Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

TAKE NO PART in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Eph 5:11).

“Let no one be found among you...who practices DIVINATION or SORCERY, INTERPRETS OMENS, ENGAGES IN WITCHCRAFT, or CASTS SPELLS, or who is a MEDIUM or SPIRITIST, or who CONSULTS THE DEAD. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you” (Deut 18:10-12, NIV).

“When men tell you to consult MEDIUMS and SPIRITISTS, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn” (Isa 8:19,20, NIV). Note also Eph 6:12.

“Do not turn to MEDIUMS or seek out SPIRITISTS, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God” (Lev 19:31, NIV).

“So I will come near to you for judgment; I will be quick to testify against SORCERERS…” (Mal 3:5, NIV).

“Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the MEDIUMS and SPIRITISTS, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem…” (2 Kings 23:24, NIV).

“A man or a woman who is a MEDIUM or SPIRITIST among you must be put to death…” (Lev 20:27, NIV). Note also Ex 22:18.

“ ‘But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the SORCERERS, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death’ ” (Rev 21:8).

“Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced SORCERY brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly...” (Acts 19:18,19, NIV).

“One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a SPIRIT OF DIVINATION and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” She kept doing this for many days. Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour” (Acts 16:16,18).

“The dead DO NOT PRAISE THE LORD, nor do any that go down into SILENCE [they have no more use of the powers of mind or body]” (Ps 115:17).

“For in death THERE IS NO REMEMBRANCE OF YOU [God]; in Sheol [the grave] who can give You praise” (Ps 6:5).

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; FOR THERE IS NO WORK OR THOUGHT OR KNOWLEDGE OR WISDOM IN SHEOL [the grave], to which you are going” (Eccl 9:10).

“When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day THEIR PLANS PERISH” (Ps 146:4).

“ ‘So mortals lie down and DO NOT RISE AGAIN; UNTIL THE HEAVENS ARE NO MORE [until the Second Coming], they WILL NOT AWAKE OR BE ROUSED OUT OF THEIR SLEEP [“Sleep” (metaphoric usage) refers to that passage of time between one’s death and Christ’s second coming. It’s at Christ’s coming that the “saved” dead will be raised]’ ” (Job 14:12).

“But I [Paul] would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them WHICH ARE ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope [the unbelievers]” (1 Thess 4:13, KJV).

“ ‘Many of those who SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt’ ” (Dan 12:2). Note also Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29.

“ ‘….that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day...For David DID NOT ASCEND INTO THE HEAVENS…’ ” (Acts 2:29,34).

“Yet all these [faithful Bible heroes of all the ages] though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised [eternal life, immortality], since God had provided something better [much fairer] SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT, APART FROM US, BE MADE PERFECT [be given immortality. They will have to wait till Christ’s second coming]” (Heb 11:39,40).

“ ‘For the Son of Man is TO COME [at His Second Coming] with His angels in the Glory of His Father, and THEN HE WILL REPAY [with either eternal life or destruction] everyone for what has been done’ ” (Matt 16:27). Note also Rev 22:12; Luke 14:14.

“Finally, there is LAID UP FOR ME [kept in store] the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on THAT DAY [the Second Coming], and not to me only but also to all who have loved [longed for] HIS APPEARING” (2 Tim 4:8).

“The SOUL that sinneth, IT SHALL DIE…[whatever one calls the soul, it’s clear it will die]” (Ezek 18:20, KJV).

“You should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering WILL SAVE THE SINNER’S SOUL FROM DEATH and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).

“It is HE [God] ALONE who has IMMORTALITY and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen” (1 Tim 6:16).

Don't We Know Better?

So many Christians are watching movies they shouldn’t be,
Or they’re reading certain novels that they also shouldn’t be.
Like: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings,
Along with Harry Potter and other similar things.

Their excuse? Good triumphs over evil, or there’s some moral,
Well, over such excuses one could certainly quarrel.
You see, good may well triumph, but it does so dubiously,
And in a way that is clearly a false testimony.

We should never use the wrong methods to achieve a good end,
Nor — in order to suit — misrepresent, twist, slant or bend.
“The end justifies the means” is not biblical teaching,
Yet, into the realms of Christianity such has been reaching.

Tell me, would you sit and watch a pornographic movie —
If in such — good triumphed over those acting evilly?
Or — if in such — it showed how wrong-doing led to misery,
And how all those involved stopped acting wrong sexually?

“Don’t be silly,” you may cry. Well, the principle’s the same,
A means to an end, a good ending or lesson being the aim.
One is porn; one, another realm of Satan — the occult,
And on the way to their end via those means, oh, how they assault.

Anything to do with the satanic, God denounces,
And on the likes of witches, mediums, judgment pronounces.
That judgment falls on us too, should we let such amuse us,
For such belongs to that world where Satan’s hordes Jesus cuss.

“But a Christian wrote the book, made the movie,” you may cry,
Well, if that in fact is so — the Word of God they defy.
Scripture condemns such — it’s using Satan’s tools, territory,
And Christians have no business there — for that’s plain hypocrisy.

The world of wizards and the likes is a fantasy one,
It’s a world any discerning Christian will surely shun.
Besides, what Christian needs to wade through such territory,
Given the insight that God has given them already?

Rather than some moral that such books and movies may teach,
It’s the dark side of them, that more so, tender minds will reach.
For it’s the fantasy that excites and carries away,
And soon destroys a thirst for the Scriptures, to God’s dismay.

Yes, a taste for fiction lessens the taste for non-fiction,
Hence why for many fantasy has become an addiction.
Is it any wonder that error’s replacing truth, and,
That the old devil appears to have got the upper hand.

Fancy Christians watching witches and wizards casting spells!
What we’re seeing here is some ancient Israel parallels.
King Saul paid a price for playing with such territory,
And so will Christians too, for it’s satanic, not heavenly.

Using the Satanic, its twisted logic and evil tools,
Just aids the prince of darkness, who over such guides and rules.
Christians should only use God’s ways and means — not stoop, but reach,
For that’s what God has ordained, lest Satan sacred walls breach.

By Lance Landall