Warfare Worship & Unbothered Christianity

Jul 7, 2020 | Article | 14 comments

I was delighted to discover this morning that a musical group I have enjoyed for years—Page CXVI—has a new release. I have been waiting for someone to produce an arrangement of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” that doesn’t sound like a dirge or a tinny confessional for ages, so when I saw the song listed on their new record I couldn’t click play fast enough. As I sat there singing along, something odd happened. In the very first line of the song, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,” Alattas sang, “O God, Creator.” Naturally, I hopped on ye ole internet to read the lyrics and confirm I was hearing things correctly. To my great disappointment (albeit not shock) her new album not only removes references to God the Father, but favors references instead to God as “mother”. For someone who set out to make hymns relevant to our modern times, she sure has attained her goal. 

The Fainting Couch Failure

There’s a monstrous regiment of women who absolutely do not want you to know that worship is warfare. They don’t like all this “warfare” talk. Flying high above the Apostle Paul, they are shocked and appalled that CHRISTIANS would EVER use shield, weaponry, or BATTLE kind of words! One might say it affronts their sense and sensibilities, if that wouldn’t also rustle their bonnets because the Victorian age—ew! 

So here’s the real irony of the situation: the enemy knows that worship is warfare, and he knows exactly how to wield that sword. The Christian music scene runs rampant with heresy and apostasy, catechizing Christians everywhere into pagan theology, lulling us into singing God is Mother (or God as “creator”, whatever removes that evil patriarchy from among us). All the while, so-called “confessional” Christians decry warfare language and demand androgynous discipleship in the pews. And we wonder why Russell Moore is producing videos about his favorite Johnny Cash songs while California is outlawing singing in church. 

 Worship Does Something

There’s a reason the enemy doesn’t want you to sing, and that’s because it glorifies God and it changes you. What you sing is what you reflect on. Singing is meditation. Singing is worship. Songs get “stuck” inside of you. Songs move you in one direction or the other. Worship is warfare. A singing people is a revived people. A singing people is a joyful people. A singing people go into battle well. Music and song, well that was God’s idea. And he gave us a hymnal in the form of the largest book in His Word. Ever sang a Psalm? Try it. 

Parents, put a song on your children’s lips. Give them Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19). You know the world is going to try to. You know they’re going to learn the words to “Let It Go”, a masterclass in narcissism and obnoxiousness if there ever was one. You can do better. You can teach them to sing, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”  

The honest truth is, you aren’t strong enough to not be singing. Your heart isn’t right enough for your lips to be still. You need Gospel renewal every day. You need the joy of the Lord every single day. You need a constant reminder that Jesus is King because five minutes after you finish your five minute devotional for the day, you might be living like you are king. God has given you tools to fight against your flesh, and one of them is song. 

How can you make sure you are “rejoicing in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4)? Has the Lord dealt bountifully with you? Sing! (Psalm 13:6). How can you influence others to glorify God? Sing! (Romans 15:9). How can you wage war against your flesh? Sing! (Psalm 40:3). 

It Really Is a Good Fight

Want a test of your attitude in any given situation? Here it is: Ask yourself if you can honestly sing the Doxology in response. If you can’t, you have some praying and repenting to do. Singing praise to God is warring against the flesh and the Devil. The state of California knows this. Pagans in the Christian music scene know this. The Bible plainly tells us this. Believe it, and act accordingly!

Today we have no excuse. If you have access to the internet (and I dare say that you do) you can stream music that the world hates right this very second. You can fill your home with the sound of praise. You can teach your heart a new song. You can renew your mind and have the truth of God’s word “stuck” in it. You can use these glorious tools given to us by God’s grace to praise Him and renew your mind. 

