True Strength: Steel Evangelist (2017)
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All Music and Lyrics written by Ryan “The Archangel” Darnell
Lead Guitar and Solos written by Josh Cirbo and Ryan “The Archangel” Darnell

01. No Cheek Left to Turn

Persecution is rising
They drive us Christians underground
All the atheists trying
To insult us at every turn
They’re erasing our freedoms
Passing new laws every day
Our culture is dying
Every vestige is overturned

But where can we go?
We are taught by Christ to pray for our enemies
But where can we go?
We have carried their burdens an extra mile for them
But where can we go?
When they strike us we just turn the other cheek
But where can we go from here?

When there is no cheek left to turn?
No Cheek Left to Turn
No Cheek Left to Turn
No Cheek Left to Turn

Calling us the oppressors
They tell us where and when to pray
The immoral are rising
Bringing apathy and pain
A lazy generation
Expecting us to go away
Our churches are dying
A worldly message spoke today

But where can we go?
We are taught by Christ to pray for our enemies
But where can we go?
We have carried their burdens an extra mile for them
But where can we go?
When they strike us we just turn the other cheek
But where can we go from here?

When there is no cheek left to turn?
No Cheek Left to Turn
No Cheek Left to Turn
No Cheek Left to Turn

——-SOLO——-

But where can we go?
We are taught by Christ to pray for our enemies
But where can we go?
We have carried their burdens an extra mile for them
But where can we go?
When they strike us we just turn the other cheek
But where can we go from here?

When there is no cheek left to turn?
No Cheek Left to Turn
No Cheek Left to Turn
No Cheek Left to Turn

02. Steel Evangelist

Baptize with water no need to fear it
The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
Be strong! Believe the Gospel Truth!
Trust in Christ to find salvation
Reject the pleasures of a wicked nation
Be True! Stand-up for your beliefs!
Reject the words of the unbelievers
The false prophets and the money preachers
Defend life and the poor along the way!
Reject Satan and his loser minions
Witchcraft and the pagan religions
They’re all lies that will make you lose your way!

Oh I pray in Jesus’ name that all of you’ll be saved!
And that all of you will know His blessed peace!
And with all the Faith in my heart I pray so fervently!
That all of you will know His blessed name!

Steel Evangelist!
Proclaim the Gospel Truth!
Steel Evangelist!
Proclaim the Good News of God!

——-SOLO——-

We preach with metal and we can bare it
The scrutiny and the lack of merit
In the end, we fought for our beliefs!
Let them mock what they don’t know
Shut us out hoping we will go
Good luck because we are not going away!
With every album we get closer
To proving wrong every pagan poser
A Christian band can rock as hard as them!
We ride with Christ our Lord and Savior
Armed with spikes sharp as razors
Our leather armor can’t hide our angel wings!

Oh I pray in Jesus’ name that all of you’ll be saved!
And that all of you will know His blessed peace!
And with all the Faith in my heart I pray so fervently!
That all of you will know His blessed name!

Steel Evangelist!
Proclaim the Gospel Truth!
Steel Evangelist!
Proclaim the Good News of God!
Steel Evangelist!
Proclaim the Gospel Truth!
Steel Evangelist!
Proclaim the Good News of God!

03. Cilician Gates

Shortly after Christ had risen; a man was called to serve in His name
Believers had feared him; persecution was part of his fame
But he changed on the road to Damascus; and Saul became Paul from that day
An apostle of the Lord; he set out on the world to proclaim

The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Traveling from Tarsus to Spain…
The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Shadows of the Pagan world fall away…

On his first journey Paul had traveled; with Barnabas leading the way
From Antioch to Cyprus they go; Elymas stood in their way
He was then blinded by the Spirit through Paul; for blaspheming the Truth of God
To Perga they’d set sail; Many Gentiles they will soon save

The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Traveling from Tarsus to Spain…
The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Shadows of the Pagan world fall away… Forever…

——-SOLO——-
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Spoken: “On the second journey away
Paul was now leading the way
To Derbe and Lystra they traveled
And through Corinth they came
They drove a demon from a soothsaying girl
And Paul and Silas were put into jail
An earthquake freed them but they did not flee…”

“And on Paul’s third journey he traveled far and wide.
From Galatia, Phrygia and Ephesus.
Paul was attacked in Ephesus during a Pagan riot,
This caused him to leave the city.
Paul then traveled to Macedonia and Illyria in the Balkans.
His companions then headed back to the Levant going through
Philippi, Troas, Miletus, Rhodes and then to Tyre.
After staying with Philip the Evangelist in Caesarea they made their way to Jerusalem.”

