Michael Row The Boat Ashore

Music HighwayI was shocked when I first learned that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus Christ was none other than Michael, the archangel. How can anyone who proclaims Christ believe this?

Did God cause this kind of confusion to occur? No.  I believe God, centuries ago, purposely led the church to a greater understanding of who He is because of teachings – very similar to the Jehivah Witnesses theology today – began threatening the existence of the early, Christian church.

This view of the nature of Christ not being God
was called, Arianism. It had become so prevalent
and a countering influence on the young Christian Church
in the 4th century, the Council of Nicaea in 325 A. D.
had to be convened in order to straighten this on
behalf of the saints. From this council came a greater
understanding of the nature of God being three
Persons in one God – the Trinity.

Banjo

This Trinity doctrine does not say there are three separate gods making up one God. It also does not say there is “a god”, a separate, created being by the name of Jesus as organizations such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses (I will use JW throughout this post) claim.

I remember asking a JW if they pray to and worship Christ. He said no, only to Jehovah. If what JWs say is the case, how then can Christ be a mediator between the Father and men as quoted in 1 Timothy 2:5? Also, the book of Revelation reveals the host of heaven singing praises and worshiping the Lamb constantly.

In the Bible, when Michael, the archangel, is implied to be Jesus, then “Michael” is a title or symbolism. Michael is a messenger and a warrior against the forces of evil. Michael  can picture or symbolize the Son of God.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a prominent 19th century preacher, according to some sources, may have viewed Michael the archangel as a title belonging to Christ. Please double-check me on this.

Anyway, the two YouTube videos below brought back a personal memory. On Christmas Day, when I was about eight years old, my uncle, Ephraín, (Spanish for Ephraim) gave me a banjo as a Christmas present. I still remember its exquisite chrome frame glistening under the light. It was not a toy. It was expensive. I was breathless holding it. Why he gave it to me as a gift at that age, I do not know.

It is my regret never learning to correctly enjoy that banjo when it was first given to me when I was a kid. I sometimes wish I could go back in time and pay proper attention to it. Yet, who knows, I just may choose the banjo in my next life and relish playing it with a band of angels for eternity.

The gift of Jesus that our Father, God gave to man 2,000 years ago was not understood and appreciated ar first. Christ on earth shone brightly on those who then viewed Him. He brought healing and joy to those who were affected and wanted to learn from Him.

Now, many years later, many want to see Him in person and thank Him for changing them and giving them faith, hope, love and joy in their lifetimes and beyond.

 

Michael Row The Boat Ashore   (circa 1862)
lyrics – Unknown
music – Unknown
sung by – The New Christy Minstrels
genre – Negro spiritual

LYRICS:

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

The River Jordan is chilly and cold, hallelujah.
Chills the body but not the soul, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Sister help to trim the sail, hallelujah.
Sister help to trim the sail, hallelujah.

If you get there before I do, hallelujah,
Tell all my friends I’m a comin’ too. hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

(Asian language), hallelujah.
(Asian language), hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah.

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As sung by Pete Seeger to a somewhat solemn audience:

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