Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

An Unbalanced Gospel

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no
longer remains a sacrifice for sins [God’s grace is made void], but [rather]
a fearful expectation of judgment [unless we repent]...” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

God is indeed a God of love — boundless love — love that we should reflect, radiate,
Love that’s unsurpassed, love that we should dwell upon, bask in, speak of and celebrate.
And to that let’s say, “Amen,” for love is the Gospel in a nutshell — yes, Jesus —
The One who died on Calvary for you and I — in other words, for all of us.

However, Christ didn’t say to leave things there, but also reminded us to obey,
For He’s a God of righteousness, who, regarding obedience, has much to say.
Yes, a God who has laid down a code of conduct — plus, we are His ambassadors,
Who’re not only meant to keep His commands, but where it doesn’t conflict, earthly laws.

So where’s this heading? Well, all some folk want to do is just focus on (Jesus’) love,
Seemingly as if nothing else has been requested by our Holy God above.
Thus, when it comes to obedience, they act as if such has been replaced by grace,
Failing to walk victoriously, nor cautioning others — which slaps God in the face.

“Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31, NIV).

Hence why God has His men of the moment, trumpet blowers, men who are unafraid,
Men who provide the balance that’s missing, men who speak out, calling a spade a spade.
Men who whilst preaching of Jesus’ love, also remind of those standards He has set,
And of the cost, when through rebelliousness, His standards aren’t sought, nor via
His power met.

Most seem aware of the method of salvation, but not the standard of salvation,
For though we’re saved by grace alone, God desires obedience, our sanctification.
And sanctification can’t occur where He doesn’t have our co-operation,
Our willing, receptive and balanced response, and desire for that transformation.

Where there’s no true obedience, nor the fulfilling of God’s will, there’s no salvation,
For those who continue to willingly sin, we’re told, come under God’s condemnation.
Hence the need of those ‘watchmen on the wall’ who’ll dutifully remind and awaken,
For so many in their understanding of salvation are badly mistaken.

And is it any wonder given the diluted Gospel doing the rounds today,
A Gospel that’s far from balanced, one that says, “Let’s love,” but seldom says, “Let’s obey.”
One that rocks folk to sleep via warm fuzzies, and statements that don’t gel with Scripture,
One that just paints an alluring landscape, not the Laodicea End-time picture.

Yes, “Take the world but give me Jesus,” folk once sang, but not nowadays, seemingly,
It’s in the world and of it, an anything goes New Age spirituality.
And those who stick their neck out, and warnings shout, are labeled as legalists, sadly,
By those Christians who holler, “Just preach love and unity!” “Don’t rock the boat!”
Don’t judge me!’

When man excuses, accepts, protects and applauds what God condemns, then woe betide,
For sin is sin, and God’s pronouncements clear, and thus, His time of judgment justified.
Though God is a God of love, He has His standards, and is a God of justice too,
Who won’t grant eternity to those who knowingly and willingly sin pursue.

Yes, be such sin same-sex sexual acts, promiscuity, porn, adultery,
Wounding emotionally or physically, bigotry, blatant hypocrisy.
Whether such sin be stealing or lying, or anything else that God condemns and hates,
For what He hates, stems from rebellion, selfishness, and Christ-likeness obliterates.

But those who repent and refrain from such sinning, needn’t have fear of damnation,
For their fruitage is evidence of their genuineness — they’re a “new creation.”
It’s they who’re covered by God’s grace, for grace only covers contrite sinners, not sin,
For why would God cover willful known sin, sin that still shows rebelliousness within?

“And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? I [Paul] die every day...” (1 Cor 15:30,31, NIV).

And that’s the truth, plain and clear, not the watered down Gospel that one nowadays hears,
A Gospel that’s tailored for itchy ears, one that dangerously lulls and wrongly steers.
A Gospel that’s far from balanced, one weighted in favour of popularity,
A people pleasing affair — a crime — one that God will soon deal with accordingly.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10, NIV).

What Christians need to remember is that God has a universe to govern, rule,
That is, other worlds besides this fallen one (in need of correction) — and God’s no fool.
He knows that where there isn’t any rules, codes, standards and accountability,
There’s just chaos; and that despite His love and grace, Christians still act rebelliously.

Yes, being the fallen creatures we are, it’s so easy to take license with God’s grace,
Hence why He has His standards, His moral Law, for He well knows that such have their place.
Though we’re not saved by works, we’re not exempted from works either, and nor should
we be,
For faith without works, love without obedience, is just a sham, hypocrisy.

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12, NASB).

Christ desires that we become like Him in every way, and why wouldn’t we want to,
(Remaining shackled by sin, selfishness, emulating Satan — ungratefully too)?
For who paid the price for our sins, gave His life, suffered terribly on Calvary,
And now offers grace — (that many use as an excuse to keep on sinning, sadly)?

No, God’s no fool, hence His standard of conduct — His Law — a law that we’ll be judged by,
For any who willingly keep on sinning, effectively Christ re-crucify.
And if that’s not the message you’re hearing, then it’s an unbalanced Gospel, believe me,
For it’s the message contained within God’s Word, wrapped in love, for He knows best, not we.

It’s a message that’s holistic, apostolic, one that we’re not to modify,
A message that we’re not to add to, nor take away from, in some way falsify,
A message we’re not to adulterate, but rather, adhere to, communicate,
A message that all who willingly receive and apply such, will joyously liberate.

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to keep an eye on those who cause dissensions and offenses, in opposition to the teaching that you have learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded” (Rom 16:17,18).

Love without rules and consequences is seriously flawed, as all good parents know,
And in time, the results of such — selfishness, rebelliousness, lawlessness — soon show.
Hence why God ties love and obedience together, (and let’s not forget context),
And why we should very thoroughly examine, compare and weigh, text after text.

“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments...” (2 John 6, NASB).
“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-24).

By Lance Landall

Here’s the key: In the context of salvation (Justification – right standing before God), law keeping is of no avail, but in the context of Christian conduct (Sanctification – right living before God), God’s law has value and validity.

The following comments are worth noting:

 "Thinking that people are basically good causes us to downplay the moral seriousness of the wrong we do. It prompts us to search for external reasons to justify what people do. Ever since Adam and Eve committed the first sin, the human race has been born morally corrupt. We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are by nature sinners. If each day we step out with a sense of conviction about the depth of sin in our souls and the pervasive impact it has on our lives we end up experiencing: A clearer sense that our problems are more internal than external; a true sorrow and humility about our sins that leads to change on our part; a deeper motivation to focus on and do good; a greater sense of accountability to God and others that He might use in our lives to mature us. Christ did not come to tell you ‘you’re ok’. He came to tell you that your not ok, but deeply loved, that you need radical surgery of the soul, and that He is just the surgeon to do the job. The idea that people are basically good is a belief that tickles our ears and makes us feel good about ourselves, but it is like the Pharisees – a white washed tomb that is pretty on the outside but full of death and decay on the inside. We need to confront our sinfulness honestly on a divine basis no matter how painful that will be."
Taken from the book — ‘Self-Help or Self-Destruction’ by Dr Chris Thurman.

"What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the face of the contract."
Vance Havner (1901-1986)

You might also like to read my other poems "Once Saved, Always Saved" and "A Dangerous Doctrine".

2.  Contemporary Aarons

Have your pastor and the elders been conveying to you all those things they should be?
After all, that’s what they’re there for — to put it another way, such is their duty.
They’re there to call a spade a spade — in other words, they should say what needs to be said,
For there are times when the flock needs to feel the full force of a godly arrowhead.

If your pastor or the elders fail in their duty, God will hold them accountable,
For they’ve been set apart, and for the flocks spiritual well-being are responsible.
They’re to make it clear — in no uncertain terms — just how the flock should be behaving,
For often the ones who’re sitting in the pews are just as much in need of saving.

And sometimes that is the only time they get to hear the things that they need to see,
For many don’t study, nor study deeply; and live lives that are shamefully worldly.
Hence the need of leaders who will regularly remind them of their duties too,
For Heaven’s not for hypocrites, deliberate sinners, who their own ways pursue.

And nor for those errant pastors or elders who tickle ears generically,
Preaching and teaching what pleases, scared that they’ll lose their role, or unpopular be.
In other words, people pleasers, betrayers of Christ who wants the straight word spoken,
For how else will doomed Laodiceans from their lukewarm slumber be awoken?

Thus, if your pastor or the church elders aren’t making you feel uncomfortable —
At least some of the time, that is — or where necessary, then all is far from well.
They have fallen down on their duty, and rather than leaders, are mere figureheads,
Yes, generals who’re not up to the task, archers minus their godly arrowheads.

Each pastor and each elder, (for they’re one and the same), should preach a balanced Gospel,
For what car salesman — a car without a gearbox, brakes or radiator — would sell?
Likewise, what preacher would foolishly leave out this or that when it comes to Scripture?
For that would be akin to cutting out parts of a specially painted picture.

Yet, this is what happens when pastors and elders fail to prepare and warn their flock,
In order that as a body, or individually, they seriously take stock.
Such selective preaching or teaching, and lack of church discipline that’s linked with such,
Is found where pastors and elders have lost the plot; where they’re unsound and out of touch.

Such are oft found courting worldly ways in order to attract more into their pews —
A “means justifies the end” approach — which any watchmen on the wall would refuse.
Such reminds me of the rush for pews that Constantine created, and which soon saw
Half-baked Christians, heresy, and a holy and unholy mix come through the Church door.

In effect, pastors and elders are employed by God, and to His will only should bow;
Their sacred role’s a heavenly calling, apostolic — they’ve taken a solemn vow.
Thus, popularity, people pleasing, and worldly ways shouldn’t enter their mind,
For such foolishness — not just pastors and elders, but all Christians — should leave behind.

Yes, contemporary Aarons, complaining about their lot, eyes not on their Lord,
Foolishly wanting to have it both ways, hence how both God and their flock they defraud.
They’re there to call a spade a spade, and to labour until their energy is spent,
Willingly sacrificing, humbly leading, straight as a dye, doing things how God meant.

