Thursday, December 31, 2015

Let All Crown Him Lord!

One of the songs I sang while a Hardshell is one most Christians sing also. It is called "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name" with exhortations to all to "Crown Him Lord Of All." It says to all "bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all." Primitive Baptists still sing this song. In fact, it is Hymn #1 in the Old School hymnal that I have. But, do they believe what they are singing?  In the fourth stanza we have these words:

Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.

Notice that all men are to accept Christ as king and to submit willingly and joyfully to his rule. But, today's Hardshells do not believe it the responsibility of all to do this.

In Daily's hymnal, #320 reads like this, and expresses a similar message:

ALL yesterday is gone,
To-morrow's not our own;
What day is better than to-day,
To bow before the throne?

Why should we yet delay,
And not to God return?
How sad to have our oil to buy,
When we should have it burn.

O hear his voice to-day,
And harden not your heart
To-morrow, with a frown, he may
Pronounce the sound, Depart.

Now, who is Old Baptist?  Those who still sing these songs or those like today's Hardshells who have cut these songs, that their own forefathers sang, from their hymn books?

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