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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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On 10/21/2021 at 10:16 AM, Jim_Alaska said:

No one is saying "don't go out soul winning", it is the "method" I was speaking against. This is not a "numbers game". But I have heard some in the "easy believism crowd" almost revel in the number of people they have got to say "the prayer."

As a matter of first hand experience, I heard one of these people tell that they had twenty soul winners go out to knock doors and the result was twenty people got saved.

No one is "scoffing soul winning", it is, once again, the method I am against.

Yea man I get it, I've seen baptist jump with joy and count every Prayer as a salvation. But I know from personal experience, when they don't pray, its because something is holding them back, I know because I ask them, and then they usually tell me what it is, and we address those issues. As long as seeds are planted, God can give the increase. if a seed just sits in a seed vault, its not going to grow. 

 

Even if people were out there doing this, and maybe rushing into the prayer, I'd rather have people out reading the Bible to unsaved, than sitting on their butts just talking about it. You can't get better without practice.

 

We've seen people say the sinners prayer, and a week later, pick them up for church, and deny Jesus right in front of us. one example was the husband and wife, we "led them both to the Lord". the Husband rejected Christ later on, but guess what, his wife was coming to church everyday after that. So who cares, if people want to count a prayer as a salvation, Jesus does the work, and gives the increase, and some seeds will grow and we will never get to meet that person. Which is sad, but for all the ones I do get to meet, if I get to meet 1 out of 100 and watch their life transform, thats worth it. 

 

I wouldn't be out doing this if I thought it wasn't working, trust me, I have much better things to do on a Saturday, Sunday, or week day, Sad to say, but if I did not see the fruit grow, I probably wouldn't be doing it at all... which means my faith in God's commandment to GO wasn't there to begin with. Luckily, he showed me people being reborn, and thats why I will do anything to get this message out, including any type of legal ramification you guys accuse of (this was all checked out legally btw).

 

We could also go out like Ray Comfort does, who is not signing release forms but doing it through the video itself, I guarantee you none of those people want to be on video, and its full HD of their faces, especially the ones that are being embarrassed or made fun of because they are dumb atheist/scoffers. 

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On 10/21/2021 at 3:27 PM, PastorMatt said:

On a side note, I think it's kinda strange to be secretly filming the person you're trying to win to Christ. I have no problem with filming, but if it's done secretly... well, that's kind sends of red flags to me.  It's a whole another level to then put that on social media.

You said you go soul winning every week. It sounds like you are passionate about it as well. its a wonderful thing. 

It's a wonderful that not many churches do. Especially growing up not in a Bible Belt area.

So here's the issue. I heard about soul winning a long time ago. I read so many articles on it, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could, which there are really not many other than Ray comfort style or street preaching, both of which are not really my faith. I reached out personally to several churches, called them, they never called back. I wanted to know how to do this, and had no-one to show me. Met several people that claimed to have done it, but they never took me out or showed me.

Ended up flying across the country to go out with one church.

 

So if you're a soul winner and grew up or got saved in a soul winning church, thats great, to learn it so quick from others. if your some poor bastard sitting at home in the middle of some heathen city, and want to go out and learn door to door soul winning, how do you learn? 

 

tell me the best way to reach these people and teach them, because I would have loved to know 6 years ago, without doing it in person? let me know because I prayed about this and thought about it for a couple years now. And this is what we were called to do, and this is to Glorify God's power only.

 

Also as a soul winner, I'm sure you've met people that are so scared to go out, they dont even want to be a silent partner. Showing them a video, you can show them how its easier than you think and you don't have to have any fear.

 

 

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2 hours ago, KJV1611Florida said:

 

 

 

lets talk about something important here. you just added to the Bible with your statement:


 Matthew 3:2 (KJV) And saying, Repent (of your sins) ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 
Mark 1:15 (KJVAnd saying,
 The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent (of your sins) ye, and believe the gospel. 
Mark 6:12 (KJV) and they went out, and preached that men should repent (of their sins)

 

let me ask you a question, did you repent of all your sins? are you sinless? Which sins did you repent of? you see.... we average 70,000 thoughts per day, how many of those thoughts of yours are without sin? for me... not many.

