Undeniable Bible Truths – Appendix

Preservation and Perseverance as Sung by the Saints

Introductory note: it is a very interesting phenomenon that in religion the songs that people sing usually reflect their beliefs. This is as it should be. To believe one thing and to sing another would be inconsistent. The Baptist forefathers believed, taught and sang the truths contained in the doctrine of Preservation/Perseverance. Following are a few examples from several standard, widely-used hymnals:

“Lone Pilgrim,” #150 in Old School Hymnal

Ye pilgrims of Zion, and chosen of God,

Whose spirits are filled with dismay,

Since ye have eternal redemption thru blood,

Ye cannot but hold on your way.

As Jesus, in covenant love did engage,

A fullness of grace to display,

The powers of darkness n malice may rage,

The righteous shall hold on his way.

This truth, like its Author, eternal shall stand,

Tho’ all things in nature decay;

Upheld by Jehovah’s omnipotent hand,

The righteous shall hold on his way.

They may on the main of temptation be tossed,

their sorrows may swell as the sea;

But none of the ransomed shall ever be lost;

The righteous shall hold on his way.

Surrounded with sorrows, temptations and cares,

This truth with delight we survey,

And sing as we pass thru this valley of tears,

The righteous shall hold on his way.

“Adoration,” verse five, #33 in Old School Hymnal

Twas all of grace we were bro’t to obey,

While others were suffered to go

The road which by nature we choose as our way,

Which leads to the regions of woe.

“Grace ‘Tis a Charming Sound,” verses four and five, #184 in Old School Hymnal

Grace led my roving feet to tread the heavenly road;

And new supplies each hour I meet, while pressing on to God.

Grace taught my heart to pray, and made mine eyes o’erflow;

Twas grace that kept me to this day, and will not let me go.

“Broad Is The Road,” #235 in the Good Old Songs; also found in the Old School Hymnal and in the Primitive Baptist Hymnal.

Broad is the road that leads to death, and thousands walk together there;

But wisdom shows a narrow path, with here and there a traveler.

Deny thyself and take thy cross, is the redeemer’s great command;

Nature must count her gold but dross, if she would gain this heavenly land.

Lord, let not all my hopes be vain; create my heart entirely new,

Which hypocrites could ne’er attain, which false apostates never knew.

#157, verse three, in Good Old Songs.

If e’er I go astray,

He doth my soul reclaim

And guides me in His own right way,

For His most holy name

“Palms of Victory,” #232 in Old School Hymnal is an entire song describing the perseverance of a child of God.

“Never Alone,” #201 in Old School Hymnal is a song of Perseverance and Preservation.

This is only a very small sampling of the songs in our hymnals which describe the Preservation and Perseverance of the children of God. Brethren, our faithful fathers sang these truths. They believed them. They preached them. They lived them. Let us do the same, by the grace of God!

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