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Dr. James F. Linzey and Westminster Seminary California Students Release Video in Reply to CBS 'Imagine' Video
Photo: Dr. James F. Linzey and Dr. Verna M. Linzey on platform of Westminster Seminary California Chapel, as keynote speakers and moderators for National Bible Week 2011 (North San Diego County)
Dr. David A. Newberry
March 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Friday, March 19, 2020, 'Imagine' by John Lennon and Paul McCartney was released by CBS as a video by 25 celebrities, remorsefully confessing the existence of heaven and hell in a backhanded manner in which they are only imagining and dreaming that God does not exist.
The dream of a godless world forms their basis for communism, borderless nations, world peace, no property rights, no greed or hunger (a state existing only in a theocracy), and the brotherhood of humankind without the Fatherhood of God. The final kicker to the lyrics are that if we join them in John Lennon's and Paul McCartney's atheistic fantasyland, world unity will magically happen.
What gave rise to the 'Imagine' video was that their dream was interrupted by the coronavirus with them all on lockdown, videoing their solos of each phrase on their phones and piecing the video clips together, which was broadcast on CBS.
In reply to this delusional tirade, students from Westminster Seminary California, joined by Rev. James F. Linzey who is a television personality, singer, songwriter, recording artist, and Southern Baptist minister, produced a video in answer to CBS and the Hollywood celebrities.
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, these students produced and published a video titled 'It Is Well with My Soul - Students of Westminster Seminary California.' The hymn is taken from the Trinity Hymnal Psalter. Each of the participating students sang one phrase just as the celebrities did in Lennon's and McCartney's 'Imagine.' Some of the students were very polished. Some were just willing to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
But everyone sounded at least every bit as good as Bob Dylan who at one time, after awakening from his own dream world, asked Christ into his heart and recorded the infamous album 'Slow Train Coming.' Perhaps one day these celebrities will, likewise, wake up. Otherwise, their train ride may come for them, too.
Just as the celebrities were on lockdown, these students were unable to attend church since the churches are closed for services during the pandemic. Yet the seminary students spent their time not dreaming, but producing this video from their respective homes.
These students include Phillip Han from South Korea who is a third-year student in the Master of Divinity program. When asked about why he is at Westminster Seminary California, he replied, "I came to this school to be well-equipped for a lifetime of ministry. I have come to love God even deeper through His Word and can't wait to teach and preach to others about the amazing, soul-satisfying truths of God that I have come to realize." Phillip is preparing for the ministry. His life is sold out to Jesus Christ and has dedicated his entire future to the Lord's work--including his possessions--something the celebrities merely dream of doing.
The seminary students' production includes about 17 students, many who, like Phillip Han and Jim Linzey, have incredible singing voices and are preparing for the ministry--leading lives of self-sacrifice, living in the brotherhood of humankind, but under the Fatherhood of God.
These students are not living in a fantasy land as some of the celebrities are. These Christian students at Westminster Seminary California do indeed practice what they preach, have given all to the God that the celebrities dream did not exist, and produced an amazing response in their video. They are to be commended.
"I am thankful for Westminster Seminary California for training me for the good works God has prepared for me," said Phillip Han.
Very respectfully,
Dr. David A. Newberry
Author, International Evangelist, Conference Speaker
SOURCE Dr. David A. Newberry
CONTACT: 817-944-4081, david-newberry@sbcglobal.net
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