Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Click HERE for the same poem without the biblical texts.

Could Such Be So?

(Note: Reading the poem first, minus the texts,
would be best. Then one can return to the texts.)

Imagine there’s a devil (and supernatural force),
And that this devil has evil mates — like himself, of course.
That he’s ranting and raving, firing off instructions too,
As he has chaos in mind, like all evil beings do.

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand
against the devil’s schemes” (Eph 6:11, NIV).

Okay, here we go:

“Ever since this world began — well, pretty much anyway —
Folk have fallen into one of two camps, or with either play.
Now, this really bugs me, comrades, for at the end of the day,
I only want folk in MY camp, and on MY side, okay?”

“ ‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other...’ ” (Matt 6:24, ESV).
“ ‘I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth’ ”
(Rev 3:15,16). Note also Ezek 9:4,6.

“I’m tired of this controversy that just keeps going on,
This battle between good and evil -- thus, I WANT GOOD GONE!
So, rid the world of it, comrades — I hate it, understand?
I want nothing but trouble and heartache throughout each land.”

“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 [Satan and the angels who rebelled with him and were cast out of heaven as a consequence]”
(Eph 6:12).

“And you can start with SEX — yes, I thought you’d smile knowingly,
Such has been the downfall of many a society.
Confuse sex with love, and get males hooked on pornography;
That’ll raise crime, break marriages, wreck many a family.”

“Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. Now the works of the flesh
are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness [unbridled lust]” (Gal 5:16,19).
“Neither yield your members [the organs and faculties of the body] as instruments
of unrighteousness unto sin…” (Rom 6:13, KJV).

“Yes, I want males and females jumping in and out of bed —
With multiple partners — and sexual diseases will spread.
See their sexual behaviour gets more and more depraved,
And ensure that lust sees women as well as men enslaved.”

“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators [sex before marriage], idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers— none of these will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor 6:9,10).

“Have females seen as just objects of sexual desire,
Via subtly suggestive or strongly provocative attire.
That way they will randomly stir, and lewd fantasies spur,
And then not the moral, but immoral, males will prefer.”

“A gracious woman gets honor, but she who hates virtue [moral excellence, sexual purity] is covered with shame [a Christian woman should dress and act in a modest way sufficiently covering the body to avoid embarrassment or temptation]” (Prov 11:16). Note also 1 Tim 2:9,10.
“ ...but rather determine this — not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block
in a brother’s way” (Rom 14:13, NASB).

“Convince folk that same-sex sexual acts are acceptable,
Not objectionable, abominable, unnatural.
That such are an enlightened and progressive evolution,
That won’t harm the family or marital institution.”

“For this reason God gave them up [allowed them to reap what they sowed] to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural [anal], and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with woman, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men [homosexuality, sodomy] and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error [sexually transmitted diseases, ill health or death]” (Rom 1:26,27).

“Help prostitution grow larger, and even more degrade,
More meaning: Further prostitutes and customers who’ve paid.
Yes, see that both sexes debase themselves via such a trade,
And the consequences of such, help the public to evade.”

“Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust [sodomy], serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander the glorious ones” (Jude 7,8).

“Next — what folk watch and read — fill with violence, plenty too,
And midst it all, throw in sex again — a real nasty brew.
Place such in front of children too, via those adds on TV,
Or via computer games, books, magazines, or some movie.”

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true [all that is morally and spiritually sound], whatever is honorable [worthy of respect], whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable [those things that harmonize with Christian ideals], if there is any excellence [moral excellence] and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things [let them play an active part in your life]” (Phil 4:8).

“And to aid all this, saturate society with drugs,
Foster a macho mentality that produces thugs.
Assaults of every nature, pimps, and drug lords will increase,
And corruption in high places, attacks on the police.”

“ ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man [the state of the world at the time of Christ’s appearing]…’ ” (Luke 17:26) ——— “The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth [pre–Flood], and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence [hence the worldwide flood that God sent ]” (Gen 6:5,11).

“Oh, by the way, do all you can to discourage discipline,
And a needed smack on a child’s bottom is where I’d begin,
Yes, get it outlawed, and give discipline a dirty name,
And wrongdoing on anything but individuals blame.”

