Look Who Rejected the Hymn

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Would you believe this was part of a church denomination’s general assembly?

Today’s hymn (see below), In Christ Alone, has a controversy to go with it.

Written by Keith Getty and Stewart Townend, the hymn quickly caught on and was popular in many churches–so much so, it wound up being included in those churches’ new hymnals.

The Presbyterian Church USA considered putting it in their hymnal–but only if the authors agreed to change the words of one line: from “the wrath of God was satisfied” (by Jesus’ death on the cross) to “the love of God was magnified.” The authors refused, so In Christ Alone isn’t in the PCUSA hymnal.

The PCUSA! Who pranced around costumed as animals and pagan gods at their 2010 General Assembly (http://www.staffordcarson.com/2010/08/pcusa-general-assembly/)–and just try and see the video of that embarrassing display. They pulled it off the Internet. Trust me, you wouldn’t have believed your eyes.

This may be the flattest of the flatline Protestant denominations. They ordain unrepentant, openly-practicing homosexuals as ministers and elders of the church. They are hemorrhaging members and probably won’t be here anymore to greet the next century.

And they don’t want hear no “wrath of God” talk! ‘Cause there ain’t no wrath of God! All their feminist theology professors at the seminaries say so.

Within  various flatline denominations there is a movement to reject the doctrine of the Atonement. Excuse me! If Jesus was not taking the punishment for our sins, not paying the bill for them, then what was He doing on the cross? Why was He there? Because it seemed like a good idea at the time?

We should weep for the apostasy of churches.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

2 responses to “Look Who Rejected the Hymn

  • Erlene

    The “great apostasy” spoken of in Scripture is certainly on the fast track
    now. The judgement will be a time of great weeping and the words, “Lord, did we not… in your name”? They will hear “depart from me, I never knew you.”


  • Linda Sorci

    This is astonishingly outrageous, Lee. You’ve captured the whole of it in your article. There’s really nothing to add. There will be 5 wise virgins and 5 foolish. Jesus has already told us this. And He has also told there would be apostasy. But to so treat the Son of God and His sacrifice – that’s really too much to take.

    We really must pray for these people. The leadership is leading the sheep down the path to destruction and they think they’re righteous and holy. By whom? Themselves? Their leadership?

    The hymn is so beautiful, it moves me to tears by His presence.


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