False Teaching in “Gospel” Song Lyrics, Part 1

Galatians 1-8

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.

Now, let’s jump right in.

While making a journey one day, some time back, a song came on the radio, titled Right Now. Due to the season I’m in, the words things are changing right now sounded good to me. They made my flesh happy! However, the next time I heard the song, that time prompted to truly weigh in on it, I knew that its words were false. You may be wondering how they’re false. Well, they’re false because no one can say, with assurance, when their (or your) season will change. Seasons of life, as regular seasons of the year, have a set time—a time to begin, and a time to end—and those times are set by God. If He hasn’t given you any indication that your season is changing, surely no man can tell you that your season is changing. If you’d like confirmation of this (God’s timing), check out Nebuchadnezzar’s story in Daniel 4, zoning in on verses 23-26. (You can also check out a blog I wrote on the subject, titled For Everything There Is a Season.)

The next thing I want to touch on is from a song titled Everyone Hurts. In this song, it isn’t so much the lyrics I want to address, but a statement the author makes during the song. He says, “Faith isn’t believing in what [God] will do, but it’s believing in what He’s already done.” That statement, dear friends, is false. Now, faith is believing in what God has already done for us at Calvary (Ephesians 2:8). Without believing in and accepting Jesus’ atonement for our sin (His death, burial, and resurrection), we wouldn’t be true believers. Nevertheless, if we expect to receive anything from God, we must have faith that He can and will do all that He has promised (cf. Hebrews 11:1; Matthew 21:22; James 1:6-7). 

In Matthew 6, verses 25-34, God asks us why do we worry about the things we need, like clothes, food, and drink. He knows what we need, and He will provide. However, to receive from Him, we must believe that He will do just what He says He will. Can He provide outside of our belief? Yes. Will He provide outside of our belief? Likely not (though He may for a purpose). Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. That said, we must believe what God has done and also what He will do.

Next up is Miracle Worker (this one’s a little harder to discuss, as it was one of my childhood faves). In this song, there is a lot to discuss, as the writer/artist has added much to the words of the Bible (a major no-no). Firstly, the artist says, “I wanna tell you about a miracle, performed by Jesus’ own powerful hand. He went to a wedding one night; they said the party was out of sight. Somebody said, ‘I’ll have something to drink’; Jesus said, ‘Wait a minute, let Me think…’” Sisters, this is so far off from what happened at the wedding at Cana. In John 2:1-12, we see what really happened there. 

In verse 1, we see there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and Jesus’ mother was there. Verse 2 tells us that Jesus was also invited, along with His disciples (and nowhere do we see that the “party” was out of sight). When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother went to Him and said, “They have no wine” (verse 3). Jesus, on hearing that, never says, “Wait a minute, let Me think.” Instead, He says, “Woman [or ma’am/madame], what does this have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come” (verse 4). A total difference, right?

Next, in the song, the artist says: There was a blind man, blind couldn’t see. He [the blind man] said, “I ain’t bumping them; they’re bumping into me.” [Then] He said, “I tried all the doctors in town, but they all let me down. Lord, I’m gonna trust in you, I’m gonna see what you can do…” Jesus spit down on the ground and made a little ball of clay, and said, “I anoint you in the name of My Father; He’ll make this blindness go away…” Jesus said, “Hey, blind man, tell me what do you see…” [The blind man said] “I see men, of course I do; they look just like trees.” Jesus said, “Go wash and rise, in the pool of Siloam. And I guarantee, you’ll see men looking just like Me.” 

Now, this is how the story really went: In John 9, Jesus and His disciples encountered a blind man. The disciples asked Him of the man, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus responded, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (verses 3-5). After saying this, Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes (verse 6). “Go,” He told the man, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (verse 7). So the man went and washed, and went home seeing. (Mark’s version differs slightly, as it gives a little more detail, and talks about people looking like trees to the man (8:22-25). However, other than that, it doesn’t resemble the song’s version.)

In seeing the critical differences in these stories, sisters, we can see why it’s imperative to know our Word. Knowing our Word keeps us from being deceived, and it keeps us from deceiving others.

Jesus is our last song of discussion for today. Looking at the song’s title, our Savior’s name, you’re probably thinking that nothing could possibly be wrong with this song, but there is something. In the second half of this song, the artist says: “Curses, unbroken, still holding me down…” Sisters, curses can’t hold a true believer down. That is false teaching. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’.” John 8:36 tells us that if the Son sets us free, we are free indeed! 

So you see, Christ has set us free, and therefore, we are free. Refuse to let anyone or anything (like a song) corrupt your thinking. You are not, and cannot be, cursed if you are in Christ. (For more on curses and our freedom in Christ, see my blog titled The Generational Curse Myth.)  

If you do happen to feel bound, or cursed, for some reason, I can tell you it’s because you haven’t fully embraced your freedom in Christ. If you need help embracing your freedom, I suggest finding a trustworthy person you can talk to. That person can be your pastor (and his wife – if he isn’t married, another trusted woman in the church will do), a church sister or relative, a close friend who has a real relationship with God. Once you’ve identified a godly confidant you feel comfortable with, tell them how you’ve been feeling, and let them help you onto the path of real freedom in Christ. (Note: Disobedience to God’s commands can also weigh on us and leave us feeling bound {cf. Psalm 32:3-4}. So again, if you are feeling bound, look over your life. Are you disobeying God in any way? Is there unconfessed sin in your life? If so, confess your fault(s) to God and turn away from your sin. He will forgive you, as He’s promised, and restore your joy in Him {Psalm 32:5-7; 1 John 1:9}.)

*Stay tuned for part 2…*

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