Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

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 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, needlessly.
If mistreating our health-cum-body is a sin, then so is taking risks with our life, undoubtedly,
Hence why we should carefully consider all that we do, our acts and God’s Word being in harmony.

In other words, we’re not to take this subject lightly, 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 gratefully,
'Cause life’s a precious gift, and so easily lost via foolishness, those pointless, needless risks, oft called thrills,
That not just in the minds of all, but certainly in the mind of each Christian, should trigger alarm bells.

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, thereby becoming a burden on others, thoughtlessly.
And indeed more so when we’re incapacitated by such imprudence, such selfishness, chosen sin,
Which just slaps God in the face, 'cause we’re abusing or risking His very creation, hence Satan’s grin.

Many via the foolish risk they took, deprived their spouse of their presence (that risk having taken their life),
Thus showing a selfish disregard, not just for their kids, but the happiness of their husband or wife,
And be such via extreme sports, mountaineering, rollercoaster rides, boxing, racing, needless air travel
(To mention a few), that oft injure, incapacitate or kill, and thus on others brings so much ill.

And let’s remember this:

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

Surely we don’t expect God to spare us from our foolishness, nor from the dangers of some risks we take,
'Cause God's given us a brain, one that He expects us to use, and not wisdom and commonsense forsake.
Too many die young, or suffer terribly, and all because of some risk that they took, so needlessly,
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, and nor persecution,
Despite many receiving Divine protection and intervention at times, some Divine solution.
Good and bad comes to us 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

This poem was upgraded 28 February 2020.

"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

15.  Rock's Anti The Rock

I could say that Satan invented rock, but it’s humans that I see on stage,
Though a rock star said his guitar played all by itself, and more could fill a page.
Yes, strange happenings, supernatural experiences that clearly shout
A Satanic mastermind’s behind it all, which David Bowie didn’t doubt.

And he not alone, aware of the force he was playing with, an ugly one,
Courtesy of a fallen angel working in opposition to the Son.
And that Son being Jesus, the God of beauty and order, who, long ago,
Had to remove a magnificent angel who turned bad, one that we all know.

Oh yes, that rebelliousness of his manifesting itself in mankind, and,
Thereby aiding this devil’s corrupting of all that’s still good in any land.
All why we see the likes of porn, violent movies, foul language, drugs and rock,
The latter well known for its outright rebellion, ability to shock.

Oh, how Satan now hates God, and does his best to distort all that He has made,
Hence why through a mire of debauchery, lawlessness and blasphemy we wade.
It all around us, rock leading the charge, its drummer boys stirring its addicts,
They hooked on that beat and demonic Stratocaster screeches, that some switch flicks.

“Rock ‘n’ roll” it’s been coined, with its disgusting connotations, backseat coupling,
Love having nothing to do with it, nor that commitment that comes with a ring.
Rock all about self, lust, anger and dissatisfaction, it wild and ready,
Only to happy to pick a fight with order and beauty, the heavenly.

Hence those mind bending drugs, the groupies, that demented shouting and jerking, which,
One normally associates with all that’s primitive, some Sharman or witch.
And hence those names groups have taken on, those occult images and symbols too,
All of which show’s a link to the realm of darkness, a devil who this well knew.

Yes, it all his creation, of course, good music no longer the food of most,
It having been exchanged for something that kills good taste, and why the devil’s toast.
There’s little he hasn’t corrupted, including the hearts of women and men,
Who’ve made good seem bad and bad seem good, and hence my straight flourishing of the pen.

So, don’t give me that “Christian rock” thing, because I just don’t buy it, nor should you,
Rock’s very essence, style and sound being the product of a devilish brew.
“Come out of the world,” God’s Word says to such straying Christians, but it’s there in church,
Hence why from a true witness to a false witness the Church has been seen to lurch.

No, can’t copy the ills of the world, and why would non-Christians also want to,
Unless they’re happy with the lowest denominator, what one shouldn’t do.
And God really being the only reason for brakes, taking the right course,
The God of love, truth, beauty and order who’ll soon destroy that Satanic force.

And rightly so, Satan having sought the young, removed their compass and ruler,
And as the years have gone by, his attacks have been far more cleaver and crueller.
Most now dancing to his tune, he having arranged the notes very cleverly,
And that hard rocky rhythm that beats a path that diverts from eternity.

