Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (Gal 1:8, NASB).

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov 3:5, KJV).

“We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming” (Eph 4:14).

“Always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Tim 3:7, NIV).

“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim 4:1, NASB).

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Tim 4:3,4, NASB).

“Speaking of this as he [Paul] does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures” (2 Peter 3:16).

“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy [false philosophy] and empty deception [exaltation of man], according to the tradition of men [a human instead of divine source], according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Col 2:8, NASB).

“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you have learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting” (Rom 16:17,18, NASB).

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness ”  (Rom 1:18, NIV).

“The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false” (2 Thess 2:9-11). Note also Eph 6:12.

“This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jer 6:16, NIV).

“Concerning Him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing [understanding]. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Heb 5:11-14, NASB).

 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness!” (Isaiah 5:20, KJV). Note also Jude 3.


Waves Of Error

Satan’s always attempting to misconstrue or smother
The Bible and its contents, be it one way or another.
Sometimes he does it boldly, other times he’s more subtle,
But however he does it, it’s in order to Scripture scuttle.

And such treachery he employs via the Da Vinci Code,
Or via The Passion Of The Christ, for he'll use any mode.
The uncommitted Christian, or the Christian uninformed,
Is shaken or misled by such things, written or performed.

Sadly, The Passion Of The Christ distorts Scripture’s portrayal
Of our Lord's crucifixion, His last moments and betrayal.
Bible-believing Christians should be seriously concerned,
For the devil, via this movie, truth doctored and truth spurned.

And error by the bucket load via the Da Vinci Code
Has Christian and non-Christian treading another false road.
This novel is being used by the master of such fiction,
Whose evil library houses his historical collection.

Satan’s building false paths that he wants everyone to tread,
Hoping that (ultimately) all will follow him instead.
Because he hates the Bible that leads to the One who’s true,
He bonds its truth with error, using sacrilegious glue.

Prior to our Saviour's return, waves of error we will see,
For Truth that He has given, the devil hates obsessively.
Thus, he’s been very busy doing everything he can,
To mix or replace God’s Word with the foolish words of man.

Hence, books and movies mentioned, have a truth and error mix,
That Satan very cleverly finances and selects.
He knows how to bring about what will aid his End-time plans,
So beware! For his skullduggery, this earth’s history spans.

Truth that’s adulterated, prudent Christians won’t support,
For they know that Satan such corruption has always sought.
Despite what truth there may be in such movies and such books,
It’s corrupted truth, which is one of Satan's favourite hooks.

Books and movies as mentioned, will soon be followed by more,
As Satan’s far from finished waging his revengeful war.
He’s taking the world by storm, for he knows his time is short,
And he’s doing his very best to see everyone gets caught.

He’ll use any means he can in an effort to ensnare,
Like these books and movies that entice folk into his lair.
And judging by the reception that such books and movies get,
It seems that the old devil will catch many in his net.

When mystics are consulted regarding Christ’s crucifixion,
It only stands to reason there’ll be truth merged with fiction.
And that's why The Passion Of The Christ doesn’t gel with Scripture,
For biblically and historically it paints a faulty picture.

The Da Vinci Code also, wasn’t divinely inspired,
For this creation too, was something only Satan desired.
He knew how such would impact at a time when earth was ripe,
For never before it seems, have so many swallowed such tripe.

By Lance Landall


You may also wish to read the poem "There's No Virtue In Pretense".

The movie, ‘The Passion Of The Christ’.

Just a few facts from the many, regarding errors in the movie.
Not necessarily in order.

In, and according to the movie, but NOT according to the Bible —

Satan is presented as a female.

Mary is seen rescuing her falling Son when He was a child. 

In the garden Christ looks scary, His face and hair covered with mud and grease.

Satan appears in physical form.  A serpent comes out of him, creeps toward Christ, and nearly bites Christ.  Christ stands up and crushes the serpents head.

A girl wipes Christ’s face.

Christ says "Let this chalice pass from me", not "cup" as in God's Word.  This error is significant.

