What's Wrong With EASTER?

Whyhat do colored EASTER EGGS have to do with the resurrection? What do bunny RABBITS have to do with the crucifixion? Where did the custom of eating HOT CROSS BUNS come from? Why attend an EASTER SUNRISE service? Why observe 40 days of abstinence called LENT? What's so "good" about "GOOD FRIDAY"? How do we get “THREE DAYS” between “GOOD FRIDAY” and “EASTER SUNDAY”?

Ashtaroth

The word "EASTER" is derived from the fertility goddess ASHTAROTH, the wife of Baal (Judges 2:13). Her Babylonian name is ISHTAR or Semiramis -- the original Babylonian queen who ruled over the kings of the earth (Rev. 17:1-2), cleverly disguised as "Mary," the mother of Jesus today. When Catholics worship Mary, they are merely continuing the ancient heathen worship of Venus, of Isis, of Cybele, of Aphrodite and of Ishtar who were all ancient mothers of the gods. But the Bible warns, "Make NO MENTION of the name of other GODS" (Ex. 23:13). "Do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods?' ... You shall not do so to the Lord your God; for every abominable thing which the Lord hates have they done for their gods" (Deut. 12:30-31).LUCIFER is called "MORNING STAR" (NEB) in Isaiah 14:12. LUCIFER is the Latin name for VENUS, the Morning Star (Mythology Of All Races, vol.6, p.260). Plato's name for LUCIFER, or the morning star, was ASTER ("Star"), another form of ISHTAR ("Star") (Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Walker, p.70) or ASTARTE or ASHTORETH or EASTER. "For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:13)...



Hot Cross Buns

They worshipped ISHTAR, the "queen of heaven," using ROUND wafers or "cakes" at communion (Jer. 44:17-19; Jer. 7:18), an image for the SUN. The word "cakes" is translated from the Hebrew word "kavan" and can be rendered "BUNS." Round HOT CROSS BUNS originated in Babylon. "The Greeks offered such sacred cakes to ASTARTE ... (which) they called bous (ox), in allusion to the ox-symbol marked on it, and from the accusative boun it is suggested that the word 'BUN' is derived" (Encyc. Brit. 4:796). The cross on the bun is the letter "T" -- the initial of the SUN-god TAMMUZ. Actually, one of Mithra's signs was a cross formed by the ecliptic and celestial equator at the EQUINOX (Plato's Dialogue, Timaeus). The cross with a circle around it is the ancient symbol for the Babylonian sun deity (Goldsmith's Ancient Pagan Symbols, pp. 42-43).

Easter Eggs

Spring fertility customs to honor ISHTAR included COLORED EGGS, bunny RABBITS, HOT CROSS BUNS, LENT, and SUNRISE SERVICES. "The egg as a symbol of fertility and of renewed life goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Persians, who had also the custom of coloring and eating eggs during their spring festival" (Encyc. Brit. art "Easter"). God says, "I despise your feast days" (Amos 5:21). "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil" (Isa. 5:20). Hyginus, an Egyptian, says, "An EGG of wondrous size is said to have FALLEN from HEAVEN into the River Euphrates.... out came VENUS (Ishtar), who afterward was called the Syrian Goddess (Hyginus, Fabulae pp.148-149). Acts 19:35 says the goddess DIANA (Ishtar) "FELL down from Jupiter." Then in Luke 10:18 we read that Christ "beheld SATAN as lightning FALL from HEAVEN." Therefore, the worship of DIANA or ISHTAR is SATAN worship. Yet how many "Christians" have EASTER-EGG hunts?  

"Good Friday"

Jesus wasn't resurrected on Easter Sunday (Matt. 28:1) or crucified on "Good Friday." If Jesus were crucified and buried late on "Good Friday", then three days later would bring us to Monday evening -- not Easter Sunday. The crucifixion had to occur on WEDNESDAY (Dan. 9:27) and three days and three nights in between (Matt. 12:40) bring us to SATURDAY -- "as he said" (Matt. 28:6). It was TAMMUZ, a "Babylonian and Assyrian god, who died and rose annually with dying and reviving vegetation (that) ... gave birth to (a counterfeit) Christianity" (Encyc. Brit. 14th ed. 21:776-777). Speaking of Dionysus' death and resurrection, "Greece had what we may call its Good Friday and Easter Sunday long before the events took place in Judaea which diffused these two annual commemorations of the Dying and Reviving God" (Frazer The Golden Bough 7:33). "Now the death and resurrection of Attis were officially celebrated at Rome on the twenty fourth and twenty fifth of March, the latter being regarded as the spring equinox, and therefore as the most appropriate day for the revival of a god ... who had been dead" (Frazer Adonis, Attis, Osiris 1:306). As Frazer says, "Taken altogether, the COINCIDENCE of the Christian with the HEATHEN festivals are TOO CLOSE and TOO NUMEROUS to be accidental. They mark the COMPROMISE which the Church in the hour of its triumph was compelled to make with its vanquished yet still dangerous rivals" (of paganism) (Frazer's Adonis, Attis, Osiris, 1:310).

