6 Lies Our Worship Songs Tell Us

I am grateful to a friend of mine, who sent me the link to this thought provoking article written by Derek Walker, who is an Anglican lay minister, kitchen designer and writer. His GP has yet to confirm it, but he thinks music is in his blood. He blogs at walkerwords.wordpress.com

The article was posted on the Premier Christianity website and I have reproduced it below.  




6 Lies Our Worship Songs Tell Us

You are what you eat. That’s what they say. So what would you be after nothing but a diet of jelly, custard and the odd sandwich each week? And why eat like that, when there are so many healthier and tastier options? Yet that is how many churches approach their Sunday diet of worship music. Light and often insubstantial, it is unlikely to create healthy Christians.  

More than individual songs, it is the overall impact of our song content that has me worried. I doubt that our songwriters try to deceive us, but taken in bulk, the songs we sing week by week create some startling impressions – and we seem unaware of the following damaging lies that we are being told by this culture:


1. The physical world does not matter 

Surveying the swathes of songs regularly used in churches, you would think that ordinary daily life means nothing. 

Three songs into a block of praise music, we may be thinking about last night’s film or the dress sense of the person in front. The songs have been full of words such as ‘holy’ and ‘glory’. Yes, God is transcendent, but if we don’t give our minds tangible content to grab hold of, our thoughts will wander. 

If we don’t give our minds tangible content to grab hold of, our thoughts will wander 

Where are the lyrics relating faith to family life, shopping, work, character or entertainment? If the main human drivers are money, sex and power, why have we written so few songs about them? Or do we think that God’s not interested in such things? 

Ordinary life was precious enough for God to invent it, declare it good and live it for over 30 years. The early Church heresy of Gnosticism tried to escape the reality of Jesus’ incarnate form, because the heretics felt that earthly matter was too debased for God to touch. 

Tom Wright says, “Heresy happens when the Church forgets a bit of its teaching; somebody else picks that up and makes a whole system out of it.” He warns that our culture’s tendency to treat our emotions as if they are the core of people’s reality “reflects a kind of Gnosticism (‘finding out who I really am’) as opposed to Christianity (receiving the re-creation of one’s self as divine gift through dying and rising with the Messiah); and that this focus on ‘who I really am’ – in an emotional sense in particular – finds its way into some Christian songs.” 

While our worship songs are not individually Gnostic, they get very close by avoiding tangible terms in their lyrics, leaving the impression that the everyday is too banal for God. This lie disconnects our faith from our real lives – and that’s dangerous. 


2. You can watch, but not join in 

Standing at the front, looking at the congregation, it was hard to miss. While everyone else was singing, Ben stood silently. He visits occasionally (his wife is a church member) but this time he looked uncomfortable, and it struck me how hard it can be for visitors to sing many of our lyrics – at least if they want to be honest in what they sing. 

If visitors find themselves singing off-putting or incomprehensible words, they may leave feeling awkward and thinking that faith is for an eccentric club. It could undo any welcome or thoughtful input from the rest of the service. 

Often the ‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ songs are the culprits. Men – already underrepresented in the Church by some 30 per cent, and who very rarely have to sing anywhere else in life – must sing about loving a male figure, traditionally shown wearing what looks like a dress. It’s hardly likely to get them queuing up to tweet their experience afterwards – at least, not in a helpful way. 

Sometimes (as with ‘Days of Elijah’) we encode the whole song, so that it only makes sense to the well-versed insider, but is completely impenetrable to visitors. This lie alienates enquirers and blows up their bridges to faith. 


3. It’s better to put up a false face than to be honest 

Another discomfiting song-type is where singers are asked to promise “I surrender all” – a vow that few Christians can sing with honesty, let alone visitors. 

The glib phrase barely begins to convey the experience of handing everything to God. Its simplicity makes Christians feel alone when struggling to relinquish a resistant area of life, and hides the fact that God is with us in the wrestling. Crucially, it makes the whole process of singing to God feel like a ritualistic charade. 

Maybe it is splitting hairs, but I feel more honest singing, “I want to” than “I will” when I know that I will fail pretty soon – after all, isn’t that why we have confession every week? This lie undermines confession, honesty and our integrity, creating the impression that pretence is ok. 


4. Life with God is easy 

A friend once explained how worship songs are written: there is a small list of permitted phrases. You cut them up, throw them into the air, see how they come down and join them together, sometimes with rhymes. 

