I thought this was a worthy subject of a poem, and it is based on the incredible teaching we heard last year from my pastor/husband.
- Preaching of a Crossless Christianity
A Christianity without a cross
is preached across some pulpits of our day.
Sacrifice of Calvary is but dross.
From the blood of Jesus we have turned away.
A social gospel many do purport.
Your own good works, yes they can do the job.
But preaching of this self-sufficient sort,
the message of Golgotha, it does rob.
Some focus on the loaves and the fishes,
the miracles and feelie goodie things.
Heaven we’ll achieve through our good wishes,
but man can’t rise by his own apron strings.
Preaching that’s crossless, God will not anoint.
Powerless it is and misses the point.
- Preaching A No Change Christianity
Powerless it is and misses the point,
such doctrine not requiring us to change.
The purpose of God, it does disappoint;
concept in Scripture unknown and quite strange.
Jesus came to save us from each dark sin
through His blood and the power of His name.
Soul that embraces this truth should begin
to see that he need not remain the same.
Old things passed away, all things are made new
when thru water, Spirit we’re born again.
This teaching is not conveyed to the pew.
Many go on as carnal, unchanged men.
Such discourse espousing no about face,
it leaves a man in a state of disgrace.
- Preaching of a No Commitment Christianity
It leaves a man in a state of disgrace
when it’s not proclaimed, our need to commit.
‘Tis a fickle love, like smoke in God’s face,
spineless profession that has no true grit.
Like customers before a smorgasbord
that exercise their right to choose;
some have this disposition toward the Lord.
Take it, leave it attitude is bad news.
There’s a definite lack in preaching now
coming down from the pulpit to the pew
of importance in making holy vows,
but it is something we all need to do.
When committing to God there is a lack,
we don’t move forward. Our soul does draw back.
- Preaching of a No Compliance Christianity
We don’t move forward. Our soul does draw back
when to Scripture’s tenets we don’t adhere.
We’re like a train that is on the wrong track.
The derailment of our lives is near.
If to worldly practices we’re conformed;
do like everyone and try to fit in.
In our minds renewing, we’re not transformed;
know that we are on the pathway of sin.
God’s Word calls people to separation
of the things that are grievous in His sight.
If in this we do come to reparation,
our willful compliance brings Him delight.
Preaching void of devotion is hollow.
It is not the course we want to follow.
- Preaching of a No Cause Christianity
It is not the course we want to follow,
religion with no lofty, noble goal;
in self-indulgent luxury wallow,
our sinful appetites out of control.
We’re not our own, and with a price we’re bought.
However, seldom is it preached, this cause.
Surrender of ourselves, this truth not taught,
and many do not stop and give it pause.
A common goal, eat, drink and be merry
in our society does permeate.
Epicurean stance does not carry
Bible truth, nor does it hold any weight.
A limp and causeless Christianity,
it’s nothing short of hum drum vanity.
- Preaching of a No Covenant Christianity
It’s nothing short of hum drum vanity.
A no agreement type relationship
though practiced much among humanity,
for bond ‘tween God and man, it is not hip.
Two can’t walk together unless agreed.
On God’s terms is the way we must advance.
To try and make our will to supersede
is nothing more than a song and a dance.
So blessed indeed the contract that does bind
the will of creature, Creator in one.
A good end result for sure we will find.
The purpose of God, thru man can be done.
If covenant agreement is not preached
God’s desire for man will not be reached.
- Preaching of a No Consecration Christianity
God’s desire for man will not be reached
lest we give ourselves to consecration.
Our sacred affinity will be breached
without a whole hearted dedication.
Faithfully, daily laboring in prayer
if this Christian race we do want to win.
‘Tis a sign to God that we truly care,
paves the way for more lost sheep to come in.
Lackadaisical service will not do
in any form or on any level,
from those in the pulpit or those in the pew;
nothing short but a trick of the devil.
Hollowed, not hallowed, then we lose the toss
a Christianity without a cross.