Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“Let no one be found among you...who practices DIVINATION or SORCERY, INTERPRETS OMENS, ENGAGES IN WITCHCRAFT, or CASTS SPELLS, or who is a MEDIUM or SPIRITIST, or who CONSULTS THE DEAD. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you” (Deut 18:10-12, NIV).

“When men tell you to consult MEDIUMS and SPIRITISTS, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn” (Isa 8:19,20, NIV). Note also Eph 6:12.

“Do not turn to MEDIUMS or seek out SPIRITISTS, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God” (Lev 19:31, NIV).

“So I will come near to you for judgment; I will be quick to testify against SORCERERS…” (Mal 3:5, NIV).

“Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the MEDIUMS and SPIRITISTS, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem…” (2 Kings 23:24, NIV).

“A man or a woman who is a MEDIUM or SPIRITIST among you must be put to death…” (Lev 20:27, NIV). Note also Ex 22:18.

“ ‘But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the SORCERERS, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death’ ” (Rev 21:8).

“Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced SORCERY brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly...” (Acts 19:18,19, NIV).

“One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a SPIRIT OF DIVINATION and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” She kept doing this for many days. Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour” (Acts 16:16,18).

“The dead DO NOT PRAISE THE LORD, nor do any that go down into SILENCE [they have no more use of the powers of mind or body]” (Ps 115:17).

“For in death THERE IS NO REMEMBRANCE OF YOU [God]; in Sheol [the grave] who can give You praise” (Ps 6:5).

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; FOR THERE IS NO WORK OR THOUGHT OR KNOWLEDGE OR WISDOM IN SHEOL [the grave], to which you are going” (Eccl 9:10).

“When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day THEIR PLANS PERISH” (Ps 146:4).

“ ‘So mortals lie down and DO NOT RISE AGAIN; UNTIL THE HEAVENS ARE NO MORE [until the Second Coming], they WILL NOT AWAKE OR BE ROUSED OUT OF THEIR SLEEP [“Sleep” (metaphoric usage) refers to that passage of time between one’s death and Christ’s second coming. It’s at Christ’s coming that the “saved” dead will be raised]’ ” (Job 14:12).

“But I [Paul] would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them WHICH ARE ASLEEP, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope [the unbelievers]” (1 Thess 4:13, KJV).

“ ‘Many of those who SLEEP IN THE DUST OF THE EARTH shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt’ ” (Dan 12:2). Note also Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29.

“ ‘….that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day...For David DID NOT ASCEND INTO THE HEAVENS…’ ” (Acts 2:29,34).

“Yet all these [faithful Bible heroes of all the ages] though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised [eternal life, immortality], since God had provided something better [much fairer] SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT, APART FROM US, BE MADE PERFECT [be given immortality. They will have to wait till Christ’s second coming]” (Heb 11:39,40).

“ ‘For the Son of Man is TO COME [at His Second Coming] with His angels in the Glory of His Father, and THEN HE WILL REPAY [with either eternal life or destruction] everyone for what has been done’ ” (Matt 16:27). Note also Rev 22:12; Luke 14:14.

“Finally, there is LAID UP FOR ME [kept in store] the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on THAT DAY [the Second Coming], and not to me only but also to all who have loved [longed for] HIS APPEARING” (2 Tim 4:8).

“The SOUL that sinneth, IT SHALL DIE…[whatever one calls the soul, it’s clear it will die]” (Ezek 18:20, KJV).

“You should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering WILL SAVE THE SINNER’S SOUL FROM DEATH and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).

“It is HE [God] ALONE who has IMMORTALITY and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen” (1 Tim 6:16).


With Respect, Colin Fry

(A well-known TV medium)

With respect, Colin Fry, you’re either fooling or fooled, though,
I’m very sure that it’s both — that some force has you in tow.
The dead are dead, completely, utterly; know nothing, don’t exist,
Thus, it’s not their help, but help from an evil source you enlist.

Let’s face it: If the dead were still about — hypothetically —
They’d hardly need a medium, a showman, quite honestly.
They’d be far more advanced than you and I presumably,
If in some Paradise, Nirvana, spirit territory.

They would surely just appear, say what they wanted to, then go,
Not work through some medium who’s pocketing from some show.
Why would they deprive their loved ones of their hard earned money,
In order to speak to them, make contact? No, something’s funny.

You do a lot of probing, don’t you? But I’m hardly surprised,
For after all, isn’t that how most information is prised?
With time and practice, one’s bound to strike gold regularly,
Aided by psychology, and of course some trickery.

But I also believe that evil forces aid psychics too,
So, I’d be careful, Colin, otherwise, the jokes on you.
You’ll serve their purposes, make a lot of money, gain fame,
But at the end of the day, you’re a pawn too, in their game.

Tell me, if you’re so psychic, why ask all those questions you do?
Shouldn’t you know already, if given a name, a clue?
You should just pass on the message and stop cruelly teasing,
You shouldn’t be stretching things out, but rather, their grief easing.

But you know as well as I, that it’s your probing that finds
Something that strikes a cord, whereby, you enter grieving minds.
Thus, soon via your cleverness they’re convinced that you’re for real,
When you simply played upon their grief, their Achilles heel.

I find it concerning, Colin, that psychics are on the rise,
Which given the current climate is hardly a surprise.
With all those books and movies majoring on fantasy,
It’s no wonder that folk are courting such territory.

Sadly so, many Christians are hooked on such fantasy too,
And some as a consequence the same mediums pursue.
Though they should know better, they have lost their bearings, been fooled,
And now in the ways of error are also being schooled.

Most think that when they die they go straight to Heaven or Hell,
Which is not logical, and certainly not biblical.
Such is falsehood, misinterpretation, for the dead are dead,
And are awaiting a time — together — that lies ahead.

Metaphorically, they’re sleeping, ’till the Day their fate’s known,
A fate somewhat related to the seeds that they have sown.
Those who’re alive at that time will discover their fate too,
And all those seeds they’ve sown will rejoice over or rue.

Thus, as is more fair — together we will all learn our fate,
For I believe there’s a God who lives will evaluate.
It’s then one goes to a Paradise or not, and not before,
Hence why regarding your talent, Colin, I’m hardly in awe.

By Lance Landall

You may also wish to read my Christian poem "Where Are They?"