Outside the Church, songwriters grapple with life’s complexities and people relate to such honest, grounded songs. Christians who want to be effective for God in what Delirious? brilliantly called “mezzamorphis” (becoming like Christ in the tension between earth and heaven) have an even greater call on such material. There is so much in life to explore, yet worship songwriters often refuse – or are too unskilled – to don their miners’ lamps and enter its depths. This lie gives unhelpful expectations and encourages platitudes. 


5. God hates creativity 

We should not be surprised that current worship songs have little individuality. They come from a writing-by-numbers industry. 

Production lines thrive on regular, predictable output. McDonald’s customers expect exactly the same quarter pounder, whether they are in Maidenhead or Malaysia. 

We are children of the dynamic God who created everything from star clusters to amoeba, including murmurations, rainforests and blobfish (Google it). He did not paint the walls of the universe beige. 

Creative, talented Christian songwriters do exist. Irishman Brian Houston is one. Equally adept at passionate gospel songs and singersongwriter material that grabs the heart, all-comers can relate to his work. But he has been shunned by literalist Christian record companies, who struggle to pigeonhole him. 

After losing his luggage, so wearing three day-old clothes, and trying to kick off worship at one event, despite the projector blowing a fuse as soon as he hit his first chord, he found himself trying to lead over 2,000 people in worship, when they didn’t know his songs. 

Houston recalls, “I was opening for a guy I’d never heard of called Chris Tomlin. He was tipped to be very big indeed and everyone from the Christian music industry was there. 

“As it turned out, the people in the room had come to worship. All I had to do was start them off and for the next hour they participated in a very intimate time of worship. The industry didn’t like it. 

“The next night I got to play with some amazing session players in an impromptu worship jam session. The prophetic inspiration flowed and it was one of the best times of worship I’d ever experienced. I could barely sleep that night from the massive adrenalin rush. I felt more alive than ever! 

“The industry feedback I got was ‘we can’t sell this’. After three years of trying I eventually went back to playing bars.” 

The role of the artist is to complement, not replace, the preacher. It is to make us feel, as well as think. 

Some worship songwriters seem terrified of creating images not already in scripture. But surely, to be scriptural is to be creative. The Gospels flow with accounts of Jesus – already furious with religious people for making God seem unapproachable – building his message with everyday pictures. 

He used universally understood images such as family relationships, light, bread and water. But he also used pictures that were of his time and place, such as festival shelters, fig trees, banquet etiquette, and a mugging on a notoriously dangerous local road. When a songwriter today adopts images such as shepherds or oil lamps, they become pointless. Instead of illustrating something in a fresh way that makes the point clearer, the images themselves need explanation. Ah, we’re back to ‘Days of Elijah’. 

This lie embarrasses the Church and denies God’s character. It also drives Christian artists out of the Church. 


6. We are all little islands 

While reviewing yet another same as-all-the-rest worship CD (which probably included phrases like “I will worship” and “You are my God”) I found myself wondering whether worship albums are like spiritual porn: an undemanding, onedimensional, feel-good session that people behind the scenes can make easy money from. Under the guise of worshipping God, often the songs are all about me, me, me. 

As a random experiment, I searched the top worship lyrics and had to wait until the twelfth attempt to get a ‘We’ song. But the Church is a body, a congregation, a movement. We are not a collection of individuals. We should be like a honeycomb, where taking out one cell affects six others. 

This lie undermines our identity and purpose, making us seem like the individualistic culture around us. Where do we go from here? Our worship culture has grown out of whack by writers being lazy, record companies being predictable, worship leaders choosing an imbalance of songs, and individuals missing the wealth of music available. Rebalancing our worship will depend on all these factors being adjusted. 

Songwriters: What issues are Christians intellectually and devotionally wrestling with? For which experiences do they need your words? What virtues does God want to grow in us? Watch, listen, feel, pray – and then write. Look for the gaps. There’s no immediate need for more songs about God’s glory. Are you the one to write about grief, confession, loving the unlovely, welcoming strangers, shopping christianly or struggling with doubt? Go deep, not wide. Don’t just insert a buzzword like ‘justice’ and think you’re done. How does injustice impact people? Tell the story. What resolution should we pray for? Use the whole song to explore one subject. Write about Jesus on earth, who lived an actual life and had a real job. Objective songs help us to connect our faith and life. 

