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The Folly Of Winning

“Let us not become conceited [egotistical], competing against one another,
envying one another” (Gal 5:26).

Competitive sports, and competitiveness in general, can’t be defended,
Such run contrary to Scripture, reverse the Gospel, ensuring God’s offended.
We’re to die to self, put others first, not seek the limelight, but rather, humbly live,
Sacrificing for the good of others, even going without, seeking to give.

Thus, only an erring, uninformed Christian would seek to win at another’s loss,
For those who love their Lord and others, seek no reward, but daily take up their cross.
They don’t delight in what has been another’s loss, as what Christian that path would choose?
Plus, winning via ensuring another doesn’t, just sees Satan rightly accuse.

And with very good cause, for such is acting selfishly, hypocritically,
For the Gospel is all about servant-hood, not about rejoicing pridefully.
Those who rejoice over their win, effectively rejoice over another’s loss,
And by so doing, tear the heart out of the Gospel, and re-nail Christ to the cross.

Competitiveness is an egotistical exercise — in other words, sin,
It’s all about putting ourselves first in order to triumph over others and win.
Such makes a mockery of grace, for grace isn’t for winners, but the undeserving,
Hence why I repeat, the very essence of competitiveness is self serving.

Yes, competitiveness brings out the worst in us — it’s that “Me first” mentality,
As competitors aren’t thinking in terms of their opponents best interests, clearly.
Were they to consider such, and act self sacrificially, they’d hardly come first,
For any competitor who wants to win, must clearly have a ‘self’ driven thirst.

The competitive spirit is a “Survival of the fittest” mentality,
An “Every man for himself” approach — it’s humanistic, acting indifferently.
Hence why such should play no part in the Christian’s life, for it is seriously flawed,
Something unbefitting Christians, and contrary to the example of our Lord.

As Sherlock Holmes said, “It’s elementary, dear Watson” — yes, as clear as can be,
For competitiveness exalts oneself, it grandstands boastfully, basks in glory.
And hence why when we think it through logically, and then line it up biblically,
We see that competitiveness can’t be defended, harms us spiritually.

By Lance Landall


“When they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another,
they are without understanding” (2 Cor 10:12, RSV).

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3,4).

“Let no one seek his own, but each one the others well-being” (1 Cor 10:24).

“ ‘So the last will be first, and the first will be last’ ” (Matt 20:16, NIV).

Question: Would God help people win competitively? Response: Would God violate His own principles?




2.  Should Christians Take Risks?

Given that God has clearly stated that He will destroy those who willingly injure their health-cum-body,
It's obvious that He must feel the same way about us putting our life at risk — that is to say, needlessly.
Thus, if mistreating our health-cum-body is a sin, then so is taking risks with our life, undoubtedly,
And why we need to consider very carefully all that we do; our acts and God’s Word being in harmony.

In other words, we’re not to take this subject lightly via treating our health, body and life casually,
But rather, we’re to take great care of such, and thereby not just acting wisely, but also most gratefully,
For life’s a precious gift, one so easily lost via foolishness, those pointless, needless risks, often called thrills,
That not just in the minds of all, but certainly in the mind of each Christian, should trigger off alarm bells.

Yes, to cut our life short via risks or harmful substances of any sort, is not only sin, but folly,
And likewise making ourselves ill due to such, and thereby becoming a burden on others, thoughtlessly —
And indeed more so when we’re incapacitated by such imprudence, such selfishness-cum-wilful sin —
Which just slaps God in the face, for we’re abusing or risking His very creation, hence the devil’s grin.

And by risks many have taken, they’ve deprived their partner of their presence, that risk having taken their life,
Such showing a selfish disregard, not just for their children, but the happiness of their husband or wife,
Be such via extreme sports, mountaineering, rollercoaster rides, boxing, racing, unnecessary air travel —
To mention a few — that oft injure, incapacitate or kill, and thereby on others bring so much ill.

And let’s remember this:

We live in a fallen world where there are so many variables, and where there is so much uncertainty,
And where man’s inventions, (so often flawed), are at the mercy of the elements and saboteurs, sadly.
It seems that anything that can come unstuck is coming unstuck these days, hence those increasing tragedies,
Which is why we now need to approach things with far more caution and thought, and not rebelliously ourselves please.

