Disciplining My Father

I drove to my parent’s house asking only one thing: that I would be blameless and approach my father in humility. I was recalling the advice of my pastor whom I had met with just two days previously. After reading emails and listening to my explanation, he advised that I firmly and swiftly deal with it, reminding me to approach my dad in respect, love, and even temperament, yet unflinchingly in dealing with his sin.

I pulled into the driveway and what ensued was an hour and a half of angry and accusative speech at me; he didn’t have any problems with sin and how dare I judge. I came home in a blur and vomited as soon as I walked in the door.

Over the next several weeks, I would talk with him briefly. Each time I did not let the issue of his sin die. He would not repent; therefore, I would not relent.

That’s when he had a heart attack.

I vividly remember seeing my father lying in the ICU; my mother and sister in tears assuring him things would be ok. He looked at me but couldn’t speak, though his look almost assured me that he didn’t want me there.

My mom pulled me aside and begged me to let things be. “Time will heal all wounds,” was the conventional wisdom given. She told me that life is too short. My grandparents called and also begged that I would let things go. “We are to love one another,” was the wisdom given by them.

What both my mother and grandparents never realized was that time does not heal anything. Time only allows the heart to grow hardened and for sin to go unchecked. Secondly, better is open rebuke than hidden love (Pro. 27:5); at some point you have to stick the knife in (Pro. 27:6) and exercise discipline to those in the faith (Matt. 18:15-20). It is never easy nor joyful, but utterly necessary.

I spoke to my father again a few times after his hospitalization. He understood that there was still a rift in our relationship because I did not bring my children or wife to see him. Within the week of his hospitalization, I called to wish him a happy birthday.

We spoke for about 2 minutes before the conversation went back to the issue of sin. He had asked that we come to visit, and I told him still that we needed to reconcile and he needed to repent before that could happen. He yelled at me again, called me a fool once more, and told me, “I hope you have a nice life. I wouldn’t even expect Christmas cards in the mail for you or the kids.”

Two days went by and I didn’t hear from either of my parents. On the 17th of December, I worked as usual and received a phone call from my mom. I ignored it, thinking that it was just too much for me to handle while working. Immediately, I got another call that I answered hesitantly.

My dad had died from a massive heart attack.

I remember my anger bubbling when looking at my father’s corpse on the floor. I wasn’t mad at God, I was mad at him. Here was a dead man that I couldn’t reconcile with. Here was my father who willingly went to the grave clutching tightly to his sin.

Yet what I remember more was the great love poured out from all the members of my church. I remember being gently rebuked by my pastor as I confided in him, thinking wrongly that there was no redemptive moment in everything that happened. He and the elders affirmed what I had done, as I made nothing secret through the process. I remember the sovereignty of God in the midst of my heartbreak; He was not surprised by me not finding reconciliation with the man whose affections I so desperately wanted restored.

Few things in my life have been as hard as the day I went to confront my father. The details of his sin are not necessary, nor all the interactions we had during the confrontation, but the story itself is vital. It was vital in seeing church discipline worked out personally; it would work wondrous things within my own heart to conform me into greater likeness to Christ.

It would confirm in me the immediate demand for repentance when being confronted. It would draw the dividing line of the gospel and confirm how I view God and His church. It would be one of the most agonizing things to have transpire in my life – yet it would also truly exhibit how great our sovereign Lord is.

It was the day that I stepped out in faith to obey God’s Word and I did not find the blessings of reconciliation I expected and coveted. What I found was a blessing all the more wonderful.

What I found was the supreme love of Christ displayed in the hope of the gospel in a hopeless and utterly devastated world. What I found was the supreme love of Jesus Christ in His church as they ministered to me through sharing in my sufferings. The foremost of those in His church, which blessed me beyond measure, was my wife who lived up to the meaning of her name, “faithful.”

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The Supremacy of Suffering

Aside

“Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:10-13, NASB).

With the commitment to follow Christ faithfully, the Christian sets upon a markedly different path than the rest of the world. It is within the confines of undeserved suffering for the sake of the gospel that we see a natural division; evil men and impostors will not suffer (in innocence), but proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived by their contemporary deceivers. They belong to their father, Satan; the father of lies.

Yet the one who suffers for Christ’s sake will not only find growth in godliness, but deliverance by the Lord from trials. However, this deliverance does not always mean the avoidance of a painful death, as we see that Paul even knows he will inevitably meet this end (2 Tim. 4:6).