Do we just need to try to repent? do we just need to repent of the major sins? I'm willing to bet 99% of christians do not think they are sinless. 

in the Bible, God often uses reiteration to further define words. Now if you go back in context, and read the verses, can you tell me what the object is , of the action "Repent", which most of the times used in the NT, means "to turn from [object]"?

 

Now what happens if I show you hundreds of verses, that say believe on the Lord Jesus, and ye shall be saved? and it DOES NOT have the word repent, in there, is the Bible contradicting itself? in John, the word repent is not in there one time. If you had a choice to sneak only one book into North Korea or China, which book would you sneak in? I would probably take John, but it doesn't have repent in there at all.... does that mean I shouldn't bring that book?

 

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

 

if I was suicidal and following this logic, I would never be able to come clean enough for God, and what would happen in my mental state? there is many (family) accounts of people with depression following this 'come clean first before you believe on God' theory, and they ended up taking their own lives. this is dangerous.

 

 

You're saying to take these verses in CONTEXT...okay...let's do that. You DO understand that these verses were BEFORE the finished work of Christ on the cross, technically still considered the OT time frame, right? John the baptizer preached the same thing...REPENT! But, if the blood of Christ had not yet been shed, didn't they still have to go to the priests for him to confess their sins at the alter? The blood of lambs and goats didn't get rid of the sins of people permanently...Christs blood is the only thing that washes away sin. These people in the time frame you are speaking of didn't know Christ as savior. They only knew that they needed to repent. Christianity nor the church were yet established. They were in their embryonic stages. Am I saying that they weren't true believers? Not at all. I believe they repented of their sins, but upon whose name were they going to call?  Let's keep it all in context. Jim didn't add anything to the Word of God. 

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On 10/18/2021 at 5:38 PM, KJV1611Florida said:

 

 

Whoa… that better be a one-party consent state or that video is seriously illegal. My best research on the producer of this video suggests he’s from Florida, and that’s a two-party consent state for recordings. 🧐

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On 10/22/2021 at 5:29 PM, BrotherTony said:

You're saying to take these verses in CONTEXT...okay...let's do that. You DO understand that these verses were BEFORE the finished work of Christ on the cross, technically still considered the OT time frame, right? John the baptizer preached the same thing...REPENT! But, if the blood of Christ had not yet been shed, didn't they still have to go to the priests for him to confess their sins at the alter? The blood of lambs and goats didn't get rid of the sins of people permanently...Christs blood is the only thing that washes away sin. These people in the time frame you are speaking of didn't know Christ as savior. They only knew that they needed to repent. Christianity nor the church were yet established. They were in their embryonic stages. Am I saying that they weren't true believers? Not at all. I believe they repented of their sins, but upon whose name were they going to call?  Let's keep it all in context. Jim didn't add anything to the Word of God. 

Revelation 13:8 (KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Brother Tony, by your reasoning, no one was saved before Christ's crucifixion. It is true that the blood of lambs and goats could not take away sin; but it was a type of the blood of Christ and pointed forward to His crucifixion.

In the verse I supplied it is obvious that God Himself considered that Christ had already been slain from the foundation of the world.

We, the saved on earth today, look back on that event for our own salvation. Why is it so unreasonable to think that the OT saints looked forward to that event for their salvation and it was every bit as valid?

John the Baptist understood this concept. He proved it in this Scripture: John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

When we look at the OT, we see so many prophecies, types, and similes, that it is almost impossible to NOT see Christ and His shed blood.

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58 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Revelation 13:8 (KJV) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Brother Tony, by your reasoning, no one was saved before Christ's crucifixion. It is true that the blood of lambs and goats could not take away sin; but it was a type of the blood of Christ and pointed forward to His crucifixion.

In the verse I supplied it is obvious that God Himself considered that Christ had already been slain from the foundation of the world.

We, the saved on earth today, look back on that event for our own salvation. Why is it so unreasonable to think that the OT saints looked forward to that event for their salvation and it was every bit as valid?