Surely we don’t expect God to spare us from our stupidity, nor from the dangers of some risks we take,
For God has given us a brain, one that He expects us to use, and not wisdom and commonsense forsake.
And hence why many die young, or suffer terribly, and all because of some risk they took so needlessly,
They possibly thinking that God would spare them from such, their Christian walk hardly in touch with reality.

Christians haven’t been given some special exemption from suffering and death, including persecution,
Despite many receiving Divine protection and intervention at times, or some Divine solution.
Both good and bad comes to all, and more or less of either depending on our choices, folly or sense,
And should any Christian doubt this, they only have to peruse the Holy Word of God for evidence.

By Lance Landall


"Do not be overly wicked, Nor be foolish; Why should you die before your time?" (Eccl 7:17, NKJV).

"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple" (1 Cor 3:16,17, ESV).

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Cor 6:19,20, ESV).


"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin"
(James 4:17, ESV).

“But understand this, that in the last days...people will be...reckless..." (2 Tim 3:1-5, ESV).




3.  Drama It's Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

Why is so little said about the evil of drama? Could it be because it’s so desired,
Or simply because most are uninformed, they ignorant of the fact that it’s far from inspired?
And yet, it's found within almost every Christian home and church, it both addictive and sinful,
For drama violates clear and sound biblical teaching whilst also being wrong in principle.

You see, when any actor role-plays — pretends — they effectively lie, falsify and deceive,
For they’re not being them self, something that's contrary to God’s will — and hey, don't you remember Eve?
Yes, she being deceived by the inventor of pretence, the father of lies, deception his art,
And why every Christian who desires an acting role should very quickly have a change of heart.

And by the way, it’s clearly every bit as much a sin to act out somebody else’s sin,
And to feign the likes of anger, given that anger shouldn’t be coming from any Christian.
Such behaviour profanes those gifts that God only intended be used in truth and sincerity,
And never for the likes of pretence, for via such, we subordinate our own personality.

But you know, such is surely plain common sense, for honestly, what is wholesome about pretence?
Which, when it’s applied, soon becomes a partner in crime with that “end justifies the means” offence.
If something is wrong it’s wrong, and pretence certainly is, despite folk calling such just an act,
And why “hypocrite” in both it’s Greek and Latin forms refers to actors — they twofaced, in fact.

Yes, drama effectively violates the ninth commandment, it devoid of integrity,
But rather, it a sullied medium, awash in dishonesty and satanic artistry.
And hence why we are told that deception will be involved in Satan’s End-time activity,
And the reason why? Because he’s an actor, one who hates truth, principles and transparency.

At the end of the day, and without a doubt, it’s wrong to pretend, for how could pretence be right?
Given that such is pure fabrication, fakery, make-believe, darkness as opposed to light.
Hence why other than Satan, its origin lies in pagan worship rituals — no surprise —
For paganism is the opposite to Christianity, and thus falsehood glorifies.

Pretence is a sinful attempt to be who God hasn't made us, and challenges His sovereign right,
The latter meaning, His right to make us who we are, and have us live so every day and night,
Rather than looking someone in the eye and pretending to be someone else, which none should do,
For it’s not only insincere, but schizophrenic in nature — and yes, a false witness too.

And hence why actors can suffer from emotional, psychological disorders, you see,
For it’s most unnatural to feign emotions, and subconsciously, leaves one feeling guilty.
Hence why both Christ and the apostles never indulged in such, they just relying on the Word,
For drama is a threat to the Word, and why the addictiveness of pretence is now preferred.

Yes, subordinating our God-given personality in order to portray others,
 Hardly brings glory to our God, we each unique individuals, which role-playing just smothers.
Hence why there’s no parallel to modern theatrical performance anywhere in Scripture,
And why those who incorrectly draw on certain things there, have somehow mistaken each picture.

To summarise:

Drama’s not only an addictive medium, but was introduced by the father of lies,
It being built on pretence, fakery, and thus at odds with truth, which its origin identifies.
It’s application profanes gifts intended for righteous use, and sees us witnessing falsely,
Even acting out someone’s sin, and this, whilst subordinating our own personality.

Yes, drama is wrong! wrong! wrong!


By Lance Landall


“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape” (Prov 19:5, NASB).

“He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me” (Ps 101:7, NASB).

“Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness speaks deceitfully” (Prov 12:17). Note 1 Peter 2:22.

