I CAME NOT TO SEND PEACE, BUT A SWORD 
MATTHEW 10:34-39 
BY BRO. MARK BULLEN 
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WHAT IS IT? I ASK  
ĎMONG FAMILY AND FRIEND  
THAT STIRS THE OUGHT,  
MAKES PEACE TO END: 
 
MAKES FELLOWSHIP BREAK;  
UNEASINESS REIGNS;  
SMILES AND WORDS  
AND KINDNESS STRAINS. 
 
IS IT THE CHILDREN  
THAT INNOCENT PLAY;  
SINGING AND LAUGHING  
THEIR TIME AWAY?  
 
WE ALL KNOW WELL  
IT IS NOT THEY  
WHO HINDER OUR TIME  
AND KEEP YOU AWAY.  
 
IS IT OUR PERSON,  
OUR MANNER AND WORD;  
OUR LAUGH OR SMELL?  
NO, THATíS ABSURD.  
 
YOU LOVED US BEFORE,  
WHEN, JUST LIKE YOU,  
WE LIVED AND WALKED-  
DID AS YOU DO.  
 
SO WHAT IS IT THEN?  
MAKES STRANGERS OF FRIENDS,  
MAKES FOES OF FAMILY,  
AND CLOSENESS RENDS. 
 
WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES  
FALSE AND FEIGNED SPEECHES,  
SHALLOW ďI LOVE YOUĒ ĎS, 
AND BROTHERHOOD BREECHES?  
 
THEREíS ONLY ONE THING  
THAT IT COULD BE:  
IT IS WHAT JESUS  
HAS MADE US SEE. 
 
THE TRUTH HE HAS GIVEN  
PRECIOUS AS GOLD;  
THAT MAKES A NEW MAN  
OUT OF THE OLD.  
 
ITíS NOT MY INVENTION  
OR MAKESHIFT CREED;  
BUT GODíS HOLY SON  
THAT FROM ERROR FREED.  
 
TOOK US OUT  
OF OLD VANITY FAIR:  
THE WORLDLY FIXING  
OF FACE AND HAIR;  
 
THE WORSHIP OF THINGS,  
COMFORTS AND SELF;  
THE SEEKING OF GLORY,  
STATUS AND WEALTH.  
 
AND SET US TO SEEKING  
A CITY RARE;  
WHERE RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLETH  
LOVELY AND FAIR.  
 
ZEALOUS OF GOOD WORKS,  
IS WHAT HE DESIRES:  
HOLY AND TEMPERATE  
FREE FROM THE MIRES..:  
 
OF BONDAGE TO FLESH  
AND SELF AND PRIDE.  
THIS ONLY COMES  
FROM HIS WORD APPLIED.  
 
OBEY EVERY WORD  
WITHOUT FLESHLY BIAS;  
WITHOUT FEAR OF MEN  
TO HALT AND DEFY US.  
 
THIS IS ALL, I SAY,  
ALL WE HAVE DONE,  
YET DOING THIS THING  
YOUR FROWN WE HAVE WON.  
 
YET, YOU CLAIM  
TO LOVE JESUS AS WE;  
BUT HOLD TO THE WORLD, 
AND FROM THE CROSS FLEE.  
 
WONíT ZEALOUSLY FOLLOW  
HIS EVERY COMMAND;  
YET LOVING MERCY  
EXPECT FROM HIS HAND 
 
HIS WORD IS CLEAR,  
NOT HARD TO SEE;  
IF NOT FOR DECEPTION,  
WE KNOW YOUíD AGREE.  
 
WITHOUT PURSUING  
HOLINESS AND LIGHT,  
OUR FAITH IS WORTHLESS  
AND DEAD IN HIS SIGHT  
 
WHY DONíT YOU LOVE  
THE CHANGES YOU SEE  
THAT OBEYING GODíS WORD  
HAS MADE IN ME?  
 
YOU OUGHT TO BE HAPPY  
AND SEEK TO KNOW MORE;  
TO HUNGER AND THIRST  
AND RIGHT TO ADORE.  
 
IS YOUR HEART TOO FILLED  
WITH THE PRAISE OF MEN;  
LUSTS OF YOUR FLESH,  
AND JUSTIFIED SIN?  
 
THE DEVIL DECEIVES YOU  
AND DRIVES US APART,  
LEST THE LIGHT WEíVE LEARNED  
SHOULD GRIP YOUR HEART.  
 
THE END-TIMES DECEPTION  
IS HERE AND IS STRONG  
YOUR PREACHERíS SINCERE;  
BUT SINCERELY WRONG.  
 
HE SPEAKS OF LIBERTY;  
BUT IS BOUND BY SIN,  
AND KNOWS NOT HOW  
HIS OWN HOUSE TO WIN.  
 
THOSE WHO WILL NOT  
OBEY ALL CHRIST SAID,  
CAN NEVER FIND TRUTH,  
IN DARKNESS ARE LED.  
 
