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Re: Put Your Hand in the Hand

The December article "Christian or Christ Follower" was written and posted to the website, and that evening while browsing the TV channels one of the programs did a rerun from years ago, performing this 1970 song...

    Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
    Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
    Take a look at yourself and-a you can look at others diff'rently
    By puttin' your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee

    1) Ev'ry time I look into the holy book I wanna tremble
    When I read about the part where a carpenter cleared the temple
    For the buyers and the sellers
    were no different fellas than what I profess to be
    And it causes me pain to knowI'm not the guy that I should be

    2) Mama taught me how to pray before I reached the age of seven
    And when I'm down on my knees that's when I'm close to heaven
    Daddy lived his life with two kids and a wife you do what you must do
    But he showed me enough of what it takes to get you thru

....which is a prime example of what was said in that article about seeking to destroy Christianity. I was in the 'thick' of things, spiritually, when the song was first introduced. But the song was SOOOOO 'STUPID', I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, other than to reject it as immature 'fluff'. It seemed to fit other songs of the day like: "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in the morning, Jesus at the noontime...Jesus when the sun goes down." Songs that had no depth, but college kids would sit around, smile and laugh, and 'enjoy' the frivolity of singing them, thinking they were performing "christian" service, or 'worship'.

Back in the days when my peers were scoffing at my "judgmentalism" of sticking to the holiness of Biblical doctrine and my efforts to bring them out of apostacy back to WHAT DOES THE BIBLE -SAY-; they also did not much care for the hymns of the Church. But when songs like "Put Your Hand in the Hand" first came out, they went wild for it.

I'm only just now looking at the song seriously, and seeing it for what it really was all along. It was one of the first in a line of anti-judgmentalist counter-measures. Songs that taught doctrine-by-stealth. Their doctrine of non-judgmentalism.

First of all, notice that Jesus or God is not mentioned. The only way we know that it is supposed to be about "Jesus" is the calming of the storms. But He is not mentioned as the Son of God. He is simply "the man". If we were to use today's vernacular, perhaps He was "d'a man"? As guys will jovially say, "You d'a man"

When He is identified as chasing the ones out of the temple, He is not identified as "THE Carpenter" People who know the story, know that -THE- Carpenter is Jesus. But to say "-a- carpenter"....that's as if to say that -any- carpenter chased the thieves out. The song might just as well say, in today's vernacular....-a- 'dude' (-any- 'dude') went in and chased them out. It wasn't any particular special person, due to any special anointing or Godly birthright...anybody could have done it.

There's more we could pick apart from the two verses, but let's focus, now, on the main message....

TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND-A YOU CAN LOOK AT OTHERS DIFFERENTLY.

This is the prime focus of the militant anger against Christians who would dare to raise any objections to the main-stream carnality that prevailed. And I use the term "carnality" because the ones doing the objecting claimed to be "christians"....therefore, their behavior, if they were truly "Christians", was the behavior of carnality.

The complaint was that a few (of us) who sought to live holy lives before the Lord would actually -SPEAK- to the subject. We were not content to "live and let live". If we read in the Bible that we were to shun evil, and live separated lives unto Christ, and so would give examples of the world's worldliness to be eschewed, well, the retorts were immediate and violent...

WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE?! JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED! WHO MADE YOU THE JUDGE? HAVE YOU LOOKED AT YOURSELF? PULL THE BEAM OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE BEFORE PICKING AT SPECS! WHO MADE YOU THE FRUIT INSPECTOR? Out of all the Christians in the world ONLY YOU ARE RIGHT, and the REST OF US ARE ALL WRONG??? Etc,Etc.

And they put words in the song about the people in the Bible being "no different fellas than" us, or a father struggling to make a living doing "what you gotta do". As if to say, We're all in this together, nobody's any different than anybody else, nobody's any 'better' than anybody else...so, just STOP JUDGING, ALREADY!!!

What did Jesus say?

    "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (Jn7:24)
The song says nothing about how to be saved. It merely says, "..what it takes to get you thru"

But when Jesus was finished talking to Peter after he had denied Jesus, Jesus closes up by saying,

"YOU FOLLOW ME" (Jn21:22)

And what did Peter do (in following Jesus)? When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, Peter takes unto himself his authority in the Holy Spirit and Ananias was killed IN JUDGMENT. (Ac5:5) When his wife comes a bit later, "Did you sell the land for so much?" (vs8) She didn't retort back: Who are you to judge me? "Yes, for so much" And she was dead.

