Thursday, April 05, 2007

Give me that Ol' Time Religion!

No doubt you’ve heard the song “Give me that Ol’ Time Religion,” and, if you are like me, you have cringed at those sappy, simplistic words set to music that has no value other than to give warm fuzzies. But I’ve noticed that people like to talk about their perception of that ol’ time religion.

Some will not use instruments in worship services because, according to them, it is not part of that ol’ time religion. Some will not allow contemporary worship songs or liturgies, because, again, it’s not that ol’ time religion. Some will not conform their hearts and minds to traditional, liturgical and historical worship styles, because, you guessed it, for them it’s not the ol’ time religion.

But let’s put aside all of those perceptions of that ol’ time religion for a moment and look at the truly ol’ time religion.

How far back does it go?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:1-5)

What is it?
Just take a look at Hebrew 11!

Where does it come from?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
(Ephesians 2:8)

So from Scripture we see that that ol’ time religion was in the beginning and comes from the Word of God, that same Word made flesh Jesus Christ.

From Scripture we see that faith is the thing that saves us and makes us righteous before God.

From Scriptures we see that faith is not our own work, but a gift from God.

Give me that ol’ time religion! I’m saved by faith alone, through grace alone in Christ alone.

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