Lance Goodall 18 April 2017

A recent article was written by Jeannie Law , Christian Post Reporter, regarding Hillsong Worship’s “What a Beautiful Name” song. She reports that the song that came out this year, it is at the peak of its success and although the band has had a great impact on both the church community and young Hollywood they say their main objective is to walk in obedience and devotion to God.

“What a Beautiful Name” became the praise and worship band’s first leader on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart in February 2017. Featured on Hillsong Worship’s 25th live album, Let There Be Light, “What A Beautiful Name” continues to break chart records. Capitalizing on the song’s success, Hillsong debuted the self-titled EP, What A Beautiful Name. The song, originally sung and co-written by Brooke Ligertwood, features six different versions of the tune performed with different arrangements.

First Comment: The new EP features six different versions of the tune? I ask why?

 

 

The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood in which she talks about their hit song, “What A Beautiful Name,” and shares her personal thoughts on the impact their ministry is having on celebrities.

Christian Post: “What a Beautiful Name” has exploded with success. When writing this song, did you ever anticipate that so many people would resonate with it?

Ligertwood: Nope! We had hoped that it might resonate with our own congregation and help contribute to our weekend services. The reach and impact it has had outside of our church in such a short space of time was certainly not planned or anticipated. It’s very humbling. It’s a God thing.

CP: What do you believe makes “What A Beautiful Name” stand out with fans?

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Hillsong worship’s “What a Beautiful Name” EP cover, 2017.

Ligertwood: The first night we introduced it in church, we realized it connected with people even more than we’d hoped. We saw faith built in the room, expectancy rise and victory confessed. I think within the song there is a balance of sound theology about God revealing Himself to humanity in and through Christ, personal lyrics about what that means for the individual, and then strong corporate confession about what that means for us today. Honestly though, you can analyze all you want but you can never explain away the God factor. Sometimes God just decides to breathe on something and it’s completely His prerogative.

Comment:

I don’t want to sound too critical,  but a ‘balance of sound theology about God’?

A balance of sound theology sounds like to me, we will give it a good dash of biblical Christianeze, but not too much. It’s either sound theology or its wrong theology, isn’t that true?

Does she mean we have tended to be too liberal with previous songs so see we are getting back to more sound theology?

Hillsong tends to pull out of the Pandora’s box anything that will suffice as biblical.

CP: Why is it important for people to understand that God is “Beautiful,” “Wonderful” and “Powerful” all in one and not just one or the other?

Ligertwood: This song is about the person of Jesus Christ and a multi-faceted revelation of His infinitely-faceted glory. The God we worship is Jesus — He is the image of the invisible God — and if we dare seek Him for who He really is rather than pursue an idea of Him that fits into our tidy boxes, He will blow our minds.

Comment:

‘The God we worship is Jesus — He is the image of the invisible God’

All this is true , but why isn’t this conveyed in the actual lyrics of the song? The lyrics for me are a modern take on the scripture rather sticking to the creeds of the past. The likes of the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, help us to succinctly state the truth of God and Jesus, just to name two of the church’s historical belief statements.

Ligertwood: That’s lovely, but I don’t think it’s necessarily particularly healthy to give those kinds of thoughts any time.

Those who have had the most impact and influence throughout history and certainly the people who’ve had the most impact and influence on me personally have been basically entirely unaware of any such influence and made their chief concern their personal devotion and obedience, and the pleasure of God in the hidden things of their lives.

Comment:

Well said….

CP: What is coming next for Hillsong Worship?

Ligertwood: There’s a bunch of stuff I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about yet, so I’ll have to give you a very generic answer I’m afraid! We have a specialized release coming later in the year which I’m sure you’ll hear about when it’s the right time, and then our ongoing commitment to resourcing both our church and the wider church with songs of worship will see us continuing our near 30-year legacy of writing and capturing such songs!

Analysis:

Words/Lyrics

Verse 1

You were the Word at the beginning

One with God the Lord Most High

Your hidden glory in creation

Now revealed in You our Christ

Critique:

I’m sorry but Jesus’ glory is not hidden in creation.

Psalm 19:1- 3  tells us;

The heaven’s declare the glory of God and his firmament shows his handiwork.Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

In addition Romans 1:18 – 20 says;

‘The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.’

So rather than his glory being hidden in creation, the whole of creation SHOUTS forth the attributes of God.

A website xbop.com.au ironically does a similar song analysis of the song, and quotes Romans 1:20, but suggests the verse completes the biblical basis for the verse in terms of the hidden and invisible nature of God’s glory in creation now being revealed and manifested in Christ.

But I beg to differ, as the scripture in Romans condones all who fail to worship God from the evidence found in creation, as the verse says;

‘They are without excuse’

The humorous thing is later on in the bridge of the song, the words there contradict the ideas in verse one by testifying;

The heavens are roaring …The praise of Your glory!   : )

Chorus 1
What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Verse 2
You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now?