Rock’s beat is a modern invention on a modern contraption; however,
Some people say that it’s primitive renderings have been around forever.
We’ll, since the fall of man, that is, rock’s jungle-like expressions calling spirits,
Those beings of confusion and ugliness, not harmony and righteousness.

Yes, attract them it does, hence those supernatural happenings, that evil,
The crowd moving as one, their hands raised to the god of rock, creator of Hell.
But sometimes rock’s kind of disguised by a clever blend that seeks to break down walls,
Walls that should never succumb to its thumps, because once within, it quickly brawls.

Oh yes, rock’s certainly anti the Rock, the God of order and beauty, who,
Meant that music be a blessing, and not something that ones health would soon undo.
The mind and body closely linked, things taken in benefiting or harming,
Things taken in stirring folk up negatively, or relaxing and calming.

No, we can’t serve two masters, because one will get the upper hand in the end,
The sad history of rock clearly showing that it’s a foe and not a friend.
It littered with every evil, just music for the neck down, today’s lost,
Who on a sea of iniquity, error and selfish indulgence, are tossed.

By Lance Landall

16.  Now's Not The Time To Be Indulgent

God’s coming soon — very soon — so share your wealth if so blessed; though for some it’s not a blessing, tragically,
For it hampers their spiritual walk — as sandcastles can — for such are of man, not God, generally.
That is, not so much what God ordains, but what people build up as a matter of course, and too often greed;
Many too concerned with their security, rather than trusting in the Lord, unmindful of those who plead...

Be such their own family members who’re much worse off, or those folk who’re further afield, and also in need,
And who go unnoticed, or are wrongly ignored for some reason or other — and yes, even when they plead!
Yes, so many reasons for not giving, so many excuses for fattening their lot, perilously,
For God is watching, and hardly pleased, and that may be all that they are going to get — not eternity.

Oh, the amount they waste on selfish indulgence, unnecessary jaunts, opulent homes, expensive chattels,
While others are going without necessities, needed healthcare-cum-fighting financially strapped battles.
And yes, God is watching, able to see all the wealth that could ease such; oft bequeathed to those who’ve little need,
They being, family members who’re doing very well, and who add to their pile just as thoughtlessly-cum-greed.

Well, the time is coming when sandcastles of any description will be smashed to smithereens, though meantime
More economic disasters-cum-financial collapses will see those losses of the past burgeon and climb.
All of which is why our trust should be in God, not in others, nor in riches-cum-chattels or property,
And why every spare dollar we have should be going to help the needy, and secure souls for eternity.

By Lance Landall

17.  Get The Picture?

Given that our Saviour’s coming is very near, and that this planet, (as we know it), is fast coming to an end,
And given how many are suffering, one way or another, and that such pain one shouldn’t ignore or extend,
Why oh why are Christians misusing, coveting, hoarding, and even withholding money that is badly needed?
Something that the Bible strongly condemns, and admonishes otherwise, which obviously isn’t being heeded.

Well, at least not by the majority, who give far less than they should, far less than they could
  very short-sightedly,
And foolishly, for God is watching, and one day will respond accordingly to such lack of generosity.
For such must appal Him
and even stagger Him, no doubt — given the shortness of time, and the incredible need,
And yet, here folk are — ten for me and one for you — (or not even that) — displaying degrees of selfishness and greed.

Yes, not content with a humble home, but somehow justifying a grander one, (or extra one), or is it a car?
And then there’re those unnecessary interior do-ups, and over which, via glossy books, they coo, um and aah.
Or if not such, then certain chattels, dining out, expensive holidays abroad, expensive personal pursuits,
For rather than doing what's more in harmony with love, the Scriptures, and the times, they simply do whatever suits.

Yes, there’s nothing new under the sun, and hence all that frivolity in the sun, but very dark clouds are looming,
For there’re people desperately in need, millions starving and dying, whilst meantime and elsewhere, business is booming.
And God is not pleased, for He wants more of that wealth distributed, and far greater personal generosity,
Such being more like
one for me and ten for you. Get the picture? If you don’t, you’re on the wrong side of eternity.

