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      I Corinthians 11:17-34: "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."

      INTRODUCTION

      Historic Baptists, true Baptists, have believed in and still believe in closed communion. Baptists impose upon themselves the same restrictions that they impose on others concerning the Lord’s Supper. Baptists have always insisted that it is the Lord’s Table, not theirs; and He alone has the right to say who shall sit at His table. No amount of so called brotherly love, or ecumenical spirit, should cause us to invite to His table those who have not complied with the requirements laid down plainly in His inspired Word. With respect to Bible doctrines we must always use the scripture as our guide and practice. For Baptists, two of the most important doctrines are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. These are the only two doctrines we recognize as Church Ordinances. The Bible is very clear in teaching how these doctrines are to be practiced and by whom.

      We only have two ordinances that we must never compromise or we risk our very existence, they are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.

      The moment we deviate from the precise method God has prescribed we have started down the slippery slope of error. True Baptists have held fast to the original doctrine of The Lord’s Supper from the time of Christ and the Apostles.

      Unfortunately, in this day of what the Bible describes as the age of luke warmness, Baptists are becoming careless in regard to strictly following the pattern laid out for us in Scripture. Many of our Bible colleges are graduating otherwise sincere, Godly and dedicated pastors and teachers who have not been taught the very strict, biblical requirements that surround the Lord’s Supper. Any Bible college that neglects to teach its students the differences surrounding Closed Communion, Close Communion and Open Communion is not simply short changing its students; it is also not equipping their students to carry on sound Bible traditions. The result is men of God and churches that fall into error. And as we will see, this is serious error.

      Should we as Baptists ignore the restrictions made by our Lord and Master? NO! When we hold to the restrictions placed upon the Lord’s Supper by our Master, we are defending the "faith which was once delivered to the saints" Jude 3.

      The Lord’s Supper is rigidly restricted and I will show this in the following facts:

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

      A. I Corinthians 11:18 says, "When ye come together in the church." This does not mean the church building; they had none. In other words, when the church assembles. The supper is to be observed by the church, in church capacity. Again this does not mean the church house. Ekklesia, the Greek word for church, means assembly. "When ye come together in the church," is when the church assembles.

      B. When we say church we mean an assembly of properly baptized believers. Acts 2:41-42: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

      The church is made up of saved people who are baptized by immersion. In the Bible, belief precedes baptism. That’s the Bible way.

      Acts 8:12-13, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."

      When we say properly baptized, we mean immersed. No unbeliever should take the Lord’s supper, and no non-immersed believer should take the supper. Those who are sprinkled are not baptized and cannot receive the supper. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, and it always means to immerse.

      "In every case where communion is referred to, or where it may possibly have been administered, the believers had been baptized Acts 2:42; 8:12; 8:38; 10:47; 6:14-15; 18:8; 20:7. Baptism comes before communion, just as repentance and faith precede baptism".

      C. The Lord’s Supper is for baptized believers in church capacity: "When ye come together in the church," again not a building, but the assembly of the properly baptized believers.

      D. The fact that the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, to be observed in church capacity, is pointed out by the fact that it is for those who have been immersed and added to the fellowship of the church.

      E. The Lord’s Supper is never spoken of in connection with individuals. When it is referred to, it is only referred to in reference to baptized believers in local church capacity I Cor. 11:20-26).

      I want to quote Dr. W.W. Hamilton,

      "The individual administration of the ordinance has no Bible warrant and is a relic of Romanism. The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, and anything which goes beyond or comes short of this fails for want of scriptural example or command".

      “The practice of taking a little communion kit to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. is unscriptural and does not follow the scriptural example.”

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

      A. The Bible in I Cor. 11:18 is very strong in condemning divisions around the Lord’s table. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
      19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
      20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

      There were no less than four divisions in the Corinthian church.
      I Cor. 1:12: "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."

