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What If I Stumble Lyrics

Artist: DC Talk
Album: Intermission

"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

Is this one for the people? Is this one for the Lord?
Or do I simply serenade for things I must afford?
You can jumble them together, my conflict still remains
Holiness is calling, in the midst of courting fame
Cause I see the trust in their eyes
Though the sky is falling
They need Your love in their lives
Compromise is calling

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?
Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl?
What if I stumble, and what if I fall?

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You never turn in the heat of it all
What if I stumble, what if I fall?

Father please forgive me for I can not compose
The fear that lives within me
Or the rate at which it grows
If struggle has a purpose on the narrow road you've carved
Why do I dread my trespasses will leave a deadly scar
Do they see the fear in my eyes? Are they so revealing?
This time I cannot disguise all the doubt I'm feeling


What if I stumble, what if I fall?
What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?
Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl?
What if I stumble, and what if I fall?

What if I stumble?
Everyone's got to crawl when you know that
You're up against a wall, it's about to fall
Everyone's got to crawl when you know that

I hear You whispering my name [You say]
"My love for You will never change" [never change]

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?
Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl?
What if I stumble, and what if I fall?

What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You never turn in the heat of it all
What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You are my comfort, and my God

Is this one for the people, is this one for the Lord?
Comments/Interpretations
by Ross on 5/13/2008 5:19pm
i did a dance to this song
by ryan hirkanago on 5/17/2008 3:42pm
great song
by Carol on 5/20/2008 3:56pm
This is an awesome song. My son introduced me to it years ago. If the post by Ross is my son... I want to say thanks.
by melissa on 5/21/2008 2:47pm
fab song always cheers me up
by Jeremy on 5/27/2008 6:52pm
altho it hurts its true "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

by Desi on 5/30/2008 6:14am
This song changed my life!
by elena on 6/8/2008 5:35am
ya, its true.....sometimes our walk is a crawl....yet, we must go on and believe in gods love...He promised to lift us up...praise be to Him....so, up and go on the walk to the heavenly HOME.....GOD BLESS U
by interpretation on 6/13/2008 10:53pm
is this one for the people, is this one for the lord or do I simply serenade for things I must afford (Am I writing this song for glory in the eyes of the people or am I writing it about what I believe [not knowing implied], or do I simply do this to pay the bills)

You can jumble them together, my conflict still remains
Holiness is calling, in the midst of courting fame (You can say that I am doing all those things at once, but I am still conflicted, The Lord is calling me while I'm in the middle of promoting myself to men)
by Amanda on 6/17/2008 7:13pm
The sad thing is, it's all true...I love this song, it's my heart poured out in words.


"What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You never turn in the heat of it all
What if I stumble, what if I fall?
You are my comfort, and my God"
by *LAura on 7/1/2008 9:16pm
i was introduced to this song by a friend; and it really changed me--i love it.
by nessa on 8/3/2008 1:41am
if every christian would ask themselves if what they do is for God or for the people a lot of eyes would be truly opened!!!
by Sunny on 8/19/2008 5:40pm
I've never been the perfect Christian but Jesus IS
by Michelle on 8/29/2008 7:57pm
This song was my dad's fav song between him and I. I got to dance to it at his funeral. May he RIP.
by Fernanda on 8/30/2008 5:21pm
I really love that song!!! Jesus Freak
by Stephanie on 9/1/2008 12:07am
this song is so true..its very hard in this world to live with our souls facing God every minute of every day...even though we want to
by Ashish on 9/9/2008 9:02pm
Though i am an agnostic.... But this song really gives me relief and i really feel so pure... Actually cant describe the feelings... Sometimes...The words are not enough......!! Song is so enchanting.......!!

Great Song and great lyrics with so much of bitter truth in it !! Hats Off !!
by walunir jamir on 9/21/2008 12:40pm
nice lyric,i love dc talk
by pat on 9/30/2008 10:13am
LOVE,LOVE this song my neace sang it in church 7 years old standing ovation GOD BLESS
by Ross w on 10/18/2008 9:45pm
This song really moves me closer to God,and humbles me.
by Laura 10/21/08 10:18am on 10/21/2008 9:20am
I never paid close attention to the lyrics until today!! What a powerful song...O Lord, help us to stay on Your strait and narrow path even when we are up against the walls of life. May Your strength be made perfect in our weakness, thank You Jesus.
by Blake on 10/22/2008 8:56am
I'm singing this song in sign language at my church. I'm actually hearing impaired but I love music. Great song
by Pastor Diddy on 10/27/2008 2:38pm
I did stumble, as a pastor, I caved in. I was serenading for the things I must afford, when I gave in to lust. After a six year healing process, I am finally seeking to reenter vocational ministry. Praise The Lord for his forgiveness
by Ashley on 10/27/2008 4:30pm
this song is simply amazing.
it changed my life the first time i heard it.
the lyrics to this song are so strong. and i love this.
by brooke Hayes 10/29/08 on 10/29/2008 10:33am
We must all realize that we do stumble and we do fall... The Father in his infinate wisdom picks us up and wipes off the dirt from our scraped knees and gently tells us.... "get up soldier, there is no time for rest, must move on to the goal, I AM RIGHT BESIDE YOU ALL THE WAY"
What an awesome God we Serve. Thanks Toby, Michael and Kmax for doing everything you do for the Lord. May He always shower you with His untainted love.
by jenna melton on 11/12/2008 12:31pm
man im in school right now moarning over a friend that died. he was hit by a train monday,11-10-08 i live in belmont north carolina im 14 and i go to south point high school this was josh lee phillips and my song it will never be the same
by Drew McGraw on 11/20/2008 10:59pm
This song touches people deeper than we can. Because the music and the simplicity of the lyrics. what an amazing god we serve. May he guide me back to his graces. Thank you jesus I love you!
by [Olivia Reynolds] on 11/25/2008 10:47pm
These lyrics put me im my place...I call myself a Christian but I didn't realize how distant and cold I have become. This has made my heart melt and opened my eyes..I don't want people to wonder whether im a Christian or have to ask me, I want them to know it and feel it with the way I lead my life...I can't do this alone...
by alex malonda on 11/26/2008 3:34am
its awesome song!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Kim on 12/9/2008 9:29pm
Even though im young (13) some how this song really touches my heart. Even so young i have made some pretty big mistakes in my life. This song really helps when you feel guilty or sad over something the line "what if i stumble what if i fall, you never turn away in the heat of it all" is really comforting to know that God will always be there to help no matter how bad we sin.
GOD BLESS YOU
by Lynette on 12/19/2008 4:52pm
My sentiments exactly...people can point their boney fingers at us to shame us. God, however, redeems us and says: "I loved you first, now go and sin no more. I will forgive...trust in me; keep trying". This song really touches my heart, also. God bless.
by Tara on 1/17/2009 5:50pm
Does anyone know who said "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

It is so very true and I'd love to have the referance to this statement for a presentation.

Thanks!
by G on 2/6/2009 6:37am
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

for almost a month now, i've been obsessing whether i'm being a good witness for Christ or not. i'm so so afraid of stumbling, knowing this will reflect on other Christians. Also, Im afraid that if I sin, God will love me less. Thanks to this song, I'm reminded that He will always love us. Like Lynette said, He loved us first; even before we repented, he loved us.
by Mao on 2/19/2009 1:40pm
I would also like to know who said that first statement!!
by Jacinta on 3/2/2009 1:47am
This song is absolutely amazing.
by zack on 3/5/2009 9:16am
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

this so true. my brother is the president of our christian progam at my school and one day this group of girls walked by our christian meeting and me and josh(my brother) asked if the would like to join and their exact words was "why go in there when all they do is act like hypocrates" sorry if i spelled that wrong well i love this song and it helps me in all i do.
by DanBillion on 3/10/2009 7:29am
As a former Christian recording artist, the meaning of this song is obvious. They're talking about the fact that Christian celebrities are constantly in the spotlight, held up on a pedestal and at the same time under a microscope. God himself holds someone to a high standard when they put themselves out there as this type of representative for Him. The lyrics here are saying that even though the singer is still human and prone to make mistakes, and even though they know God will forgive them, there can be some serious damage done to their fans if and when they do stumble and fall.
by Sam Carmichael on 3/12/2009 10:48pm
I first heard this song when I was in 3rd grade...
At the time I didn't even understand the words the guy at the beginning was even saying, and the tune sounded cool...

Flash forward to my sophomore year in college, I come across my dc talk jesus freak album, put it in my macbook (the last time I played this album, it was on a bogus boom box in the 90s)

Hearing this song play for the first time since I was in 3rd grade was crazy. In third grade, I didn't have problems with the temptations I have now in my life. I had no worries back then, and now I look back at my years and I've screwed up just like everyone else cuz I'm human. This song is so powerful and at about the same time I pulled this CD out, I've started getting back to church. It's tough, but not impossible to live right and for Him.

gotta love dc talk for all they've done
by Eli on 4/26/2009 10:28am
Apparently the quote at the top is from Brennan Manning, for all those who were wondering.
by Naveen on 5/8/2009 5:53am
God Bless DC-talk
by noghiri on 6/30/2009 1:29pm
Wow.
by // on 7/31/2009 11:38pm
Jude 24-25
by jek on 8/4/2009 4:49am
i love this song!
by BeBe on 9/13/2009 7:24am
Does are talk match our walk (and vice versa)?
Are we saying one thing and doing another?
Lots to think about here.
I think my poor niece was ruined by seeing her mom (my sister) go on about being a good Catholic and then she was so hateful and unforgiving to my niece. Very sad.
Now my niece is an atheist.
by Igor on 11/5/2009 3:21pm
I love this song. I will learn it and sing it in church.
by faith on 1/7/2010 10:40pm
great song, so true and marvellous

God bless, He loves You!
by Manuel E. on 1/20/2010 4:50pm
it's a really good song!!!!!!!
by Ana on 2/18/2010 12:23pm
love this song,
by john on 3/14/2010 10:51am
singing this song for an audition
by Tash on 3/18/2010 7:48am
This song makes me cry everytime, but always reminds me of what's important
by Sad but True on 4/29/2010 9:19am
The opening line is reason #2 why I deny fundamental christainity. Reason #1 is their denial of factual, evidence-supported science.
by Say What? on 5/1/2010 9:29pm
"Sad but True"...please provide "evidence-supported" science.
by Michelle on 5/11/2010 2:13pm
The opening quote is from C.S. Lewis. Can't remember where exactly from, though.
by dave on 6/7/2010 1:43pm
I live in Kuwait andwas really upset with my wife and after listening to the song for the first time(June07,2010) I called my wife told her that I was sorry and couldnt wait to get home!God Bless DC TAlks, Iwill find and by the music, Thanks!
by Kat on 6/22/2010 12:19pm
Yeah, we will stumble. Just shows how much we need Him. And I think it's normal to wonder how that may scar non-believers. But we know that His Word will never come back empty. That's a promise. So you will be blessed for your efforts. And if people want to point fingers at Christians as the reason for not glorifying the one true God through Jesus--well, it's not like that's on a list of valid excuses God will be referencing on the Judgement Day. The opening quote is catchy and thought-provoking, but how can we assert its truth? Denial of the Almighty God surely has to go deeper than finger pointing. Just my thoughts...
by bill on 7/13/2010 10:33am
hi
by Kelly on 11/2/2010 3:30pm
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today
Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable

So painful and eye oppening, that I am part of the reason that people do not believe.
by C4 Him on 1/5/2011 11:36am
To sad but true,
the way I take it you are an atheist?! I'm sorry you feel this way if thu I'd true. I'm a Christian and I have trouble believeing God DOESNT exist! Once you've been down as low as I have and then something so powerful helped you along, you would see my reasoning... I LOVE this song because it us soooooo true!
by Xanath on 1/7/2011 3:14pm
I really like this SONG!!! Its Gives me strenght and most of all FAITH!!
by Fabio on 1/8/2011 5:26pm
Great song!!
D.C. Talk(s)
by mackenzie on 2/11/2011 9:22am
i love this song so much
by Michael on 3/15/2011 2:13pm
I know the song and it is a good song with a great message, but the quote at the beginning is what makes it so relevant and inspiring. Wherever it came from, C.S. Lewis or whomever, it is as true and real as it gets. I myself am not a devout believer, but I do believe in The Golden Rule and Karma. Hypocrisy kills religious legitimacy in many undecided people's minds and it is sad that supposed believers are doing more harm than good to their "beliefs".
by Dave on 4/24/2011 4:15pm
I really needed to hear this song right now.. Wow I love it
by Liam on 5/18/2011 5:25pm
I love this song! It's been 2 days and I already know it by heart.
by justine on 6/25/2011 5:16am
i really love ther lyrics! it wakens up christians who do stumble and fall..and it includes me..juz so glad and thankful for the Lord that I have..He's amazing!
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by Hukavi Naga on 9/28/2011 10:51am
I reali luv this song.
by Kathryn on 10/12/2011 10:25pm
Christians is why I'm agnostic , Christians havd put me at odds. With god , not Satan but Christians !!! I believe god comoletely disregards me and does care about what matters to me ! Christians told me god called me to be single to serve him , christians persecuted me with their outrageous opinons , Christians DO NOT speak on gods behalf !!!
by Echem hangpa antuhuh(Naga) on 10/24/2011 10:33am
I love this song cos it really touch me and i lisen everytime. It reflict our life. I've lisen so many gospel songs whick touch my heart but this song is uniqe
this song is everygreen for me......May God Blessd u all!
by Jeff on 12/22/2011 6:37pm
The greatest single cause of Atheism in the world today isn't Christians, it's Atheists. They don't come to Christ because what fellowship has darkness with light? They don't come to the light lest their evil deeds be exposed to the light. Check the Bible before you swallow Satan's condemnation and lies about your faith. God calls us to obedience, but each will bear his own guilt regardless of what any of us does.
by Johnzo on 3/26/2012 4:52am
Aww thanks Jeff for that reminder how self righteous Christians are. Right now I'm getting turfed out of a house that I heated for a winter because my wonderful "Christian" landlords suddenly decided to sell the house. After extracting promises from me that I wouldn't suddenly up and leave them hanging. Talk about bad-faith hypocrites, pretty scummy - but I had a bad feeling about the whole arrangement, having gotten scammed by The People Of Jesus plenty in the past before. Ruins a lot of my plans and hard work - but amen, hope those Christians have lots of money in the bank.
by Itwagobe Kauring on 4/7/2012 12:45pm
Whenever i am down,I feel like crying,this song always encourage me,it always give me a reason to move on. The lyrics is so challenging & the song,its wonderful. I sang this song with my friend in my local church. God bless!
by FreeThinker on 4/30/2012 3:12pm
www.unbelievablechristianity.com
by Joshua on 7/16/2012 9:16pm
I am thinking about singing this for an audition for my school's praise band, but I never really knew the lyrics. Reading them was eye opening for me. I thank God for his forgiveness for all the mistakes I've made and will make. I challenge you to pray to God for guidance so that next time temptation comes your way, you may not stumble. God bless you!
by pathfinder dew on 11/29/2012 7:06am
I could identify myself within this song...simply amazing!!!
by vili swu on 12/25/2012 10:06am
i keep falling in luv wit this song everytym i hear it.......
by PRAYER28 on 5/23/2013 7:36pm
it's been a long time since someone commented this is a proof God still using this song to touch people. Today I was feeling alone, without someone to give love. Then I felt this need for listen this song (My father used to listen it when i was a kid) then when i was listening i began to feel God's presence and i felt his love and i can say God is close to us all the time and He will give us all we need in HIS right time.
by yeshika achumi on 8/11/2013 9:04am
i really love this song!!!
We performed this song in our church! God bless Dc talk..
by Kathryn on 10/10/2013 1:59pm
Christians not only destroyed me emotionally they ruined God for me!
I don't love or feel loved by God due in full to Christians that the Devil used to persecute me . Christians not only destroyed my faith they destroyed any faith in God ! Christians need to stop elevating themselves and speaking for God and realize why would God need to inform them to begin regarding what he has or hasn't called them to do . Gods will is Gods not mans !

I feel so unloved by God and Christians your opinions is why !!! Get that
by Kathryn on 10/10/2013 2:01pm
Christians not only destroyed me emotionally they ruined God for me!
I don't love or feel loved by God due in full to Christians that the Devil used to persecute me . Christians not only destroyed my faith they destroyed any faith in God ! Christians need to stop elevating themselves and speaking for God and realize why would God need to inform them to begin regarding what he has or hasn't called someone else to do . Why on earth woukd they Need that info Gods will is Gods not mans !

I feel so unloved by God and Christians your opinions is why !!! Get that
by joanie on 1/5/2014 5:09pm
I know this is not the meaning of the song in
the sense, but is simply a time in my life and
how it touched me.
My aunt was 92 and would forget many things; like what she had for lunch. This played and touched me as her walk was not even a crawl and usefulness low scale. Left
me pondering my own road i must travel and the need for love all the way from this world to the next. 4 months later she would complete this leg of her journey.
Its been 2 years and i still weep when this plays. Yes, it is a great reminder to be real and what really matters: God and eternity.
by Ashish The Drifter on 1/9/2014 10:50am
This song has been in my favorite list from past 10 years. Never deleted it from my mobile. Still agnostic but still love this song. So many replies on the page since my previous reply displays the awesomeness of this song. Thank you Sunder for introducing this song to me..... Peace!!!!
by Me on 3/4/2014 8:09pm
Kathryn, I am a Christian. I am so sorry that you feel the way you do. In my circumstances, if I look for the positives it will bring me closer to God. God gives me this choice. Turn yourself from the negatives in life...they are there to distract you. We all stumble, we all fall but the love of Jesus will never change....whisper His name and .....you will hear His voice....listen....


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