GOH: The King Is Coming (Re-Written)

Apparently the Gaither version of this just wasn’t Pre-Trib enough for these folks so they made a few lyric changes. My favorite is the bit about “liberal clergy left behind.”

107 thoughts on “GOH: The King Is Coming (Re-Written)”

        1. LOL that reminds me of something that happened years ago. Back when I lived in Michigan our church had a group that went down to Toledo once a month to do a service at the Rescue Mission. I would sing a special and one of the men from the church would preach. There was this old cat that lived at the mission and since I love cats I’d always pay attention to it. There was an organ on one side and a piano on the other side of the auditorium and since the organ was never used they had covered it over with a sheet. The cat liked to lay on top of the sheet covering the organ. Once it joined us for the service and seemed to enjoy the singing and my special. But when the preacher stood up to preach it could only take a couple minutes of that, he was too loud so the cat got up, gave him a dirty look for interrupting it’s rest, and stalked off. All of us were exchanging looks and trying so hard not to laugh! :mrgreen:

        1. @ John Fincher, Voluntary outcast, and Scorpio… What you three said! Haaaaymen. How fundy to throw some insults to other Christians into their “worship”. πŸ™„ πŸ™„ πŸ™„

  1. oh please, I can’t listen to this first thing in the morning. I’ll hear them tonight, I’m afraid. Of course, it’s not so bad when you sit in the last row and read a good book, as long as my son helps out in class…..

    1. Wait, you still attend FBCoB? That’s my old church! My parents were smart and got out about 10 years ago, but the crazy there never ceases to amaze (and sadden) me.

  2. I love how fundies get off on this gloom and doom view of the second coming. Hate to tell them, but the “liberal clergy” believe that Christ is returning -just not 3 times like they teach.

    I remember growing up, someone sang the original Gaither song and my parents didn’t like it because Jesus isn’t our king.

  3. Wow. 😯

    Just to make sure I heard correctly it would seem that the end of the second verse states that Salvation comes through the believers and not through Christ as he sings, “As they pray through empty prayer books looking for some answer there, but the answer has departed to that meeting in the air.”

    1. I’ve heard some teach that the Holy Spirit will leave the Earth at the rapture, and after that time either it will be impossible to be saved or it will revert to the Old Testament law. But that’s because they believe the HS has left, not because the saved have left.

      I’m not saying that because I believe it or whatever, just that’s an argument I’ve heard.

      1. 2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

        This is where they come up with the teaching that the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the earth, allowing Satan complete control over the earth. Of course Satan will never have complete control over anything. He is a created creature and his fate is sealed already. But it is a streatch to believe that the Holy Spirit will not be dealing in the hearts of men during this time. Just more Darby Dispy mythology.

        1. Even as a fundy I used to wonder, if the Holy Spirit leaves the earth, isn’t that contrary to the principle of omnipresence?
          How can you leave a particular place and be everywhere at the same time?

    2. I’ve heard that teaching as well, not that I believe it either, but why would the Holy Spirit be going to the “meeting in the air”? It’s a breakdown in the lyrics that shows bad theology. And yes, I know that neither of you were trying to make excuses for them. πŸ˜‰

  4. Rather presumptuous of them to change the original lyrics, and rather presumptuous of them to figure they know who’s going and who isn’t. I thought these songs had copyrights anyway, isn’t there something illegal about changing the lyrics? πŸ˜•

    1. You can change words when you sing a copyrighted song, as long as you have done whatever you need to do (bought copies of the sheet music, paid any licensing fees) to have the right to perform the song in the first place.

      … So here’s another lyric they might want to add: “Everybody talkin’ ’bout Heaven ain’t goin’ there.”

      1. Oh they sing that one there. And they also frequently change the lyrics. They used to have my dad change the lyrics in one of the songs he sang because the lyrics quoted a verse, but it wasn’t from the KJV, so he had to readjust it to their liking. They do or at least, did that all the time.

