Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy…” (1 Cor 10:20-22, ESV).

“He replied, ‘Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots’ ” (Matt 15:13, NIV).

“I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols” (Isa 42:8, NIV).

“ ‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to the one and despise the other...’ ” (Matt 6:24, ESV).

“But they rebelled against Me and would not listen to Me; not one of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt” (Ezek 20:8).

“You must demolish completely all the places where the nations whom you are about to dispossess served their gods, on the mountain heights, on the hills, and under every leafy tree. Break down their altars, smash their pillars, burn their sacred poles with fire, and hew down the idols of their gods, and thus blot out their name from their places. You shall not worship the Lord your God in such ways. Take care that you are not snared into imitating them, after they have been destroyed before you: do not inquire concerning their gods, saying, “How did these nations worship their gods? I also want to do the same.” You must not do the same for the Lord your God, because every abhorrent thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods…” (Deut 12:2-4,30,31).

“Do not bring an abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destruction like it. You must utterly detest and abhor it, for it is set apart for destruction” (Deut 7:26).

“ ‘If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell [it is better to have no instruments than to have one that offends]’ ” (Matt 5:29, ESV).

Regarding the Philistines, the Ark, and their god Dagon — See 1 Samuel chapters 4-6.

Note: The rock guitar abandoned the rounded shoulder of the classical or folk guitar, taking on its own unique appearance, the pointed shoulders of the modern guitar [eg. Stratocaster] closely resembling the cornuto sign that’s considered the devil’s sign [the forefinger and little finger extended, while the other fingers are curled into a fist; one finger is higher than the other. This sign is representative of a satanic/occult symbol—the two horned goat or/and the imagined horns of Satan. This sign is used by black arts practitioners to ward off “the evil eye” ].
The prudent Christian will choose a guitar as far away as possible from such a guitar.

It's Not Just A Guitar

I’ve been told that a guitar kept you out of your church today,  
And thought that I would check that out, as such filled me with dismay.  
So is it true that a guitar made you feel you shouldn’t stay,  
Or is there really more to this than just what I’ve heard them say?  

Well, I’m so glad that you have asked as guitars don’t bother me,  
But this guitar was different, it a rock guitar, you see.  
Such an anti-Christian symbol in a church should never be,  
For the realm of this guitar is Satanic territory.  

Therefore, it’s not just an ordinary guitar that I knock,  
For this particular guitar symbolizing rock.  
It’s a product of rebellion that the devil has seen made  
To specially represent immoral music he wants played.

Yes, this guitar’s uniquely made, and as part of its design  
It has two pointed shoulders that resemble a satanic sign.  
That not all have this devilish feature I’ll admit is true,  
But that’s only half the picture that here I convey to you.  

For they’re a phallic symbol that is flaunted so on the stage,  
Their shape and presentation aiding the evil war they wage.  
Thus they’re oft used to simulate intimate sexual acts,  
 Whilst their owners verbalize even more what Satan backs.  

And surrounding such behaviour, occultism often reigns,  
As artists through this medium further strengthen Satan’s aims.  
And because of the connections evil has with this guitar,  
Each Christian in their home or church such an instrument should bar.  

No, it’s not just a guitar, but everything it represents,  
Therefore, its presence in a church is a serious offence.  
This type of guitar in church being comparable to a hog  
Sitting proudly on its haunches in a Jewish synagogue.  

Now let me tell you of a time when the Jews went off to war,  
And how the Philistines who won took the Ark that those Jews bore.  
They took it to their temple and by their idol it was placed,  
But soon they found their old idol lying broken and displaced.  

You see, the Philistines thought that both sitting by each other  
Would be to their advantage, but what did they soon discover?  
Twice their god, (which was called Dagon), was removed by unseen hands,  
And then a plague befell them, causing them to change all their plans.  

So quickly they dispatched God’s Ark having realized their mistake,  
But although they’d learnt a lesson, further lessons it would take.  
Thus from town to town they fobbed it, but the plague still gave them grief,  
'Till its return to Israel where they finally got relief.  

Now I know that there're lessons in this story that here I've told,  
And certain principles involved that God’s saying to uphold.  
But out of all that we can learn, one thing’s obvious to me,  
Both the Holy and unholy together aren’t meant to be.  

So next time you see a rock guitar in God’s sanctuary,  
Think about those Philistines who mixed things that weren't meant to be.  
And then ask yourself this question: Would the Lord approve of me  
Worshiping where Rock’s symbol is just repeating history?

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded on the 11 May 2016.

“...the new electric guitars’ loud cutting sound defined the sound of rock and roll, and their bold, sleek styling only added to the anarchic menace of the new music”

“The Fender Stratocaster  is the king of rock and roll guitars…”

“The Stratocaster is the most widely imitated guitar design of all time”

“The Fender bass helped to define the sound of rock and roll and modern country music of the 1950s and 1960s”

“The Fender Telecaster revolutionized electric guitar design and remains one of the icons of blues, country, and rock and roll”

Taken from the book ‘Classic Guitars’ by Robert Shaw.

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