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Re: A Tale of Two Sisters, or The Tragedy of Ecumenical Unfaithfulness

With heart so kind and gentle,
And sympathetic eye;
With touching, deep affection,
And loyal, tender tie-
Was LOVE betrothed to DOCTRINE
To hold him all her days:
And walk the path of gladness
United in His ways.

Her younger sister also
Had qualities as fair,
Of caring, selfless, kindness,
And warmth without compare;
Thus UNITY was drawn to
The husband of her youth:
And pledged herself for ever
To be the bride of TRUTH.

But TIME, with bitter envy, 
Across the testing years, 
Pursued the slow erosion 
Of happiness to tears; 
Till LOVE began to weary 
Of DOCTRINE'S pleasant voice,
And UNITY grew cold to
The partner of her choice.

Then LOVE began to notice 
The charms of HERESY, 
And awed by his opinions, 
She wanted to be free; 
And UNITY perceived that 
Her virtues were desired 
By many, many others 
Whose ways she so admired.

At length, two precious unions, 
So promising, so blest, 
Were darkened by delusion, 
Disloyalty, unrest; 
Till came the day of sorrows, 
And rending vows of youth, 
When LOVE divorced her DOCTRINE 

             --Author unknown

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (~1 Tim 4:13-16)

I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. And now I plead with you...not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. (~2 John 4-6) (VW)

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