Record companies: Consider a year of releasing dangerously! Ban clichés and allow your good songwriters to do the above and touch people’s everyday experience. It will freshen your repertoire, stop your existing lyrics being devalued by repetition – and you may even get Christian music-lovers to take you seriously. 

Worship leaders: Consider it part of your remit to find appropriate songs outside of the usual generated fare. Try to look beyond the songs coming out of the major Christian events, conferences and ‘big name’ worship leaders. If you can’t find new songs, write your own lyrics to an existing tune – or find writers in your congregation. 

Individuals: For personal inspiration and feeding, seek out independent reviewers who share your taste. They are hard to come by, but try my colleagues at the music section of tollbooth.org for starters. Talk with your worship leaders about what does and doesn’t work for you, but always constructively and with appreciation for their dedicated service at a job where they can never please everyone!

10 comments

  • Russ Rosen

    Russ Rosen Canada

    All true. Thanks for this.

    All true. Thanks for this.

  • John bridges

    John bridges Eastleigh

    Absolutely agree, our worship leader will only play songs from the Redemption hymn book or early Songs of Fellowship, no one under fifty years of age ever stays (just the odd visit as Pastor gives an excellent word) my wife and I worship at home daily and totally go with what you have written here.We get so bored and have breaks visiting other churches so we can "Come into His presence" through worship on a Sunday. We know worship leaders can't please everyone but it is so easy to get stuck in a rut or be afraid to try something new.

    Absolutely agree, our worship leader will only play songs from the Redemption hymn book or early Songs of Fellowship, no one under fifty years of age ever stays (just the odd visit as Pastor gives an excellent word) my wife and I worship at home daily and totally go with what you have written here.We get so bored and have breaks visiting other churches so we can "Come into His presence" through worship on a Sunday. We know worship leaders can't please everyone but it is so easy to get stuck in a rut or be afraid to try something new.

  • Robert

    Robert Frankfurt, before Southampton

    I'm not sure if this is necessary ... There are such and there are such ... Many of the chorusses have come about by renewal and restoration, people meeting with God and expressing their love or passion ... embracing and writing new music and words in contrast to the old conventional church songs and ways... The answer is then - not to criticise - but to write songs which are different... :-)

    I'm not sure if this is necessary ... There are such and there are such ...
    Many of the chorusses have come about by renewal and restoration,
    people meeting with God and expressing their love or passion ...
    embracing and writing new music and words in contrast to the old conventional church songs and ways...
    The answer is then - not to criticise - but to write songs which are different... :-)

  • Carly

    Carly

    I do see the point in a lot of these reasons. However, I think it may contradict itself on some. For example, newcomers feeling uncomfortable singing to songs about being in a relationship with Jesus. Wouldn't they feel just as uncomfortable singing songs about sex and other things mentioned above when they are first visiting a church? Worship is personal, and I think it may be misinterpreted as all about "me" sometimes, when it's actually about "we" as in God and I, making it seem like "me." It doesn't have to be "we" as a church. Worship songs are probably sung more often at home throughout the week than that one time on Sunday. So, to make them personal would make sense if you are usually worshipping alone. With that being said, I do see a valid point in a lot of this and understand the message trying to be conveyed. Some worship music, much like mainstream, can be influenced by intentions not meant to praise God and bring people closer to Him on a deeper level. I think a lot of worship does, though.

    I do see the point in a lot of these reasons. However, I think it may contradict itself on some. For example, newcomers feeling uncomfortable singing to songs about being in a relationship with Jesus. Wouldn't they feel just as uncomfortable singing songs about sex and other things mentioned above when they are first visiting a church? Worship is personal, and I think it may be misinterpreted as all about "me" sometimes, when it's actually about "we" as in God and I, making it seem like "me." It doesn't have to be "we" as a church. Worship songs are probably sung more often at home throughout the week than that one time on Sunday. So, to make them personal would make sense if you are usually worshipping alone.

    With that being said, I do see a valid point in a lot of this and understand the message trying to be conveyed. Some worship music, much like mainstream, can be influenced by intentions not meant to praise God and bring people closer to Him on a deeper level. I think a lot of worship does, though.

