in my heart
I feel him in my soul
I feel him all over me

Verse 2
God’s not dead, [no] He is alive
God’s not dead, [no] He is alive
God’s not dead, [no] He is alive

No no no no no
No no no no no
No no no no no

Bridge 2
I feel him in my hands
I feel him in my feet
I feel him in my heart
I feel him in my soul
I feel him all over me

This kid's song sung in many churches these days is the beginning of indoctrinating children to have a pantheistic view of God.  This song is patently unbiblical as we are not called to "feel" God but to have a relationship to Him sight unseen.  2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.  Let's assume the person singing this song is a born again Christian, though I am sure many children have not yet made that commitment of faith.  Are they then to believe that God is literally and substantively in their hands and feet?  If that is the case then they should be able to touch people and heal them by the exercise of their will and they should be able to create reality out of nothing as Jesus did (Col. 1:16).  Sound a bit like Word of Faith ideas?  These ideas would inevitably lead people closer, in their thinking and belief systems, to the counterfeit transferable impartation of the Third Wave, which I believe is the purpose of such lyrics apart from the fact they were likely written by a postmodern pantheist.  These lyrics appeal to people who have given themselves over to sensuality and the things of the body and soul instead of understanding the tripartite nature of man and the difference between the temporal and the things of the spirit.  If you are spending all your time trying to "feel" God through cheer leading type songs like this one, you can definitely miss the spiritual fact that God IS alive and Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, not taking up residence in the hands and feet of Christians or anyone else.


Grace Like Rain
(Todd Agnew, Reflection of Something, 2005)


Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found -
Was blind, but now I see so clearly

(CHORUS)
And hallelujah,
Grace Like Rain falls down on me
And hallelujah,
And all my stains are washed away -
They're washed away...

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

(CHORUS)
(BRIDGE)

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing Your praise
Than when we first begun...

(CHORUS 2X)

And hallelujah...
And hallelujah...
And hallelujah...
And hallelujah,
And all my stains are washed away -
They're washed away...

This song is basically the lyrics to the classic song "Amazing Grace" with added new lyrics and melody in-between.  This is a good song that adds little to the wonderful lyrics of "Amazing Grace".


Great Awakening
(Artist: 4Him, Great Awakening, Benson Records)

Here in this moment in time we search for wonders for miracles and signs. Something to satisfy the hunger in us all. A human rage from deep within the soul. Like a machine in pursuit on the horizon like a raging fire we move. Driven by questions in an endless search for truth. There is a stirring in us, a great awakening begins. I believe there's a mighty power. I believe it's a latter rain. I believe there's a move of God calling us all higher. Oh I believe these are the days of the great awakening. More than our hearts can contain it is an overflow of God's amazing grace coming to reconcile a world that's lost its way. Oh, all consuming fire come purify us once again. There's no containing this great move of restoration. It knows no walls, no boundaries or lines. Without a doubt I do believe if we'll just get down on our knees. The latter rain is gonna fall. It's just a matter of time.

This song, by the group 4HIM, has so much bad doctrine it ought to be easy for anyone with even a simple knowledge of the Scriptures to spot. But it is amazing how many church leaders let songs like this slip by without even checking them for content. Lets test this song step by step.

(1) The song talks about seeking "signs and wonders". The Bible does not call us to seek signs and wonders but rather the sign for our generation is "the sign of Jonah" (Lu. 11:29) which is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through faith and repentance.
(2) It speaks of a "great awakening" or end times revival. The Bible does not paint that picture but rather one of apostasy (2 Th. 2:11, 2 Pe. 2:1, Matt. 24) and a great turning away from the love of the truth (2 Th. 2:10).
(3) What "mighty power" are they talking about? Since it is not articulated, it could be any mighty power, including the power of the enemy. These things need to be spelled out in Christian songs because so many people are calling on any "power" these days.
(4)  It talks about the "latter rain". The Latter Rain is a false doctrinal system of end times revival and impartation of a false anointing. The latter rain has already fallen at Pentecost and the Holy Spirit is available to all men through salvation in Jesus Christ today. We're not waiting for a latter rain, we are already living in the time of the latter rain since Pentecost.
(5) It speaks of "restoration". Restorationism is another false eschatological doctrine that states the Church will take over the systems of government of the world and Christ will rule the earth through His church, not as a result of His bodily return at the start of the millennium.

As you can see, this is a very dangerous song because of all the false doctrine in the lyrics. Yet it has been played on most Christian radio stations and is used by youth groups. As it is with most unsound doctrinal songs and teachings, error is laid alongside truth (2 Pet. 2:1) to make it more palatable. But the fact is that the message of the song can cause people to be lead astray into doctrines and movements that are not of God, and in fact may lead them into following the coming antichrist.


Great Is The Lord
(Deborah D. Smith & Michael W. Smith
© 1982 Meadowgreen Music Company (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Great is the Lord, He is holy and just, by His power we trust in His love. Great is the Lord, He is faithful and true, by His mercy He proves He is love. Great is the Lord and worthy of glory, great is the Lord and worthy of praise. Great is the Lord, I lift up my voice, I lift up my voice, great is the Lord, great is the Lord.

This song also has good theology. God truly is holy, just, powerful, trustworthy, faithful, true, merciful, full of love. No matter whether this song is sung a cappella, with a pipe organ, with a guitar or with a rock band, it teaches sound doctrine.  Please note that this was written prior to Smith getting involved in the Third Wave.


Great Is Thy Faithfulness
(Text: Thomas O Chisolm, Music: William M. Runyan, ©1923 Hope Publishing Co.)

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. Great is Thy faithfulness, great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness Lord unto me!

Even in the first verse and chorus of this great hymn it teaches us many important core sound doctrinal concepts.

(1) God is faithful.
(2) God never changes.
(3) God is always compassionate.
(4) Gods mercies are new every morning.
(5) God provides for His children.

The doctrines presented in this song are all supported by the whole Scripture, both in word and in testimony.


H

Hallelujah You're Worthy
(The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir From album: I'll Say Yes - Listed as #8 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")

Hallelujah you're worthy to be praised! (repeat 16x)

I lift my hands i praise you lord
I bow my head i honor you lord
I lift my hands i praise you lord
I bow my head i honor you lord

Hallelujah you're  worthy to be praised
Hallelujah you're worthy to be praised
Hallelujah you're  worthy to be praised
Hallelujah you're  worthy to be praised

I lift my hands i praise you lord
I bow my head i honor you lord
I lift my hands i praise you lord
I bow my head i honor you lord!

key change

Hallelujah you're  worthy to be praised
Hallelujah you're  worthy to be praised
Hallelujah you're worthy to be praised
Hallelujah you're worthy TO BE PRAISED!...

instrumental break

Halleljuah you're  worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah, lord we lift you up!
Halleljuah you're  worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah, lord we lift you up!

(guitar solo)

Lord we lift you up!

(gutar solo)
Lord we lift you up!

(sopranos)
Halleljuah youre worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah,
(all)
lord we lift you up!
(altos)
Halleljuah you're worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah,
(all)
Lord we lift you up!
(tenors)
Halleljuah you're worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah,
Lord we lift you up!

ALL
Halleljuah you're worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah,
Lord we lift you up!
Halleljuah you're worthy!
Hallelujah we praise your name
Hallelujah so worthy
Hallelujah,
Lord we lift you up!
LORD WE LIFT YOU UP
LORD WE LIFT YOU UP
LORD WE LIFT YOU UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The repetitive nature of these lyrics is unfortunate.  The words are generally good, though I get tired of being pressured into raising my hands in so many modern worship songs.  I'm sure the performance by this choir is inspiring though I have not heard the song but have heard songs by them before.  I just wish more could be said about the Lord that would teach people about Who He is.


Held
(Natalie Grant, Awaken, 2011 - Listed as #2 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")


Two months is too little
They let him go
They had no sudden healing
To think that providence
Would take a child from his mother
While she prays, is appalling
Who told us we'd be rescued
What has changed and
Why should we be saved from nightmares
We're asking why this happens to us
Who have died to live, it's unfair
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held
This hand is bitterness
We want to taste it and
Let the hatred numb our sorrows
The wise hand opens slowly
To lilies of the valley and tomorrow
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held
If hope if born of suffering
If this is only the beginning
Can we not wait, for one hour
Watching for our Savior
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be held

Good song about suffering and the love of Jesus.  A little awkward as a worship song.  Better as a performance song but the message of being held by God is a good one.

Is. 41:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.


Here I Am To Worship
(Tim Huges, ThankYou Music, 1999)


Light of the world, You step down into darkness.
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you hope of a life spent with you.

[Chorus]
And here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,
You're altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days,
Oh so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above.
Humbly you came to the earth you created.
All for love's sake became poor.

[Chorus]
Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,
You're altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.

I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
And I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.
No I'll never know how much it cost to se my sin upon that cross.

[Chorus]
Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God,
You're altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy,
Altogether wonderful to me.
So Here I am to worship,
Here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that you're my God

Hughes wrote this song after reading Philippians 2.


He Is Jealous For Me (How He Loves)
(Mark McMillan,  performed by David Crowder Band, 2009)


He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.
Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so.
Yeah, He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves.
So we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way
That he loves us,
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves
He loves us,
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves

Crowder has changed the orginal lyrics from "sloppy wet kiss" to "and heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest".  The author has apparently gotten flak about the "sloppy wet kiss" lyric because some, like Crowder, are changing his original lyric.  You can see, if you look on the web however, that most groups and churches, such as Bill Johnson's "Bethel Church" are still using the original lyric.  This kind of lyric is popular with the Mike Bickle/IHOP crowd who regularly refer to Jesus in sexual terms.


He Wants It All
(Artist: Forever Jones, Album: Get Ready, Songwriters: Dominique Jones, © Meaux Mercy Publishing)

There's a voice that cries out in the silence,
searching for a heart that will love Him,
longing for a child that will give Him their all,
give it all, He wants it all

And there's a God that walks over the earth,
He's searching for a heart that is desperate,
And longing for a child that will give him their all,
give it all, He wants it all

And He says, "Love Me, love Me with your whole heart
He wants it all today
serve Me, serve Me with your life now
He wants it all today
bow down, let go of your idols
He wants it all today (x3)
He wants it all

And there's a God that walks over the earth,
He's searching for a heart that is desperate,
longing for a child that will give Him their all,
give it all, He wants it all

And He says, love Me, love Me with your whole heart
He wants it all today
serve Me, serve Me with your life now
He wants it all today
bow down, let go of your idols
He wants it all today (x3)
He wants it all

All of you, more of you
He wants it all today oh oh oh oh ( x2 2nd & 3rd line)
All of you more of you
He wants it all today, today, today

He wants it all today, He wants it all today
so give it all

There is a voice that cries out in the silence,
searching for a heart that will love Him,
longing for a child that will give Him their all,
give it all

He wants it all

The problem with this song is that it implies that some men and women are "desperate" for God when the Bible is clear that none seek God (Ps. 14:2-3, 53:2-3, Rom. 3:10-18) but that it is God who seeks us. Romans 10:20 And Isaiah boldly says, "I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me." Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."  The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins (John 16:8), opens our blind eyes (Acts 26:18), and then gives us a choice whether to believe and follow Him or not (Acts 16:31).  Finally, if God had waited for men to seek Him He would not have sent His Son to die for our sins "while we were yet sinners" (Rom. 5:8).