John the Baptist understood this concept. He proved it in this Scripture: John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

When we look at the OT, we see so many prophecies, types, and similes, that it is almost impossible to NOT see Christ and His shed blood.

Not at all...By my "reasoning" these people were still looking forward to the salvation that came through Jesus Christ, just as the OT saints did. After the shed blood of Christ, his burial and resurrection, they could look back. That's all I was trying to convey...just love it when you put your own spin on things. 😉 

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I am sorry if I misunderstood you Brother Tony, but what you wrote seemed to be saying they were not saved. This is what you wrote: "These people in the time frame you are speaking of didn't know Christ as savior. They only knew that they needed to repent."

I am not trying to put my own spin on what you said, you did say it just as I copy and pasted it. Taking what you wrote at face value, I can't see that you are saying anything different than that they, (the OT saints) were not saved. If they did not know Christ as savior, they were not saved.

And my confusion in what you say gets worse when you say that these same OT saints can then look back on the shed blood of Christ after His crucifiction. How so, they are long dead?

Sorry if I am misunderstanding, but that is how it reads to me. Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to understand what you are saying.

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4 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

I am sorry if I misunderstood you Brother Tony, but what you wrote seemed to be saying they were not saved. This is what you wrote: "These people in the time frame you are speaking of didn't know Christ as savior. They only knew that they needed to repent."

I am not trying to put my own spin on what you said, you did say it just as I copy and pasted it. Taking what you wrote at face value, I can't see that you are saying anything different than that they, (the OT saints) were not saved. If they did not know Christ as savior, they were not saved.

And my confusion in what you say gets worse when you say that these same OT saints can then look back on the shed blood of Christ after His crucifiction. How so, they are long dead?

Sorry if I am misunderstanding, but that is how it reads to me. Not trying to be argumentative, just trying to understand what you are saying.

I didn't say the OT people could "look back" on the death, burial and ressurrection of Christ...but, hey...that's okay....we all make mistakes. 😉 You should know by now I wouldn't believe that. I do know my Bible, and pretty well at that!  If you look at it, they DIDN'T know Christ as their saviour! FACT...They knew a messiah was promised. Not a problem...Maybe I didn't word it to perfection. LOL

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On 10/22/2021 at 6:30 PM, KJV1611Florida said:

You said you go soul winning every week. It sounds like you are passionate about it as well. its a wonderful thing. 

It's a wonderful that not many churches do. Especially growing up not in a Bible Belt area.

So here's the issue. I heard about soul winning a long time ago. I read so many articles on it, I watched as many YouTube videos as I could, which there are really not many other than Ray comfort style or street preaching, both of which are not really my faith. I reached out personally to several churches, called them, they never called back. I wanted to know how to do this, and had no-one to show me. Met several people that claimed to have done it, but they never took me out or showed me.

Ended up flying across the country to go out with one church.

 

So if you're a soul winner and grew up or got saved in a soul winning church, thats great, to learn it so quick from others. if your some poor bastard sitting at home in the middle of some heathen city, and want to go out and learn door to door soul winning, how do you learn? 

 

tell me the best way to reach these people and teach them, because I would have loved to know 6 years ago, without doing it in person? let me know because I prayed about this and thought about it for a couple years now. And this is what we were called to do, and this is to Glorify God's power only.

 

Also as a soul winner, I'm sure you've met people that are so scared to go out, they dont even want to be a silent partner. Showing them a video, you can show them how its easier than you think and you don't have to have any fear.

 

 

How has it been going, the fishing for men.

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      I, AM A DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM SINNER BY BIRTH
      A HAND MAID OF LOW ESTATE USED HERE ON EARTH
      MY HAIR IS NOT GENTILE BLOND, I HAVE NOT EYES OF BLUE
      A MOTHER OF MANY CHILDREN A DAUGHTER OF A JEW
      FOR JOSEPH MY HUSBAND DID HONOUR OUR BED
      TO FATHER OUR CHILDREN WHO NOW ARE ALL DEAD
      BUT I SPEAK NOT OF THESE WHO I LOVED SO WELL
      BUT OF THE FIRST BORN WHICH SAVED ME FROM HELL
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               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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