In the garden Christ is bound with a heavy chain and beaten by soldiers.

As Christ is being brutalized in the garden, Mary, at home, awakens from her sleep and makes some supposedly significant comment.

Jewish children throw stones at Judas when he is on his way to hanging himself. 

Christ is thrown off a bridge by the Pharisees, when He is on His way to Pilate, and then pulled back up via a chain that’s around His waist.

Mary is dressed like a Medieval nun, not like a Jewish woman living at that time.

Mary kisses the floor above where Christ is imprisoned.

Mary makes a comment to Christ during His scourging. A cat-o’-nine tails with metal barbs is used.

Mary and Mary Magdalene are given clothes by Pilate’s wife to mop up Christ’s blood.

Mary asks Pilate’s wife if she can do something to have Roman soldiers protect Christ from the angry crowd.  Pilate’s wife then acts on behalf of Mary.

An effeminate Herod is depicted.

Christ falls three times due to the weight of the cross.  The Scriptures do not explicitly mention falls.

Christ walks 14 supposed ‘Stations of the Cross’.

Via eye contact, Mary infuses mystical power on her Son.

Mary meets up with Peter on a street after he has denied Christ. Peter falls on his knees, calls Mary “Mother”, tells her of his wrong, and asks her forgiveness.

A wild riot breaks out; Christ is brutally beaten by all; Romans and Jews fight wildly, as Christ is dragging His cross to Calvary.

Soldiers call Christ “Kings of worms”.

Simon of Cyrene and Christ carry the cross together.

Mary kisses Christ’s feet as He hangs on the cross.

A crow pecks out the eye of the unrepentant thief.

Christ has a destroyed eye. His body is a bloodied pulp.

Christ’s mother, Mary Magdalene, and John, take Christ’s body down from the cross.

Jews watch as their temple splits in two and sections of it collapse, due to the earthquake that occurred at Christ’s death. Neither the Bible or history indicates any such thing happened to their temple.

Mary is present in all the major episodes, given an exaggerated and exalted role, and clearly presented as a co-redemptrix and mediatrix. 

Further comments —

This movie does not present the traditional protestant view of Christ’s sacrifice.  

This movie is largely based on the visions of two mystics — St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) and Mary of Agreda (1602-1665), hence why it is littered with historical inaccuracies.

Unlike the Scriptures, this movies focus, is on the bloody, violent, gruesome, torturous, and painful.  It is gore from beginning to end. And relentlessly so.  This movie seems obsessed with such, rather than with any message of love.  And the resurrection of Christ, is virtually non-existent.  The Gospel writers do not linger or dwell on the details of Christ’s suffering.  As Christians, we are to focus on Christ’s life of obedience, His sacrificial death, resurrection, intercession, and victorious return as our King.

The movie focuses on Christ’s physical suffering where as the Scriptures focus on His spiritual suffering.

To expose children to the appalling violence in this movie, is to act extremely irresponsibly.

All the Jewish people seen in the film are portrayed dreadfully.  The movie overlooks the presence of Jews [including Jewish leaders] and Romans that believed in, accepted, and supported Christ. It appears that about half of the Jewish population, living in the city of Jerusalem, accepted Christ as their expected Messiah.

Watching such movies as ‘The Passion Of The Christ’ and the ’Da Vinci Code’ without knowing the correct biblical and historical facts, can lead to one accepting as fact, what in reality is actually fiction.

"Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar."
Prov 30:6 (NASB)

And —

Playing the role of any divine Being is biblically and ethically wrong.

Christ was never impersonated by early Christians.  Early Christians realized that to do so, was to bring God down to a level that would violate His majesty and purity.  Thus, none of the early Christians during the first four centuries, involved themselves in the likes of Passion Plays.  In fact, no pictures of Christ were drawn by the early Christians either.  Hence, the fish and anchor symbols used.  This was all in accordance with the second commandment.

However, things gradually changed, because Gentile Christians coming into the church brought their pagan beliefs and practices with them.  Protestants round the time of the Reformation strongly rejected the likes of Passion Plays, images, etc.