  • Emmanuel dabby Ruby

    Emmanuel dabby Ruby Preston .Uk

    People relate with their God in diverse ways. It does not matter how, your conviction and commitment to and about your God gives you a stand and a belief that he hears you when you call. Our deep heartfelt worship goes beyond human understanding and can not be understood to be a lie. It may seem to you to be so and you are right because you are writing from experience. I am not also saying that there are no fakes but it is ours to judge. God is the one who receives or rejects any worship. Anyway, you have right to believe or accept what you want,it is free of charge and it is a choice. Let all men be liars and let God be true. worship must go on and God must always be praised

    People relate with their God in diverse ways. It does not matter how, your conviction and commitment to and about your God gives you a stand and a belief that he hears you when you call. Our deep heartfelt worship goes beyond human understanding and can not be understood to be a lie. It may seem to you to be so and you are right because you are writing from experience. I am not also saying that there are no fakes but it is ours to judge. God is the one who receives or rejects any worship.

    Anyway, you have right to believe or accept what you want,it is free of charge and it is a choice.

    Let all men be liars and let God be true. worship must go on and God must always be praised

  • Andrew Dickson

    Andrew Dickson Belfast

    Hi Noel, This article really rubbed me up the wrong way (Sorry!) so I wanted to try and constructively write a reasoned response rather than simply be annoyed by it! Hope you don't mind! (Also apologies for the wall of text about to ensue!!!) "Where are the lyrics relating faith to family life, shopping, work, character or entertainment? If the main human drivers are money, sex and power, why have we written so few songs about them? Or do we think that God’s not interested in such things?" I'm sure there have been plenty of songs written about these topics, but they are intensely personal issues unique to the individual. A corporate worship song about sex is simply not possible - within a Christian community there will be people who have vastly different experiences with sex - some destructive, some hurtful, some struggling with their very sexuality. Corporate worship is not a good vehicle for that discussion. It is certainly not a lie either. "If visitors find themselves singing off-putting or incomprehensible words, they may leave feeling awkward and thinking that faith is for an eccentric club" In my experience, many outsiders to the church have been overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit without understanding it. this draws them in, craving to know who this Jesus is. We cannot enter into corporate worship worried about what it will look like to an observer. Our worship isn't for them. "Often the ‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ songs are the culprits. Men – already underrepresented in the Church by some 30 per cent, and who very rarely have to sing anywhere else in life – must sing about loving a male figure, traditionally shown wearing what looks like a dress. It’s hardly likely to get them queuing up to tweet their experience afterwards – at least, not in a helpful way." I hate this phrase but I understand it's origin. "Jesus is my boyfriend song" is a statement that reveals more about the person making it that about the song it is aimed at. To misunderstand the love for Jesus as somehow romantic is to misunderstand who Jesus is. He is our King. God is our Father. It is a family love. A deep real and unconditional love. like the love i have for my son or my daughter. I can tell my son that I love him, that I would sacrifice everything for him without feeling strange because he is male. When worship songs describe Jesus as beautiful, it is not about how attractive he is. We don't know what his face looks like physically. WHO he is is beautiful. I want there to be more songs about victory in battle over the enemy, and the kingship of Jesus. So I'm going to write them, not characterise the other songs that don't as lies "There is so much in life to explore, yet worship songwriters often refuse – or are too unskilled – to don their miners’ lamps and enter its depths. This lie gives unhelpful expectations and encourages platitudes." writing a worship song that doesn't talk about hardship is not a lie. It reflects the songwriters emotions at the time. The Happy Song (also by Delerious?) is not a lie. There are also many songs that do touch on hardships. "Oceans" for example talks about having faith amidst the storms of life. If that song then went on to say that faith had been lost, it might be equally real, but would not edify the community in a corporate worship setting. A song on an album, presented as art may talk about loosing faith, it may ring true for the listener, and it may draw that person closer to Jesus. And that would be fantastic. But it should remain in that context. It will not help an entire congregation to join together in worship. "Creative, talented Christian songwriters do exist. Irishman Brian Houston is one. Equally adept at passionate gospel songs and singersongwriter material that grabs the heart, all-comers can relate to his work. But he has been shunned by literalist Christian record companies, who struggle to pigeonhole him." Brian Houston has lead worship at my church. I was his sound engineer on those occasions. Some people loved it. some people didn't - they found it too performance driven. I thought it was pretty great. He's a top bloke with a real heart for Jesus. His worship set included many songs that this blog post would characterise as a lie. He did not lead worship using his singer/songwriter material. make of that what you will. “The industry feedback I got was ‘we can’t sell this’. After three years of trying I eventually went back to playing bars.” This is of course true. The industry is not the worship song. it is the industry. it is a money driven thing. you cant package and sell an impromptu worship jam. you cant recapture what The Spirit is doing in the room and sell it - not because it is somehow invalid - but because nobody will buy it. "While reviewing yet another same as-all-the-rest worship CD (which probably included phrases like “I will worship” and “You are my God”) I found myself wondering whether worship albums are like spiritual porn: an undemanding, onedimensional, feel-good session that people behind the scenes can make easy money from. Under the guise of worshipping God, often the songs are all about me, me, me. " Using the word porn in here is a gross overstatement. Porn is a nightmare of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation so please don't use the word glibly as a comparison to a worship CD that you did not find engaging. I agree with you that there are so many songs that are "I" and "Me" focused. I'm sure you've written a few yourself as have I. Many songwriters are writing from personal experience. It doesn't make them lies. The worship leader can also simply change the "I" to a "We" as required. Let's write more songs that redress these imbalances, not undermine the songs and artists we already have.

