WORSHIP MYTHBUSTERS: Songs are not “anointed” people are… tragic hoax exposed about the song “Healer”

WMB SPECIAL — I am taking WMB on a detour again with a special post in this series about the hoax and the song “Healer.”  This is part of a series here

MYTH:  Some songs are anointed by God.

In an Australian news agency, it was revealed that Michael Guglielmucci, a former pastor of a very large young church in Australia, promoted a hoax about having terminal cancer connected to the newly popular Hillsong produced song “Healer” dealing a blow to the modern worship community.  Many on the blogosphere (like Los, Alex, Chris and Fred) have chimed in about their shock and sadness.  Indeed, this is a sad day.

Is a song anointed or, are people anointed? That is the question.  Too often we see talent and execution and determine character from that.  We see a celebrity where things just shine from them–they can preach, or sing or write amazing songs.  Indeed, they are gifted.  God gives those gifts.  It is no surprise that a gift from God given in great measure would bless the Church at large, whether it is evangelism or writing a song.

So, I say the song itself is as good as it is because God anointed the person at the time of writing it.  That does not mean his character, or any of our character, matches the level of gifting bestowed.  It just means God used that person by giving them the skills and abilities to execute such a great song.  The best is to have both character and gifting!  Indeed.

What happens is we begin to ascribe super-Christian strength to people who impress us or move us. Really.  Here is a story to make that point.

I remember at re:create conference several years ago an author was part of a bunch of pastors and Christian media types at a screening of “The Prince of Egypt”. Scenes like the burning bush brought the pastors to tears and prompted the question to the filmmaker, “do you believe in God since this was portrayed so incredibly well.”  The filmmaker said something to the effect that he was not even a practicing Jew and did not believe in God but was only a good “storyteller” telling a great story.

My point is that we miss the boat by ascribing celebrity, “anointing”, to any other attribute to a person because of a work they produced or because of their amazingly rare talent.  Think my fellow Christians instead of being easily swayed by the popular, expedient or cool.  We all are human and need honest community to keep us in check.  If that was in place, this gifted writer would be working on another song perhaps.

Another reason why the song itself is not “anointed” is the fact that God does not anoint a certain melody or more specifically a certain set of words other than His Word.  If that were the case, then there would be certain music that was “authoritative” and such.  This is why worship is in “Spirit and Truth”–to keep  our focus on Jesus, not on us.  This is why God might use a certain label of Christianity for a while, then to see the blessing removed.  We cannot even trust in our own Christian movements.  Only in Christ.

Here is another point:  all truth is God’s truth, no matter where it is found.  People far from God can speak truth.  Christians who are faulted certainly can, too.  The message in the song is still true, even if the messenger messed up.  One case in point is the song “Come Thou Font” where the author actually ends up abandoning his faith in the end.  Still a great song, right?  Because it is anointed?  No. Because God used a person with talent to write a great song. So, again it is about God working through people not a serious of syllables and tones.

The saddest part of this is that a rarely gifted man has fallen.  This is like a great athlete being unable to  perform at the Olympics because of doping.  The gift is there, but the potential is lost!  I pray for restoration and for God to use this to teach us all to keep our eyes on him instead of looking for the silver bullet in a particular song, person or teacher.

What are your thoughts?  Does God anoint songs or people?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

120 comments

  1. well said my friend. One of my youth pastors used to say all the time something to the effect of, “don’t ever base your faith in Christ off of a man or woman – they will always fall short and let you down”. You could either say that’s a sad testimony for Christ followers or you could say that God is sovereign above our faults and he chooses to bless, annoint, gift, exalt, humble, expose, anyone, anyway He chooses – we choose to look to him… I think I’m trackin with ya!

  2. well said my friend. One of my youth pastors used to say all the time something to the effect of, “don’t ever base your faith in Christ off of a man or woman – they will always fall short and let you down”. You could either say that’s a sad testimony for Christ followers or you could say that God is sovereign above our faults and he chooses to bless, annoint, gift, exalt, humble, expose, anyone, anyway He chooses – we choose to look to him… I think I’m trackin with ya!

  3. well said my friend. One of my youth pastors used to say all the time something to the effect of, “don’t ever base your faith in Christ off of a man or woman – they will always fall short and let you down”. You could either say that’s a sad testimony for Christ followers or you could say that God is sovereign above our faults and he chooses to bless, annoint, gift, exalt, humble, expose, anyone, anyway He chooses – we choose to look to him… I think I’m trackin with ya!

  4. well said my friend. One of my youth pastors used to say all the time something to the effect of, “don’t ever base your faith in Christ off of a man or woman – they will always fall short and let you down”. You could either say that’s a sad testimony for Christ followers or you could say that God is sovereign above our faults and he chooses to bless, annoint, gift, exalt, humble, expose, anyone, anyway He chooses – we choose to look to him… I think I’m trackin with ya!

  5. I won’t use the word “anoint” in my response, but understand that God redeems the brokenness of our world to shine his glory.
    I believe God can and will continue to use the song “Healer” despite this tragic discovery. I believe that there are people who truly identify with this song…both in a literal “illness” that has been healed or they are struggling with as well as with people being healed of sin, like jealousy, hatred and the like.

    Does the sin of a man discount his efforts to glorify God? It sure isn’t a good thing. But I believe God doesn’t want to glorify the writer or the singer…he will take what’s broken and he will continue to shine through our (human) weakness to make his name known.

  6. I won’t use the word “anoint” in my response, but understand that God redeems the brokenness of our world to shine his glory.
    I believe God can and will continue to use the song “Healer” despite this tragic discovery. I believe that there are people who truly identify with this song…both in a literal “illness” that has been healed or they are struggling with as well as with people being healed of sin, like jealousy, hatred and the like.

    Does the sin of a man discount his efforts to glorify God? It sure isn’t a good thing. But I believe God doesn’t want to glorify the writer or the singer…he will take what’s broken and he will continue to shine through our (human) weakness to make his name known.

  7. I won’t use the word “anoint” in my response, but understand that God redeems the brokenness of our world to shine his glory.
    I believe God can and will continue to use the song “Healer” despite this tragic discovery. I believe that there are people who truly identify with this song…both in a literal “illness” that has been healed or they are struggling with as well as with people being healed of sin, like jealousy, hatred and the like.

    Does the sin of a man discount his efforts to glorify God? It sure isn’t a good thing. But I believe God doesn’t want to glorify the writer or the singer…he will take what’s broken and he will continue to shine through our (human) weakness to make his name known.

  8. I won’t use the word “anoint” in my response, but understand that God redeems the brokenness of our world to shine his glory.
    I believe God can and will continue to use the song “Healer” despite this tragic discovery. I believe that there are people who truly identify with this song…both in a literal “illness” that has been healed or they are struggling with as well as with people being healed of sin, like jealousy, hatred and the like.

    Does the sin of a man discount his efforts to glorify God? It sure isn’t a good thing. But I believe God doesn’t want to glorify the writer or the singer…he will take what’s broken and he will continue to shine through our (human) weakness to make his name known.