Holy Fire
(Artist: Jeremy Camp, Album: Carried Me: The Worship Project, Songwriters: John Mark Comer, Gene Way, © 50 Miles, Emi Cmg Publishing, Thirsty Moon River Publishing)


Holy Fire burn away,
My desire for anything
That is not of you and is of me.
I want more of you and less of me.

Holy Fire burn away,
My desire for anything
That is not of you and is of me,
I want more of you and less of me, yeah.
Empty me,
Empty me, yeah,
Fill, won't you fill me,
With you, with you, yeah.

Holy Fire, burn away,
My desire for anything
That is not of you and is of me.
I want more of you and less of me, yeah.
Empty me,
Empty me, yeah.
Fill, won't you fill me, with you, with you, empty me now.

Well won't you empty me, well won't you empty me now. repeat x2
I want more, I want more, I want more of you, Jesus.
I want more, I want more, oh.
Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus, oh yeah,
Thank you, Jesus, yeah.
Holy Fire, Holy Fire, Holy Fire, Holy Fire.

There are a couple problems with this song.  Though it is admirable to want to be filled with the Spirit, it is not biblical to ask for emptiness.  We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and even ask for it for the purposes of serving the Lord and His purposes, but we are never to seek emptiness in doing so.  1 Peter 1:13  Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 2 Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  When God's Spirit moves it is never in spite of the human mind but in concert with a mind dedicated and committed to Him.  This song then is promoting exactly what the Third Wave has been promoting for decades which is to (1) empty your mind, leave it at the door and do not pray so that you can (2) receive a transferable impartation from someone else, which is entirely unbiblical.  This is another example of a song which can be taken in a figurative way but which was written to get people into the mood to receive "slain in the spirit".


Hosanna/I see the King of Glory
(Brooke Fraser, Hillsong, ©2006 CCLI)


I see the king of glory
Coming down the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes
I see his love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing, the people sing

Hosanna, hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

I see a generation
Rising up to take the place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a new revival
Staring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees, we're on our knees

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what is yours
Everything I am for your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

The Bible does not speak of an end times revival (with the exception of when the remnant of Israel finally acknowledges Jesus Christ as Messiah in the Tribulation) but rather a generation the has slipped into apostasy. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, The falling away (apostasy) will come before the antichrist is revealed and is a mark of the end times.  1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, So the generation in our day, which is clearly the end times, is a generation that is falling away.  This generation does not exhibit a "selfless faith" because they have, by in large, abandoned preaching the Gospel to all nations, sacrificing their lives to do mission work, and instead are intent on getting some kind of Gnostic revival by way of  "slain in the spirit" and other unbiblical methods.  If you pray for revival yet are teaching and practicing unbiblical things, you will not get a revival from God but a revival of spiritism, which is what we see happening all over the world today.  This is yet another example of how Christians need to be very wary of songs from Hillsong.


How deep the Father's love for us
(Stuart Townend, Copyright © 1997 Thankyou Music)


How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
(REPEAT)

Great song about Jesus' death on the cross to save us because of God's love for us!


How Great is Our God
(Chris Tomlin, © 2004 Six Step Records)


The splendor of the King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Good song because it extols the Biblical virtues of God, particularly the Trinity, which is so much under attack in Christendom today.


I

I Can Only Imagine
(MercyMe, Almost There, 2011 - Listed as #1 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")


I can only imagine
    What it will be like
    When I walk
    By Your side

    I can only imagine
    What my eyes will see
    When Your face
    Is before me
    I can only imagine, yeah

    Surrounded by Your glory
    What will my heart feel
    Will I dance for You, Jesus
    Or in awe of You be still
    Will I stand in Your presence
    Or to my knees will I fall
    Will I sing hallelujah
    Will I be able to speak at all
    I can only imagine
    I can only imagine

    I can only imagine
    When that day comes
    And I find myself
    Standing in the Son

    I can only imagine
    When all I will do
    Is forever
    Forever worship You
    I can only imagine, yeah
    I can only imagine

    Surrounded by Your glory
    What will my heart feel
    Will I dance for You, Jesus
    Or in awe of You be still
    Will I stand in Your presence
    Or to my knees will I fall
    Will I sing hallelujah
    Will I be able to speak at all
    I can only imagine, yeah
    I can only imagine

    Surrounded by Your glory
    What will my heart feel
    Will I dance for You, Jesus
    Or in awe of You be still
    Will I stand in Your presence
    Or to my knees will I fall
    Will I sing hallelujah
    Will I be able to speak at all
    I can only imagine, yeah
    I can only imagine

    I can only imagine, yeah
    I can only imagine
    I can only imagine

    I can only imagine
    When all I will do
    Is forever
    Forever worship You
    I can only imagine

Jude 1:24  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,


I Give Myself Away
(William Mcdowell, 2011 Fruition Music Inc.)

I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Verse 1:
Here I am
Here I stand
Lord, my life is in your hands
Lord, I’m longing to see
Your desires revealed in me
I give myself away

Verse 2:
Take my heart
Take my life
As a living sacrifice
All my dreams, all my plans
Lord I place them in your hands

Chorus:
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Chorus:
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Bridge(7X):
My life is not my own
To you I belong
I give myself, I give myself to You
Chorus:
I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Good song about surrendering your life to the Lord. James 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.


In Christ Alone
(Songwriters: Getty, Julian Keith; Townend, Stuart Richard; 2011 GettyMusic)

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

I will stand, I will stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand, is sinking sand
So I stand

This would have been a great song if not for two lyrics.  The first one is "light of the world by darkness slain".  If he had said "light of the world in darkness slain" that would be correct as the sky turned dark during the daytime when Jesus died (Matt. 27:45).  But Jesus was not slain by darkness or by the devil as many Word of Faith teachers claim.  Jesus laid down His own life for the purpose of redemption.  John 10:17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.  The second problem is the line "no scheme of man could ever pluck me from His hand".  Yet the Bible warns us to beware of the schemes of men.  Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;  Matthew 7:15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves". It is clear that we are to grow to maturity as Christians or else we can be carried off into heresy, especially by false teachers.  Those who are carried off by the schemes of men can end up believing in vain (1 Cor. 15:2).  God holds those in His hand who continue to believe in Him and obey Him and hold on till the end (Heb. 3:6).  Those who choose to walk away should not blame God.


I Never Lost My Praise
(The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir From album: I'll Say Yes - Listed as #9 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")


I've lost some good friends along life's way
Some loved ones departed in heaven to stay
But thank God I didn't lose everything
I've lost faith in people who said they cared
In time of my crisis they were never there
But in my disappointment, in my season of pain
One thing never wavered, one thing never changed

I never lost my hope,
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all, I never lost my praise

My praise is still here,
My praise is still here

I've let some blessings slip away
When I lost my focus and went astray
But thank God I didn't lose everything
I lost possessions that were so dear
I lost some battles walking in fear
But in the midst of my struggles, in my season of pain
One thing never wavered, one thing never changed

I never lost my hope,
I never lost my joy
I never lost my faith
But most of all, I never lost my praise

Praise, Praise, Praise, Praise, Praise
Most of all, I never lost my praise

My praise still here,
My praise still here

Of course these lyrics beg the question a bit: Who never lost their praise?  It would have been nice to state clearly that it was God Who never lost their praise.  I guess that is supposed to be implied.  But this could also be used as a relationship song with a husband or wife, etc.  This is more of a performance/concert song rather than a praise and worship song, since it is fundamentally about the person singing it.


I Receive You, O Spirit of Love
(John Lai, Songs of Fellowship, no. 403)

I receive You, O Spirit of love, how I need your healing from above, I receive you. I receive You, I receive your healing from above. I can feel Your power on me now. I can feel Your power on me now. I can feel you, touching me right now, Come reveal Your power on me now, I can feel You. I can feel You. I can feel Your power on me now. I can feel Your power on me now.

Another catchword of the Third Wave is talk about the Holy Spirit in terms of a power "on" someone. This song uses hypnotic induction to get people to think that what they feel is the power of God without any objective evidence. How can a person prove they are "feeling" the power of God? The most important evidence is that we tell the truth and live the truth, and show the fruit of the Spirit. How can a person singing this song claim to be telling the truth when they cannot prove in any objective way that the "feeling" of the "power on" them is God and not simply emotions or another spirit. This is not the fruit of the Spirit of truth. We do not lie to people to get them to experience something. The end does not justify the means. We tell them the truth and then if they experience the hand of God in their lives it is because they are living in the truth, worshipping God in Spirit and in truth. Also, why would you want to sing a song to God telling Him that you "feel" Him? Imagine standing in front of Jesus Christ in person and singing a song saying "I can feel you". Whether or not you actually felt Him, would that be the point? Would it not be better to worship and praise Him at His feet?


It Ain't Over
(Maurette Brown Clark From album: The Dream - Listed as #5 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")


Verse I
I know the odds are stacked against you
And it seems there's no way out
I know the issue seems unchangeable
And that there's no reason to shout
But the impossible is God's chance
To work a miracle, a miracle
So just know

Chorus
It ain't over until God says it's over
It ain't over until God says it's done
It ain't over until God says it's over
Keep fighting until your victory is won

Verse II
He never said it would be easy
But you're a winner in the end
Jesus defeated all your enemies
Way before the fight began
But the impossible is God's chance
To work a miracle, a miracle
So just know

Chorus

Bridge
When people say you can't, remember
(He can, He can)
When you don't know what to do,
Please remember
(He has the master plan)
He will free you from your sin
And give you peace within
So hold your head up high
You're gonna win
(You're gonna win)

Chorus

Vamp
Keep fighting, keep praying, keep fasting
It ain't over, no
Keep pressing, progressing, keep moving
It ain't over, no
Keep reading, interceding, keep believing
It ain't over, no
Keep trusting, keep trying, keep travailing
It ain't over, no
Keep living, keep giving, keep going
It ain't over, no (8x)
Keep fighting until your victory is won

This is a good biblical song in that the Lord tells us to keep fighting for the victory.

1 Timothy 6:12  Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

He gives us victory over sin and then as we continue to repent and go His way He gives us many victories over our old man.

1 John 5:4  for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 Corinthians 15:57  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally He gives us the ultimate victory of salvation when we are resurrected and join Him for His millennial reign and later in the new heaven and new earth.

1 Corinthians 15:54-55 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

The only small problem I have with this song is lumping in fasting with fighting, praying, reading, interceding, believing, etc.  Fasting doesn't quite rise to the necessity level of the other things mentioned in this song, though fasting is something that has it's obvious physical, mental and spiritual merits.


I Will Follow
(Chris Tomlin, From the Album And If Our God Is For Us.... Sparrow Records, 2010)


Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow...

All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone
Higher than my sight
High above my life
I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you

I will follow you

Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You're the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone, in you alone

In you there's life everlasting
In you there's freedom for my soul
In you there joy, unending joy
and I will follow

John 21:19  This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."