    1. Since they’re singing about planes crashing and heaps of wreckage on the road and panicked people, I’m guessing they didn’t want to look happy. The verses just don’t match the triumph of the chorus: Jesus coming for us SHOULD make us happy, but that doesn’t fit what happens in a rapture scenario.

  5. Does anyone recognize this church building? It looks like they have a lot of money and used to be a large congregation. They obviously have no problem with southern gospel music or holding microphones (maybe it’s OK for men? πŸ™„ ) so it is definitely not in the BJ orbit.

    1. They have money. this is one of the most control-hungry pastors I have ever heard preach. I have heard him brag that he looked at the giving records, and would go to his congregation members and let them know if they weren’t tithing enough.

    2. First Baptist of Bridgeport, Michigan. Oulette’s church (the bowling ball head sitting on the platform. he actually bowls with my husband.) Nice building, place still sucks like a Hoover.

        1. I thought that looked like RB in the back, but I didn’t remember their auditorium looking like that, but then again, I’ve only been there once and that was probably 20 years ago!

      1. RB, indeed. I remember before he was a huge bowling ball. He shaved his head shortly after we left and I didn’t recognize him the next time I saw him. It’s still better than that ridiculous comb over he used to have.

  6. We did this song for choir once. We changed one or two words to make it more “acceptable”, unfortunately our Pastor heard us practicing it a couple weeks before and decided that it wasn’t acceptable at all. So he printed off completely new words for us to learn. Nothing like forcing your choir to learn brand new words to a song they have been practicing for almost a month the week before they are suppose to sing it.:roll: He has absolutely no idea about music and I was majorly peeved, so I complained to my hubby who was on staff at the time. He mentioned it to our Pastor that it wasn’t a very nice thing to do to the choir, but not sure it really sunk in. We haven’t song the song since!

  7. The song is so absolutely depressing that it is hard to know where to start.

    First of all, if the piano was actually in tune and these guys could hold a pitch, the song perhaps could be a little tolerable.

    Second of all, the irony of it all. These guys revel in the thought that innocent people will be killed–planes crashing without pilots and all that. To their benefit, at least they didn’t delight in planes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, this is the message that Fred Phelps and his bunch of gules would have gleefully endorsed. Had there been another verse, I suppose that they could have rejoiced in the bloody, headless corpses lying about in playgrounds, decomposing bodies impailed on the swings. The fact that all the happy Christians are flying away from all this implies that they are the ones who slaughtered all of these people. It’s sickening in the connections my mind is making to the fanatical types who caused the 9-11 tragedy in the name of religion. What I see here is the Christian Taliban and their delight in seeing God squashing others into the pavement. Get onto sites like Onenewsnow, and we’ll find lots of people who love to pronounce God’s curse and judgment on those who disagree with them.

    Third, I mistrust anyone who can’t sell products on the merit of those products. Rather, they have to turn special attention to the “liberal” clergy. Well, those “liberal” clergy that they don’t like are also godly people. The very assumption that these clergy don’t pray extamperaneous prayers shows their ignorance. Liturgical prayer is using language especially crafted to be poetic and beautiful to an Almighty God. They aren’t the cliche-ridden ditties that I have often heard that treat God as if He’s on their level, a buddy buddy that one can slap on the back. However, the arrogance of it all also turns my stomach. God loves these fundamentalists, but He doesn’t love the others. Why don’t they just sing a verse that says I’m so happy that God will cause those huge downtown gothic Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, and Catholic to fall on their congregations and crush them to death.

    Years ago, when I was teaching in a Bible College, I was invited to give a presentation to a class, and I showed videos of beautiful churches being systematically destroyed. A few preacher boys amen’d the destruction until I told them that these videos were of the Bolsheviks destroying churches, some of them Baptist. It silenced the amen crowd, but not enough to make them apologize.