  9. Well put. The song is just a song, however. It is Jesus we need to gaze at.
    Now, I still sing “Come Thou Fount” and that guy abandoned his faith. So, if people choose to sing “Healer” that is not a problem with me. I hope you read that in the post. 🙂

  10. Well put. The song is just a song, however. It is Jesus we need to gaze at.
    Now, I still sing “Come Thou Fount” and that guy abandoned his faith. So, if people choose to sing “Healer” that is not a problem with me. I hope you read that in the post. 🙂

  11. Well put. The song is just a song, however. It is Jesus we need to gaze at.
    Now, I still sing “Come Thou Fount” and that guy abandoned his faith. So, if people choose to sing “Healer” that is not a problem with me. I hope you read that in the post. 🙂

  12. Well put. The song is just a song, however. It is Jesus we need to gaze at.
    Now, I still sing “Come Thou Fount” and that guy abandoned his faith. So, if people choose to sing “Healer” that is not a problem with me. I hope you read that in the post. 🙂

  13. A very interesting discussion. I just saw the video about this song on Monday, and now learn the whole thing was a hoax. So sad.
    I believe songs and people can be anointed. The Bible is anointed, so why not lyrics? In my opinion, the anointing (or lack thereof) on the person singing the lyrics can enhance or detract.

    The difference is that lyrics don’t change. Our flesh is so vulnerable to ups and downs. With the same tongue we can bless or curse; speak the truth or tell a lie; speak words of love or words of hate.

    Again, this is just so sad.

  14. A very interesting discussion. I just saw the video about this song on Monday, and now learn the whole thing was a hoax. So sad.
    I believe songs and people can be anointed. The Bible is anointed, so why not lyrics? In my opinion, the anointing (or lack thereof) on the person singing the lyrics can enhance or detract.

    The difference is that lyrics don’t change. Our flesh is so vulnerable to ups and downs. With the same tongue we can bless or curse; speak the truth or tell a lie; speak words of love or words of hate.

    Again, this is just so sad.

  15. A very interesting discussion. I just saw the video about this song on Monday, and now learn the whole thing was a hoax. So sad.
    I believe songs and people can be anointed. The Bible is anointed, so why not lyrics? In my opinion, the anointing (or lack thereof) on the person singing the lyrics can enhance or detract.

    The difference is that lyrics don’t change. Our flesh is so vulnerable to ups and downs. With the same tongue we can bless or curse; speak the truth or tell a lie; speak words of love or words of hate.

    Again, this is just so sad.

  16. A very interesting discussion. I just saw the video about this song on Monday, and now learn the whole thing was a hoax. So sad.
    I believe songs and people can be anointed. The Bible is anointed, so why not lyrics? In my opinion, the anointing (or lack thereof) on the person singing the lyrics can enhance or detract.

    The difference is that lyrics don’t change. Our flesh is so vulnerable to ups and downs. With the same tongue we can bless or curse; speak the truth or tell a lie; speak words of love or words of hate.

    Again, this is just so sad.

  17. Some clarification…since this is “discussion”…
    I think the “essence of truth” is what moves us sometimes. I would not call that anointing, but surely in “The Prince of Egypt” and in the song “Healer” we find some truth.

    But, God enables and anoints people is my point.

  18. Some clarification…since this is “discussion”…
    I think the “essence of truth” is what moves us sometimes. I would not call that anointing, but surely in “The Prince of Egypt” and in the song “Healer” we find some truth.

    But, God enables and anoints people is my point.

  19. Some clarification…since this is “discussion”…
    I think the “essence of truth” is what moves us sometimes. I would not call that anointing, but surely in “The Prince of Egypt” and in the song “Healer” we find some truth.

    But, God enables and anoints people is my point.

  20. Some clarification…since this is “discussion”…
    I think the “essence of truth” is what moves us sometimes. I would not call that anointing, but surely in “The Prince of Egypt” and in the song “Healer” we find some truth.

    But, God enables and anoints people is my point.

  21. Are the songs of david (psalms) anointed?
    Are they divinely inspired?

    Can a modern song be divinely inspired? How about a book or a painting?

    Food for thought.

  22. Are the songs of david (psalms) anointed?
    Are they divinely inspired?

    Can a modern song be divinely inspired? How about a book or a painting?

    Food for thought.

  23. Are the songs of david (psalms) anointed?
    Are they divinely inspired?

    Can a modern song be divinely inspired? How about a book or a painting?

    Food for thought.

  24. Are the songs of david (psalms) anointed?
    Are they divinely inspired?

    Can a modern song be divinely inspired? How about a book or a painting?

    Food for thought.

  25. Russ…
    Scripture is authoritative, so is it not in a different category? Indeed it is.

    God can speak through a modern song, but that does not make is especially “anointed” which somehow. I am just asking because if you view the Bible as the ultimate truth (which all do not) then you have to put it above a song. God can also and does speak through movies and even the band Cold Play. Are these “anointed” as well?

    Just conversing here…. trying to think.

  26. Russ…
    Scripture is authoritative, so is it not in a different category? Indeed it is.

    God can speak through a modern song, but that does not make is especially “anointed” which somehow. I am just asking because if you view the Bible as the ultimate truth (which all do not) then you have to put it above a song. God can also and does speak through movies and even the band Cold Play. Are these “anointed” as well?

    Just conversing here…. trying to think.

  27. Russ…
    Scripture is authoritative, so is it not in a different category? Indeed it is.

    God can speak through a modern song, but that does not make is especially “anointed” which somehow. I am just asking because if you view the Bible as the ultimate truth (which all do not) then you have to put it above a song. God can also and does speak through movies and even the band Cold Play. Are these “anointed” as well?

    Just conversing here…. trying to think.

  28. Russ…
    Scripture is authoritative, so is it not in a different category? Indeed it is.

    God can speak through a modern song, but that does not make is especially “anointed” which somehow. I am just asking because if you view the Bible as the ultimate truth (which all do not) then you have to put it above a song. God can also and does speak through movies and even the band Cold Play. Are these “anointed” as well?

    Just conversing here…. trying to think.

  29. I didn’t mean to imply that modern songs are in the same category as the Bible. Russ’ “divinely inspired” term is a better way to say it than anointed. That’s really what I was trying to say, but didn’t do very well.
    Since the idea of anointing came from the Old Testament priestly anointing and the New Testament anointing the sick, maybe only people can be anointed.

  30. I didn’t mean to imply that modern songs are in the same category as the Bible. Russ’ “divinely inspired” term is a better way to say it than anointed. That’s really what I was trying to say, but didn’t do very well.
    Since the idea of anointing came from the Old Testament priestly anointing and the New Testament anointing the sick, maybe only people can be anointed.

  31. I didn’t mean to imply that modern songs are in the same category as the Bible. Russ’ “divinely inspired” term is a better way to say it than anointed. That’s really what I was trying to say, but didn’t do very well.
    Since the idea of anointing came from the Old Testament priestly anointing and the New Testament anointing the sick, maybe only people can be anointed.

  32. I didn’t mean to imply that modern songs are in the same category as the Bible. Russ’ “divinely inspired” term is a better way to say it than anointed. That’s really what I was trying to say, but didn’t do very well.
    Since the idea of anointing came from the Old Testament priestly anointing and the New Testament anointing the sick, maybe only people can be anointed.