I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever
(Delerious?, The Cutting Edge, Hillsong, February 12, 1998)

[Intro:]
Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the Healer set me free
I'm happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
Of when Your love came down

[Chorus:]
I could sing of Your love forever (x4)

[Bridge:]
Oh I feel like dancing
It's foolishness I know
But when the world has seen the light
They will dance with joy
Like they're dancing now

I could sing of your love forever (5x)

It is a nice sentiment to sing that you could sing of the love of Christ forever.  However, there are a  couple of serious problems with this song.  As stated previously this song has too few lyrics which means you will be repeating those scant lyrics over and over again.  There is also an untruth in the song.  When the world sees the return of Christ they will not be dancing, nor are they dancing now in anticipation. They will not dance with joy but be sorrowful.  Luke 13:28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. The world neither knows Him or those who are true believers.  It is clear that the world follows the devil and does not rejoice at the coming of the Messiah, but rather joins with the anitchrist to fight Him. 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Revelation 13:3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. Revelation 13:8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 16:14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.   I don't know where those who wrote this song got their theology, but this is yet another reason to test all Hillsong music.


I Worship You
(MercyMe From album: Almost There - Listed as #1 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")

I've been walking with a big grin
Singing with my eyes closed
Lifting up my hands
I've been lost in the moment
Sending up praises
Now I think I understand
When I open up and let it flow
I felt your touch and then I know
[chorus]
I can never live without it
And I'm never gonna doubt it
Everyday is new, yeah
There's nothing any better
I'll be singing it forever I worship you
I'm standing on the edge now
Looking for a new place
Going deeper still
The feeling is electric
The power and the glory
Just move me where you will
Cause you take a song and make it fly
Into my soul and that is why
[chorus]
I just want to dive into your grace
I want to feel your presence,
seek your face
I just want to be where you are
I can never live without it
And i'm never gonna doubt it
Everyday is new, yeah (repeat)
[chorus]

For the uninitiated and those who somehow don't know about the Third Wave, this song is describing experiencing the "transferable impartation" or "slain in the spirit" - "opening up" and "letting it flow", the "feeling is electric", "diving into "grace"", "feeling His presence", etc.  These lyrics are not meant to be figurative but are describing exactly what happens in the experience of getting some kind of of unbiblical "anointing".  The Third Wave has long promoted just opening up and jumping into "the river".  They want you to stop thinking and start experiencing what they are doling out, but what they are doing is no different that the practice of Kundalini "Shaktipat" from India. This is the same experience the followers of Bahgwan Shree Rajneesh experienced.  The feeling of electricity is exactly what Benny Hinn, Rodney Howard Brown and others have described what happened to them and what they attempt to pass on to others.

Read these articles on the "new" anointing:

The NEW Anointing by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries
Shocking facts about Benny Hinn...
The New Violence of the holy Spirit? by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries

There are many more articles on the Third Wave/Word of Faith practice of "slain in the spirit" which are available on the Apologetics Coordination Team.

For these reason I do not recommend this song for any Biblical church as it is simply introducing a practice that is not biblical.


I Worship You
(Carl Tuttle, Copyright © 1982 Mercy/Vineyard Publishing)

I give You all the honour
And praise that’s due Your name
For You are the King of Glory
The creator of all things

And I worship You
I give my life to You
I fall down on my knees

As Your Spirit moves upon me now
You meet my deepest need
And I lift my hands up to Your throne
Your mercy I’ve received

And I worship You
I give my life to You
I fall down on my knees

You have broken chains that bound me
You have set this captive free
I will lift my voice to praise Your name
Through all eternity

And I worship You
I give my life to You
I fall down on my knees
Yes I worship You
I give my life to You
 I fall down on my knees

Generally older songs by publishers such as Vineyard, particularly pre 1986 or so, are predominantly good songs. Fortunately this song was apparently written before Vineyard people started falling on their backs!


J

K


"Kingdom Of God"
(Avsenik Slavko Jr; Bohn Chris; Fras Milan; Knez Dejan; Novak Ivan; Artist: Laibach, Publishers: SONGS OF WINDSWEPT PACIFIC )

On the last day of God's creation
Blood will flow from stone
Earthquakes will destroy Your nation
And swallow the king's throne
And flood will follow fire
To wash away the stains
So finally he can rest in peace
Now nothing of man remains

In the kingdom of God
The kingdom of God

Now time was man's invention
For regulating his ways
But time has lost its meaning
In cities of eternal days
And every city became Sodom
Man bore the mark of Cain
Until God raised atomic fire
Now nothing of man remains

In the kingdom of God
The kingdom of God

Now the last traces fade away
Of his creation gone wrong
Fish return to the rivers
And whales sing their ocean song
The bears roam in the mountains
And buffaloes roam the plains
Eagles fly in freedom
Now nothing of man remains

In the kingdom of God
The kingdom of God

Let silence be the music
That settles on the Earth
And hunger be the rhythm
That drowns man's last words
And let melody be the sound
Of the wind and the lashing rain
Blowing away man's harmonies
Until nothing of him remains

In the kingdom of God
The kingdom of God

So nothing of man remains
In the kingdom of God
The kingdom of God

This sounds like some environmentalist view of the new earth, or the Millennial Kingdom.  But it has some glaring flaws according to what the Bible teaches. "Now nothing of man remains" is a misnomer.  Yes, the works of the flesh will be swallowed up in the victory of Jesus Christ establishing His promised physical Kingdom on earth, finally putting an end to the dominion of the devil.  But the works that come from faith remain as well as those who have been part of the Rapture and will rule and judge the nations and angels with Christ.  Eph. 2:6-9 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Our works by the grace of God through faith will shine forever.  So something of man DOES remain in the Kingdom and beyond.  1 Cor. 6:2-3 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!  There is also this phrase: "Now time was man's invention".  Time was not man's invention but a constraint put on mankind by the Creator God Who is not constrained by time.  We can be thankful to the Lord that He will reward those who have been faithful to Him with eternal life and crowns.  These will be evident forever.  Sorrow, tears, pain, sin and death will be gone forever (Rev. 21:4), and even the memory of this life will fade (Is. 65:17), but the good works through faith will remain shining forever (1 Pet. 5:4)


"Kisses of Your Mouth"
(Heather Clark from her album "Dark But Lovely")


"Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth
Your love is better than wine
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfume
No wonder the maidens love you
Take me away with you, let's hurry
Let the king bring me into His chamber"

Other tracks include: "All Night Long," "My Lover," "Faint with Love." (Orrel Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Volume 14, No. 2, March/April 2009) Again, it is blasphemous to refer to God in a sexual way.  Though the ideas are take from the Song of Solomon that book is looking forward to the relationship between Jesus Christ and His Church or bride, not a sexual relationship with God.

Where did these people get their inspiration for this new wave of "worshipping" God by promoting a spiritual/sexual union with God?  It comes from the same Catholic mystics that the Emerging Church people have been studying (instead of their Bibles, I might add).

The writings of mystics in the Middle Ages echo the passion of the Song of Solomon and indicate the intimacy which characterized their relationship with their Saviour.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
(1090-1153)

St Bernard, from France, was the compiler of the Rule of the Order of Knights Templar. He wrote eighty-six sermons on the Canticle (Song of Songs). Towards the end of his life Bernard attempted to describe how he himself experienced the coming of the Word â€â€ś the Bridegroom â€â€ś to the soul.

You ask, then, how I knew that He was present, since His ways are past finding out? Because the Word is liv-ing and effective, and as soon as ever He entered into me, He has aroused my sleeping soul, and stirred and softened and pricked my heart, that hitherto was sick and hard as stone. He has begun to pluck up and destroy, to build and to plant, to water the dry places and shed light upon the dark, to open what was shut, to warm the chill, to make the crooked straight and the rough places plain; so that my soul has blessed the Lord and all that is within me praised His Holy Name. Thus has the Bridegroom entered into me.[3]
Hildegard of Bingen
(1098-1179)

Hildegard claimed to see visions from a young age. She wrote,

"Creation is allowed in intimate love to speak to the Creator as if to a lover. As the Creator loves the creation, so the creation loves the Creator. The whole world has been embraced by this kiss."[2]
Gertrude the Great was a nun of the abbey of Helfta in Saxony. Her devotional "Exercise of Divine Love," uses the Song of Songs as part of a step by step progression on the road to God. The text admonishes:
At Lauds, pray that you be taught the art of Love; At Prime, that you be led into the school of love with God as a teacher and master; At Terce, that you learn the alphabet with which the Spirit writes his law of love on your heart; At Sext, that you learn to know the Lord not only by syllables but also by theory; At None, that you be accepted into the militia of love and bound by oath; At Vespers, that you march in the armor of love and triumph over evil; At Compline, that you become oblivious to the world and be consummated in loving union with God.
She continues in a more amorous vein:
Ah! Show me your face and let me contemplate your radiance. Lo, "your face," which the most beautiful dawn of divinity illuminates, "is pleasant and comely" (6:3). Miraculously, your cheeks blush with "omega" and "alpha" (Apocalypse 1:8). Very bright eternity burns inextinguishably in your eyes. There God's salvation glows as red for me as a lamp. There radiant charity sports merrily with luminous truth. The scent of life breathes forth from you to me. â€Å“Honey and milk drip down from your mouth" (4:11) to me." [3]
John of the Cross wrote "The Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ" in the 16th century.
O you soul, then, most beautiful of creatures, who so long to know the place where your Beloved is, that you may seek Him, and be united to Him, you know now that you are yourself that very tabernacle where He dwells, the secret chamber of His retreat where He is hidden. Rejoice, therefore, and exult, because all your good and all your hope is so near you as to be within you; or, to speak more accurately, that you can not be without it, "for lo, the kingdom of God is within you." So says the Bridegroom Himself, and His servant, St. Paul, adds: "You are the temple of the living God." What joy for the soul to learn that God never abandons it, even in mortal sin; how much less in a state of grace! "Courage, then, O soul most beautiful, you know now that your Beloved, Whom you desire, dwells hidden within your breast; strive, therefore, to be truly hidden with Him, and then you shall embrace Him, and be conscious of His presence with loving affection. [4]
The "Friends of God"

Henry Suso (c. 1295-1366) was a part of the "Friends of God", a loosely constituted and informal but wide-spread spiritual and mystical movement. In his written answer to Elizabeth Stäglin who begged to be told more of what God is, he wrote:

Ah, gentle God, if Thou art so lovely in Thy creatures, how exceedingly beautiful and ravishing Thou must be in Thyself. "Come, daughter, thou hast now found thy God, whom thy heart has so long sought after. Look upwards, then, with sparkling eyes and radiant face and bounding heart, and behold Him and embrace Him with the infinite outstretched warms of thy soul and thy affection, and give thanks and praise to Him, the noble Prince of all creatures.
One of his contemporaries, Flemish mystic Jan van Ruysbroek (1293-1381), author of the "Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage", also explored the inward life and described:
The pure soul feels a constant fire of love, which desires above all things to be one with God, and the more the soul obeys the attraction of God the more it feels it, and the more it feels it the more it desires to be one with God.[4]
Developments in the Reformation

Madame Guyon (1647-1717). French mystic. Her written works include, "The Song of Songs of Solomon."