    What is about these people that they delight so much in God “getting” others? Is it that they view people in stark terms of saved/unsaved that they have lost all sense of compassion? These are the same people who want to outlaw abortion, but they refuse to help those in need unless they can compel them to listen to the “Gospel?” They have such contempt of poor people and for competing clergy who have built successful ministries and impressive church plants.

    1. Yeah, the piano was the first thing I noticed. The pianist was playing the exact arrangement (in the exact key, God help us) that the Gaither Vocal Band uses. Only, it sounded like Doc Holliday was playing it out in lieu of “Frederick !@%*#$@ Chopin.” :mrgreen:

      For all of you church musicians out there: Tune the pianos at least every six months…especially if you’re going to record it.

      1. Now that I have been away from IFB services for a few glorious months, just the sound of that style of piano playing makes me twitch. 😯 Don’t miss it a bit.

    2. I have been reading J.S. Mill’s On Liberty

      He observes that Christians have two different sets of beliefs to cling to: 1. The Divinely inspired Bible. 2. Socially constructed, temporally contingent beliefs that your social group insists upon.

      as he puts it “They pay homage to the first but to the second they give their allegiance”.

      Part of contemporary Christian culture is to spirtualize teachings that are in the Bible. Teachings like giving to the poor is spirtualized to mean preaching to poor, or helping only poor people from your church. The advantage to this is spiritualization is inherently unquantifiable so one can claim to be honoring the teaching completely while taking little to no action in real life.
      Spiritualization is a wonderful tool. It shields a person from actually having to do something uncomfortable while, ironically, allowing them to claim to be a Biblical literalist.

      To paraphrase Mill: Modern Christians pay homage to literalism but give their allegiance to spiritualization.

      1. The weird thing is, I’m not a Biblical literalist, but when the Bible says we should help the poor, the sick, the widow, and the orphan, I figure it means we should do just that.
        All the more so because the Bible is rather specific about how to do it: Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the unclothed, visit the prisoner, and so on.

  8. I expected some emotion other than ennui. Everyone from the platform residents, choir, and orchestra to the singers looked absolutely bored to death. I thought fundies got exited singing about future judgement on evil sinners.

    I just realized I recognized ol’ R. B. Ouelette. of First Baptist of Bridgeport. One of the greatest proof-texters ever to “preach”. I plan to not hear him again. His book on the King James Bible (SOTL Publishing) is full of poor scholarship. I would like to have a copy to correct and send him, but I refuse to spend the money on it.

    1. I LOVE the joy we express in our services now. This past Sunday we were all on our feet singing and clapping to “I am FREE to run . . . I am free to dance!” with drums, bass, electric guitars, and piano, exulting in Christ and His salvation.

      They call it indulging the flesh to raise your hands to a song, but I posit that might they not be indulging their pride to sit there so unmoved at their theology?

    2. They’re probably bored out of their mind because they cycle through the same special music about every couple months. He does the same thing with his sermons there as well. There’s never anything new, ever. By the time I was 10, I had all the choir music, sermons and their illustrations memorized.

  9. ouch.

    The last key change was completely unnecessary…and the ending… πŸ‘Ώ

    It’s not the greatest song to start with, I mean, it’s a good ol’ Gaither hymn – and it obviously focuses on the second coming of Christ. That’s the one thing I have against “southern gospel”. It always magnifies the depression and darkness of this life and only focuses on the joys to come after this mortal realm.

    Sometimes, we are so intent on “getting people to heaven”, that we forget to bring heaven to earth. Jus sayin.

    Oh, and Oullette had a “talent” for re-writing song lyrics to pass his skewed doctrinal stances. πŸ™„ Too bad he didn’t adjust the musical arrangement to fit the three baritone voices up there. I mean…dude, that tenor line was sung by David Phelps. Just stop.

    Again, ouch.

  10. So it wasn’t “Grand”, “Old”, or a “Hymn?” Hmph. I’m not really fond of the Gaithers’ stuff, but rewriting the lyrics seems….cheeky. Of course Luther did it, so I guess it’s good and Calvinist.