By Lance Landall

The following comments are worth noting:

"We are living in a day of self-seeking and irresponsibility, even in Christian circles. Few indeed are the Christian believers who have truly laid their all on the altar for Christ. Few are the spiritual leaders who truly put God FIRST. Rather they think first, albeit subconsciously, of their positions, popularity, salaries and the success of the organizations over which they preside. While professing strong allegiance to God and His word, they are nevertheless careful not to emphasize those passages from the word which might ruffle feathers or rock the boat, as we say. In spite of their professed fidelity to God's word and will, their first objective is actually to keep their organizations running smoothly and pleasantly so that they may continue to grow in numbers. This has become a way of life in Christendom, but in this matter too we should 'search the Scriptures daily,' to determine whether these things have God's approval, for however good and right a thing may seem, if it is at variance with the word, rightly divided, it is contrary to the will of God and therefore wrong."
Cornelius Stam (1908-2003)

"The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
Vance Havner (1901-1986)

"When there's something in the Bible that churches don't like, they call it legalism."
Leonard Ravenhill

"Men love everything but righteousness and fear everything but God."
Vance Havner (1901-1986)

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many" (Matthew 7:13, ESV).

3.  Preach It!

If you’re going to preach, preach with passion and conviction, show you’ve met the Lord,
And yes, say it straight, even thump the pulpit, for many are listless and bored.
Yes, stir us from our slumber, our great peril, have us fall on our lazy knees,
Help us to truly sense our need, our wretchedness, and thus Earth’s last moments seize.

And why I now turn to Thee, Lord, and plead: Please send us preachers like those of old,
Men who’ll call a spade a spade, return us to Your Word, remind what we’ve been told.
Yes, men who truly know Your Word, Lord, men who have it embedded in their mind,
Men who have it written on their heart, men that these days are very hard to find.

Yes, men who won’t buckle under pressure, they committed and dependable,
Not falling victim to wayward women, but rather, strong and true like Daniel.
Men who’ll help us stand and not fall, tears in their eyes and a burden on their heart,
That we, Lord, from the straight and narrow, Your Word and loving arms, will not depart.

By Lance Landall

4.  Errant Pastors

I don’t have a problem with pastors, just errant ones, errant leaders, that is,
Those who act as if some church is theirs rather than God’s, solely and only His.
And they ignoring that each church is supposed to be run by elders, a few,
And not just a single man, for that’s where democracy quickly goes askew.

Oh, how it must rile God when pastors indulge in shouting matches, bullying,
Some throwing their weight around, misusing their clout, and even their own mud sling.
They pushing some agenda, working behind the scene, rallying supporters,
And busy peddling a new theology, disparaging would be thwarters.

Yes, these are the ones that I have a problem with, because my Saviour does too,
Such pastors being a poor example like those bad kings that ancient Israel knew.
And as a consequence, congregations rising or falling, falling apart,
Good folk having left, and all because of that errant path that some pastors chart.
By Lance Landall

5.  Never Support A Pastor's Wrong

Should your pastor err, do not support him in his erring, as you’ll be considered guilty too,
And by that I mean, in the eyes of God, for pastors are out of line when some wrong they pursue.
In other words, they going contrary to the will of God, who, in His own good time will act,
And who in the meantime doesn't want to see any member ensuring that that wrong is backed!

To go along with some pastor’s wrong simply because he’s a pastor is not only folly,
But the act of one whose conscience declares subservience to man and ignorance biblically.
For no Christian should put man before God, nor support error, but rather, where it concerns them,
Approaching the errant pastor in a Christ-like manner, unafraid to such error condemn.

The truth is, that not all pastors meet God’s approval, their ways not His, their leadership faulty,
They people pleasers, not God pleasers, harming the Church via their introductions or heresy.
And hence how the unstudied church member is oft led astray, they thinking that the pastor should know,
And yes, he should, but such isn’t always so; and via his wrongdoing, he aiding our old foe.

Given the pastor’s important role, his acts and words should be above reproach, though we being fair,
For all can err, but that said, he’s still to be held accountable should he wrongly behave or steer.
Though his office should be respected, he shouldn’t be treated like a god, for such he is not,
And should we support him in his wrong, and say, “Well, he is the pastor,” God might one day say, “What!”

By Lance Landall

"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!" (Gal 1:8, NIV).

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ" (Gal 1:10, ESV).

6.  Behind Those Masks

A pastor-cum-leader who seduces, rapes, or sexually molests someone,
Seriously displeases and deserves the coming consuming fire of the Son.
A God who sees behind those masks that may fool humans, but not Him, for He sees all,
And why come those hidden sins — and here, criminal acts too — He’ll make a judgment call.

Now, should such traitors think that all they have to do is repent, they’ll get a big shock,
For they must also confess to earthly authorities, enter cell key and lock.
And thus should they not, and nor do the time, they’ll be barred from Heaven, consumed by fire,
For such offenders God can’t cover with His righteous robe-cum-heavenly attire.

And rightly so, for no one should get away with such crimes, no matter how sorry,
Be they someone who badly erred, or once a predator indulging wickedly.
And why all should seek to put right their wrongs as far as they are able, lest it be
That God’s grace not cover them, it not a cloak for sin-cum-passport for the guilty.

So take heart should you be the victim of some Christian leader’s criminality,
As God’s justice will soon have its day, and meantime, many don’t get away scot-free.
For aside from civil justice, what goes round oft comes round, and why now, many pay,
And despite they’re repentance, they having triggered what’s often seen to ricochet.

By Lance Landall

“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing...” (Eccl 12:14, NKJV).

7.  Popularity, The Preacher's Enemy

Oh yes, many a sound preacher has been seduced by his popularity,
It weakening his stand, diluting his words, and displeasing God immensely.
For God wants the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth spoken without fear,
For as in the days of Noah, so it’s becoming today, and Christ’s coming near.

Thus, if ever there was a time for straight talking preachers, it’s now — like back then —
For soon the door of opportunity will shut out sinful women and men.
And also those within the Church who’ve itchy ears, worldly feet and lustful eyes,
And who all attempts to rescue the Church from liberality criticize.

Yes, now’s not the time for wishy-washy, watered down sermons that lull not stir,
And that thereby avoid the pointed truth, that today, far less Christians prefer.
And thus how popularity can soften many a straight preacher’s backbone,
His swelled head soon betraying both Christ and Church — self having ascended the throne.

No, now’s not the time for generic, non-pricking-cum-people pleasing sermonettes,
But rather, that which is needed, and regardless of how many such upsets.
For the Church is full of those who’re playing with fire, and who soon may end up burnt,
Given lessons of the past that God’s Word lovingly warns of haven’t been learnt.

Yes, the more popular a sound preacher becomes, pride is waiting to ensnare,
His concern for the flock’s well-being giving way to what sounds nicer to the ear.
And hence he even disparaging what he once thumped the pulpit over, and
All when the end of man’s probationary period is so close at hand.

By Lance Landall

"Popularity has slain more prophets of God than persecution ever did."
Vance Havner

8.  The Two Types Of Leaders

Within the Christian Church there are two types of leaders, those who please God and those who don't, perilously,
'Cause such leaders are there to see God’s will is done, they employed by Heaven, Christ himself, effectively,
'Cause it's His Church, not their Church, not even our Church, so woe betide any who meddle-cum-interfere,
Such as those leaders who anger God by the following which it’s important you know, and that I share.

Such leaders are either people pleasers or mini dictators, using any means-cum-wrongful means,
Hence the wordiness, heresy, misuse of authority within the Church amidst Earth’s closing scenes.
And such leaders either deluded or not truly converted, and why trust must be in God, not them,
'Cause many who're professing they’ve been called of God and are speaking in His name, He would strongly condemn.

Such leaders mess with heads, they playing with their parishioners, using them to their advantage somehow,
And rather than teaching one’s conscience should be captive to God’s Word, it’s to their word they want us to bow.
They oft getting folk on their side, ensuring that certain ones get appointed to certain positions
(And they, those who’ll kowtow to such leaders, thus exchanging God’s mission for countless other missions).

Pastors come and go, many attempting to swing things in some direction they’ve embraced, not God, oh no,
'Cause God’s truths, ways and will don’t change, nor recognise culture, as any studier of His Word should know.
All why members should do their homework, 'cause how often have leaders led astray, and so it is today,
Many having left behind the old paths in favour of new paths, sneering at the apostolic way.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 29 Feruary 2020.

9.  Thus Says God's Word

Even holy angels aren’t to be worshipped, bowed to, showered with adoration,
And therefore, less so any man, we not deserving of such elevation.
And thus why God wasn’t happy with His chosen people demanding a king,
And why even priests were there to serve — glory for fallen man being a bad thing.

Oh yes, Earth’s history having proved such over and over again, sadly,
And why only God is due adoration — fallen man too power hungry.
And thus so unlike our humble Saviour, (Christ), He astride a borrowed donkey,
And to think that men have sought crowns, thrones, palaces and pomp and ceremony.

Oh, how such robs Christ of the glory that He alone is due, not mortal man,
God being the creator, man simply His creation — and pride how evil began.
Hence why Christ is the head of the Church, not some man, and why Christ is called the Rock,
And why no one else is to be followed or bowed to by members of His flock.

As far as ancient Israel goes…

God ruled that old theocracy directly until they clamoured for a king,
One just like the pagan nations had, and from which, troubles were soon seen to spring.
Yes, it all ending in a painful divorce, they no longer God’s chosen ones,
And why all who accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour are His daughters and sons.

Wow, fancy Israel exchanging the King of kings for a fallen earthly one;
In other words, they hollering for a human rather than the Father’s Son.
Or to put it another way, the earthly appealing more than the heavenly,
And why in time there were the likes of kings and popes — Christ being the casualty.

All why God never intended such be, and thus why it is that now we see
The glorification of man, followers treating others like deity.
But surely not Christians, for don’t Christians know better? Well, they certainly should,
Hence why millions stray, wander after Revelation’s "beast"-cum-swallow falsehood.

Dear friend, men are simply that, men, all why pastors should be held accountable,
No one treating them God-like, and where they err, not going along with their ill.
Yes, pastors-cum-priests are simply filling a role, they there to serve and not rule,
Hence why anyone who lords it over others, or bows to men, is a fool.