“The rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left to himself bringeth
his mother to shame” (Prov 29:15, KJV).

“Send innocent folk to jail, and there, don’t rehabilitate,
And the death penalty — which takes innocent lives — reinstate.
By that I mean, where it’s not already in the hands of men,
Who as is so human, get things wrong time and time again.”

“Thou shalt not kill” (Ex 20:13, KJV).

“Encourage pro-lifers to endorse the death penalty,
Which of them will make a mockery — it’s hypocrisy.
Get those who have abortions shouting the opposite view,
So they’ll look just as foolish and their thinking as askew.”

“...and His [Christ’s] soul [nature] hates the lover of violence” (Ps 11:5).
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family” (Prov 6:16-19).

“Encourage people to take extreme risks just for the thrill,
That way both hospitals and coffins they’ll rapidly fill.
Yes, get rid of common sense, and what some call priorities,
So that there will be pain, missing members of families.”

“See that such are called heroes, place them in the Hall of Fame,
That way others will be influenced, try other things, or same.
See that the risks get greater, and crazier, pointless too,
Until everyone thinks that there’s nothing that they can’t do.”

“But understand this, that in the last days...people will be...reckless…” (2 Tim 3:1-5, ESV). See full texts two verses down.

“See that wealth gets flaunted and squandered, and even withheld,
And that poverty becomes entrenched all over the world.
That the large gap between the haves and have-nots increases,
And that more conmen — the public and individual — fleeces.”

“Yes, see that suffering and misery grow by the day,
Via calamities, wars, spouse and child abuse, and foul play.
Cause global financial meltdowns, aided by vice and greed,
So that even more so, essential services will bleed.”

“You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!” (2 Tim 3:1-5).

“See that any material that’s contrary to my goal
Gets ridiculed, destroyed — and all dissenters buttonhole.
Yes, prevent my opponents from convincing otherwise,
Via what they call truth, sound admonition, a path more wise.”

“For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths” (2 Tim 4:3,4).
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of those who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Rom 1:18, ESV).

“Lastly, there’re those Christians that I want you to attend to,
And nothing angers me more than the Christians that are true,
That is, faithful to their God both in practice and belief,
For their correct and loving witness always gives me grief.”

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one
who does the will of my Father who is in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, ESV).

“Still, we’ll have it easy, comrades, for most are not on track,
And the same Hollywood stars, music and entertainment back.
Despite their God saying no to many things — they’ve rebelled,
And therefore, much of what they should be upholding have farewelled.”

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever” (1 John 2:15-17).

“However, some of these misguided ones interest me,
For they can further my cause by working from within, you see.
That is, within their religion, for with them being off track,
It’ll aid my agenda, my trap, which they’ll misguidedly back.”

“On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers’ ” (Matt 7:22,23).

“So, raise up any Christians who are hungry for power,
And sooner or later, persecution will flower.
Have them thinking God’s on their side, and introducing laws,
But have all this look lamb-like up until a dragon roars.”

“ ‘…the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God [think they are doing God’s will]’ ” (John 16:2, ESV).
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death [eternal death]” (Prov 14:12, ESV).

“That’s right, a religious/political power — Church and State,
And that way, I’ll deal to those genuine ones that I hate.
As for anyone else — all will come under my control,
For my aim isn’t just a part of this world, but the WHOLE.”

“And it [the second beast — the new political/religious power] was allowed to give breath to the image [copy] of the beast [first persecuting power] so that the image [copy] of the beast [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 [first beast] to be killed” (Rev 13:15).

“So, see to it that freedom and liberty go — QUICKLY,
Freedom of expression too, so debate will cease to flow.
This will make it easier for me to get my hands on
ANYTHING that I don’t like, and ANYONE I want gone.”

“Here is a call for the endurance [faithfulness] of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God [the Ten Commandments]…” (Rev 14:12, ESV).
“...Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life [eternal life]” (Rev 2:10, ESV).

Could Such Be So? The Bible seems to know.

By Lance Landall