Instead though, we find from many today the desire to avoid pain and suffering at all costs. Many who claim Christ even fall headlong into believing the foolish worldview that all suffering is evil, leading some to call the crucifixion “cosmic child abuse” because a truly loving God would not allow such atrocities to fall upon His Son.

For the one who truly follows Christ, suffering for His sake is unavoidable (Matt. 10:22-23; John 15:20). If we do not suffer in the least for professing His name, we ought to ask if we have truly followed Him, and not sought to “put our hand to the plow, yet look back” (Luke 9:62).

For any who are left wondering if we are called to prosperity and health, I would simply look at the life of those who profess and teach it. Have they grown in godliness through suffering – or – have they grown in wickedness, licentiousness, backbiting, adultery, deception, and any other practices of those whom cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:8-10)?

I have heard many who look at such teachings and teachers only to say, “I will do what God tells me to do” in response to any criticism. While we do well to “do what God tells us to do,” if what we believe He is telling us is not found within His Word in it’s proper context, we may well find that we are impostors, unwilling to suffer for the name of Jesus and inherit our reward in heaven, yet willing to “name and claim” our reward in this life. This belief is contrary to the gospel.

Cherry picking the scriptures in order to tickle our own ears will only lead to us rejecting sound doctrine and turning aside to myths and fables (2 Tim. 4:3-4). The deceived therefore turn into deceivers, heaping gasoline upon the stubble and hay that is their foundation already on course to be consumed by fire (1 Cor. 3:12-13).

One of the many issues on doctrines such as these is that they propagate a false view of Jesus Christ. They breed theologies that picture Jesus saying, Come follow me for your Beemer. Come follow me for your secure job. Come follow me for perfect health. Come follow me for your paid bills, stocked fridge, comfy bed, and children. Come follow me to be rid of any and all suffering on earth.

Yet Jesus did not promise freedom from pain and suffering in this life. He promised only that we would have freedom from the bondage of sin, and that this freedom would bring glorious joy in Him. Joy so insurmountable that when your daughter gets cancer, you can still say, the Lord is faithful, sovereign, and Lord over all, including my daughter’s cancer; that when your husband dies in a car accident you can say, The lord giveth, the Lord taketh. Blessed be the name of the Lord; that when you can’t feed your children lunch today because you’re living paycheck to paycheck to survive, you may plead, Lord, give us this day our daily bread.

We have become so fat and happy in our friendship with this world that we have believed many of the blessings we receive are what comes with following Jesus. We lack in contentment, seeking a new job every other couple months because we find something newer and better, only so we can amass more toys or buy a new home. We have delighted in building treasure on earth where moth and rust destroy. Is it any wonder then that even though we say we despise the prosperity gospel that we tend to believe it just a little bit ourselves?

Yes, all good things come from the Lord, in whom there is no variance (James 1:17); yet is it not amazing that immediately before James pens this, he urges for persevering and rejoicing in the midst of our trials?

Where is our treasure? Wherever it is, there the desires of our heart are also (Matt. 6:21). Is it Jesus? We know the good Christian answer is “yes,” but is it really Jesus? If it is, then we will desire godliness, and for the sake of this, persecution.

Now do not mistake that I mean we will outright seek to be flogged and beaten, but simply that to desire godliness is to desire persecution, for we know from Paul implication to young Timothy that they will go hand in hand. Christ even told us that if we follow Him, we will suffer as well. To desire to follow Christ is to desire to pick up the means of our execution and carry it to the place of our execution (Matt. 6:24). It is that radical.

Notice how closely in context here that we see Christ speaking about the desires of our hearts only to go on and say that if we desire Him, we will be willing to die to self – for He is the utmost treasure of our hearts. It is complete sacrifice. It is becoming the least of all men so that Christ may be made the greatest in the sight of those who look upon us. It is being willing to endure through all kinds of suffering and malevolent treatment for the sake of the gospel so that we may rejoice in it, counting every second as beautiful because the gospel has been evidenced and Christ has been exalted.

 

“God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering” – Augustine

Proverbs 1: A Review

In Proverbs 1: 26-27, wisdom mocks the mocker in their day of judgment for several reasons. They refused her call (v. 24); disdained her counsel and rejected her correction (v. 25); they have hated knowledge (v. 29a); they chose not the fear of the Lord (v. 29b).