    Hi Noel,
    This article really rubbed me up the wrong way (Sorry!) so I wanted to try and constructively write a reasoned response rather than simply be annoyed by it! Hope you don't mind! (Also apologies for the wall of text about to ensue!!!)

    "Where are the lyrics relating faith to family life, shopping, work, character or entertainment? If the main human drivers are money, sex and power, why have we written so few songs about them? Or do we think that God’s not interested in such things?"

    I'm sure there have been plenty of songs written about these topics, but they are intensely personal issues unique to the individual. A corporate worship song about sex is simply not possible - within a Christian community there will be people who have vastly different experiences with sex - some destructive, some hurtful, some struggling with their very sexuality. Corporate worship is not a good vehicle for that discussion. It is certainly not a lie either.

    "If visitors find themselves singing off-putting or incomprehensible words, they may leave feeling awkward and thinking that faith is for an eccentric club"

    In my experience, many outsiders to the church have been overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit without understanding it. this draws them in, craving to know who this Jesus is. We cannot enter into corporate worship worried about what it will look like to an observer. Our worship isn't for them.

    "Often the ‘Jesus is my boyfriend’ songs are the culprits. Men – already underrepresented in the Church by some 30 per cent, and who very rarely have to sing anywhere else in life – must sing about loving a male figure, traditionally shown wearing what looks like a dress. It’s hardly likely to get them queuing up to tweet their experience afterwards – at least, not in a helpful way."

    I hate this phrase but I understand it's origin. "Jesus is my boyfriend song" is a statement that reveals more about the person making it that about the song it is aimed at. To misunderstand the love for Jesus as somehow romantic is to misunderstand who Jesus is. He is our King. God is our Father. It is a family love. A deep real and unconditional love. like the love i have for my son or my daughter. I can tell my son that I love him, that I would sacrifice everything for him without feeling strange because he is male. When worship songs describe Jesus as beautiful, it is not about how attractive he is. We don't know what his face looks like physically. WHO he is is beautiful. I want there to be more songs about victory in battle over the enemy, and the kingship of Jesus. So I'm going to write them, not characterise the other songs that don't as lies

    "There is so much in life to explore, yet worship songwriters often refuse – or are too unskilled – to don their miners’ lamps and enter its depths. This lie gives unhelpful expectations and encourages platitudes."

    writing a worship song that doesn't talk about hardship is not a lie. It reflects the songwriters emotions at the time. The Happy Song (also by Delerious?) is not a lie. There are also many songs that do touch on hardships. "Oceans" for example talks about having faith amidst the storms of life. If that song then went on to say that faith had been lost, it might be equally real, but would not edify the community in a corporate worship setting. A song on an album, presented as art may talk about loosing faith, it may ring true for the listener, and it may draw that person closer to Jesus. And that would be fantastic. But it should remain in that context. It will not help an entire congregation to join together in worship.

    "Creative, talented Christian songwriters do exist. Irishman Brian Houston is one. Equally adept at passionate gospel songs and singersongwriter material that grabs the heart, all-comers can relate to his work. But he has been shunned by literalist Christian record companies, who struggle to pigeonhole him."

    Brian Houston has lead worship at my church. I was his sound engineer on those occasions. Some people loved it. some people didn't - they found it too performance driven. I thought it was pretty great. He's a top bloke with a real heart for Jesus. His worship set included many songs that this blog post would characterise as a lie. He did not lead worship using his singer/songwriter material. make of that what you will.

