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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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Oh, I agree that the Bible is clear when Christ was peeved, as you say.  But not all rebuke comes from being peeved.  When our son was growing up, there were plenty of times we had to rebuke him - and we weren't necessarily peeved.  And if we can rebuke without being angry, I'm sure Christ can - KWIM?

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So it's not rebuke it it's compassionate?

we are all in just of damnation! We are all guilty, when we are saved, we should be humbled by that grace shown to us, and if you can't see yourself in others who are damned, then I wonder where your heart is.
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Tried to quote, but I can't. Grr.  But, huh?  Where did my question indicate that I think anyone is not deserving of damnation?  Why do you wonder where my heart is? Isn't that the kind of thing you accuse IFB of - assuming people are something they might not be?   I'm sorry, but your comment just doesn't make any sense to me...

 

How is looking at "go and sin no more" as a type of rebuke thinking I'm better than someone else (because that is what "not seeing myself" in someone else would indicate...and comparison of myself is not to be done to others, but to Christ...)

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Jeffrey, lets not forget that the Christians on Online Baptist are sinners.  Saved sinners, but nonetheless, sinners.  Jesus Christ was God in the flesh when He was on earth.  He is sinless, unlike human beings.  When we compare ourselves to Jesus, we will always fall short.

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Grasping at straws?  He was dealing with who the verse says He was dealing with.  It is not relevent how He dealt with the pharisees or the lawyers or the scribes or whoever or in what other chapter or whatever verse.  Stay with the problem at hand.

 

God bless,

Larry

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Tried to quote, but I can't. Grr. But, huh? Where did my question indicate that I think anyone is not deserving of damnation? Why do you wonder where my heart is? Isn't that the kind of thing you accuse IFB of - assuming people are something they might not be?


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I have learned not to assume anything about people online.  Most of the time, my assumptions are wrong.   :unsure:  

Lets look at some comments from some people here on OB and tell me if these are loving and I have these wrong. I wont add the names

 

1.welcome! you may be disappointed at times because there are Calvinists, liberals, liberal alcohol drinking Christians, Seventh day Adventists, Palestinian supporting Christians, that are all allowed to post on here also. let me give you a heads up on who's who:

 

Gracesaved: reformed calvinist

Conenanant: reformed Calvinist, pro-Palestinian

Jeffrey: liberal, liquor loving Christian      (Whiskey actually)

kindofblue: liberal, lawyer

 

But there are many of us who truly hold to IFB doctrines and take the KJV Bible literally, and don't twist scripture to fit some man-made, sin loving doctrine

 

I call them like I see them!

 

2.I am hopefully glad that I found a forum for once that is not full of apostates and blasphemers who can't stand to have their sensitive "feelings" shot full of holes by the truth of God, the 1611 King James Bible. I am finding so many forums that excuse sodomites, Catholics, Methodists, Islamic maniacs and other blasphemous cults of man (or "religion" which means to tie back)

 
3. I pray Disney World is blown off the map.
 
4.Which would be your better next door neighbor? A gay person or a Jehovah witness? 
 
5.There's no way a saved man can be friends with a homo. 
 
 I found these in just a few minutes of browsing;,...Kind of hard to show compassion if it's not already in your heart
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Grasping at straws?  He was dealing with who the verse says He was dealing with.  It is not relevent how He dealt with the pharisees or the lawyers or the scribes or whoever or in what other chapter or whatever verse.  Stay with the problem at hand.

 

God bless,

Larry

It's very relevant, Jesus was harsher with the "religious leaders" of the day that was showing no compassion, more concerned with obeying the Law and putting more burdens on the people rather than showing mercy and compassion.

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I would prefer my kids not have friends who live loose....meaning sleeping around with either gender,   But a gay friend would be even a worse example.....because that stuff rubs off.    You are who your friends are.  and kids usually are not yet wise enough to "witness" without being convinced that their friend is "sinful".   More likely they will be convinced that "being gay isn't so bad.  After all, my friend is okay."

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Lets look at some comments from some people here on OB and tell me if these are loving and I have these wrong. I wont add the names

 

1.welcome! you may be disappointed at times because there are Calvinists, liberals, liberal alcohol drinking Christians, Seventh day Adventists, Palestinian supporting Christians, that are all allowed to post on here also. let me give you a heads up on who's who:

 

Gracesaved: reformed calvinist

Conenanant: reformed Calvinist, pro-Palestinian

Jeffrey: liberal, liquor loving Christian      (Whiskey actually)

kindofblue: liberal, lawyer

 

But there are many of us who truly hold to IFB doctrines and take the KJV Bible literally, and don't twist scripture to fit some man-made, sin loving doctrine

 

I call them like I see them!

 

2.I am hopefully glad that I found a forum for once that is not full of apostates and blasphemers who can't stand to have their sensitive "feelings" shot full of holes by the truth of God, the 1611 King James Bible. I am finding so many forums that excuse sodomites, Catholics, Methodists, Islamic maniacs and other blasphemous cults of man (or "religion" which means to tie back)

 
3. I pray Disney World is blown off the map.
 
4.Which would be your better next door neighbor? A gay person or a Jehovah witness? 
 
