The Presbyterian Church USA is currently compiling a new hymnal. I can’t tell you what’s going to be in it, but we now know of something that’s not: a popular hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend, In Christ Alone.
The poobahs of the PCUSA rejected In Christ Alone because the lyrics contain this line:
“Till on that cross as Jesus died/ the wrath of God was satisfied.”
Doh! You can’t have that in a hymn! Why that’s elementary Christian doctrine! The PCUSA–remember, the PC stands for Presbyterian Church, not “politically correct”–suggested to the authors that they replace that line with the following meaningless drivel:
“Till on that cross as Jesus died/ the love of God was magnified.”
Dude! Isn’t that, like, more spiritual than the other? And so the notion of Christ dying as a substitute for us, atoning for our sins so that we might be saved, gets tossed out the stained-glass window, replaced by hollow, feel-good, New Age pseudo-theology. (No, dude, you don’t get it! Like, you know, now God loves us even more, because we killed His Son–!)
Oh, well. The Bible never told us we need denominations, did it? At least, I don’t think we need this particular denomination.