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      Closed Communion
      James Foley
       
      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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Should we expect better from a dechristianized military that serves a dechristianized government that proudly declares America is NOT a Christian nation?

For lost soldiers on the battlefield it's long been a part of psychological warfare to humiliate the enemy when possible, including the treatment of enemy dead. This is why American soldiers were stripped and drug through the streets in Somalia.

The sad fact is, our military and most of our soldiers are as lost as the Taliban. We shouldn't be so shocked when the lost act like the lost. Without Christ, wickedness prevails.

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John, It still shocks me when stuff like this is done.

Although I realize America is not near as good as most claim, most people will over rate this country patriotism and attack anyone who claims less.

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They should be handed over to the Taliban.



:shootme: A little perspective here... Is doing such a thing beneath the dignity and character of the american military? yes, but the soldiers have been at war and war frequently increases hatred of the other side. They have seen their buddies killed & maimed by those people, and they have been exposed to the culture in that part of the world which is physically filthy, extremely corrupt and dishonest, and pointlessly brutal by american standards(not that america is perfect but the difference is great enough there is quite the culture shock). As a result of such things a number of soldiers end up hating/despising the people over there which leads to things like this on occasion. What does the ememy do to our guys bodies in such situations? Not that justifies anything per se but it certainly leaves the Afghans little room to complain. Things like this should be dealt with at a fairly low level. Those involved should have received a reprimand & or discipline from their commanding officer to enforce more dignified and proper behavior and that should have been that. No need for a media circus. It is a perfectly natural behavior for fallen man to disrespect and defile the bodies of their enemies out of hatred and a desire for vengeance. It is a behavior that should be repressed, but it is not exactly hard to understand or sympathize with.
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I wonder what the other side does that we don't read in the local news? That is not to justify bad behavior, but what our men are facing is mind boggling, and men find different ways to vent and express their anger and frustrations. Let's give our guys a break and realize that perverse atrocities occur on both sides--the difference being ours are aired for all to see. It is a plot to undermine America, even in the eyes of it's own people.

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Extreme maybe but, I don't expect our troops to fall to the ground in tears and lament the loss of their enemy. I guess being retired military I see things a little differently. When this was done in WW II there was no youtube around. You couldn't see what having your buddies insides dripping from your brow might do to a man who is without God.


"And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives." A Few Good Men


"And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:" Deuteronomy 7:2

War isn't what you expected is it?

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Americans, whether servicing in Federal government at Washington elected & or appointed, or in the military, are doing enough by their selves to undermined this country, so that there is no need of a plot.

And those that do such things lets not give them a break, lets punish them to the full extent of the law, showing the world we will not put up with such ugly behavior, & showing those that follow in the ranks if they do such wrongs that they too will be heavily punished.

If we give them a break, playing it down, placing icing on on top of it, trying to make look pretty or disguise, camouflage it, that will only encourage more of that or even worse behavior.

Yes, we will crumble from within, corruption brings down a nation, with no need of plots against her, & yes if there be plots, it will only speed up the process.

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War is a hideous pastime which has been with us since Cain slew Abel. War no matter how it is portrayed in literature, art, and history is not a gentleman's sport. To the elite it is a means to fame and fortune. To those who stay at home while their brother's are cast in harms way as cannon fodder it is a glorious crusade. To those who are forced to participate it is kill or be killed. How dare those who sit at home in safety judge the men they put in harms way.

God bless,
Larry

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Yes, what those marines did was tasteless. Not criminal, but tasteless. I agree with Allen West:

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“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu.



Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors bein

g killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill.



Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?



The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment),



place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their



Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps



Hymn without a teleprompter. As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is __."

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Amazing at the wrongs, sin, people will defend, & in the name of God. Even saying I dare you. Yes, simply amazing.

And there is no reason for such behavior, and because others do it, that still is not a legitimate excuse & does not make it right.

Its never right to do wrong, never!

And its never right to do wrong to bring about right, never.

Defending wrong is just as bad as doing wrong.

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Yes, their intent, & you as well as I know their intent. You just do not do something like this without intent.

I wish it could be proved that this did not happen, that someone did this with photo-chop, or what ever they use to doctor such thing.

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AgredJerry

My mum always said two wrongs don't make a right.

Wrong + wrong = 2 wrongs.



Thank you, I’m glad someone understands this.