Yet, “Fools, seeing no need for the ‘fear of The Lord,’ do not carefully select it as their way of life. In fact, they decide against it and sanction other lifestyles” (Waltke, NICOT Vol. 1: 210).

Note here how verse 22 shows the affections they hold with their sinful folly as wisdom calls out to the unrepentant ones, “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” Publicly, wisdom cries out to the fool, “stretching out her hand” and offering to “pour out her spirit” on those who would turn to her reproof.  In the public square, wisdom cries forth of the surety of judgment, yet the fools ignore her.

Waltke further observes that verses 26-27 derive personal ownership to the “naïve ones, simple minded, scoffers, and fools” of v. 22. The calamity that returns upon their own heads is not simply the common calamity that befalls all men; the righteous with the unrighteous; but one which is specifically suited for them as a means of judgment for their folly. It is fully theirs.

Thus, in the day of their calamity, wisdom returns mocking for mocking, scorn for scorn, whilst ignoring their call for rescue. She will not answer, for just as they did not respond in the day of salvation, she shall not respond to them in their day of judgment (v. 28).

“The literal reality behind the metaphor ‘they will eat from the fruit of their own way in’ in verse 31 shows the boomerang nexus between foolish deeds and fatal consequences. They will experience the catastrophe with their whole beings” (Waltke, NICOT Vol. 1: 211).

[i]Vern Poythress says: We find words like sarx (“flesh”), soma (“body”), psyche (“soul”), pneuma (“spirit”), nous (“mind”), kardia (“heart”), zoe (“life”), bios (“life”), suneidesis (“conscience”), sunesis (“understanding”), dianoia (“understanding”), splancha (“bowels”), chros (“skin”), not to mention verbs describing various bodily and mental actions and states.

[ii]He further goes on to articulate that the gloss of each of these Greek words is only approximate, showing that no one English word matches exactly the full range of meaning and connotative associations of a single Greek word. Add to this the classical Hebrew of the O.T. and we find even more unique properties matching neither the Greek nor English exactly.

As my pastor pointed out in his last sermon, these are all aspects of humanity. In other words, these components are not so much singular entities within humans to be separated, but comprising of the whole of man. Here we find Poythress utilizing 13 terms within the Greek;  adding the Hebew vocabulary as well, we can understand this within Waltke’s argument of the fool “experiencing the catastrophe with their whole beings.”

Continuing on in v. 31, they will experience “fullness with their own fancies,” paralleling with the sustenance of “eating the fruit of their own devices.” It is not healthily sustaining, but deadly (v. 32). They consumed the unsuspecting innocent, dividing the spoils of their bloodshed and robbery amongst themselves (vv. 11-14), all the while setting baited nets for their own entrapment (v. 17-19). All of this was publicly proclaimed through wisdom’s address, thus, we see a direct parallelism to their initial reactions as she now laughs, mocks, and ignores them as they cry out to her.

Pay careful attention even to the personal pronouns used in vv. 20-33

From vv. 20-27, wisdom uses the personal pronouns “you” and “your” in addressing the fool; yet, when the distress comes upon them, she uses the pronouns “they” and “their” instead.

Even in this, wisdom is seen distancing herself from the fool in his day of judgment. This may appear semantically “hair splitting,” but it seems rather odd that wisdom would address the fool personally and then switch midway in using differing pronouns if it wasn’t intended to show something more. At one point she was near to them, even in the gates of the very streets the fool walked upon, now she describes their calamity from a distance. At one point she offered her hand and spirit, now she is nowhere to be found for the fool in his calamity who is seeking her diligently (v. 28b).

Then note the contrast between this and Solomon’s address to his son to flee all of this (vv. 8-19) so that he will exhibit obedience to the purpose of Solomon’s writings (vv. 1-7a) and found to be within the qualities of wisdom in verses 5-7a (specifically, the fear of the Lord); that by listening to his father, he may “dwell safely, and be secure, without fear of evil” (v. 33). Beyond this, that the son would avoid the folly, pitfalls, judgment, and destruction of the wicked that is sure to ensue them.

This all sets the tone for Solomon addressing the “value of wisdom” in chapter 2 of Proverbs.


[i] and [ii] John Frame, “Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief” (see chapter 34, page 797).