Yes, let's go without our wants so that others can meet their needs.

By Lance Landall

"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?" (1 John 3:17, NIV).

"If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?" (James 2:15,16, ESV).

18.  So What Do You Say?

My dear Christian, you’ve every right to enjoy yourself and spend your money,
But Christ is coming soon, and both workers and dollars are needed urgently.
There’s little time left, and so many are in need of saving lest they be lost;
And given that precious time and money you’re consuming, what might be the cost?

Sure you deserve that trip, (or whatever it might be), but this is the End-times,
And to be frank, touring the world is dangerous now — and meantime, evil climbs.
So surely our going without certain things is the order of the day,
And besides, we’ve a paradise ahead of us, won’t really be missing out, ay.

Yes, we can often justify things, but why bother given what I have said,
Godly needs pressing, and far bigger assaults on Christianity ahead.
And whose sacrifice was greater? Yes, His who gave His life on Calvary, and
Who bids us emulate His selflessness that more folk on Heaven’s shore may land.

Yes, best we live more simply, frugally, going without for Christ’s sake, dear souls
Who currently are in darkness, and who via their wrongdoings, aid Satan’s goals.
And do we too? Much time and money going elsewhere while many badly stray,
They not having been rescued from Satan’s grip, they not hearing that warning, “Hey!”

So what do you say?

Because after all Christ went through, the more saved the better, and where we come in,
Saving outreach being the duty and privilege of every Christian.
We not just looking after ourselves, but giving Christ less cause for tears, reaching out,
That more and more and more may look forward to His triumphant returning shout.

By Lance Landall

19.  Forget Earthly Treasures

If you knew that in a years time your house would be destroyed by a Tsunami,
You’d hardly bother installing a new kitchen, because that would be crazy.
You not only having been warned, but you surely sensible enough to know
That such time, money and effort would be wasted, and unintelligence show.

Well, its just like that with Christ’s soon return, all the signs showing it’s very near,
So why are Christian’s doing just that, earthly treasures about to disappear.
Christ’s coming leaving nothing unshaken, it like a devouring fire, and so,
Best we spend time, money and effort better on saving souls, He whom a lot we owe.

Yes, such Christ expects of us, we having been warned and knowing that time is near,
His coming acting like a Tsunami, the saved soon to be removed from here.
They going to those homes in Heaven that Christ’s been working on, Earth left behind,
And why as far as our own ambitions, desires and ends go, I would mind.

By Lance Landall

The following poem also appears in my secular poems section.

20.  Grant Me Heaps!

Dear God up in Heaven, please make me wealthy — I mean, seriously wealthy,
And then keep it coming, though not for my sake, but for others, and urgently!
You see, there’s so much that I could do to ease the misery of so many,
And on whose behalf I sorely beg — yes, please make me seriously wealthy.

I give my word that I’ll not use such for myself, other than where I have need,
Like a humble home, say, (for I’ve none), and that from bills and debt I may be freed.
Yes, never for selfish indulgence, for there’s so many suffering today,
Yes, anxious and hurting people that I could help, if You’ll just send millions my way.

I want to do what most who’ve wealth do not do — that is, share ninety nine percent,
But I can only do such, if amidst Your plans and daily rule, You so consent.
I’m angry that so many die, that so many suffer, live in poverty,
While those who have so much dispense so little, if any, very selfishly.

Yes, make me wealthy, and please keep it coming — fill my cup each time it’s emptied,
And please respond with urgency, for down here on Earth, dear God, there’s so much need.
I don’t want wealth for wealth’s sake, and I don’t want wealth for me, so please, grant me heaps!
For in times like these, only someone heartless, such wealth squanders and Scrooge-like keeps.

By Lance Landall

21.  Tithes And Offerings

While giving little to God’s cause, many indulge themselves, spending lavishly,
Thereby hindering both the work and gospel worker via lack of charity.
Yes, the need great, but the giving miserly, and God’s churches in disrepair,
And He saddened and displeased, because such shows just how much many seem to care.

So where are the needed tithes and offerings? — God having been thought of last and least,
While on the luxuries and pleasures of this planet so many Christians feast.
And yet, all belongs to God, who, the best and most of everything should get,
And hey, how much are the poor and needy neglected too? — who also little get.