“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 run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family” (Prov 6:16-19).

“Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices” (Col 3:9, NASB).

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness!” (Isaiah 5:20, KJV).

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

“God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit [in all sincerity] and truth [free from all that is false]” (John 4:24, ESV).

“Behold, thou [God] desirest truth in the inward parts...” (Ps 51:6, KJV).

“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth” (Joshua 24:14, KJV).

“ ‘Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil’ ” (Matt 5:37, ESV).

“...Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Cor 5:6, ESV).

“… ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand’ ” (Matt 12:25, ESV).



For a more indepth yet simple overview of the evil of drama, click on my
The Two Dividers page which is in my Christian section too, grey box.



Quotes relating to drama:

“A psychoanalyst in Beverly Hills, interviewed for TV Guide, talked about what is bothering actors today. He talked about the guilt that seems to be common in Couch Canyon. The actor, he says, “feels guilty because it’s wrong to be a pretender. He pretends to be so-and-so and he’s not really so-and-so. That’s lying. That’s hypocrisy.”
Dick Hobson, ‘What’s Tormenting Actors Today,’ TV Guide, July 26, 1969.” Quoted by Marjorie Lewis Lloyd in “Too Slow Getting Off” p.80.

"All actors, in some way, suffer for their craft, with the very act of losing oneself inside another
being coming at a high price."
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 31/12/2010

“One more day of make believing, one more day of playing the star, one more day of endless pretending, do you know who you are?”
Neil Sedaka, famous singer.

"The stage as an institution has within itself the seeds of corruption, and exists only under a law of degeneracy.”
Herrick Johnson.

“The actor’s profession is unnatural and radically wrong. It is an unworthy profession. . .Solon, the great lawmaker of Greece, denounced the profession as “tending by its stimulation of false character, and by its expression of sentiment not genuine or sincere, to corrupt the integrity of human dealing. . .”
M.E. Kearn, R & H, 11/2/1926, p.11.

“Stage life, according to my experience, has a tendency to deaden the finer feelings, to crush the inner nature of men and women, and to substitute artificiality and hollowness for sincerity and truth; and, mind you, I speak from an intimate experience of the stage, extending over thirty-seven years.”
Theatrical critic, London Press. Quoted by M.E. Kearn, R & H, 11/2/1926, p.11.

“Drama is . . . . . .generally believed to have had its roots in primitive religious rituals.”
Encyclopedia Britannica. Origins of Western Theatre. Section headed “Pre-classical Antiquity”

“Basic role-playing is associated with the religious rituals of the Mesopotamian, Egyptian and ancient Greek cultures; eg things in nature, leading later to portrayals of kings and gods.”
Encyclopedia Britannica. Section headed “Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Civilization”

“Greek theatre arose from the religious festivals celebrating the worship of the god Dionysius.”
A Concise Encyclopedia of the Theatre p.103.

“To me, acting is a childish thing, and thus drama simply an adult version of childhood make-believe that people of maturity and dignity surely wouldn’t want to participate in, and given its associated shallowness, artificiality and mimicry.”
The Author

"If it’s wrong to lie, it’s wrong to feign."
The Author




4.  Flatting Is Anti-family

Yes, one of the greatest witnessing tools within the secular community
Is a committed, God-fearing, loving and got-it-together Christian family.
And this being why Satan’s out to destroy Christian families wherever he can,
Aided by those fools who encourage kids to go flatting when they shouldn’t but can.

Hence that strife that Satan loves to cause between parents and their kids, who this should know,
And thus not let the devil win, nor those who encourage flatting, lest Satan crow.
For where a family’s witness and prayer circle is broken so, sad seeds are oft born,
And that family’s potency weakened — and here, needlessly so — and why I warn.

Where one’s children go flatting where there’s not a need, it’s easier for them to err,
Temptations being greater, and good influences less, and why evil’s seen to stir.
But who can stop those determined children whose spiritual vision is faulty,
And whose confidants wrongly advise? — for here, they’re badly off track biblically.

The family unit is God’s doing, it designed to protect — a lot at stake —
Thus woe to those who rush their kids out of the home before marriage, a big mistake.
For oh, how Satan wants those young folk divorced from parents-cum-wiser company,
And when it comes to mixed flatting — well, that’s his other wish that oft comes true, sadly.

