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

      INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

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

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

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

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

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paradise And Abraham's Bosom


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Some teach that Paradise is a separate place than heaven, or the Kingdom of God and or the Kingdom of Heaven.  Some say that Paradise and Abraham's Bosom are the same and are in the earth filled with the saved from the Old Testament.  There are many variations of this taught.

 

Hearing another version, or rather, reading another version presented today I did a word search in my King James Bible and came up with these several verses:

 

"There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and JacOB, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out." - Luke 13:28

 

"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;" - Luke 16:22
 
"And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom." - Luke 16:23
 
"I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
 
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
 
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." - 2 Corinthians 12:2-4

 

In Luke 13 we learn that Abraham is in the kingdom of God.  We learn in Luke 16 that the rich man in hell looked up and saw Lazarus in Abraham's bosom.  We learn in 2 Corinthians 12 that the third heaven is up, not down and that the third heaven is paradise.  Therefore paradise is not hades or under the earth, it is synonymous with the kingdom of God.  Abraham's bosom is not a place like heaven, it's just being drawn close or embraced by Abraham.

 

As an aside, we also learn that it's unlawful for a man to utter what he heard from heaven, save for what the Holy Ghost has written in the Bible.  Such at the very least discredits those like the little boy who claim to have been in heaven and returned.

 

I was going to ask why they do this but we already know don't we?

 

What say you folks?

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I say that the reference you quoted from Luke 13 is prophetic in nature, and not yet fulfilled.  Abraham will certainly be in the Kingdom of God when the Lord returns to establish that Kingdom on this earth.   THis is the national resurrection of Israel, as described in Ezekiel 37.  There will be many Jews who THINK they are going into the Kingdom, and will even see many of the OT saints resurrected and entering into that Kingdom, but they will be thrust out. 

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Hmm, but doesn't then Luke 16 place Abraham already up there at the time of Lazarus' death?  

 

For brevity I left out that some teach that paradise or Abraham's bosom move around.

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When the Lord told the thief on the cross that today, thou shalt be with me in paradise, where did the thief go?

 

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
 
They went into the heart of the earth. Paradise was emptied, and moved to heaven; therefore, the paradise that was once in the heart of the earth is now in heaven, and heaven is now referred to as Paradise.
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Luke 16 does not say "up" or "down."  It states that he went to Abraham's bosom - not Heaven, not up, not down.

Wherever this place is, it is in close proximity to Hell, because the rich man in hell could see Lazarus. 

So then, is Hell in close proximity to Heaven?  Can people in Heaven see people in Hell, and vice-versa?

 

I say, "No." 

The gentlemen above gave Scriptures that would explain why.

 

In Christ,

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Luke 16 does not say "up" or "down."  

 

In Luke 16:23 the rich man had to look up.  So paradise was higher than hell.  Being in the spirit and not physical world, I wonder what distance "afar off" means?  But it doesn't matter as Matthew 12:40 completes it.  Thanks!

 

 

When the Lord told the thief on the cross that today, thou shalt be with me in paradise, where did the thief go?

 

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
 
They went into the heart of the earth. Paradise was emptied, and moved to heaven; therefore, the paradise that was once in the heart of the earth is now in heaven, and heaven is now referred to as Paradise.

 

 

That's the verse I was missing to answer the question of paradise.  Which begs another:  Why was paradise in the earth and not in heaven already?

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In Luke 16:23 the rich man had to look up.  So paradise was higher than hell.  Being in the spirit and not physical world, I wonder what distance "afar off" means?  But it doesn't matter as Matthew 12:40 completes it.  Thanks!

 

 

That's the verse I was missing to answer the question of paradise.  Which begs another:  Why was paradise in the earth and not in heaven already?

 

Because Christ had not yet ascended up on high? To fulfill Psalm 68:18?

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Abraham's bosom was a temporary "holding place" for OT saints, because the only sacrifice for sins the OT saints had was animal sacrifices as prescribed by the Law, and even before the Law.  The final sacrifice was not paid until the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for ALL sins.  It was at this point that the OT saints were "released" from Abraham's bosom, and taken to the 3rd Heaven.

 

References:

Heb. 9:11-28 - the blood of Christ

Matt. 27:52 - OT saints resurrected 

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Abraham's bosom was a temporary "holding place" for OT saints, because the only sacrifice for sins the OT saints had was animal sacrifices as prescribed by the Law, and even before the Law.  The final sacrifice was not paid until the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for ALL sins.  It was at this point that the OT saints were "released" from Abraham's bosom, and taken to the 3rd Heaven.

 

References:

Heb. 9:11-28 - the blood of Christ

Matt. 27:52 - OT saints resurrected 

 

Not to be nit-picky, but the OT saints could not ascend to heaven until Jesus rose from the dead and sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat in heaven. That is why the scriptures say if Jesus is not raised, we are yet in our sins. 