VERSE 1. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.
THIS kiss, which the soul desires of its God, is essential union, or a real, permanent and lasting possession of its divine object. It is the SPIRITUAL MARRIAGE. ... This, then, is the lofty and intimate union that the Spouse so pressingly demands at the hand of the Bridegroom. She asks it of Him as though she was addressing another; an impetuous sally of love, giving vent to her passion without particular thought as to whom she was speaking. Let Him kiss me, says she, since He can do it, but let it be with the kisses of His mouth; no other union can content me; that alone can satisfy all my desires, and that is what I demand.[5] (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridal_theology)
Looks like Heather Clark and the others lyrics mimic these ideas from Madame Guyon, a mystic and pantheist.

As I just stated, these people are some of the influences and mentors for Emerging Church leaders such as Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet, Richard Foster and a whole host of others.  John Wimber, whose CORE group that initially implemented his Vineyard movement, was teaching Bridal theology. Today many others in the New Apostolic Reformation such as Mike Bickle (IHOP and Bridegroom Movement), other Kansas City Prophets, C. Peter Wagner and his New Apostolic "apostles" are following the ideas of the above heretics and mystics of the Catholic Church.  They are leading the churches further and further into apostasy.  If these people are promoting some kind of sexual relationship with their so-called "Jesus" we need to rebuke them and if they refuse to discontinue their adherence to this music and the false teachings of Mike Bickle, then we need to mark and avoid them.

Those promoting this movement and its music are a leaven that is leavening the whole lump.  If your church has not been leavened yet I suggest you get the leaven out before it activates and you have no choice but to leave your church.


L
Learning To Be Light

(Artist: Neworldson, Album: Rebel Transmission, 2011 )


When the stars came crashing down
In tiny pieces to the ground
I was all alone down here
Trapped beneath the atmosphere
Then I, thought somebody called my name
I spun around and caught a flame
I gave into a God I didn't know
And now everything is falling into place
A brand new life is calling and I owe it all to grace

It's so much brighter living in your world
Savior what you did for me
You gave me something I want everyone to see
When we stumble and it all goes wrong
Only you can make it right
So I say oh oh oh oh oh
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa

When a heart is cold as ice
You can't melt it with advice
No one wants to listen to
A list of things they shouldn't do
So I build a city on a hill
And I light a candle on the sill
Knowing you'll be always knocking at the door
Oh God I just want to love on everyone
All I have is yours to give so let the people come

It's so much brighter living in your world
Savior what you did for me
You gave me something I want everyone to see
When we stumble and it all goes wrong
Only you can make it right
So I say oh oh oh oh oh
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
im learning to be the light

that makes the shadows hide
the light that breaks the curse of pride
the light that takes the weary in it's arms

When it all came crashing down
There was only darkness all around
But in the distance I could see
A Flame

It's So much brighter living in your world
Savior what you did for me
You gave me something I want everyone, and I mean everyone to see
When we stumble and it all goes wrong
Only you can make it right
So I say oh oh oh oh oh
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I'm learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I'm learning to be the light

I'm sure a lot of this song is what could be termed "poetic license".  However, worship songs need to be specific to be useful.  There is obviously no time when the stars actually came "crashing down in tiny pieces on the ground".  What kind of "flame" can be caught?  We are not to give in to a "god" we do not know but come to know the true God through His Son.  There is no mention of that in this song.  Another issue I have with this song is that it sounds like they may not have repented of theri sins when they says "No one wants to listen to a list of things he shouldn't do".  The Bible says we must recognize we are sinners and do not measure up to the One True Holy God.  I hate to tell them but there ARE things we should and should not do.  I will give the authors credit for saying that the "light" breaks the curse of pride, but it is not enough to have our pride broken.  We also need to repent and turn to Christ, making Him our Lord.  This song is their personal testimony and should not be used as a worship song because it lacks enough biblical support.


Like Incense/Step By Step
(David (Beaker) Strasser, © 1991 BMG Songs, Inc. (Admin. by BMG Music Publishing)


O God You are my God
And I will ever praise You
O God You are my God
And I will ever praise You

May my prayer like incense rise before You
Lifting up my life as sacrifice
Oh Lord Jesus turn Your eyes upon me
For I know there is mercy in Your sight
Your statutes are my heritage forever
My heart is set on keeping Your decrees
Please still my anxious urge toward rebellion
Let Love keep my will upon its knees

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

To all creation I can see a limit
But Your commands are boundless and have none
So Your Word is my joy and meditation
From the rising to the setting of the sun
All Your ways are loving and are faithful
The road is narrow but Your burden light
Because You gladly lean to lead the humble
I shall gladly kneel to leave my pride

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

And I will follow You all of my days
And I will follow You all of my days
And step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Generally a good song obviously inspired by Ps. 119.  The one aspect I wish had been enumerated is that the "statutes" and "decrees" we are to obey and follow today are the law of Christ, not the Old Testament Mosaic Law from which Christ freed us through his death and resurrection. Romans 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death (the Mosaic Law). If this song is sung with the understanding that you cannot be justified by obeying the Mosaic Law (Gal. 2:16, 3:11), since no one can obey it (except that Jesus did) then it is proper to say that we will obey the commands of Jesus Christ.  John 14:15  If you love me, keep my commands.


Lord Have Mercy
(Michael W. Smith, Lord Have Mercy, Reunion Records, (P) 2002 Provient Label Group, LLC)


Jesus, I've forgotten the words that You have spoken
Promises that burned within my heart have now grown dim
With a doubting heart I follow the paths of earthly wisdom
Forgive me for my unbelief
Renew the fire again

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

I have built an altar where I worship things of men
I have taken journeys that have drawn me far from You
Now I am returning to Your mercies ever flowing
Pardon my transgressions
Help me love You again

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

I have longed to know You and Your tender mercies
Like a river of forgiveness ever flowing without end
I bow my heart before You in the goodness of Your presence
Your grace forever shining
Like a beacon in the night

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

Smith has been promoting the New Apostolic and now the Emergent Church for some time.  This song shows the influence the Catholic mystics have had over him.  The chorus is taken directly from the "Litany of the most sacred heart of Jesus" from the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church (http://www.jesusiam.com/jesus_litany.pdf).  It is not bad to ask for mercy from Jesus but simply repeating this litany over and over again will not force mercy from the Lord.  Matt. 6:7 And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.  Mindless repetition is exactly what the RCC promotes with their endless liturgies.  Yet many "Protestants" are now headed back to the pagan ways of the RCC in many respects via the Emergent Church movement.  The second problem with this song is that it is not particularly worshipful to sing about your failures to the Lord in unison since they may or may not apply to the individual.  Again, what we look for is worshipping God "in sprit and in truth" and if you are singing this song and (1) sinning the sins mentioned yet not planning to repent of them or (2) not sinning those sins yet singing those words trying to convince yourself that you have sinned does not being people to unity of the Faith.


Lord I Lift Your Name On High
(Rick Doyle Founds, 1989, Maranatha! Music )

(Verse)
Lord, I lift Your name on high
Lord, I love to sing Your praises
I'm so glad You're in my life
I'm so glad You came to save us

(Chorus)
You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

Exodus 15:2 “The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Psalm 9:2  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.


M

Majesty
(Jack Hayford, ?1987, Songs and 1981, Rocksmith Music)


Majesty
Worship His majesty
Unto Jesus, be all glory
Honor, and praise
Majesty
Kingdom authority
Flow from His throne
Unto His own
His anthem raise
Majesty
Worship His majesty
Unto Jesus, be all glory
Honor, and praise
Majesty
Kingdom authority
Flow from His throne
Unto His own
His anthem raise
So exalt, lift up on high
The name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty
Worship His majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified
King of all Kings
So exalt, lift up on high
The name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty
Worship His majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified
King of all Kings

This is another song that has been sung for decades by many churches.  But this song was written by Jack Hayford who is fully supportive of the New Apostolic Reformation and their Dominionist agenda.  False teachers are known for laying error alongside truth.  This song has a clever way of inserting a Dominonist theme inside of worship words.  Most Christians I know have never noticed this.  I did many years ago before I knew Hayfords affiliations and teachings.  Christians only have "Kingdom authority" as long as they are preaching the Gospel and discipling Christians from all nations.  Jesus is establishing His spiritual Kingdom in the hearts of men now, and when He comes again He will establish His physical Kingdom on earth in fulfillment of the many prophecies of Scripture.  The Church will not establish God's physical Kingdom on earth.  Only Christ can do that.  Read my article called A Tale Of Two Kingdoms by Sandy Simpson, 8/31/11.


Mighty To Save
(Morgan, Reube/Fielding, Be, (c) EMI Music Publishing, Hillsong Australia, 2006)


Everyone needs compassion,
Love that's never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.

Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.

Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus (x2)

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

My Saviour, you can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes you conquered the grave

This is a song that has a few minor flaws.  I don't like the phrase "I give my life to follow everything I believe in".  Technically this is correct but it would have been better stated "I give my life to follow the Savior I believe in".  Also Jesus Christ is not the hope of the nations at this point.  He is the hope of Christians all over the world but not the nations.  As usual, test all Hillsong music.


The More I Seek You
(Gateway Worship, Living For You, 2011 - Listed as #3 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")


The more i seek you,
the more i find you
The more i find you, the more I love you

I wanna sit at your feet
drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath, hear your heart beat
This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it's overwhelming

First of all, we are to seek God after we are born again by studying His Word, obeying it, and bringing our petitions and praise before Him in prayer.  But the Bible is clear that no one really desires to seek Him.

Romans 3:11  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

He seeks us, convicts us of sin, and opens our blinded eyes so that then we can understand the Gospel and believe. But it is also clear that we are encouraged to seek God for petitions.

Luke 11:10  "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Seeking is good and if we seek according to His will (1 John 5:14) and His Word (John 15:7), then we will find what we ask for, though this is not talking about finding God but finding what we are asking from God according to what we need.

The real problem with this lyric, however, is the resemblance it bears to the Gnostic story that, because John was close to Jesus and leaned on His breast, John received something special above the other Apostles.  This is used to bolster the idea of a transferable impartation, for instance, which the Bible does not teach.  I am not saying the author is aware of this, but this is a false teaching that crept into Pentecostalism a long time ago and many have been expose to it in one form or another.  I heard a guy witnessing to a man in a restaurant some years ago and was happy he was doing it until I heard him tell this yarn.  You don't get truth by laying back against Jesus and feeling Him breathe and his heart beat.  The author may have meant this figuratively but a whole lot of pantheistic ideas about God have crept in this way via music into the churches.  I don't recommend any songs that reduce God to a force, as in those songs which endorse "slain in the spirit" or talk about God being "the air I breathe".  God is not only One "What" but also three "Who's" who share all the aspects of deity and personality.  To talk about Him as a pantheistic God gives people the wrong impression of His character and how He actually works in the life of the believer.