Oh, if only ancient Israel hadn’t sought a king, but isn’t that the way,
And why the likes of taxes, corruption and persecution were soon to dismay.
All being why our trust should be in God and not in any man, for men soon err,
Or cleverly mislead — and onto themselves, that glory that’s not theirs transfer.

Thus says God’s Word.

By Lance Landall

“Then I [John the Revelator] fell at his feet to worship him [the angel]. And he said unto me, ‘See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God [God only]…’ ” (Rev 19:10, KJV).

“Salvation is found in no one else [Christ], for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV).

“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matt 23:9, KJV).

“And God placed all things under His [Christ’s] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way” (Eph 1:22,23, NIV).

“ ‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you [from an unbelieving Israel] and given to a people that will produce its fruit [note Heb 8:10]’ ” (Matt 21:43, NIV). Note Matt 22:8,9; 21:40,41,43; 24:1,2; 23:37,38; Gal 3:28; Col 3:11.

“He [Christ] is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He” (Deut 32:4, NIV).

“ ‘And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock [Christ Himself] I [Christ] will build My church [spiritual Israel], and the gates of hell [Satan’s power over the grave, death] shall not prevail against it [Christ triumphed over all of Satan’s power and by that triumph has provided assurance that His church on earth will also triumph. Satan couldn’t hold Christ with the cords of death (Acts 2:24) and nor will it be possible for him to hold any who believe and trust in Christ (John 3:16; Rom 6:23)]. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven [Christ’s words of life, knowledge that leads to eternal life]: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven [the Church on earth will require only what Heaven requires and will prohibit only what heaven prohibits]’ ” (Matt 16:18,19, KJV).

"...And all the world marveled and followed the beast [power]" (Rev 13:3, NKJV).

10.  With Respect, Rick Warren

(Author of "The Purpose Driven Life")

With respect, Rick Warren, I believe you’re another pied piper — one of many,
For so many have gone before you, and you won’t be the last, undoubtedly.
Peddlers of unsound doctrine, who please the masses by tickling their itchy ears,
Teachers of secular theology, pop psychology, that wrongly steers.

Such has ever been the way, hence how Christians stray, duped by foolish Aarons, who,
A feel good, pagan, eastern, new age humanistic gospel fusion pursue.
Yes, wolves in sheep’s clothing, false prophets, amusing goats rather than feeding sheep,
Charlatans who cut and paste Scripture, and have Christians in a hypnotic sleep.

God’s Word states that the way is narrow, but not you, Rick, you consider it broad,
Hence why you’re avoiding the likes of repentance and judgment, unlike your Lord.
Yours is a gospel that’s virtually acceptable to everybody,
Much like Robert Schuller’s and Joel Osteen’s, which leave out accountability.

Your global alliance of Christian leaders and organizations is a threat,
For where’s this movement heading, what will it eventually aid and abet?
False doctrines have always enjoyed social and ecclesiastical acceptance,
Hence why when one looks closely, they’re peppered with stains from Satan’s fingerprints.

Yes, yours is a new gospel, Rick, a universal spirituality,
One that’s focused on the outward growth of the Church, not doctrinal purity.
One hooked on self esteem, self fulfillment, Warren study rather than Bible study,
A people pleasing push, that apologizes to those acting lawlessly.

You claim that God loves all kinds of music, which is incorrect biblically,
Hence why we’re told that the musicians of Babylon won’t see eternity.
These musicians aid false worship, much like you’re promoting, eroneously,
Worship that has less to do with Christ and more to do with “What’s in it for me?”

Yes, your kind of gospel, Rick, has a pleasure seeking cruise ship mentality,
One that’ll result in a tragic spiritual Titanic, ultimately.
Your way’s very wide, but not so God’s; He takes His truths very seriously,
For He’s the ‘God of Truth,’ and His truths are sacrosanct, He guards them jealously.

Your way is the soft sell, it’s full of compromise, quotes from dubious teachers,
Your way offends our Saviour, for He has never called candy coated preachers.
Rather, He’s calling men who’ll blow the trumpet, for His coming’s very near,
And more than ever, that very same message that Noah preached, this world needs to hear.

Your gospel’s generic, Rick, its watered down, unlike the apostles ministry,
For they weren’t afraid to offend, condemn, and God’s truths defend vigorously.
“Don’t judge,” you say. Well, there’s a half truth, Rick, for on the other hand we’re told to,
Thus, it’s all to do with context and not selectiveness — a fool’s avenue.

Tell me, since when has any man had the right to put his own stamp on God’s Word,
Or to avoid or exchange certain biblical doctrines for that which is preferred?
No, your gospel’s not one I recognize, except in places, tragically,
And as for your “forty days,” what happened to God’s timetable, choosing, please tell me?

Your way is full of dangerous error, like raisins in a cake, one you’ve made,
But one that appeals to many, (perhaps some who righteous living wish to evade).
One completely opposite to Christ’s, who said, “Take up your cross and follow Me,”
Knowing such aren’t loved by the world, unlike you, enjoying popularity.

No, the Christian walk is all about self denial, thinking of others, not “Me,”
It’s about the Spirit empowering, sanctification, gaining the victory.
Grace is all very well, and so are good deeds, but that isn’t where it ends, Rick,
For when it comes to our walk, God’s Word and His will, He never said, “Take your pick.”

By Lance Landall

The content of this poem has been drawn from various sources.

11.  With Respect, Benny Hinn

With respect, Mr Hinn, I believe you’re misleading many,
And while doing so, fulfilling biblical prophecy.
You see, these healing sessions of yours, don’t fit with Scripture,
But rather, they support an apocalyptic picture.

When Christ healed, (when He was on earth), He didn’t act like you,
Didn’t surround Himself with glamour and glitz, money too.
And never promised healing to all who’d pray and believe,
But rather, only where it was His will, thus, you deceive.

You see, our God doesn’t interfere with cause and effect,
Therefore, such healings are something that we shouldn’t expect.
God might, where it’s His will, but not wholesale — rather, rarely,
Unlike all those healings that you perform so frequently.

And for which, Mr Hinn, there’s no documented evidence,
Evidence that I would expect to be in abundance;
Bona fide doctor reports, before and after x-rays,
Testimonies from sound medical staff, that proof conveys.

Yes, where are the pages and pages that such proof display,
Or, as I suspect, would those pages the opposite convey?
After all, if these healings were genuine, it would be clear,
And the evidence plentiful, which you’d be the first to share.

Where are the healed quadriplegics, those once blind, who now see,
Those who’ve had their missing limbs restored, miraculously?
And are there any dead you’ve brought to life? Yes, dead, Benny.
Remember Dorcas, Eutychus? When will you such copy?

Folk never fell backwards when Christ healed — that’s an invention,
It’s foreign to Scripture, isn’t the Spirit’s intention.
No one was “Slain in the Spirit,” nor needed help to stand,
After seemingly being hypnotized, then pushed by a hand.

I can’t help feeling sorry for the thousands that attend,
Who, in such an undignified way, backwards soon descend.
Yes, there they lay, flat on their back, where they seem to remain,
Often amidst humorous banter, for you entertain.

God can answer their own prayers, Mr Hinn, He doesn’t need you,
They’ve direct access to Him, who’ll heal, should He decide too.
And any He would use, would be those who’re acting humbly,
Not those acting like showmen, those acting improperly.

Besides, if God healed us of our ailments each time we prayed,
He’d have lots of shallow followers — freeloaders, I’m afraid.
He’s not some Father Christmas, but a God who acts wisely,
Knowing trials and pain build character, test one’s loyalty.

Yes, that’s the reality, not these so-called healings we see,
Clothed in fanfare, surrounded by noise, even absurdity.
Such creates unfair expectations; is acting cruelly,
And no doubt leads to discouragement, eventually.

Thus, with respect, Benny Hinn, you’re leading people astray,
You’re not acting biblically, nor doing things God’s way.
Rather, you’re misleading and harming, I firmly believe,
Thus, could it be, that at Christ’s coming, you’ll have cause to grieve?

By Lance Landall

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: DEPART FROM ME, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

“And this is the boldness [confidence in approaching] we have in Him, that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

“Instead, you ought to say, ‘IF IT IS THE LORD’S WILL, we will live and do this or that [we are not to presume upon God. We cannot command healings in His name]’ ” (James 4:15, NIV).

12.  Pastors And Wealth

If a pastor’s rich, that’s okay, perhaps, if not via God’s money,
That is, via tithes and offerings, that members give freely.
He’s entitled to a wage, a modest, livable one, that is,
But beyond that, not a single cent is rightfully his.

However, were he wealthy via another income, say,
He shouldn’t flaunt his wealth, and a lack of judgment display.
Rather, he should share his wealth, just like his Master would do,
And help ease poverty and misery via such revenue.

Pastors shouldn’t go building treasures on earth, but instead,
Should be setting an example, for they’re a figurehead.
Ostentatiousness was not Christ’s style, so ours shouldn’t be,
But one of self sacrifice, temperance and modesty.

Given the times we live in, the poverty and misery,
Any pastor flaunting wealth would be acting mindlessly.
However, along with wealth comes responsibility,
Hence why God’s watching closely the actions of the wealthy.

Expensive yachts, racy cars, flashy suits, simply don’t fit,
And nor does razzle dazzle, for none, humbleness emit.
The pastor’s focus should be heavenly, and such convey,
Not a worldly picture that look at me, and mine, will say.

Neither should pastors surround themselves with churchly treasure,
Nor build extravagant churches that’ll provoke God’s displeasure.
Simplicity in everything — yes, responsible stewardship,
Is the message each pastor should be giving each fellowship.

Christ asked His disciples to forsake everything for His sake,
And expects no less today from those who the same vows take.
Indeed from everyone who takes His name, and life desires,
And who to the sanctified life surrenders and aspires.

By Lance Landall

13.  Don't Hinder God's Men

Pastors may err, (and there’re always wolves in sheep’s clothing), but despite that being so,
Pastors aren’t there to be pulled to pieces, and nor are they mealtime fodder, you know.
But men who should be prayed over that they might be faithful and true, and thus not err,
And as for those wolves — well, pray that God will expose them, whose wrath they sure incur.

