Majesty is a Great Commission falsity!

November 29, 2008 by: KJVOnly

Well, two more praise songs bite the dust. (Guess that means I haven’t attained yet, if I’m just figuring this out. ;^P)

I hadn’t thought of majesty before being “not applicable” or “not desirable”. Hadn’t given it much thought one way or another over the last year. Now it jumps out like a flashing red light with a siren how two of my favourite praise songs are just total garbage and preparation for You-Know-Who. I’ll explain.

One of them is Majesty by Jack Hayford. Here are the lyrics:

Majesty, worship His Majesty,
Unto Jesus, be all glory, honor and praise!
Majesty, kingdom authority, flows from His throne,
Unto His own, His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His Majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all kings.

Being an unsaved person and taught by Great Commission people, this song had a lot of appeal for me. It was a big one for a while at Promise Keepers rallies and is just easy to sing. However, what it’s doing is not only preparing people for the Anti-Christ but also feeding the notion that we are to conquer this world in place of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Look at the first part. “Majesty, kingdom authority, flows from His throne, Unto His own, His anthem raise.” Why would we need His authority unless we were to do things as his surrogates! It’s a mentality of “He’s up there, we’re down here so it’s up to us!” Not only that, but if Jesus really did intend us to have his authority and power, he would give it to us. We wouldn’t have to ask for it.

As the Book has clearly shown, this mentality comes from the Gospels, especially two places: Mark 13:34 and Luke 9:1. (Luke 24:49 could be counted if you want to.)

  1. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:34 KJV

  1. THEN he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Luke 9:1 KJV

  1. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Luke 24:49 KJV

These passages raise so many points I’m not sure where to start. (Not to mention I haven’t even gotten to the other praise song yet! :^P)

One thing that absolutely MUST be mentioned (and is probably key) is that power and authority go together. Having one by itself really doesn’t do much. Authority is better than power but if you can get both? Look out world!

Look at the three verses above. Mark 13:34 mentions authority. Luke 9:1 has both. Luke 24:49 just has power. (Come to think of it, that raises another point. The power and authority given the disciples in Luke 9:1 obviously didn’t last if they needed a fresh “dose” at Pentecost. That just gives further credence to the Gospels being all about Jesus while he was PHYSICALLY here on Earth. Neat!)

Let’s look at a couple more verses just to show how it’s the both together that’s required. (This doesn’t fully hold together, but it’s still worth exploring. Maybe the fact that it doesn’t hold together is just a further argument against the attitudes engendered by such praise songs!)

  1. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

  2. For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 7:28-29 KJV

  1. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

Luke 4:36 KJV

In the Matthew passage, Jesus spoke with authority and stunned the crowd. They were used to equivocating descriptions, uncertain interpretations, long drawn-out arguments over minutiae, etc. Here was a man who not only didn’t equivocate but expected people to accept his statements and live by them! There was something in his words that communicated authority to the hearers.

The Luke passage raises a couple interesting points. First, notice it’s “authority and power” together. Other Gospel accounts don’t have “and power” but I trust Luke the doctor to give me all the facts. :-)

The other thing I just noticed is “What a word is this!” Isn’t that kind of a weird way to respond to a miracle? Most people, when they see a “miracle”, instantly flock to the person who performed it. This is God’s way of emphasizing that Jesus IS the Word! The Jews in the temple probably had no idea they were responding in truth and confirming that Jesus was exactly who he said he was! What an amazing nugget, hidden away. Another reason why EACH word is important and not to be overlooked!

So, what does all this mean? What it means is that people today, the Great Commission crowd, feel they have been endued with power but are begging for the authority to carry out their desires! In their eyes you need the two together and they’re feeling short-changed. As I alluded to a little bit ago, the “You MUST have authority AND power” idea isn’t fully developed and, indeed, is not the paradigm for today. Two passages amply illustrate why.

  1. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

  2. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

  3. And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

  4. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:25-28 KJV

  1. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and all power.

  2. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:24-25 KJV

Gee, tell me again why these people so desperately want authority and power? Seems pretty clear to me that Jesus himself said that authority and power were not to be desired. Aren’t they supposed to be following Jesus’ teachings? How are they ignoring those 4 verses in Matthew?

Not only that, look at the 2 verses from 1 Corinthians. Not only is Jesus working to break down and get rid of all earthly rule, authority and power, but he calls them his enemies in the very next verse! Why are you seeking authority and power? 1 Corinthians 15:25 clearly says “For HE (emphasis mine) must reign”, not YOU, Mr. Jack Hayford!

One other nail in this coffin. Let’s look again at Mark 13:34.

  1. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:34 KJV

Only the KJV and Webster’s (in the Online Parallel Bible I looked at) have “Son of man” in there. We know that the italics means the words were added by the KJV translators to ensure a faithful translation. Yet no modern version has these words! People like Jack Hayford stake their claim that they should have “authority” on verses like this. Yet to get the idea that Jesus is talking about himself, you have to go to the KJV and NOT any modern version! Sorry Jack, you can’t have it both (200? how many versions are there now?) ways. Either the KJV is authoritative or it’s not. If it’s not then discard your “majestic” belief!

Ok, on to the other praise song. (Bored yet? I’m not!)

The song is How Majestic is Your Name by Michael W. Smith.

O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is Your name in all the earth.
O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is Your name in all the earth.

O Lord, we praise Your name!
O Lord, we magnify Your name;
Prince of Peace, Mighty God,
O Lord God Almighty.

The main thing that jumps out is it is ALL and ONLY about the NAME of Jesus! As we all now know, Psalm 138:2 asks people to look beyond Jesus’ name.

  1. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Psalm 138:2 KJV

So here we have another song setting people up for the Anti-Christ. Not only that but the song calls Jesus the “Prince of Peace”. What’s wrong with that? Nothing because that’s indeed who He is. However, he’s not bringing peace like people want.

  1. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace but a sword.

Matthew 10:34 KJV

  1. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Revelation 6:2 KJV

  1. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 19:11 KJV

  1. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

  2. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 19:15-16 KJV

Matthew 10:34 makes it abundantly clear that Jesus didn’t come to be a peacemaker. Yes, in the Beatitudes (in Matthew 5:9) he said “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Yet that verse is extremely vague at how to be a peacemaker and how to tell if you are one!

Jesus said he was sending a sword. Therefore how in the world can people use Revelation 6 to refer to Jesus when that figure has a BOW? Just show people these two verses and their entire argument crumbles.

Not only that, but if Revelation 6 is Jesus, who is the figure on the red horse, pray tell? People keep referring to The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but want to make one of them Jesus? God forbid!

To summarize, an excellent night of learning all around. Praise God for continuing to show me things in his Word and showing me I still can learn and he still is working on me. He never will give up on me. Why? Because it’s not ME He sees! It’s His Son!

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