Hello again, sisters. Today, I’ve come to finish up my short series on false teaching in “Gospel” music. As we’ve seen thus far (from part 1), it is important for us to be mindful of what we listen to, and also for song writers/artists to be mindful of the material they put out. The Word tells us, in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” This is something that each person who teaches, or aspires to teach, God’s words is to do (and all Christians in general, too). Continue reading
The idea that false teaching can occur through “Gospel” music (music that is supposed to exalt and glorify God through the spreading of the Gospel message) may be unbelievable, and seemingly far-fetched, to some. But, believe it, sisters, because it is happening in the world of “Gospel” music, and much more frequently today.
In this blog (and the one that will follow it), I will be giving examples of some of the false messages I’ve heard in songs deemed Gospel, to show you that this phenomenon is real, and also in the hope that it will make you more aware of what you’re listening to, assuring that it aligns with Scripture.
Some years ago, I was informed that a (distant) relative was going through a tough time. She and her mother, it was said, were bickering back and forth, she was tired, and suicide (according to her) seemed like the best option for her. Continue reading
One of my favorite Gospel songs is What A Friend We Have in Jesus; throughout this year, God has been bringing it to my heart and mind in different ways. Continue reading
As of late within the church, there are some things that have been grabbing my attention, which I will speak on here today. Before I get into those things, however, I want to start by expounding on a passage, with similarity to today’s topic, in Malachi chapter 1. (Note: reading verses 6-14 before beginning may be helpful.) There, God brings correction to Israel about their polluted offerings. Continue reading
On last Sunday, a day before my surgery on Monday, June 18th, I found myself studying the words of Psalm 91 (a favorite of mine). During that study time, the words of verses 14-16 jumped out at me (I’ve always loved them), and I stayed there. The next morning, before heading out for the surgery, I set my sights there again, as I readied myself for the road ahead of me. Continue reading
As I sat on my bed one day, a couple of weeks ago, pondering some things, a passage of Scripture—that blew my mind upon my initial reading of it some years ago—came to mind (as it does sometimes). In that passage, a man of God’s longing for something outside of the will of God for his life is revealed, and we also find God’s response to it there. Who is the man in question? His name is Baruch (buh-rook), and he’s a scribe to Jeremiah, the prophet. Follow me to Jeremiah chapter 45, to hear Baruch’s complaint and God’s response. Continue reading
For many who identify with Christianity, or as Christian, the thought that being raised in the church is enough is their basis for doing so. To them, that is all it takes to be declared heaven bound, a child of God, and safe from the wrath of God. But, is that so?
I, once (naively) of the “Christians” who shared this belief, would come to learn that the answer to that question is a resounding, No. And today, we’ll talk about why. Continue reading
“The very thing that seems disastrous to you, may be the answer to a prayer prayed by you.”
The above quote stems from something God revealed to me some years ago on my college graduation day (concerning some things that had happened sometime prior to it), and it’s something He continues to remind me of even now. Continue reading
While reading through a recent devotional, I was struck by the author’s take on the life of the Samaritan woman, a passage I’ve read several times during this journey, and it brought some truths from my own life to mind. If you don’t know who the Samaritan woman is, we meet her (and it’s the only time we’ll see her) in the book of John, chapter 4. It’s there that Jesus brings to light the truth of the woman’s life. Continue reading