The truth is, pastors are human too, and therefore, and just like us, they make mistakes,
And are often wearied by the rounds of their parishioner’s gripes, slackness and aches.
Yes, it no small thing to tend a flock, and sheep so inclined to bleat and stray, and hey,
Pastors aren’t there to bog down with trifles, for so much closer is Christ’s coming day.

By Lance Landall

14.  Smack Between The Eyes

Yes, smack between the eyes, no messing about here, but as straight as it gets, and with very good reason,
'Cause people pleasers are plundering Christianity, sacking our Father’s house,
committing treason.
The personal assaulting of Christ himself, the Church’s architect, who gave no such authority,
And who’s no less definite about His requirements; the consequences still the same, ultimately.

Hence why the warning trumpet must be sounded loud and clear, 'cause woe betide those behaving so wrongly,
They aiding Satan’s final push to secularise and paganise the church and Christianity.
His attempt to defile, corrupt, cloud, twist, distort and dismantle whatever’s sacred territory,
Hence the people pleasing changes that are overturning what God once directed apostolically.

And hence why God’s not looking for the likes of better methods but better men, men He can rely on,
Who midst such, will remain faithful and true like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did in Babylon.
They watchmen who’re not afraid to challenge and condemn the wrongs of contemporary moneychangers,
Who when it comes to God’s will, the upholding of all that’s true and right, are but enemies and strangers,

'Cause such religious rogues turn churches into nothing that resembles a church, but everything else though,
They effectively becoming cafeterias, social clubs and entertainment centres of our foe.
'Cause Satan's always sought to adulterate sacred times and places, and to savage the Scriptures too,
He working via betrayers of Christ who destroy from within, who weaken, cheapen and cleverly woo.

So mind, brothers and sisters, 'cause if such be you, you’ll soon find yourself on the wrong side of Heaven’s gates,
'Cause that which assaults and lessens respect for sacred times, places and His Word, God seriously hates.
Oh yes, He no mamby pamby, wimpy, gooey gushy God, all marshmallow centred-cum-sickly soft,
But an almighty God, one who’ll destroy defilers of all that’s His, not those holding truth aloft,

Not those who show the greatest respect and reverence for all that belongs to Him, setting such apart,
Not merging and mixing such with the unholy, they faithful to the end, sound in mind and pure in heart.
They not casual about either their salvation or those things that are dedicated to God, who,
Has always drawn demarcation lines, unlike those with their anything goes approach, which they’ll soon rue.

Oh yes, 'cause where worship's defiled by the likes of rock guitars, drum-kits, clapping, pretence and comedy,
God's wrath will one day visit as surely as it did in days gone by, it scorching justifiably,
'Cause God's a Holy, righteous God, one who wants us to come out of the world, thereby witnessing truly,
'Cause in this case, difference makes the difference, and in every single way, not hypocrisy.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 22 February 2020.

"I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people" (Rom 16:17,18, NIV).

15.  Progressive Churches?

I've heard the name “progressive” mentioned in regards to certain churches supposedly ahead of the rest,
But from what I've seen, read and heard, such churches are very far from what that title appears to suggest,
And are simply nothing more than contemporary people pleasing social centres, which, I must add,
Have left their moorings, ignored storm warnings, lightly regarded charts and compass, lost their bearings — and who’s glad?

In other words, they’re churches moving in the direction of what people want (not God), who this can't see,
And who as a result, are moving further away from what’s right, straight, proven, tested, blessed and heavenly.
Thus rather than progressing, they’re going backwards — liberal, reckless, loud, daring and prideful,
And as far as their casualness, irreverence, worldliness and jest go, God’s had a bellyful.

So let me make something clear: If a church (alias its members) isn’t becoming more sanctified,
More Christ-like — loving, humble, receptive, righteous, obedient, true, and biblically fortified
(Alias doctrinally sound and God focussed), it’s far from being a “progressive” church, and is plain deluded,
And upon the clear will of God has trampled, very selfishly and disrespectfully intruded.

The so-called “progressive” church is a rebellious church, pridefully thinking its got the drop on others,
When what its members are really doing is, misleading and confusing fellow Christian sisters and brothers.
It’s a church that goes easy on sin, one slack in discipline, a pandering, molly-coddling idol,
A church where its unfaithful members are on a forbidden path that’s spiritually suicidal.

In other words, they're dicing with eternity, are very foolishly aiding our adversary.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 29 February 2020.

"This is what the LORD says: 'Stand at the cross roads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls' " (Jer 6:16, NIV).

"But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed" (Gal 1:8, NKJV).

"For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17, NKJV).

16.  Contemplative Prayer?

The "Emerging Church" is effectively an infiltrated Protestantism that’s teaching disguised heresy,
It’s historic opposer the culprit, and Protestants too blind to see — wayward, self absorbed, confused and worldly.
Yes, interested in anything but obedience, wanting to be raptured from responsibility,
And now, seeking the very presence of God via that which has its roots in Eastern mystical nonsense, sadly.

Such being — contemplative prayer — courtesy of those “spiritual formation” seminars, the theology
Being that of Ignatius Loyola, which includes his “spiritual exercises” 
such being, apostasy.
This founder of the cruel Jesuit order had a passion for mysticism, which Scripture condemns strongly,
For such allows Satan, (and thus evil earthly agencies), to gain access to one’s mind, eventually.

Whilst Martin Luther searched the Scriptures, Loyola searched the “spirits” — the former seeking truth, the latter falsehood,
And ever since, via the use of the latter, (Loyola’s errant teachings), the devil has been up to no good.
Hence all that falling away from truth that is seen, and that mystical place called “silence”-cum-  contemplative prayer,
Via which fallen angels can leave their imprint, such minds being easy targets, they like open cupboards that are bare.

Yes, that mystical place called “silence” is nothing more than the trance of psychics, mediums and occultists, and,
A post modern mindset that’s moved beyond the rational and factual into the experimental and
Mystical come the New Spirituality, a mingling of the true with false — which is Satan’s strategy,
For what better way to deceive and give falsehood credibility right in the heart of Christianity?

In other words, we’re talking spiritualism, an altered state of consciousness that is devil inspired,
And unrecognised as hypnotism — yes, there’s always a cost when that which is outside the Word is more desired.
And hence why Satan dresses false theories in attractive garb, and uses those who look beyond the Holy Word,
For he knows that he has a greater chance of succeeding where anything but the Word and will of God is preferred.

The “Emerging Church,” despite any initial good intention or points, has become a hijacked vehicle,
One that via the likes of contemplative prayer is taking the same route as that espoused by the wicked Jezebel.
Rather than going solely by God’s Word, many have been wandering after this and that, beguiled by sidetracks,
Such being modern serpent whisperings that appeal to itchy ears, and such just resulting in schisms and cracks.

Sadly so, they've been deceived by the New Spirituality-cum-the experimental and mystical;
Another attempt by the serpent to appeal to the emotions — yes, that higher plane thing — which leads to ill.
In other words, that cunning spiel that Satan used on Eve, which saw self and pride reach for that forbidden apple,
And which no doubt saw Satan saying to his mates, (and soon certain men on Earth to others), “Didn’t we do well?”

By Lance Landall

"You should not believe your conscience and your feellings more than the
Word which the Lord who receives sinners preaches to you."

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Also beware of the works of the likes of Eckhart Tolle.

17.  Growing Healthy Churches?

Oh dear — Growing Healthy Churches — a title that suggests that there’s probably been a failure somewhere,
And I would have to concur, but Growing Healthy Churches isn’t the answer, just something more to fear.
And the reason is, because it’s another flawed attempt at church growth that's succumbed to the numbers game,
Hence why God’s not looking for better methods but better men, who unashamedly, the truth proclaim.

So the truth is, that Growing Healthy Churches is a failure too, 'cause all it does at best is fill pews,
Pews that God wants to see filled with committed, Bible savvy members, those who a more righteous way choose.
Not tire kickers, rubberneckers, only go so far types, who tightly hug both grace and the world, and sing
Anything but “I surrender all,” and who in their half-baked conversion, further ills into a church bring,

As happened in Constantine’s day. N
o, growing healthy churches...

Just encourages both members and pastors to measure their success on a numerical basis,
And to apply that tired old “End justifies the means approach,” which God’s Word condemns, and they should know this.
But having embraced so many worldly ways already, they’ve lost sight of such, hence their further straying,
They anti denominational order and structure, rules losing out to their liberality.

Appointments become political rather than spiritual, and what to do with those who disagree,
Who, should they hold office, not for long, no doubt, opponents silenced and ostracised — all far from healthy.
And Growing Healthy Churches they call this — well, you could’ve fooled me — each pastor a dictator, clearly,
One who forms alliances with those who’re supportive, working behind the scenes undemocratically,

He thus wrongly undermining moral conviction and faithfulness as the Christians highest duty.

Or so it goes (no surprises here), 'cause Growing Healthy Churches is a method that’s not recognised,
And I meaning, it’s not known to Scripture, nor has it been blessed apostolically, 'cause it’s unwise.
Yes, a method that exchanges the power of the Spirit for the workings of men, who fail to see
That it’s quality, not quantity God’s after, the faithful having always been a minority.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded February 2020.

18.  The Likes Of Lewis And Tolkien

One thing’s for sure, and that is, that Satan is an incredibly evil being,
Though the depth of his depravity and sophistication most aren’t seeing.
They only too happy to embrace the ghoulish, bizarre, twisted and distorted,
Thereby ensuring that Satan’s attempt to savage mankind is supported.

And they without excuse, for God said to leave the forces of darkness alone,
We shunning anything to do with such-cum-avoiding that anti-God zone.
Yes, it full of what will drag us down to Satan’s level, such being his desire,
For not only does he want us to become like him, but suffer the same fire.

God never intended we see those unholy images Satan’s behind,
Be they immoral, sick, false, spooky, weird — even moral laced, let me remind.
And that meaning, those same elements being used for some so-called worthy story,
Hence those ghosts, wizards, witches, hobbits and spells that Christians watch so avidly.

