"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of truth." — (Psalm 60:4)
"Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them." — (Isaiah 13:2)
Devoted To The Defense Of The Church Against All Errors And Innovations
Vol.X No.XII Pg.15
December 1948

Great Songs Of The Church, Alias

W. Wallace Layton

When is a Jorgenson song book not a Jorgenson song book? Yes there is such a thing in existence now. His famous No. 2 can now be purchased from World Vision without Jorgenson name anywhere to be found on its pages. Neither will you find the "Great songs press" nor any indication at all that it may be connected with Word and Work.

On its fly-leaf can be found printed "World Vision Publishing Co." and you can order directly from them. This is a new subterfuge for getting that premillennial book into unsuspecting churches. And when you get them you are still getting an unscriptural book and supporting those who propagate millennial heresies.

Now this scribe is not much surprised at World Vision being a party to the scheme of promoting this song book. We have never been able to find the line of demarcation between the Boll camp and the World Vision redoubt any way. But what does come as a surprise is to see the Firm Foundation and Christian Chronicle advertising this book.

It seems to me that when brethren walk disorderly and have gone out from us because they are not of us, that the punishment for such evil doers is to be administered "by the many." We want to see the Boll faction return to the faith, and they are welcome if and when they renounce their 'heresy, confess their sins, and come home. If we are to help them do that we must cease the fellowship.

It is not a question of the merits of the song book. And even if it was as scriptural as the great Commission, it is an associate of that which is inimical to the doctrine of Christ. We cannot consistently refuse the devils meat while we eat his stew.

Have brethren so soon forgotten the efforts made through the Boll-Jorgenson combination to sweep the church into digression? They were thwarted and localized, and identified as the enemies of the cross of Christ; and now for any "loyal" congregation preacher or editor to do, say, or act in any way as to allow the infiltration of their heresies back into the churches, through any medium, is to build up that which has been torn down, and thus prove themselves a transgressor.

It is a proven danger to have anything at all to do with that "stuff" known as pre-millennialism, Wherever it is even "let alone" the church soon loses its militant unity. And wherever you find a church using "Great Songs of the Church," you find a fruitful field of softism, non-aggression and indifference toward the exposing of errors.

In the love of Christ's cause I beseech the churches to "mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."