I was listening to a song a few days ago while driving down the road. While I do enjoy most of what I hear as it pertains to worship and praise, there has to be an ear of discernment as well to make sure you are in agreement with what you are listening to. While listening to a particular song, I heard in the chorus,
“God left his throne to be born in a manger”
It appeared to flow along with the song quite well, however, a red flag went up in my head. I realized that something was slightly off. I know that God is Omnipotent and Omnipresent, however, the “vacating” of his throne is what caught my attention. Did God vacate his throne to be born in a manger?
I began to quickly scan the scriptures in my head and I couldn’t immediately come up with anything that would concur with the statement in the chorus of the song. Knowing that denominations usually try to promote man-made doctrines, I wondered if that was what I heard, the promotion of a man-made doctrine. One might say, “why are you being so analytical while listening to a worship song?” That’s a good question. My answer is that, even through music the enemy can deceive and plant the seeds of false teachings in your head. For instance, there was a very popular song years ago from an artist by the name of Donnie McClurkin entitled, “We fall down.” In this song he sings,
“For a saint
Is just a sinner who fell down
And got up”
Once again, the chorus just flows in the song and it sounds good to hear but when examined closely, it promotes a false teaching and gives license to sin. A Saint of God, one who is of the Elect of God is not “just a sinner.” A sinner is one who is unregenerate or one who is living in willful disobedience to the Word of God.
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” (Ephesians 2:1-2 KJV).
That verse tells me that there is quite a difference between the natural man who is a sinner and the regenerate man who is made alive by the Spirit of God. He is no longer a sinner but a saint! The contrast between saint and sinner is also seen in many of the salutations to the churches in the Epistles:
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus” (Ephesians 1:1).
“To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse” (Colossians 1:1).
“To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:7).
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:” (2 Corinthians 1:7).
Considering the theme in the salutations to the brethren in the churches, we don’t see the type of wording that mentions the “saints” being “just sinners.” In actuality, the redeeming process of Jesus Christ turns a sinner into a saint!
There are many other songs that promote false teachings but from the example given we can clearly see that wording in music can also be deceiving. Now going back to our initial song that asserts that “God left his throne to be born in a manger,” we must make sure that we tread carefully when describing the nature of God. The reason being is that the chorus in this song is not biblical and it doesn’t follow the Word of God in doctrine. It could lead one to believe that there are either multiple deities or that God vacates his throne and becomes a man who morphs into a human body. Many Oneness, not all, believe that God takes on a “role” or “mode” or “outfit,” that of Jesus Christ, the Son. Many Trinitarians believe, hopefully not all, that there are multiple deities i.e, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three deities are what they call “persons.” Each “person” is deity, therefore equating to three Gods. This is also subtle deceit.
The scripture is clear:
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6).
As long as the Oneness and the Trinitarians keep adding to the Word of God and using wording that is unbiblical and deceiving, they will continue to perpetuate the false doctrines and will be held in contempt before God. They will be judged for promoting false teachings. When speaking on the birth of Jesus Christ one should understand the seriousness in doing so. Many religions believe that they have a type of “savior” in their religion. It may be the Buddha, the Krishna, the Shiva but all these so called deities are considered false in comparison with the God of the Holy Bible, Jehovah/ יהוה.
“For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.” (1 Chronicles 16:26).
When we speak on biblical doctrines we must harmonize the Scripture. We must know the nature of the True God and his salvation plan, his Son Jesus Christ. We must be very clear and concise. We must speak rightly the Word of God.
Notice the FACTS below:
God created all things.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).
The salvation plan of God is Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
The Son of God was born in a manger. Jesus Christ was born of a woman, Mary.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7).
God did NOT leave his Throne:
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24).
There are NOT two Gods:
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19).
God did NOT “morph” into a body:
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9).
When we speak verbatim the Word of God there is no confusion. When we distort the Word of God by adding to it, then we are deceived and are deceiving others. When we are teachable and rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth we will see the errors in teachings and even in song lyrics. We will then begin to immediately question and rationally deduce the falsities and prevent deception in ourselves and those around us. This is how God sharpens his children and gives them discernment so they won’t be tricked by the enemy.