“Paul would journey to Jerusalem five times.
On the fifth he came into conflict with the population.
He was to be punished locally but appealed that since he was
a Roman citizen, he was allowed to present his case before the Caesar in Rome.”
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On the way to Rome the ship wrecked on the waves; On Malta the ship came to rest
A man and his suffering father; received them as guests
Soon after Paul healed his father; obtained provisions for the journey ahead
They again set sail to Rome; and there Paul would meet his fate

The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Traveling from Tarsus to Spain…
The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Shadows of the Pagan world fall away…

After suffering two years of his house arrest; Paul was finally put to the blade
Beheaded in the city of Rome; near the waters of Tre Fontane
For Paul his life was now over; his race had finally been ran
To rest in the arms of the Lord; with Jesus the Son of Man

The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Traveling from Tarsus to Spain…
The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Shadows of the Pagan world fall away…
The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Traveling from Tarsus to Spain…
The Good News of our God spreads from here!
Through Cilician Gates
Shadows of the Pagan world fall away… Forever!

04. Don’t Take the Mark of the Beast

A dark time is on the horizon
It’s time to wake up and see
The governments are making a chip
To put inside you and me
They want us to bow to them
Submit ourselves to the world
To separate us from Jesus Christ
Their plan’s become unfurled

At first it will only be used to track the worst criminals
Then it will be required for the safety of all newborn babies
Next it will be used to protect your funds and your identity
Then one day you’re unable to buy or sell without it…
…Then it’ll be too late!

Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!

The Evil One sees us as nothing
We’re just cattle to him
He wants us to submit our will
To the man of sin
The devil knows his time is short
So he will scorch the Earth
He will bring us death and war
Every nation to serve him

At first it will only be used to track the worst criminals
Then it will be required for the safety of all newborn babies
Next it will be used to protect your funds and your identity
Then one day you’re unable to buy or sell without it…
…Then it’ll be too late!

Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!

——-SOLO——-

The evil chip that bears his name
Implanted in your hand
It will track wherever you go
From across the land
It contains your credit cards
And all your medical
It will seem like a great convenience
At the cost of your soul

At first it will only be used to track the worst criminals
Then it will be required for the safety of all newborn babies
Next it will be used to protect your funds and your identity
Then one day you’re unable to buy or sell without it…
…Then it’ll be too late!

Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!

The Abomination of Desolation
Is still a mystery
We are seeing a world in his image
And we’re the enemy
The evil infrastructure has been formed
Preparing our demise
We stand together and we won’t fear
We will die for Christ!

At first it will only be used to track the worst criminals
Then it will be required for the safety of all newborn babies
Next it will be used to protect your funds and your identity
Then one day you’re unable to buy or sell without it…
…Then it’ll be too late!

Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!
Don’t take the Mark of the Beast!
Don’t take the Mark!

05. The Fall of the Ripest Apple

It’s amazing how far we’ve fallen in such a short, short time
The greatest nation under God is now leading from behind
There has been a great degradation since our morals have declined
The last bastion of religious freedoms being forced to get in line

As we prepare to forgo our freedoms
We have only ourselves to blame
We have failed to keep our country sacred
And now it’s going up in flames
Going up in flames!

Where can you flee?
When the ripest apple falls from the tree
When the devil cries aloud for ‘thee!’
Narcotics, desperation and all of the disease
An internal war that rages on from sea to shining sea, and forever and ever until all is consumed
When the ripest apple falls… From the tree

Generations of Americans are now lost to this crazy time
So fastidious and narcissistic without reason without rhyme
All the drug use and alcohol they use on their wounded minds
Desensitized to violence and all the fear that fills their lives

As we prepare to forgo our freedoms
We have only ourselves to blame
We have failed to keep our country sacred
And now it’s going up in flames
Going up in flames!