Better is the House of Mourning

Whether I am old or young, wise or foolish, healthy or sick, wealthy or poor, academically brilliant or lacking in understanding, I am going to die at an unsuspecting time. I may die on my usual car ride home today, leaving behind my children, wife, family, and church. I may find a year from now that I have a debilitating disease that will slowly degrade my health and mental faculties. I may live until I am 100. In all of this, I have no clue when the Lord will remove me nor can I be prepared for the route I am to take. The older I get, the closer I come.

The one true commonality all men share is death. It is, to borrow a popular phrase, the great equalizer. No matter the recipient, it is always faithful to deliver. Whatever feelings we have about attending funerals, the scriptures declare them to be good for one simple reason: they succinctly display our mortality.

Of all the feasts I have attended, whether a wedding, potluck, party, or the annual white elephant gift exchange in my community group, I cannot remember a single time where I was not joyous and left refreshed. The feasts I enjoy the most are with those whom declare Christ as Lord and Savior, as I enjoy the sweet fellowship, laughter, and good food and drink with them.

Yet, while I live – the memorial service I attended last week is declared to be better.

The sorrow I felt for my friend in losing his sister; the tears that came to me as I watched a father weep bitterly over losing his little girl; the common man and woman whom I’d never met sobbing without a care to dignity over the loss of their friend; all of this was better than my joyous feasts.

For those in the crowd who were in Christ, this time, as bitter as it was, reminded them of the immense beauty found in the gospel. For the father and family, it gave them assurance in knowing that their daughter believed the gospel and that one future day, they would join her in paradise.

It also reminded all of us of the promises we have in Christ; one day pain, death, sickness, sin, misery, and all the like will be fully done away with. We will join Christ in sweet, full fellowship. No hindrances; nothing that slows us down; no more race to run, fight to fight, and faith to keep. The gospel in all its goodness will be realized in us and we will be cleansed with fire, entering into the presence of our beautiful Savior for all of eternity. For this reason we rejoice in the midst of sorrow.

Yet, it also reminds the believer of the need for repentance. It reminded me of my desire to pastor, and my need for greater maturity, devotion, and discipline in my life. If we rejoice in the midst of sorrow and neglect sober reflection of our own position, we may well miss a chance to grow in wisdom.

The scriptures are replete with what the believer is responsible for, yet witnessing death brings such things to light very suddenly and fearfully if we are not found in obedience to them. Very plainly, death causes us to realize just how stiff-necked and human we really are. It reveals the consequences of sin.

I addressed how this affects the believer, for I fear that often those in Christ will point to how an unbeliever needs to focus on death because of what awaits them. While this is absolutely correct, the author of Ecclesiastes does not separate the godly from the ungodly in their need for reflection. All should take it to heart and search themselves in order to bear fruit in repentance. All should take it to heart and search themselves to see whether or not they are in Christ. All should take it to heart and recognize that though “life moves on,” death is in no part the way it was supposed to be.

All should take it to heart and see that though we may die in the flesh, that is not the end; for though death is the great equalizer, what comes after surely is not.

Justin Bieber: Deportation?

I’m not exactly sure why everyone is having a good laugh about trying to deport the Justin Bieber. Actually, I am. I’m not exactly a fan of his either. My kids are far too young to have music preferences, but if they were teens, Justin Bieber’s music would be banned from the house. I am not fond of the kid; I think he’s incredibly immature, his music sucks, and he makes a mockery of anything he stands for, especially when he name drops Jesus Christ…like people really buy that one Biebs. I’d be ashamed to be his parent. But truthfully, when I see the snickers against a fool in his folly, it reminds me of a few things:

  • Fools are easily spotted. You don’t have to be a wise man to see them; heck, even a fool can spot another fool from a mile away. Which, brings me to my next two points.
  • When I was 19 years old, I was an incredibly stupid kid. I did asinine things all the time and couldn’t be bothered to care for the outcome or how that reflected upon my peers. I especially didn’t care about how that reflected upon my parents. Shame on me though, especially if I think that what I did was better than Bieber. Yeah, he’s an idiot and has been shown to be an idiot for more time than this – but in all truth, I was idiot too. I just didn’t get caught being an idiot as much as I should have. Thank God I didn’t have the kind of money he has when I was that age.
  • Most of those I’ve seen posting about this were just as foolish as Justin Bieber in the formative years of figuring out just how stoooooopid they could be. I was being stupid with them. Stop playing it off like you weren’t getting high, drunk, driving recklessly, and even some of you – resisting arrest. You just didn’t have the same amount of money to waste, nor did you always get caught. When you did, it wasn’t national news. Surely, you were probably seen as a bad influence by many, many moms. If not, they probably didn’t know you all too well.
  • I recognize not all teenagers are reckless and irresponsible. But I am also not naïve in saying that those responsible teens make up probably about 50% of the nations teens if that. If you don’t believe me, see this neat little infographic. However, this is just for teens in high school; I’m willing to bet the numbers go up a bit after graduation, and especially when they go to college.
  • Let’s pretend for a minute that when you are of legal age to use alcohol (and now, if marijuana becomes nationally legal) that this automatically makes you a responsible person. Oh, wait. Nevermind. Too bad it doesn’t work like that, huh?

