This song was written by Luke Garrett, and – while he sang it – it was made most popular by Gold City… included on their album, Preparing The Way.
Luke Garrett’s roots in Christian music go back to a small church in Coweta, Oklahoma, where he made a decision for Christ at an early age. Though the Lord had truly touched him as a child, he struggled through his high school years with committing himself daily to God. He experienced a turning point in his spiritual life when, while attending UCLA, he won the Frank Sinatra Performance Award for most popular vocalist. He then realized that every note he would ever sing was a gift from God. At that time, Luke recognized the Lord’s calling on his life and His commission to use his voice for the glory of God.
Luke graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in history. Shortly
thereafter, his family moved to Texas where he served on the music staff of First Baptist Church, Dallas. While there, he signed a recording agreement with Home Sweet Home Records. He wrote and sang several songs… until he suffered a massive heart attack in 2016. He is now rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and Savior.
The Mississippi-based Christianairs were renamed Gold City at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve to begin the year 1980. The group was an instant success in the industry, appearing on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention in October 1981. Over the years, the group developed a trademark style that relied on heavy brass arrangements for their more driving songs, and moving lyrics for their inspirational anthems.
The group enjoyed many roster changes throughout the years. The 1996 version of Gold City was made up of David Hill (lead), Jay Parrack (tenor), Mark Trammell (baritone), Tim Riley (bass), and Shane Jenkins (piano).
Luke Garrett was a regular at Arkansas Baptist State Convention events. I will always like his version best…
This song reminds us to keep the main thing the main thing. It should always be about the cross!
Bible Reference… 1Corinthians 1:17,18; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 2:8; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 12:2
It’s not conservative or liberal, however they’re defined;
it’s not about interpretation or the judgment of the mind;
it’s the opposite of politics, power or prestige;
it’s about a simple message… and whether we believe.
It’s still the cross! It’s still the blood of Calvary
that cleanses sins and sets the captives free.
It’s still the name… the name of Jesus
that has power to save the lost. It’s still the cross.
We can water down theology and preach a word to suit our needs;
we can justify sweet subtle lies that are wrapped in noble deeds;
we can alter our convictions to adapt to social whims;
but we cannot change the gospel or the truth contained within. (CHORUS)
Though some may say it’s man’s religion or ancient history,
the cross of Jesus still remains the price for sin that sets us free. (CHORUS)