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Nobody Greater

(Vashawn Mitchell, EMI Gospel, (C) 2010 EMI Gospel)

I climbed up to the highest mountain
I looked all around, couldn't find nobody
Went down into the deepest valley
Looked all around down there, couldn't find nobody
I went across the deep blue sea
Couldn't find one to compare... to your grace, your love, your mercy
Nobody greater... nobody greater than you

Searched all over... couldn't find nobody
I looked high and low... still couldn't find nobody
Nobody greater... nobody greater no... nobody greater than you

Nobody can heal... like you can
Oh most holy one you are the Great I am
Awesome in all your ways and mighty is your hand
You are He who carried out redemption's plan
You are He who carried out redemption's plan

Searched all over... couldn't find nobody
I looked high and low... still couldn't find nobody
Nobody greater... nobody greater... nobody greater than you

Nobody greater... nobody greater... nobody greater than you [repeat, adlib and fade]

There is certainly no one greater than God (Heb. 6:13-14).


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Obsession
(Partial lyrics; by Nathan Shaver and Eldon Stump)

"You are my everything, my hearts delight
You are my obsession; I wait for you through the night
In the morning when I rise I ache for you."

Bridal Identity teachings are a strong influence for an abundance of intimacy worship songs.  These songs are tied to and used by Mike Bickle and his IHOP (International House Of Prayer).  Bickle is a long time false prophet originally with the Kansas City Prophets, who is a leader in C. Peter Wagner's "New Apostolic Reformation" and has been a member and leader in Wagner's "International Coalition of Apostles" for many years.  Anytime to hear a song being used in this way talking about Jesus Christ, you are seeing blasphemy at work.


Obsession
(David Crowder, written by Martin Smith ©1995 Curious? Music UK)


What can I do with my obsession?
With the things I cannot see
Is there madness in my being?
Is it wind that blows the trees?
Sometimes you're further than the moon
Sometimes you're closer than my skin
And you surround me like a winter fog
You've come and burned me with a kiss

And my heart burns for you
And my heart burns

And I'm so filthy with my sin
I carry pride like a disease
You know I'm stubborn God and I'm longing
to be close
You burn me deeper than I know
I feel lonely without hope
I feel desperate without vision
You wrap around me like a winter coat
You come and free me like a bird

And my heart burns for you
And my heart burns for you

Again we have yet another example of defining God in terms of a sexual relationship.  That is not a proper definition of God at all.  This is also a performance song, not a worship song that should be dung by a congregation.  Some Christians think if they just sing a song and repeat it enough that it will become reality for them.  But if you sing lyrics that you really don't mean you are lying to God.


Ocean
(Ten Shekel Shirt, 2001 Sony)

Lately, I've been thinking about You
And lately, I've been dreaming of You
And lately, I can't get You out of my head
Get You out of my head

chorus
Something about the ocean
Makes me rise up and praise
Something about the heavens
Makes me stand in awe again
Something about the sunrise
Reminds me of Your faithfulness
Something about the ocean
And I'm lost in love again

I'll sing until I sense a smile
Upon Your great and lovely face
And till I know Your glory's in this place
Your glory's in this place

This is a song about how the creation reflects our God, though God is not named in any way.  The problem I have is that the person singing this song is expecting that through the singing of this song God's glory, the Shekinah Glory, will fill the place where they sing this. Yet no man can invoke God, summon God, or sing any magic formula to command God.  The true God of Christianity is sovereign.  The glory cloud was over Israel, in the tabernacle and in the temple.  But where is the glory of the Lord today?  It is within each believer (2 Cor. 3:18, 1 Pet. 4:14) and in the Church as a whole (Eph. 3:21) by virtue of them being the collective bride of Christ.  The idea of the Shekinah Glory being in churches today is an idea from the Third Wave, New Apostolic movement which is a dangerous misunderstanding of Scripture.  That is not how God is working in this time.  Jesus Christ will return in His glory (Matt. 24:30).  Till then we believe in Him who we have not seen (John 20:29).


Offering
(Paul Baloche, His Passion, (P) 2004 Integrity Media, Inc.)


The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love
There is no shadow in Your Presence
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne
Before the Holy One of heaven
It's only by Your Blood and it's only through you mercy
Lord I come

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus may You receive the honor that You're due
O Lord I bring an offering to You
I bring an offering to You

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus may You receive the honor that You're due
O Lord I bring an offering to You
O Lord I bring an offering to You
O Lord I bring an offering to You
I bring an offering to You

1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Psalm 54:6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, LORD, for it is good. Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.  The point is that it is not just singing that brings praise to God.  The most important thing is that we openly profess His name, not just in church but before the world through the Gospel.


Oh Happy Day
(18th Century Hymn, Recorded 1969 Edwin Hoawkins Singers)

Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
Washed my sins away (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)

Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When my Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away

He taught me how (oh, He taught me how)
To watch (to watch, to watch)
Fight and pray (to fight and pray)
Fight and pray
And he taught me how to live rejoicing
yes, He did (and live rejoicing)
Oh yeah, every, every day (every, every day)
(oh yeah) Every day!

Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day, yeah (oh happy day)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When my Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
My sins away (oh happy day)
I'm talking about that happy day (oh happy day)

He taught me how (oh yeah, how)
To watch (to watch)
Fight and pray (sing it, sing it, c'mon and sing it)
Fight and pray
And to live
yeah, yeah, c'mon everybody (and live rejoicing every, every day)

Oh happy day.....

"Oh Happy Day" is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th century hymn. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 in the US and No. 2 in the UK pop charts. It has since become a gospel music standard.  This song is simplistic but has a good message.  All believers should rejoice about being born again and should be watching and fighting in prayer.  Matthew 26:41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.


Open The Eyes Of My Heart
(Paul Baloche, Our God Saves, (P) 2007 Integrity Media, Inc)

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
(repeat)
To see you high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

When is the author expecting to see the Lord?  Now or in heaven?  Most would assume that he is talking about seeing Jesus Christ in heaven, but then it seems that he is saying that he wants to see God in His glory "as we sing holy, holy, holy" now.  Which is it?  The song is not clear on this.  So then this can be taken in a future tense or in a present tense and can be used by Third Wave churches in claiming they are experiencing these things now in glory clouds, etc. Also God does not pour out His power for experiences, but for the purpose of ministry.  Those who continually ask for power usually get fooled by the enemy.  There is no prayer for power in the Bible.  God lends his miraculous power to those who are involved in ministry to others, particularly in the proclamation of the Gospel.  So this song can confuse people.  It also has too few lyrics so has to be sung over and over again.


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The Power of Your love / Lord I come to You

(Geoff Bullock, Copyright © 1992 Word Music/Copycare)

Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I’ve found in You
Lord I’ve come to know
The weakenesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the power of Your love

    Hold me close
    Let Your love surround me
    Bring me near
    Draw me to Your side
    And as I wait
    I’ll rise up like the eagle
    And I will soar with You
    Your Spirit leads me on
    In the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face
The knowledge of Your love
As You live in me
Lord renew my mind
As Your will unfolds in my life
In living every day
By the power of Your love

(repeat chorus twice)

And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
In the power of Your love
(repeat)

Good song but notice that almost every line talks about "I, me, and my".  Too many Christian songs today are unduly focused on self rather than on the Lord.  We should be singing praise to Him, extolling his attributes, rather than on focusing on ourselves.


Praise Him
(New Jersey Mass Choir, Light Records, Gospel Power)


Chorus 1:
Praise Him (4x);
Jesus, blessed Savior,
He’s worthy to be praised.

Verse 1:
From the rising of the sun,
Until the going down of the same;
He’s worthy, Jesus is worthy,
He’s worthy to be praised.

Chorus 2:
Glory (2x),
In all things give Him glory;
Jesus, blessed Savior,
He’s worthy to be praised.

Verse 2:
God is our rock,
hope of salvation,
a strong deliverer,
in Him will I always trust.

Great song.  Revelation 5:12  saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!


Q

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Revelation Song
(Kari Jobe From album: Living For You - Listed as #6 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is He
Sing a new song to Him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is He
Sing a new song to Him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows of living color
Flashes of lighting rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor strength and glory and power be
To You the only one who's King

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You

Filled with wonder awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your name
Jesus Your name is power, breath and living water
Such a marvelous mystery

Oh, You're worthy, mystery
You are worthy

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You, I will adore You

Good new worship song that takes many of its observations about Jesus Christ from the Bible.  I like this song because it is refreshing to read song lyrics that do not dwell on self but rather on extolling the virtues of Jesus.  Only 6 mentions of what "we" will do and 25 mentions of "Him".  If you are concerned with the "rainbows" reference, I looked it up to remind myself of how the King of Kings is described.

Ezekiel 1:28  Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
Revelation 4:3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.
Revelation 10:1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.

The "mighty angel" is a reference to Jesus by how He is described at the beginning of Revelation. The pre incarnate Christ was called "the" angel of the Lord in the Old Testament so, even though Jesus Christ is not a created being, He has been called the angel of the Lord many times.

I would like to see other composers follow the trend this artist is following in ascribing glory to God by listing His glorious attributes.  Kudos!


The River Of God
(Copyright © 1997 Andy Park, Mercy/Vineyard Publishing.)

Down the mountain the river flows and it brings refreshing wherever it goes. Through the valleys and over the fields the river is rushing and the river is here. The river of God sets our feet a-dancing. The river of God fills our hearts with cheer. The river of God fills our mouths with laughter and we rejoice for the river is here. The river of God is teeming with life and all who touch it can be revived and those who linger on this river's shore will come back thirsting for more of the Lord. Up to the mountain we love to go to find the presence of the Lord. Along the banks of the river we run. We dance with laughter giving praise to the Son

This "river" being sung about is not some allegorical river but the river of the counterfeit revival. It is tied to the Third Wave so tightly that its intent cannot be easily separated from that movement. Notice the reference to "the river" causing "laughter". This is in reference to the "holy laughter" of Rodney Howard-Browne and the Toronto "Blessing" movement. Also, to state that touching this "river" will revive a person is deception. Only salvation in Jesus Christ can cause a person to be born again, and only the indwelling Holy Spirit can revive. The Bible says: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing (revival) may come from the Lord ..."  (Acts 3:19). The criteria for true revival (refreshing) is repentance, not getting some kind of mystical Gnostic "anointing" experience imparted by "slain in the spirit". And finally, can we get any more of the Lord than we already have? Think about it. He created us, He sustains us, He died to save us from our sins, He rose again to guarantee us eternal life, and He gave us His Spirit to indwell us, sealing us till the day of our resurrection. In the light of what God has done for us, all this "I want more" business sounds incredibly self-serving.


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See His Love

(Jesus Culture, ©2005 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing))

Verse 1:
See His love nailed onto a cross
Perfect and blameless life given as sacrifice
See Him there all in the name of love
Broken yet glorious, all for the sake of us

Chorus:
This is Jesus in His glory
King of Heaven dying for me
It is finished, He has done it
Death is beaten, Heaven beckons me

Verse 2:
Greater love no one could ever show
Mercy so undeserved, freedom I should not know
All my sin, all of my hidden shame
Died with Him on the cross, eternity won for us

Bridge:
Such love, such love
Such love is this for me (repeat)

Great lyrics.  The only thing I would have liked to have seen is a little more on confessing and repenting from sin.  His death on the cross purchased forgiveness and justification for all men, but only those who believe and repent will be saved.