Oh, what a sullied witness, boys and girls together in some flat, and in full view,
Unbelievers sure to draw certain conclusions, and that they’re right, too often true.
For how many Christian young people are faithful to their Saviour in every way,
And truly in touch with God’s Word and His will, though many adults aren’t, I have to say.

Yes, so much for abstaining from any appearance of evil, as we’re to do,
And thus here, such folk looking morally shaky-cum-their Christian witness askew.
And no wonder, for such flatting isn’t God’s invention, and nor His intention,
All why kids should stay at home, and when it comes to God’s word, pay far more attention.

Those who go flatting always defend it, and often encourage others as well,
Some leaving homes where they’ve been warned against such, their godly parents knowing full well.
And why flatting is anti-family, and therefore, one of today’s greatest threats,
That God’s plan for Christian families oft upsets, and that the Christian Church besets.

By Lance Landall


Children with rebellion in their heart-cum-desires contrary to the will of God, find the godly constraints of home and their parents warning voice an irritating frustration to their errant plans.
Flatting can be likened to divorce in the sense that it makes it so much easier for young people to run away from a problem rather than stay and work at it, the latter being what God desires, not the former.
God never encourages us to walk away from our problems but to do all we can to resolve or humbly live with them. When we walk away from our problems we either walk into further problems-cum-troubles or simply delay God’s moulding which will turn up later in some other form, and sometimes in a more painful form. Running from our problems can also create problems for others who could’ve been spared such if we’d done the better and right thing.

It’s also worth noting that young people unnecessarily taking up rental accommodation, (when they’re able to remain at home), can be one of the reasons for an accommodation shortage and thus higher rents.




5.  Christians And Mixed Flatting

Amongst those things that Christian young folk should know, is, that young men and women flatting together is a no no,
And such I shouldn’t have to say — but feel compelled to — for it appears that such is a truth that many don’t know.
And why, somewhat mystifies me, for surely even sense conveys that such is hardly a wholesome look, and,
Given that such a practice is common amongst non-believers, along with its hanky-panky, which can brand.

By that I mean, folk are quick to put two and two together and get five, but sometimes their adding is correct,
For many young men and women are not just flatting together, but sleeping together, as we would expect.
After all, such is common today, and given how worldly most Christians are, many would think the same about them,
That is, that in that mixed flat, Christians are sharing beds too, and hence why such mixed flatting we should clearly condemn.

Aren’t we to refrain from all appearances of evil?

Yes, and therefore, (within reason), Christians should do all they can to minimise whatever could be misconstrued,
And the reason I say minimise is, that even when they act rightly, there are those who’ll always wrongly conclude.
But having said that, such flatting does present certain temptations-cum-stumbling blocks, and hence why some people yield,
For in a mixed flat setting, one is hardly wearing that belt, breastplate and helmet, nor holding that sword and shield.

You see, mixed flatting compromises principles to start with, as such is only for marriage, going by Scripture,
(And where, regarding the standard for Christian young men and women, and indeed all, there’s a very clear picture).
For only a husband and wife are meant to share a home or flat like that, not the unmarried, as that's God’s way,
Which means that all those Christian young men and women who choose to flat together, wrongly and most unwisely stray.

Young folk going flatting is a product of the modern age, and a clear departure from that which is best,
For though their may be cases where such is a need, they should all be with their families — and there at home more blessed,
And where certain restrictions actually work more in their favour, and especially spiritually;
Plus, in that home, (along with their godly parents), there's never a more powerful witness to society.

And I guess that's why Satan has been busy.

By Lance Landall





The following poem also has a relationship with some poems on my Regarding Dating page (found on my page Sex And The Christian) that deal with dating the unconverted, and any baptism that may follow.

6.  Don't Baptise Too Quickly

It’s one thing to study, another to pass the exam, teacher’s scrutiny,
And likewise, baptism one thing, obedience another, God’s scrutiny.
And thus the testing being where we pass or fail, we submitting or baulking,
We either letting the cunning devil dictate, or God do the talking.

Many are baptised with wrong still in their lives, wrong that should’ve gone beforehand,
And when confronted they’re not happy, their too quick conversion more built on sand.
That new light that should’ve been shone on their path in the first place doesn't delight,
They not so converted after all, and protesting despite your being right.

