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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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Our pastor will not let us pay him more than the gas money. He says he has a very well paying jOB and that he is not preaching for the money, but for the glory of God. That's the way almost all the small churches around here does it.


Not a prOBlem with that!

Alot of pastors come right out of school with a theology degree and have nothing else to do BUT preach and rely on a church...but some men do have other degrees and good jOBs and then God calls them to be a pastor secondarily. Everyone is different.
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Very possible, but gas money. Let's be realistic. 1 hr = @60 miles or 3 gallons of gas. Round trip 6 gallons for a total of $18 at $3 a gallon.

Let's say they give him a $20. 45 people giving $1 each would be $45 at least. So what they are paying him is less than $.50 per person. Quite frankly that is pathetic.


Our members give much more than $1, our pastor just refuses to take more.
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Our members give much more than $1, our pastor just refuses to take more.


I don't think some understand the small churches in rural America, me I've lived in rural America all of my life.

I recall a time back in the 50's, which I was young, born in 46, that we shared our pastor with another country church, neither church had the money to pay even a bi-vocational pastor and keep the church running. I know there were other country churches within a 100 mile radius that were experiencing the same thing. We had several members, but about all they were doing was surviving, and the only reason all of us was surviving was we all were raising our own food.

My father and mother owned a small country store, it had been feeding our family, father let people run charge accounts, but many of them had some big bills but yet had not the money to pay. I recall father talking to mother and saying, I'm going jOB hunting tomorrow. Mother told him to go collect from those who owe us. Father said, "Gunell, all of these people are good honest and hard working people, they do not have the money to pay their bills, nor do they have the money to feed their families. When they do they will pay these bills." Father was right, he did get a jOB. There for a few years all the store did was support itself. But in the early 60's it started picking up and the store made a little money.

Actually, I think most people were much happier back them than they are today I know that everyone was much friendlier back them and neighbors went out of their way to help one another. Now most are in a race to have more and more and hardly have time for anyone or anything but self.

I like what you said about your pastor, preaching for the glory of God, we need more of that, I believe if we had it many of the other things would fall into place.
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Well, all the money given in our little church goes to pay the church's bills, mostly utilities. We're not very big at all, still plugging along. And the pastor (me) doesn't get any salary. Maybe I'm getting what I'm worth?


We helped start a mission church several years ago where the average person was living, in that area, on about $20,000 per year. This was a very difficult outreach but my husband was very serious that he was being called from our church (who was sending this Pastor out) to help him. My husband grew up in away that he could relate. He was from those streets....literally! Anyway, about pastor's salary, the men proposed 10% of tithes and offerings PLUS to pay his mortgage, his carpayment, cell phone and 2 week vacation...love offerings were given of course for Christmas, Anniversaries etc...It was so small in the beginning-the love offering amt- the men in charge prayed and felt just overwhelming conviction that the church should MATCH the love offerings. The men had really paid a great deal and they felt as the church grew his salary would grow. They were wanting to raise the percentage as the Lord made it possible to 20%. This decision was made understanding the Lord require's 10% and Pastor's to be due "double honour" now this was all a very new experience for us. I'm not saying this is the way to figure a pastor's salary! I'm only stating what the men in our situation were fully persuaded the Lord was telling them to do. Just Sharing and I know the Lord will bless you beyond belief... just keep in mind it's not alway's how we expect YET IT"S ALWAYS THE VERY BEST WAY!! in Christ, His by Grace
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I guess the real result of this thread is to see how God leads different churches in different ways. However, it is my opinion that if a pastor has to worry about clothing his children and feeding his family and dying and leaving them in the streets he will be less effective as a pastor. OBviously, no one in the pastorate is running for any prize other than the one that is set before us in the race. At least that is the way it is at my church. However, if my pastor has to concern himself with surviving in a day to day way it will dilute his capacity to focus on the things of God fully. I think that is the Scriptural principle in I Tim. It is not my concern how YourCity Baptist Church takes care of Pastor YourChurch. (If they are following the Bible and the leadership of the Lord then it's all good). It is my concern how my church takes care of my pastor and if we follow the Word and the leadership of the Lord, then I know we'll be doing it correctly.
As to retirement age, my Pastor always says he hopes the Lord will allow him to pastor my church until he is taken Home. However, if someone's health were to decline and render them unable to serve, it would be shameful to know that the pastor would have no resource or recourse to address that and to provide for his wife (and children if applicable). If that doesn't work for you and your church, fine. However, I believe it is a point of consideration that all churches should examine.