  33. Definitely agree.
    I think one has to define “anointed” as well. If you use the Biblical usage, we’re talking about being smeared with oil to consecrate.

    If you stretch it to NT usage, Paul talks about household items bein consecrated for noble purposes, and some are just set aside for ignoble purposes. Of course, he’s definitely alluding to people in this passage…

    but if a household item is “anointed” or consecrated for a noble purpose can a song also be “anointed”?

    I’m thinking out loud, NOT presenting a logical argument, because I’m sure it’s illogical…ha!

  34. Definitely agree.
    I think one has to define “anointed” as well. If you use the Biblical usage, we’re talking about being smeared with oil to consecrate.

    If you stretch it to NT usage, Paul talks about household items bein consecrated for noble purposes, and some are just set aside for ignoble purposes. Of course, he’s definitely alluding to people in this passage…

    but if a household item is “anointed” or consecrated for a noble purpose can a song also be “anointed”?

    I’m thinking out loud, NOT presenting a logical argument, because I’m sure it’s illogical…ha!

  35. Definitely agree.
    I think one has to define “anointed” as well. If you use the Biblical usage, we’re talking about being smeared with oil to consecrate.

    If you stretch it to NT usage, Paul talks about household items bein consecrated for noble purposes, and some are just set aside for ignoble purposes. Of course, he’s definitely alluding to people in this passage…

    but if a household item is “anointed” or consecrated for a noble purpose can a song also be “anointed”?

    I’m thinking out loud, NOT presenting a logical argument, because I’m sure it’s illogical…ha!

  36. Definitely agree.
    I think one has to define “anointed” as well. If you use the Biblical usage, we’re talking about being smeared with oil to consecrate.

    If you stretch it to NT usage, Paul talks about household items bein consecrated for noble purposes, and some are just set aside for ignoble purposes. Of course, he’s definitely alluding to people in this passage…

    but if a household item is “anointed” or consecrated for a noble purpose can a song also be “anointed”?

    I’m thinking out loud, NOT presenting a logical argument, because I’m sure it’s illogical…ha!

  37. I still LOVE the song and it still has a lot of meaning to a lot of people. Unfortunately, every time I hear it/sing it now, I think of the lie behind it.
    It’s sad.

  38. I still LOVE the song and it still has a lot of meaning to a lot of people. Unfortunately, every time I hear it/sing it now, I think of the lie behind it.
    It’s sad.

  39. I still LOVE the song and it still has a lot of meaning to a lot of people. Unfortunately, every time I hear it/sing it now, I think of the lie behind it.
    It’s sad.

  40. I still LOVE the song and it still has a lot of meaning to a lot of people. Unfortunately, every time I hear it/sing it now, I think of the lie behind it.
    It’s sad.

  41. The concept of anointing as the way many of us (from Benny Hinn all the way to more conservatives) always makes me nervous. There is very little NT evidence for personal anointing (such as song writing etc.) Instead it appears that we are anointed in the sense of our corporate, salvific participation in THE ANOINTED ONE, who is Jesus Christ. It is less a personal anointing and more a communal one as we participate in the life of Jesus.
    I think there are lifelong gifts given by the Spirit. I also think there is a blessing to obedience. Some just speak of anointing as Luke Skywalker would “the force” and it makes me a bit wary. Just me though.

  42. The concept of anointing as the way many of us (from Benny Hinn all the way to more conservatives) always makes me nervous. There is very little NT evidence for personal anointing (such as song writing etc.) Instead it appears that we are anointed in the sense of our corporate, salvific participation in THE ANOINTED ONE, who is Jesus Christ. It is less a personal anointing and more a communal one as we participate in the life of Jesus.
    I think there are lifelong gifts given by the Spirit. I also think there is a blessing to obedience. Some just speak of anointing as Luke Skywalker would “the force” and it makes me a bit wary. Just me though.

  43. The concept of anointing as the way many of us (from Benny Hinn all the way to more conservatives) always makes me nervous. There is very little NT evidence for personal anointing (such as song writing etc.) Instead it appears that we are anointed in the sense of our corporate, salvific participation in THE ANOINTED ONE, who is Jesus Christ. It is less a personal anointing and more a communal one as we participate in the life of Jesus.
    I think there are lifelong gifts given by the Spirit. I also think there is a blessing to obedience. Some just speak of anointing as Luke Skywalker would “the force” and it makes me a bit wary. Just me though.

  44. The concept of anointing as the way many of us (from Benny Hinn all the way to more conservatives) always makes me nervous. There is very little NT evidence for personal anointing (such as song writing etc.) Instead it appears that we are anointed in the sense of our corporate, salvific participation in THE ANOINTED ONE, who is Jesus Christ. It is less a personal anointing and more a communal one as we participate in the life of Jesus.
    I think there are lifelong gifts given by the Spirit. I also think there is a blessing to obedience. Some just speak of anointing as Luke Skywalker would “the force” and it makes me a bit wary. Just me though.

  45. Rich,Good stuff. I don’t know about the use of the word “anointing”. Maybe the better word is “favor”. Despite the hoax, I think it’s fair to say that God’s favor was on the song.

    Let’s face it – some things literally take off, some flop. Sometimes the buzz is man-made. Sometimes, nothing can explain it other than just saying “you know what, it’s God’s favor”.

    Maybe – just maybe … God’s favor is on this song because of the message it proclaims. Maybe – just maybe … God once again confounds the religious and the wise by using an author who He knew all along was going to do this.

    Maybe – just maybe … this is a great reminder that God can speak through anyone – Christian or not, perfect or not, haha – human or not. (remember the donkey).

    I watched that video over and over. I can’t help but wonder if Mike was truly so far into this that he was delusional. I mean, I commented the same thing on Los’ blog … but I typically pickup on stuff that is fake. I didn’t pickup on that at all.

    Could Mike have been so far into this that he was delusional, and truly believed it? Is that why his interview and countenance in leading this song seemed so real, so authentic?

    Many, many questions. I’m sad, disappointed, but in the end …. I BELIEVE YOU’RE MY HEALER. I BELIEVE YOU ARE ALL I NEED. AMEN.

  46. Rich,Good stuff. I don’t know about the use of the word “anointing”. Maybe the better word is “favor”. Despite the hoax, I think it’s fair to say that God’s favor was on the song.

    Let’s face it – some things literally take off, some flop. Sometimes the buzz is man-made. Sometimes, nothing can explain it other than just saying “you know what, it’s God’s favor”.

    Maybe – just maybe … God’s favor is on this song because of the message it proclaims. Maybe – just maybe … God once again confounds the religious and the wise by using an author who He knew all along was going to do this.

    Maybe – just maybe … this is a great reminder that God can speak through anyone – Christian or not, perfect or not, haha – human or not. (remember the donkey).

    I watched that video over and over. I can’t help but wonder if Mike was truly so far into this that he was delusional. I mean, I commented the same thing on Los’ blog … but I typically pickup on stuff that is fake. I didn’t pickup on that at all.