“Just give them time,” some say, but baptism is where that wrong was meant to stop, go,
But not so, some would have them believe, or they convincing themselves — sin, you know —
Because where the Word is clear, there’s no excuse, and thus ones conversion dodgy,
Folk effectively set up to fail, and their witness shouting hypocrisy.

Therefore, what should have been reason for joy, becomes reason for concern within,
The Church full of many who possibly shouldn’t really call themselves Christian.
Their walk somewhat made up of what suits, which might self correct in time, but oh dear,
That faulty witness, that stumbling block, those brazen prayers God may not want to hear.

Yes, God may still help folk, but as for them receiving His blessing, that depends,
For one foot in God’s camp and one in Satan’s won’t do, more leads to sticky ends.
And the devil wanting both feet, and straddlers nauseating God, and thus why
Right from our baptism, the get go, our lives should well and truly testify.

So, don't baptise too quickly, and tell them all they should know, lest things go awry.


By Lance Landall


"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you..." (Matt 28:19,20).

"So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin"
(James 4:17, ESV).

“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).




7.  Those High-rise Heels

One thing that Christians can be sure of is, that God hardly approves of high heels,
For not only are such shoes unstable, but something that one’s purity steals.
Yes, that sexy leggy look hasn’t occurred by accident, but by design,
For Satan knows such stirs man’s carnal nature and snubs its nose at the Divine.

Hence why high heels and high skirts are oft seen together working in unison,
Their fleshly intention being what any godly, virtuous woman would shun.
For not only is vanity at work here, but the devil getting at man,
Whose eyes-cum-mind he seeks to further corrupt, and thus even more evil fan.

Oh yes, there’re so many things that Christians do that God’s not happy with at all,
For so many Christians haven’t left the world behind, a problem since man’s fall.
And hence the embracing of high heel shoes which are injurious to the body,
They affecting alignment, causing detrimental strain, and very risky.

Hence those embarrassing falls, those “Can’t wait to get them off” cries so often heard,
Which could easily be avoided if women were to adhere to the wisdom in God’s Word.
For even plain logic exposes the folly of such shoes, idols to boot,
Given how they’re so adored, and thus how Satan’s cleverness women salute.

Yes, one only has to look at how God designed our feet, He knowing better,
Hence the folly of some short sighted parent who indulgently says, “Let her.”
Or who encourages such, and any other shrine to lust or vanity,
All why God is very fussy about what Christians wear, He pure and holy…

And desiring the same for we.

By Lance Landall




8.  Euthanasia

Though I can understand someone wanting to die, even so,
Regarding euthanasia-cum-suicide, God has said NO!
He not having given us the right to act in such a way,
Therefore, those who ignore His will here, with their salvation play.

Yes, we may well want to put someone out of their misery,
Or end our own, but doing so is acting unbiblically.
If something’s forbidden, that’s it, unless we choose to rebel,
And that I wouldn’t do, for that is how Adam and Eve fell.

To accept and legalize euthanasia is plain folly;
Such opens a Pandora’s box, sets evil on a trolley.
How can we as Christians agree to killing? No, such is wrong,
And therefore, to the realm of darkness it can only belong.

God considers life sacred. “Thou shalt not kill” is very clear,
And applies to “mercy killing,” (as some call it), those who dare.
It’s not for us to take our own life, or ask someone else to,
And nor for us to help someone else euthanasia pursue.

We can’t turn to the Old Testament either and some right chime,
For way back then, God worked within the framework of that harsh time.
He wants us to act differently than ancient Israel,
At lest where it erred, that is — therefore, we should let sense prevail.

Yes, let’s not veer off track too by helping introduce wrong laws
That let doctors take a life, thereby opening other doors.
A doctor is human, and like us, subject to temptations,
And hence how power can be abused, despite stipulations.

Euthanasia? No, it’s not the way to go,

’Cause doctors act unethically, and against their oath, via such,
And via such, villains more easily another’s life can clutch.
Yes, once such doors are opened, it’s only a matter of time
Before we’re seeing abuses, just another form of crime.

When voluntary euthanasia’s made legal, we soon see
Involuntary euthanasia — well, eventually.
Plus once euthanasia’s made legal, opposition declines,
’Cause what becomes established is seen to quieten, one finds.

Euthanasia soon leads to advances in ktenology,
(The science of killing, that is — more abuse, predictably).
And this all at the expense of treatment and symptom control,
For after all, there’s a divergence — yes, more than just one goal.

