Saturday, December 15, 2012

Contemporary Worship Music: Is It Really Glorifying God?

I was running over iTunes the other day and ran into this guy: Shai Linne. This guy is more theologically correct and Biblical than most every song I have ever heard in my church. Just in this one song. His other ones are great too. I'm not bashing on my church or anything; I love my church. There's just a whole lot of stuff we don't do right. Worship is one of those things. It sounds great most of the time but I don't think singing about how "we're gonna shout shout shout" and "dance dance dance" and "stir up the waters" after "jumping in the waters" is even remotely glorifying to God. I mean, what's the purpose of worship? Well, it's to make much of God, not us. I think that songs these days are more to make much of us for responding to God's call or something. Last time I checked, we couldn't do that without the call, illumination, and regeneration- as well as other works- of God himself. I don't think that most worship music today is meant to make much of God. It's not written to make God look great, to make him look powerful, to MAKE HIM LOOK LIKE YOUR GOD. I think it's written to hype folks up, to get them pumped, not to make much of God. This rap song does, though. Beautifully written. Beautifully composed. Beautifully glorifying to God. It humbles me that a rapper could do this. And if a RAPPER can rap about this, the good Lord in Heaven knows that worship leaders should be able to write a song about the beautiful attributes of God.


Thanks for reading and listening.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Why did Adam Sin?

Because the Bible says nothing of the will of Adam, this will be purely speculative, and basically my thoughts on why he sinned, which implies something about humanity as a whole, as well as why he could sin.

When God made Adam, he said he was good, indeed very good. So why is it that he sinned- especially from a Reformed position? In reading Jonathan Edwards' "Freedom of the Will," I had a bit of an epiphany on this topic. In this book, Edwards basically says that man chooses to do what he chooses to do because he must, and he must because it is in his very nature to want to do that thing. Now, Edwards was talking about fallen man, but I think this can apply to Adam as well. Fallen man can only do what is evil and without God can do absolutely nothing good. But Adam was not fallen, so he could do good. But I think the assumption that man before the fall could only want to do good is incorrect. Perhaps man is of such a nature that when presented with something bad or evil or sinful he must do it, or rather put, man has a definite affinity towards doing evil even when made good. Perhaps it is because he was made not perfect. I suppose it is possible for imperfection to be the cause for this affinity towards disobedience. Disobedience may not be an exclusive, necessary factor of imperfection but, it may have been caused by their imperfection.

We know that God definitely predestined the Fall, but "How?" is the question. I realize this wasn't thought through extremely well, because I was more or less (but certainly more more than less) just typing out as I was thinking, but there you go.

Thanks for reading.

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