    “The industry feedback I got was ‘we can’t sell this’. After three years of trying I eventually went back to playing bars.”

    This is of course true. The industry is not the worship song. it is the industry. it is a money driven thing. you cant package and sell an impromptu worship jam. you cant recapture what The Spirit is doing in the room and sell it - not because it is somehow invalid - but because nobody will buy it.

    "While reviewing yet another same as-all-the-rest worship CD (which probably included phrases like “I will worship” and “You are my God”) I found myself wondering whether worship albums are like spiritual porn: an undemanding, onedimensional, feel-good session that people behind the scenes can make easy money from. Under the guise of worshipping God, often the songs are all about me, me, me. "

    Using the word porn in here is a gross overstatement. Porn is a nightmare of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation so please don't use the word glibly as a comparison to a worship CD that you did not find engaging.
    I agree with you that there are so many songs that are "I" and "Me" focused. I'm sure you've written a few yourself as have I. Many songwriters are writing from personal experience. It doesn't make them lies. The worship leader can also simply change the "I" to a "We" as required.

    Let's write more songs that redress these imbalances, not undermine the songs and artists we already have.

  • Andy Davies

    Andy Davies Retford

    Oh it is so necessary. There has to be some reality and meaning to what we do otherwise it just appears empty and does not impact on everyday life. There are some good songs that drive us but sometimes they are just words. What is the meaning of the Cross if the words we speak or sing on a Sunday or at at conference don't affect our ordinary lives. I struggle to take people to Christian events as sometimes the words promise so much but do not deliver always during the struggles of life. Have you noticed the tendency of modern songs to talk mainly about what God through Jesus is going to do rather than remind us as to what he has already done and because of what He has done we will get through. He never promised an easy life on the contrary...

    Oh it is so necessary. There has to be some reality and meaning to what we do otherwise it just appears empty and does not impact on everyday life. There are some good songs that drive us but sometimes they are just words. What is the meaning of the Cross if the words we speak or sing on a Sunday or at at conference don't affect our ordinary lives. I struggle to take people to Christian events as sometimes the words promise so much but do not deliver always during the struggles of life. Have you noticed the tendency of modern songs to talk mainly about what God through Jesus is going to do rather than remind us as to what he has already done and because of what He has done we will get through. He never promised an easy life on the contrary...

  • Mike

    Mike Ontario, Canada

    Was raised old school. Modern worship seems like this to me: https://youtu.be/u4rGYTSCsv8 I'm not saying it's wrong. I'm saying it makes laugh/feel like it's an entirely different religion. Certainly can't worship in that room.

    Was raised old school. Modern worship seems like this to me: https://youtu.be/u4rGYTSCsv8
    I'm not saying it's wrong. I'm saying it makes laugh/feel like it's an entirely different religion. Certainly can't worship in that room.

  • Kim hill

    Kim hill Rockford il

    Christians have for the most part have past over the complex but wonderful gospel songs of Bob Dylan

    Christians have for the most part have past over the complex but wonderful gospel songs of Bob Dylan

  • Andrew

    Andrew Swadlincote

    If we had more scripture set to music then perhaps we'd enjoy more of God's presence - He confirms His Word - not ours. So long as we have such - sorry - rubbish as "concrete heart" (if you know which chorus I'm referring to then you'll understand, if not, sorry, google it) - Ezekiel says God has removed our heart of stone (concrete sic ?) and given us a heart of flesh, and these people are supposed to be hearing from God ? Death and life are in the power of the tongue - you get what you say Mark 11. Not surprising I don't attend regularly, a lay person will never rise beyond their leader unless they feed themselves at home, I prefer that. Andrew

    If we had more scripture set to music then perhaps we'd enjoy more of God's presence - He confirms His Word - not ours.
    So long as we have such - sorry - rubbish as "concrete heart" (if you know which chorus I'm referring to then you'll understand, if not, sorry, google it) - Ezekiel says God has removed our heart of stone (concrete sic ?) and given us a heart of flesh, and these people are supposed to be hearing from God ? Death and life are in the power of the tongue - you get what you say Mark 11.
    Not surprising I don't attend regularly, a lay person will never rise beyond their leader unless they feed themselves at home, I prefer that.
    Andrew

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