  11. okay, I listened to it. That was a weird ending, pitch wise. All I heard is
    the King is coming,
    we were right and you were wrong,
    you all are going to suffer,
    so we sing this happy song….

    1. Part of the problem with the modulation in the last stanza is that the guy in the middle, who supposedly is the tenor, really isn’t — he’s a high baritone. He’s straining to reach the stratosphere, and he ain’t makin’ it.

      I couldn’t bear to hang on till the end . . .

  12. How edifying! Thanks for sharing Darrell. This ditty is going on my playlist. Seriously, how could anyone sing this? The Gospel sounds crazy enough and I’m a Christian who believes it! This stuff is just crazy town.

    1. Yeah. I remember as a kid hearing war stories from the pulpit about preacher goin’ soul-winnin’ and some guy saying he’d rather go to hell & have some fun. I was shocked back then, but now I get what “anonymous sinner” was really saying. πŸ˜•

  13. WOW! Way too many memories are brought back by listening to this. The church we attended while in college would do the exact same thing for some songs. Is it me or do you think they change the words to magnify stuff that they think they “have down” or “do really good” at following?

  14. For an awesome breakdown on why PMD theology is vicious, check out Fred Clark on Slacktivist – he’s spent literally years picking apart the Left Behind books to show why they’re a) crap writing and b) crap theology. One of his main points is that this is not about saving anyone else’s souls, just playing the cosmic Nelson Muntz (“ha ha!”) and getting some massive schadenfreude about being proven right in the end.

    And that is the reason I find this song so offensive. The most important bit is “the King is coming for ME” (and by implication quite possibly not for you, and I find that okey-dokey).

    To be fair, I actually think the guy on the left (the strawberry blonde one) has a very nice voice. Unfortunately the piano is criminally out of tune and you need three nice voices to sing harmonies, not just one and the harmonies need to y’know, actually be harmonies… It also depresses me very much to hear a nice voice wasted on such a horrible song. The kid could be doing something so much better. πŸ™

    1. If anyone goes down this rabbit trail, be warned you could lose years catching up on the mentioned blog. Well worth it though, its top notch commentary on Lahaye and Jenkins writings, as well as two of the films. recommend.

  15. lol did anyone notice how many camera changes there were?? That was about all i could focus on… reminds me of fbc they had like 7-9 different cameras that changed views all the time im sorry but that church isnt quite big enough for the amount of changes that were made. lol the singing was just horrible too ick i cant believe i made it to 3:06 lol

  16. I used to love this song — the real version — when I was a little girl. My parents had a record of Doug Oldham singing it.

    Trust fundies to take a song about the end of sin and wrong into a song about people dying. As a child, I liked the triumphant excitement of it, especially the line about the end of sin and wrong. But my parents explained that the song was wrong because it assumed life on earth was normal until Christ’s return happened instead of Christ’s return happening at the end of the Tribulation. (And if the song meant the Rapture, the words didn’t fit because the Rapture was just for believers.)

    When planning music programs at our former church, I did sometimes use the chorus for congregational singing, but I could never use the verses.

    Here’s the words the way I heard them on that record long ago:

    Vs. 1
    The market place is empty
    No more traffic in the streets
    All builders tools are silent
    No more time to harvest wheat
    Busy housewives cease their labors
    In the Courtroom no debate
    Work on earth is all suspended
    As the King comes through the gate.

    Chorus:
    Oh, the King is coming
    The King is coming
    I just heard the trumpet sounding
    And now his face I see
    Oh, the King is coming
    The King is coming
    Praise God
    He’s coming for me!

    Verse 2:
    Happy faces line the hallways
    Those whose lives have been redeemed
    Broken homes that He has mended
    Those from prison He has freed
    Little children and the aged
    Hand in hand stand all aglow
    Who were crippled, broken, ruined
    Clad in garments white as snow.