    Could Mike have been so far into this that he was delusional, and truly believed it? Is that why his interview and countenance in leading this song seemed so real, so authentic?

    Many, many questions. I’m sad, disappointed, but in the end …. I BELIEVE YOU’RE MY HEALER. I BELIEVE YOU ARE ALL I NEED. AMEN.

  47. Rich,Good stuff. I don’t know about the use of the word “anointing”. Maybe the better word is “favor”. Despite the hoax, I think it’s fair to say that God’s favor was on the song.

    Let’s face it – some things literally take off, some flop. Sometimes the buzz is man-made. Sometimes, nothing can explain it other than just saying “you know what, it’s God’s favor”.

    Maybe – just maybe … God’s favor is on this song because of the message it proclaims. Maybe – just maybe … God once again confounds the religious and the wise by using an author who He knew all along was going to do this.

    Maybe – just maybe … this is a great reminder that God can speak through anyone – Christian or not, perfect or not, haha – human or not. (remember the donkey).

    I watched that video over and over. I can’t help but wonder if Mike was truly so far into this that he was delusional. I mean, I commented the same thing on Los’ blog … but I typically pickup on stuff that is fake. I didn’t pickup on that at all.

    Could Mike have been so far into this that he was delusional, and truly believed it? Is that why his interview and countenance in leading this song seemed so real, so authentic?

    Many, many questions. I’m sad, disappointed, but in the end …. I BELIEVE YOU’RE MY HEALER. I BELIEVE YOU ARE ALL I NEED. AMEN.

  48. Rich,Good stuff. I don’t know about the use of the word “anointing”. Maybe the better word is “favor”. Despite the hoax, I think it’s fair to say that God’s favor was on the song.

    Let’s face it – some things literally take off, some flop. Sometimes the buzz is man-made. Sometimes, nothing can explain it other than just saying “you know what, it’s God’s favor”.

    Maybe – just maybe … God’s favor is on this song because of the message it proclaims. Maybe – just maybe … God once again confounds the religious and the wise by using an author who He knew all along was going to do this.

    Maybe – just maybe … this is a great reminder that God can speak through anyone – Christian or not, perfect or not, haha – human or not. (remember the donkey).

    I watched that video over and over. I can’t help but wonder if Mike was truly so far into this that he was delusional. I mean, I commented the same thing on Los’ blog … but I typically pickup on stuff that is fake. I didn’t pickup on that at all.

    Could Mike have been so far into this that he was delusional, and truly believed it? Is that why his interview and countenance in leading this song seemed so real, so authentic?

    Many, many questions. I’m sad, disappointed, but in the end …. I BELIEVE YOU’RE MY HEALER. I BELIEVE YOU ARE ALL I NEED. AMEN.

  49. I hear you.
    I wish people could see past personal taste when it comes to seeing/hearing truth

  50. I hear you.
    I wish people could see past personal taste when it comes to seeing/hearing truth

  51. I hear you.
    I wish people could see past personal taste when it comes to seeing/hearing truth

  52. I hear you.
    I wish people could see past personal taste when it comes to seeing/hearing truth

  53. Rich…great thoughts…I am on the same page and also agree with Russ as well. I think things can be divinely inspired or God breathed..not on the same level as the bible of course but I think God can be just as much in a song as he is in the gifts of the person. Words are very powerful and in the words of this song are some very powerful truths.

  54. Rich…great thoughts…I am on the same page and also agree with Russ as well. I think things can be divinely inspired or God breathed..not on the same level as the bible of course but I think God can be just as much in a song as he is in the gifts of the person. Words are very powerful and in the words of this song are some very powerful truths.

  55. Rich…great thoughts…I am on the same page and also agree with Russ as well. I think things can be divinely inspired or God breathed..not on the same level as the bible of course but I think God can be just as much in a song as he is in the gifts of the person. Words are very powerful and in the words of this song are some very powerful truths.

  56. Rich…great thoughts…I am on the same page and also agree with Russ as well. I think things can be divinely inspired or God breathed..not on the same level as the bible of course but I think God can be just as much in a song as he is in the gifts of the person. Words are very powerful and in the words of this song are some very powerful truths.

  57. The issue is truth… if the message is true, as I said, the faulted messenger does not negate it.
    Still though…. ouch!

  58. The issue is truth… if the message is true, as I said, the faulted messenger does not negate it.
    Still though…. ouch!

  59. The issue is truth… if the message is true, as I said, the faulted messenger does not negate it.
    Still though…. ouch!

  60. The issue is truth… if the message is true, as I said, the faulted messenger does not negate it.
    Still though…. ouch!

  61. http://blog.stevelowe.org/2008/08/healer.html
    2 points:

    First, we’re ALL fallen – Michael’s sin is just more public than most of ours. The strength of Christendom is how we deal with this: Love.

    Secondly, as to the song itself, does it stand on its own? Lyrically, musically, theologically? I think it does. And now, to me personally, the song means more because it reminds me that God will always be glorified even through darkest of man’s transgressions.

  62. http://blog.stevelowe.org/2008/08/healer.html
    2 points:

    First, we’re ALL fallen – Michael’s sin is just more public than most of ours. The strength of Christendom is how we deal with this: Love.

    Secondly, as to the song itself, does it stand on its own? Lyrically, musically, theologically? I think it does. And now, to me personally, the song means more because it reminds me that God will always be glorified even through darkest of man’s transgressions.

  63. http://blog.stevelowe.org/2008/08/healer.html
    2 points:

    First, we’re ALL fallen – Michael’s sin is just more public than most of ours. The strength of Christendom is how we deal with this: Love.

    Secondly, as to the song itself, does it stand on its own? Lyrically, musically, theologically? I think it does. And now, to me personally, the song means more because it reminds me that God will always be glorified even through darkest of man’s transgressions.

  64. http://blog.stevelowe.org/2008/08/healer.html
    2 points:

    First, we’re ALL fallen – Michael’s sin is just more public than most of ours. The strength of Christendom is how we deal with this: Love.

    Secondly, as to the song itself, does it stand on its own? Lyrically, musically, theologically? I think it does. And now, to me personally, the song means more because it reminds me that God will always be glorified even through darkest of man’s transgressions.

  65. I know a particular children’s ministry who pays a lot of money to a professional song writer (who is not a believer) to write worship songs for their curriculum. The songs are amazing and moving. Some churches hire professional musicians(who are not believers)to create a particular mood or atmosphere for worship music. Which is it that moves us, is it the emotion of the music or the words. Is it only the Holy Spirit? What would happen if we stripped away the dim lighting and mood setting in our worship services? Can an artist craft a perfect song or a film maker make a movie or poet write a poem about a subject that they are not personally connected to?
    As far as the song “Healer” we did the song one week prior to the “One Voice” event. That week I received at least three requests for the song and lyrics from people who wanted to share the song with someone they knew who had cancer.

    I wondered if they have an expectation that the song in itself will heal, or is the song just a well made and powerful reminder that God can heal?

    Has the story behind the song ruined it for you?