You see, the focus shifts somewhat from curing the condition
To killing the individual who has the condition.
Thus research into curing fatal illnesses is threatened, for,
There’re divided loyalties, certain pressures unlike before.

By Lance Landall


This poem was upgraded 28 May 2018.

See my poem Mercy Killing which is in the orange box titled Bottled By A Bottle, secular section.





9.  Forbidden Sacrifices

When a baby is aborted, God’s wrath is kindled above,
Because such is abhorrent to our Saviour who’s Life and Love.
Hence His words, “You shall not murder,” and abortion murder is,
And don’t forget that those poor babies that are murdered are His.

Oh yes, we all need to realize that each fertilized egg is
A unique and distinct individual, a child that’s His.
Thus we’ve no right to take their life, or answerable we'll be
To the Creator of this earth who rules universally.

We’re told of the Canaanites, who, according to our Lord’s Word,
Sacrificed babies to Molech and Baal, whose loud screams God heard.
Well, Christians are acting likewise when some baby they abort,
And how with powers of darkness they effectively consort.

When the unborn aren’t sacred in the eyes of humankind,
The retarded, disabled and aged are threatened too, I remind.
It seems some people show more concern for the creatures on Earth
Than they do for humans made in God’s image, who’ve greater worth.

The devil hates godly seed, whom he has always sought to kill,
And abortion is a means by which many that wish fulfil.
For he’ll use any means he can, but isn’t it ironic,
That Christians are aiding Him by slaying the embryonic.

Abortion is rebellion ’cause it snubs God’s authority;
In other words, it’s humans usurping God’s autonomy.
It’s demonic in nature and it’s demonic in outcome,
Humanistic folly to which millions of women succumb.

How many of these dear babies may well have turned out to be
A preacher, teacher or doctor — oh, what a great tragedy?
Yes, so many of these babies a major role might have played,
If they hadn’t been aborted because someone that choice made.

When women find themselves pregnant, a life’s a life, not a thing,
No matter how tiny — a seed from which life is seen to spring.
A person needing time and nourishment, everything there,
Hence why it’s a someone that’s killed, which isn’t right, isn’t fair,

And this being why God is hardly happy with those who dare.

By Lance Landall


This poem was upgraded 28 May 2018.


“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one who said,

“You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder,
you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty”
(James 2:10-12).

“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).

“...do violence to no man…” (Luke 3:14, KJV).


"I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born."
Ronald Reagan


See my article Why Abortions Shouldn't Take Place which is on my secular page Time To Face Things.




10.  Santa Versus Christ?

Tell me now, is Father Christmas connected to the heavenly?
Is he on an equal footing with Christ, part of the Trinity?
No? Well, come Christmas, why’s he next to angels on the Christmas tree,
Or near a manger portraying Jesus as a little baby?

And why are Christians watching Father Christmas in some movie,
(Perhaps after church, where carols are sung in baby's memory)?
And why, pre-Christmas, are they sending cards to friends who're far and near
That not a sweet baby Jesus, but a beaming Santa Clause bear?

Though Christ wasn’t born on this date, it’s a date Christians allocate,
And seemingly, at the same time too, Santa’s birthday celebrate.
Now, why would that be? Is Santa their Saviour too, and worship due,
Or have Christians lost the plot, got things terribly askew?

By Lance Landall




11.  Disown Santa Claus

Though Christmas wasn’t actually when Christ was born, one can see the reason for such a celebration,
But hey, Christians into Santa Claus as well, not to mention elves? Now there’s a serious violation.
Yes, Christ on one hand, and Santa Claus on the other — a right old unholy mix if ever there was one,
For no pagan Santa Claus, and the occult in the form of elves, should be sharing the limelight with the Son.

And to add insult to injury, these very same Christians ask God to bless them, despite such apostasy,
In other words, despite them emulating the Israelites who indulged in the same sort of idolatry.
And oh, how the Israelites paid for their folly, their holy and unholy mixes, their adultery,
And rightly so, for they knew better just like us, who, shouldn’t expect God to feel any differently.

And if we don't know any better, we’re hardly into God’s Word, and thus worldly to boot, undoubtedly,
And without excuse, for even logic shouts that we can hardly have it both ways, given that God’s holy.
And given that He’s wanting us to become more like Him, and thereby, far more in tune with the heavenly,
Certainly not sharing Santa Claus with His Son, be such via cards, wrappings, decorations, or some movie.

