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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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But I still worked, overtime if necessary, to earn my living so as not to burden any of the brethren. After my ordination, I continued working as well as pastoring my flock so as not to be chargeable to them, nor to burden them.


Just curious here, Why did you have an ordination and in which congregation was this?
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Why not an ordination? I answered the call to the ministry, was proven behind the pulpit and in the field. The ordination is a state requirement if one wants to officiate in marriages and funerals.

The ordination also opened doors for me to minister in prisons once a month, which I did in both the state of Virginia (Lorton Correctional Facility, Prince William County Jail) and North Carolina (Asheboro Correctional Facility, Randleman City Jail). Without legal paperwork, I was unable to minister in the Virginia Correction Systems because of my status as a convicted felon in the state of Virginia. But because of my ordination, and God's moving mountains out of the way, I was able to minister in those facility's for many years.

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I don't think anyone is saying that you were wrong, SFIC, for working while you ministered. I know many pastors have to do that. However, we ARE saying it is wrong for you to condemn pastors who are supported by their churches, since there is Biblical basis for it. It costs a lot to live in some areas. Around here, many people are required to work Sundays or they lose their jobs, or they work long hours and barely have time to do their church ministries, let alone be the pastor.

Sometimes I think it would be NICE if we were "regular people" with "regular jobs" and just had to show up on Sunday like everyone else, you know? But God didn't call us to that. God called us here FULL TIME. We live, work, eat, sleep on church property. I do work a job to help the family because it is very expensive to live here, especially to provide the kids with Christian schooling. If it weren't for the parsonage, we wouldn't even be able to afford to LIVE here, most likely, because of the amount of hours and type of job it would require to be able to afford the $300,000 homes here (that's a regular family home in a regular neighborhood, nothing fancy.)

It is not your job to tell others what God called them to do, and what God did not call them to do. Great job for how you life your life, its how God called you, evidently. Well...God calls other people to be paid full time in their church. If you are not jealous or bitter over that, then there should be no reason for it to upset you, because there is Biblical basis for it. Paul himself shows that some can work, but some are supported by the church....both options can be okay depending on God's calling in your life.

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I followed Paul's example and instruction to Church leaders.

In view of how Paul lived and told the leaders of the Church to work for their living, (and how Paul said taking a wage would be a hinderance for the Gospel) I cannot see how one can say that God wants them to expect the congregation to pay for their living.

Even in 1 Timothy, where we see Paul referring to the Old Testament (thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth the corn) we see the ox working for his living. The one working the ox is not to muzzle the ox, or prevent him from using his own strength to obtain his food.

Likewise, the congregation is not to prevent the Church leader from working for his own food.

The laborer worthy of double honour has nothing whatsoever to do with salary. It is speaking of rewards. Reward the pastor when the Spirit so leads, whether it be with food or money.

But there is no Scriptural basis for a Church leader taking a salary from his congregation.

What God has called others to do is written in His Holy Word. Many just don't like that guideline and would rather do things their own way.

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The OP did a great job of showing the Scriptural backing for a pastor's salary. Read it again, and agree to disagree if you like. Its not "our own way", its God's way.

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I have read it, and disagree. Especially in light of the fact that Paul instructed the elders/overseers of the Church to work with their hands so that they are chargeable to no man.

Calvary has taken those verses he used out of context. Paul was consistent in his teaching that the overseers of the Church were to work with their hands.

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We are now on 107 posts and still going nowhere. Lets get all churches to stop paying the Pastors, the missionaries, etc and make them all go out and get jobs. At least it will kill the prosperity preachers, boost the economy - oh wait - the economy is down the creek without a paddle, so these pastors won't even get work and if they do they'll be taking our jobs!

Lets get them to work 5/6 days a week, do visitations after work, prepare sermons when they finish visitations and mid week meetings and then preach on Sunday and during all this WORK let them ignore their families and then start over on Monday - a few months of this and most pastors will be chewing their wrists, giving up preaching all together or end up divorced, I say most except for the heroes of the faith like SFIC and Paul, because the rest of us lying thieving BEGGARS who don't deserve to be called servants of Christ.

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For one to conclude that Paul's statement that elders are worthy of double honour means the elder is to receive a salary is not a good conclusion at all. That is, unless one thinks servants should pay their masters a salary for making them work.

The same word "time" that is translated "honour" in 1 Timothy 5 is also used in 1 Timothy 6:1

Now I'm curious, you that have jobs and believe a pastor is supposed to receive a salary... do you pay your boss a salary for putting you to work? Where's the consistency?