5.There's no way a saved man can be friends with a homo. 
 
 I found these in just a few minutes of browsing;,...Kind of hard to show compassion if it's not already in your heart

 

 

Jeffrey, I don't know why you posted this to me. 

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Jeffrey,

 

If you notice, each and every one of those quotes you cited were challenged by one or more others on this board. These quotes were not held up as normal and good.

 

There is no doubt every member of this board needs to grow in love and needs to put effort into conveying love in their speech/postings. Along with this comes guarding our mouths, as from our mouths flow words of life and death.

 

This is all a process of growing, maturing, in the Lord; yielding to the Spirit; casting our flesh down and actually applying the Word of God in our lives.

 

All of that said, this isn't something unique to IFBs. This applies to all Christians. We are all a work in progress, all at different stages of maturity. Even for some who may be mature and doing well in some areas, yet may still have areas of weakness, even areas of immaturity. Again, this is common to all who are in Christ, not just those who are IFB.

 

Along with the command to love one another, we are also commanded to obey the Lord in all other matters too. Along with this is the command to view others as better than ourselves and to sacrifice our own preferences, even our liberties, for the sake of a good testimony for the Lord and for the sake of the betterment of our brothers/sisters in Christ. This too comes with maturing in the Lord.

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Jeffrey,

 

The reason Jesus spoke as He did to the Pharisees wasn't because of their observance of the law, but that they were the religious leaders who while looking down on others were guilty of the same things in their hearts. The religious leaders were leading the people astray while wrongfully declaring themselves righteous.

 

Jesus commended the religious leaders for their adherence to the law while rebuking them for neglecting the other matters.

 

We (followers of Christ) are called to surrender to Christ and in so yielding ourselves to Him, obeying the commands of Christ (Jesus said those who love Him are those who keep His commandments) inside and out. In so doing our lives should reflect the love of Christ for others to clearly see.

 

As we abstain from sexual sin, as we avoid being unequally yoked, as we faithfully gather with our brothers/sisters in Christ, as we share the Gospel, we are called to do so out of love for Christ and love for others in Jesus name.

 

This was mentioned above, but it is worth repeating, all of this comes from yielding to Christ as Lord of our lives and considering others better than ourselves so that through love and compassion we are testimonies of the transforming power of Christ in our own lives that others may clearly see.

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I would prefer my kids not have friends who live loose....meaning sleeping around with either gender,   But a gay friend would be even a worse example.....because that stuff rubs off.    You are who your friends are.  and kids usually are not yet wise enough to "witness" without being convinced that their friend is "sinful".   More likely they will be convinced that "being gay isn't so bad.  After all, my friend is okay."

 

My dad always told his children, "You are the company you keep."  When I got in trouble in my teenage and college years, it was b/c I was hanging around with someone who influenced me the wrong way.  My parents both knew this.  When a friend got in trouble in high school or college, my mother would say, "But there for the grace of God, walk you ______."  Those phrases still ring true to me today.  My parents knew what was best for their daughter.  I wasn't mature enough to handle situations in my high school years and even in college.  

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Jeffrey,

 

The reason Jesus spoke as He did to the Pharisees wasn't because of their observance of the law, but that they were the religious leaders who while looking down on others were guilty of the same things in their hearts. The religious leaders were leading the people astray while wrongfully declaring themselves righteous.

 

Jesus commended the religious leaders for their adherence to the law while rebuking them for neglecting the other matters.

But this is the crux of the matter! What did Jesus say:

Mat 9: 10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 

 

 

 

We (followers of Christ) are called to surrender to Christ and in so yielding ourselves to Him, obeying the commands of Christ (Jesus said those who love Him are those who keep His commandments) inside and out. In so doing our lives should reflect the love of Christ for others to clearly see.

 

As we abstain from sexual sin, as we avoid being unequally yoked, as we faithfully gather with our brothers/sisters in Christ, as we share the Gospel, we are called to do so out of love for Christ and love for others in Jesus name.

 

This was mentioned above, but it is worth repeating, all of this comes from yielding to Christ as Lord of our lives and considering others better than ourselves so that through love and compassion we are testimonies of the transforming power of Christ in our own lives that others may clearly see.

I agree with this as long as we keep Christ as our priority and not focus on ourselves, as you pointed out.

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I think the subject here was about Kids , If my 8 year old came to me about another 8 year old that was gay my first thought would be were and how was this child subjected to such ''the bible clearly states one is not born a homosexual' it s what one chooses with lust in their heart '' has this child been abused by someone that is a homosexual, my second thought would be to contact my pastor for his guidance and help for the child.

