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.
Hillary Stanley

Oke Odo, Lagos, Nigeria

Glory, glory HalleluYAH!!

True disciples of Christ all over the world need to unite in truth, nothing but the pure truth of YAH. We are more than conquerors. Christ has won for us.


Lagos, Nigeria

We Christians have to unite as one and form a great army with the help of the Holy Spirit to fight again Satan the enemy and his demons. The gates of hell can not prevail against the church, the Body of Christ. The battle is the Lord's. Satan has been defeated on the cross, Halleluyah. We are victorious by the blood of Jesus, we are not afraid.

Capt Gn Okon

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

As Christians, may we continue to match forward in Christ in Jesus Name Amen.

Kimberlee Rottweiler

Wilton, CA, United States

We read in Revelations 12 about the ‘War in Heaven’ and the continuation of that battle here on earth, Satan fighting for the souls of mankind.

‘... Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. ” Revelations 12:12

The Atonement of Jesus Christ redeems all mankind from the effects of sin and evil.

Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

Christians are not called to armed warfare against a nation's enemy, but rather spiritual warfare against the enemy of souls, the devil (Ephesians 6).

And the Lord Jesus Christ is the captain of our salvation.

Only the gospel is the POWER of God for salvation to every one that believes. (Romans 1 verse 18).

Kim Bolstad

Canyon Country, CA, United States

My mom is 90 and I have become her caregiver. She walks short distances gingerly with her walker and me helping her from behind. We always sing that song to strengthen her resolve to get up and walk. It helps her fight the battle with immobility in old age! We only knew the first few lines, and so I decided to look up the rest.

Chris Udoh

Port Harcourt, Nigeria

What does it mean to be a soldier for Christ?

Michael Harrison

South Cairo, New York, United States

I hear this song sang a lot on little house on the Prairie in there church services and I happen to fall in love with it talks about our fellow man neighbors and friends following Jesus with His cross and it tells me no matter where I go my king Jesus will clear my path. How great is that.


Leeds, United Kingdom

Have the lyrics have been changed, since I sang this as a child in the '80s; sure I've heard the same tune but different words? Shame they have to change things & that my kids don't even sing hymns at school now; no shared heritage with that - replaced by sickly soppy & ironic ditties about how wonderful & safe school is, when it's actually dangerously overcrowded & rife with bullying.

But when some feel a need to classify hymns with misogynist & bogus labels, 'manly' as positive & 'womanly' as negative, maybe you get what you deserve...

Paul M

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Good gutsy, manly hymn, although I would amend the words 'with the cross of Jesus going on before' to 'looking unto Jesus who is gone before'. Better by far than the insipid and womanly lyrics of Doerksen's 'Faithful One' - 'you pick me up when I fall done' - how pathetic'! What is wrong with 21st Century evangelicals that they should want to sing such drivel every Sunday? - Isaiah 3:12.

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).