Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, THERE NO LONGER REMAINS A SACRIFICE FOR SINS [we will not be covered by God’s grace], but a terrifying expectation of judgment...” (Heb 10:26, 27, NASB).

“But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, IN THEM SHALL HE DIE” (Ezek 18:24, KJV).

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2:20-22, KJV).

“For IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO RESTORE AGAIN TO REPENTANCE those who have once been enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away [totally rejected Christ, or never returned to Him], SINCE ON THEIR OWN THEY ARE CRUCIFYING AGAIN THE SON OF GO AND ARE HOLDING HIM UP TO CONTEMPT” (Heb 6:4-6).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but [only] he WHO DOES [keeps on doing] THE WILL OF MY FATHER IN HEAVEN’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and DOES NOT DO IT, to him it is sin” (James 4:17, NASB)

“Whoever says, “I have come to know him,” but does not OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS [all of them], is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist”  (1 John 2:4). Note Matt 19:17.

“You see that a person is justified by what he DOES [keeping God’s Law, the standard of Christian conduct] and NOT BY FAITH ALONE. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead [it is made void, thus voiding God’s grace]” (James 2:24,26, NIV).

“And [so] why are we putting ourselves in DANGER every hour? I die every day!..” (1 Cor 15:30,31).

“..work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12, NASB).

“He that OVERCOMETH...I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name [acknowledge him as a loyal devoted follower] before the Father, and before His angels”  (Rev 3:5,KJV).

“He who OVERCOMES will INHERIT these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Rev 21:7, NASB).

“Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Tim 2:5, NASB).

“Therefore, we are AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, as though God were making an appeal through us…” (2 Cor 5:20, NASB).

“Many [Christians] 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).

“[Thus] Do not be too wicked, and do not be a fool; why should you die BEFORE YOUR TIME” (Eccl 7:17).

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Please don’t believe such teaching, lest a heavy price you pay,
For ‘once saved, always saved’, God’s Holy Word does not say.
It’s simply Satan’s attempt to each Christian lull and fool,
And it has proved successful even though untrue and cruel.

The book of Hebrews tells us that continual willful sin
Makes null and void Christ’s sacrifice, as rebellion’s still within.
Once we know what we should do, we shouldn’t from such depart,
For departure will reveal, love for God’s not in the heart.

God sent the Holy Spirit to help Christians overcome
Any wrong within their lives, yes, ‘any wrong’, not just some.
God may wink at ignorance, but not deliberate sin,
For such rejects His counsel which our lives should underpin.

The apostle Paul said, “I die daily”, and so should we,
For God wants the Christian’s life liberated from iniquity.
You see, it’s our selfish nature that’s behind the wrong we do,
Hence God wants self subdued, as all who love Him, wrong don’t pursue.

Why should the willful sinner who knowingly chooses wrong
Be found amongst the worthy who sing the over-comers song?
Why should God reward sinners who take license with His grace,
By allowing them to share the saints rightful Heavenly place?

Those who once were Christians, but then to the world returned,
The apostle Peter tells us, their fate too late is learned.
Whether they rejected the Lord, or simply from Him drifted,
Such, at Christ’s second coming, to Heaven will not be lifted.

The prophet Ezekiel says, any good such folk have done
Won’t account for anything, and that Christ such folk will shun.
Only those who do God’s will, and continue so to do,
Are covered by His gift of grace, and Heaven are entitled to. 

However, when one repents, and returns unto the Lord. 
He’s faithful to forgive them, and reinstates their reward.
But why put at great risk though, God’s offer of salvation,
By deliberate willful sin that incurs His condemnation.

Any day our life could end, suddenly and unexpectedly,
And caught out by our folly anyone of us could be.
Hence why the Bible warns us, don’t treat salvation lightly,
But instead, seek out God’s help, to daily live more rightly.

The Scriptures clearly warn us that although God’s grace is free,
It doesn’t mean that Christians can continue sinning willfully.
Though God’s gift of grace is free, it’s not for covering sin,
But just repentant sinners no more wanting sin within.

Can Christians void God’s grace? Yes. Scripture says so, emphatically,
As Christ, we’re told, will one day say to some, “Depart from Me”.
’Though they may have prophesied, cast out devils in His name,
Or done many wondrous works, He’ll destroy them just the same.

You see, grace isn’t where it ends; no, grace is the beginning,
For God hates “lawlessness”, and says, don’t willfully keep sinning. 
Thus, each Christian has a duty to uphold God’s Holy Law,
Not break it, by willfully sinning, like we used to do before.

By Lance Landall

The erroneous belief, ‘once saved, always saved’, would mean that we effectively wouldn’t have freedom of choice.

For example:
If after having accepted Christ, we later decided that we no longer wanted to believe in Him, or follow Him, we would still be saved whether we liked it or not [and regardless of what heinous sins we might have committed]. There goes our God-given right to accept or reject, because we wouldn’t be allowed to change our mind, or be lost.

It's Odd

It’s odd how many think that they can accept God’s grace and continue to sin —
Willingly, that is — which defeats the whole purpose of becoming a Christian.
For why repent if still wanting to act contrary to God’s will, word and ways?
And why rather than rebelling, the genuine Christian refrains and obeys.

While we’re not saved by works, we’re not saved where works are absent, and by that I mean,
Where clear evidence of a change in direction and behaviour isn’t seen.
All why Christ said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more,”
For sin is putting self before God, who, thereby, is just ushered out the door.

By Lance Landall