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I guess the real result of this thread is to see how God leads different churches in different ways. However, it is my opinion that if a pastor has to worry about clothing his children and feeding his family and dying and leaving them in the streets he will be less effective as a pastor. OBviously, no one in the pastorate is running for any prize other than the one that is set before us in the race. At least that is the way it is at my church. However, if my pastor has to concern himself with surviving in a day to day way it will dilute his capacity to focus on the things of God fully. I think that is the Scriptural principle in I Tim. It is not my concern how YourCity Baptist Church takes care of Pastor YourChurch. (If they are following the Bible and the leadership of the Lord then it's all good). It is my concern how my church takes care of my pastor and if we follow the Word and the leadership of the Lord, then I know we'll be doing it correctly.
As to retirement age, my Pastor always says he hopes the Lord will allow him to pastor my church until he is taken Home. However, if someone's health were to decline and render them unable to serve, it would be shameful to know that the pastor would have no resource or recourse to address that and to provide for his wife (and children if applicable). If that doesn't work for you and your church, fine. However, I believe it is a point of consideration that all churches should examine.


If he is worrying about those such things them he is trusting God for tomorrows needs.

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Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?

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Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?


That verse has nothing to do with worrying, please, stay in context.
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I wasn't aware that the thread was about worrying? I believe the thread is about providing the pastor's salary in a manner that prevents him from having to be focused (I used the word worried in a casual, inexact manner, assuming everyone would get my meaning-sorry) on anything other than the work of the Lord. My verse is a reminder that we need to balance take no thought with count the cost. Sorry you found it to noncontextual, but I will respectfully disagree with you. My original point was I am glad that each church has worked it out between them and the Lord, but also to encourage people to consider that a pastor may become physically unable to continue and provisions should be made. Sorry I couldn't seem to make that more apparent and clear.

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I wasn't aware that the thread was about worrying? I believe the thread is about providing the pastor's salary in a manner that prevents him from having to be focused (I used the word worried in a casual, inexact manner, assuming everyone would get my meaning-sorry) on anything other than the work of the Lord. My verse is a reminder that we need to balance take no thought with count the cost. Sorry you found it to noncontextual, but I will respectfully disagree with you. My original point was I am glad that each church has worked it out between them and the Lord, but also to encourage people to consider that a pastor may become physically unable to continue and provisions should be made. Sorry I couldn't seem to make that more apparent and clear.


You mad it about worry.

You wrote;
"I guess the real result of this thread is to see how God leads different churches in different ways. However, it is my opinion that if a pastor has to worry about clothing his children and feeding his family and dying and leaving them in the streets he will be less effective as a pastor. OBviously, no one in the pastorate is running for any prize other than the one that is set before us in the race. At least that is the way it is at my church. However, if my pastor has to concern himself with surviving in a day to day way it will dilute his capacity to focus on the things of God fully. I think that is the Scriptural principle in I Tim. It is not my concern how YourCity Baptist Church takes care of Pastor YourChurch. (If they are following the Bible and the leadership of the Lord then it's all good). It is my concern how my church takes care of my pastor and if we follow the Word and the leadership of the Lord, then I know we'll be doing it correctly.
As to retirement age, my Pastor always says he hopes the Lord will allow him to pastor my church until he is taken Home. However, if someone's health were to decline and render them unable to serve, it would be shameful to know that the pastor would have no resource or recourse to address that and to provide for his wife (and children if applicable). If that doesn't work for you and your church, fine. However, I believe it is a point of consideration that all churches should examine."

See the words above I put in large fonts. Concerned is worry, same thing in the context you used it.
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Just to set semantics straight here - concern and worry are not always the same thing.

Concern is: something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

Family care ought to be something that interests the pastor - as Suzy pointed out, the Bible tells us that if a man doesn't provide for his house, he's worse than an infidel. That would indicate that providing for his house should be his concern.

If the concern goes to the extent that the man is OBsessing about how he and he alone is to care for his family, then it has turned into worry and is no longer faith.

If a church is financially able to care for their pastor's needs, they ought to. If they are not able to, the pastor may need to get a jOB - unless there is a different source of income (such as mission help, military pension, etc. - those who do receive other monies can afford to not take pay...). But once the church is able to, it's good for a people to pay their pastor. After all, he is worthy of double honor, as the Bible says.

It's already been said - different churches are different and need to be thought of accordingly. Salaries of church members vary, so it's not really possible to say that one size fits all.

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Just to set semantics straight here - concern and worry are not always the same thing.

Concern is: something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

Family care ought to be something that interests the pastor - as Suzy pointed out, the Bible tells us that if a man doesn't provide for his house, he's worse than an infidel. That would indicate that providing for his house should be his concern.

If the concern goes to the extent that the man is OBsessing about how he and he alone is to care for his family, then it has turned into worry and is no longer faith.

