Friday, 9 August 2013

PC(USA) Removes, "In Christ Alone" From Hymn Book

From here...

The Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Songs for the Presbyterian Church (USA) has decided to not include the hymn "In Christ Alone" because one phrase speaks about God's wrath.
 Mary Louise Bringle, who chairs the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Songs, recently wrote about the decision in her blog for the Christian Century. Bringle shared that after they initially voted for the inclusion of the hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, they discovered that although they had found materials that changed the words, "as Jesus died / the wrath of God was satisfied," to "Till on that cross as Jesus died / the love of God was magnified," if they wanted to include it in their updated hymnal, the wording would have to be printed as the authors originally intended, and not revised.
...we discovered that this version of the text would not be approved by the authors, as it was considered too great a departure from their original words [good for Getty and Townend, JK]
Also of note in the article is this grammatically awkward phrase, a reflection of the liberal attitude of anathema towards any hint of uninclusivity: 
"...the cross is primarily about God's need to assuage God's anger,"
One can only shake one's head in wonder at those in the liberal church who sit and shake their own heads in wonder at why people are abandoning their numbers.

Take Care
h/t @pastormark


Warren said...

Although I likely wouldn't have said so a few years ago, I now believe that there can be a legitimate discussion of atonement theories between believers without any need to throw around accusations of heresy. Not that this is particularly relevant to the PCUSA story.

I don't have any direct experience with the PCUSA, but we attended a Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) when we last lived in the US. The PCA split from the PCUSA in the early 70s due to increasing theological liberalization in the PCUSA. From what I was given to understand, the only thing I find interesting in this story is that the committee would have even considered a Getty song in the first place. The Gettys are highly regarded in conservative Presbyterian circles and they visited our PCA church and led worship one Sunday. That the PCUSA would not accept some words in their songs is hardly surprising.

Here's a link to a Scot McKnight post on “The Wrath of God Satisfied”:

Steve Finnell said...


Jesus Christ is the only way to gain salvation, the only way to heaven, the only way to the Father. Do all Christians believe that? All who claim to be Christians do not believe that.

A 2007 Pew research forum on Religion found that 57% of the evangelical Christians, who were polled, believed that many religions can lead to eternal life.

Those who claim the Bible as God's word do not always use it as their guide for what they believe.


Acts 4:10-12 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

If 57% of all so-called evangelical Christians believe that there are many ways to heaven, it is not difficult to understand why so many of them reject the words of Jesus when He said "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved..(Mark 16:16). If you do not believe Jesus is the only way to heaven, then, it makes it very easy to deny that water baptism is essential for salvation.

Did you ever notice how, well know, so-called Christian preachers will not say that Jesus is the only way to heaven? Billy Graham and Joel Osteen come to mind. They also claim water baptism is not essential for salvation. Is there a connection?


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