      Because of these divisions, it was impossible for them to scripturally eat the Lord’s Supper. Division in the local church is reason to hold off observing the Lord’s Supper. But there are also other reasons to forego taking the Lord’s Supper. If there is gross sin in the membership we do not take it. Here is scriptural evidence for this: 1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
      8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
      10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

      B. At this point, I want to ask these questions: Are there not doctrinal divisions among the many denominations? Is it not our doctrinal differences that cause us to be separate religious bodies?

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

      A. Those in the early church at Jerusalem who partook "continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine" Acts 2:42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

      B. Those that do not hold to apostolic truth are not to partake. This means there is to be discipline in the local body. How can you discipline those who do not belong to the local body? You can’t. The clear command of scripture is to withdraw fellowship from those who are not doctrinally sound.

      II Thes 3:6: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
      Rom. 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
      To commune together means to have the same doctrine.
      II Thes. 2:15: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
      II John 10-11: "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

      C. Some Baptists in our day have watered down this doctrine by practicing what they call “Close Communion.” By this they mean that they believe that members of another Baptist church may take communion with us because they are of the same beliefs. Once again, this is unscriptural.

      The welcome to the Lord's Table should not be extended beyond the discipline of the local church. When we take the Lord’s Supper there is supposed to be no gross sin among us and no divisions among us. We have no idea of the spiritual condition of another church’s members. If there is sin or division in the case of this other church’s members, we have no way of knowing it. We cannot discipline them because they are not members of our church. This is why we practice “Closed” communion, meaning it is restricted solely to our church membership. 
      So then, in closing I would like to reiterate the three different ideas concerning the Lord’s Supper and who is to take it. 
      Closed Communion = Only members of a single local church. 
      Close Communion = Members of like faith and order may partake. 
      Open Communion = If you claim to be a Christian, or simply attending the service, you may partake. 
      It is no small thing to attempt to change that which was implemented by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
      Mt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 
      Many of our Baptist churches have a real need to consider the gravity of the act of observing The Lord’s Supper. It is not a light thing that is to be taken casually or without regard to the spiritual condition of ourselves or our church.
      1Co. 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

       28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

       29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

       30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

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I bet there is a "Daley" connection with the Gov as well...

Blago's been arrogant since he took office. I believe he's from Chicago, so he's been educated well in politics, though it doesn't seem like he played it out too well by being caught...lol

I lived in the Chicago burbs the first 44 years of my life( up until 2 1/2 yrs ago), and unfortunately "politics" is THE way of life, especially in Chicago and the burbs.

A phrase that I remember from living back in IL (a reference to Chicago politics)...vote early and vote often. (Even the dead can vote in Chicago).
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Hey, cubfan! I was hoping that you would see this and respond to this.

:goodpost: ITA!!

[quote="cubfan1969"]
I bet there is a "Daley" connection with the Gov as well...[/quote]

Oh...that would be so Daley. My ex-hubby went to high school and graduated with Daley. Daley (and my ex-hubby) went to a small little (private RCC boarding school in Indiana.) They just had a get together about 2 years ago. I would love to get my ex's intake on this---although I know he won't talk. LOL.

[quote="cubfan1969"]Blago's been arrogant since he took office. I believe he's from Chicago, so he's been educated well in politics, though it doesn't seem like he played it out too well by being caught...lol [/quote]

Yes..."Arrogant" is critical in Chicago politics. Goodness!!

[quote="cubfan1969"]I lived in the Chicago burbs the first 44 years of my life( up until 2 1/2 yrs ago), [b]and unfortunately "politics" is THE way of life, especially in Chicago and the burbs.[[/b]/quote]

My cousins are still there. Yes, that is what they say, too. It is "dog eat dog" there. :sad

[quote="cubfan1969"]

A phrase that I remember from living back in IL (a reference to Chicago politics)...vote early and vote often. [b](Even the dead can vote in Chicago).[/b][/quote][/quote]

This sounds so familiar!! :roll


[offtopic]I wanted to make this correction. My ex-hubby said that it is John Roberts that he graduated with. He knows Daley, but not well---at all. Only at the political events (which my ex so despises :lol: ) Sorry for the error. I just wanted to correct this.[/offtopic]
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John Glover Roberts, Jr.
John G. Roberts
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Hey, cubfan! I was hoping that you would see this and respond to this.