So stream those hymns. Stream those Psalms. Stream those spiritual songs. Let’s fill up our social media feeds with beautiful words that glorify God. Share your favorite hymn. Post your favorite lyrics. The world succeeds in getting all kinds of things moving on the internet with hashtags and clever posts because they deeply believe in their cause. Our cause is to glorify God, so let us do it with fervor. Let us praise God loudly, boldly, unafraid of man, unbothered by sidelined Christians uninterested in the battle against the flesh. Sing praises to God, and fear not the gates of Hell. 

 

 

 

 

I was delighted to discover this morning that a musical group I have enjoyed for years—Page CXVI—has a new release. I have been waiting for someone to produce an arrangement of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” that doesn’t sound like a dirge or a tinny confessional for ages, so when I saw the song listed on their new record I couldn’t click play fast enough. As I sat there singing along, something odd happened. In the very first line of the song, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,” Alattas sang, “O God, Creator.” Naturally, I hopped on ye ole internet to read the lyrics and confirm I was hearing things correctly. To my great disappointment (albeit not shock) her new album not only removes references to God the Father, but favors references instead to God as “mother”. For someone who set out to make hymns relevant to our modern times, she sure has attained her goal. 

The Fainting Couch Failure

There’s a monstrous regiment of women who absolutely do not want you to know that worship is warfare. They don’t like all this “warfare” talk. Flying high above the Apostle Paul, they are shocked and appalled that CHRISTIANS would EVER use shield, weaponry, or BATTLE kind of words! One might say it affronts their sense and sensibilities, if that wouldn’t also rustle their bonnets because the Victorian age—ew! 

So here’s the real irony of the situation: the enemy knows that worship is warfare, and he knows exactly how to wield that sword. The Christian music scene runs rampant with heresy and apostasy, catechizing Christians everywhere into pagan theology, lulling us into singing God is Mother (or God as “creator”, whatever removes that evil patriarchy from among us). All the while, so-called “confessional” Christians decry warfare language and demand androgynous discipleship in the pews. And we wonder why Russell Moore is producing videos about his favorite Johnny Cash songs while California is outlawing singing in church. 

 Worship Does Something

There’s a reason the enemy doesn’t want you to sing, and that’s because it glorifies God and it changes you. What you sing is what you reflect on. Singing is meditation. Singing is worship. Songs get “stuck” inside of you. Songs move you in one direction or the other. Worship is warfare. A singing people is a revived people. A singing people is a joyful people. A singing people go into battle well. Music and song, well that was God’s idea. And he gave us a hymnal in the form of the largest book in His Word. Ever sang a Psalm? Try it. 

Parents, put a song on your children’s lips. Give them Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph 5:19). You know the world is going to try to. You know they’re going to learn the words to “Let It Go”, a masterclass in narcissism and obnoxiousness if there ever was one. You can do better. You can teach them to sing, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”  

The honest truth is, you aren’t strong enough to not be singing. Your heart isn’t right enough for your lips to be still. You need Gospel renewal every day. You need the joy of the Lord every single day. You need a constant reminder that Jesus is King because five minutes after you finish your five minute devotional for the day, you might be living like you are king. God has given you tools to fight against your flesh, and one of them is song. 

How can you make sure you are “rejoicing in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4)? Has the Lord dealt bountifully with you? Sing! (Psalm 13:6). How can you influence others to glorify God? Sing! (Romans 15:9). How can you wage war against your flesh? Sing! (Psalm 40:3). 

It Really Is a Good Fight

Want a test of your attitude in any given situation? Here it is: Ask yourself if you can honestly sing the Doxology in response. If you can’t, you have some praying and repenting to do. Singing praise to God is warring against the flesh and the Devil. The state of California knows this. Pagans in the Christian music scene know this. The Bible plainly tells us this. Believe it, and act accordingly!

Today we have no excuse. If you have access to the internet (and I dare say that you do) you can stream music that the world hates right this very second. You can fill your home with the sound of praise. You can teach your heart a new song. You can renew your mind and have the truth of God’s word “stuck” in it. You can use these glorious tools given to us by God’s grace to praise Him and renew your mind. 

