Flying Away on a Sin Wagon (To Hell)
I don’t know if many people listen to “country” music in our congregation. I listen to this music driving home from work and lately there has been a song on the air by the Dixie Chicks called “Sin Wagon.” This song glorifies the concept of sin like none other I have heard before. We have all heard songs that glorify specific sins such as fornication or adultery–these are bad enough. But this particular song praises and glorifies the concept of living a life of sin.
In the song, a woman leaves her husband because she does not want to submit to him. The woman subsequently seeks debauchery and profligate extra-marital sex. In the song, the woman asks for forgiveness, but with no intention of repenting. The last chorus of the song, the woman refers to sex as salvation and says that the Lord will have to “take me with my feet draggin'” presumably to heaven. And in the very last line of the song, the woman vociferates, “I’ll fly away, on a sin wagon.” The words “I’ll fly away” are sung to the melody of the well-known hymn.
The very concept of a “sin wagon” filled with debauchery and licentiousness should repulse and nauseate every moral person alive. However, the more deadly thought in this song is that people can live a life of rancorous sin and expect to go to heaven when they die. This is, however, an old doctrine. Every true Calvinist believes the doctrine of once saved always saved. Perhaps the Dixie Chicks will help every Calvinist realize just how wrong and sinful this doctrine is. The Bible plainly teaches otherwise.
God hates sin (Proverbs 8:13; Isaiah 59:2; Zechariah 8:17). Satan is the father of all evil (John 8:44). Those who die in sin will earn the wages of sin–spiritual death (Romans 6:23). Sinning is falling short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. . .” (1 John 3:8). Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34).
Jesus came to the earth to take away sin (John 1:29). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5). He died on the cross so that we might have forgiveness from our sins (Romans 5:8; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 9:26). Those who willfully sin against him spit in his face and despise His death (Hebrews 10:26-28).
The Dixie Chicks and every person who listens to this song will die. If they are unrepentant, they will be kindling for the fires of hell (Rev. 21:8). “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God; I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 10:34).