Last month I spent five Sundays teaching mgpc to sing the Gloria Patri as a doxology (short song of trinitarian praise/affirmation which we sing each week after we’ve stated the Apostles’ Creed or something similar).
It was a bit of a struggle, but we got there.
Here’s a short story which Nathan Bingham recounts involving R.C. Sproul and what is called ‘the Christian fight song.’
On January 23, 2012, Dr. R.C. Sproul spoke at Reformation Bible College’s chapel service on the subject of “The Wrath of God Revealed” from Romans 1:18. At the close of his message, he reminded us of “the Christian fight song,” saying:
“It goes back to the fourth century to the Arian controversy when the Arians were denying the Trinity. And part of the way they communicated their heresy was to make up bawdy songs that were insulting, and they stood on one side of the river and sang these insulting songs to the Trinitarians. And so the Christians came up with their own fight song.”
The Christian Fight Song
Here is the Christian fight song that the Trinitarians would sing back to the Arians.
Glory be to the Father;
And to the Son;
And to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.
The attribute of glory that is the supreme attribute of deity, is to be given to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Will you sing the Christian the fight song?
Click here to download an MP3 of Dr. Sproul chanting this Christian fight song.
As I keep telling mgpc each week we gather and participate in an activity which actually forsakes the spirit of this age and which affirms our links of unity with God’s people through centuries past.
We’re radical counter-culturalists!