And God noting all this,

Because it was He who said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you,” but no,
Too many holding it back for their own desires when God’s told us to sow.
Yes, God’s cause getting little attention, or not as much as it needs, nor those
Whose mouths need feeding; it all going on sandcastles; Earth’s door about to close.

And God noting all this,

Because genuine Christians are generous Christians, not lovers of money,
But willing to sacrifice for God and others, and in light of eternity.
They moved by the Spirit, knowing that “its more blessed to give than to receive,”
And hence why to God alone, and not impulse or appetite, they bow and cleave.


If Christians were faithful in tithes and offerings, God’s treasury would be full,
His work carried forward, more lost souls saved, and the blessings considerable.
Our priorities sound; God judging what’s left, not given, and hence that widow,
Whose only mite shamed the rich young ruler who eternity seemed to forgo.


Without our financial help the Gospel suffers — and therein, we’re robbing Christ,
Who, when it came to saving us, (no greater cost), never quibbled at the price.
Oh, such ungratefulness, we quibbling over a tenth or so, yet wasting more,
We fat and fed, God’s storehouse lean; such an effrontery to Him and the poor.


From their abundance many giving but a small portion, though not that widow,
Because she gave her all, trusting in God to supply her needs for the morrow.
And we too, revealing in our lives that same benevolence as our Saviour,
Who’s greatly pleased, and who duly rewards such self-sacrificing behaviour.

By Lance Landall

Related texts are under the following poem.
This poem was upgraded 23 June 2018.

22.  Dare We Rob God

Any Christian who chooses not to pay tithe is acting unscripturally,
Because the Scriptures state that a Christian should, as such supports the ministry.
Tithing supplies each pastor with a wage, thereby insuring God’s Word gets spread —
Unhindered and undistracted — and also insuring that the flock gets fed,

With the Word, that is. So what is tithe?

Tithe is a tenth of our income, and also of any profit that we make,
Which we are to give ungrudgingly, and which we are to do for our Lord's sake.
Though everything on this Earth belongs to Him, a tenth is all that He asks for,
Which is very generous of Him indeed, given that He could ask for more.

And it’s the same with His Sabbath, ’cause He only asks for a tenth, just one day,
Even though He could ask for seven, but no, He gave us six for work and play.
Yes, even though every day belongs to Him, He has only asked for one,
Because He is a very generous God, and so much for us all has done.

Even Abraham faithfully paid tithe, and this, well before the Jewish law,
(The Ceremonial law that Moses wrote, that is, which God oversaw).
Not the moral Ten Commandment law that God gave to mankind separately,
And which was written by His very own finger too, for everybody.

Does God really need this tithe that He asks of us? Isn’t there another way?
Well, other ways there may very well be — however, God likes working with clay,
He knowing that if we learn to give, to sacrifice, far more like Him we’ll be,
And that as a result, we’ll be more grateful, and care more for humanity.

And therefore, those who pay this tithe, God will bless, and often materially,
But the greatest blessing of all that will come to us is spiritually.
Yes, each one of us is called to make that sacrifice for the greater good of all,
And particularly so that others will hear and then heed the Gospel call.

But given all that God has done for us, and all that He has given us too,
How could we withhold a measly tenth, thereby denying Him what He is due?
And besides, Christians are simply stewards, there is nothing at all that they own,
Because all of this Earth’s bounties belong to God, and therefore, are just on loan.

By Lance Landall

"Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share
in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive
their living from the gospel"

(1 Cor 9:13,14, NIV).

“Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing You?” In your tithes and offerings!
You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me...” (Mal 3:8,9).

“All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord”
(Lev 27:30).

“...And Abram [Abraham] gave Him [God] one tenth of everything” (Gen 14:20).

“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God [display gratitude]: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth...” (Deut 8:18, KJV).

“The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:8, KJV).

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Ps 24:1).

23.  As I See It

Some women have been robbed of their natural beauty, marred badly,
Perhaps via birth — a birthmark — or somewhere along the way, tragically.
And they’ve ended up with unsightly patches (that can draw attention),
Or a number of other things that are far too numerous to mention.

