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A great number of Independent Baptist churches are showing their biblical ignorance and lack of spiritual discernment by using this music. It presents a vague spirituality and touches the emotions but cannot possibly bring true spiritual edification and conviction because it does not present sound Bible truth.
The following is an analysis of Hillsong’s “Mighty to Save” by former Pentecostal Hughie Seaborn of Australia:
“Though the song is called ‘Mighty to Save,’ it fails to include anything in the lyrics that remotely resembles the Gospel, which the Bible assures us is the only message that is truly mighty to save a lost sinner (Romans 1:16).
“The song does include a message in the lyrics, however, that the Bible warns us to be on the lookout for. There’s a false gospel in there that is classically Hillsong, a modified gospel that is mighty to save no one.
“For example, the song says, ‘So take me as you find me/All my fears and failures/Fill my life again/I give my life to follow/Everything I believe in/Now I surrender.’
“This is the dangerous, sweet-sounding, soothing, easy-believism message that fills the professing churches of our day with the unregenerate. ‘Take me as you find me’ is the attractive message that promotes the idea that Jesus receives lost sinners just the way they are, ignoring that we are required to repent of our wickedness and believe the Gospel (Acts 17:30; 20:21; 26:20). Hillsong doesn’t like to mention that ‘legalistic,’ hateful word ‘repentance,’ and they don’t like to mention ‘sin,’ either. Rather, they talk about fears and failures. Interestingly, my fears only subsided as I grew in the knowledge of the Word of God, but the consequences of some of my pre-salvation ‘failures’ are still with me to this day.
“The lyrics go on to say, ‘I give my life to follow everything I believe in. Now I surrender.’ What is that supposed to mean? In my simple way of thinking, it means that I give my life to follow everything I believe in. When I got saved, though, I was actually told by God’s Word that my life was a big mess for the very fact that I was following ‘everything I believed in.’ My life took a drastic 180-degree turn because I was willing to reject ‘everything I believed in’ and replace it with everything God believes in, which is the commandment of Scripture” (Hughie Seaborn).
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
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