Religiosity Atrocity

I’m Christian in more than just name.

I believe, and a follower I became.

But I’ve seen a lot—

A few battles I’ve fought:

It would seem Christians are not all the same.

= – =

Mankind is the pinnacle of God’s Creation.

But these people perfected abominations.

In religion they fall short:

And they come in all sorts,

Not the least of which are denominations.

= – =

We’ve got Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed,

Baptists, Calvin adorned;

Mennonites, Amish, Quakers,

Pentecostal noise makers,

Others are Methodist or Presbyterian born.

= – =

I will adhere to Scripture alone:

It says only Christ’s blood can atone.

Only by grace,

Through God-given faith,

Will we ever see His glorious throne!

= – =

Accountability is important to mention,

But mankind’s pride leads to tension.

It’s a giant Snafu;

What’s one do to

With this selfish separation and dissension?

= – =

I can hear them now as they whine:

“They’ve crossed denominational lines!

Those wild evangelicals:

Don’t they know we’re fundamental?

They’re filling old wineskins with new wine!”

= – =

Instead of equipping the priesthood with tools,

These groups convey a long list of rules.

Instead of inspires,

The whole thing backfires—

And they’re turning out a generation of fools.

= – =

Now, while I’m speaking in this vein,

I’ll bring up violence, bigotry, and pain.

Instead of a Great Awakening

There’s been a Great Mistakening!

Instead of freedom, they’re tightening the chains.

= – =

The Lord spared us (for now) what we deserve,

So the churches did the things they preferred.

Ritual and tradition

Led to faction and sedition—

The result has become utterly absurd.

= – =

“You cannot do that,” they said.

“You have to do these things instead.”

All this religiosity

Is an absolute atrocity:

“You can organize anything until it’s dead.”

= – =

We should forgive instead of filing complaints.

We should reach out instead of forcing restraints.

In our Works to Save Face,

Externals, not grace,

It’s the Darkness.  And it’s crushing the saints.

= – =

This organization has come with a price.

We would do well to heed some advice.

Someone concluded

We shoot our own wounded—

May we repent—and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

= – =

1 Cor. 3:3-4  since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

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One Response to Religiosity Atrocity

  1. Toni says:

    You have always been a good poet and this poem hits the nail on the head. Especially liked second to last verse. :o)

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