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WE'RE LOSING THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS

 

 

 

Coach Dave Daubenmire
October 4, 2007
NewsWithViews.com

When was the last time your church sang some of the old hymns? So much of what qualifies as “praise and worship” music is nothing more than Christian bubble-gum music.

You know what I am talking about. The songs that are used in so many “contemporary” services do nothing more than stir our emotions.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for music that stirs my soul, that brings joy to my heart, that encourages me to overcome the personal battles that we are to walk through.

I enjoy drums, guitars, and horns during the worship service. But there is a real dearth for the Word of God in today’s church, and the elimination of the old hymns from “modern” churches is not a good thing. Many of them were laced with Scripture.

This past weekend I was given the honor of speaking at the annual banquet of the Christian Civic League of Maine. Mike Heath and his mighty crew are holding back the forces of evil in the land of the lobsters. May God bless his stand for CHRISTIAN, not conservative, values.

On Sunday morning I was invited by Pastor Kevin O’Brien at the Augusta Church of the Nazarene to share my heart with the folks he shepherds. During Pastor Kevin’s opening announcements, I picked up a hymnal in the pew and began to skim through it. The Words of Hymn 396 leaped off the page at me. I could not get away from the burning in my soul.

When it came time to step into the pulpit, I still could not shake the internal rumbling. I asked Mike Hein, administrator of the League, who was in attendance, to please open the hymn book and read hymn 396.

Mike looked at my questioningly, but I exhorted him to stand up and read. Listen here to the music as you read below.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss .From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear; If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear; Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without, Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey; Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day. Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes; Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone; The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own. Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer; Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post, Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host: Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain, And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long; This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song. To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be; They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed. What has happened to the fight in the church?

No bubble-gum music in the old hymnals. The Church once sang and preached of victory, of battle, of the GOD of the Battle.

Today we sing “Open our eyes Lord, We want to see Jesus,” sissified music, for a sissified Church. There was a time when the Church knew there was a war and they sang songs that celebrated it. Today we want to “feel” spiritual and our music reflects the effeminization that permeates Christianity.

Want more evidence? How about these?

Open up a hymn book. They are replete with songs of war and songs of victory.

There was a day when the Church used to resemble a battleship. Today it is a cruise ship.

Could it be we are hearing a different Gospel than the one the early church preached? Have we traded the hymns of the past and the wisdom of the Senior Saints that sang them, for a more modern, emotion-filled Christianity, designed to reach the Oprah-ized, self-help seeking American?

Read Psalm 18. 34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

Where did this sissy, defeatist, nicer-than-God form of Christianity come from?

Let me ask you this. Do you see the Gospel of Jesus Christ as ever-expanding, or have we reached the zenith and are now on the down slope of the mountain peak? How do you deal with Isaiah 9:6-7 “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end!” The Bible says the Gospel is ever-expanding!

Today we are hearing a different Gospel, a Gospel of peace, prosperity, and pabulum.

If America is ever going to reclaim the blessings of the Lord then we must return to the Faith of Our Fathers. What was their Faith? It was a story of victory in the midst of the struggle, of success built on sacrifice, of triumph over trials.

Somewhere along the line the Gospel was changed. The Faith Hall of Fame found in Hebrews 11 is a list of warriors who died for the sake of the Gospel, nameless heroes “Of whom the world was not worthy.”

Their battle was real. Somehow I don’t think that Moses and the boys sat around the campfires and discussed the “prosperity Gospel,” their “healing ministry,” how to live their best life now, or better yet, finding a purpose for their lives. They were soldiers of the Cross. They knew what that meant. It cost them everything and they proudly paid the price.

We owe all that we are to those who believed in that “old time religion.” Shouldn’t it be good enough for today?

I often hear Christians say “Don’t be discouraged, Coach. I read the last chapter and we win!”

“Oh Yeah?” I usually respond. “You better read it again. He wins, not us. We just get to be on his team. And what makes you think that there is something so special about America? Is it possible America could disappear and the world would still have not have “vanished away?” The only way we win is if we fight. Otherwise, we are nothing more than spectators.”

The Faith Hall of Fame is full of heroes of the battle. I wonder what David sang before he faced Goliath? I’ll bet it wasn’t one of today’s sissy songs.

“Open my eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus. To reach out and touch Him, and say that we love Him. Open our ears Lord, and help us to listen, Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus.”

Not me. I don’t want to look in His eyes. “His eyes were as a flame of fire." The next time we see Him it won’t be pretty.

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Someone changed Christianity and it wasn’t me. I say enough already, of sissified-Christianity and their bubble-gum songs. Give me that fire and brimstone religion.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear; If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear; Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without, Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Amen!

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Coach Dave Daubenmire, founder and President of Pass The Salt Ministries www.ptsalt.com and Minutemen United www.minutemenunited.org, is host of the high octane Pass The Salt radio show heard in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1999 Coach Daubenmire was sued by the ACLU for praying with his teams while coaching high school in Ohio. He now spends his energy fighting for Christian principles in the public domain.

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