:goodpost: ITA!!



Oh...that would be so Daley. My ex-hubby went to high school and graduated with Daley. Daley (and my ex-hubby) went to a small little (private RCC boarding school in Indiana.) They just had a get together about 2 years ago. I would love to get my ex's intake on this---although I know he won't talk. LOL.



The "political" game is everywhere back up there. Even when I worked for 2 different fire departments (one was a suburb, the other was at a federally funded national laboratory), the only way to move up was to play the politics game. I couldn't/wouldn't do that...I could not go home and sleep if I played those games, thus I eventually left the fire service. I'm very thankful to have a job now where politics doesn't come into play (at least in my part of the hospital/health system).

The "mob" if you will extends well into the far west and south suburbs, pizza places, restaurants, trash collection...I've even heard that a few members of the IL State Police (in downstate IL) were involved in a drug ring (with smuggled drugs on semi's). Politics, as Blago has proven, is not limited to the Chicago area.

I have been quite busy at home/work, thus haven't been on here very much lately. Picked up a part time job at another hospital, so I'm working 50 hours a week to try to stay afloat.

I would also be thankful for continued prayer for myself and my wife (if this isn't selfish)...she hasn't quite fully accepted my 2nd job, but for some reason she doesn't (or won't) understand that we truly miss the $$ she made when she was working last spring. However, she also seems to not want to accept that it is much easier for me to work 5 1/2 days than it is for her to work 40+ hours and make less than I do in my extra 10 hours a week. It isn't that she is unhealthy or disabled, but with her arthritis, constant pain, easy tiredness, I don't think she can handle watching another kid (if he/she came along) and deal with the house and dog. Besides, what I make in 10 hours at my 2nd job equals what she made in 1 week. With utility costs going up as we start winter, we need the little "extra" $$ cushion, you know?
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I have been quite busy at home/work' date=' thus haven't been on here very much lately. [b']Picked up a part time job at another hospital, so I'm working 50 hours a week to try to stay afloat.

I would also be thankful for continued prayer for myself and my wife (if this isn't selfish)...she hasn't quite fully accepted my 2nd job, but for some reason she doesn't (or won't) understand that we truly miss the $$ she made when she was working last spring. However, she also seems to not want to accept that it is much easier for me to work 5 1/2 days than it is for her to work 40+ hours and make less than I do in my extra 10 hours a week. It isn't that she is unhealthy or disabled, but with her arthritis, constant pain, easy tiredness, I don't think she can handle watching another kid (if he/she came along) and deal with the house and dog. Besides, what I make in 10 hours at my 2nd job equals what she made in 1 week. With utility costs going up as we start winter, we need the little "extra" $$ cushion, you know?


Highlighted area: This sounds like my hubby. :-( That is not selfish, at all. We are to ask other believers for prayer. :pray for this situation, cub. I will keep her "arthritis"---"constant pain" that goes with that, and "easy tiredness" in prayer as well. Oh yes, I certainly know. I am sure that we all do. God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!!

P.S. ~ I can tell you some interesting stories of the fire department and the corruption that went on during the Mayor Michael White days. A friend of mine (from junior high) "a Lieutenant of Cleveland Fire"---at the time, called White on the carpet for his corruption (Grandstanding.) Also, I know plenty of police personnel (to be politically correct...LOL) that did this, as well...during those "trying" years. Mayor Jackson seems more honest than White...so far. We (as a whole) also liked Mayor Campbell. She came in to help clean up the White mess. :roll BTW, the teachers gave White a run for his money, too. :lol:
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Highlighted area: This sounds like my hubby. :-( That is not selfish, at all. We are to ask other believers for prayer. :pray for this situation, cub. I will keep her "arthritis"---"constant pain" that goes with that, and "easy tiredness" in prayer as well. Oh yes, I certainly know. I am sure that we all do. God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!!

