Church Without Christ

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.

2 comments on “Church Without Christ

  1. They will, one day go the way of the so called mega-churches and outlaw hymnals altogether. They will replace them with jumbo screens and an ultra loud rock band. They call it praise music. It doesn’t sound very holy or worshipful to me. But, what do I know, I’m just an old geezer that spends a lot of time each day praying and reading God’s Word. They say I’m a dogmatic old cuss. I kind of like that title, ” dogmatic old cuss.” It has a pleasant ring to it. I think my Savior likes it too.

    Good post Lee.

    God Bless You & Your House Brother

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