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Let’s Sing Megadeth Songs in Church

Who doesn’t love listening to Megadeth? One of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time with good wholesome Christian lyrics to boot. What? You didn’t realize that they were a Christian praise band? Well, that’s because they’re not. They’re a secular in your face thrash metal band with lyrics that often focus on religion and politics. The frontman, Dave Mustaine, however, did convert to Christianity in the early 2000s I believe it was. It didn’t change how they play, what they played (well, there are a few old songs they don’t play anymore because of it), or even the themes that they play. They still heavily focus on religion and politics. But if you listen carefully to the lyrics, you can hear Dave’s theology creep in. The strange thing is, it’s much, much better theology at a Megadeth concert than you can from the praise music sung in many churches.

Let’s do some comparison work, shall we. I’ll start of with some lyrics from This is the Air I Breathe by Michael W. Smith. This is sung in churches. As worship music.

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me
This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me
And I I’m desperate for you
And I I’m lost without you

This goes on over and over again. This is your basic seven eleven song. What I mean by that is that there is no substance to the lyrics, it is basically seven words repeated eleven times. I wasn’t joking that it goes on over and over again. Those are the only lyrics in this “praise” song. On the other hand, we have Megadeth’s Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms. Here’s a sample. By the way, for reference, the song appears to be written from the point of view of Christ.

When you feel that something’s wrong
I’ll shelter you and keep you warm
I’ll never let you walk alone
I loved you when you still hated me
I’m coming and it won’t be long
Time to reap what I have sown
Never ever let you walk alone
I know your enemy, it once was me

Wow. There’s like no comparison. This is just the chorus of the song and in it we have the mercy and compassion of Christ despite our sin and disobedience. We have the second coming. It has our rebellion. It even has salvation. Let’s look at another verse.

Let me wrap my arms all around you
Suffer the trespasses that you’ve made
I will drink your pain away, forever and a day
If you just call out my name – even whisper it

Here we have Christ taking our sins onto himself. Honestly, the only part I really take issue with is that last line, but that’s because it puts our salvation on something we do. My point is not that Megadeth is a great theological powerhouse. I honestly disagree with a lot of Dave Mustaine’s theology. Listening to other songs, it’s very clear that he believes in a lot of what you might find in the Left Behind series. Honestly, if you‚Äôre a band as political as Megadeth and your leader suddenly becomes a Christian, it’s not really surprising that he would see a lot of New World Order stuff in Biblical prophecy. No, my point is that how can Christian praise music be almost universally terrible when it comes to actual cross centered theology while a secular band can nail it so much better? No, I don’t want to hear Megadeth in church. The hymns we’ve got in the LCMS are far superior when it comes to sound theology. It’s just a damn shame so much of the praise music that’s out there really has nothing Christian about it.

On an amusing side note, Megadeth’s bassist David Ellefson is a member of the LCMS. To my knowledge he does work in regards to writing hymns for the church as well as is taking part in seminary studying for ministry. Come on Ellefson! Bring Mustaine over to the LCMS. Get him some better theology. Let’s hear a Megadeth rendition of A Mighty Fortress is Our God on an album someday. ūüėõ

For those curious, here is the official video for the song Never Walk Alone…A Call to Arms. Ignore the fact that the video portion is terrible. Metal music videos, like Christian praise bands, are almost universally terrible.

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Heaven isn’t for everyone

How often is the gospel misused to comfort the grieving? Amazingly, misusing scripture for temporary comfort is often what I believe has caused many of the falsehoods we see in Christianity today. “Don’t worry. He/She is in a better place now. They’re not suffering any longer.” Really? Is that so? Did they have faith in¬†the saving grace of Jesus Christ? “Well, no, but they were a good person.” No they weren’t. Sure, they may have been wonderful by the standards of society, they may have even been exemplary, but without faith in the one Jesus Christ who died for the sins of all, their suffering in life was mild compared to compared to the fires of Hell where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. ¬†We try to comfort those in their time of grieving, but at what cost. ¬†Those family and friends we mourn as we raise our drinks to the sky and say, “We’ll see you in a while, buddy.” ¬†The more we propagate that false comfort, the more I fear we lose the gospel. ¬†Many of our loved ones are burning in Hell right now. ¬†What we need to do is accept that and not fluff our emotions with lies. ¬†Give comfort to those who mourn by reminding them of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ rather than comfort them with a cheerful message that will potentially send them to Hell too. ¬†Contrary to popular culture today, death is not a time of celebration. ¬†It’s a time of mourning. ¬†Let the people grieve. ¬†Let them hear the true gospel.

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God doesn’t give second chances

In this life, you only get one chance. If you screw it up, you don’t get to try again, despite what Super Mario Bros 3 may tell you. Such is the way of God. He is righteous and just and as a righteous and just God, he requires absolute perfection. And that’s how the world was created, perfectly. And then sin entered the world. Notice that word; entered. Sin was not a part of this world. Sin entered the world. And it tainted everything. And because we have sinned, we are rightly condemned. We don’t get to try again. We blew it. We blew it without even trying. That’s how tainted we are.

But something happened. One man somehow made it through life without sin. The taint didn’t touch him as it had touched all else. And then, when he was executed, he took the punishment for all of our sin for all time all at once. That man was God wrapped in human flesh, the Son Jesus Christ. And with that sacrifice, God just looks the other way from your sins and simply says, “Nope. Didn’t happen.”

Christ paid the price for your sins because you couldn’t.¬† You don’t get any second chances and through the grace and mercy of God, you don’t need one.

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Everybody Wants to Woo the World

This is a fantastic post and an absolute must read.

Everybody Wants to Woo the World.

 

 

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That Time is Now

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

I think that fact that people Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, and many others are so popular lends to my belief that the majority of “Christians” have never read their Bible and those that have haven’t taken the time to really study it. ¬†Rick Warren gives people purpose. ¬†Joel Osteen make people feel good about themselves. ¬†Bill Scheer gives his congregation actual concussions… you know, for Jesus. ¬†You know what none of them give you, however? ¬†The cross. ¬†The gospel. ¬†The good news that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. ¬†In fact, ¬†I contest that they have more in common with Mormonism than true Christianity for the simple fact they all of them let you know it’s true by that good feeling you get inside. ¬†A punch in the face or a diet plan might make you feel good inside but it has nothing to do with Christianity, and anyone who tries to claim that it does or that it’s for Jesus is a heretic. ¬†If your ears are itching, scratching will only spread the itch. ¬†What you need is ointment, and if the ointment stings, that’s how you know it’s working.

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#thisisnotwholesome

 

The world is a tempting place. ¬†It dresses up evil real nice and says, “Look, this is good. ¬†Enjoy it.” ¬†And if you look around, you’ll notice that it’s largely succeeding. ¬†What was once considered wicked is now considered wholesome. ¬†But the world doesn’t get to define good and evil. ¬†Only God gets that privilege. ¬†No matter how normal something becomes, no matter how accepted something becomes, sin forever and always remains sin. ¬†Even when it is called good.

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