THEY PROMISE THEM LIBERTY 
2 PETER 2:18,19 
By Bro. Mark Bullen 
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THIS DREADFUL SCENARIO  
I CAN SEE  
IN CHURCHES THAT PREACH  
FALSE SECURITY: 
 
MEN STANDING, PREACHING, 
“PROCLAIMING THE WORD”; 
WHILE STRONG “AMENS”  
FROM THE CROWD ARE HEARD.  
 
SPEAKING AND TEACHING  
OF LIFE ABUNDANT  
VICTORY IN JESUS  
THE PROMISE REDUNDANT 
 
YET THEY THEMSELVES  
THE SERVANTS OF SIN, 
AND FLESH AND PRIDE  
HAS FENCED THEM IN  
 
THEIR THOUGHTS ELEVATE  
TO THE HOLY LIFE;  
BUT THEY CAN’T OVERCOME  
IN THIS HOLY STRIFE. 
 
THEY WON’T OBEY  
ALL JESUS TAUGHT;  
SO INTENTION AND EFFORT  
IS ALL FOR NAUGHT. 
 
SO FLESH STILL REIGNS,  
AND IGNORANCE RULES;  
AND AS BLIND LEAD BLIND,  
THEY BECOME SATAN’S FOOLS. 
 
THEY EASE THEIR HEART  
TO MEET AND SING  
OF VICTORY AND POWER  
BUT TO SINS THEY CLING. 
 
THEIR DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE  
LEAVE THEM A PREY  
BLIND TO THE VICES  
AND SNARES IN THEIR WAY. 
 
HAS WEIGHTED AND CHAINED  
THEIR MINDS AND HEARTS  
SO THEY CAN’T RESIST  
SINS FIERY DARTS. 
 
THEIR FAMILIES ARE FULL  
OF DISASTER AND SHAME  
YET ALL THE WHILE  
THEY CLAIM JESUS’ NAME 
 
THEIR CHILDREN STRAY,  
THEIR MARRIAGES FAIL;  
AND “ETERNAL SECURITY”  
SENDS MANY TO HELL. 
 
YET STILL THEY MEET,  
THE PREACHER STANDS  
TO PROMISE LIBERTY  
FROM GOD’S COMMANDS. 
 
NO NEED TO DO  
ALL JESUS SAID  
JUST FOLLOW THE PREACHER’S  
EXAMPLE INSTEAD 
 
STILL CASUALTIES MOUNT 
IN FAMILIES ABROAD  
AND YOUTH GROUPS ARE VOID 
THE FEAR OF GOD 
 
THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL  
IS A MOCK AND SHAME  
BUT ALL STILL CLAIM  
TO LOVE HIS NAME. 
 
THE ONE WITH HIS WORDS, 
WHO OBEYETH ALL,  
IS THE ONE WHO LOVES;  
AS I RECALL. (JN. 14:21) 
 
TO PICK AND CHOOSE  
AND PLEASE THE WORLD  
LEAVES AROUND US  
SIN’S CHAIN CURLED. 
 
THEY COME TO CHURCH  
WITH CHAIN AND FETTER.  
THE PREACHER STANDS  
WITH HIS COLLEGE LETTER.  
 
HE PROMISES HEAVEN  
AND LIFE AND PEACE,  
THE CROWD TO PLEASE 
THE FLOCK TO FLEECE.  
 
THEN ALL GO HOME  
FETTERED WITH SIN  
STILL CHAINED TO THE WORLD,  
BUT CALMED WITHIN. 
 
THE KEY TO TRIUMPH 
O’ER WORLD AND FLESH 
IS DEATH TO SELF,  
AND START AFRESH… 
 
IN OBEDIENCE TO EACH  
AND EVERY COMMAND,  
TO BUILD ON THE ROCK,  
AND NOT ON THE SAND. 
 
AT THIS THEY SNEER  
AND STIFFEN THEIR NECK;  
BUT ALL THE WHILE  
THEIR SOUL’S A WRECK 
 
THEIR YOUTH STAY WORLDLY  
WITH LOVE WAXED COLD;  
FOR SOME WORLDLY POTTAGE  
THEIR BIRTHRIGHT SOLD. 
 
AS LONG AS FROM LUSTS  
THEY'RE NOT ESTRANGED  
PRIORITIES WILL NEVER  
BE REARRANGED. 
 
SO CHURCH AFTER CHURCH  
MEET WEEK AFTER WEEK  
TO ENCOURAGE AND COMFORT  
THEIR FAILURES SO BLEAK. 
 
TO PREACH THE HOPE  
OF POWER OVER SIN  
YET NEVER LEARN  
THE SECRET TO WIN: 
 
TO RENOUNCE THE WORLD  
AND ALL THAT IT OFFERS  
TO HATE ALL THAT COMES  
FROM THE SERPENT’S COFFERS. 
 
THEY LOOK AT THOSE PEOPLE  
WITH VICTORY AND POWER  
CALL THEM OLD FASHIONED,  
NOT UP TO THE HOUR.  
 
SURELY THEY’RE LEGALISTS,  
HERETICS ABSURD  
ALTHOUGH THEIR FRUIT  
LINES UP WITH GOD’S WORD. 
 