Thus, as I see it, makeup helps to return their natural beauty,
It helps them look the way they once were, so to speak — which is fair, surely.
After all, they’re not trying to be something that they’re not, as it were,
But just themselves, and therefore, Christian-wise, I feel that they hardly err.

However, should a women not fall into that same category,
Then her makeup is simply vanity and quite another story.
One has a legitimate purpose, a reason — a right, one could say,
Whereas the other is just motivated by pride, into display.

One women’s simply attempting to restore what she has lost, you see,
Whereas the other is adding, showing discontent, effectively.
One women’s spending her money somewhat purposefully, sensibly,
Whereas the other’s wasting money, spending it unnecessarily.

Makeup has its place, but away from its place, it acts negatively,
For it’s bound up with pretension, self, envy, a “Jones” mentality.
Plus it’s not needed where one’s already attractive, blessed with beauty,
Or in other words, where one’s okay, or good looking naturally.

Bear in mind that all this makeup seeps into the body via the pores,
Allowing chemicals in — and overtime, who knows what that may cause.
Thus going without makeup, where not needed, makes much more sense to me,
And think of the money that could be saved, used more appropriately.

Yes, it’s better to focus on inner beauty, saving time, money.
It’s better to be chemically free, healthy, no painted lady.
It’s better to me more interested in acting naturally,
Than to put a face on that isn’t really yours, advertise falsely,
Because women don’t come airbrushed, dolled-up, plastered cosmetically.

By Lance Landall

"Against Him those women sin who torment their skin with potions, stain their cheeks with rouge and
extend the line of their eyes with black coloring. Doubtless they are dissatisfied with God's plastic skill.
In their own persons they convict and censure the Artificer of all things"


24.  It's Your Decision

Should a Christian woman wear a pair of trousers (slacks) or a dress,
And if she opts for trousers, is that a decision God will bless?
Yes, interesting questions, worthy of an answer, a reply,
Hence my attempts to provide an answer I hope will satisfy.

In the beginning God created male and female, woman, man,
Thus gender distinctions were clearly part of His creative plan.
But who loves to destroy, blur, create substitutes? Yes, Satan, who
The very opposite to God’s plans has always sought to pursue.

And he’s certainly trying to blur the gender distinctions, hence,
Unisex, role dismantling, political correctness nonsense.
His prints are all over marriage break-ups, broken homes, arguments,
And why you can be certain that these things aren’t mere coincidence.

That being the case, and given Satan’s gender blurring exercise,
Dressing very different to the opposite sex would be wise.
This way Christians will help counter his efforts — that is, his attack,
And thereby show that God’s plans, not Satan’s plans, they’ve chosen to back.

And surely that’s what our Creator God would want amidst it all,
Clothing that upholds and more clearly points to His blueprint pre-Fall.
A blueprint best lived by, and not the faulty post-Fall condition,
For there’s no blueprint there — rather, opposition, demolition.

Yes, masculine men, feminine women, God’s intent, nature’s way,
Thus slacks on a woman less femininity will convey,
And will see them develop mannerisms akin to men, sadly,
Mannerisms less ladylike, less fetching, unsurprisingly.

The more women look like men, the less it flatters them, believe me,
For nothing does more for a woman than dressing femininely.
And nothing’s more appealing to a man, nor complimentary,
For when God made male and female, that’s how He intended things be.

Don't they say opposites attract?

By Lance Landall

25.  Come Dance?

I wouldn’t use Scripture to defend dancing, for such isn’t wise;
After all, the Chosen Nation often acted wrongly in God’s eyes.
And as for David’s dancing, he was no doubt skipping with delight,
A far cry from the dancing that we see today, that’s far from right.

Yes, that sexual gyrating, thrusting, and semi-nudity,
That has more in common with a strip joint, and hollers crudity.
And that’s accompanied by a beat that’s designed to stir physically,
Or to be more precise, that’s designed to arouse sexually.

But even when the dancing’s more benign, there’s a certain contact,
At least, usually so, that unworthy desire can attract.
Desire that the Christian shouldn’t arouse, even indirectly,
Lest their spiritual walk suffer, and their happiness, eventually.

