In Christ Alone

A controversy that I had missed: the new Presbyterian Hymnal that came out in 2013 is missing the song “In Christ Alone.”

Why? Apparently the committee had discussions about including the song:

The Committee wanted to include this song because it is being sung in many churches, Presbyterian and otherwise, but they could not abide this line from the third stanza: “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied.” For this they wanted to substitute: “…as Jesus died/the love of God was magnified.” The authors of the hymn insisted on the original wording, and the Committee voted nine to six that “In Christ Alone” would not be among the eight hundred or so items in their new hymnal.

It’s fair to ask what the word “wrath” means when discussing God and atonement. But removing the word isn’t the solution.

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