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

      INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

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

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

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

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

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I will ask a question in another post as you recommend here:

Genevanpreacher,

I think it is best if we continue on with our current subject and discuss the issues you mentioned in another post.

Alan

​Thank you for putting up with my questioning of your comments. I appreciate not being blocked.

Anyone reading this subject will at least see that I, and a few others, do not follow the 'normal' teachings of modern churchianity, that lead to 'entertainment of the mind', rather than the preciseness of the scriptures themselves.

I know you will totally disagree with me, and I guess that does not matter in the least, for God teaches every man, as his ability to learn allows him.

God bless the remnant that are left, to have eyes to see, and ears to hear, and may he silence the teachings of fools, for as he said, few there be that find it.

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I do not mind one bit at all if a person calls me a fool for believing, preaching, and teaching the correct doctrines of the scriptures.

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I don't know what has happened with the quoting in this post, but I  cant seem to fix it.

The post actually quoted in the above mess (edit: this is not how it displayed in the preview - the quote should be GP's last) is offensive, calling Alan a "follower of churchianity" and the like.

It is trying discredit Alan by the use of such phrases.

This is a personal attack with an attempt to be sly about it, and is yet another example of a total lack of respect shown by several in this thread. 

Trying to derail the thread from its purpose by attacking the author's credibility.

 

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I don't know what has happened with the quoting in this post, but I  cant seem to fix it.

The post actually quoted in the above mess (edit: this is not how it displayed in the preview - the quote should be GP's last) is offensive, calling Alan a "follower of churchianity" and the like.

It is trying discredit Alan by the use of such phrases.

This is a personal attack with an attempt to be sly about it, and is yet another example of a total lack of respect shown by several in this thread. 

Trying to derail the thread from its purpose by attacking the author's credibility.

 

​That comes from one I have reported many times for personal attacks & lack of respect. 

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Regarding quoting - you will see from the "Everlasting Covenant" thread that it failed disastrously for me in a very long post. (Long because I was quoting Bro. Scott.)  I had to go back & find my post, copy it into my word processor & then copy into my reply. I have complained regularly to @BroMatt but had no replies. 

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Covenanter,

Thank you for letting both DaveW and I the problems concerning the long posts problem. It will be of a help when we encounter such problems. 

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​That comes from one I have reported many times for personal attacks & lack of respect. 

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Regarding quoting - you will see from the "Everlasting Covenant" thread that it failed disastrously for me in a very long post. (Long because I was quoting Bro. Scott.)  I had to go back & find my post, copy it into my word processor & then copy into my reply. I have complained regularly to @BroMatt but had no replies. 

Yep it does.

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Thank you for your question as I have been in deep thought and prayer what to do once this study is concluded.

Alan

​I would think any, or eventually all, of those studies could be beneficial.

Thank you for this study and your efforts to keep it on track and to not allow it to become derailed.

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As I said a couple of times previously, and as DaveW wrote, the scriptures plainly state that the Lord Jesus comes back as a, "thief." A thief comes in total secrecy and only until he has left with the valuables does any body know he was there.  Thank you DaveW.

As I wrote previoulsy, in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 states, "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie."

In order to explain the disappearance (in the Rapture), the Anti-Christ will lie to the peoples of this earth why millions of people disapprered. The peoples of this world will believe the lie of the Anti-Christ. The Rapture, even after it occurs, will be a secret from the peoples of this world. God will allow the lie to be believed due to the ungodly sins of the peoples of this world. 

Reading 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:4 would really help your understanding of the proper way to see the thief view:

 

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
And it continues into chapter 5 -
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then *sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

*Sounds like they hear the 'thief' to me. 

 
 
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Would anybody like to bring out any other comments on the, "thief" aspect of the Coming of Christ as spoken by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:4.

Or, can anybody think of a biblical illustration of a thief that may be applicable to this situation? Let us try and just keep any comments or illustrations in this matter that may shed light on this subject and not chase too many rabbits.

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Only that the verses quoted above - and particularly the asterisk marked point - only supports the idea that it will not be known UNTIL THE ACTUAL EVENT.

Even a woman with child as used in the passage, knowns it is coming but not WHEN until it actually happens.

So yes, that passage does indeed help us to have a proper understanding of the theif concept - that the theif is not known until he exercises his craft.

Exactly what you and I  have already said, and what the Bible teaches.

Secret before, results seen afterwards.

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DaveW,

I'm in perfect agreement. Thank you John Young for your agreement with DaveW also and your help in this study.

Brethren,

Now, let's get back with the discussion on the last lesson, Revelation 22:14 and 15, "The Tree of Life," in verse 14 and the listing of the ungodly attributes of the lost (and the flesh), in verse 15. Any further thoughts, or areas of discussion, on the items that I pointed out in these two verses?

Additional Prophetical Information on "Dogs."