Ballroom dancing? Isn’t there body contact? An intimacy?
Her hand on his shoulder, his cradling her back, hands held tenderly.
Her hips pressed into his, his steering her — a pelvic strategy?
And at times, He drawing her against his private anatomy.

Yes, physical contact before marriage should be appropriate,
In keeping with Scripture, that is, not the world, quite the opposite.
And that is where dancing errs, generally, if not entirely,
Wherever males and females pair up, interact physically.

Appropriate dancing? Such there may be, but not generally,
Thu, regarding such territory, Christians should act prudently.
The dancing found in Scripture wasn’t like the dancing of today,
Except where pagans were concerned, and where Christians had gone astray.

Come dance? Well, that’s your call, friend, but I would think it through carefully,
Seeking your heavenly Father’s directing very earnestly.
Not even a hint of sexual immorality (Scripture states)
Should be seen coming from a Christian wanting to enter Heaven’s gates.

By Lance Landall

26.  Adornment

One can debate the wearing of jewellery, and I will,
But why are the cries in defense of jewellery so shrill?
Might it be because Christians are in love with jewellery,
Caught up in the trappings of Egypt, seduced willingly?

Wouldn’t they rather use such money to ease poverty,
And to help save thousands dying of starvation daily?
After all, every dollar helps, and jewellery’s not needed,
But most importantly though, are the Scriptures being heeded?

Jewellery says, “Look at me,” and let’s face it, that’s vanity,
Yes, it’s not Christian self forgetfulness, that’s a certainty.
Rather, it’s a bid for attention, which reveals inner pride,
Hence why jewellery’s not seen on Revelation’s waiting bride.

But it is seen on Revelation’s harlot — cause for thought —
And hence the question: Why then, have Christians jewellery sought?
Have they been, and are they still, paralleling ancient Israel?
Well, going by the Scriptures, seems we’ve another sad tale.

We’re to dress to please God, not self or others. Bottom line?
Jewellery appeals to pride, leads to spiritual decline.
The purpose of adornment is to attract attention,
It says, “I want you to admire me,” — its vain intention.

But given that folk are dying, and all the poverty,
Surely guilt and sin are attached to buying jewellery.
In my eyes, and surely God’s, such indulgence is a crime,
Given how so many have suffered and died overtime.

Our refusal of jewellery represents separation,
Separation from the world — and shouts, “No!” to temptation.
Yes, in the world but not of the world, lovers of Christ, not man,
Plus, jewellery on a fallen earth wasn’t God’s original plan.

Yes, the odd text may seem to endorse wearing jewellery,
But seem is all it is, for sound study shows differently.
And this is why Christians need to plumb the depths of Scripture,
Letting cumulative evidence provide the right picture.


Maybe God excuses makeup where there are birth defects,
Or other imperfections, that sadly, some poor soul afflicts.
But where it’s not necessary, makeup’s just vanity,
And like jewellery, a stumbling block, harmful spiritually.

Body piecing?

Body piecing is forbidden, and clearly pagan,
It’s primitive behaviour, a risk, harmful to the skin.
Likewise, those disfiguring tattoos that mar God’s creation
(That’s you and I), for both are rebellious mutilation.

By Lance Landall

A) If adornment is acceptable to God, why did He ask the Israelites at Mount Horeb to remove their ornaments
as proof of their sincere repentance for worshiping the golden calf (Ex 33:4-6)?
B) If adornment is acceptable to God, why did Jacob at Shechem begin a process of reform and preparation by summoning
his family to remove their ornaments before they met with God at Bethal (Gen 35:1-4)?
C) If adornment is acceptable to God, why did Isaiah reprove wealthy Jewish women for their pride shown by adorning their bodies
from head to foot with jewellery and expensive clothes (Isa 3:16-26)?
D) If adornment is acceptable to God, why does Ezekiel use two women decked out in ornaments, and with painted eyes, to
represent the apostasy [the turning away from truth] of Israel and Judah (Ezek chap 23)?
E) If adornment is acceptable to God, why does Jeremiah use a seductive woman decked out in ornaments, and with painted
eyes, to represent the politically abandoned Israel [invaded, taken captivity], who is trying without success to attract her [Israel’s]
former pagan allies [foreign powers] (Jer 4:30; Note Hosea 2:13)?
F) If adornment is acceptable to God, why does God’s Word talk about Jezebel, decked out in ornaments, and with painted
eyes, who made a determined effort to seduce the Israelites into idolatry (2 Kings 9:30)?
G) If adornment is acceptable to God, why is a prostitute, arrayed in jewellery, used to represent the End-time worldwide
apostate [false] religious power (Rev 17:4)?
H) If adornment is acceptable to God, why is the bride of Christ, representative of the Church, dressed modestly in pure fine
linen without any ornaments (Rev 19:7,8)?
I) If adornment is acceptable to God, why are the angels shown as dressed in pure fine linen, and without any ornaments (Rev 15:6)?
J) If adornment is acceptable to God, why did the apostle Paul tell women to dress themselves modestly and not to deck
themselves out in ornaments [regarding public worship] (1 Tim 2:9,11)?
K) If adornment is acceptable to God, why did the apostle Peter tell women not to deck themselves out in
ornaments [regarding the home, and in general] (1 Peter 3:1-4)?

