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Is the Song “What a Beautiful Name It Is” Heretical?

April 20, 2017 | by: Sam Storms| 10 Comments


Gary Scott

Apr 24, 2017

Hey Clint, perhaps you might of wanted to hear yourself talk in a critical spirit. on reading the article all i read was a pastor adressing an issue and doing so in a way we can all learn from. thanks Sam!!

Grace Bowden

Apr 23, 2017

The first chapter of Colossians was the inspiration for the lyrics of this song. Why would God have done all of this amazing, reconciling work on our behalf? Because the Lover of our souls, the Designer and Originator of life and all that exists, wants his Beloved to be able -- to be enabled -- to be with him.

Max Jones

Apr 23, 2017

Clint, I didn't take Sam was being critical. I thought he was responding "to the few that might wonder about a portion of the lyrics" .
Sam, I last heard you speak back in the Belivers Chapel days. You are responsible for all of the notes in the margins of my Bible. LOL


Apr 23, 2017

Pastor Sam, I love this song as well!

I enjoy this article and I agree that our God is all-sufficient. However I do believe it's His original intention to create men to express Him and to be one with Him. It's just like Eve being created out of Adam --- it's not good for Adam to be alone. Heaven is nothing if there is only the bridegroom without the bride. The bride of the Last Adam is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh (Eph 5:30) just as how Eve is to Adam. Perhaps this is where the writers were coming from. Either way, Christ is the sum of all things and we are His dwelling place. Hallelujah :-).


Apr 21, 2017

Thank you Sam, your writings are always appreciated. God bless you more and more, amen.

Clint Schuler

Apr 21, 2017

What an overly critical take on a beautiful song. God is the giver of all creativity. We are humans. God is God. Who gives Sam the right to criticize a creative work inspired by God with such a ridiculous undertone as stating Jesus isn't perfect without us in heaven!? Really? Does Jesus want us all to join Him in heaven? Absolutely Yes. Obviously Sam wanted to hear himself talk in a critical spirit.

Matthew Abate

Apr 21, 2017

From where I sit, I find it admirable that a church has reflected upon the expressed theology in its liturgy. Sometimes I get the impression that as long as we're singing from the heart unto the Lord that it doesn't matter what we sing. In the same way that sermons need to be tested with Scripture, so do the songs that we sing. The content of our liturgy matters. I'm encouraged to see thoughtful reflection taking place.

Scott Price

Apr 20, 2017

I love the song. I hesitate on the line of the song mentioned though because it suggests Jesus wouldn't desire heaven if we were not included. I agree with what you've said that Jesus wants us there. It's the negative implication that is troubling. Just write in a new line for the worship team.

Scotty Mac

Apr 20, 2017

Thanks Sam, I really appreciate you taking the time to address this issue!
Singing a song- like What a Beautiful Name It Is- or hymn- like And Can It Be, That I Should Gain- does not necessitate agreement with the songwriter on every issue of doctrine, piety, philosophy, and/or practice, any more than referencing another preacher, author, and/or theologian during a sermon or Bible study does. For example: many a preacher who does not agree with C. S. Lewis’s views on certain theological subjects may still find himself referencing, quoting, and otherwise making use of the Oxford don’s writings in other areas of agreement. In much the same way, a worship leader may not agree with certain theological teachings and emphases of a given church or group and yet still find himself singing and leading songs from that group with which he does agree and which well serve the practice of worship in song!
Thanks again!

doug sayers

Apr 20, 2017

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

"Seeking" is not necessarily "needing."

I guess it's just a deficiency in language but our oft' inability to distinguish between God's desire and God's will has caused a lot of friction among Bible believing people. The term "will of God" covers a range / spectrum of meaning. We do well to break the term down with some precision. (Desired will, preceptive will, ordained will, irresistibly decreed will, etc)

Sounds like a great song to me.

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