Have you ever said before, after singing a beautiful old-fashioned hymn, “That song was a powerful sermon in itself.” I have and I’m sure many of you have, too.
As Al and I were singing old-fashioned Hymns this morning for Church, I couldn’t help but think about the many wonderful old-fashioned Hymns we sing so often that were written by godly Christian women. Look at this list of songs, all of which were written by Fanny Crosby ~
- “All the Way My Savior Leads Me“—1875, music by Robert Lowry
- “Blessed Assurance“—1873, music by Phoebe Knapp
- “The Bright Forever”—1871, music by Hubert P. Main
- “Close to Thee”—1874, music by Silas J. Vail
- “Eye Hath Not Seen”—1890, music by George C. Stebbins
- “He Hideth My Soul”—1890, music by William J. Kirkpatrick
- “More Like Jesus” 
- “I Am Thine, O Lord (Draw Me Nearer)”—1875, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Jesus Is Tenderly Calling You Home (Jesus is Calling)”—1883, music by George C. Stebbins
- “My Savior First of All”—1891, music by John R. Sweney
- “Near the Cross“—1869, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour“—1868, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, Our Blessed Redeemer!”—1869, music by Chester G. Allen
- “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It!”—1882, music by William J. Kirkpatrick
- “Rescue the Perishing, Care for the Dying”—1869, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”—1868, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Saved by Grace”—1891, music by George C. Stebbins
- “Savior, More Than Life to Me”—1875, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Take the World, But Give Me Jesus“—1879, music by John R. Sweney
- “Tell Me the Story of Jesus”—1880, music by John R. Sweney
- “To God Be the Glory“—1875, music by W. Howard Doane
- “Unsearchable Riches”—1882, music by John R. Sweney
Just read the titles in that list…those are some of the most famous, powerful hymns ever written, that we sing over and over again! And they were written by a WOMAN! And these are just a few of them. There are also many, many more, written by other godly Christian women that we old-fashioned Christians sing regularly.
So, What is My Point???
My point is this: There are “conservative” men out there from all denominations, including Adventism, who teach that women should “be quiet in the church” and should never preach or teach. Do they sing these songs/sermons that were written by women??? Do they ever think how ridiculous their view of women not being permitted to speak or teach in church is, when they are so often are taught by a woman through songs????
The next time you happen to be in a discussion with a man who believes women should be silent in church and should never be permitted to preach or teach, remind them that they are hearing women preach and teach when they sing some of these old-fashioned hymns. Hopefully that will make them think that perhaps they are not correct in their view.
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