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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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right but the fact that Jesus was talking to a Samaritan woman at that was scandalous! who was married 5 times, living with number 6

God does place great opportunities in our path for witnessing as we are obedient to His will.  Often we do not even have to look for people to witness to as God is always out in front of us preparing the field so we can sow and He can water.

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God does place great opportunities in our path for witnessing as we are obedient to His will.  Often we do not even have to look for people to witness to as God is always out in front of us preparing the field so we can sow and He can water.

Good point, we need to be prayerful to look for those opportunities during our day, they are out there, we need to be looking for them

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Without losing sight of the fact that these people are sinners in need of salvation, I would point out that the Bible does warn against closeness with those in sin.

That is why I suggested we may need two words for "friend".

Your true friends should be men and women of faith in Christ.
Your true friends should not be those who are living in blatant sin (whilst allowing that no man here on earth is perfect).

But Paul's teaching as noted above means that we need to share the Gospel in the most effective way according to the person we are witnessing to.
In some cases this may necessitate forming a (distanced) relationship with them.
This is not the same sort of friendship, but rather, being genuinely friendly towards them for the purpose of reaching them for Christ.
This in no way means you condone or accept sinful lifestyles and activities, and certainly not joining in sinful activities.

If they steadfastly refuse the Gospel, then write it off as a sowing time, and leave it to the Lord to bring another to reap. The (lesser) friendship ends here.

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World English Dictionary
friend  (frɛnd)   n 1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate 2. an acquaintance or associate 3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter 4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc 5. a patron or supporter: a friend of the opera 6. be friends  to be friendly (with) 7. make friends  to become friendly (with)

 

Just so you know my definition of a friend.   Only #1 above fits my definition of a friend.

All the other definitions could become a friend but their place in a persons life does not make them a friend by my definition.  Just being #2 thru #7 requires no closeness or trust.  A friend is one you can trust with you or anything of yours including your possesions or the members of your family.  I don't know who said it but: "A true friend is hard to find."

 

If my definition does not fit the world's debinition, so be it.  :mellow:

 

God bless,

Larry

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World English Dictionary
friend  (frɛnd)   — n 1. a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate 2. an acquaintance or associate 3. an ally in a fight or cause; supporter 4. a fellow member of a party, society, etc 5. a patron or supporter: a friend of the opera 6. be friends  to be friendly (with) 7. make friends  to become friendly (with)

 

Just so you know my definition of a friend.   Only #1 above fits my definition of a friend.

All the other definitions could become a friend but their place in a persons life does not make them a friend by my definition.  Just being #2 thru #7 requires no closeness or trust.  A friend is one you can trust with you or anything of yours including your possesions or the members of your family.  I don't know who said it but: "A true friend is hard to find."

 

If my definition does not fit the world's debinition, so be it.  :mellow:

 

God bless,

Larry

 

And yet Jesus was a friend to sinners, was He worldly?

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I'm not debating the fact that Jesus Christ ate with publicans and sinners; however, there is one point about this that people seem to miss. Yes, the Lord did spend time with them; however, please notice why...

 

Mark 2:15
And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
 
They were following Christ.
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We have peoples opinions and their own viewpoints, and then we have the Word of God which tells us not to be unequally yoked, that bad company corrupts, that we are not to be entangled with the world, that those we are close to are to be Christians. Scripture also informs us that God's ways are above our ways and we are called to obey God.

 

Should we obey God and trust Him with the outcome or should we do what we feel?

 

Where is "Jesus friend of sinners" in Scripture? Even an internet search for such turns up a Casting Crowns song, not a Bible verse.

 

As mentioned above, some of the lost sought out Jesus and He shared the Gospel with them. He didn't make sinners His friends, He didn't pal around with sinners. According to Scripture, Jesus' closest friends were Peter, James and John.

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I guess I am strange but I find it very difficult to trust a person who I know beyond a doubt is a self admitted or obvious liar, thief, murderer, drunkard, adulterer, or homosexual.  I can be an aquaintance of such a person, but I cannot be a friend.  Trust is required in a friendship.  :umno:

God bless,

Larry

 

Amen, Pilgrim!  I believe you hit the nail on the head.  I do not make the unsaved my friends.  They are aquaintances.  Facebook calls them "friends" but I call them "aquaintances" as I am planting seeds to them on my Timeline, hoping they are led to Christ as Jesus does the saving not me.  This was mentioned in a post above.  I will say I believe unsaved family is a whole different thing.  I am a witness and a testimony to them.  Although, none of my family members are homosexuals.  They are lost sinners.  I DO NOT share in their sinful lifestyle.  

Back to the OP.  My son does not have any homosexual friends.  My hair stylist is a homosexual, though.  However, he is an aquaintance of mine, not a friend.  I am currently reading a book on how to witness to homosexuals.  He believes in God, but is caught up in the sin of homosexuality and doesn't know how to be saved.  I also believe it is easier for me, as a woman, to witness to this man.  

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I came to faith by a stranger who gave me a gospel tract, whom I did not have a conversation with and never saw again. So there does not seem to be any solid proof that most people come to faith by someone they know. We cannot know the true statistics.

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I was being spiritually drawn in 1997.  I was a single mom, at that time.  A friend shared the gospel with me.  This friend, from grade school, was a wild one his whole life.  I could see a huge change in him.  He told me that Jesus transformed his life and that he was a child of God now.  He witnessed to me, we read the Bible, and had me do the sinner's prayer.  I thought I was saved in 1998.  My MIL saw that I had an interest in spiritual things in 1999.  I told her that I was saved, though.  She began to share the word of God with me, as she thought I wasn't grounded in God's word.  I was studying the word of God with this friend from grade school. 