Since when did God endorse using such evil to aid some moral tale? — NEVER! —
For what has light to do with darkness — so woe to those so sinfully clever.
Yes, they talented regarding graphics and animations-cum-such movies,
But God highly displeased with that holy and unholy mixture that He sees.

Yes, we’re talking about the occult, a territory that is very real,
And truly very scary, though thanks to Satan, it now packaged to appeal.
And appeal it does, but to Christians? — well, thanks to the likes of Lewis and Tolkien,
Christians by the millions are indulging in a fusion that God says is SIN.

By Lance Landall

“...for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? ” (2 Cor 6:14, KJV).

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Eph 5:11, ESV).

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons” (1Cor 10:21, NIV).

19.  Never Do This

When given the opportunity to speak from the pulpit-cum-take a sermon in church,
Never condemn wrong behaviour within that you’re guilty of too, (nor from a self-righteous perch)
— Such usually going together —
Though it’s fine to speak in more general terms, (though one should mind any hypocrisy here too),
It’s sinful and folly to condemn and point to wrongs within that you’re just as guilty of too.

And for example: Adultery or watching porn.

Yes, forgive me repeating such, but such is a terrible misuse of a church’s pulpit,
And in God’s eyes, such blatant hypocrisy no doubt outrageous, and that person most unfit.
And by that I mean, they not worthy of such a privilege, (and their gall scoffed at, probably),
Though the pulpit, (come worship time), should really only be used by those who’ve pastoral authority.

Lest Christians have forgotten, the pulpit-cum-that important worship hour when all are seated,
Is the domain of pastoral instruction-cum-education, which shouldn’t be defeated.
However, with the liberality ensconced within, the pulpit’s become a free-for-all,
And by that I mean, all and sundry are standing before the flock, and many who have a gall.

The pastor’s-cum-elder’s worship hour opportunity to instruct is somewhat critical,
For such is the time when most and all come together, and when only sound words each church should fill —
Not hollow ones — the pulpit being the channel through which God indirectly speaks, thus dare it be,
That from that set-aside and serious platform, anyone speak so hypocritically.

Never do what?

By Lance Landall

20.  The Book Of Revelation A Must Know!

The book of Revelation isn’t as complex or mysterious as some seem to claim, and wrongly,
'Cause such discourages others from bothering to see what this book is really all about, sadly.
A book that each Christian should know like the back of their hand, 'cause important messages are contained there,
End-time revelations-cum-warnings that everyone really needs to know, 'cause Christ will soon appear.

So what are these things we need to know?

Well, for one thing, God's warning us (via symbolic angels) to leave behind what's worldly, false and corrupt,
'Cause the evils of heresy, pagan falsehood, and spiritualism, Christ will soon interrupt.
And I meaning, via His consuming wrath which will bring an end to all He views an abomination,
Including an End-time power that’ll be controlling Earth, one that oppresses civilisation.

One that eventually demands everyone worship it, hence its religious nature, clearly,
And obviously a political “beast” too, 'cause it has the clout to ensure compliance, you see.
All why Christians shouldn’t be aiding some Church and State alliance, any falsehood or heresy,
'Cause God's clearly warning against such, and says, “Come out of her,” calling such Babylon, naturally.

Hence dangers inherent in today’s ecumenical scene, and why we should study diligently,
'Cause today, God’s speaking to individual hearts, not setting up some modern-day theocracy.
Sure He always appealed to the hearts of individuals, but I am simply making a point here,
Which is, that God won’t be blessing any End-time power or alliance, 'cause this, the Scriptures make clear.

One more book to turn to is Daniel, 'cause both Daniel and Revelation are linked prophetically,
And I meaning, there’re connections between the two regarding what I’ve mentioned apocalyptically.
And what a blessing one receives from searching their chapters, 'cause within them, God’s love and care is revealed,
And I meaning, via His timely warnings, of which history attests, but which the devil wants concealed.

All why we need to know both books intimately, relying on Scripture (God), not men-cum-their plans, who
Rely on force, powers, alliances, majorities and so on, which in time they have cause to rue.
And so it will be prior to Christ’s return, 'cause it's clear politics and religion will wed, foolishly, 
And when folk cry “Peace and safety,” sudden destruction will greet them, 'cause their plans were flawed and contrary.


Two things God’s fussy about are truth and separation from the world, He the God of truth, and Holy,
And thus wants us to be upholders of truth like Him, we growing in righteousness, shunning what’s worldly.
This automatically meaning, not being unequally yoked with the State, a marriage from Hell,
'Cause God has cursed such, and thus destruction its end
— yes, it’s honeymoon only lasting a little spell.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 7 March 2020.

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4, NIV).

"Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues' " (Rev 18:4, RSV).

“Then I saw another beast [power] coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon [deceptive in appearance because it later changes character, becomes Satanic]. It exercised all the authority of the first beast [previous power] on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship [obviously it’s religious] the first beast [in other words, it effectively fulfils the previous powers desires], whose fatal wound had been healed [revives from its previous fall from power]” (Rev 13:11,12, NIV).

"And he [the second "beast," alias the "image"] performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth..."
(Rev 13:13,14, NIV).

“He [the second beast — the new political-religious system] was given power to give breath [begins to function] to the image [copy] of the first beast, so that it [the image] could speak [through its laws and enactment’s] and cause [force] all who refused to worship the image [copy] of the beast [the first beast] to be killed” (Rev 13:15, NIV).

"In the time of those kings [today], that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed [a direct reference to Christ's second coming], nor will it be left to other people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever" (Dan 2:44, NIV).

“For when they shall say, peace and security; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).

The following is worth noting too:

"As Christians we are not here to provide an ethic for society or the state, but to clearly define an ethic for disciples of Jesus Christ. In the American system of government it is difficult for this stance to be understood. We operate with the myth of being a Christian nation, and we seek to interpret for society an ethic that we can bless as Christians. We need a new awareness of the pluralism of the New Testament, that the crucial issue is the difference between the church and the world, and that the church operates "within the perfection of Christ," while the world operates outside the perfection or will of Christ. Christians influence the state for good through Christian ethics and integrity, but they do not equate church and state. Only an indepth understanding of this issue can save us from a cultural and a civil religion."
Myron Augsburger

21.  History's Repeating Itself

America, land of the free — well, not any longer, 'cause it’s just a cosmetic democracy,
A country that has lost its way, its watchman asleep, an enemy within that’s working silently.
A wooden horse has snuck past the Statue of Liberty, or been invited in (many would argue),
It’s villains having infiltrated every nook and cranny, but under the sun there’s nothing new.

Hence why American Protestantism is nothing like it once was (Protestantism full stop),
It’s compromising leaders and members having embraced any gimmick, guru, sound, style, place and prop.
And as for doctrine, it’s take your pick, not that there’s the same to choose from, 'cause what once was, isn’t anymore,
Or hardly so, given that God’s Word has been chipped at, and a pagan, Roman mix has come through the door.

And now,

With the Protestant Reformation having been tipped on its head, there’s that loud holler for unity,
Which, though so contrary to Scripture, is now embracing a political-Christian militancy.
An infiltrated movement that will further ill, though thinking otherwise, having succumbed to lies, fear,
Having put its trust in might and men, rather than the Lord, whom some hardly obey or truly revere.

The end result? A New World Order (old one in disguise), one that’ll be made up of strange bedfellows,
One that will eventually force its dictates and dogma on all (Satan leading it by the nose),
One that God will destroy, and those who support it, 'cause it will become an “image” to the “beast,” you see,
A copy of a past religious-political “beast” that sought the same, but hey, who’s into history?

And that’s the trouble, 'cause we’re meant to learn from history, not repeat past mistakes, nor create new ones,
Thinking we can solve things via people power, Church and State, a New World Order, legislation or guns,
'Cause God is found in none of these, no matter how much Christians may think so, and such they will soon find out,
Given Christ (at His coming) will destroy all of man's kingdoms, 'cause all such, His will, commands and ways flout.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 7 March 2020.

“Then I saw another beast [power] rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon [deceptive in appearance because it later changes character, becomes Satanic]. It exercises all the authority of the first beast [previous power] on its behalf, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship [obviously it’s religious] the first beast [in other words, it effectively fulfils the previous powers desires], whose mortal wound had been healed [revives from its previous fall from power]” (Rev 13:11,12).

“And it [the second beast — the new political-religious system] was allowed to give breath [begins to function] to the image [copy] of the beast [the first beast] so that the image [copy] of the beast [the first beast] could even speak [through its laws and enactment’s] and cause [force] those who would not worship the image [copy] of the beast [the first beast] to be killed” (Rev 13:15).

“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them’ ” (Rev 14:9-13, NIV).

"In the time of those kings [today], that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed [a direct reference to Christ's second coming], nor will it be left to other people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever" (Dan 2:44, NIV).

22.  That Intriguing 666

Whoever or whatever 666 belongs to, it’s clear that such is where Earth’s End-time action is, and,
That it’s clearly tied in with a power that’ll be controlling this Earth somehow, every person in each land.
Yes, a persecuting power, one that it appears all are duped into following — well, most anyway —
And where not duped, clearly forced, a power that eventually tries to kill those who it’s rules won’t obey.

And, let me add, a power that is clearly a political, religious mix, for worship is involved,
And though such may appear a mystery, it’s actually a puzzle that is very easily solved.
For within the Christian Bible, and there in the book of Revelation, chapter thirteen, there’re certain clues,
Clues that lead to an answer when one notes history, researches deeply, observes, watches the nightly news.

Hence why everyone should study that deep apocalyptic book, and chapter thirteen particularly,
For the beginnings of what’s portrayed there are clearly to be seen and found, and cause for much anxiety.
And hence why there will never be peace on Earth, accept perhaps temporarily-cum-artificially,
And even if there was, at what cost? Well, going by the same book — goodbye civil and religious liberty.

Yes, once installed, and no matter how benign or favourable it may look, this power has ill in mind,
For there are clearly those who’re hiding in the shadows, let alone all the rhetoric that’s designed to blind.
And why 666 has significance, an association here, which the open-minded soul will find,
For one thing’s clear: Those who seek to rule this Earth, and via force, never truly have our best interests in mind.

By Lance Landall

"...The whole world was astonished and followed the beast" (Rev 13:3, NIV).