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We are now on 107 posts and still going nowhere. Lets get all churches to stop paying the Pastors, the missionaries, etc and make them all go out and get jobs. At least it will kill the prosperity preachers, boost the economy - oh wait - the economy is down the creek without a paddle, so these pastors won't even get work and if they do they'll be taking our jobs!

Lets get them to work 5/6 days a week, do visitations after work, prepare sermons when they finish visitations and mid week meetings and then preach on Sunday and during all this WORK let them ignore their families and then start over on Monday - a few months of this and most pastors will be chewing their wrists, giving up preaching all together or end up divorced, I say most except for the heroes of the faith like SFIC and Paul, because the rest of us lying thieving BEGGARS who don't deserve to be called servants of Christ.
The Apostle Paul told them to work with their hands so your argument is with him and the Word of God, not with me.
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The Apostle Paul told them to work with their hands so your argument is with him and the Word of God, not with me.


Wasn't arguing, just making facetious remarks. Learn't long ago that there is no point arguing with a zealot.
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Here are a couple passages to think about:
Php 4:13-17
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

In this passage, Paul is thanking them for the gift of money that they sent and is asking for more support that they may gain more fruit.

2Co 9:1-7
For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Paul is telling the churches in this passage to have their offerings ready that they promised. He tells the churches of Macedonia that he is sending people to pick up their offering and that they should make sure they have given, otherwise Pauls boasting of them would be in vain.

Now, I agree with SFIC that there are no places in Scripture for missionaries to go "begging" for money. I have had many missionaries and Evangelists in my home and can honestly say that very few were "begging" and my churches have never supported them. I used to throw away letters that were begging for money.

I have worked while pastoring and any pastor not willing to work while pastoring is not in the ministry for ministry. Colleges today are teaching pastors not to go to churches unless they can be "fully" supported. Church planters won't go to a community unless they have 5 years of support. Quite frankly it is a disgrace. But to say that a pastor should not receive a salary is completely UnScriptural.

Let's look at 1 more passage:
1Ti 5:17-18
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Paul is telling Timothy (A Pastor) and his church that a pastor who rules well is worth of double honour. What is double honour, Respect and Compensation.

Standing Firm,
I am asking for you now to give a Biblical basis for your position. It's easy just to say you don't agree. Show us your Scriptural convictions, rather than just your personal preference on this issue.

Thanks
Pastor J

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I have read it, and disagree. Especially in light of the fact that Paul instructed the elders/overseers of the Church to work with their hands so that they are chargeable to no man.

Calvary has taken those verses he used out of context. Paul was consistent in his teaching that the overseers of the Church were to work with their hands.


That application was line upon line. There was more context there than you can handle. I have said repeatedly, if you feel that you should deprive the church of what your own pet commentaries say is their duty to the pastor so be it. If you want to follow Paul's patten in the Corinthian church, fine. So be it. But do not hold up Paul's dealing with that church as a biblical norm. You sir, do great damage to sound exegesis. In fact, I wonder that you can even read with any comprehension at all after reading your posts. You are unstable in your demands for context. You quote Matthew 10 and demand the man of God go forth, taking no script, yet you wear shoes. You do not heal lepers, raise the dead or cast out demons yet you stand and declare that we should take no script. Typical cultish behaviour. Quote partial verses, build doctrines upon snippets of the word of God and then dig in your heels when called on it by citing extra biblical authorities. You are no better than a false Jehovah's Witness. You are a grade A hack. And I say that with charity.

Double honor is exactly what millions of christians for centuries have thought it is - more than fair treatment of the pastor. Your pet theories will not change that. In 1 Ti 5:3 Paul says that widows are worthy of honor. The context is in fact about how to treat people in the church. A widow who is a widow in truth will be cared for by the church. The word HONOR there is talking of nothing less than the financial care for her. Following the context of how to treat people in the church, Paul gets to the pastor. DOUBLE HONOR. If a widow is worthy of hepl, the apstor DOUBLE. Too bad SFIC that you cannot read in context or you would have seen that 1 Timothy 5 is talking about the care of a pastor.

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Read Philippians 4 again PastorJ. Paul is not asking for money at all. And what the saints at Philipi sent was not salary, but a gift. At least you got part of it right.

1 Corinthians 9 is about ministering to the saints, not paying a pastor. Paul is sending for the bounty, he is not the pastor of the Church at Corinth. Again, no argument for paid pastors.

PastorJ, I have given ample references. Acts 20, 2 Thessalonians 1, et al..