TO THINK THAT MEN  
CAN DO AS THEY PLEASE,  
LIVE AS THE WORLD  
IN PLEASURE AND EASE  
 
AVOIDING THE CROSS  
AND CRUCIFIED LIFE;  
YET MAKE IT TO HEAVEN  
WITHOUT HOLY STRIFE.  
 
IS GROSS PERVERSION  
OF GODíS CLEAR VOICE  
TO REPENT AND BE HOLY  
THEREíS NO OTHER CHOICE.  
 
IF HEAVEN WE SEEK,  
AND HELL WE WOULD SHUN,  
THIS CHOICE IT MUST BE,  
IF OUR SOULíS TO BE WON.  
 
THE CHANGE WEíVE MADE;  
THE THINGS YOU PROTEST;  
ARE COMMANDS OF JESUS,  
TIS HIS WORD YOU WREST.  
 
IT IS NOT US  
YOU AVOID AND SHUN;  
IT IS GODíS WORD  
AND JESUS HIS SON.  
 
WITH HIM YOU QUARREL  
OVER VEILING YOUR HEAD;  
PUTTING AWAY FASHION,  
DRESSING MODEST INSTEAD.  
 
WITH JESUS YOU FIGHT  
OVER COSTLY ARRAY,  
JEWELRY AND MAKEĖUP,  
THE SUIT OF THE DAY.  
 
DONíT HOLD TO FALSE DOCTRINE,  
YOUR SPORTS AND TV;  
RATHER THAN THE PREACHING  
OF THE FIRST CENTURY.  
 
THE HOLIDAY PARTIES:  
FROM PAGANS THEY STEM,  
AND CATHOLICS OF ROME,  
AND ORIGINS GRIM.  
 
GOD CALLS YOU ďCOME OUTĒ,  
THE UNCLEAN NEVER TOUCH;  
AND, OF COURSE, DONíT ATTACH  
HIS NAME TO SUCH.  
 
WE ARE TO PROTEST  
THE UNGODLY WAY;  
NOT WITH THE BLASPHEMY  
TO FROLIC AND PLAY.  
 
THE CHURCH WASNíT MEANT  
ENTERTAINMENT TO SERVE;  
BUT TO PREACH THE CROSS,  
AND NEVER TO SWERVE.  
 
TO CHIDE WITH THE WICKED,  
NOT WATCH THEM WITH GLEE,  
WHILE THEY ARE PERFORMING  
ON THE WICKED TV.  
 
THE APOSTLE PAUL,  
AND PETER, AND JAMES  
WOULD SCOLD YOU WITH FIRE,  
AND WARN YOU WITH FLAMES.  
 
APOSTATE, WOULD LABEL  
YOUR SPECIALS AND PLAYS;  
WOULD NEVER BEEN ALLOWED  
IN THE CHURCH OF THEIR DAYS.  
 
YOUR DOCTRINE THEY FOUGHT  
FROM GNOSTICS OF OLD.  
THIS FALSE SECURITY--  
FROM HERETICS BOLD.  
 
THEIR WOMEN WERE SILENT;  
SUBMISSIVE AND HOME;  
MODEST AND VEILED;  
NOT MOTHERS THAT ROAM.  
 
THEIR MEN WERE HOLY,  
SEPARATE AND PLAIN;  
STRONG IN THE LORD,  
NOT MONEY AND FAME.  
 
THEIR CHURCHES THEY LED  
TO WATCH AND TO PRAY;  
NOT STUDY TO PLEASE  
THE CROWD OF THE DAY.  
 
THEIR PREACHERS FULFILLED  
THE SCRIPTURAL CODE;  
THEIR CHILDREN THEY LED  
DOWN THE NARROW ROAD.  
 
THE PREACHING WAS STRAIGHT,  
REPENTANCE WAS CLEAR;  
AND NOT LIVING HOLY  
WAS SOMETHING TO FEAR.  
 
TIS SO DIFFERENT NOW,  
I WANT THE OLD WAY.  
THOSE WHO DONíT CHOOSE IT  
ARE SURELY TO STRAY  
 
FOR GOD NEVER CHANGES:  
HIS WORD IS THE SAME.  
THIS NEW STUFF TODAY  
IS THE DEVILíS GAME  
 
HOW CAN YOU HOPE  
TO SEE HEAVEN SURE,  
WHILE SATANíS DECEPTIONS  
YOU HAPPILY ENDURE?  
 
TO ABHOR WHAT IS EVIL,  
AND LOVE WHAT IS RIGHT,  
IS WHAT HE COMMANDS,  
IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT.  
 
DONíT THINK YOU CAN PLAY  
WITH MAMMON AND SIN;  
YET AT THE SAME TIME  
BE PLEASING TO HIM.  
 
FLEE! FLEE! I SAY,  
FROM WRATH SO NEAR.  
WATCH AND PRAY,  
AND HIS WORD REVERE.  
 
FEAR NOT TO OBSERVE  
ALL HE DID COMMAND;  
FOR IF YOU REFUSE,  
YOU BUILD ON THE SAND. 
 
AND WHEN JUDGMENT COMES, 
YOUR SAND WILL GIVE WAY.  
WILL BE FAR TOO LATE  
TO CHANGE ON THAT DAY.