Source available.

“Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you
were fleeing from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign
gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will
build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they
gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at
Shechem” (Gen 35:4, NIV).

“When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments. For the LORD had
said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you.
Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.’ ” So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments
at Mount Horeb” (Ex 33:4-6, NIV).

“The LORD says, “The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping
along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the
women of Zion; the LORD will make their scalps bald.” In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and
headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes,
the perfume bottle and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors,
and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls” (Isa 3:16-23, NIV).

“ ‘I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals, she decked herself with rings and jewellery and went after
her lovers, but she forgot Me, declares the LORD’ ” (Hosea 2:13, NIV).

“ ‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD’ ”
(Lev 19:28, NASB).

“Do not adorn yourselves outwardly [vanity, wrongful pride] by braiding your hair [any hair style that is designed to attract
special and flattering attention to its owner], and by wearing gold ornaments [rings, etc] or fine clothing; Rather, let your adornment
be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:3,4).

“Also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold,
pearls or expensive clothes [purchases should be compatible with Christian stewardship], but with good works [the internal
nature of genuine religion], as is proper for women who profess reverence for God” (1 Tim 2:9,10).

“The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden
cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead:
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus” (Rev 17:4-6, NIV).

27.  Cleaned Up

It’s clear that Satan hates God with a passion, and that hate spilling onto us,
’Cause the last thing he wants to see is any of us becoming like Jesus.
And bearing in mind we were made in God’s image — yes, a special creation,
And why, as he has done with Nature, Satan also seeks our mutilation.

Our bodies once pure, just as God had meant them to be, ’till enter the tattoo,
Satan delighting in such disfiguration, that unsightly black and blue.
Yes, God’s image splattered in graffiti by the one who’s jealous of beauty,
’Cause who’s the ugly one now given that sin has ruined Satan completely.

Oh, how he sought to take things out on God’s creation, enter those thorns and weeds,
And then, the human body, he sowing in humans the same defiant seeds.
They doing to their bodies what offends the Master artist and designer,
’Cause it suggests He needs our help, it but a “How dare you!” that’s far from minor.

Yes, sin having ruined Satan completely, and so too, can it ruin us,
Our heart becoming black, or divided, though nothing twofaced about Jesus.
Those tattoos on Christians showing the hallmark of another master, one who
Also wants our loaned bodies pierced, destroyed by drugs, or whatever else will do.

And although God understands if such was done before becoming a Christian,
He would still like those disfigurements removed, thus saving, where one should begin.
Yes, best forgo that overseas trip, say, the Christian witness everything,
That smirk soon wiped off the devil’s face, from whom all ugly, unhealthy things spring.

Thus the idea being to do what you can, Satan getting no inch of us,
And thus the removal of those tattoos returning us to more like Jesus.
“I’m saved,” you say, but why leave the disgrace of the past there, that old connection,
It all about total loyalty to God here, I not preaching perfection.

Oh yes, God wants to see us cleaned up, and some of that cleaning up we can do,
And surely will do if we truly love Him, just like wrong things we don’t pursue.
After all, though we might cover tattoos up, they’re still there, could somehow be seen,
Adding to the devil’s art gallery, and how others might see where we’ve been.

By Lance Landall