Anyway, I was taking courses to get my master's degree that summer.  My ex husband was no where to be found.  He was out west somewhere with his brother.  I was in a bind that week, as I had no one to watch my son and I needed to take my courses for my degree.  I asked a neighbor, across the street from me, if she could watch my son one night.  She had two boys, at the time, whom my son was friends with.  She told me that her boys were going to VBS at the little church in town, which was my IFB church (the old building).  She explained what VBS was.  I told her "yes."  I said, that my son needed a little religion.  He was 7.  He went to VBS for the week.  He loved it!  He talked about a man named Mr. Joe who was the Sunday School director and was also in charge of VBS.  I took all the boys, one night, and met Mr. Joe (my husband) on the stairwell on a Wednesday night.  In October of 1999, the church had a missions conference.  My MIL invited me.  I went to morning service.  My son was with his dad that weekend.  My church had a fellowship afterwards.  My husband and I just happened to sit at the same table together.  We started talking.  We had our first date, a month later, and married in November of 2000.  We have been married for over twelve years.  

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We have gay friends.  My children are friends with their children.  We love and befriend those in our circles of influence.  We have gay friends, straight friends, Christian friends, pagan friends, and friends with no known religious affiliation.   We let the love of CHrist shine through our lives, and love them as we love everyone we come into contact with.  Being human, our love is not perfect, but God commands us to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.  This command did not say love your neighbor.....unless they are gay and then you can't be their friend.

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My post isn't about what the OP asked to talk about.  It is part of my testimony.  Although, this thread has already been hijacked anyway.  LOL  I was already friends with this man, since grade school.  We just connected again.  Also, there was no romantic involvement, either.  Just so you all know.  ;)  He friended me and shared the gospel with me.  He knew I wasn't saved.  He is a Baptist, not IFB.  Had he not friended me, I might not be saved today.  I think GS, Jeffrey and KOB have a point in their posts.

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I guess the word "friend" means something different to different people. Jesus drew sinners unto himself. That's why they followed him.  He not only drew them, but he sought them out.  Luke 19:10  (And I'm not suggesting we go to bars as mentioned in above posts).  And he used his time with them to teach about salvation.  How do we seek and draw people when we're in our own little groups?  What is it about us that the lost would want to have part of if we don't let them in our lives to some extent and gain their trust?  1 cor 10:27

 

Unequally yoked means not to form unions or be bound to unbelievers.  We should not be controlled by what they are or embrace their beliefs or head into their direction.  It doesn't mean we can't have a friendship. The command not to be unequally yoked was given to prohibit close relationships with nonbelievers where camaraderie was the highest goal.

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If a person doesn't have a bond with a "friend" then they really aren't friends.

 

The worldly views and lives all those professing Christians I know of who hold to the "we can be friends with sinners" and "there's nothing wrong with our children having lost friends" gives clear example as to why Scripture makes it clear such isn't right.

 

Scripture is more than clear that our close associations should only be with other believers and warns of the consequences of bonding with the lost.

 

God leaves the choice up to us as to whether or not we will obey Him or do our own thing. We can walk in obedience to His Word or we can choose to do as we please and walk in sin.

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Where is "Jesus friend of sinners" in Scripture? Even an internet search for such turns up a Casting Crowns song, not a Bible verse.

 

Actually, it is found twice in scripture (Matthew 11:19 and Luke 7:34)...however, it's said by those who were opposed to Christ and wanted to discredit him...those who hated Christ accused him of being a friend of publicans and sinners.

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Indeed, that's the lost casting false accusations against Christ. Scripture doesn't say that Jesus WAS a friend of sinners. It's only recorded that those against Him made such an accusation.

 

Unfortunately many today take this to mean Jesus was actually friends with sinners and even some pastors declare from their pulpit that Jesus was always hanging out with and being buddies with sinners. So many today embrace this without even a thought and they plunge further into the world.

 

Professing Christians point to this as why they go to bars with their lost friends, attend secular rock concerts, go to raunchy movies, cuss, dress like the lost, etc.

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I am astonished by those who say we should not have a "bond" or friendship with those who do not know Christ.  How can we "love our neighbor as ourselves" if we do not form a friendship?  We can't.

 

I'm not saying a Christian should go "hang out" with non believers in situations where they are tempted or in which they are asked to violate what they believe.  I'm saying we should go to their house for dinner if invited.  We should welcome them into our homes for dinner.  I we learn a friend fall ill, we should care for them and take them food, learn their concerns and help address those concerns.  If a friend, lost or saved, loses someone close to them (that includes a gay partner), I will be there to comfort them and learn about their needs and how I might fill those needs.  That is showing that love of Christ.  It is only when we love do we earn the right to share our beliefs with them.  If we do not show love in our actions, they will not listen.  We are to genuinely care for people..  That is being a friend.  And yes, we will form emotional bonds with our friends.  That isn't being unequally yoked.  that would involve some sort of legal contract.  

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If a person doesn't have a bond with a "friend" then they really aren't friends.

 

The worldly views and lives all those professing Christians I know of who hold to the "we can be friends with sinners" and "there's nothing wrong with our children having lost friends" gives clear example as to why Scripture makes it clear such isn't right.

 

Scripture is more than clear that our close associations should only be with other believers and warns of the consequences of bonding with the lost.

 

God leaves the choice up to us as to whether or not we will obey Him or do our own thing. We can walk in obedience to His Word or we can choose to do as we please and walk in sin.

So if an unsaved "friend" invited you to enjoy dinner with him, would you decline the invitation because you wouldn't want to bond with him?  Wouldn't it be a good opportunity to share your faith?

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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
                                              3
      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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