Agonizomai: To God Be the Glory

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

To God Be the Glory
This hymn seems appropriate to the subject of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Sung plainly and clearly without the aid of deafening drums (or the need for a plexiglass house to shield people from their debilitating effects on the ear) the simple beauty of the hymn gets man out of the way and focuses on Christ.

Warning: stop here if you don't want to spoil the mood!

[A word to the wise in a world where the simple click of a link can take you to all sorts of places. This was posted on Youtube by Seventh Day Adventists. Dr. Walter Martin, in his definitive work, "The Kingdom of the Cults", did not regard Seventh Day Adventism as a cult - although he opined that it had once been true of them. Nevertheless I am wary when I read these articles from their statement of Fundamental beliefs:
18. The Gift of Prophecy:

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White . As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)
and this, also:
22. Christian Behavior:

We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with the principles of heaven. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things which will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty. While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures. Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our wholesomeness, joy, and goodness. (Rom. 12:1, 2; 1 John :6; Eph. 5:1-21; Phil. 4:8; 2 Cor. 10:5; 6:14-7:1; 1 Peter 3:1-4; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 10:31; L2ev. 11:1-47; 3 John 2.)

These are subtly expressed but have great potential for misunderstanding. Para-Biblical authority (denials notwithstanding) and hints of legalism are warning bells to me.

All this said, I appreciate the the posting of the hymn and of its simple Biblical message.]


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