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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Analyzing "Adapted" CCM Songs by David Cloud

Analyzing "Adapted" CCM Songs

March 29, 2011 David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,

Because today's article is multimedia, we have chosen to publish a web version only. In this report we analyze three examples of the adaptation of CCM as performed at Lancaster Baptist Church with the original music performed by the CCM groups which produced it. To read the article and see these video clips, click the link below.

Before you go to the page suggested by David Cloud, let me present to you just a couple of the so-called "traditional" songs, for the sake of comparison:

"It is well with my soul" with some history

Uploaded by on Feb 19, 2008  

It Is Well with My Soul

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul. 
    • Refrain:
      It is well, with my soul,
      It is well, it is well, with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

Just as I Am

Uploaded by on Feb 18, 2009

Just as I Am

  1. Just as I am, without one plea,
    But that Thy blood was shed for me,
    And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
  2. Just as I am, and waiting not
    To rid my soul of one dark blot,
    To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
  3. Just as I am, though tossed about
    With many a conflict, many a doubt,
    Fightings and fears within, without,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
  4. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
    Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
    Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
  5. Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
    Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
    Because Thy promise I believe,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
  6. Just as I am, Thy love unknown
    Hath broken every barrier down;
    Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
One thing that jumps at us right away is the age of these hymns!  It seems inspiration has left us since it is we left the true word of God, the King James Bible, for the perversions that nullify the deity of Christ!

One notes how these hymns have a story to tell, the stanzas so numerous and so filled with the recognition of our sinful selves and of the mercy we ask of our Lord and God, our souls uplifted to God!

Today's "songs" lack substance, are filled with repetition of meaningless verses, depending on the waving of arms and the swaying of the body at the rhythm of some percussion instruments to translate unfelt emotions that do nothing for the soul, calling out His name in vain!

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord,

and do not the things which I say?

Luke 6:46 (King James Bible)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that doeth the will of my Father

which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:21 (King James Bible)


 Now, please, do click on the following link to view the above-mentioned article by David Cloud:



1 comment:

  1. Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see,
    and ask for the old paths, where is the good way,
    and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
    But they said, We will not walk therein.
    Jeremiah 6:16 (King James Bible)