Set a Fire
(Will Reagan and United Pursuit From album: Live at the Banks House, 2011 - Listed as #4 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")

(There's) No place I would rather be
(There's) No place I would rather be
(There's) No place I would rather be
Than here in Your love here in Your love

(So) Set a fire down in my soul
That I cant contain that I cant control
Cause I want more of You God I want more of You

First of all there are not enough lyrics to this song to prevent it from being repeated over and over again just to take up enough time.

Second, though the sentiment of not wishing to be anywhere away from the love of God is good, the chorus to this song reveals the theological background.  The words "fire" and "more, more, more" were the mantra of the Toronto "Blessing" and Brownsville "Outpouring" counterfeit Third Wave revivals which featured "slain in the spirit" and other unbiblical practices.  This continues unabated in the Word of Faith, New Apostolic and Third Wave movements and churches, bolstered by songs like this one.

Third, the idea of getting something into your soul that you "can't control" is totally against the revealed character of God and those who follow Him, as well as the fruit of the Spirit of self-control.

Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
2 Thessalonians 3:6  But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.
1 Corinthians 14:40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace...as in all the congregations of the Lord's people.

Those who do not control themselves show the evidence of the lack of the fruit of the Spirit.  What continues to be seen in counterfeit revival meetings as a result of slain in the spirit is disorder, not order.  Those who have the Spirit of truth revere control, not the lack thereof.

Finally, as mentioned above, the continual cry of false teachers is to ask God for more and more with patent disregard to the fact the Christ gave his ALL already on Calvary, following that up by sending His Holy Spirit.  Why are we not singing His praises for that?  I do not recommend this song to be sung in the congregations of saints.


Shine, Jesus, Shine
Graham Kendrick, Copyright © 1987 Make Way Music

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me

This is a song practically every Christian has sung countless times.  My only problem with it is the reference to a river that will flow and flood the nations.  This sounds like an introduction to the "river" of the Third Wave and Dominionism.  It can be taken figuratively and has been by many churches, in other words it could be referring to evangelism and missions. The other problem is that Graham is very involved with Catholicism as is evidenced on his web site and recent concerts.  I bet most Protestants who use this song don't know about the author.  This is not to say that Catholic songs cannot be used if they are Biblical.  This one, however, has some compromise built in.


Shout To The Lord (My Jesus, My Saviour)
(Zschech Darlene/Chris Tomilin, Hillsong, 1996, The Hills Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia)

My Jesus, my Saviour
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord
All the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name

I sing for joy at the work
Of Your hands
Forever I'll love You
Forever I'll stand
Nothing compares
To the promise I have
In You

Good biblical song which, for once, is looking forward to the Kingdom, not claiming the physical Kingdom is already here now.  The Lord surely is our comfort (Ps. 86:17) and shelter (Ps. 61:4).


Sovereign God
(Maurette Brown Clark From album: The Dream - Listed as #4 on "Top Christian Praise and Worship Songs - 2011")


There aren't even words to describe just how great You are
In all Your majesty
You continually
Provide for me
There just isn't anything that You can't do
Lord I've seen Your work before
So I'll trust you all the more
Because You are

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

A wave of Your hand can command the seas to hold their peace
If you can handle the seas
Then I know that You can deal with all my needs
So I will put every situation
Into Your capable hands
I don't have to know the plan
Because You are

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

He is able to do exceedingly abundantly
Above all we ask or think
So take all your burdens and lay them at His feet
And watch Him meet the need
We have the victory
Because You are

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

He is sovereign, He is
He is sovereign, He is
(repeat sequence 3 times, inverting each time up to one octave¦)

You are the sovereign God
Bigger than all my problems
And every situation
There is nothing too hard
For the sovereign God

This is the kind of song you should look for if you want to have a song that extols the virtues of God and teaches sound doctrine.  Good job, Maurette!


Surrender
(Marc James, (c) 2000 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire)

I'm giving you my heart, and all that is within
I lay it all down for the sake of you my King
I'm giving you my dreams, I'm laying down my rights
I'm giving up my pride for the promise of new life

And I surrender all to you, all to you
And I surrender all to you, all to you

I'm singing You this song, I'm waiting at the cross
And all the world holds dear, I count it all as loss
For the sake of knowing You for the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your pain

Even though this song is from Vineyard Songs and you should always test songs from Vineyard or Hillsong, this one is a good one.  Just don't repeat it countless times since there are few lyrics.


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10,000 Reasons/Bless the Lord O my soul

(Matt Redman, 10,00 Reasons, Aprrwo Records, 2011)

Bless the Lord, oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name

The sun comes up
It's a new day dawning
It's time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worshhip your holy name

You're rich in love and you're slow to anger
Your name is great and your heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

Bless you Lord!

Bless the Lord, oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Soon my soul will sing your praise unending
10,000 years and then forever more

Bless the Lord, oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name

Bless the Lord, Oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name (repeat 3x)

Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I worship your holy name (repeat 3x)

This is a good song, yet again much of the focus is on what "I" will do and less on the Lord.  This is because this generation likes to sing and hear about themselves more than actually taking the time in this and other songs to praise the Lord.


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Under An Open Heaven

(Wess Morgan, Under An Open Heaven, 2010)

For so long I was silent
And for so long I did not have a song of praise
Depression filled my days and clouds blocked my way

But there was a voice speaking to me
Awaking the passion so quiet in me

In me
So still in me

But I choose to worship (Choose to worship)
I just cant give up (I just cant give up, no)
I choose to worship (I choose to worship, yes I do)
My mind is made up (My mind is made up, oh)

Is that Your voice, calling me
Into that secret place with Thee

My heart has longed for this moment (My heart has longed for this moment, with Thee)

But I choose to worship (Choose to worship)
I just cant give up (I just cant give up, no)
I choose to worship (I choose to worship, yes I do)
My mind is made up (My mind is made up, oh)

He's healing me, I'm gonna worship (8x)
I'm gonna worship (5x)

My heart longed for this moment with, Thee
And I choose to worship

Of course this is another song that may be taken figuratively by many, yet it comes out of the unbiblical theologies of the Third Wave.  The phrase "open heaven" is one being used in the counterfeit revivals and by people like Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  But that phrase is nowhere to be found in Scripture.  The biblical concept is that we have access to the Father in Heaven because we have a High Priest at His right hand.  But we are not in heaven literally, nor can we command the territorial spirits from there.  We also should not expect the "glory cloud" in churches, real gold dust, angel feathers, etc.  We rely on Jesus Christ and His will as we may bring our petitions before Him.  The second aspect of this song is that it sounds like it is advocating hearing from God directly by way of a physical voice "Is that Your voice calling me".  That is not how we communicate with God in this time.  We ask the Spirit to teach us and He speaks to us through the finished revelation of His Holy written Word.  He may "speak" to us through our renewed conscience, but if it is a message from the Holy Spirit He always directs us to the written Word.  To advocate getting your guidance from listening to an inner or outer voice leaves the door open for deceiving spirits and leads to accepting what the occult and false religions practice.  This is what the Emergent Church also advocates.  For that reason I cannot recommend this song.


Undivided Focus
(Heather Clark, Album: Collect the Years / Original Release Date: 2005-09-01)

Holy Spirit, I surrender to You [x2]

Take my life I lay it down
All my gifts and all my crowns
Take my life I lay it down
I am Yours

And I am in love, with undivided focus
And I am in love with You

Holy Spirit, I surrender to You [x2]

Take my hand and lead me through
The glorious fields to be with You
Take my hand and lead me through
I am Yours

And I am in love, with undivided focus
And I am in love with You
I am in love

And I am in love, with undivided focus
And I am in love with You

I wanna be a laid-down lover [x3]
Filled with You

I wanna be a fearless lover [x3]
Filled with You

I feel my way down this undiscovered hope
I run my hand along the wall
I'm waiting here for Your call
And I will follow You to the center of Your heart

I wanna be a laid-down lover [x3]
Filled with You

I wanna be a fearless lover [x3]
Filled with You
Filled with You

And I am in love, and I am in love
I'm in love with You...

And I am in love, with undivided focus
And I am in love with You

This song seems to be ok (though the part that says "I am in love with undivided focus, and I am in love with You" is sloppy writing ... sounds like she is in love with undivided focus) until it gets to the line "I want to be laid down lover".  To treat God in this way is blasphemous and has to do with the blasphemous "Bridal" paradigm being taught by IHOP and Mike Bickle (see reviews of lyrics to "Burning", "Obsession" and "Sailed On").  We are to love with Lord with all our "heart, soul, strength and mind" (Luke 10:27) but that does not include sexual love.  Song of Solomon is a figurative picture of Israel and God or the Church and Jesus Christ but is not to be taken literally to mean we need to seek a sexual relationship with the Lord somehow in the spirit.  That is bringing Him down to the sensual desires of men instead of elevating Him to the highest, purest place where He is in character and place.  These types of songs are riding the churches right off the rails into sensuality, where Bickle and the NAR crowd has want the churches to be all along with "slain in the spirit" etc.  Don't use any songs like this in your church unless you want to fall under the judgment of our Holy God.


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We Are Free
(Matt Redman, Album: 10,000 Reasons, 6/11/11 )

We’re the forgiven, singing redemption's song
There's a fire that burns inside
A fire that burns inside
Nothing can stop us
We’ll be running through the night
With a fire that burns inside
A fire that burns inside

We are the free, the freedom generation
Singing of mercy
You are the One who set us all in motion
Yours is the glory
There’s a fire in our hearts and it burns for You
It’s never gonna fade away
We are the free, and Yours is the glory

We are the risen, living alive in You
And our passion will not die
No, our passion will not die
Nothing can stop us
We’ll be running through the night
And our passion will not die
No, our passion will not die

Chorus

Up from the grave You rose again
Up from the grave You rose and we will
Rise up, rise up
Into the world that You so love
Into the world we go and we will
Rise up, rise up

On the surface there seems like there is nothing wrong with this song.  It is kind of a pep rally type of song to get people pumped up.  Redman has written some excellent songs and also some that are marginal.  This one is marginal as it references "fire" and "passion" which are both catchwords of the Third Wave.  If the fire and passion are to preach the Gospel, to disciple born again believers of all nations and to obey the Word of God, that is worth singing about, though in context of these lyrics it is a bit braggadocios to declare that we will never have moments of failure in this regard.  If it is a "fire" and "passion" brought about by the "transferable impartation" then it is decidedly not worth singing about but rather worth decrying.  I don't approve of songs that can be taken one way by one group of believers and another way by false brethren.  That cannot always be avoided but with a good song that teaches sound doctrines it is difficult to interpret it any other way.  This song leaves the door open for a number of ideas, which I suspect was the intent of the author.  I don't know Matt but it has been my long observation, as I have been a professional musician all my life, that musicians often have very little discernment and are more focused on pleasing the largest number of people.  I used to be like that which is why I know it when I see it.