  66. I know a particular children’s ministry who pays a lot of money to a professional song writer (who is not a believer) to write worship songs for their curriculum. The songs are amazing and moving. Some churches hire professional musicians(who are not believers)to create a particular mood or atmosphere for worship music. Which is it that moves us, is it the emotion of the music or the words. Is it only the Holy Spirit? What would happen if we stripped away the dim lighting and mood setting in our worship services? Can an artist craft a perfect song or a film maker make a movie or poet write a poem about a subject that they are not personally connected to?
    As far as the song “Healer” we did the song one week prior to the “One Voice” event. That week I received at least three requests for the song and lyrics from people who wanted to share the song with someone they knew who had cancer.

    I wondered if they have an expectation that the song in itself will heal, or is the song just a well made and powerful reminder that God can heal?

    Has the story behind the song ruined it for you?

  67. I know a particular children’s ministry who pays a lot of money to a professional song writer (who is not a believer) to write worship songs for their curriculum. The songs are amazing and moving. Some churches hire professional musicians(who are not believers)to create a particular mood or atmosphere for worship music. Which is it that moves us, is it the emotion of the music or the words. Is it only the Holy Spirit? What would happen if we stripped away the dim lighting and mood setting in our worship services? Can an artist craft a perfect song or a film maker make a movie or poet write a poem about a subject that they are not personally connected to?
    As far as the song “Healer” we did the song one week prior to the “One Voice” event. That week I received at least three requests for the song and lyrics from people who wanted to share the song with someone they knew who had cancer.

    I wondered if they have an expectation that the song in itself will heal, or is the song just a well made and powerful reminder that God can heal?

    Has the story behind the song ruined it for you?

  68. I know a particular children’s ministry who pays a lot of money to a professional song writer (who is not a believer) to write worship songs for their curriculum. The songs are amazing and moving. Some churches hire professional musicians(who are not believers)to create a particular mood or atmosphere for worship music. Which is it that moves us, is it the emotion of the music or the words. Is it only the Holy Spirit? What would happen if we stripped away the dim lighting and mood setting in our worship services? Can an artist craft a perfect song or a film maker make a movie or poet write a poem about a subject that they are not personally connected to?
    As far as the song “Healer” we did the song one week prior to the “One Voice” event. That week I received at least three requests for the song and lyrics from people who wanted to share the song with someone they knew who had cancer.

    I wondered if they have an expectation that the song in itself will heal, or is the song just a well made and powerful reminder that God can heal?

    Has the story behind the song ruined it for you?

  69. You seem to get what I am saying and articulate it even better than I… talent can move people, stories can move people. These are not connected to our character.
    So, this does not make the song BAD at all. Personally, I do not get much from the song. But, we all have our own streams we move in. It does taint the song a bit for me, but I would NEVER speak against using it unless the theology was bad. It is sound.

    RK

  70. You seem to get what I am saying and articulate it even better than I… talent can move people, stories can move people. These are not connected to our character.
    So, this does not make the song BAD at all. Personally, I do not get much from the song. But, we all have our own streams we move in. It does taint the song a bit for me, but I would NEVER speak against using it unless the theology was bad. It is sound.

    RK

  71. You seem to get what I am saying and articulate it even better than I… talent can move people, stories can move people. These are not connected to our character.
    So, this does not make the song BAD at all. Personally, I do not get much from the song. But, we all have our own streams we move in. It does taint the song a bit for me, but I would NEVER speak against using it unless the theology was bad. It is sound.

    RK

  72. You seem to get what I am saying and articulate it even better than I… talent can move people, stories can move people. These are not connected to our character.
    So, this does not make the song BAD at all. Personally, I do not get much from the song. But, we all have our own streams we move in. It does taint the song a bit for me, but I would NEVER speak against using it unless the theology was bad. It is sound.

    RK

  73. Craig,
    At the moment, for me personally, the song is spoiled because of the deception behind it. This kind of betrayal has a deep impact on me because about a year ago a really close friend and colleague in the church confessed to a mammoth deception, and this brings back all the painful memories.

    I was part of the team involved in helping my friend to face up to what he had done, understand the impact on the whole church, come to repentance (a gradual process that is still ongoing) and start to make restitution. God has ultimately been glorified in our church’s situation, but it was one of the most awful things I have ever been through.

    As worship leaders, in one sense we are all arch-manipulators of emotions. We put together certain songs in a certain order to create a certain mood. We arrange songs in a particular way to create tension and then resolve it. Certain keys will provoke certain emotional responses. Add in the lighting, add in the visuals, add in the powerful sound systems, add in the crowd dynamics, and you have a potent mix for manipulation of people’s emotions. We have to understand the potential for harm and the power we wield, and in our planning times, bring it before the Lord to say, God, how do you want me to plan this so that the Holy Spirit can be in control?

  74. Craig,
    At the moment, for me personally, the song is spoiled because of the deception behind it. This kind of betrayal has a deep impact on me because about a year ago a really close friend and colleague in the church confessed to a mammoth deception, and this brings back all the painful memories.

    I was part of the team involved in helping my friend to face up to what he had done, understand the impact on the whole church, come to repentance (a gradual process that is still ongoing) and start to make restitution. God has ultimately been glorified in our church’s situation, but it was one of the most awful things I have ever been through.

    As worship leaders, in one sense we are all arch-manipulators of emotions. We put together certain songs in a certain order to create a certain mood. We arrange songs in a particular way to create tension and then resolve it. Certain keys will provoke certain emotional responses. Add in the lighting, add in the visuals, add in the powerful sound systems, add in the crowd dynamics, and you have a potent mix for manipulation of people’s emotions. We have to understand the potential for harm and the power we wield, and in our planning times, bring it before the Lord to say, God, how do you want me to plan this so that the Holy Spirit can be in control?

  75. Craig,
    At the moment, for me personally, the song is spoiled because of the deception behind it. This kind of betrayal has a deep impact on me because about a year ago a really close friend and colleague in the church confessed to a mammoth deception, and this brings back all the painful memories.

    I was part of the team involved in helping my friend to face up to what he had done, understand the impact on the whole church, come to repentance (a gradual process that is still ongoing) and start to make restitution. God has ultimately been glorified in our church’s situation, but it was one of the most awful things I have ever been through.

    As worship leaders, in one sense we are all arch-manipulators of emotions. We put together certain songs in a certain order to create a certain mood. We arrange songs in a particular way to create tension and then resolve it. Certain keys will provoke certain emotional responses. Add in the lighting, add in the visuals, add in the powerful sound systems, add in the crowd dynamics, and you have a potent mix for manipulation of people’s emotions. We have to understand the potential for harm and the power we wield, and in our planning times, bring it before the Lord to say, God, how do you want me to plan this so that the Holy Spirit can be in control?

  76. Craig,
    At the moment, for me personally, the song is spoiled because of the deception behind it. This kind of betrayal has a deep impact on me because about a year ago a really close friend and colleague in the church confessed to a mammoth deception, and this brings back all the painful memories.

    I was part of the team involved in helping my friend to face up to what he had done, understand the impact on the whole church, come to repentance (a gradual process that is still ongoing) and start to make restitution. God has ultimately been glorified in our church’s situation, but it was one of the most awful things I have ever been through.

