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I shared a little bit about the struggle concerning music and how it played such a big part in promoting poor teaching in my past charismaniac churches. I am drawn to music as are many, and when I realized I had some very wrong ideas about the Kingdom of God I was forced to re-examine my CD collection. In some cases, if I knew the singer was heavily into the charismaniac movement I chose to get rid of that music. In other cases I just try to look at each song’s lyrics and decide if it promotes a Biblical view of God and man, or not.

Over on Ian Vincent’s blog, Ian posted some Fernando Ortega videos, and I posted this comment (somewhat edited) in regards to the song Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence:

I re-found Ortega’s music as I was becoming aware of the sloppy teaching in the seeker friendly/WOF/prophetic movement church environment in which I was immersed. I was so struck by the words in some of his songs. (Let All Mortal Flesh is actually a very old hymn, but I did not grow up with hymns so it was all new to me.)

In charismania, if we ever came close to thoughts like “our full homage to demand” it was used by the ‘pastor’ to bludgeon us for our weaknesses and lack of ‘fruit’ (ie bringing people to church), delivered in such a way to make us feel he (pastor) was fulfilling the requirements, but we were not.

Another one was All Flesh is Like the Grass. In the “church growth/G12/Ephesus Center” atmosphere where we were supposedly so cutting-edge WE were going to “take the nation for Christ,” we never would have sung about the fleeting nature of our lives on earth, or compared our life to grass withering and dying, or the glory of man shriveling in the sun.

Peter quotes these amazing words from Isaiah, so do not make the mistake of thinking it’s just “old testament thinking.” This portion of 1 Peter is so full of wisdom. Among many truths Peter is reminding us that:

  • the believer is an alien, chosen by God to obey Jesus Christ;
  • we are to obtain an inheritance reserved for us in heaven;
  • for now we may be distressed by various trials;
  • the prophets of old made careful searches and inquiries to understand the coming of the Messiah;
  • the mystery is made known to us by the preaching of the gospel;
  • we should prepare our minds for action, keep sober in spirit;
  • be holy in our behavior;
  • we should conduct ourselves in fear during the time of our stay on earth;
  • we should have a sincere love for the brethren;
  • and finally, we have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

Here is the quote from Isaiah 40:6-9

A voice says, “Call out.”
Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,

When the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

Get yourself up on a high mountain,
O Zion, bearer of good news,
Lift up your voice mightily,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”

The whole passage is very important for giving us a proper perspective on the Almighty, but verses 15-18 really make the point.

Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
         And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales;
         Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.

Even Lebanon is not enough to burn,
         Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering.

All the nations are as nothing before Him,
         They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.

To whom then will you liken God?
         Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

Amen and Selah.

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