A FAMINE OF THE WORD
I am indebted to brother James E. Farley of Louisa, Kentucky for the following poem which he has given me permission to use. It is an appropriate sequel to last week’s edition of “Hugh’s News & Views” titled “A Christian, But Not A Member Of The Church Of Christ?”
A FAMINE OF THE WORD!
By James E. Farley
I love to read the Word of God,
To learn of Truth and Right,
To meditate upon His law,
By day and then by night.
O Lord the Psalmist said it true;
Thy words indeed are sweet.
They serve as a light unto my path;
a lamp unto my feet.
I read from Paul, and all the rest. . .
From Peter, James and John.
I thrill to read of godliness,
and of that Great Beyond!
(Ephesians 3:3-5; Titus 2:11-12; 2 Peter 1:3; John 14:1-4)
I love to read from godly men
who write with godly sense;
From men like Woods, and Milligan,
McGarvey and from Brents.
(2 Timothy 2:2)
I read from “Tabernacle” talks
in Nashville, Tennessee,
And how so many people came
To listen and be free.
(John 8:31-32; Romans 6:16-18)
I read from men like Boles and Lard,
Calhoun, and Jacob Creath,
These men, and so many more,
Sat oft at Jesus’ feet.
They studied God’s Word so diligently,
To lead the erring home.
To grow in grace and knowledge too
In order to be strong!
(2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 6:10-18)
A famine now has come to pass;
Have you not seen nor heard?
Not a famine of water or food. . .
But a famine of the Word!
Many who should understand
Have left the gospel’s call.
They now drink deep from sectarian wells;
From Stanley and Swindoll!!!
(Ephesians 5:17; I Timothy 4:1-3; I John 2:19)
Lucado, Cope, and Shelly too. . .
Lieutenants of this ilk,
No longer preach the sincere Truth. . .
No longer seek the milk.
(2 Timothy 4:1-4; I Peter 2:2)
They seek a wider fellowship. . .
One with the sects so vain,
Who teach for Truth the laws of men
Exchanging God for gain.
(I John 1:5-7; Matthew 15:7-13; Romans 10:1-3;
I Timothy 6:5-6; 2 Peter 2:3)
These no longer abide in Truth,
They’ve left for other fields.
No more are they servants for Christ,
No more the Sword they wield!!!
(2 John 9-11; Ephesians 6:17)
No more are they as one with us,
The difference clear and stark!
“Avoid them!” is the command that’s giv’n. . .
These should receive the mark!!!
(Note: At the time brother Farley composed the above, some other now prominent and oft-quoted denominational writers had not yet come to the fore, nor had some of the leftists/progressives among us begun to make their mark. The point, however, remains the same).
July 7, 2020