P.S. ~ I can tell you some interesting stories of the fire department and the corruption that went on during the Mayor Michael White days. A friend of mine (from junior high) "a Lieutenant of Cleveland Fire"---at the time, called White on the carpet for his corruption (Grandstanding.) Also, I know plenty of police personnel (to be politically correct...LOL) that did this, as well...during those "trying" years. Mayor Jackson seems more honest than White...so far. We (as a whole) also liked Mayor Campbell. She came in to help clean up the White mess. :roll BTW, the teachers gave White a run for his money, too. :lol:



Fire Department corruption? That's hard to believe :lol:

Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.
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I know! :haha In Cleveland---the corruption all seems to start in City Hall. Can you believe that? City Hall, corruption? :lol:

Merry Christmas, again. "Jesus is the reason for the season" as He is---each and every second of the day. God bless. :Bible:

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Isn't most things that connect to politics corrupted?

If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours?

Have a friend whose son is an engineer, does planning for developments in cites, he gets his jobs by paying off the mayors and city council members. No pay offs, no work. Plus if he offers to little, again, no work.

His son says, its part of doing business, and all of us engineers know that if we don't pay we don't work in no cites in my home state.

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Hey, cubfan! I was hoping that you would see this and respond to this.

:goodpost: ITA!!



Oh...that would be so Daley. My ex-hubby went to high school and graduated with Daley. Daley (and my ex-hubby) went to a small little (private RCC boarding school in Indiana.) They just had a get together about 2 years ago. I would love to get my ex's intake on this---although I know he won't talk. LOL.

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Isn't most things that connect to politics corrupted?

If you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours?

Have a friend whose son is an engineer, does planning for developments in cites, he gets his jobs by paying off the mayors and city council members. No pay offs, no work. Plus if he offers to little, again, no work.

His son says, its part of doing business, and all of us engineers know that if we don't pay we don't work in no cites in my home state.



:goodpost: Pastor Jerry! Yes. :thumb
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I am not reading all the postings but as a former Illinois resident I knew the governor Rod was little goofy in some way but didn't know why now I know why LOL.


Where about in IL are you from? I last lived in Pontiac, but prior to that I mostly lived in the south or southwest suburbs of Chicago. Moved to SW MO 2 1/2 years ago to escape the Chicago-like winters, but down here we've had ice storms the past 2 winters that have not been nice.
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Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081220/ap_ ... or_emanuel

I still think politics is a dirty business to be in, no matter what party their in.


Sadly, politics has been a self-fulfilling prophecy that we born-again Christians have also been guilty in helping to come to fruition.

We say, politics is corrupt and dirty and therefore I will not get involved or run for office. Guess, what? When this happens the corrupt and dirty are all that is left.

Perhaps the born-again Christian should pray, seek God's face and if led run for office and allow God to do his righteous work through that person.

Nah, it's better to put ones head in the sand and "hunker" down! {you are right, my last comment was sarcastic.......sometimes that's the only way to get through to the gray matter)
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People in a political offices, more especially offices such as congressman or president, its not a good place to be if you want to abstain from ALL appearances of evil.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Thess 5:21-22 (KJV)

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Where the worldly are in charge we should expect corruption and evil.

If a Christian feels called into politics then they should follow the will of God. If not, they shouldn't get involved just because they want to.