"And it was allowed to give breath to the image [copy] of the beast [past power], so that the image [new power]
of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain" (Rev 13:15, ESV).

"This calls for wisdom; let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man,
and his number is 666" (Rev 13:18, ESV).

“For when they shall say, peace and security; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child,
and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).

23.  Another Titanic

Roaring heaving waves of error, accosting both reader and hearer, and tsunami in degree, have raced through Protestant churches, hence those apostate lurches, that heresy, like the unrealistic misleading rapture theory, the once saved always saved growing absurdity, and those worldly imitations that we see — yes, the clear demise of Protestantism, and each assault, detour, and frequent schism, has come from the infiltration of an enemy, one aided and abetted via apathy, lethargy, laxity, complacency, liberality and mimicry, the foolishness of seeking popularity, thinking in terms of converts numerically, losing sight of things biblically and doctrinally, irresponsibly forgoing discipline, rejecting the Spirit’s medicine — in other words, moving the goal posts, questioning the Word, deleting, adding, superimposing, even trumpet blowers opposing, and only seeking what’s preferred.
Oh, watchmen on the wall, you’ve caved, paved, sold-out, didn’t shout, slept when you should’ve wept, turned a blind eye, didn’t down-cry, kissed wisdom goodbye, sadly forgot the past, and now the dye’s cast, for the way back seems lost, and oh what a cost, for soon you’ll lament your mistake, when baleful events overtake, for rest assured they will, given all this ill, and to think that you weren’t wide awake.
Yes, too bad that you embraced that errant beat, those rock guitars and drum-kits, those puppets and clowns, the comedic, the egotistic, the drama, the gimmickry, the flippant skits.
Too bad that you exchanged straight talking, sound walking, Bible believing, Scripture defending preachers, for motivational gurus, crowd pleasers, self esteem and “Love yourself” humanistic teachers, alias those so sure they know a better way, or who betray, and who simply lead brethren astray.
Too bad that you downplayed and discarded truth for unity, insulting the God of truth Himself, who never sanctioned such compromise and hypocrisy — yes, a God who has made it very clear, that from truth and a righteous and living example, Christians shouldn’t veer, but rather, a non-deviating path steer, lest the world, as it now does, laugh at the sham, and followers of Christ slam, and their message even less want to hear.
Yes, you’ve taken licence with grace, not given Christ His proper place, you’ve sneered at or played with His moral Law, rebelliousness at the core, and rather than Him, justifiably grim, celebrities, rock stars and Hollywood sleaze adore, for look at what you listen to, ardently pursue, look at what you watch, look at where you go, even though you know, look at what you read, which can only but impede, and hence why spiritually you’re still being bottle-fed, and are so very easily led — yes, fair-weather, greenbelt, pleasure seeking, test avoiding, sin hugging, New Age Christians, at whom the devil knowingly grins, for via such folly, it’s he who wins, though not ultimately, for only Christ and His faithful followers attain the prize and victory.
Oh, who’ll get off this religious titanic, for it’s on the brink, badly gouged from stern to bow, and how, perilously listing and about to sink, and there’ll not be any lifeboats — hence why the devil sniggers and gloats, and at his evil henchmen is seen to wink.

By Lance Landall

24.  A Great Apostasy

My dear fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…

The Scriptures talk about a great apostasy (a rebellion, effectively), one that’s currently sweeping through Christianity, unbelievably — or is it really that unbelievable, given what happened to ancient Israel? — yes, I’m sure that you remember its apostasy, and how as a result, due to its own rebellious fault, its people were taken into captivity, alias Babylonian oppression and slavery, but not without a warning, I must remind, and hence why another warning we find — that is, within the Holy Bible (its content inspired and reliable), for there we are clearly told (and apostolically bold), that just prior to Christ’s return — and just prior to a global anti-Christ power (we also learn) — a great apostasy sweeps through Christianity, one that’s Babylonic in nature, ironically, and which sees most Christians also being taken into captivity — well, effectively — that being, by the global power reigning just prior to Christ’s coming hour — one that they’re beguiled and fooled by (sadly), having swallowed a mouthful of heresy, aided by their embracing of the worldly, and thereby their repeating of history, for just like ancient Israel, they too, come under a Satanic spell, having been seduced by deceiving spirits, alias errant men, who via their false teaching and preaching, conveyed verbally and by pen, sow a snare that helps trap the majority — that is, most of humanity — for not just most Christians will be deceived, but most non-believers too (thus equally deceived), for a call for all to come together (in humanity’s best interest, of course), will see the Church and the State tether, and then, in the fullness of time, its ill enforce — yes, just as God’s Word predicts, for with the Word of God, this global power conflicts — that is, despite its claiming otherwise, and hence in the fullness of time, its nasty surprise, and once again, all because of apostasy, but this time, an even greater  apostasy, the selling out of Christianity — in other words, not just their embracing of heresy, not just their embracing of the worldly, not just their embracing of spiritualistic, humanistic, paganistic, New Age (actually old age), mumbo jumbo (a terrifying Satanic undertow), but their foolish and forbidden ventures politically (acting like they’re some sort of theocracy, deludedly), and thereby, behaving suicidally, for they will not receive eternity, but rather, a coming destruction, given that they fell for a devilish seduction — yes, just like ancient Israel, and contrary to God’s clear instruction, and despite His warning them too — yes, a tragic case of deja vue — and why such erring Christians their present course should no longer pursue, and rapidly.

By Lance Landall

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [Christ's coming] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed [the God opposing power], the son of destruction [e.g, Rev 20:10; 13:11-18], who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. (2 Thess, 2:3,4, NASB).

“Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out of her [Babylon Rev 18:2], my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Rev 18:4, NKJV).

"...The whole world was astonished and followed the beast [the End-time global power]" (Rev 13:3, NIV).


25.  Love Says What It Should

We’re living in the days of the watered down Gospel, the deceptively incremental and subtle, the accommodating, deviating, adulterating, denigrating, desecrating — in other words, we’re dealing with another Jezebel, looking at another showdown on Mount Carmel.
Seems that many liken God to a Santa Claus, a god who Commandment keeping now ignores, and who saves sinners in their sin, rather than from their sin — in other words, says judgment is out and licence in, no longer desires self-discipline, covers rebellion with His grace, grants wilful sinners a heavenly place, and says, don’t worry too much about being ambassadors.
We’re living in the days of itchy ears, when little about obedience one hears, when both the pulpit and sanctuary, (dedicated to God and the Holy), shamefully hosts the comedic, egotistic, humanistic, and even paganistic, and instead of an “Amen,” (due to the pleasing of men), a clap, a cheer, that once was found anywhere but there.
We’re living in the days of wayward thoughts, words and ways, hence the “Don’t judge me, nor criticize me,” but rather, “Just praise and applaud me,” mentality, one that wants its own way in worship too, says out with the old though tried and true, and in with the introspective new, and hey, what’s with this dressing up and
acting reverently?
We’re living in the days of men who’re going soft, who’re no longer holding God’s Word aloft, nor making a stand, drawing a line in the sand, and who at accountability, apostolic purity and responsibility, seem to have scoffed.
We’re living in the days of snoozing watchmen on the wall, of undisciplined sheep who’re not heeding their Master’s call, and who little know the contents of the Holy Word, nor themselves with such armour prudently gird, for the world and the feel-good-factor seems more preferred, hence why their spiritual vision is short-sighted and blurred, and why for Satan’s scheming, they’re far more likely to fall.
Yes, we’re living in the End-time days, a time that Scripture points to and portrays, a time characterised by apostasy, heresy, idolatry, hypocrisy, complacency, and even irony, given that such is occurring
within Christianity.

By Lance Landall

26.  Not Into Theology?

There are those within the Christian Church, (most, possibly), who seldom study, nor deeply search, but who accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour, despite their shallow walk and worldly behaviour, thinking that having accepted God’s grace, they’re assured of a coming heavenly place, which hardly fits with Scripture, for God’s Word paints a different picture, one where obedience and truth figure highly, though both are discredited by a foe who’s wily, and who doesn’t want Christians into deep theology.
Yes, though the Gospel message is simple, and the issue of salvation clear, biblical truth is also deep, and purposely has been placed there.
Thus, if we’re not into deep theology, we’re hardly into the sacred Word, and hence why many only think superficially, for deeper things they’ve neither read nor heard.
And thus they insult the Bible’s Author, God Himself, whose Holy Word so oft remains sitting on a shelf, or that’s simply removed once a week, when such Christians another fix seek, rather than daily searching the Word, and hence why God’s voice is barely heard — a voice calling all to study deeply, to embrace biblical theology, and to not just skim the surface, which more often than not is preferred, and hence why for most, who even in Christ boast, the peril of their folly hasn’t occurred.

By Lance Landall

 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God..." (2 Tim 2:15, KJV).