Its always amazing to me at the number of people, especially Christians, that will defend, justify something that's totally wrong because they claim others did it, or even worse. Our only measuring stick is Christ, yet even many Christians will measure them self against other Christians, & or even unbelievers trying to make wrong not as bad as it is & or trying to justify wrongs being done. Wow, that also makes havoc of the ‘Golden Rule' as well, Matthew 7:13

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
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War is a hideous pastime which has been with us since Cain slew Abel. War no matter how it is portrayed in literature, art, and history is not a gentleman's sport. To the elite it is a means to fame and fortune. To those who stay at home while their brother's are cast in harms way as cannon fodder it is a glorious crusade. To those who are forced to participate it is kill or be killed. How dare those who sit at home in safety judge the men they put in harms way.

God bless,
Larry

""Amazing at the wrongs, sin, people will defend, & in the name of God. Even saying I dare you. Yes, simply amazing.

And there is no reason for such behavior, and because others do it, that still is not a legitimate excuse & does not make it right.

Its never right to do wrong, never!

And its never right to do wrong to bring about right, never.

Defending wrong is just as bad as doing wrong. ""

I don't see in my short entry that I dared anybody to do or say anything. I also don't read in my short entry that I said that any man involved in this incident was justified in what he did. I have never said that 2 wrongs make a right especially in the above mentioned entry. But one thing I do plead guilty to. I did not judge these men nor will I ever judge these men because that is the domain of my heavenly father not me. He knows their minds and their hearts. . . . I do not. And I do thank the Lord that he has not given such a terrible and awesome task to me or any other man.

God bless,
Larry

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War is a hideous pastime which has been with us since Cain slew Abel. War no matter how it is portrayed in literature, art, and history is not a gentleman's sport. To the elite it is a means to fame and fortune. To those who stay at home while their brother's are cast in harms way as cannon fodder it is a glorious crusade. To those who are forced to participate it is kill or be killed. How dare those who sit at home in safety judge the men they put in harms way.

God bless,
Larry

""Amazing at the wrongs, sin, people will defend, & in the name of God. Even saying I dare you. Yes, simply amazing.

And there is no reason for such behavior, and because others do it, that still is not a legitimate excuse & does not make it right.

Its never right to do wrong, never!

And its never right to do wrong to bring about right, never.

Defending wrong is just as bad as doing wrong. ""

I don't see in my short entry that I dared anybody to do or say anything. I also don't read in my short entry that I said that any man involved in this incident was justified in what he did. I have never said that 2 wrongs make a right especially in the above mentioned entry. But one thing I do plead guilty to. I did not judge these men nor will I ever judge these men because that is the domain of my heavenly father not me. He knows their minds and their hearts. . . . I do not. And I do thank the Lord that he has not given such a terrible and awesome task to me or any other man.

God bless,
Larry


Its quite easy to see what is wrong with this without being there, especially with something like this, but you dare me who sets home in safety to say a word about it.

Oh by the way, I've already served this country, & I have the right to speak out offering my opinion, as do all Americans. So why would you use the word, dare us? That seems as your taking up for the wrong. Edited by Jerry80871852
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This is typicaly fallen human nature and something American soldiers have been a party to from the beginning.

It was common for American soldiers, and American's on the frontier in general, from the colonial period on, to desecrate the dead of their enemies as a form of psychological warfare. Various American Indian tribes held beliefs regarding their dead and the afterlife. American soldiers would often desecrate bodies of dead Indian warriors so those still alive would believe their fallen warriors were now unable to enter the Great Hunting Ground (or whatever the specific tribe called their afterlife).

Scalping was another tactic used to desecrate the dead. In other wars American soldiers would sometimes chop the dead enemy into pieces, gouge out their eyes, desecrate the private areas, etc.

None of this makes such actions as these or what the Marines did to the dead Taliban right, but it's all part of the fallen nature of man and something that's actually common throughout American history. Such is also common throughout the history of most other peoples as well.

Without Christ, lost man is capable of much wickedness and indulges in much wickedness. What American soldiers need is Christ. It's a shame that Christianity has been attacked in the military and Christ and biblical Christianity have been pushed aside as they attempt to push Christ out of the military.

If these men can't be reached with the Gospel then they will die in their sins along with those dead Taliban.

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Yes, what those marines did was tasteless. Not criminal, but tasteless. I agree with Allen West:

"

“I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu.




Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors bein


g killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill.




Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?




The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment),




place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their




Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps




Hymn without a teleprompter. As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is __."





I agree, war and violence can make the best people (believers included) do the worst things, this doesn't make it right, but unless you have been under fire, seen and done what they have done to stay alive, keep their friends alive and protect your right to sit in safety on a couch and watch CNN, then you have no right to stand in judgment. I find it disturbing how so many in America and the world stand in judgment and condemn the soldiers who live and die for the so called rights of others who have never lifted a finger to defend their own rights, never mind the rights and lives of others. War is ugly and never black and white.
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      THEN MY SOUL DID REJOICE IN GOD MY SAVIOR
      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
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      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
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      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
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      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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