Let's look at some of these stellar lyrics:
I will give you all my praise
You alone I long to worship
You alone are worthy of my praise
What a perfect example of the narcissistic mindset that encompasses and defines not only our culture, but our churches! If you are singing this song in church, look closely and you'll discover with very little difficulty (I hope) that you're singing about yourself, not God. You may as well be singing these lyrics:
I'm so awesome, it amazes me
You're so lucky to receive my worship
You're so blessed to receive my praise
Me-centered worship. It's been the one of the great contributors to the downfall of the visible church. And it's not just our songs that are glorifying man, but our sermons and our interpretation of Scripture. One day, when the wheat and the tares are separated, oh what a surprise some will receive! Ah, well, no matter, so long as it feels good while we're here, right?
Now that I have you in a proper state of lamenting (and hopefully praying for) the visible church and it's continual assaults upon Christ, please take a few moments and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- This is a completely fabricated, but hilarious, example of an emergent pastor's prayer for the inauguration benediction.
- Speaking of religious freedom in schools. Or rather, the lack thereof.
- Dan Phillips takes an interesting look at the life of A.W. Pink, making some salient observations regarding the contradiction between Pink's life and words. Also don't miss the comments on this post, as a rather good conversation ensued.
- Glenn Beck is getting even creepier. Now he wants to build his own little isolated city. No, it's not located on Kolob.
- Do not miss this wonderful sermon by Pastor John MacArthur on John 3:1–3. When the video is available, you'll probably see it posted here again.
- Is your pastor too reverent? Do you wish that he would take the name of the Lord in vain more often? Then perhaps you should consider attending Judah Smith's church, because he seems to be quite skilled in carelessly misusing the name of God. Kind of makes you wonder how else he's blaspheming the Lord in his life, doesn't it? I mean, besides twisting the Scriptures to fit his own agenda.
- Here's another post not to be missed: Some Important Questions to Ask about 'Discernment Ministries'.
- There's only one Carl Trueman, so don't miss his thoughts here about the shortfalls of theistic evolution (and men like Tim Keller who promote such a theory).
- "You know, I wish more men would wear miniskirts." - Said no sane person ever.
- The American Humanist Association has published an updated version of the Jefferson Bible, and has distributed copies to Congress and to the president.
- This gives new meaning to the 'floating head of death.'
- For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about above.
- Mark Driscoll was bemoaning the existence of bloggers. Again. Ironically, he was doing so on Twitter. Really? Here's a well-written response.
- Here's Frank Turk's thoughts on the Giglio inauguration debacle.
- I've not seen Les Miserables. I've not read the book. I don't want to. I don't plan to. I am, however, already weary of countless Christians extolling the great virtues of the film because of what they believe is a story of conversion. It baffles me how a conversion to a false gospel of works and good deeds can be so praised by believers. To make matters worse, it's doing so in song. Lots of songs. Thabiti Anyabwile was unfortunate enough to view the movie, and he shares his thoughts on it, many of which I suspect I would share were I ever to be tricked into seeing it.
- The Grace to You blog ran a series this week about the importance of being in a local church. To wrap it up, today they posted an acknowledgement and some encouragement for the many people who have found that, much to their dismay, there simply is not a faithful, Bible-teaching church in their community.
- I didn't even know there was a Doomsday Clock.
- Lately, Christianity Today has been pushing the Muslim "Insider Movement." Stand Up for the Truth has an excellent article refuting some of CT's claims.
- While millions of Hindus sought to wash away their own sins in some bizarre ceremony, some American Hindus are working to get the Bhagavad Gita in hotel nightstands across the country.
- Dr. James Duncan, the poor man who was harassed by Perry Noble and Newspring Church, speaks with Chris Rosebrough.
- Jesus Christ is the perfect mediator: