George Weigle asks Should some hymns be laid to rest?
…The first hymns to go should be hymns that teach heresy. If hymns are more than liturgical filler, hymns that teach ideas contrary to Christian truth have no business in the liturgy. “Ashes” is the prime example here: “We rise again from ashes to create ourselves anew.” No, we don’t. Christ creates us anew. (Unless Augustine was wrong and Pelagius right).
When we replace God with ourselves we do have a tendency to make ashes out of ourselves.
He suggests a fifty year moratorium on some hymns, which I don’t think goes far enough. Some of these hymns should be doused with holy water and and a stake driven through their lyrical hearts and to make doubly sure a silver bullet or two for good measure. I would suggest an Index of Forbidden Hymns but it would probably be used as the hymnal at many churches.