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.
At the name of Jesus
  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!
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 faith and Spirit,
  One eternally.
Crowns and thrones may perish,
  Kingdoms rise and wane;
But the Church of Jesus
  Constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never
  ’Gainst the Church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise,
  Which can never fail.
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.

North Canton, Ohio, United States

The USA has just stated they need to reinstate the draft. June 2024. II Timothy 2:3 (KJV): "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." Thank you Lord that we can go into battle with prayer, daily.

Carol E Smith

Yakima, WA, United States

We are in perilous times because the church has forgotten the essence of this and other hymns. Accused of being “war-like” we stepped back from our calling to courageously confront evil in our world.

We must awake and move to do God’s will before it is too late to redeem our times for the days are full of evil.

Ann Yarwood

Wigan, United Kingdom

The Lord gave me this hymn immediately after waking up a couple of days ago, so I know it is a song for NOW, especially as God’s true Church is under so much attack. In the U. K. , I am sure most will be aware of the likely schism occurring in the C. of E. over same sex relationship/“marriage” blessings. Please pray for us and other members of the body as we fight against the principals and powers of the enemy. I pray now may God’s will be be done in His Church and on earth, and may His Kingdom be made manifest, in Jesus’ mighty name.

Adamolekun Juliana

Abule Egba, Lagos, Nigeria

I love this song it's encourage my soul.

Bonsi Stanley

Ho, Likpe, Ghana

Loved this song when I was young and still loves it till date🙏

Musinguzi Boaz

Kampala, Uganda

I use to sing the song as Boy's And Girl's Brigade Anthem because am field Officer....

Thank you everyone...

Precious Dorkenu

Ho, Agbozume, Ghana

Love to sing this song when I was a kid. Never knew how powerful the words are until today. The church of Jesus Christ will never die🙏

Eileen Wilson

Hayden, ID, United States

In this time…. while we wait for deliverance… for this nation… His nation… this is the song He’s singing… ancient words ever true…. grew up singing it… it’s words more relevant now than ever… thanks be to God!

Eileen Truszkowski

Matteson, Illinois, United States

I grew up a Congregationalist in Chicago in the 50s. This was one of my favorite hyms back then. Last evening my Grand neice from Florida started singing songs she learned in her Christian kindergarten. And pretty soon she hit on this one. I started to sign (ASL) it as we sang it together. We did three verses together ' what a treat. I couldn't image a 6 year old remembering all of the first three verses and chorus. We belted it out in a restaurant in Highland and had a marvelous time. I still am amazed that this too was her favorite hymn at age 6. What a joy. Her Gramma is doing a great job raising this smart and sassy young lady in church and with God and Jesus Christ in their lives. I am so proud of my sister.

Pamela Frances Brady

Dover Air Force Base, United States

Oh, how I loved this song as a young child. I was so proud to stand and sing this song on a regular basis always at school in assembly Also, at Sunday School and Church. Wow, this take me back many years.

Paul continues, "To walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing one another in love, being diligent to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the uniting bond of peace" (vv. 1b-3). Whenever we talk about the practice of the church life, we must remember that the first thing needed is to keep the oneness of the Spirit. This requires that we forget about everything else. The third stanza of the traditional hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers" says, "One in hope and doctrine, one in charity." This is not an accurate concept. Christians can never be one in doctrine. If someone has a certain understanding about a particular portion of the Bible, he may hold to that portion without caring for the oneness. Many Christians insist on baptism by sprinkling, some insist on a single immersion, and some insist on three immersions. Some immerse in warm water, others immerse in cold water, and still others baptize in other ways. In this one matter alone there are many opinions. In order to realize the church life we need to forget about doctrine. If we pay attention to doctrine, we may become a "three-immersions" church. Praise the Lord, the Spirit is in you and in me, so we all are one in the Spirit. Therefore, it is better to sing the above line as, "One in faith and Spirit, / One eternally" (Hymns, #871).

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