Granted, there are plenty of responsible people who drink and there are plenty of people who get high that still maintain responsibilities (never mind the legal issues on that one… It’s responsible dangit!). But what about those who don’t? Are you enjoying a good laugh at a 19 year old while you’re still using illegal drugs, or while you’re getting wasted? Are you a good role-model for America’s children? For those who aren’t letting pot affect their responsible lives – are you an outstanding member of society (again, never mind the legal issues behind using illicit drugs – because that’s not irresponsible…)?

If you’re doing something illegal habitually, or willfully and knowingly, I don’t think that qualifies you as responsible. If you’re not doing these things and you think you are better than the Biebs, you probably were just as much of a fool at one point as he is now. If you’ve never done anything you’re ashamed of in your life, well, good on you I suppose. Everyone has skeletons in their closets. EVERYONE. Stop playing all high and mighty and judge things appropriately.

Sure, you can label him a fool. He is. But should we demand he be deported on the basis of his idiocy when there are so many larger issues at stake in our country? Should we really waste much more time on this kid – when every other person he has looked up to in the music and film industry has likely endorsed this kind of behavior in lyrical style, plot development, or lifestyle?

As a society, I find it more than scary that we can mobilize and get over 100,000 signatures in a couple days to deport Justin Bieber, but we can’t do things that are of much greater significance.

Never mind that the penal institution let him off with not even a slap on the wrist and has done so with other, much more heinous criminals. Never mind how so many of the big fools are running the government. Never mind how these same big fools are slowly trying to change the Constitution. Never mind how we are still going further into national debt each day – we’ll get out one day!! Never mind the people that are committing incredible acts of injustice against children, women, and men. Never mind the fact that racial inequality is still alive and well in the South. Never mind that we have cities like Detriot and Flint that are deteriorating in the midst of our nation – God helps those who help themselves right? Never mind that the former quote is not found in the Bible anywhere, but let’s attribute it to that anyways! Never mind that we have a nation more polarized and divided than it has ever been before. Never mind that we can see where our teens get these ideas (just look at the Grammys). But you keep doing you ‘Murica; you’re wicked smaht.

Let’s focus on Justin Bieber, because that’s just the responsible thing to do.

Word of Faith Movement: A Response

It is patently unbiblical (Not found within scripture)

The troublesome thing within this entire movement is the blatant disregard to the scriptures in their proper context. While they may utilize the scriptures to support their claims, none of them speak to the immediate context of the verse. You don’t have to be any sort of biblical scholar to see this – all you have to do is read some of the surrounding verses to know that the context does not line up.

Take for example, the Prayer of Jabez. They utilize this, quoting from 1 Chronicles 4:10 to express the promise that God will increase their possessions, and keep them from harm. His name is only included in 3 verses within the whole of scripture: 1 Chronicles 2:55, 4:9, 4:10. However, it should be noted that the usage in 1 Chronicles 2:55 is not even the same Jabez… it’s a town. In the other verses, we find this small excerpt in the midst of a long genealogy.

It is blatantly anti-biblical (Contrary to the message of scripture)

There are numerous scriptures that contradict all of these teachings, many of which can be found simply in the exact immediate context of the verses they quote to support such claims. The extraordinary thing in this though is that somehow, though the Evangelical church has strongly combated all of these heresies, the heresy still thrives – even inside the church.

They admire the proponents of these heresies for their positive attitudes, their charm, and their bold claims of faith. I know people who have been Christians for more than 20 years, who have read their bibles cover to cover every year and still look up to people in this movement.

It is damaging to the reputation of Christ, diminishes the gospel, and tarnishes the soul.

When doctrinal fallacies emerge and a false version of Christ is lifted up, those taking in such teaching are harmed. Ultimately, this damnable perversion of the truth is exalted and Christ is painfully misrepresented. If you read any of these quotes and didn’t find them all to be more than troubling, read your bible a bit more carefully.