One thing that I would like to add to my comments on "dogs,"  (false teachers of false doctrines) on 2 Peter 2:1-22.

When the Lord Jesus was on the cross of Calvary, the lost relgious leaders of Israel, (the Pharisees, the scribes and elders), derided and mocked the Lord Jesus. Since the false teachers could not find fault with the Lord Jesus they derided Him in order to belittle and discredit Him in front of others. "They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Behold, they belch out with mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear." Psalm 59:6 & 7. The criticism of false teachers against the the Lord Jesus, and any man of God, has never changed. Their criticisms are like the belching of a dog: never ceasing, always complaining and finding fault and yapping at every opportunity.

This was in fulfilment of the prophecy of Psalm 22:1-20 In Psalm 22: 16 and 20 these false teachers are referred to as, "strong bulls of Bashan," and, " a roaring lion," and finally, "dogs," exactly as we see in 2 Peter 2 refers to them.

The, "strong bulls of Bashan, " and the, "roaring lion," is directly correlated to the, "brute beasts," in 2 Peter 2:12

"For dogs, have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet." Psalm 22:16

"Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog." Psalm 22:20

Therefore, if a saint wants to know more about, "false teachers," a close look at Psalm 22 and 2 Peter 2 will help enlighten the eyes of their understanding.

Alan

 

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Only that the verses quoted above - and particularly the asterisk marked point - only supports the idea that it will not be known UNTIL THE ACTUAL EVENT.

Even a woman with child as used in the passage, knowns it is coming but not WHEN until it actually happens.

So yes, that passage does indeed help us to have a proper understanding of the theif concept - that the theif is not known until he exercises his craft.

Exactly what you and I  have already said, and what the Bible teaches.

Secret before, results seen afterwards.

If this is what you have been saying, and I disagree it is, why would there be a lie to cover what happened?

Sudden destruction?

They will know it is Jesus.

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As I mentioned before, the Coming of Christ is like the translation of Enoch. After God took him into heaven without dying the scriptures plainly states that the people behind did not know  what happened.

Thus, when the Lord comes for the church (only the saved folks, a lot of folks attending some churches are not saved), the world will not know what happened and the anti-Christ will tell a lie; and that lie will be believed. Then the 7 Year Tribulation starts as recorded in Revelation 6-19

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As I mentioned before, the Coming of Christ is like the tranlsation of Enoch. After God took him into heaven with out dying the scriptures plainly states that the people behind did not know  what happened.

Thus, when the Lord comes for the church (only the saved folks, a lot of folks attending some church are not saved), the world will not know what happened and the anti-christ will tell a lie; and that lie will be believed. Then the 7 Year Tribulation starts as recorded in Revelation 6-19

Most pre-trib rapture teachers/preachers say there will be a large number of people who know what happened. Typically they claim it will be those who were churched but unsaved and those who had heard of the rapture prior to the event.

Most every book I've read and every movie I've seen on this topic from the pre-trib rapture position take this view too.

At the same time, most also teach the anti-christ will put forth a convincing lie what happened.

Of course, most of these assume multiple millions will be raptured but the only way such numbers could be true is if they count everyone who calls themselves a Christian being raptured; including Catholics, Mormons and all church members of every denomination. Either that or there would have to be hundreds of millions of under the radar Christians that will be raptured but even tho they are under cover Christians, somehow folks will know they were Christians (??).

There are actually a lot of odd and conflicting teachings out there on this.

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Brethren,

In order to keep on the proper flow of this study, and not get side-tracked, let us just comment on the current lesson and not dwell on previous lessons as we are just re-hashing previous discussions. The exception to this polite reminder is to new individuals who have not commented on previous lessons. As we do have a lot of viewers who have not commented so far, I just want you to know that we do welcome your comments and or areas of discussion. 

I am excited as we near the conclusion of this study in Revelation chapter 19-22. Only three more lessons to go! Thus far it I have personally enjoyed the study, the questions, the discussions and I am expecting the study to end on an enjoyable note among the brethren. I want to thank all of you.

 

Alan

 

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As I mentioned before, the Coming of Christ is like the tranlsation of Enoch. After God took him into heaven with out dying the scriptures plainly states that the people behind did not know  what happened.

Thus, when the Lord comes for the church (only the saved folks, a lot of folks attending some church are not saved), the world will not know what happened and the anti-christ will tell a lie; and that lie will be believed. Then the 7 Year Tribulation starts as recorded in Revelation 6-19

As I have posted the above verses from 1 Thessalonians, and you seem to 'push it aside', what about these verses from 2 Thessalonians which explain the "sudden destruction" that "commeth upon them" :

 

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
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We are have already discussed this point of the Coming of Christ a few times and both of us (apparently), are not going to change our beliefs so in my opinion all we are doing is wasting time and preventing others viewers from discussing topics they deem more important.

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      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
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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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