Friday, March 30, 2012

Everything That Is Wrong With CCM -Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham comments:

Have you heard there's another Christian on American Idol? Now before I comment on Colton Dixon's song choice, let me say emphatically that I do not believe singers, who happen to be Christian, are obligated to sing songs that are overtly "Christian." However, this guy chose to sing his "favorite worship song of all time," and it turned out to be Lifehouse's "Everything." As I watched him, I couldn't help but cringe. Here was a picture of everything (pardon the pun) that is wrong with Contemporary Christian Music and the modern "worship" scene.

The song was:

1. Christ-less: How do we "worship" Christ without mentioning him (or even his attributes) in a clear way?

2. Worldly: He looked like a rock star singing a rock song (the hair, the outfit, the demeanor, etc.). Turn down the volume (wait, the song was not biblical or Christian in any way, so you didn't have to) and he may as well have been singing to a woman.

3. Romanticized: Even the celebrity coach said the lyric went "right to the heart of a woman." This is the language of seduction; not worship!

4. Shallow: There is simply no 'there' there. True worship is NOT subjective emotionalism!

5. Confusing: "How can I be this close to you and not be moved by you?" Close? Are we talking physical proximity? Moved? Moved how? To repentance? To holiness (as opposed to worldliness)? What does it all mean? And why write a worship song that has to be explained? Shouldn't a worship song explain itself?

6. Comfortable: The worship of almighty God SHOULD NOT MAKE PEOPLE ON AMERICAN IDOL COMFORTABLE! True worship would have Steven Tyler's head spinning!

I'm glad he loves God, and hope he does well. However, had he just sung the song and left it at that, he would have done far more for his witness. Instead, he demonstrated a complete dearth of understanding in regard to true worship. However, he probably garnered millions of votes from Christians (and false professors) who share his sentiment.

Recommended Resources:
The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum, chapter 11. Rushdoony

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Character Development in Scripts

What every good protagonist knows:

"...the source of energy and power is radically different in the Biblical faith from that in the humanistic creed. For the orthodox Christian, who grounds his philosophy of history on the doctrine of creation, the mainspring of history is God. Time rests on the foundation of eternity, on the eternal decree of God. Time and history therefore have meaning because they were created in terms of God's perfect and totally comprehensive plan. Every blade of grass, every sparrow's fall, the very hairs of our head, are all comprehended and governed by God's eternal decree, and all have meaning in terms of it. The humanist faces a meaningless world in which he must strive to create and establish meaning. The Christian accepts a world which is totally meaningful and in which every event moves in terms of God's predestined purpose, and when man accepts God as his Lord and Christ as his Savior, every event works together for good to him, because he is now in harmony with that meaning and destiny (Rom. 8:28). Man there fore does not create meaning; instead, having rebelled against God's meaning, having striven to be as God and himself the source of meaning and definition (Gen. 3:5), man now submits to God's meaning and finds his life therein. For the humanist, the dynamics of history are in titanic man, as he imposes his will and idea on the world. For the orthodox Christian, the dynamics of history are in God the Creator, and man accepts those dynamics and rejoices in the blessings there of when man accepts Christ as Savior and then follows the leadings of the sanctifying Holy Spirit. For him, the Bible is authoritative, inspired, and infallible Word of the triune God."-R. J. Rushdoony, The biblical Philosophy of History.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Live nearer to God

"Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." — 1 Corinthians 10:12

It is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of grace. A man says, “I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor little faith may, but I never shall.” “I have fervent love,” says another, “I can stand, there is no danger of my going astray.” He who boasts of grace has little grace to boast of. Some who do this imagine that their graces can keep them, knowing not that the stream must flow constantly from the fountain head, or else the brook will soon be dry. If a continuous stream of oil comes not to the lamp, though it burn brightly today, it will smoke tomorrow, and noxious will be its scent. Take heed that thou gloriest not in thy graces, but let all thy glorying and confidence be in Christ and His strength, for only so canst thou be kept from falling. Be much more in prayer. Spend longer time in holy adoration. Read the Scriptures more earnestly and constantly. Watch your lives more carefully. Live nearer to God. Take the best examples for your pattern. Let your conversation be redolent of heaven. Let your hearts be perfumed with affection for men’s souls. So live that men may take knowledge of you that you have been with Jesus, and have learned of Him; and when that happy day shall come, when He whom you love shall say, “Come up higher,” may it be your happiness to hear Him say, “Thou hast fought a good fight, thou hast finished thy course, and henceforth there is laid up for thee a crown of righteousness which fadeth not away.” On, Christian, with care and caution! On, with holy fear and trembling! On, with faith and confidence in Jesus alone, and let your constant petition be, “Uphold me according to Thy word.” He is able, and He alone, “To keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.”

Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening March 14, 2012

Recommended Reading
The King James Study Bible
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

Friday, March 02, 2012

'IndoctriNation' Wins Best Documentary Award on the Eve of Another School Tragedy

Contact: Colin Gunn,
Feb. 29, 2012
Christian Newswire

On Saturday night, 'IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America' won the Jubilee Award for Best Documentary at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival among 25 semi-finalists. 'IndoctriNation' was also runner-up for the $101,000 Best of Festival Award, which went to 'Courageous,' recently the best-selling DVD in America.'IndoctriNation' directors Colin Gunn and Joaquin Fernandez and co-producer Scott Eash were present to receive one of the highest honors in the Christian filmmaking community in front of 2,100 attendees from 40 states and multiple foreign countries, awarded to them the night before the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood.

IndoctriNation' features the emotional testimony of Brian Rohrbough who lost his son during the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. "It may have taken a school shooting to wake us up, to see the danger," Rohrbough says in the film, "but that's a very small danger compared to all the other things that go on that can destroy our children."

With saddening poignancy, less than 36 hours after the SAICFF closing ceremony, another tragic school shooting occurred. Thomas "TJ" Lane, a sophomore at Chardon High School, began a shooting rampage in the school cafeteria during breakfast on Monday, February 27. Of the five students who were shot, three have now died.
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