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Paul is not writing to businesses, he is writing to a Pastor. Philippians is most definitely dealing with money. He says that they communicated with him concerning giving.

Let's see your Scriptural argument, not just 2 verses. Explain your passages. Post them and explain them as Calvary and I have done.

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Why not an ordination? I answered the call to the ministry, was proven behind the pulpit and in the field. The ordination is a state requirement if one wants to officiate in marriages and funerals.

The ordination also opened doors for me to minister in prisons once a month, which I did in both the state of Virginia (Lorton Correctional Facility, Prince William County Jail) and North Carolina (Asheboro Correctional Facility, Randleman City Jail). Without legal paperwork, I was unable to minister in the Virginia Correction Systems because of my status as a convicted felon in the state of Virginia. But because of my ordination, and God's moving mountains out of the way, I was able to minister in those facility's for many years.


The only ones in the Bible that I see that's ordained is the pastor, deacon, & the missionary that's sent.

As for speaking at a funeral service, if a family member ask you to, that is all it takes. Even a family member can speak at such a service.

As for marring someone, in my state if your local church will issue you a license to preach, you can go to the court house & register it, & them you can legally marry someone.
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Standing Firm in Christ, I just don't get it, where you claim its wrong to pay the pastor. Your argument comes up way short, for that's exactly what the verses means that have been bought up, & there is nothing wrong with a pastor of a church also holding down a secular job, for there's several churches that cannot afford to pay full wages. There is not one thing wrong with the, what we call, full time, or part time pastor, & nothing wrong with the full time pastor accepting a salary.

I have found that most small churches that cannot pay full wages, cheerfully pay what they can, & usually it is enough. And most of them's expatriation is that at times they may not be available & or he will have to have to do pastor duties after working hours.

I do think some churches over pay their full time pastor & these pastor live way to high off of our Lord. Of course some of them will take care of that without our knowledge, by placing much of his pay back into that local church. Yet, by how some of them live, its easy to tell they love the high life of materialism.

Of course here in America we have become a greedy people, & many think its not robbing God to have an easy hight standard of living having much material wealth at the expense of God.

And for most people being a pastor is just like choosing to be a fireman, policeman, lawyer, doctor, & or other professions, & one that has very good benefits & a easy living.

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The only ones in the Bible that I see that's ordained is the pastor, deacon, & the missionary that's sent.

As for speaking at a funeral service, if a family member ask you to, that is all it takes. Even a family member can speak at such a service.

As for marring someone, in my state if your local church will issue you a license to preach, you can go to the court house & register it, & them you can legally marry someone.
But a family member cannot officiate at a funeral if he is not recognized by the state as an ordained minister of the Gospel.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court in my hometown informed me that for a marriage to be recognized the officiating minister had to be ordained.
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      Seeing it is Christ----mas time and I was answering question on Luke 2:33 concerning Jesus, Mary and Joseph . I thought it would be fitting to display a poem i wrote concerning the matter.
      SCRIPTURAL MARY

      I WALK NOT ON WATER NOR CHANGE IT TO WINE
      SO HEARKEN O’ SINNER TO THIS STORY OF MINE
      I, AM A DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM SINNER BY BIRTH
      A HAND MAID OF LOW ESTATE USED HERE ON EARTH
      MY HAIR IS NOT GENTILE BLOND, I HAVE NOT EYES OF BLUE
      A MOTHER OF MANY CHILDREN A DAUGHTER OF A JEW
      FOR JOSEPH MY HUSBAND DID HONOUR OUR BED
      TO FATHER OUR CHILDREN WHO NOW ARE ALL DEAD
      BUT I SPEAK NOT OF THESE WHO I LOVED SO WELL
      BUT OF THE FIRST BORN WHICH SAVED ME FROM HELL
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
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      WHEN I WAS A VIRGIN UNKNOWN BY MAN
      THE ANGEL OF GOD SPOKE OF GOD’S PLAN
      FOR I HAD BEEN CHOSEN A FAVOUR VESSEL OF CLAY
      TO BARE THE SON OF THE HIGHEST BY AN UNUSUAL WAY
      FOR THE SCRIPTURE FORETOLD OF WHAT WAS TO BE
      SO MY WOMB GOD FILLED WHEN HE OVER SHADOW ME
      BUT THE LAW OF MOSES DID DEMAND MY LIFE
      WOULD JOSEPH MY BETROTHED MAKE ME HIS WIFE
      I THOUGHT ON THESE THINGS WITH SO NEEDLESS FEARS
      BUT A DREAM HE RECEIVED ENDED ALL FEARS
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
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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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