In christ alone chords guitar

The second verse of the hymn contains the line, “Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied,” which adheres to the satisfaction theory of atonement. This line has hence made the song a subject of criticism by opponents of satisfaction theory. In 2013, a 15-member committee of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to exclude the song from a new church hymnal after Townend and Getty refused permission to alter the controversial line to “the love of God was magnified. ” Members of the committee to compile the hymnal had discovered the alternate lyrics in a Baptist hymnal from 2010, causing them to assume that the change had been authorized by the copyright holders. Critics of the committee’s decision pointed out that the hymnal included other hymns endorsing satisfaction theory and the penal substitution model of atonement, including “O Sacred Head Now Wounded. ” According to committee chair Mary Louise Bringle, the decision to exclude “In Christ Alone” centered not on the word “wrath” but rather on “satisfied. ”