Sincerity in Song – 4

Today, let’s look at a problem with some hymns and how we should deal with this problem.  Some hymns have theologically incorrect content. What can we do with those? Cut them out of the hymnbook? Refuse to sing them? Cover the error with a black marker? Badmouth the author? It’s a difficult problem. We don’t want to compromise with error. What can we do? Here is a possible way to deal with this: First, speak with those who are responsible for the local church’s music. If possible, don’t use the hymns with error. If people ask why a certain hymn is no longer sung, take some time and explain why. A possible alternative approach would be a Bible study group or Sunday School class devoted to seeing if those present can detect the error. If they can, ask them to explain why it’s an error. If not explain to them. Let it be a learning and defining experience. Pick out, identify, what is Scripturally correct. If it’s deemed wise to keep using the hymn in a regular service, take a few moments to explain where it’s off and what is good in it. Keep in mind that some authors simply didn’t know that they wrote some unbiblical lyrics. They probably wrote that which is right in most of the lyrics. You may not have to throw out the baby with the bath water. “….whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (Excerpted from I Corinthians 10:31). In any event, don’t let error be assumed to be right. One way or another, warn about what is error. This stanza from, “Lord, Thy Word Abideth,” by H. W. Baker, somewhat speaks to this problem: “Lord, Thy Word abideth,  and our footsteps guideth; who its truth believeth light and joy receiveth.” Selah! The more of God’s Truth we know, the quicker we’ll spot error. Take in the Truth, don’t be a victim of the error.   Ron

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