 

One of my teenage children had friend that they had invited to church, he came every Sunday and every Wednesday for for a while and one Saturday night he tried to kill himself ,that Sunday morning the service was prayer for him because he wasn't expected to live, Praise God '' he recovered , he came to church Sunday morning a week later but he didn't sit with his friends that morning he set on the front roll and during service he got up and went to the alter and begin to cry and it wasn't long before most of the church was there with him. he confessed that he was a homosexual and wanted to end his life because of the sin he had lived in, that morning he trusted Jesus as his Savior and today he's living a normal an full life.

If we raise our children to know right from wrong by the word of God and if they have a friend that's a homosexual the end result will either be departure or Salvation of this person.

 

As an adult Christian we should know what to do when dealing with a homosexual a lost sinner.

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The homosexual, like all other sinners, needs our love and compassion as we share the Gospel with them.

 

One of the main problems with the acceptance of homosexuality as a right and protected status is the promotion of this sin by the government and others. Schools, under the guise of education in general and sex education in particular, not only teach about "safe sex" (which is teaching children/youth how to commit sexual sin with less chance of getting caught or "in trouble") they also teach of the "positive" aspects of homosexuality, bisexuality (which is still homosexuality), and experimenting to find out ones own sexual orientation.

 

While past generations of children and youth may not have even heard of homosexuality until they were much older, today they are taught such early in school. They are also bombarded with pro-homosexual messages through TV and movies. These are messages they hear weekly, in not daily.

 

The Enemy uses all of this to plant seeds of doubt, wondering, lust and so much more. With all of the saturation in the public schools, colleges, and through TV and movies, is it any wonder we hear so many stories of girls having competitions to see who can sleep with the most boys in one night; that youth are experimenting with homosexuality, threesomes, and other perversions?

 

Thanks to the internet, when children/youth hear of these sinful perversions they can do a search online and not only read more about it, they can see pictures and videos to feed their lust and encourage them into outright sin.

 

May the Lord strengthen us to the task of protecting our children from this assault.

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I agree we are to look out for our children, but we are to train them also to look for opputtunities to be witness's and look for ways to share the Gospel. I don't think we can do that by hiding our kids from the world either.

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I agree we are to look out for our children, but we are to train them also to look for opputtunities to be witness's and look for ways to share the Gospel. I don't think we can do that by hiding our kids from the world either.


We should be training for for witnessing opportunities yes, but also as to what sin is and how to avoid it, whether it be lying, stealing, homosexuality, whiskey, whatever, and teach them to separate from it.
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      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
                                               2
      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
                                                  4
      MY MATRIX WAS OPEN IN A PLACE SO PROFANE
      FROM THE GLORY OF GLORIES TO A BEGGAR’S DOMAIN
      SO WE WRAPPED THE CHILD GIVEN TO THE HEATHEN A STRANGER
      NO REPUTATION IS SOUGHT TO BE BORN IN A MANGER
      HIS STAR WAS ABOVE US THE HOST OF HEAVEN DID SING
      FOR SHEPHERDS AND WISE MEN WORSHIP ONLY THE KING
      BUT HEROD THAT DEVIL SOUGHT FOR HIS SOUL
      AND MURDER RACHEL’S CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OLD
      BUT JOSEPH MY HUSBAND WAS WARNED IN A DREAM
      SO WE FLED INTO EGYPT BECAUSE OF HIS SCHEME
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               5
      SO THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE ROCK OF ALL AGES
      GREW UP TO FULFILL THE HOLY PAGES
      HE PREACH WITH AUTHORITY LIKE NONE BEFORE
      PLEASE TRUST HIS WORDS AND NOT THE GREAT WHORE
      HER BLACK ROBE PRIEST FILL THEIR LIPS WITH MY NAME
      WITH BLASPHEMOUS PRAISE, DAMMATION AND SHAME
      THERE ARE NO NAIL PRINTS IN MY HANDS, MY BODY DID NOT ARISE
      NOR, AM A DEMON OF FATIMA FLOATING IN THE SKY
      THERE IS NO DEITY IN MY VEINS FOR ADAM CAME FROM SOD
      FOR I, AM, MOTHER OF THE SON OF MAN NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
      6
      FOR MY SOUL WAS PURCHASED BY GOD UPON THE CROSS
      FOR MY SINS HE DID SUFFER AN UNMEASURABLE COST
      I WILL NOT STEAL HIS GLORY WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD
      ENDURING SPIT AND THORNS PLACED ON HIS HEAD
      YET, IF YOU WISH TO HONOR ME THEN GIVE ME NONE AT ALL
      BUT TRUST THE LAMB WHO STOOL IN PILATE’S HALL
      CALL NOT ON THIS REDEEMED WOMAN IN YOUR TIME OF FEAR
      FOR I WILL NOT GIVE ANSWER NEITHER WILL I HEAR
      AND WHEN THE BOOKS ARE OPEN AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
      I AMEN YOUR DAMNATION THAT TRUST NOT HIM ALONE
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, O’ SINNER TRUST ME NOT

                       WRITTEN BY BRO. WEST
       
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