October 17

Repent: “Are You Washed in the Blood” by Joey and Rory

One of the oldest gospel hymns is “Are You Washed in the Blood.” This song talks about repentance and changing one’s actions. Thus, I always hear this on Sundays during worship time, when the congregation sings worship songs. Admittedly, we all make mistakes since we are just humans, but God has given us the power of judgment so that we’ll know right from wrong.

Further, repentance is widely known for believers, and it’s natural that once we repent, we try not to commit the same mistakes again.

 “Are You Washed?”

Repentance is a more significant word than remorse or regret because it involves trying a better life. “Are You Washed in the Blood” was written by Elisha Albright Hoffman he and a Presbyterian minister is also known for composing over 2,000 hymns. Further, his father was an Evangelical minister, and Hoffman grew in a sacred environment. After his high school, he went and followed the footsteps of his father. He attended “Union Seminary” and was ordained in 1873.

Since then, he pastored churches through his life until 1922. Aside from being a reserved minister, Elisha Albright Hoffman also had a passion for music. Thus, he composed gospel songs which are now being sung in churches today. His goal is to create songs for the congregation. He once said,

“a lyric poem, reverently and devotionally conceived, which is designed to be sung and which expresses the worshipper’s attitude toward God or God’s purposes in human life. It should be simple and metrical in form, genuinely emotional, poetic and literary in style, spiritual in quality, and in its ideas so direct and so immediately apparent as to unify a congregation while singing it.”

Indeed, he is a dedicated minister in serving the Lord by composing good music to praise His name.

“The Revival”

In the 20th century, there’s a lot of gospel singers who are covering traditional hymns that were composed centuries ago. One of them is the Christian country, bluegrass duo “Joey and Rory.” In addition, they are married, and both were singers and songwriters too. Well, I guess their baby will be a singer-songwriter also since talent runs in the family.

Are You Washed in the Blood” by Hoffman had a lot of versions. Thus, the version of Joey and Rory was one of the authentic Christian gospel music. Anyhow, they did incorporate the country gospel vibe in the traditional song.

In conclusion, it’s not the song that will cleanse us from our sins, but it’s us who will repent from the Lord. Just like from the book I’ve read, judgment is coming. We need to get ready and get out from the swamp of sins.

You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you. Proverbs 28:13

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Elisha Albright Hoffman, joey and rory

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