So stream those hymns. Stream those Psalms. Stream those spiritual songs. Let’s fill up our social media feeds with beautiful words that glorify God. Share your favorite hymn. Post your favorite lyrics. The world succeeds in getting all kinds of things moving on the internet with hashtags and clever posts because they deeply believe in their cause. Our cause is to glorify God, so let us do it with fervor. Let us praise God loudly, boldly, unafraid of man, unbothered by sidelined Christians uninterested in the battle against the flesh. Sing praises to God, and fear not the gates of Hell. 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER JAEGER
Summer Jaeger is the wife to one excellent man and a homeschooling mother of four. When she is not blogging or podcasting, she is perfecting the art of the slow-cooked meal and wishing she was taking long-ish walks on the beach.
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14 Comments

  1. Crystal Kidd

    Yes! Thank you for the kick in the pants! We haven’t done family worship in so long and my sweet daughter has even stopped asking for it. Allowing the teenager attitude to sway my decision to fight the good fight, or allowing the dualing baseball schedules to rule our family time, is simply not ok. There is just far too much at stake.

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  2. Brittany

    Rightly said. Thank you, Summer!

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  3. Sarah Istre

    Amen!

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  4. Amanda

    This so encourages me because singing God’s Word and worship songs has been so crucial in my life. However, singing hasn’t been something I’ve been doing as often in the last few months because I realized about a year ago that so much of the worship music out there was not biblical. With that, I’ve been in need new (and older, theologically sound) songs to learn so that I can again get to singing. But even more, singing only God’s Word even if I must make of the melody would be best of all. Thank you for this post.

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  5. Katie Howard

    Dude. I’m standing in my living room applauding every word of this. THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING TRUTH. Glory be to God.

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  6. Julianna

    That is so disheartening to hear about Page CXVI. I listened to a podcast series she did a year or two ago. She went through a pretty bad divorce. It is worth a listen if only to understand what is in her head right now.

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  7. Rodney K.

    O be careful little ears what you hear…

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  8. Megan

    Thank you so much for this very timely reminder. I’ve been feeling so discouraged by some of the “Christian” music out there right now. I’m continually hunting for the good stuff when I’m not singing my own tunes. I really appreciated this good dose of kick in the butt.

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  9. Jenna

    So good thank you for this

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  10. Deborah Follett

    As a woman who loves war movies and the scriptures about fighting the good fight, etc, this resonates with me deeply. Thank you so much for pointing out a way I can wage war in my own home! I love that ❤❤

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  11. Sharon Rhyne

    Thank you so much! This article is so true! I basically never sang hymns outside of church, but I started with our first baby because I was so tired and singing to her was the only thing I could mentally do. I’d fall asleep reading. And she loved my singing.(only she would 🤣) We sing so many hymns together! It was revived my life like nothing else. I can’t agree more with this! And I’m thankful for the reminder to stay faithful!

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  12. Alexandria

    Hey ladies! I’m new here but I am very interested in all of this cool reformed stuff! Can you guys recommend any Christian music that meets the standard that Summer is referring to? Thanks 🙏🏾

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    • Summer Jaeger

      Hey friend!
      So some of the groups I’m enjoying listening to right now are:

      CityAlight
      Shane & Shane
      Citizens
      Sovereign Grace Music

      🙂 Hope that helps!!

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  13. Jessica

    Your blog has confirmed what I was hoping was not true but realizing all the same. In fact, now that I look into the lyrics of this particular song I also hear a deeper falling away that is along the lines of new age – “christ” within all of us, oneness – no need for a savior, we save ourselves. Think anything religious Oprah endorses.

    The titles and images of this new album made me suspect something was off and looking deeper into lyrics and also the singer’s other works I see this is really not a band I can listen or recommend anymore. I feel somewhat violated that the hymns now have been hijacked by this new age band and it taints all the other hymnal works they have done previously. Really sad for me to discover.

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