Are Your Hymns Too Spiritual?

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007

Today, the vast majority of entries from Maranatha and the Vineyard are not only burdened with this self-centered and Gnostic tendency, but often contain outright heresy-probably not intentionally, but as a result of sloppy theology. In our day, sloppy theology usually means some form of Gnosticism.
The average Christian will learn more from hymns than from any systematic theology. Hymns chart progression from classic hymns of the 17th and 18th centuries (especially those of Charles Wesley, Augustus Toplady, John Newton and William Cowper) to the Romantic "songs and choruses" of the 19th and 20th centuries. They reflect the shift from Reformation categories (God, sin and grace, Christ's saving work, the Word, church, sacraments, etc.) to Romantic individualism. We sing, "I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear, singing in my ...

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