Let Us Be Wise – Never Forgetting
Let me be very clear, this is a few of my thoughts that I have jotted down while praying and reading through the Scriptures this morning and this afternoon. This is not an organized article. This is me confronting myself concerning my old-nature that still seems to lurk – you know, the hidden pride, the arrogant thoughts, the selfish ambitions, the quickness to judge another and forget the ‘dung-hill’ from which I was saved. Therefore, I will not argue with anyone online – period. No time for foolishness.
Let us be very careful to quickly judge ongoing singing and the stylings. I completely understand the need for theological soundness. I am not saying we should not strive to be Christ exalting, full of theological beauty, and repentant humility. I love the hymns like so many, but hymns are not the standard measurement. God centeredness ought to be strived for at all times and as best possible. I despise the man-centeredness that so many Churches have fallen into the narcistic trappings of heightened emotions over theological truth. However, this does not disregard me from dialoging with and encouraging younger believers to further depth. And let me tell you, this is not done mainly through couch surfing social media and blasting people online, but through reaching out to an individual and speaking with them. Sadly, very few seem to understand this.
Having said this (and I add because the theological hawks have come to devour everyone and everything they [with limited eyes] see, being sure to dot every “i” and cross every “t” for everyone else. *For such I recommend [as I have applied to myself] an in depth study and personal application in much prayer over Rev. 2:1-7), I do not judge someone on their basis of song, for we must never forget our initial salvation and absent state of sanctification (if indeed we are regenerate) when we first came to the Lord, so we must not forget the progress where by another is at in their sanctification (obviously if regenerate). The Lord has had grace and patience and mercy and love in our learning and conformity to Christ, how dare we not extend such to others? Should we hold back that which we received?
I wonder, how many times do/did the “living creatures” repeat their words around the throne? I dare say countless. Let us be very careful that we do not crush the younger brother and sister in Christ. Obviously, and again I say because of the ‘theological hawks’, I understand completely that not everyone who professes Christ is of Christ (Matt. 7:21-23, 25:12, etc.). Do we love – at all? Do we have patience – with anyone? Matthew 24:12 and Luke 18:8 come strongly to mind.
Just a few things to think about:
1.) Only the Lord knows (sees) the individual, and may I state each and every, heart. (1st Samuel 16:7)
2.) The seraphim were calling out to one another, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts; all the earth is full of His glory.”
3.) The four living creatures never stop saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
4.) David, Asaph, and thousands others, have written and sung all manner of songs with different stylings.
5.) The 144,000 will sing a new song that no one else will know except the Lord of glory (unless you are one of the 144,00, and I doubt that). (Revelation 14:3)
If we have been regenerate, then ought we not be the most joy-filled and worshiping people on the planet? God is worthy and worship will never cease into eternity future.
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