August 26, 2021


youve used Hebrews 10:25 as your rallying cry

youve said this was Gods plainly written command

youve urged us to never cease our gathering together

and said that those of us who worshipped instead online

were traitors, were apostate, were deniers of our faith

having cared more for our safety than our salvation


but youve shone your exalted hermeneutic so brightly

on one half of one statement of a much larger context

youve failed to reconcile gathering to the reason for it

we are to stimulate each other to love and good works

we are to encourage each other as our Lords day nears

neither of which is accomplished by your condemnation


you have spoken many words for careful consideration

do not now forsake Gods command to also love

do not now forsake Gods command to also encourage

do not now be so narrow in your interpretation

your words of correction condemn yet offer no hope

to those, who like you, simply seek to serve our Lord



Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.


Hebrews 10:19-25


Hebrews 10:25
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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