 

1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

 

It is not enough that Jesus died for our sins, he had to also rise and sprinkle his blood on the mercy seat in heaven for our sins to be forgiven. This is what I believe the OT saints had to wait in Abraham's bosom for. Once Jesus sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat, our sins were atoned for, and now believers could be taken to heaven. I believe Jesus descended into Abraham's bosom, gave the OT saints the gift of the Holy Spirit, and then led them to heaven. Now paradise and the tree of life is in heaven as shown in Revelation 22:2. 

 

Gal 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
 
Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
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Not to be nit-picky, but the OT saints could not ascend to heaven until Jesus rose from the dead and sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat in heaven. That is why the scriptures say if Jesus is not raised, we are yet in our sins. 

 

1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

 

It is not enough that Jesus died for our sins, he had to also rise and sprinkle his blood on the mercy seat in heaven for our sins to be forgiven. This is what I believe the OT saints had to wait in Abraham's bosom for. Once Jesus sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat, our sins were atoned for, and now believers could be taken to heaven. I believe Jesus descended into Abraham's bosom, gave the OT saints the gift of the Holy Spirit, and then led them to heaven. Now paradise and the tree of life is in heaven as shown in Revelation 22:2. 

 

Gal 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
 
Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

This is the way I've come to believe it. The old testaments couldn't go into the presence of God without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins. So, they waited...until Christ fulfilled the the "once for all" and the gospel message was complete. I believe Christ delivered the gospel to the O.T. Saints while in the earth 3 days and those who believed were immediately in heaven.

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This is the way I've come to believe it. The old testaments couldn't go into the presence of God without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for their sins. So, they waited...until Christ fulfilled the the "once for all" and the gospel message was complete. I believe Christ delivered the gospel to the O.T. Saints while in the earth 3 days and those who believed were immediately in heaven.

 

That might be possible, but 1 Corinthians 15 teaches that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is vain and we are yet in our sins. Why? Because Jesus had to enter the Holy of Holies in heaven with his own blood and sprinkle it on the mercy seat for our sins to be forgiven. 

 

Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having OBtained eternal redemption for us.
 
Until Jesus sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat in heaven, we were not redeemed. Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. 
 
Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
 
So, it is not enough that Jesus died for us, he also HAD to rise from the dead for us to be saved. 
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Abraham's Bosom was, actually, ABRAHAM'S BOSOM. in other words, the beggar Lazarus was comforted in the literal bosom, or embrace, of Abraham. Abraham happened to be in Paradise, which was, as has been said before, a separate place from Heaven, as none could yet ascend to Heaven until mankind was redeemed. Jesus went and preached to the spirits in prison, which would be Paradise, because none can go to heaven except they know Christ. Not even Abraham.

 Now, as for Elijah and Enoch, they seem to be different, perhaps a picture of the believers' experience? Both assuemed bodily into Heaven? For what purpose, the Bible doesn't say, and while we can speculate all we like, we'll never know this side of glory, for the hidden things belong to the Lord.

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That might be possible, but 1 Corinthians 15 teaches that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is vain and we are yet in our sins. Why? Because Jesus had to enter the Holy of Holies in heaven with his own blood and sprinkle it on the mercy seat for our sins to be forgiven. 

 

Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having OBtained eternal redemption for us.
 
Until Jesus sprinkled his blood on the mercy seat in heaven, we were not redeemed. Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. 
 
Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
 
So, it is not enough that Jesus died for us, he also HAD to rise from the dead for us to be saved. 

 

Cross out that "immediately" in my prior post. The rest of it and what you said prior to that post I was in agreement with. Yes, Jesus did have to rise from the dead and ascend into heaven for the Gospel to be complete but, when he "led captivity captive" those that believed what he preached to them were moved from Abraham's bosom into heaven with my Savior, Jesus Christ...and so shall they ever be.

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I don't see any verse in the Bible that says Lazarus was in Paradise with the rich man crying out for a drop of water.  I see he was in Abram's Bosom, separate from Hell, separate from Paradise .... nothing more, nothing less.

True, the Bible doesn't call it paradise. Agreed. But was this Abraham's Bosom, or Abraham's bosom, not the name of the location, but of the place of comfort, literally, the bosom, or embrace of Abraham. After all, we see it was Abraham speaking on behalf of Lazarus to the rich man. As well, the rich man could see Abraham and Lazarus, and Abraham could see and speak with the rich man, meaning Lazarus could see and hear him, I would assume, a safe assumption.

 

We DO know wherever it was,it was a place of comfort, a place where Abraham was, a place where the angels took him.

 

As well, as was mentioned above, the thief on the cros was told by Jesus that he would be with him in paradise that very day, yet Jesus still had to preach to the  lost and fulfill His three days in the grave ebfore he would axscend and complete the sacrifice. So it is safe to again assume that the Paradise jesus spoke of wasn't Heaven, but a temporary place, where the thief met with Jesus, Jesus preached and led them out.

 

Yes, there is assumptions in all this-its not clearly spelled out in any one verse, but that's how we read and understand the Bible-by taking it as a whole and putting things together when they fit properly and this all fits quite well.

 

But as always, there's always room for discussion and I don't claim perfect understanding, as I think few here would.

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      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
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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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