Many people, it seems, follow a “Country Music” Theology, rather than the Bible. “The Red Dirt Road,” for example, said, “I learned the path to Heaven is full of sinners and believers.” Really? Psalm 1:5 says “sinners” are not “in the congregation of the righteous;” Jesus said He “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Matthew 9:13); and the command is, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners” (James 4:8). By obeying Jesus Christ, “believers were increasingly added to the Lord” (Acts 5:14). Everyone will not crowd into Heaven, according to Jesus, “for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (Matthew 7:13-14). “The red dirt road” is a Dead End!
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TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND
George Jones, country music icon, is dead at the age of 81. He passed away early Friday morning, April 26, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The front page of the Saturday, April 27, edition of The Tennessean was unprecedented in my memory in that it did not carry a single local, national, or international news story—only a full, page-engulfing “bigger than life” picture of George Jones! He was by all rights as big as Elvis.
Many of my readers know of my love for traditional country music, the kind of music for which George Jones was renowned. Some of my readers also know that I have a nostalgic streak, especially when it comes to the passing of old preachers whom I have known, loved, and respected, old baseball players that I idolized as a kid, and old country music stars whose music I enjoy so much.
I have said for many years that in my judgment there was not a greater country music singer than George Jones. To me, his voice was “one of a kind,” the epitome of what a country singer should sound like, a voice perfectly suited for the kinds of songs for which he was most famous.
George was invited to join the cast of The Grand Ole Opry in 1956; recorded his signature song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” (co-written by Curly Putman, a member of the College Hills Church of Christ in nearby Lebanon, TN), in 1980; was voted the Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year in both 1980 and 1981; was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992; was honored in Washington, D. C. with a Kennedy Center Honor in 2008; and was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Recording Academy in Los Angeles in 2012. He recorded 143 “Top Forty” country songs, 14 of which went on to become Number Ones. He had a Number One hit in five different decades of his career! Continue reading