    As worship leaders, in one sense we are all arch-manipulators of emotions. We put together certain songs in a certain order to create a certain mood. We arrange songs in a particular way to create tension and then resolve it. Certain keys will provoke certain emotional responses. Add in the lighting, add in the visuals, add in the powerful sound systems, add in the crowd dynamics, and you have a potent mix for manipulation of people’s emotions. We have to understand the potential for harm and the power we wield, and in our planning times, bring it before the Lord to say, God, how do you want me to plan this so that the Holy Spirit can be in control?

  77. God’s Word is filled with examples of men of God once filled with His Anointing behave like madmen… King Saul, Balaam, David (Who was eventually restored), Peter who Jesus rebuked as being Satan yet later said he was a rock of truth, Sampson, and on and on!
    Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it and was not allowed to enter the promised land while living and the it held back the entire nation of Israel 40 years in the desert!

    “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance!” And apparently we haven’t learned from the past when they wanted to erect monuments to men of God… Men will fail us, God will not!

    I don’t know anything about this controversy, but I do know the Living God that promises He inhabits the praises of His people! And the faith of those trusting in the God of the Bible will not return to Him in vain!

    Despite whatever fraud may have occurred the experiences with God, the lessons learned, the intimacy with the Holy Spirit, the souls saved, are all no less real!

    Our God can make the rocks serve Him!!!

  78. God’s Word is filled with examples of men of God once filled with His Anointing behave like madmen… King Saul, Balaam, David (Who was eventually restored), Peter who Jesus rebuked as being Satan yet later said he was a rock of truth, Sampson, and on and on!
    Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it and was not allowed to enter the promised land while living and the it held back the entire nation of Israel 40 years in the desert!

    “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance!” And apparently we haven’t learned from the past when they wanted to erect monuments to men of God… Men will fail us, God will not!

    I don’t know anything about this controversy, but I do know the Living God that promises He inhabits the praises of His people! And the faith of those trusting in the God of the Bible will not return to Him in vain!

    Despite whatever fraud may have occurred the experiences with God, the lessons learned, the intimacy with the Holy Spirit, the souls saved, are all no less real!

    Our God can make the rocks serve Him!!!

  79. God’s Word is filled with examples of men of God once filled with His Anointing behave like madmen… King Saul, Balaam, David (Who was eventually restored), Peter who Jesus rebuked as being Satan yet later said he was a rock of truth, Sampson, and on and on!
    Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it and was not allowed to enter the promised land while living and the it held back the entire nation of Israel 40 years in the desert!

    “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance!” And apparently we haven’t learned from the past when they wanted to erect monuments to men of God… Men will fail us, God will not!

    I don’t know anything about this controversy, but I do know the Living God that promises He inhabits the praises of His people! And the faith of those trusting in the God of the Bible will not return to Him in vain!

    Despite whatever fraud may have occurred the experiences with God, the lessons learned, the intimacy with the Holy Spirit, the souls saved, are all no less real!

    Our God can make the rocks serve Him!!!

  80. God’s Word is filled with examples of men of God once filled with His Anointing behave like madmen… King Saul, Balaam, David (Who was eventually restored), Peter who Jesus rebuked as being Satan yet later said he was a rock of truth, Sampson, and on and on!
    Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it and was not allowed to enter the promised land while living and the it held back the entire nation of Israel 40 years in the desert!

    “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance!” And apparently we haven’t learned from the past when they wanted to erect monuments to men of God… Men will fail us, God will not!

    I don’t know anything about this controversy, but I do know the Living God that promises He inhabits the praises of His people! And the faith of those trusting in the God of the Bible will not return to Him in vain!

    Despite whatever fraud may have occurred the experiences with God, the lessons learned, the intimacy with the Holy Spirit, the souls saved, are all no less real!

    Our God can make the rocks serve Him!!!

  81. I understand the intense negative emotions surrounding the song after this incident. However… Please allow me to suggest a different “Spin” on this…
    It is very possible that this song was genuinely inspired by the Spirit and the words and melodies invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit in a way that was GREATLY effective. So effective this song was “Attacked” through it’s creator…

    Compare this to the Lakeland Outpouring and Todd Bentley… Was the Lakeland Outpouring and all the positive effects nullified because Todd succumbed to drinking and womanizing? Not at all! In fact it suggest that it was closer to the heart of God than many revivals in that Satan was quick to attempt to extinguish it!

    Don’t get me wrong, I never was a big Todd Bentley fan, but I do recognize the Anointing and presanse of the holy Spirit of earthen vessels of clay.

  82. I understand the intense negative emotions surrounding the song after this incident. However… Please allow me to suggest a different “Spin” on this…
    It is very possible that this song was genuinely inspired by the Spirit and the words and melodies invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit in a way that was GREATLY effective. So effective this song was “Attacked” through it’s creator…

    Compare this to the Lakeland Outpouring and Todd Bentley… Was the Lakeland Outpouring and all the positive effects nullified because Todd succumbed to drinking and womanizing? Not at all! In fact it suggest that it was closer to the heart of God than many revivals in that Satan was quick to attempt to extinguish it!

    Don’t get me wrong, I never was a big Todd Bentley fan, but I do recognize the Anointing and presanse of the holy Spirit of earthen vessels of clay.

  83. I understand the intense negative emotions surrounding the song after this incident. However… Please allow me to suggest a different “Spin” on this…
    It is very possible that this song was genuinely inspired by the Spirit and the words and melodies invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit in a way that was GREATLY effective. So effective this song was “Attacked” through it’s creator…

    Compare this to the Lakeland Outpouring and Todd Bentley… Was the Lakeland Outpouring and all the positive effects nullified because Todd succumbed to drinking and womanizing? Not at all! In fact it suggest that it was closer to the heart of God than many revivals in that Satan was quick to attempt to extinguish it!

    Don’t get me wrong, I never was a big Todd Bentley fan, but I do recognize the Anointing and presanse of the holy Spirit of earthen vessels of clay.

  84. I understand the intense negative emotions surrounding the song after this incident. However… Please allow me to suggest a different “Spin” on this…
    It is very possible that this song was genuinely inspired by the Spirit and the words and melodies invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit in a way that was GREATLY effective. So effective this song was “Attacked” through it’s creator…

    Compare this to the Lakeland Outpouring and Todd Bentley… Was the Lakeland Outpouring and all the positive effects nullified because Todd succumbed to drinking and womanizing? Not at all! In fact it suggest that it was closer to the heart of God than many revivals in that Satan was quick to attempt to extinguish it!

    Don’t get me wrong, I never was a big Todd Bentley fan, but I do recognize the Anointing and presanse of the holy Spirit of earthen vessels of clay.

  85. As to the song itself, do any of you have a problem singing…
    You heal all of my disease. ????

    NorthWood is a hodgepodge of charismatics, mainliners, reformed, etc. We pray for people but as Bob says, “We have a 35% temporary success rate, but our ultimate failure rate in this life is 100% as all of them have died ultimately.” Then we tend to emphasize that our truest bodily healing is seen in our resurrection…that healing is the one that “sticks.” Wondering if people are getting any of that when we sing that lyric??? Or are people who’s wife died last week after we prayed for them thinking, “That isn’t true, that word ‘all’, not true?” Or “Why couldn’t I muster up enough faith to make that true?” (bad theology)

    That was my main qualm when Brent shared the song with me but we did it with the caveat that we expressed that we are all really healed fully only in the resurrection to come.

