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Bethel Faux Worship Song "Champion" Makes YOU the Champion

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You are my champion
Giants fall when You stand
Every battle You've won

I am who You say I am
You crown me with confidence
I am seated
In the Heavenly place
With the One who has conquered it all

Now it starts to go really downhill. I am who You say I am? First of all, I find it unseemly to refer to ourselves with the term "I am" but some might think that is hairsplitting. Moving past that, I am wretched. I am a sinner. My heart is the most wickedly deceitful thing ever created. Thank God for the grace and mercy I have received for I deserve none of it! That is who "I am." God does not crown us with confidence, and there is no bible verse that says that. What about being crowned with humility? What about being crowned with obedience? What about being crowned with forgiveness? Never lose sight that this is designed as a worship song to sing to God! Look at me God! I am seated in heavenly places! The way the lyric reads, I am now the undefeated one, with the One who has conquered it all. Yes, He has conquered it all but I have not won anything! Nor can I win anything! Undefeated? Our whole lives was one long defeat after another until the grace and mercy of Christ found us. Imagine singing to the creator of the entire universe about your own confidence, that you are so special as to sit in heavenly places, and that we are undefeated. That is breathtakingly arrogant. Is it scriptural to say we are seated in heavenly places? Sure, as it pertains to eternal life however, not this one. More importantly how is worshipping God to remind Him of that? It is not. This song is worshipping ourselves, and it gets worse.

Now I can finally see it
You're teaching me how to receive it
So let all the striving cease, oh
This is my victory

Whose victory? MY victory. This is becoming as petulant as the Blessing of Abraham, where we shout to God to give us our inheritance! This is HIS victory beloved. We had NOTHING to do with it. I hate to break it to you, but it is not God teaching you how to receive this horrible theology, it is Bethel. Let all the striving cease? No! Do the work of a Berean! Work out your salvation with fear and trembling! We should be striving to become more Christlike until the day He calls us home and when He does - that is not us being victorious.

When I lift my voice and shout
Every wall comes crashing down
I have the authority (yes, I do)
Jesus has given me
When I open up my mouth
Miracles start breaking out
I have the authority
Jesus has given me

No, you don't. This is more of the false authority paradigm that Bethel loves to teach as well as their acceptance of word faith heresy. The lifting your voice and shouting for walls to come down is a reference to Jericho and I hate to break it to you - you were not there. You are not the hero of Jericho. You are not David staring down your giants. You are more like the frightened Israelites cowering fear until the true Champion, God, showed up. So, when we open our mouths, miracles start breaking out? Really? Then go down to the Emergency Room and start saving some lives. The truth is you do not see faith healers in the Emergency Room for the same reason you don't see prophets or psychics wining the lottery. Miracles belong to God, not us. Yes, there is the gift of miracles, but it is God that does the work. Again, keep in mind that we are supposed to be singing this song to God as some form of worship. How is it worship to tell God that we have the authority to tear walls down with a shout and perform mighty miracles? It reminds me of the hell bound folks in Matthew 7 declaring Lord Lord who are dumbfounded and say did we not perform mighty works in Your name! That's just mighty works but according to Bethel music, miracles of God can be directly attributable to us merely by opening our mouths and singing this to God is somehow, "worship." Once again, this song is not worshipping God. It is worshipping ourselves. I lift My voice and shout. I have the authority. When I open MY mouth. So bad and so arrogant.

I am who You say I am
You crown me with confidence
I am seated
In the Heavenly place
By the power of Your name

I am seated in the Heavenly place
With the One who has conquered it all
I know who I am, because I know whose I am, Hallelujah

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