If you didn’t find their widespread influence to be equally as enraging as the crap spewed out of their mouths, re-examine your faith. If we do not feel assaulted when the truth is maligned, when the gospel is perverted, when actions, thoughts, and words contrary to biblical teachings are purported as truth, we may not find ourselves being aligned with Christ.

While their ministry may appear to be helpful, given the fact that it is a false representation of the truth found in scripture, it is damnable. The millions of people aligning themselves with this kind of teaching have an incredibly low view of God, believing themselves to be gods, and claiming dominion and authority over that which they cannot possibly be in control. Like you and I have power in our words to speak things into being. There is no humility in them; there is no reliance upon God. YOU have the power to become a better, more affluent, sinless, god-person. How incredibly pretentious of a belief is that.

False prophets were put to death if they sought to mislead people from God by their prophecy, yet also if the prophecy did not come to pass (Deut. 13:1-5; 18:20-22). If you think He doesn’t deal in the same manner today, look at 2 Peter, speaking of the false teacher. Look at the book of Jude, condemning the ungodly ones whom reject authority and have the audacity to revile fallen angels (though the archangel Michael doesn’t even dare to pronounce judgment against the devil). We don’t put any faith in men like these. None.

We put our faith in those who saturate themselves in the Word, exposing the truth plainly and without deceit. We place our trust in those who have shown themselves to be earnest in doctrine and able to teach. We place affection in those who show us true love, through both the proper proclamation of the Word, and through their continued efforts to spur us on to a greater maturity. Yet when we play the harlot to Christ and seek after those whom we know to be false teachers, we allow ourselves to be weak in the faith, and immature in respect to doctrine.

There is no positive thing that has come from this movement, save that God in His mercy has rescued people from out of the pit of hell within their midst.

Ode to the Apostate

Every once in a while I’ll dig through some old writings of mine to see if there is anything worth saving. Here is an poem written about 3-4 years ago now. This would be considered an ode, written in iambic pentameter, with a few slant rhymes here and there throughout it. It’s not completed, and has simply reminded me of that task – yet also the immense joy and love I find in writing prose.

 

Though throngs of grace have no respite, ’tis not
the conscious writer’s plight. For ink and pen
shall sing again amidst the folly’s plot;
’twas not the beat which formed his doubt, but men.

For seldom can a man escape what lies
within thick mire’s wake; his rest shall flee.
His breath no longer lingers whilst he cries;
his merry song has died, once Jubilee.

And so his soul lay down to sleep, perchance
to dream of days gone by. For in his death
he left no legacy; his last romance
was not of God, but vapors on one’s breath.

Though oceans roar like lions, and thunder
would strike as cornered savages, they shan’t
empower dead men’s souls torn asunder.
No, nothing, can repair dead men’s recant.

For what we do in life shall echo in
eternity. Ill deeds ensue us day
and night, and even when both fade wherein
our judgment day is come; a son’s dismay.

The Father gave His Son, yet sinners scoff
at such a gift. This beauty never speaks
to them; tis folly, doubt they shall not doff;
a faith which only serves blind eye’s critiques.

This truth forsaken for a lie gives life
no meaning, but to die. Yet still they laugh
and carry on, forgetting justice – rife
with envy, strife and pride; their epitaph.

Such acrid agony may bid them well,
lest joyous “Christians” hold their tongues. ‘Tis blood
upon our hands if we refrain to tell,
that Christ may bring them ransomed from the flood.

So many find the darkened road to hell,
and no excuse shall come to quench His wrath.
Yet those in Christ may share some blame as well;
for worn out pews leaves empty shoes and path.

How can one come to faith unless they hear
the Word? How can one know the truth of God
when workmen are ashamed? Can one learn fear
if doctrine slips away in your facade?

Do not be swayed by ev’ry man that speaks!
Their minds are as the waves which toss both to
and fro. They are but wolves among the peaks;
to twist the truth is all they seek to do.

‘Tis not religion, farce, nor scheme, so live
like you believe this truth! Do not be as
the hypocrites! Be open as a sieve;
do not scoff at the beauty which He has!

For if you do, you may become what you
once judged. Though grace ought reign, you’ll lead imposed
as those who’s shadows haven’t slightest clue;
they claim to walk in light, yet stand opposed.