Human nature looks with confidence into a mirror

Complete satisfaction looks back

Pleasure of sin fills all sense of need

Physical comfort, sexual appetites met

Thirst for mental, emotional drinks are filled

Anger calmed

Money, challenges, stimulations,

Entertainment always at hand, overflows.

The idea of sin only a religious abstraction

Something vaguely archaic

From the stiff collars of “Bible thumpers”

Prudish men and women who stifle their lives,

And hide within their church buildings,

Places where the weak and old and foolish gather.

Self is self, always in proud control

Evolution the simple constant environment;

To dwell on the big questions of life

Only a waste, a weakening of man’s grip on his reality,

An easy view of women, of men

A strong hold on a good human effort driven, egocentric life.

Until the door suddenly slams shut

Gate for the sheep closed

Silver cord tying body and soul sharply cut

Spiritual reality shockingly awakens

And another one is cast headlong into the pit,

And sadness moves within another holy angel. 


About Gary Bertnick

I was a Minnesota teenager in the late 1960's. I was drafted into the military after an intense time at an engineering school. As a graduate chemical engineer and former athlete, I became a Marine Corps private. The Lord spoke to me through a friend while visiting Rapid City,S.D. My true discipleship began in Southern California and was boosted through association with Morris Cerullo Ministry and others. I fed upon the Scriptures and have learned to be led by the Holy Spirit. I know what the fear of the Lord is. What I write is done to honor the Lord and to touch the lives of those who know Him as well as those who should.
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