Where can you flee?
When the ripest apple falls from the tree
When the devil cries aloud for ‘thee!’
Narcotics, desperation and all of the disease
An internal war that rages on from sea to shining sea, and forever and ever until all is consumed
When the ripest apple falls…

——-SOLO——-

Marriage in the traditional sense has become a dirty word
Along with anything good or Christian is now mocked as ‘the absurd’
Confused children are now deciding which gender they will be
And then they put a bullet in their head before they can be set free

As we prepare to forgo our freedoms
We have only ourselves to blame
We have failed to keep our country sacred
And now it’s going up in flames
Going up in flames!

Where can you flee?
When the ripest apple falls from the tree
When the devil cries aloud for ‘thee!’
Narcotics, desperation and all of the disease
An internal war that rages on from sea to shining sea, and forever and ever until all is consumed
When the ripest apple falls… From the tree

Everyone is now dying of their own spiritual iatrogenesis
They think they will get into heaven on their own righteousness
The new age and eastern religions they find couldn’t save their skin
Without the atonement of Jesus Christ they will die in their own sin

As we prepare to forgo our freedoms
We have only ourselves to blame
We have failed to keep our country sacred
And now it’s going up in flames
Going up in flames!

Where can you flee?
When the ripest apple falls from the tree
When the devil cries aloud for ‘thee!’
Narcotics, desperation and all of the disease
An internal war that rages on from sea to shining sea, and forever and ever until all is consumed
When the ripest apple falls… From the tree

06. Gabriel the Archangel

In the heavens he waits
Reveals the Savior to come our way
In the darkness we pray
For our God to send the sign…
Send me a sign!
Send the sign!
Send the sign!
Oh please God send me a sign!

To Zacharias the Priest
Elizabeth will bear a son
Holy name I give to thee
John the Baptist prepares the way…
Prepare the way!
Make the way!
Make the way!
He’ll baptize with water the lost!

——-SOLO——-

The Lord found favor in thee
Blessed Mary of Galilee
Holy name gave to me
Jesus Christ shall be His name…
Will be His name!
Will be His name!
Will be His name!
And Jesus will be His name!

Born in a manger this night
In the town of Bethlehem
A Man of Sorrows and Pain
The Son of God will cleanse our sins…
Bearing our sins!
Upon the Cross!
On the Cross!
He will die upon the Cross!
…And be raised again!

07. Woe to the Sons of Ishmael

The angel said, “Go back to Sarah and
I will give you a son called Ishmael
Because I have heard your cry for help
Many descendants I will give to you.”
“But your son will live far from his relatives
Like a wild donkey he shall be
Fighting everyone and everyone fighting him.”
How true is this scripture today?

Muhammad came from the tribe of Quraysh
Ancestor of Kedar, Ishmael’s son
Muslims claim Ishmael was almost sacrificed
In place of Isaac by the hand of Abraham
But we know the Truth from scripture that
Isaac was the one on the altar
And from him would come Jacob and Israel
A holy line leading all the way to Christ

Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Against your brothers you’re fighting alone
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Don’t believe the lies that you’re told
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
You were meant for so much more
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Turn to Christ and His peace will be known

——-SOLO——-

Look at the world and its patterns of violence
And you will see a trend start forming
Prophesy these divisions have been told
By the lips of the Angel of the Lord
Today the Middle East is up in flames
A lot of tyrants and rebels abound
Fighting everyone and everyone fighting them
The sands are stained with the blood of Abraham

Muhammad came from the tribe of Quraysh
Ancestor of Kedar, Ishmael’s son
Muslims claim Ishmael was almost sacrificed
In place of Isaac by the hand of Abraham
But we know the Truth from scripture that
Isaac was the one on the altar
And from him would come Jacob and Israel
A holy line leading all the way to Christ

Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Against your brothers you’re fighting alone
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Don’t believe the lies that you’re told
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
You were meant for so much more
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Turn to Christ and His peace will be known
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Against your brothers you’re fighting alone
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Don’t believe the lies that you’re told
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
You were meant for so much more
Woe to the Sons of Ishmael
Turn to Christ and His peace will be known

08. Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon

You Muslims push to exterminate us Christians who toil in your fields
We live and die in the same sands, to be judged by the works of our hands
For every green olive you press for oil, and for every gold kernel of wheat
Have touched the hands of a Christian; remember this fact when you eat