Critique: 

To quote again xbop.com.au  who states;

The second verse lyric “You didn’t want heaven without us” does not have a direct biblical reference, but is implied and deduced from verses such as Acts 4:12:

‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’

Ephesians 2:6-7 also helps to explain the theology:

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

I am sorry but again I beg to differ. The lyrics of the song should have a direct biblical reference. Otherwise these new songs do an injustice, leaving us to go searching for clues like some sort of christian crossword.

You didn’t want heaven without us, is both absurd and bordering on blasphemy. God no more needs or wants us in heaven, anymore than I would need an ant as a pet.

In simple terms God is;

Eternal

God exists forever, meaning he has no beginning or end (cf. Psalm 90:2; 1 Tim. 1:17). He has always existed in the same way: fully and completely as God. “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8)

Self-existent

God’s self-existence means that He does not need us or the rest of creation for anything. While everything other than God depends on God for everything, God depends on no one for existence. He is absolute reality, with whom we have to reckon.

aseity n. (Metaphys.) independent or underived existence. (f. med. L aseitas L a from + se oneself; see-ITY) The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary, second edition, 1984 _See main page: Self-existence of God

Self-sufficient

“The Scriptures allude to the fact that God does not need anything that we humans need to survive. He requires no water, air, food, sleep or money. Counselors, supervisors, and advisors of any kind are of no need to Him. He is self sufficient in all capacities this is hard for the human brain to consider, that someone does not need what we do to survive.” [3]

_See main page: Self-sufficiency of God

You see ‘You didn’t want heaven without us’ makes no sense in the light of the fact that God is from everlasting, and therefore it would suggest He had been in eternity a millennia or more, before the universe, earth or man was even considered.

Nowhere does the Bible state that God is pining away in some awful self-destructing loneliness in heaven. Rather, the theme that resounds throughout Scripture is God’s desire to glorify Himself by redeeming sinners. Romans 3:21–26 describes Christ’s atonement as the display of God’s righteousness. The cross is of course the demonstration of God’s great love for sinners (John 3:16), but that doesn’t mean He is lonely without us.

As Christians we aren’t better than anybody. But we are saved, by God’s amazing grace. We are saved from Hell. Yes Hell. Why? Because Hell is what we deserved.

We deserved Hell because we sinned against our creator. Every time we looked with lust we committed adultery with that person, every time we got angry with someone we commit murder towards that person. BUT, the Bible says in Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

It is because we have a narrow and limited view of Jesus that we think in these false, human sentimental terms. Yes…. there is a man in the glory, but a man glorified who was God and is God, who has need of nothing.

I mean I get it, God provided salvation through Jesus for us, but it was his choice.

‘So Jesus You brought heaven down’

Oh dear…..more of the new age jabba.

Here again is the veiled reference as I have proved many times before that links to ‘As Above…So Below’

As above so below‘ is often expressed alongside its synonym, as within so without.

Teachings that expressed these instructions claimed it was impossible to study the universe without studying man, and conversely that it was impossible to study man without studying the universe. They stressed that, to study either man or the universe, one had to study both. This is one reason why ancient texts almost always dwell on both man and the universe alike. They rarely exclude one or the other. As above so below meaning the direction of man’s evolution, the way to fulfill his potential and become a complete man—a complete cosmos.

So Hillsong with their ability to hide the centrality of man in biblical speak, give away their secret once more. The unbiblical statement flows out of the man-centered worldview that permeates almost everything Hillsong does. Rather than seeing ourselves as the undeserving beneficiaries of God’s redemptive plan, we become the central characters in a story that’s meant to glorify God.

You see the previous verse — ‘You didn’t want heaven without us’ now makes perfect sense in the light Hillsong’s deification of man, and their God who is primarily a heavenly ‘bellhop’.

Chorus 2
What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Bridge
Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names

Critique:

You silence or you silenced, (past tense)?

This is a jarring and aggravating verse, because this sounds like trying to stop the wagging tongue of a school bully.

Taking a current example if you will. If Donald Trump silences Kim Jong-Un it may be purely through sanctions, speeches, or loud threats from placing warships on his coastline.

However to conquer and destroy him is quite another thing .

“And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.’ – Col 2:15 KJV

Once again Hillsong silencing sin and death is not quite the same as knocking out your opponent, which is what Jesus did to Satan on the Cross. Oh…did I mention the cross?

I can’t find it anywhere in Brooke’s song can you?

Now my Version:  (Editor)

 Verse 1 

You were the Word at the beginning

One with God the Lord Most High

Your glory hidden with the Father

Now revealed to us our Christ

Verse 2
You couldn’t have heaven stained with sin 
So Jesus came from heaven’s praise
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now?

Bridge
Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You trampled the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival
You have no equal
Now and forever God You reign
Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the glory
Jesus the Name above all names

 If they were able to make these key changes I would just about buy their EP!

Conclusion:

“Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.” — C.H. Spurgeon

We should be wary of any song, Hillsong’s or any others which overrun the church with vague and fluid lyrics, and an indistinct message. In many instances, Hillsong lyrics are so vague they could be embraced by most religions.

Hillsong may have an appearance of truth, but they are making merchandise of God’s elect.

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