That said, one of the main reasons politics is so corrupt across the entire country these days is because Christians, who once dominated politics, removed themselves and allowed the unsaved to take control. It seems America Christians became too complacent, things became good and they decided to sit back (the old "eat, drink and be merry" mindset). They thought America was a Christian nation and would remain one so they didn't need to be so involved in things. Even today, with all the wickedness that abounds, the obvious political corruption, the obvious lies of politicians (of both parties), the blatant refusal to abide by the Constitution (which they swore before God and man to uphold), there are yet those American Christians who still think this is a Christian nation and there are good Christians running things. Believe it or not, there are many professing Christians in America who would today say that Bill Clinton GW Bush, McCain and even Obama are good Christians.

We should each seek the will of God in our lives and follow this. For most, I suspect, the will of God will be for us to pursue personal holiness as He has clearly commanded us, to be in earnest prayer for our nation and for the lost, to be busy about His business using whatever gifts and talents He's given us for that purpose.

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      HE SCATTERED THE PROUD AND BLESS ME WITH FAVOR
      O’ THE RICH ARE EMPTY, THE HUNGRY HAVE GOOD THINGS
      FOR THE THRONE OF DAVID WOULD HAVE JESUS THE KING
      BUT BEFORE I DELIVERED THE MAN CHILD OF OLD
      CAESAR WITH TAXES DEMANDED OUR GOLD
      TO THE CITY OF DAVID JOSEPH AND I WENT
      ON A BEAST OF BURDEN OUR STRENGTH NEAR SPEND
      NO ROOM AT An INN, BUT A STABLE WAS FOUND
      WITH STRAW AND DUNG LAID ON THE GROUND
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
                                                  4
      MY MATRIX WAS OPEN IN A PLACE SO PROFANE
      FROM THE GLORY OF GLORIES TO A BEGGAR’S DOMAIN
      SO WE WRAPPED THE CHILD GIVEN TO THE HEATHEN A STRANGER
      NO REPUTATION IS SOUGHT TO BE BORN IN A MANGER
      HIS STAR WAS ABOVE US THE HOST OF HEAVEN DID SING
      FOR SHEPHERDS AND WISE MEN WORSHIP ONLY THE KING
      BUT HEROD THAT DEVIL SOUGHT FOR HIS SOUL
      AND MURDER RACHEL’S CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OLD
      BUT JOSEPH MY HUSBAND WAS WARNED IN A DREAM
      SO WE FLED INTO EGYPT BECAUSE OF HIS SCHEME
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               5
      SO THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE ROCK OF ALL AGES
      GREW UP TO FULFILL THE HOLY PAGES
      HE PREACH WITH AUTHORITY LIKE NONE BEFORE
      PLEASE TRUST HIS WORDS AND NOT THE GREAT WHORE
      HER BLACK ROBE PRIEST FILL THEIR LIPS WITH MY NAME
      WITH BLASPHEMOUS PRAISE, DAMMATION AND SHAME
      THERE ARE NO NAIL PRINTS IN MY HANDS, MY BODY DID NOT ARISE
      NOR, AM A DEMON OF FATIMA FLOATING IN THE SKY
      THERE IS NO DEITY IN MY VEINS FOR ADAM CAME FROM SOD
      FOR I, AM, MOTHER OF THE SON OF MAN NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
      6
      FOR MY SOUL WAS PURCHASED BY GOD UPON THE CROSS
      FOR MY SINS HE DID SUFFER AN UNMEASURABLE COST
      I WILL NOT STEAL HIS GLORY WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD
      ENDURING SPIT AND THORNS PLACED ON HIS HEAD
      YET, IF YOU WISH TO HONOR ME THEN GIVE ME NONE AT ALL
      BUT TRUST THE LAMB WHO STOOL IN PILATE’S HALL
      CALL NOT ON THIS REDEEMED WOMAN IN YOUR TIME OF FEAR
      FOR I WILL NOT GIVE ANSWER NEITHER WILL I HEAR
      AND WHEN THE BOOKS ARE OPEN AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
      I AMEN YOUR DAMNATION THAT TRUST NOT HIM ALONE
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, O’ SINNER TRUST ME NOT

                       WRITTEN BY BRO. WEST
       
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