  86. As to the song itself, do any of you have a problem singing…
    You heal all of my disease. ????

    NorthWood is a hodgepodge of charismatics, mainliners, reformed, etc. We pray for people but as Bob says, “We have a 35% temporary success rate, but our ultimate failure rate in this life is 100% as all of them have died ultimately.” Then we tend to emphasize that our truest bodily healing is seen in our resurrection…that healing is the one that “sticks.” Wondering if people are getting any of that when we sing that lyric??? Or are people who’s wife died last week after we prayed for them thinking, “That isn’t true, that word ‘all’, not true?” Or “Why couldn’t I muster up enough faith to make that true?” (bad theology)

    That was my main qualm when Brent shared the song with me but we did it with the caveat that we expressed that we are all really healed fully only in the resurrection to come.

  87. As to the song itself, do any of you have a problem singing…
    You heal all of my disease. ????

    NorthWood is a hodgepodge of charismatics, mainliners, reformed, etc. We pray for people but as Bob says, “We have a 35% temporary success rate, but our ultimate failure rate in this life is 100% as all of them have died ultimately.” Then we tend to emphasize that our truest bodily healing is seen in our resurrection…that healing is the one that “sticks.” Wondering if people are getting any of that when we sing that lyric??? Or are people who’s wife died last week after we prayed for them thinking, “That isn’t true, that word ‘all’, not true?” Or “Why couldn’t I muster up enough faith to make that true?” (bad theology)

    That was my main qualm when Brent shared the song with me but we did it with the caveat that we expressed that we are all really healed fully only in the resurrection to come.

  88. As to the song itself, do any of you have a problem singing…
    You heal all of my disease. ????

    NorthWood is a hodgepodge of charismatics, mainliners, reformed, etc. We pray for people but as Bob says, “We have a 35% temporary success rate, but our ultimate failure rate in this life is 100% as all of them have died ultimately.” Then we tend to emphasize that our truest bodily healing is seen in our resurrection…that healing is the one that “sticks.” Wondering if people are getting any of that when we sing that lyric??? Or are people who’s wife died last week after we prayed for them thinking, “That isn’t true, that word ‘all’, not true?” Or “Why couldn’t I muster up enough faith to make that true?” (bad theology)

    That was my main qualm when Brent shared the song with me but we did it with the caveat that we expressed that we are all really healed fully only in the resurrection to come.

  89. Rich,I believe God anoints people:

    “[God] anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

    – 2 Corinthians 1:21

    but that anointing deals with God owning us – not really with how famous our song is.

  90. Rich,I believe God anoints people:

    “[God] anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

    – 2 Corinthians 1:21

    but that anointing deals with God owning us – not really with how famous our song is.

  91. Rich,I believe God anoints people:

    “[God] anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

    – 2 Corinthians 1:21

    but that anointing deals with God owning us – not really with how famous our song is.

  92. Rich,I believe God anoints people:

    “[God] anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

    – 2 Corinthians 1:21

    but that anointing deals with God owning us – not really with how famous our song is.

  93. Are we so hungry and thirsty for God or void of God that we wanted that song to be a movement and something bigger than itself? Did we get swept up in the idea of what the “Song” could do rather than what God could do?

  94. Are we so hungry and thirsty for God or void of God that we wanted that song to be a movement and something bigger than itself? Did we get swept up in the idea of what the “Song” could do rather than what God could do?

  95. Are we so hungry and thirsty for God or void of God that we wanted that song to be a movement and something bigger than itself? Did we get swept up in the idea of what the “Song” could do rather than what God could do?

  96. Are we so hungry and thirsty for God or void of God that we wanted that song to be a movement and something bigger than itself? Did we get swept up in the idea of what the “Song” could do rather than what God could do?

  97. In the New Testament, people were anointed for a specific purpose, not objects. Also, I think we misuse the term when people are merely operating in their gift.
    On the lighter side, I remember a Gospel song a few years back called “I Anoint Myself”. Yikes!

  98. In the New Testament, people were anointed for a specific purpose, not objects. Also, I think we misuse the term when people are merely operating in their gift.
    On the lighter side, I remember a Gospel song a few years back called “I Anoint Myself”. Yikes!

  99. In the New Testament, people were anointed for a specific purpose, not objects. Also, I think we misuse the term when people are merely operating in their gift.
    On the lighter side, I remember a Gospel song a few years back called “I Anoint Myself”. Yikes!

  100. In the New Testament, people were anointed for a specific purpose, not objects. Also, I think we misuse the term when people are merely operating in their gift.
    On the lighter side, I remember a Gospel song a few years back called “I Anoint Myself”. Yikes!

  101. I think a song is anointed based upon the truth it’s conveying. It has almost nothing to do with the writer’s righteousness and everything to do with God’s desire, at that moment in time, to communicate his greatness through the writer’s gifts.
    In my post, I mentioned that we MUST stop assuming that leaders are righteous based upon the impact of their ministry. The 2 are often not related.

  102. I think a song is anointed based upon the truth it’s conveying. It has almost nothing to do with the writer’s righteousness and everything to do with God’s desire, at that moment in time, to communicate his greatness through the writer’s gifts.
    In my post, I mentioned that we MUST stop assuming that leaders are righteous based upon the impact of their ministry. The 2 are often not related.

  103. I think a song is anointed based upon the truth it’s conveying. It has almost nothing to do with the writer’s righteousness and everything to do with God’s desire, at that moment in time, to communicate his greatness through the writer’s gifts.
    In my post, I mentioned that we MUST stop assuming that leaders are righteous based upon the impact of their ministry. The 2 are often not related.

  104. I think a song is anointed based upon the truth it’s conveying. It has almost nothing to do with the writer’s righteousness and everything to do with God’s desire, at that moment in time, to communicate his greatness through the writer’s gifts.
    In my post, I mentioned that we MUST stop assuming that leaders are righteous based upon the impact of their ministry. The 2 are often not related.

  105. I like to think of worship as loving God with our lives. I think music is a tool for loving on God. Of course songs are not worship; they are are way that we can express ourselves and pour out our hearts to God.
    Music is one of the easiest ways to envoke emotions, both good and bad. Think of movies…Music is what sets the scene. Sure there are other factors that play into it, like the lighting and things like that, but a scary scene in a horror movie wouldn’t be near as scary without the creepy music in the background. We set the scene on Sunday mornings to cause certain emotions to stir up in the congregation. We have the low lighting, the cool powerpoint backgrounds, the stage design, etc. and of course the music. All those factors working together stir those emotions in us. The bad part is when we, or the congregation as a whole, is more focused on those things than the whole reason for those things…to come together and love God as a body.