In other words, if you’re into celebrating Christ’s birth come Christmas time, don’t mix His birth with fantasy,
Such being, Santa Claus, elves, and those mystical flying reindeer — all of which rob Christ and His birth of glory.
Get the picture? Yes, Satan’s no fool, hence his inventiveness-cum-thievery, which Christians should clearly see,
And here, avoiding the commercial, trite and false — that which amounts to idolatry and apostasy.

By Lance Landall





12.  Xmas?

Who took Christ out of Christmas, and in more ways than just a word-cum-Christmas card?
Santa Claus having largely taken over, and in some quarters, Jesus barred.
And why now it’s Santa Claus wanted in homes, kids even writing to the man,
Not that he really exists like Jesus, but just in the mind like Peter Pan.

And hence those imaginary reindeers pulling some sleigh that’s full of goodies,
Which Satan’s Santa Claus drops down chimneys given that he’s far too fat to squeeze.
And come next morning, little hands eagerly seek to receive rather than give,
And yes, even in Christian homes, where both Santa and Jesus appear to live.

Shocked? Well, you should be, friend, as Santa Claus is as pagan as it gets, and he
Yanking on that spotlight that should be on Christ, not someone imaginary.
Nor on those elves whose origin’s the same, and they, just like Santa, claiming hearts,
All why some child so indoctrinated, from the path of right perhaps departs.

You see, it’s not just Christ oft missing from Christmas, but truth, as Santa’s a lie,
Just like all those fantasy characters that the minds of many occupy.
Yes, far more so than Christ, and why come Christmas, Santa and his gifts are preferred,
And where parents haven’t delivered such, the wrath of their kids have oft incurred.

By Lance Landall





13.  Whatever Your Talent

Whatever your talent, never take the glory for it, nor boast of it, friend,
Because it’s God from whom noble talents come, and lest folly see that gift end.
Yes, God might see fit to remove it, and rightly so, but whatever may be,
Each talent should be used for wholesome purposes, and to bring God more glory.

A talent is something that we’ve been gifted, it belonging to our God above,
Who, via such talents, reveals His own creativity, and generous love.
He delighting to share His good gifts, those talents that we may delight in too,
And also use for the benefit of others, just like God is seen to do.

By Lance Landall





14.  The God Of Music Easy On The Ear

No one would have a finer taste in music than God, it easy on the ear,
He shunning that wild, discordant, thumping, lust inducing bedlam that we hear.
The music of Heaven being like His voice, melodious and harmonious,
It pure, lofty and sweet, reflecting that same beauty that is seen in Jesus.

Yes, because God’s a God of order, nothing off key, out of sync or jarring,
Not a single thing marring, it so unlike what we listen to here, or sing.
We so used to the earthly, less familiar with the heavenly, and why
Over the musical corruption that is found on Earth God must surely cry.

The music of Heaven full of depth and joyous brightness, easy on the ear,
Even with millions of angels singing in chorus, filling the holy air.
The hairs on the back of the necks of the redeemed standing up, they all in awe,
The music of Earth no longer attractive, and only now seeing how poor.

But meantime,

Something having happened to that pure music that was once heard in Eden too,
It now mostly sung and played in honour of man, tunes that angels never knew,
And things that angels never saw, like those suggestive thrusts, those spasmodic jerks,
And oh, when it comes to refined senses, how all that screeching and howling irks.

And how it must upset the God of music easy on the ear, ones body,
The rhythms of Heaven never assaulting and clashing injuriously.
No, only the compositions of man, those inspirations of Satan, who
Once upon a time, that rebelliousness and corruption also never knew.

Hence why the Christian’s taste in music should be like God’s, it easy on the ear,
Pleasant, uplifting and relaxing — wholesome, in other words — our angels near.
They too often forgotten, too often offended, our minder embarrassed,
And how Satan via our fallen tastes ensures that our guardian’s harassed.

Yes, our soul requires beauty and dignity of taste in order to attain
That same holiness and righteousness that’s found in hearts where God is seen to reign.
And I mean seen, our tastes reflecting our direction, it either up or down,
Clothed in a chosen soiled garment or a gracious pure white heavenly gown.

By Lance Landall




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