If the gospel doesn’t offend us

Then the wrong Jesus they do teach,

As He brings a sword instead of peace

And repentance He does preach.

Hence He was crucified

As popular His message was not,

But the truth will always pierce

To remove debris and rot.

Granted He is loving

And granted He is kind,

But He came to deliver us

So we leave our old nature behind.

We prefer to dwell in sin

As it suits our carnal nature,

Whilst to not appear judgemental

But this contradicts God’s stature.

When judgement has its purpose;

To not condemn but to discern,

It’s to understand right from wrong

When God’s commandments we do learn.

Deliverance is mandatory

Since we all fall very short,

Of God’s glory and His purity

Where false doctrines we’ve been taught.

God’s love is pure and sweet

As it draws us near to Him,

As we acknowledge our reality

And a Savior for our sin.

He is a rock of offense

But this Rock we truly need,

To build a foundation of pure faith and trust

As God leads and intercedes.

This rock shatters pride

And brings stubborn traits to rubble,

To break down in order to raise us up;

To eliminate mountains of trouble.

A rock of offense

But so solid and faithful too,

That takes our yoke and heaviness

As we’re changed and are renewed.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth.  I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”  Matthew 10:34

“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”  Matthew 4:17

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  Romans 9:33

“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become our chief cornerstone, and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”’  1 Peter 2:7-8

“Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”  Romans 6:6

“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house..”  1 Peter 2:4-5

“For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness…”. 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

“And have put on the new man with his deeds, renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”  Colossians 3:10

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 3:23-24

“Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments.”  Psalm 119:66

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30