If a church is financially able to care for their pastor's needs, they ought to. If they are not able to, the pastor may need to get a jOB - unless there is a different source of income (such as mission help, military pension, etc. - those who do receive other monies can afford to not take pay...). But once the church is able to, it's good for a people to pay their pastor. After all, he is worthy of double honor, as the Bible says.

It's already been said - different churches are different and need to be thought of accordingly. Salaries of church members vary, so it's not really possible to say that one size fits all.


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Just to set semantics straight here - concern and worry are not always the same thing.

Concern is: something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

Family care ought to be something that interests the pastor - as Suzy pointed out, the Bible tells us that if a man doesn't provide for his house, he's worse than an infidel. That would indicate that providing for his house should be his concern.

If the concern goes to the extent that the man is OBsessing about how he and he alone is to care for his family, then it has turned into worry and is no longer faith.

If a church is financially able to care for their pastor's needs, they ought to. If they are not able to, the pastor may need to get a jOB - unless there is a different source of income (such as mission help, military pension, etc. - those who do receive other monies can afford to not take pay...). But once the church is able to, it's good for a people to pay their pastor. After all, he is worthy of double honor, as the Bible says.

It's already been said - different churches are different and need to be thought of accordingly. Salaries of church members vary, so it's not really possible to say that one size fits all.


I agree, but what's this about " Salaries of church members vary," I've never known a church who paid their church members a salary. Have I been a member in the wrong churches? Did I miss something? Please help me! :wink
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Most pastors around here are taken pretty good care of, although I know of one, no matter how much the church paid him, he still would be in bankruptcy every few years. It seems not to bother that church that forecloses and such comes out against him in the local papers every few months. I just hate to see stuff like that go on, it puts a bad mark against God, Jesus, & Jesus' Churches.

Plus there be many churches that have bi-vocational pastors. Most of these pastors, not all of them, do not expect nor do they want a big salary from the church they pastor. The work they do is a work of love for their Father & Savior & for their glory. I can tell some of you prOBably have never had dealings with such situations and prOBably would not fully understand it nor these pastors.

Be assured, I'm in no way putting down full times pastors nor churches that have full time pastors.
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I agree, but what's this about " Salaries of church members vary," I've never known a church who paid their church members a salary. Have I been a member in the wrong churches? Did I miss something? Please help me! :wink
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:lol: Wouldn't that be something! No - I mean the salaries that individual church members earn at their jOBs vary, thus varying the money that comes into the offerings.
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I've been following along with this thread and I have a question.

How does Honor equal Money? I'd like someone to show me the scripture that connects honoring a person with how much money you give them.

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1 Corinthians 9:13,14
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

I don't think necessarily that honor means money. But a pastor who gives his life to the service of the Lord and His church should be paid properly, if it is at all possible. And that's honoring his position...
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I've been following along with this thread and I have a question.

How does Honor equal Money? I'd like someone to show me the scripture that connects honoring a person with how much money you give them.

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I wanted to add a side note...one of the most shameful things I've seen is for a church to pay hired assistants or teachers a poverty wage and then keep them so busy they are not able to look for part time work for themselves. I think it has to be one way or the other...either the church provide enough to keep the family taken care of OR they free up the family's schedule enough to allow the father to get at least a part time jOB.

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      How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Eph 3:3-9
      And I do not mean this as a Hyper-dispensationalist would, for there were people in Christ before Paul (Rom. 16:7). This is not prophecy for there are none concerning the Church age in the O.T..
      Israel rejected the New Wine (Jesus Christ) and said the Old Wine (law) was better, had they tasted the New Wine there would be no church age or mystery as spoken above. to be revealed.
      It was a revealed mystery. Sure there are things concerning the Gentiles after the this age. And we can now see types in the Old Testament (Boaz and Ruth) concerning a Gentile bride, but this is hindsight.
      Peter could have had a ham sandwich in Acts 2, but he did not know it till later, by revelation. But this has nothing to do with 1John 2;23 and those 10 added words in italics. Where did they get them? Did the violate Pro. 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Where did they get this advance revelation? Was it from man, God or the devil?
        I just read your comment and you bypassed what I wrote concerning book arrangement, chapters being added and verse numberings and such. There is no scripture support for these either, should we reject these?
      Happy New Year
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    • Bro. West

      Seeing it is Christ----mas time and I was answering question on Luke 2:33 concerning Jesus, Mary and Joseph . I thought it would be fitting to display a poem i wrote concerning the matter.
      SCRIPTURAL MARY

      I WALK NOT ON WATER NOR CHANGE IT TO WINE
      SO HEARKEN O’ SINNER TO THIS STORY OF MINE
      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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