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Calvinist Hymnal Released

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U.S.—A coalition of Reformed churches in America announced Friday a revised hymnal, including hundreds of classic hymns that have been newly edited to reflect a more Calvinistic view of God and salvation.

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Guffaw !!


"God Has Decided That I Will Follow Him

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus, As Long As Your Arms Stay Down

Take My Beard And Let It Be

Fairest John Calvin


The hymnals are reportedly available now, at an “irresistible” price, according to the spokesperson."


And probably in the hymnal, is:


"Jesus loves the little children

Some of all types of all the children in the world

Red and yellow, black and white

Some are precious in His sight

Jesus loves some of the children of the world"

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Just as I am, without one plea

Cuz none of this has anything to do with me...

Just as I am, I cannot flee

O Lamb of God, I'm numb

I'm numb.

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And, if by chance, the new hymnal is held by someone who is not OF THE ELECT, the book remains forcibly closed -- cannot be opened !

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One would think (wouldn't one?) that the great hymn Rock of Ages, by early Calvinistic Methodist Augustus Toplady, would have been Calvinistic enough in the original!

But for this hymnal, it was revised to be even more TULIPy, even more steeped in Doctrines of Grace!


Rock of Ages, swallowed me,
Forced me wholly into thee
Let the water and the blood
From thy riven side which flowed
Be of sin the Double Pre-
Destination, oh, of me!


Not a choice within my mind
No decision there to find
Automaton-like, I go
Down the aisle, and none too slow
Feet that moved not of their own
To the altar of thy throne!


Nothing in my hands I bring
Nothing of a 'will', no, not a thing
Naked, come to thee for dress
Helpless, look to thee for grace
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
No, not knowing how or why


While I draw this fleeting breath
When mine eyes shall close in death
When I soar to worlds unknown
All was planned, all was foreknown
Rock of ages, swallowed me
Forced me wholly into thee

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