We have sung our songs of victory
(Stuart Townend, Copyright © 1997 Thankyou Music)


VERSE 1:
We have sung the songs of victory
We have prayed to You for rain
We have cried for Your compassion
To renew the land again
Now we're standing in Your presence
More hungry than before
Now we're on Your steps of mercy
And we're knocking at Your door

CHORUS 1:
How long
before You drench the barren land?
How long
before we see Your righteous hand?
How long
before Your name is lifted high?
How long
before the weeping turns to songs of joy?

VERSE 2:
Lord, we know Your heart is broken
By the evil that You see
And You've stayed Your hand of judgment
For You plan to set men free
But the land is still in darkness
And we've fled from what is right
We have failed the silent children
Who have never see the light

VERSE 3:
But I know a day is coming
When the deaf will hear His voice
When the blind will see their Saviour
And the lame will leap for joy
When the widow finds a Husband
Who will always love His bride
And the orphan finds a Father
Who will never leave her side

CHORUS 2:
How long
before Your glory lights the skies?
How long
before Your radiance lifts our eyes?
How long
before Your fragrance fills the air?
How long
before the earth resounds with songs of joy?

This is a good song with the one minor exception that our "land", if we are talking about the USA, has never been fully Christian. God has blessed the USA because certain righteous men were held in admiration and the country was founded on basic Judeo/Christian ethics.  But the "land" here is not enumerated and many other nations have never been Christian in any sense.  The fact is that ALL Gentile nations "fled from what is right" long ago.  Ephesians 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Even Israel rebelled against the Lord and went after other gods.  Everyone needs salvation and renewal.  Lest we forget, repentance is necessary before revival can come. Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;


Welcome, Welcome
(Text: Lelia N. Morris, Music: Daniel Read/Kurt Kaiser, ©1986 Word Music)

Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome! Holy Ghost we welcome Thee. Come in power and fill this temple; Holy Ghost we welcome Thee.

Apart from the use of the word "Holy Ghost" which I think gives a bit of a negative picture of the Holy Spirit in our modern English language, this song gives a false impression of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our times. The Bible clearly states that "where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Christians need not summon the Holy Spirit to meetings because He lives in them if they are believers and He is present with them when they meet together in Jesus' name. The Holy Spirit has already sealed and baptized every true believer. He already inhabits the "temple" made without human hands. Church buildings are not the "temple" today. The Holy Spirit certainly does fill believers for service to the Father and for witness. It is nice to welcome the Holy Spirit, but "invoking" or "summoning" the Spirit by way of words or music in unbiblical ways can be dangerous and actually has more in common with shamanistic practices. God is sovereign and moves as He will, thus we dare not command Him to be anywhere but wait upon His sovereign will to move. We may ask, seek and knock but only in His will according to His Word. If we summon the Holy Spirit and the Word tells us He is already present, then "summoning" is an unbiblical practice. We can give an opening to the enemy to pose as the Holy Spirit and bring deception into the lives of those doing such "summoning". This is exactly what happened in John Wimber's church when Lonnie Frisbee invoked God by repeating "Come Holy Spirit" and the unbiblical manifestations of the Toronto "Blessing" counterfeit revival had their genesis there.  We are not to bring "strange fire" before the Lord or worship Him in ways He has not ordained. This very summoning of the "Holy Ghost" is what was done at the beginning of every Vineyard meeting before the false unbiblical manifestations of laughter, barking and screaming would show up, and later on in the Toronto "Blessing" and Brownsville AoG. I would be very leery about singing this hymn in my church, unless it was made clear to those in the church that it is not being used as an invocation but as a song acknowledging the presence and work of the Holy Spirit already taking place.



What a Friend I've Found
(Delirious, Martin Smith ©1996 Curious? Music UK)


What a friend I've found
Closer than a brother
I have felt your touch
More intimate than lovers

Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, friend forever

What a hope I've found
More faithful than a mother
It would break my heart
To ever lose each other

This is yet another song that cheapens the spiritual love between Jesus Christ and the saints by comparing that love to a sexual relationship. Intimacy in a relationship can be talking about having a close personal relationship to someone but is often used these days to mean sexual relations. If this word is not defined then people are free to make their own associations.  In this case it seems to be defined by the words "I have felt your touch".  Generally when you are talking about a friend, mother or brother you would not say that you have felt their touch.  Also it is acceptable to talk about Jesus Christ as your friend but we must never forget that He is also our God and Savior.  This song is an example of how many Christians who sing this song have lost their respect and fear of God by thinking of God in terms of a sexual relationship.  The only way this song should be sung is for there to be an explanation that you are NOT implying sex.


Worthy Is The Lamb
(Hillsong United)

Thank you for the cross Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love Lord
Thank you for your nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious
High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Good song.  The only reason I did not give it a four star rating is that many songs from Hillsong are compromised with Third Wave, New Apostolic teachings, so I want to warn people to be very careful of their other songs.  You will need to test them on an individual basis.  Not sure I like the phrase "darling of heaven" though if it is talking about the beloved Son of God then that is backed by what the Bible teaches.  We need to be careful not to use terminology that might have other connotations.


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Your Grace Is Enough
(Matt Maher, Empty And Beautiful, (P) 2008 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Bmg Music Entertainment)


Great is Your faithfulness, oh God of Jacob
You wrestle with the sinner’s restless heart
You lead us by still waters and to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise, oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Great is Your love and justice, God of Jacob
You use the weak to lead the strong
You lead us in the song of Your salvation
And all Your people sing along

My only wish is that, instead of "God of Jacob", the author had been using the name of Jesus Christ.  Jews, for instance, who hear this song would not come to an understanding that it is only through Jesus Christ the Son that we have grace, not through the Law.  John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.


Your Love Is Extravagant
(Kipley, Peter C./Anderson, Jared, Casting Crowns, Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.)


Your love is extravagant
Your friendship, it is intimate
I feel like moving to the rhythm of Your grace
Your fragrance is intoxicating in our secret place
Your love is extravagant

Spread wide in the arms of Christ is the love that covers sin
No greater love have I ever known
You considered me a friend
Capture my heart again

Spread wide in the arms of Christ is the love that covers sin
No greater love have I ever known;
You considered me a friend

Capture my heart again
Your love is extravagant
Your friendship, it is intimate

Though there is a sense in which God's love through Jesus Christ is "extravagant" this song borders on being sacreligious.  It seems to take up a sensual, even sexual, position on our relationship with Christ.  I don't even know what "I feel like moving to the rhythm of Your grace" means as it has no basis in the concept of Grace in the Bible. God does not give off a fragrance and "in our secret place" sounds sexual.  I know they base these lyrics loosely on Song of Solomon, but that book is talking about the relationship God has to Israel and by implication, Jesus Christ with the Church.  It is not talking about a sexual relatioship between Jesus and the believer.  God's relationship with His own is also not a secret.  It is based on the Gospel which should be freely and openly proclaimed and evidenced in life.  This song is part of the IHOP/Mike Bickle paradigm of singing love songs to Jesus that go far beyond the kind of love of a son or daughter should have for God that we ARE to have into the arena of human sexuality.  These types of songs used by IHOP are blasphemous.  I cannot recommend that true believers sing this song.


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Updated!
The First Nations Movement
Deceiving The Nations!
4-DVD Series


Critical Missiological Issue!

The "Indigenous People's" (IPM) or "First Nations" movement is an unbiblical movement teaching heresies and doctrines of demons. It is being spread worldwide by YWAM, Don Richardson, John Dawson, Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc, Daniel Kikawa and many other adherents.  The IPM or World Christian Gathering On Indigenous People is full of the false teachings of the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Word-Faith, Dominionism, Latter Rain and many other false theological systems.  But it does have it's own distinctives that are driven by the works of Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss, and Don Richardson in particular.  They are teaching Christians to "redeem" their cultures by worshipping their former gods, pretending they are YHWH.

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The First Nations Movement 4-DVD Set

The First Nations Movement DVD 1
(1) Perpetuating Nations' Myths - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 1 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 2
(1) The Fingerprints Of God? - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 2 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 3
(1) The New Indigenous "Christian" Religion - Sandy Simpson
(2) Did God Put Eternity In Their Hearts? - Sandy Simpson
(3) The Missionaries Brought A Foreign God - Sandy Simpson
(4) Catholic Syncretism - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 4
(1) "Monotheism" In Ancient Cultures - Sandy Simpson
(2) The History Of The Knowledge Of God - Sandy Simpson
"Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura

by Sandy Simpson


This DVD is a message based on this article: "Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura

There are a number of the leadership of the Emerging Church (EC) who do not believe that the Bible is the highest authority for the Christian faith.  Most do not believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts and many do not acknowledge that the Bible is our highest revelation.  Yet this is a core doctrine over which true believers and false brethren must separate. Those who try to poke holes in Sola Scriptura make excuses like (1) we need to reinterpret the Bible through the lens of postmodern culture and religion (2) the Bible never uses the words "Sola Scriptura" therefore it is not a Biblical concept (3) there is new revelation for the church through the Holy Spirit apart from what is written and the precepts of the Bible and (4) the Bible just doesn't address our postmodern situation therefore we cannot rely on it for the truth and answers for our problems today.  I will prove that all the above arguments, and more, from EC leaders and others is exactly what they are teaching.  I will give you quotes from their teachings, videos and books. The postmodern church and its "movements" are abandoning Sola Scriptura in their rush to be like the Roman Catholic Church, which takes its authority from a mix of Scripture and tradition.

"As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with EQUAL sentiments of devotion and reverence." (Roman Catholic Catechism, Given October 11, 1992, the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in the fourteenth year of my Pontificate. Page 31).

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Examine Yourselves & Hold On!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the articles "Examine Yourself To See If You Are In The Faith" and "Hold On!"

2 Cor. 13:5  Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you— unless, of course, you fail the test?

People who call themselves followers of Christ or "Christians" and claim they are born again must believe certain things.  If they do not then they fail the test of faith.  They can claim they are born again all they want and "once saved, always saved" but if they fail the test of faith there is no eternal security.  Only God knows who will be saved, from beginning to end, because of His foreknowledge and omniscience (Rom. 8:29, 1 Pet. 1:2).  God did not make an arbitrary judgment about who would be saved and who would not.  His Spirit is given to those He foreknew, when convicted of sin by His Holy Spirit, would choose to believe and commit themselves to Jesus Christ.  We are not God and we do not have His omniscience.  Therefore, according to Paul, we must be sure our belief system is in the right place once our eyes have been opened to the Truth.  I am not saying we do not have assurance of salvation, but our assurance comes not only because of His Atonement and promises of salvation but from our continuing in the Faith, which is always the Biblical criteria. Those who would be Bible teachers must teach according to the whole counsel of God's Word.  Let me be clear. There is only one way to salvation.  That is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  I will deal with a few of those issues following, but it is important to recognize that being saved is not just a matter of believing that Jesus lived, or that He was a man, or simply giving mental ascent to His existence in whatever form.