    Verse 3:
    I can hear the chariots rumble
    I can see the marching throng
    The flurry of God’s trumpet
    Spell the end of sin and wrong
    Regal robes are now enfolding
    Heaven’s grandstand all in place
    Heaven’s choir now assembled
    Start to sing Amazing Grace.

    I used to love this one: I’d picture all the sad people standing hand in hand so happy as a mighty parade comes bringing Jesus to earth ending all evil. The song builds to a crescendo of joy and it thrilled me as a child. I was always so sad when i was told that it wasn’t “theologically correct” because the Bible told us to look forward to Christ’s return and this song helped me do that.

    BTW, when I looked up the lyrics I found this additional verse listed as vs. 2 on the internet. This was NOT on the record I listened to as a child:
    All the railroad road cars are empty
    As they rattle down the tracks
    In the newsroom no one watches
    As machines type pointless facts
    All the planes veer off their courses
    No one sits at the controls
    For the King of all the ages
    Comes to claim eternal souls.

    1. That last stanza really dates the song. Newsrooms haven’t had teleype machines for decades now.
      But I doubt that the author had ever seen one, anyway, if he/she thought they kept running with no one there to operate them.

    2. I too grew up with my parent’s record of Doug Oldham (until we got a stricter fundy pastor and my parents threw them out). Your alternate verse 2 that you found I doubt was written by the Gaithers. Looks like another rewrite by a fundy to match their own agenda. And whether or not you like the song or not I don’t know why you’d remove the original second verse that is so filled with hope and the promise of what Christ has done.

      If I’m picking a Gaither song that expresses our eternal union with Christ it wouldn’t be The King is Coming. It would be These are They. IMO the better song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPeItxkRX8E&feature=related

    3. I still say what RIGHT have they to change the words to this song? They don’t! If I were the writer of this song and heard it changed all around to fit someone else’s doctrine I would be livid! I’d be wanting to sue them! How DARE they? πŸ‘Ώ

      1. Yes, as a musician and a public school teacher, it is indeedy a copyright violation to substantially change the lyrics of a song when it is not for parody purposes. Also as a music major from a not-crazy school, I would ask: if the pastor/music director/whoever objects so strongly to a song – FIND A DIFFERENT SONG!!! (yelling intended)

  17. The sad thing about this filleted end times “theology” is the way it misses the entire point of the end times/apocalyptic teachings of Jesus, Paul, and John. The NT gist is that we humans are wrecking the divine creation through greed and wickedness, and that Jesus is coming to rescue us from our own self-created and inflicted doom. As Christians, we are rescued through God’s great mercy and faithfulness; not because we deserve it, but because we don’t. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, he didn’t sing a corny “y’all are goin’ to hell” ballad.

    1. Guess we’ll be in 1997 forever, then. Man I’m tired of the one-step-up, one-step-up chromaticism. How about a nice subdominant? Pure sonata in strophe form anyone?

  18. Here is my condensed version of the song:

    Stanza #1: Explosions! Death! Chaos! Bwahahaha!

    Stanza #2: Who’s your Daddy, Liberals? That’s right, BOO-YA! Suckas!!

    Stanza #3: Party!

    Chorus: He’s here! (repeat repeat repeat)

  19. These singers are so not into this song. I’m guessing they were told what song there were to sing and what stupid words to sing with it. They also look like they are dreading the ending, which they good-and-well know is way too high and almost guaranteed to blow out their voices. But hey, as long as the writer of the new words is blessed by everyone telling him what a good job he did, than it was a success. πŸ™„

  20. Those guys sound like a cross between the Cowardly Lion singing “If I Were the King of the Forest” and John Ashcroft singing “Let the Eagle Soar”. πŸ˜†

    1. Well…

      First, why are you wasting your time at BJU? Do you realize what struggles could await you and your unaccredited degree?

      End extracurricular commentary.

      Second, he missed the entrance. The entire first two lines, as a matter of fact. I think his mic was turned off. Either way, I can’t believe they posted this hot mess to FB.

