How do the Kigdom Melodies compare to Christendom's Songs?

by Honesty 37 Replies latest jw experiences

  • Honesty

    I just have to comment about the canned WTBTS music on CD the local congregations play on $150 cd players through $20 speakers set in the foamboard ceilings at their sales meetings worship services. What a joke the music is that they use to sing praises. The lyrics remind me of a High School Pep Rally with all the emphasis on 'We're Joe Hoba's Witnesses and yada-yada-yah preaching from door to door and from house to house' or 'Life Everlasting in the Pair-o-dice' crap that just tickles the dubbies ears so much they get all pretty and pink. I mean really, folks with a $1 Billion a year profit just from the WTBTS of NY you would think they could at least afford a choir to sing some decent songs to their Joe Hoba.

    After being brain dead for so many years as a cult member it is a pleasure to be able to honor the Creator of all things with such songs and praises of celebration such as:

    Worthy Is The Lamb

    The Name Of The Lord

    You Are Good

    Lord, Reign In Me

    Who Can Satisfy My Soul

    I Can Go To God In Prayer

    Jesus, What A Beautiful Name

    Step By Step

    Holy Is He

    How Great Thou Art

    Greater Is He That Is In Me

    Victory In Jesus

    Holy Spirit, Rain Down

    What The Lord Has Done In Me

    In The Presence Of Jehovah

    Great Is The Lord Almighty

    Sing Hallelujah

    We Fall Down

    Lamb Of God

    Exalt His Name Forever

    Lord, Listen To Your Children Praying

    Hallelujah, Praise The Lamb

    So how about it all you faithful and active JW's and WT monitors. How does the WTBTS music compare to the pagans of Babylon the Great?

  • Robert K Stock
    Robert K Stock

    Before I became a Witness I went to a Pentecostal Church where my uncle was the Pastor. The music was a huge part of the worship. The first time I went to the Kingdom Hall I thought,"God, what horrible music! Kingdom songs suck. " It was many years before I could actually listen to Kingdom songs without flinching.

    Amazing Grace is the greatest religious song of all time. It was written in the 1700's by a man who used to be the captain of a slave ship. One day as he was thinking about where he stood before God and the plight of the chained African men and women that he was taking to bondage he had an epiphany. Slavery was wrong, a great evil that he would fight against for the rest of his life. He wrote Amazing Grace in thanks to God for his freedom and to fortify his struggle to help slaves gain their freedom.

    No Kingdom song can match the power and majesty of the songs of Christendom.

  • blondie

    I wondered this myself. I have been attending various church meetings and exposing myself to their music. Some are pretty good, good tune, good words, easy for the layperson. Some remind me of the KH songs, tune is borning, words are stilted, laypeople struggle to sing it. I like the ones with choirs and live music. It is easier to sing out when you have someone good to follow. Churches without choirs sometimes didn't sing out any more than people do at KHs.


  • hubert

    You mean you didn't like singing these "melodies"?

    Gaining victory over the world

    Obeying God rather than men (Yeah, right)

    See Jehovah's army (The witnesses)?

    God's warriors are advancing


  • blondie

    Actually, hubert, I did like some of the melodies.

  • hubert

    Blondie, I never heard the tunes at a KH. I picked up a praise book at a used book store a year ago, and was surprised to see a good number of military type songs in there, such as I mentioned.

    I am going to check the hymn book tomorrow at the Catholic church, to see if there are any "victory" songs in it, too, just to be fair.


  • blondie

    Onward Christian Soldiers

    . Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
    forward into battle see his banners go!
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.

    2. At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
    on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
    Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
    brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

    3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
    brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
    We are not divided, all one body we,
    one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

    4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
    but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
    Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
    we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.

    5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
    blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
    Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
    this through countless ages men and angels sing.

  • blondie

    (aka And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times) Words by William Blake (1757-1827) This hymn is about celebration and praise, making it suitable as the first hymn sung at the beginning of the service, which is in praise of God in whose presence everyone has assembled.

    Play MIDI File
    And did those feet in ancient time
    Walk upon England's mountain green?
    And was the holy Lamb of God
    On England's pleasant pastures seen?
    And did the countenance divine
    Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
    And was Jerusalem builded here
    Among those dark satanic mills?

    Bring me my bow of burning gold!
    Bring me my arrows of desire!
    Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
    Bring me my chariot of fire!
    I will not cease from mental fight,
    Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
    Till we have built Jerusalem
    In England's green and pleasant land.

  • stillajwexelder

    Blondie - my favorite of all time - I get emotional when singing it

  • blondie

    Me too, stilla. I first heard it sung by Judy Collins when I was a JW. I listened to it so much that when I visited one church and they played it, I was almost a solo.


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