When S/Paul was saved he asks, "Lord what do You have in mind for me to do?" (Ac9:6) And in the course of his ministry he made a person blind (Ac13:11), cast a demon out of a girl (Ac16:18), and many other such things.

We are NOT supposed to NOT JUDGE...

    "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering yourself that you not also be tempted." (Ga6:1)
Another aspect about this time of the 70s was the youth's rejection of authority, in general. And pastors specifically. Parents, teachers and police (pigs) were to be rebelled against. But even moreso, the Godly authority of the pastor was rejected. Don't teach us doctrine. Don't proclaim "thus says the Lord" but rather "speak pleasant things" (1Ki22:13) And so their (so-called) "Bible studies" did not consist of anybody being a 'teacher', in charge, having prepared a study outline and such things, but they all sat around, would read a little snippet of Scripture, and they then would go around the room "what does this mean TO YOU?" And they would 'share' their own ideas. Like the false prophets of Jeremiah's time, "they speak a vision from their own heart, NOT OUT OF THE MOUTH OF JEHOVAH" (Jer23:16)

But God proclaims...

    "Cry aloud, do not spare; lift up your voice like a shofar, and declare to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins." (Is58:1)
God called me to the ministry at -just- the time when things were changing. In Ezekiel ch8 God showed the prophet many things that Israel was doing in their rebellion, so he would know what he was up-against. I didn't realize it at the time, but God allowed me to see pretty much every step of the apostasy, from the beginning to where things are today.

The year before I graduated high school the Bible school where I was going to be attending was of the 'traditional' music program. THE (very) YEAR I entered as a freshman the new music director started using guitars and bass. That next summer as I travelled around with the summer choir, and then the camp ministries, the pastor (Custis) of Central Bible Church (home to the school) was known for being very 'strict' and we as a musical organization had a conversation originated by the director...how we were going to address this pastor, where the Home Concert was to be held before embarking on choir tour. What if this pastor did not approve of the guitar and bass? What would we do? It was agreed that we would perform the music (at home) with simple piano accompaniment; and go on tour (mostly to California) with the guitars and bass. Fortunately (we thought) Pastor Custis did not derail the music, and we performed at 'home' the same way we went on tour. I attended that school a second year, and then went to state college. That third year the school also introduced drums. Even though doctrinally I was yet sticking to Scripture, musically I had begun to embrace the apostasy, and thought Multnomah's use of drums was 'cool'.

And so 'just' -as- I was starting into state college, "Put Your Hand" was written. I might have been studying music, and later performed professionally (classically), and meandered around in apostasy for a time; but as far as Biblical doctrines were concerned I had a pure heart....and was -preaching- it. "they" didn't like it. They objected to it. I didn't yet know that I -was- a preacher. But as Paul says...

    "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my motherís womb and called me through His grace" (Ga1:15)
I was saved at age 5, and have been, essentially, -in- service to the Lord my whole life...even...
    "from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2Ti3:15)
And so... from its very beginnings I saw how the apostasy corrupted God's Word. And not to take credit unto myself...but even as 'my' -ministry- was beginning (at those college Bible studies, and the places where I would be scoffed at), the enemy prepared a counter-song just for my tauntings.

Isn't it a real "shame" I didn't recognize it as such (the barbs intended for me) until over 40 years later!!!

    "He who sits in the Heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall have them in derision." (Ps2:4)
Oh...by the way...earlier we explained the term "carnality". In keeping with our understanding of December's article, it was not really "carnal" behavior, but the outworkings of the unregenerate. Since they did not know the Lord, and were actually seeking to -destroy- "Christianity": it was their "works of darkness" (Ro13:12, Eph5:11)

And Light and Darkness don't mix. They don't agree! I was preaching the Light, not realizing for the longest time that they were grumbling with darkness. They were not "carnal". Carnality would suggest that they were "Christians" and knew the Lord. They were not. They did not.

    "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (2Co6:14-18)
And so the song taunts: TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF. When the faithful believer does so, what does he see? A person under the obligation of a call to faithful service...
    "And He said to me: Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. For they are impudent and hardhearted children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord Jehovah. As for them, whether they hear or whether they forbear; for they are a rebellious house; yet they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house. You shall speak My Words to them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear, for they are most rebellious." (Ezk2:3-7, 1Co4:2)
But the source for the greatest -TREMBLING-?? It's in the same chapter where Jesus says to "judge not" (Mt7:1)... Where the charismatic fellowship has been bragging up what a great "work of god" they've been doing (Mt7:21-22)... To hear the words...
    "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who work out lawlessness!" (Mt7:23)
Amen!