The moment you realize a worship song says something horrible

I am currently IN that moment so I thought I’d share. Have to get the thoughts out!

You can read all of the lyrics and see if it stands out to you, but it might not because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen and sung these lyrics and suddenly today I almost did a spit take.

For those who don’t know, Cornerstone is inspired by and uses lyrics from the hymn Solid Rock by Edward Mote in 1934. That may be why this slipped by me for so long. It’s all Olde English-y words. I love Olde English but it’s not usually the headspace I’m in during worship.

This is the line . . .

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

In all fairness, the group at Hillsong might not realize what they’re singing, because o the Olde English-y stuff, but this is not cool.

If you’re still wondering what’s wrong with these lyrics, “the sweetest frame” that he “dare not trust” is saying that he knows better than to trust a woman.

He’s basically saying

I know better than to trust even the most beautiful woman, but I trust completely in Jesus’ name.

Why are these things incompatible?

Why can’t you trust a woman and be saved by Jesus?

If you trust a woman, unlike the hymnist, does that mean you can’t be saved?

These lyrics are HORRIBLE!

I can’t enjoy this song anymore.

I’m bummed, but glad I’m not mindlessly singing mysogyny (at least in this song) anymore.

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