      … … … …
      … … …home,
      Many loved ones disappear
      As the lost are left alone.
      Many airplanes crash in mystery
      As the pilots disappear
      In the streets a mass of wreckage
      Panic grips men’s hearts with fear.

      [Chorus, not bastardized]

      I can see astonished faces
      Of liberal clergy left behind
      Who believed salvation’s fiction
      And that hell’s a state of mind
      As they pray through empty prayerbooks
      Looking for some answer there
      But the answer has departed
      To that meeting in the air

      [Chorus, not bastardized]

      I can see the happy faces
      Of God’s children in the air
      And the end of sin and sorrow
      No more tears of dark despair
      I am going to see my Savior
      Who died on Calvary’s tree
      And I’m going to live forever
      Far beyond the glassy sea

      [Chorus. Still no bastardized text, but horribly tortured music.]

      The first tenor ends up sounding like he is being stretched on the rack, and the other two dudes eventually just decide to “let go and let God.” That is to say, the final chords are not quite sung the way the writer intended. The second tenor and the baritone just butcher it. Almost badly enough to blot out all the horrors that preceded it.

      This group of joy merchants took a song that was written to celebrate the return of the King, and turned it into a snuff movie plot.

      1. I hesitate to be snarky since you helped me, but don’t you realize what struggles await me now that I’ve gotten thirty credits ahead on my grad degree? πŸ˜€

        1. Grin.

          As long as you keep that “chronic addiction to rebellion” working for you at BJU, you might turn out OK. Just WHATEVER you do, don’t get pressed into their mold. And you might be okay with an unaccredited degree since you are in seminary, but it could cause you trouble if you get called into missions in some countries. I know of cases where a visa was denied to a missionary because of the accreditation issue.

          Even if you manage to land a good job like I did, you will soon learn that calling attention to your BJU background will NOT help your testimony. The place is toxic for multiple reasons. I just tell people I went to South Carolina.

          If they assume that I meant University of South Carolina, can I be held responsible? πŸ˜€

  21. Doug Oldham they are not! As was already mentioned, Gaither wrote the song but Oldham made it a hit first. Although I am far more of a rock and roller, I always liked Doug. He was the real deal….crazy clothes and all. These other guys were just crazy.

  22. Well the original lyrics that PW posts are helpful. I’m feeling so down right now and I need to be reminded that it will not always be like this. The second version, the bastardised version, is absolute filth. That is not christian love.

  23. Well, thats 4:05 of my life that I’ll never get back. Hard to believe that I used to listen to this stuff. No love, no compassion, but there appears to be allot of contempt for “the peeps who did not make it”.

    I’ve said it before, the fundies seem to be one of the few groups who are angry all the time. That is, unless they see an issue in another church (non fundy of course), then they are happy at their problems, but not long after, they return to their angry ways.

    Boy, sure glad I don’t drink that kool-aid anymore… πŸ˜›

  24. This reminds me of when I was in a fundy bible study, and everyone got so excited when we got to the part in Revelation when the Lord returns with his army (that would be us) and then systematically slaughters about 4 billion people. Everyone’s like “amen, praise the Lord” Did it occur to them that they would have to kill all those unbelievers which would include their own spouses, neighbors, and children?

  25. Ok, now that I’ve actually listened to it, this is actually one of the better combinations I’ve heard from there. Their music leaves a lot to be desired on a regular basis. Really, it was just the guy on the far right who through everything off – the younger guys actually have good voices on their own, but you’re only as strong as your weakest link. FTR, the older guy on the far right used to be an assistant pastor, but got himself a criminal record when he threatened a man with a gun a while back and had to resign.

  26. 2 thoughts: First, think of all the orphans and widows they could have helped with the money it took to build that monstrosity of a platform. πŸ‘Ώ

    Second, it saddens me that songs like this that I loved as a child have been changed or used by fundies to beat people over the head with the Gospel. πŸ™

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