Scripture Verse

You do not…know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

Introduction

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Barney E. Warren
1867–1951

Words & Music: Bar­ney E. War­ren, Truth in Song (An­der­son, In­di­a­na: Gos­pel Trum­pet Pub­lish­ing, 1907), num­ber 256 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Oh, come to the Lord today,
Come, sinner, without delay;
Oh, give Him your heart, I pray,
Why carelessly wait?
Soon you will be called to die,
Poor soul, to the Savior fly;
You know that the end is nigh,
Why carelessly wait?

Refrain

Why carelessly wait?
Why carelessly wait?
You know that the end is nigh,
Why carelessly wait?

Since there is no hope at last,
The day of God’s grace then past,
With mercy’s door closed and fast,
Why carelessly wait?
When there at the judgment throne,
Your sins will be all made known,
There Satan will claim his own,
Why carelessly wait?

Refrain

O soul, do not idly stand,
Unheeding the Lord’s command;
You’ll perish in sinking sand,
Why carelessly wait?
Your pulse will ere long be still,
In death will your blood soon chill;
Oh, hasten, obey God’s will,
Why carelessly wait?

Refrain

Soon, soon in eternity,
Poor sinner, your soul shall be,
What then can atone for thee?
Why carelessly wait?
You’ll stand at the judgment seat,
Your record of sins you’ll meet;
Come bowing at Jesus’ feet,
Why carelessly wait?

Refrain