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"Bargain Basement Belt...The Gospel of Ease" by Tom Graffagnino


"Many days later the Lord said to me, 'Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.' So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless."

"Then the word of the LORD came to me: 'This is what the LORD says: 'In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubborness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt--completely useless! For as a belt is bound around a man's waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me,' declares the LORD, 'to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened." (Jeremiah 13: 6-11)


"Bargain Basement Belt...The Gospel of Ease"

The New Dogma we hear,
From false teachers so near,
Tells us Sin is a myth to ignore.
All standards have shifted,
Restraints now are lifted...
Moral Law is a joke,
And a bore. 

We've entered an era,
That couldn't be queerer,
With man now the measure of Right.
God's Code has been broken,
And the Dollar has spoken;
Now the Truth is determined by might.

Now the tables are turned,
God's Word again spurned....
The Temple's invaded by vice,
Where beyond the veil,
The truth is on sale:
Prices Slashed!...this "Religion of Nice".

Neon signs flash the news,
Keeping seekers amused,
With a message of grace that is cheap....
A Bargain Basement Event!
No Need to Repent!
Where "faith" is a stroll,
Not a leap.

Cheap Grace!  Come an' get it!
All that blood?...Just forget it!
Belt of Truth we have buried so long,
That today it is useless;
We have rendered it toothless.
It's been sold for a dance and a song.

Says the Huckster of Pride:
"Come along for the ride!"
"Here's a deal conjured up just for you!"
"Did God REALLY say.......,
That there's hell to be paid?"
"What a joke!"
"What a hoot!".....
"Get a clue!"

"Just be happy and gay,
And have a nice day!
God is "luv" and that's all there is to it.
The victory's won...
Now we can have fun!
That's the deal....
How CAN you refuse it!?"

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Lord, once more we have bitten,
By his lines we are smitten....
As again with your Word he does tinker.
He's a salesman supreme,
For his pyramid scheme,
And we swallowed it,
Hook, line and sinker.

We've been coddled and teased,
By his "Gospel of Ease",
Though you warned us, Lord: "Buyer beware!"
For $19.99,
We look up now to find,
We've been taken in Lucifer's snare.

Lord, your Bride has been straying,
And the price that we're paying,
Can only be counted in souls.
False teachers slip in,
Again and again,
As in Jude you prophetically told.

Give us Grace now to see,
Though your gift, Lord, is free,
That the price that You paid was not cheap.
Forgive us our sin,
And help us begin,
To trust and obey at your feet.

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"...I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once   for all entrusted to the saints.  For certain men whose condemnation was   written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.  They are godless   men, who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus   Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."  (Jude : 3,4)

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"Preach the Word;  be prepared in season and out of season;   correct,  rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.   For the  time will come when men  will not put up with sound doctrine.   Instead to  suit their own desires they will gather around them teachers to say what  their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn away from the truth and turn  aside to myths."  (2 Timothy 2:  2-4)

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