“Jesus is tenderly calling.” Those of us who have been in church for most of our lives remember the last few minutes on Sunday morning where the invitation to follow Christ and place our membership in that church fellowship begins with a song.
Many evangelists ended their sermons to the tune of “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior,” and eyes filled with tears, many of us made our way to the altar where we accepted Christ as our gentle Savior.
We sang “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” and made professions of faith, committed to the mission field, and young men answered the call to preach.
Were we influenced by the message of the preacher, or the traveling evangelist? Or did the words of the song enter our hearts and brought us to accepting that Savior or the call to further service?
Fanny Crosby wrote these songs and you can tell by her name that she was a woman. She wrote 1,000 or more songs, and used over 200 names because her publishers thought people would not want only songs by Fanny Crosby.
This was brought to my attention last week when one of our steering team members said he once told the congregation that he was in that they wouldn’t let a woman preach, or speak behind the pulpit, but they sang with gusto songs written by Fanny Crosby. These were gospel songs, telling the gospel, and bringing people to a commitment to follow Christ. What difference did it make that they were sung? The words were the message and the words were written by a woman. We have ‘walked the aisles’ to her words.
“Jesus is waiting; O come to him now, waiting today, waiting today; come with thou sins; at his feet lowly bow; Come, and no longer delay.”
Sometimes I wonder if the Bibles sold today have Matthew 23 in invisible ink. Don’t we see our hypocrisy? Can’t we see that preaching is simply giving the words of Christ to those who will hear? How can we turn them away? Jesus is calling today!
Fanny Crosby was a sneaky preacher.
Will you pray with me for the day to come quickly that women will not have to resort to turning the gospel into a tune before her words can be spoken behind a pulpit?