Out of Antioch had come, St. Maron who would give birth to a people
By the banks of the Orontes River, he would lead a quiet ascetic life
After his death his followers, would flee their fellow Christians’ swords
To the walls of the Valley of Kadisha and where the mighty Mount Lebanon soars

Our Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon
Our Tears are the headwaters of the Jordan
Our Sweat nourishes the fields of Al Husun
Our Hearts are the seeds of the Pines of Edessa

In Syria the Cross came to Damascus by the preaching of the disciple St. Peter
And on that same road, Saul became Paul, when he heard the call from the Lord
The Melkites flourished and still lived in peace, even after the Muslim invasions
Through the Crusades until modern day, where they face death from the radical’s sword

Our Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon
Our Tears are the headwaters of the Jordan
Our Sweat nourishes the fields of Al Husun
Our Hearts are the seeds of the Pines of Edessa

——-SOLO——-

At Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Bethabara where John the Baptist preached
Where our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, received the baptism we now beseech
Medaba, the City of Mosaics had preserved an ancient Jerusalem map
The Arab Christians of Jordan, still live in Amman, Al Husan and Fuheis

Our Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon
Our Tears are the headwaters of the Jordan
Our Sweat nourishes the fields of Al Husun
Our Hearts are the seeds of the Pines of Edessa

King Abgar the IX of Edessa, had embraced the new Christian faith
Converted by a missionary named Addai, through Mesopotamia he came
The Peshitta and the Diatessaron in the century to follow were made
The Christians survived a terrible flood, to become martyrs when the Romans had reigned

Our Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon
Our Tears are the headwaters of the Jordan
Our Sweat nourishes the fields of Al Husun
Our Hearts are the seeds of the Pines of Edessa
Our Blood Waters the Cedars of Lebanon
Our Tears are the headwaters of the Jordan
Our Sweat nourishes the fields of Al Husun
Our Hearts are the seeds of the Pines of Edessa

09. Twenty-one Martyrs Clothed in Orange

The 21 marched on a beach in their chains
Their cowardly captors behind
The captors can’t even reveal their own faces
Wearing clothes black as their minds
The Islamist cowards now brandishing knives
With nothing but hate in their heart
These Martyrs now know what fate will await them
Under the Libyan sun

21 Martyrs…
All clothed in orange
Defying their captors!
Proclaiming that Jesus is Lord!

Their holy blood runs down and out to the sea
Filling each tide pool with red
Their captors stand over their now lifeless bodies
The Martyrs face first in the sand
The enemy gloats of their terrible deeds
Proud of the terror they’ve done
But the souls of those Martyrs are free from their chains
And under the Altar of God

21 Martyrs…
All clothed in orange
Defying their captors!
Proclaiming that Jesus is Lord!

——-SOLO——-

The 21 saints now lie dead on the beach
But they are the ones most alive
Transformed now in Glory they now live in Christ
For they’ve won Eternal Life
The Islamist cowards will one day face judgment
Unless they repent in their heart
And they will be judged by the blood of these Martyrs
And by our Lord Jesus Christ

21 Martyrs…
All clothed in orange
Defying their captors!
Proclaiming that Jesus is Lord!
21 Martyrs…
All clothed in orange
Defying their captors!
Proclaiming that Jesus is Lord!

10. The War We Fight

We fight a spirit war where you need to trust in Christ
Baptized in His Spirit and armed with His might
With the Father, Son and Blessed Holy Ghost
Your Faith will increase when you need it the most!
Your greatest battles will be fought upon your knees
Strength will be given according to your needs
They will use their weapons and you will use His light
Dispel their savagery by restoring their sight
Oh! Restoring their sight!

Believe in Jesus as your Savior
To free your lives away from sin
Bring peace to your ill and troubled heart
In the end, the Truth will set you free!

To win this spirit war you must believe in Christ
He will send the Spirit to give Eternal Life
He will guide you in everything you do
When the Holy Spirit lives inside of you!
The War is not one against flesh and bone
Rather evil spirits who turn our hearts into stone
Feeding you blasphemy and manufacturing lies
Clouding your destiny and ignoring your cries
Oh! Ignoring your cries!

Believe in Jesus as your Savior
To free your lives away from sin
Bring peace to your ill and troubled heart
In the end, the Truth will set you free!

——-SOLO——-

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