Squishy liberal Christians, who seek to win the approval of a fallen world, really hate this hymn: it makes ’em squirm. But the rest of us find it–well, uplifting.
Onward Christian Soldiers, sung the old-fashioned way by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Turn up the volume.
Chorus: “Christ shall have dominion over land and sea, Earth’s remotest regions shall His empire be.” Sing it out, sing it loud. You already know the tune. It’s “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” both hymns using the melody composed by Arthur Sullivan, published in 1871. It’s the same Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame.
Sung here by the congregation at the First OPC in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
Praise of God should be a regular part of daily life–and you don’t need an orchestra to do it. Here all it takes is three people and a guitar. And I chose this hymn because I found myself whistling it in the shower yesterday: Christ Shall Have Dominion, by A. Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. Sung to the same tune as Onward, Christian Soldiers.
Sing it today: Christ shall surely have dominion! Sing it louder.
If you don’t already know this hymn, the first thing you’re going to think is, “Hey, that’s Onward, Christian Soldiers!” Actually it’s Christ Shall Have Dominion, but you’re right about one thing–the music is exactly the same. And that’s because the melody used in both hymns was composed by the same man–Arthur S. Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.
You might want to turn up the volume on this one. And pray: O Lord Our God, we long for the day when this your promise is fulfilled, and Christ reigns over all Creation!
At the Chalcedon Foundation, we assert the crown rights of Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords and King of Kings–which is what this hymn does, better than I know how to do. Onward, Christian Soldiers was published in 1871 and was for long a popular hymn–until Political Correctness and namby-pambyism sank its claws into the mainline/flatline churches.
Turn up the volume on this one!
Onward, Christian Soldiers–hey, can somebody give me an “Amen!” on this?
As we listen to this hymn, a certain flatline Protestant denomination has kicked off its annual General Assembly with prayers to Allah. I don’t think you’ll hear Onward, Christian Soldiers there.
Sing louder, sing louder.
Okay, you powerless minority–let’s start our day with a little marching music: Onward, Christian Soldiers, sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Sorry: that characterization of American Christians as a small, powerless minority–it still rankles with me.
You know the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), in which the great lord, before embarking on a long journey, gives his servants sums of money and commands them, “Occupy until I come.”
If American Christianity truly is powerless against the onslaught of filth and apostasy, it’s because our churches, like the slothful and unfaithful servant who buried his lord’s money in a hole in the ground instead of putting it to work to earn more money, have failed to occupy. We have not used the talents that Our Lord has given us.
No one has requested a hymn for today–those who haven’t done so yet, come on, join in!–and I need a hymn. It’s only just ten o’clock and I’ve already heard enough bad news to last me all day.
So, OK, I found this and I hope you like it–Mahalia Jackson singing Onward, Christian Soldiers. Go get ’em, Mahalia!
Before I write my Mother’s Day tribute to my mother, which might take me a while, let’s have a hymn.
We need more hymns like “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” It has fallen out of favor in our sissy churches.
What about the movie clip? What’s that?
In addition to offering a fine, hearty rendition of the hymn, the movie, Stanley and Livingston, celebrates Dr. David Livingston, who brought God’s word to some of Africa. I believe that one of these days Africa is going to bring God’s word back to us. We can already see that happening in Western Europe.
Onward, Christian soldiers! Belt it out! And if the liberals don’t like it–well, ain’t that just too bad?
If you feel like watching a pro wrestling match, you go to… church?
Okay, now I’ve heard everything. “Christian cage fighting” is just what it sounds like: you put two “Christians” in a cage and they beat each other to a pulp–because, runs their motto, “Jesus Never Tapped Out” (“tapped out” meaning “cried uncle”). It goes on until one of them gives up ( http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/january/cage-fighting.html ). .
And you thought Tom and Jerry cartoons were violent.
This business is supposed to correct the problem of the American church being overly feminized. Well, sure–when they say you can’t sing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” anymore because it’s just too butch, certainly some correction is called for. When 90% of the congregation is female, obviously the church isn’t reaching the other half of the human race.
But I think with Christian cage fighting they’ve turned the dial way too far the other way.
I am pretty sure this is not what St. Paul meant when he told the Corinthians, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (I Cor. 14:40)
The “pastor vs. pastor steel cage matches” seem to be especially popular.
This is right up there with the old ladies clad in burlap, dancing around the altar in some of those insufficiently masculine flatline churches.
Could we just have the lesson and the sermon and the choir, and save the entertainment for the TV room?