THEY DON’T JUST SPEAK  
LIKE THE PREACHERS WE HEAR; 
THEY LIVE IT IN LIFE, 
THEIR CONSCIENCE IS CLEAR. 
 
THEIR CHILDREN ARE TRAINED  
THEIR HOMES ARE IN ORDER, 
CEMENTED BY JESUS   
NOT UNTEMPERED MORTAR. 
 
THEIR CHURCHES ARE HOLY, 
NEW TESTAMENT STYLE; 
WHERE SOUND DOCTRINE SPEAKS, 
NOT SATAN’S GUILE. 
 
LIBERTY WAS NEVER 
FROM JESUS’ COMMANDS; 
BUT FROM JEWISH LAW 
AND SATAN’S DEMANDS. 
 
WE ARE TO OBEY 
THE NEW TESTAMENT ALL; 
THIS BRINGS FREEDOM 
SO TO SIN WE DON’T FALL. 
 
TO TRY LIVING CHRISTIAN 
YET THE WORLD STILL EMBRACE, 
IS TO HAVE BALL AND CHAIN 
WHILE RUNNING A RACE. 
 
THE RACE YOU’LL NOT WIN 
THE WORLD WILL BE TAKEN 
AT JUDGMENT YOUR FALSE HOPE 
WILL LEAVE YOU FORSAKEN. 
 
FORSAKE YOUR DEAD CHURCHES  
FALSE DOCTRINE AND TEACHER; 
DON’T SETTLE TO HEAR 
A FLESHLY BOUND PREACHER. 
 
DON’T LOOK AT THE SERMON 
BUT THE LIFE THEY LIVE; 
IF THEY DON’T HAVE FREEDOM,  
THEN FREEDOM CAN’T GIVE. 
 
IF THEIR WIFE AND CHILDREN 
THE WORLD STILL FOLLOW; 
THEN THE SERMON THEY PREACH 
IS REALLY QUITE HOLLOW. 
 
DON’T EVER BE FOOLED 
MY SISTER AND BROTHER, 
IF GOD MEANT NOT HIS WORD 
THEN HE’D SAID ANOTHER.  
 
HE SAID THEIR LIFE 
WAS ALL WE COULD READ 
TO SEE IF IN TRUTH     
FROM SIN THEY ARE FREED. 
 
IF THEY ARE BOUND;     
THEN YOU’RE BOUND TOO 
AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW 
AND DO AS THEY DO 
 
THEY CAN’T BRING YOU UP 
SO THEY TELL YOU YOU’RE FINE; 
THAT THIS IS THE NORM 
THERE’S NO MORE TO CLIMB. 
 
THEY SAY THEY ARE BALANCED  
BETWEEN WRONG AND RIGHT; 
BUT IF RIGHT BE PARTIAL  
WE WALK IN THE NIGHT. 
 
GOD WILL NOT BARGAIN  
WITH SATAN OR SIN;  
ALL OR NOTHING 
WE MUST BE FOR HIM. 
 
THE LIE OF BALANCE 
JUST COVERS THE CHAIN 
THAT HOLDS THEM IN CHECK, 
LEST WITH JESUS THEY REIGN. 
 
SO ALL O’ER THIS LAND  
ON BENCH AND IN PEW 
SET BONDMEN DECEIVED 
AND ONLY A FEW… 
 
WILL GROW WEARY OF BONDAGE  
AND CRY TO THE LORD;  
WHO SHOWS THEM THAT VICTORY 
IS FOUND IN HIS SWORD. 
 
THEY START TO SEEK  
AND OBEY ALL THEY FIND.  
THEY WIN THE BATTLES,  
NO LONGER ARE BLIND. 
 
THEY TRY TO EXPLAIN  
TO FAM’LY AND FRIEND  
THE WAY TO FREEDOM,  
THE WAY TO WIN. 
 
BUT ONLY TO FIND  
THEIR CHAINS THEY ADORE;  
DON’T WANT TO GET RID,  
BUT ONLY GET MORE.  
 
THEY LIKE THE BOUND PREACHER  
WHO EASES THEIR MIND  
TELLING HOW GOD  
IS ALL GOOD AND SO KIND. 
 
AS LONG AS THEY WENT  
TO CHURCH HE DOTH FIND  
OF COURSE, HE WOULD NEVER  
LEAVE THEM BEHIND. 
 
AS LONG AS THEY PRAYED  
SALVATION’S PRAYER  
A HOME IS RESERVED  
IN HEAVEN SOMEWHERE. 
 
THEY NEED NOT GIVE UP  
ALL WORLDLY FUN  
AND OBEY “ALL THINGS”  
TO SEE GOD’S SON. 
 
THIS IS THE MESSAGE;  
THE BALL AND CHAIN  
THAT DRAGS THEM TO HELL  
WHILE CLAIMING HIS NAME. 
 
WHAT SHAMEFUL DECEPTION  
WHAT HIDEOUS TRUCE  
IF ONLY THEY’D HEARKEN  
THE CHAIN HE COULD LOOSE. 
 
ARE THERE FEW THAT BE SAVED  
ON THAT NARROW WAY?  
WILL NOT YOU BE ONE  
WITHOUT DELAY? 
 
FOREVER IS LONG  
AND HELL IS FOREVER  
THE HOME OF THE ONE  
WHOSE SIN WILL NOT SEVER.