Zoltan Kodály believed that true musical literacy – the ability to read, write, and think music – is the right of every human being. For the Christian, however, it may be argued that musical literacy is the responsibility of every believer. The apostle Paul commanded the church at Colossae to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with a heart of thanksgiving to God. The Psalmist exhorted the covenant people of God to “sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth” (Psalm 96:1). Everything in God’s creation was made to praise him – the seas and all its creatures, the field and everything in it, and even the trees of the forest sing for joy (Psalm 96:11-12)! In Psalm 150, King David commands that not only are we to praise God with singing, we are to praise him with the playing of instruments. God’s people are commanded to praise him with trumpets, lute and harp, tambourine and dance, strings and pipe, and loud clashing cymbals (Psalm 150:2-5).
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For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
— 2 Timothy 4:3-4
In every age, among all peoples, the truth of God’s word has been under assault. The event that precipitated the Fall of man was the direct contradiction of the clearly spoken word of God by the serpent. “Indeed, has God said . . .?” From that awful event in history when Adam and Eve were deceived by lies and rejected truth, and all of the human race inherited Adam’s sin until now, truth has been called into question. Timeless truths that were once thought unquestionable are now scoffed at with regularity. For example, Moses wrote, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). While the Genesis account of creation has been routinely ridiculed, it seems to be a recent development to deny that there are two (and only two) sexes — male and female. The Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. President Obama recently issued a directive that public school transgender students should be allowed to use the bathrooms of their choice, regardless of their God-given gender. Lawmakers in the State of Massachusetts recently passed a law allowing use of restrooms based on gender identity.
Exodus 20:26 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
The title of this post is borrowed from chapter nine of Dr. Albert Mohler’s excellent treatment of the Ten Commandments, Words From The Fire. Mohler makes the case that the worst possible lie we can tell is about God. If our theology is wrong we are, in essence, lying about God. Continue Reading…
Gene Veith said, “One thing, however is certain: Reading can never die out among Christians. This is because the whole Christian revelation centers around a Book.” Serious reading is a lost discipline. There is no shortage of distractions to keep us from reading. We can tweet, text, and email away our lives without giving any time to God and His Word or cultivating the discipline of reading good books. Thoreau said, “Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” The books on my 2015 reading list may not be the best books, but they are good books and I they will be a blessing to you. Continue Reading…