    I think sometimes when we feel certain songs are “annointed” it’s because the song causes us to have these intense emotions. That’s not to say those emotions aren’t good and holy, but we often confuse emotion with annointing…I love hearing a song that puts the way my heart feels already into new words that I can sing to God as a prayer/heartcry. That’s when I feel a song is annointed…when it allows us to express our hearts in words that we may not have thought of without the help of a song-writer that God blessed with those words.

    It’s like Rich pointed out…it’s the Truth that is annointed. I feel like when there are songs that point out Truth in Scripture, even if it’s not a direct quote, it moves us. I guess what I’m trying to say is music is an emotional tool for worship. Worship, itself, is loving on God.

    I’ve heard it suggested time and time again to sing, rather than just read, the Psalms out loud to God. Because they were written as songs, the words take on a new face when they are sung. Music envokes emotions…singing is one of many ways we can express our hearts to God, as are prayer, dancing, painting a picture, and so much more. Worship is truly a lifestyle. That doesn’t give us an excuse to miss out on the corporate worship…expression with other people…on Sunday mornings.

    We’ve just gotta love Him in everything that we do. God has given us the beautiful tool of music to love Him with, but worship is not limited to music.

    Thoughts?

  106. I like to think of worship as loving God with our lives. I think music is a tool for loving on God. Of course songs are not worship; they are are way that we can express ourselves and pour out our hearts to God.
    Music is one of the easiest ways to envoke emotions, both good and bad. Think of movies…Music is what sets the scene. Sure there are other factors that play into it, like the lighting and things like that, but a scary scene in a horror movie wouldn’t be near as scary without the creepy music in the background. We set the scene on Sunday mornings to cause certain emotions to stir up in the congregation. We have the low lighting, the cool powerpoint backgrounds, the stage design, etc. and of course the music. All those factors working together stir those emotions in us. The bad part is when we, or the congregation as a whole, is more focused on those things than the whole reason for those things…to come together and love God as a body.

    I think sometimes when we feel certain songs are “annointed” it’s because the song causes us to have these intense emotions. That’s not to say those emotions aren’t good and holy, but we often confuse emotion with annointing…I love hearing a song that puts the way my heart feels already into new words that I can sing to God as a prayer/heartcry. That’s when I feel a song is annointed…when it allows us to express our hearts in words that we may not have thought of without the help of a song-writer that God blessed with those words.

    It’s like Rich pointed out…it’s the Truth that is annointed. I feel like when there are songs that point out Truth in Scripture, even if it’s not a direct quote, it moves us. I guess what I’m trying to say is music is an emotional tool for worship. Worship, itself, is loving on God.

    I’ve heard it suggested time and time again to sing, rather than just read, the Psalms out loud to God. Because they were written as songs, the words take on a new face when they are sung. Music envokes emotions…singing is one of many ways we can express our hearts to God, as are prayer, dancing, painting a picture, and so much more. Worship is truly a lifestyle. That doesn’t give us an excuse to miss out on the corporate worship…expression with other people…on Sunday mornings.

    We’ve just gotta love Him in everything that we do. God has given us the beautiful tool of music to love Him with, but worship is not limited to music.

    Thoughts?

  107. I like to think of worship as loving God with our lives. I think music is a tool for loving on God. Of course songs are not worship; they are are way that we can express ourselves and pour out our hearts to God.
    Music is one of the easiest ways to envoke emotions, both good and bad. Think of movies…Music is what sets the scene. Sure there are other factors that play into it, like the lighting and things like that, but a scary scene in a horror movie wouldn’t be near as scary without the creepy music in the background. We set the scene on Sunday mornings to cause certain emotions to stir up in the congregation. We have the low lighting, the cool powerpoint backgrounds, the stage design, etc. and of course the music. All those factors working together stir those emotions in us. The bad part is when we, or the congregation as a whole, is more focused on those things than the whole reason for those things…to come together and love God as a body.

    I think sometimes when we feel certain songs are “annointed” it’s because the song causes us to have these intense emotions. That’s not to say those emotions aren’t good and holy, but we often confuse emotion with annointing…I love hearing a song that puts the way my heart feels already into new words that I can sing to God as a prayer/heartcry. That’s when I feel a song is annointed…when it allows us to express our hearts in words that we may not have thought of without the help of a song-writer that God blessed with those words.

    It’s like Rich pointed out…it’s the Truth that is annointed. I feel like when there are songs that point out Truth in Scripture, even if it’s not a direct quote, it moves us. I guess what I’m trying to say is music is an emotional tool for worship. Worship, itself, is loving on God.

    I’ve heard it suggested time and time again to sing, rather than just read, the Psalms out loud to God. Because they were written as songs, the words take on a new face when they are sung. Music envokes emotions…singing is one of many ways we can express our hearts to God, as are prayer, dancing, painting a picture, and so much more. Worship is truly a lifestyle. That doesn’t give us an excuse to miss out on the corporate worship…expression with other people…on Sunday mornings.

    We’ve just gotta love Him in everything that we do. God has given us the beautiful tool of music to love Him with, but worship is not limited to music.

    Thoughts?

  108. I like to think of worship as loving God with our lives. I think music is a tool for loving on God. Of course songs are not worship; they are are way that we can express ourselves and pour out our hearts to God.
    Music is one of the easiest ways to envoke emotions, both good and bad. Think of movies…Music is what sets the scene. Sure there are other factors that play into it, like the lighting and things like that, but a scary scene in a horror movie wouldn’t be near as scary without the creepy music in the background. We set the scene on Sunday mornings to cause certain emotions to stir up in the congregation. We have the low lighting, the cool powerpoint backgrounds, the stage design, etc. and of course the music. All those factors working together stir those emotions in us. The bad part is when we, or the congregation as a whole, is more focused on those things than the whole reason for those things…to come together and love God as a body.

    I think sometimes when we feel certain songs are “annointed” it’s because the song causes us to have these intense emotions. That’s not to say those emotions aren’t good and holy, but we often confuse emotion with annointing…I love hearing a song that puts the way my heart feels already into new words that I can sing to God as a prayer/heartcry. That’s when I feel a song is annointed…when it allows us to express our hearts in words that we may not have thought of without the help of a song-writer that God blessed with those words.

    It’s like Rich pointed out…it’s the Truth that is annointed. I feel like when there are songs that point out Truth in Scripture, even if it’s not a direct quote, it moves us. I guess what I’m trying to say is music is an emotional tool for worship. Worship, itself, is loving on God.

    I’ve heard it suggested time and time again to sing, rather than just read, the Psalms out loud to God. Because they were written as songs, the words take on a new face when they are sung. Music envokes emotions…singing is one of many ways we can express our hearts to God, as are prayer, dancing, painting a picture, and so much more. Worship is truly a lifestyle. That doesn’t give us an excuse to miss out on the corporate worship…expression with other people…on Sunday mornings.

    We’ve just gotta love Him in everything that we do. God has given us the beautiful tool of music to love Him with, but worship is not limited to music.

    Thoughts?

  109. …any one knows what Mike G himself thinks?Does he want the song sung?

  110. …any one knows what Mike G himself thinks?Does he want the song sung?

  111. …any one knows what Mike G himself thinks?Does he want the song sung?

  112. …any one knows what Mike G himself thinks?Does he want the song sung?

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