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Resources For Pastors
including
"Good English Bible Translations"
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

I was talking with a pastor after a Wednesday night service and he mentioned that I said I had done an article comparing English Bible translations.  He called me up later and asked me to come back and present the contents of that article I sent out in about 2002 to my mailing list for the Pacific Waves Newsletter which, unfortunately, I can no longer afford to publish and mail.  However an archive of past issues of that newsletter can be found here. In that article I detailed a number of good and bad resources for pastors including Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc.  I present an edited version of part of that article on this DVD, particularly dealing with English Translations of the Bible.  Translation is a very detailed endeavor and should only be undertaken by those with a proper education in that subject and a sound doctrinal background.  I read a few books on that subject and it helped me understand the complexities involved.  Hebrew is a rich language so it is hard to distill one Hebrew word down to one English word.  Greek is a very technical language and it is also not easy to translate.  This is why it is imperative to use the good English translations out there for comparison along with a good concordance and Bible dictionary.

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"Blasphemizing" The Bible
by Sandy Simpson


This DVD is a message based on this article.

I am going to go over an article I wrote back in 2006 in preparation for the book I wrote with Mike Oppenheimer called “Idolatry in Their Hearts”.  This book is an apologetic against the false teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People movement, the Emerging Church and the New Apostolic Reformation which got their ideas from the book “Eternity in Their Hearts” by Don Richardson.  At the time that book came out no one really saw the dangerous ideas Richardson was promoting.  All they would have had to do was look at the two subtitles of that book to understand the implications.  The first subtitle in the 1981 edition read: The Untold Story of Christianity among Folk Religions of Ancient People.  Those who read this book found some interesting cross-cultural ideas but apparently missed the false premise of the book starting with the subtitle. How could Christianity be “among folk religions” where the Gospel had not been preached (Rom. 10:14-15)? At that time Christians who read the book were apparently satisfied that, though there was some questionable material present, it made for an interesting discussion on how to do cross-cultural ministry. The subtitle it has today, which was first published in 1984, is as follows: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World.  This should have been a red flag for many Christians but then, who reads subtitles?  But how could the “One True God” be known to Gentiles who, the Bible states, did “not know God”.

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Updated DVD!
The Question Of Dominion
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: The Question Of Dominion.

I am writing this article as an apologetic against the Third Wave, Latter Rain, Word of Faith and Reformed Theology teachings that the Church is to rise up and take over the systems of government, businesses and every other aspect of life. "See, the problem is, is that Satan has had too much of his way in our society because he has a government!  And the only way to overthrow a government is with a government.  It won’t happen otherwise.  So therefore the government of the church has to get into place in the extended church just like we do have it very well in place, we haven’t reached our goal yet ..."  (Transcript of C. Peter Wagner, Arise Prophetic Conference, Gateway Church, San Jose, CA, 10-10-2004) Wagner has substituted the "government of the church" for the coming government of Jesus Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.  Wagner is "Kingdom Now" while the Bible teaches "Kingdom Come". What I wanted to do with this article is put the issue of dominion to rest by studying the definition the Bible gives to dominion and ruling authority.  When we look at the subject we can easily ascertain what is going on today and what God requires of the Church.

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New DVD!
Shepherd Or Hireling?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the article: "Shepherd Or Hireling?"

The Bible lays out the definitions of both an overseer (under shepherd) and a hireling.  John 10:11-13  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (KJV)  1 Tim. 3:1-3   Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (NIV)  Titus 1:7-13  Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. (NIV) A hireling does not really care about being a watchman, but is more concerned with protecting his reputation, position and income.  A true watchman will guard the flock against wolves from within (Acts 20:30) and without (Acts 20:29) no matter the cost to his reputation, position or income. Following is a little quiz you can take to see if you are a true Biblical under shepherd as a leader in your church, are becoming a hireling, or are one now.

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A TALE OF TWO KINGDOMS
Kingdom Now or Kingdom Come?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place.  I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word "kingdom", the books they have been reading and recommend on building "the kingdom", the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by "the kingdom".

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BIBLES STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT
New Book!
by Sandy Simpson

Bible studies in Galatians, Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude with a focus on applying timeless discernment priciples to our modern times.

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BIBLES STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT
Companion CD!
by Sandy Simpson

Bible Studies in Discernment
contains the PDF text to the book BIBLE STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT plus extra studies by Sandy & Juanita Simpson covering many issues of apologetics and discernment.

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A Whole Lot Of Wishful Thinking These Days!

by Sandy Simpson

This DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

In this DVD series I want to detail a number of beliefs people have these days that have no basis in Scripture.  I am going to roam all over the map, so to speak, and try to give fairly short answers on a number of topics and also give you useful links to articles that will help you deal with any particular issue.  It is truly amazing how many false ideas people cling to without giving a thought to what the Bible has to say on the subject.

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BIBLES STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT

Companion CD!
by Sandy Simpson

Bible Studies in Discernment
contains the PDF text to the book BIBLE STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT plus extra studies by Sandy & Juanita Simpson covering many issues of apologetics and discernment.

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Signs Of Apostasy In The Churches In The End Times

by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

There are many signs of the great Apostasy, or falling away (2 Thes. 2:3) indicating we are living in the end times (Mt. 24: 3-14)  I am going to go through some indications of the Apostasy in the churches as a follow up to the signs of the times in the world.

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The Responsibilities of a

Good Shepherd
by Sandy Simpson
This CD is a message based on this article.

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What's Up With Christian Bookstores?

by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.

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The ElijahList

The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
2004-2007
by Sandy Simpson
This 2-DVD set is a message based on this article.

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The ElijahList

The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
2008
by Sandy Simpson
This 2-DVD set is a message based on this article.

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The Extreme Prophetic

by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.

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Emerging Church CD & Free DVD

All the links to resources and articles we have on the Emerging Church on one CD.
by Sandy Simpson


When you purchase the "Resource Tools - Emerging Church" CD for $10. plus s/h you will also receive a brand new free DVD called "The Emerging Church" that features Gary Gilley, Ray Yungen, Joanna Michaelson, Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson.

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From Church To Emerging Church DVD Series

by Sandy Simpson

The issue of the Emerging Church and it's introduction into many churches and mission organizations has reached a critical point.  Many do not undersand what is being leavened into churches by the EC leadership.  Many would be shocked to know their belief systems involve Universalism, New Age, defense of postmodernism, Interfaithism, and many other false doctrines.  In order to reach out to this generation the EC leadership is proposing a whole new "map" to deal with what they perceive is a lack of understanding on the part of the churches on how to communicate. EC proponants believe the "scripture" for today is evolving and must change in order to reach postmoderns.

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Idolatry In Their Hearts

Landmark Book!

by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer
IDOLATRY
IN THEIR HEARTS
Does having eternity in your heart mean that you know God and are His child? Could Gentile cultures understand the Gospel from the stars? Did God create manâ€â„¢s cultures? Has God always been in the process of redeeming cultures from the time of Babel by placing in them a true revelation of Himself? Is there the worship of YHWH in all cultures and religions through the names of â€Å“supreme beingsâ€Âť?  Have all cultures always had a way to make things right between them and God? These questions and many more are answered in this book that addresses the false teachings of The New Apostolic Reformation regarding missiological methods as being carried out by many agencies including the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, YWAM, and many Bible societies.

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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?

Every Pastor Needs This!
by Bill Randles, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer, Orrel Steinkamp, Gary Gilley, Dave Hunt, Sandy Simpson and others.

THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION
What is it and where is it going?
is a DVD /VHS expose of  the NAR and it's leadership of C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Peirce, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Jack Deere and others.

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Lessons In Forgiveness

Great Study!
by Sandy Simpson

LESSONS IN FORGIVENESS
Through the years I have been presented with many opportunities to forgive. Sometimes the situation was so severe that it took me some time to forgive and start the process of healing for myself, and eventually for others. I learned that a Christian needs to forgive other people even if they have not repented of their sins. That can be really hard if we let it be hard. But if we give our burdens over to the Lord, He will carry them and that frees us up to treat other people with love, compassion, and be in the right frame of mind and heart to set them up for reconciliation with Jesus Christ. That does not mean we tolerate their sin. We simply forgive them for what they have done to us, whether perceived or real, and move on to looking for ways to redeem them. We can then present to them the â€Å“truth in loveâ€Âť even when we have to rebuke them.

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Companion DVD Series to "Idolatry in Their Hearts"!

by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer

THE FIRST NATIONS MOVEMENT
Deceiving the Nations!
This DVD video series features Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson and their in depth research regarding the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People which is backed by the New Apostolic Reformation.  This is an issue that pastors and missionaries need to be informed of because it goes to the core of evangelism and preaching the Gospel.

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Finish The Race!

Go On To Maturity!
by Sandy Simpson

FINISH THE RACE!
was written to help believers to realize the absolute necessity of growing to maturity in Christ. Many churches are urging Christians to push aside discernment in favor of experience. It is our hope that this book will inspire many believers to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).

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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?

Companion Book!
by Sandy Simpson

THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION
is now available in book form. This is the DVD script plus commentary by Sandy Simpson. The commentary of the DVD series is not in the book, but there are many more quotes available than in the video series.  Good reference material.  Also available on CD-ROM.

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Letters To The Church

Timely!
by Sandy Simpson

LETTERS TO THE CHURCH
is a fitting manual for the Revelation Christian. All the precepts are in the seven letters in Revelation 1:9 - 3:22 to help us keep the faith, stay in sound doctrine, and reach out to those who are perishing. I hope and pray that this book will help the reader to be an â€Å“overcomerâ€Âť.

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DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT

Demolish Arguments!
by Sandy Simpson

Want to be able to see your way through to clear biblical discernment? Want a set of tools that will allow you to disciple your loved ones so they will stand firm in the Faith? Want to sort out many of the false arguments and teachings that have invaded the churches? Then DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT book is for you!

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DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT
DVD Study Series!
by Sandy Simpson

DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT VIDEO STUDY SERIES
is taken from the book but includes a lot of footage of false teachers and false prophets. It covers the core doctrines, how we can use them to test, and examples on the DVD that can be paused for discussion.  Also includes a teacher guide and links to resources on the web.  This 3-DVD series is available now!

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SPIRIT OF TRUTH OR SPIRIT OF ERROR?

Important Video Information
On Benny Hinn!
by Sandy Simpson, Mike Oppenheimer & Jacob Prasch

SPIRIT OF TRUTH OR SPIRIT OF ERROR? PART 1 - BENNY HINN
features tons of video showing the teachings and prophecies of Benny Hinn.  This is a proven tool to keep people away from heresy.

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LIVING WATER 2003

Discernment Conference
Featuring Bill Randles, Gary Gilley
& Ray Yungen

3-DVD Set & 2-VHS Set Now Available!
Featuring Bill Randles, Gary Gilley
& Ray Yungen

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DISCERNMENT 2001

Conference
Featuring Dave Hunt, Duane Magnani, Mike Oppenheimer, Jacob Prasch, Jewel Grewe & Bill Randles

6-DVD Set & 2-VHS Sets

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THE EMPTY PULPIT

Highly Recommended!
by Mike Oppenheimer

What is Christianity? What significance does the cross have? Are there teachings that can wreck our faith? We live in an age unlike any other in the history of man. To follow the Lord among the unique challenges we must understand Scripture and live by it. Available for $20- includes shipping.  Apologetics Coordination Team HIGHLY recommends this book.  It deals with many crucial issues for the Church today.

Go here to order the book by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, P.O. Box 860683, Wahiawa, HI 96786.