27.  Modern Babylon

It’s tragic but true, not simply a view, that since the Protestant Reformation took place, the desire to live more righteously, (more in harmony apostolically), and the search for nothing but the truth, has slowed to a snail’s pace, and that contemporary Protestants — that is, the vast majority of Protestants — have as good as done an about face, seemingly no longer as greatly concerned, (if at all), having retreated from the lessons once learned, (hence their fall) — yes, now staggering under the influence of ecumenical wine, and due to blurred and double vision, (come modernistic and humanistic revision), a Church and State union is appearing more divine, hence their forays into politics, a telling and worrying sign, for via such a mix, their religious dogma, (come heresy), they'll enforce legislatively, and some usurper wrongly enshrine.
And hence that current New Age people pleasing spirituality, spreading, engulfing, and gaining momentum universally, that “Don’t rub anyone up the wrong way” flawed mentality, that fixation with numbers rather than with quality, those wrongful compromises in the interests of unity, the embracing of that which is tainted, unworthy and contrary, that preaching that’s benign, generic, casual and syrupy, that worship that’s riddled with unholy fusions, “Me,” and physicality, that obsession with musicians, singers and actors, blending and popularity — in other words, that mere form of Christianity, oft arrogant, bigoted, militant, intolerant, and most certainly worldly, more concerned with comfort, wants, healings and security, where prayer’s nothing more than sentence after selfish sentence, devoid of gut wrenching contrite godly repentance — yes, a condition unworthy of God’s gift of grace, a condition that’s more like a slap in God’s face, one that with the Word of God isn’t in harmony, and one that rather than the heavenly, just reflects the state of our fallen race, of which many, whilst still in rebellion, grace eagerly chase, such a cheek and disgrace, for it’s mostly, "I want but obey I won’t," and when it comes to judging, “Please don’t!” and yet, they’re so in need of the telling, given where they’re heading and dwelling — yes, confused, deluded, besotted by Babylon’s plonk, hence that cry, “Come out of her my people!” — they being, those under many a Church steeple, unaware that they’re so lacking and off track, and hence God’s warning call to head on back, for where they are, they’re as lost as the sneering jeering infidel, for their blindness, (come apostasy), is simply ancient Israel’s parallel, and is how they’ll create an "image" to the "beast," (become a "false prophet"), for truth’s no longer their strong point, but more something they scoff at, and for the sake of what suits, the opposite anoint, thereby effectively rejecting their Lord, and instead, thereby paying homage to some fraud, Satan having deceived and misled, for they've chosen the road that's easy, popular and broad — modern Babylon instead.
Yes, Babylon’s all that’s false and corrupt, a spiritualistic, pagan, secular, political and religious mix, and also an “image,” a “beast,” one that's surrounded by “signs and wonders," one that’s riddled with propaganda come Satan’s tricks, one that's a fornicating “harlot,” rather than a chaste and pure “bride,” a power that’s the brainchild of a serpent whose falsehood's deadlier than cyanide — yes, a dragon, a devil, a roaring lion, with whom so many are blindly allied, but isn’t that the way when God’s children stray the narrow path too hard and unpopular — and they, thus easy prey, and who, if they don't "Come out of her!" Christ will have no option but to slay.
By Lance Landall

"Then I heard another voice from heaven say, "Come out of her my people, so that you do not share in her sins,
so that you do not receive any of her plagues" (Rev 18:4, NIV).


28.  Ecumenical Folly

It was hardly that long ago, (we're talking, two hundred years), that blood and tears ceased to flow, thanks to those Reformation engineers, who, condemning the heresy of their oppressor, condemning the evils of their aggressor, went their own rightful way, though still clinging to their persecutor’s day, and thus retaining a very strong link, which in their armour became a chink, ensuring that their past foes still had a say, and which aids the flawed call for unity today.
Yes, it only takes a little chink, an erroneous perilous link, along with a sudden loss of memory, or a convenient forgetfulness seemingly, aided by a certain naivety and doctrinal bankruptcy, which soon sees an alliance crystallize, a foolish ecumenical exercise, one that God would never authorise — for He never sanctioned that borrowed day, doesn’t want any truth of His going astray, nor endorses unions that are built on clay, or quietly engineered behind closed doors, for heresy, interference, and faulty fusions, God abhors.
No, God won’t bless unity built on error and compromise, on that which with Scripture doesn't harmonise, for such is nothing but a sham, forbidden and unwise, just the product of apostasy, an unbiblical Christianity, one that will see the return of trouble, one that’ll burst the current euphoric bubble, for in time, under the one umbrella, the new order of things will prove far from stellar, for history tends to repeat itself, and more so, when relegated to a high and dusty shelf, where soon forgotten midst a fog of self-serving man-pleasing heresy, it quietly smoulders until it ignites, only to burn again more furiously.

By Lance Landall

"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error."
Adrian Rodgers (1931-2005)

History shows that wherever religious fervor and political power merge, it results in either the
secularization of the Church, or oppression, persecution, and so-called holy wars.

29.  Poaching

It’s every Christian’s God-given right to share what they believe, and as a result — some folk from their church for another church leave — and so it should be, for true Christianity sets one free, lets us another side see, allows us to change our mind, should we a different path find, and such willingly pursue instead, having pondered on such, decided on such, and previous beliefs, or some beliefs, thus shed.
Yes, only pride, insecurity, fear, ignorance and bigotry would have it any other way, and be heard to “Stop the poaching” say, for I can certainly tell you this much, that complaints and protests over such, simply forgo wisdom and sense, and in God’s eyes are a glaring offence, for the God of liberty hinders no man, and any outreach, sharing and debate didn’t ban, knowing such is how truth is found, or a pathway that’s much more sound, for denominations and Christians can err, and many, error foolishly prefer, or downplay truth for the sake of unity — in other words, ecumenical folly, which once again offends our Lord, who likens His truths to a sword, for God takes His truths very seriously, and likewise, wants us to too, which is why we should teach them correctly, after having searched for them conscientiously.
Those who holler “Don’t poach!” on God’s own territory encroach, for God Himself, draws folk from various folds, and once they’re in His, not one against their will holds, even allowing the devil to tempt them away, even allowing all within His flock to stray, even allowing them to change their mind and go their way, for wisdom and true love don’t imprison, pressure or force, but rather, lets all constantly search and even reset their course, which those who holler “Poaching” clearly don’t endorse — (well, effectively anyway) — rather than leaving things in God’s hands, who any “poaching” demarcation line bans, for such lines aren’t His, but foolish man’s, who with a lock and key, and dictatorially, at some church door stands, and thereby, interferes with heavenly plans, that only the open-minded one understands, and no one a "poacher” brands.

By Lance Landall

30.  Regarding Miraculous Healings

“Just believe and you’ll be healed,” they say, and such folk even demanding some illness leave — oh, how they stray — and come those so-called healing sessions, folk falling backwards rather than forwards, (not as  conveyed in God’s Word), and why come those false sessions, much doesn’t gel and is even absurd.
The truth is, Satan’s a back alley salesman trying to sell defective goods, he and his cohorts messing with Scripture, plundering its truths like a bunch of hoods — yes, distorting the picture, and hence why we’re seeing folk misled-cum-wrongly fed, and they, then convincing others of some errant way, which, when it comes to these attempted healings we see, not only hardly works, but insults God’s authority.
The truth is, God only heals where it’s His will, for though He’d love to see everyone well, He doesn’t interfere with cause and effect, and such we should hardly expect, for suffering won’t end until His Son’s return, though meantime, we can be assured of His loving concern — and yes, there have been exceptions to the rule, and why some folk have been healed, but outside of such, false promises of healing are nothing but cruel, and I certainly know this much: That Paul wasn’t relieved of his affliction — if ever there was a man of burning conviction!
The truth is, no Christian can demand a thing, nor is always a fit instrument, a true child of the King, and why Christ will one day say to many, “Depart from Me,” and this, despite them having claimed Divine authority, for this side of Paradise, God hasn’t promised to relieve us of our afflictions, and this, despite us having any Paul-like convictions, and why we mustn’t read more into Scripture than God intended, and why it’s those who hang in there that are commended, God saying, “My strength is sufficient for thee,” and their hanging-in-there proof of their loyalty, and why He also said, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”
The truth is, God’s people have never been freed from trouble and pain, and never will be until His Son’s return, this Earth being Satan’s domain, and how our hanging-in-there is a greater witness, (and even an encouraging witness), and remember: Even Satan can produce signs and wonders, (not to mention fake and temporary healings), while behind the scene he plots, works and plunders, and thus why we can’t always believe our eyes, and should mind those complaints and impatient sighs — and yes, those healing sessions where true evidence is lean, and where designer suits and sparkling rings are seen, for neither Christ nor His apostles sought the stage, came or left in jets or SUV’s, nor were pampered and painted backstage, as one nowadays sees, though even where such isn’t seen, where’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth, that gut-wrenching repentance followed by willing obedience, and yet, folk expecting to be healed? Now that would look good for God, folk healed midst their sin-cum-rebellion, and worse where such was hardly concealed.
Yes, funny how Paul wasn’t healed, and countless others too, and this, despite them being faithful and true, and why any healings you hear of, I’d take with a grain of salt until proven true.
You see, the truth is, if God put a special hedge around each Christian, everyone would want to be a Christian, but not out of love for Him, but for what they could get from Him, and why our faith needs to be tested by fire, we humbly accepting His refusal to fulfil some personal desire.
As far as those so-called healing sessions go, (and oh, the power of suggestion, and that whipped up emotional carry-on that begs the question: Is such of God or just plain show?), might folk come away demon possessed rather than greatly blessed, for any trance-like state provides the devil with a gate, and hence why we should guard our mind, pay attention to God’s Word and not the babblings of mankind, for all we need do is fall on our knees, enter that closet where no one else sees, and there, deep in prayer, the power of the Spirit and the promises of God seize, but realizing that God knows best, and therefore, will only act in our best interest.
And another thing…
Mind all those strange goings-on, weeping statutes, Marian apparitions and so on, for they’re the devil’s work too, part and parcel of those signs and wonders that we’ve been warned not to pursue — yes, they both a distraction and con, for what hat doesn't Satan don? — and all why we’re told that the world will wonder after the “beast” power whose sweeteners will eventually sour.

By Lance Landall

Note the following Bible texts — 2 Thess 2:9-11; 1Tim 4:1; 1 John 4:1; Matt 7:22,23; Rev 16:13,14; 14:9,10;
Heb 12:7,8.

31.  Mind Those Miracles

Don’t judge truth by miracles, lest you sadly be deceived,
For Satan, via miracles, many a web has weaved.
Throughout our earth’s history, Satan’s sought to Christians fool,
By copying the genuine, 'cause deceit is his main tool.

We’re warned in Revelation that Satan will attempt to fool
All of earth’s inhabitants before Christ comes back to rule.
He’s hoping for that homage that the Lord alone is due,
So he’ll be using trickery (like false miracles) right on cue.

The devil has his agents who assist him in deceit,
Thus, we shouldn’t be surprised if such ones in church we meet.
For we’re told there’ll be false prophets who’ll seek to lead astray,
And clearly 
such false leaders miracles will also display.

Some are seen on television, making the erroneous claim
That they have power to heal or deliver in God’s name.
They tell of their successes, but seldom, if ever, reveal
Any solid evidence that their miracles are real.

It seems that such faith-healers are popping up everywhere,
And sadly, folk are falling for these things they see and hear.
The one’s supposedly healed topple backwards to the ground,
Unlike healings that took place when Christ healed the ill and bound.

We need to be very careful lest we mistake error for truth,
And not just look for miracles when it comes to seeking proof.
Both evidence and prophet should harmonize with God’s Word,
So check out very thoroughly whatever you’ve seen or heard.

God did not create this earth to constantly interfere
With the laws of cause and effect that we experience here.
Thus, true miraculous healing will be comparatively rare,
And only where it’s God’s will, will such miracles appear.

Yes, whatever is requested, God only grants if it’s His will,
As some things that we ask for, aren’t things that love would fulfill.
The Lord in His great wisdom only does what He thinks best,
Hence why He may deny us certain things that we request.

God never said that our suffering on Earth He’d remove,
And Paul’s denied request, this very point here, goes to prove.
Removing our suffering, character would hardly build,
Hence, suffering serves a purpose in our fallen sin-sick world.

But no matter how spectacular miracles may be,
They aren’t always proof of the Divine, nor can we trust all we see.
The reasons for our belief should only be found in Jesus,
The Way, the Truth, and the Life, He who’d never deceive us.

So beware that old devil who works miracles and signs
Via earthly instruments in order to steal hearts and minds.
Yes, amazing things you’ll see, just before the Lord arrives,
As Satan, working miracles, deludes and thus claims lives.

God’s wanting faithful Christians who’ll obey and trust His Word;
Those whose faith is in Him, not the miracles seen and heard.
Such, trusting in the solid "Rock," will see with eyesight keen
Just what Satan's up to, and only on the "Rock" will lean.

By Lance Landall

“...Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness. Their end will match their deeds” (2 Cor 11:14,15).

“ ‘For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect’ ” (Matt 24:24, NASB).

“The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false” (2 Thess 2:9-11).

“And I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouth of the dragon [Satan], from the mouth of the beast [revived historic power], and from the mouth of the false prophet [new power]. These are demonic spirits, performing signs [supernatural manifestations], who go abroad to the kings [political powers] of the whole world, to assemble them for battle [the religious conflict] on the great day of God the Almighty” (Rev 16:13,14).

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Tim 4:1).

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12).

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, NKJV).

“And this is the boldness [confidence in approaching] we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).

“Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that [we are not to presume upon God]’ ” (James 4:15, NIV).

“Concerning this thing I [Paul] pleaded with the Lord three times that it [his affliction] might depart form me. And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness’ ” (2 Cor 12:8,9, NKJV).
Note also Heb 12:7,8.

“And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’ When He laid hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God”
(Luke 13:11-13).

32.  "We Speak In Tongues," They Say

And there they are, wherever that might be, their voices not making any sense to me, for what is heard one could never understand, it not a known language of any known land, but rather, a personal concoction, and, something in which I believe Satan’s had a hand.
You see, unintelligible utterances have always belonged to Satan’s territory, heathenism, God being a God who has always communicated clearly, and hence He saying, “Come, let us reason together,” so, why would He grant us some mystical language?
No, for the true speaking in tongues benefits others, not us, nor even our Christian sisters or brothers, but those who haven’t heard Christ’s saving Gospel, and whose language is different, our efforts thus coming to nil, unless we’ve been granted the true gift of tongues, and just for then, or when, and the Holy Spirit doing the choosing, we thereby not boasting nor abusing, for oh, how fallen men like to think they’re endowed, and how many before the throne of pride have bowed — well, come that false speaking in tongues that’s heard, and which isn’t in keeping with God’s Word, and therefore why we need to take a closer look at His Word.
So what exactly does God’s Word say, for who, when it comes to Scripture, would want to stray, let alone getting pridefully carried away?
Okay, the genuine is understood by others, (though not our Christian sisters or brothers), but the false is not understood by others.
The genuine builds others up spiritually, but not so the false which simply attempts to build up the proverbial “me.”
The genuine addresses people, humanity, but the false addresses God, incorrectly.
The genuine is a non-ecstatic state, the conscious mind functioning normally, but the false is an ecstatic state, the conscious mind inactive — asleep, effectively.
All being why God’s Word says: “Tongues, then, are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers.”
Hence why speaking in tongues can’t also be some mysterious language that only God can understand, though Satan has convinced many otherwise who certain Bible texts misunderstand, and of which there are explanations, as is always the way, for at the end of the day, we’re to go by the cumulative witness of Scripture, not just a text or two that has one draw the wrong picture.
Therefore, “new tongues” and “various kinds of tongues” refers to the true speaking in tongues and not the false speaking in tongues, that emotional utterance poured out in meaningless incoherent sounds, which, given all the “itchy ears” and “false prophets,” currently abounds, and which Paul spoke against given the disorder that such a manifestation was causing within the Corinthian Church — and now, within the contemporary Church!
The book of Corinthians shows that it’s not a normal experience for all to speak in tongues anyway, and why we must not confuse the gift of the Holy Spirit with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, (all not receiving all the gifts), and those gifts being given to whom the Spirit chooses — and hey, woe betide any receiver who as a result, a certain smugness oozes.
Oh, what fools we oft make of ourselves when we err, and here, the very condemnation of God himself incur, for that false speaking in tongues just makes a mockery of Christianity and thus falls into that category that’s rightly termed heresy — and hence my grave concern, for the Bible warns of an apostasy that precedes Christ’s return, a falling away from truth that results in an inability to rightly discern.
Yes, we’re to make contact with God via prayer, speaking to Him as if He’s right there, but we do that via the means of God-given speech, not via strange utterances that He didn’t teach, and that His throne above will never reach.

By Lance Landall

Note the following Bible texts — 1 Corinthians 12:11; 14:6,9,19,20,22.

33.  Speaking In "Tongues"

God communicates clearly, and He wants us to converse the same,
Otherwise, any utterances will just simply be in vain.
When God speaks, the words are clear and distinct, never a mere sound,
For unintelligible utterance within heathenism is found.

Thus, regarding speaking in “tongues,” we need to turn to Scripture,
For there within its pages is an unambiguous picture.
God wants us to very clearly understand what He is saying,
Lest we mistakenly practice error; such be conveying.

Though the apostles hadn’t learnt all the languages of their day,
When they preached, each race understood, and learnt about God’s way.
Via this gift that’s called “tongues,” that God gave to spread His Word,
The various races — the gospel message — in their own language heard.

The devil has a substitute for each truth that God has given,
For Satan (who's the father of lies), via falsehood is driven.
Thus, whenever we study Scripture in order to wiser be,
Both a false, and genuine speaking in “tongues,” we can clearly see.

Satan’s false speaking in “tongues” the hearer never understands.
Its meaningless utterance just engenders pride, and error fans.
Satan’s false speaking in “tongues” seeks to build up those speaking,
And it wrongly addresses God, not the ones who truth are seeking.

Satan’s false speaking in “tongues” is simply an ecstatic state,
Where the mind’s inactive, sleep-like, giving Satan an open gate.
Thus, any utterance that is heard via this trance-like condition
Will (unsurprisingly) arouse much derision and suspicion.

Genuine speaking in “tongues” the hearer clearly understands.
It respects the human mind; the words uttered, God’s truth fans.
Genuine speaking in “tongues” builds others up spiritually,
Whereas, the false is simply focused on, “What’s in it for me?”

Genuine speaking in “tongues” addresses the human hearer.
The speaker’s mind is conscious, words spoken make truth clearer.
Thus, the saving gospel message, the non-believer clearly hears,
Receiving the opportunity to repent before Christ appears.

The gift of “tongues” is for the benefit of the non-believer,
Not for the selfish benefit of any Christian receiver.
As well as this, not every Christian the gift of “tongues” receives,
Though the old devil, with an opposite story, many deceives.

It’s tragic and alarming that strange sounds are being uttered,
Like the ones that witch-doctors throughout history have muttered.
Hence Christians should be careful, for the Lord should not be mocked
By such incoherent sounds, that even Paul himself, clearly knocked.

Thus, there’s no mysterious language that only God understands,
One that’s just imparted to Christians — no, that sad theory is man's.
God always does things openly, and He treats everyone the same,
And never has time for utterance that’s used wrongly in His name.

God says, “Let’s reason together,” invites us to study and pray,
Knowing that prayer and deep study help us to find the right way.
Yes, God communicates clearly, so why would He lead us astray
With mysterious utterances that clearly nothing convey?

By Lance Landall

Genuine tongues:
Are understood by others (1 Cor 14:6,22,23).
Build others up spiritually (1 Cor 14:12,13,19).
Address people (1 Cor 14:6,22).
Is a non-ecstatic state, the conscious mind functions normally (1 Cor 14:9).

False tongues:
Are not understood by others (1 Cor 14:2,9).
Attempt to build up the speaker (1 Cor 14:4).
Address God (1 Cor 14:2).
Is an ecstatic [rapturous] state, the conscious mind is dormant [inactive, in a sleep like state] (1 Cor 14:2).

(1 Cor 14:28).

The Corinthian church was a church where many different nationalities meet together to worship.  Things became confusing when members prayed, testified, or preached in a genuine language that was unknown to others present, In such a case, unless they used interpreters, they were better to remain silent.

The translators used the word “unknown” to indicate that the language being used was foreign to most who were present.  A Greek word for “unknown” isn’t found in any original Bible manuscripts.

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages [known languages], as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes. Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power’ ”  (Acts 2:1-11).

“Tongues, then, are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers” (1 Cor 14:22).

“Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I speak to you in some revelation or knowledge prophecy or teaching? So with yourselves; if in a tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into the air. Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five [a few] words with my mind [that is, intelligible to others], in order to instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue [that is, in such a manner as they]” (1 Cor 14:6,9,19).

“All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually [any one to whom a special gift is given] just as the Spirit chooses” (1 Cor 12:11).

“Dear brothers, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent babies when it comes to planning evil, but be men of intelligence in understanding matters of this kind” (1 Cor 14:20, LB) — Here, is the only time I have used a paraphrase. The reason I have, is because I feel it conveys the writers [Paul’s] intent so well.

“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues [various known but unlearned languages, as explained in the third verse of my poem]” (1 Cor 12:28).