Easter Sunrise Services

Prophets of Baal called on their Sun-god in the "MORNING" (1 Kings 18:26). Ezekiel mentions "women weeping for Tammuz ... and they worshipped the SUN toward the east" (Ez. 8:14-16). He is describing EASTER SUNRISE services on SUNDAY morning. This may be why God says in Hosea 2:14-17 that Israel "shall no more call me BAALI." When worshippers mention Jesus' name at EASTER, aren't they calling him "BAALI"? Tertullian in 197 A.D. accused fellow Christians of Sun-worship because of their praying to the EAST and because of making SUNDAY a day of festivity (Ad Nationes 1,13) (Ante-Nicene Fathers 3:123). About 325 A.D., at the Council of Nice, Roman Catholics made EASTER the resurrection day, and the date was set at the first Sunday following Passover.

“Three Days and Three Nights”

Jesus wasn't resurrected on Easter Sunday (Matt. 28:1) or crucified on "Good Friday." The crucifixion had to occur on an evil WEDNESDAY from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. (Dan. 9:27; Mark 15:25, 33-37). After this annual Sabbath "high day" (John 19:31) (Feast of Unleavened Bread), the Marys bought their spices -- on a Thursday (Mark 16:1; John 19:31) -- and prepared those spices before the weekly Sabbath -- Saturday (Luke 23:56; 24:1). Two different Sabbaths. Then the women "rested the sabbath day according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). Then came the Sabbath resurrection after 3 P.M. on Saturday (Matt. 28:6). It had to be after 3 P.M. in order to complete three days in the tomb (Jonah 1:17; Matt. 12:39-40; 27:63; Mark 8:31; 9:31; John 2:19). Then Mary Magdalene came to the sepulcher “when it was yet dark” on Sunday and found it empty (John 20:1-9). Apparently she came just before sunrise since Mark 16:2 adds: “very early in the morning of the first day of the week (Sunday), they (the two Marys) came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.” But it was empty. Christ “is risen” (Mark 16:6). Then Mark 16:9 reads “Now when Jesus had risen (comma should be inserted here since this is the complete thought) early on the first day of the week (comma should be removed from here since this is part of the next complete thought) he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.” The use of commas and other punctuation marks were completely unknown until they were developed and inserted by Aldus Manutius about 14 centuries after this Greek text was written. (see The Centenary Translation by Montgomery).

Lent

The son of Semiramis was called TAMMUZ. At age 40, he was killed by a wild boar, in the spring of the year. A LENT of 40 days was set aside by Babylonian ISHTAR-worshippers to weep for him (Easter: It's Story and Meaning, p.58, by Alan Watts, 1950). Julius Firmicus, in describing the mysteries of the resurrection of Osiris, says that when the worshippers had lamented over the death of the god then the priest would go round anointing them with oil and whispering, "Be of good cheer, O Neophytes of the new-arisen god, for to us too from our pains shall come salvation" (De Errore, c.22). Aaron created a counterfeit festival FORTY DAYS after Pentecost (Ex. 24:18; 32:4). The solar disk represented the SUN-god, the horns represented the MOTHER-goddess and the golden calf represented the SON -- a Trinity. Hence the sentence "these are your gods" in referring to one calf. It was a summer LENTEN season (Ex. 32). Yes, originally they "worshipped the sun toward the east" in June-July during the 40-day period of "weeping for TAMMUZ" (Ez. 8:14-16) and hence it was called the month of Tammuz. In Egypt it was the month of May when it was kept. Early Britons observed the FAST in April. In 519 A.D. it was decreed in the Council of Aurelia that LENT should be kept before EASTER. Abbot Dionysus the Little in 525 A.D. established LENT as a Roman Catholic observance. During this LENTEN season, people give up candy bars, liquor or cigarettes. MARDI GRAS ("Fat Tuesday") is the day before ASH WEDNESDAY when LENT begins. Therefore, it is the day to gorge oneself with meat before self-denial begins.

Rabbits & Easter Lilies

The RABBIT has been a FERTILITY symbol since it multiplies rapidly (Catholic Encyc. 5:227). The Encyclopedia Britannica gives us more clues as to why the RABBIT is associated with the Easter season, "Like the easter egg, the easter HARE came to Christianity from antiquity. The HARE is associated with the moon in the legends of ancient Egypt and other peoples ....Through the fact that the Egyptian word for HARE, “UM,” means also "open" and "period" the HARE came to be associated with the idea of PERIODICITY, both LUNAR and HUMAN, and with the beginning of NEW LIFE in both the young man and young woman, and so a symbol of FERTILITY and of the RENEWAL of LIFE. As such, the HARE became linked with Easter...." (Article Easter"). The word "Lily" is from the Babylonian word "Lilu." The Easter LILY was a PHALLIC symbol sacred to ASTARTE (Walker, Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, p.428). The Romans called ASTARTE by the name VENUS. She was the goddess of LOVE and FERTILITY. Our modern words "VENEREAL" and "VENEREAL disease" come from VENUS. Her greatest festival was in the SPRING when nature was having its RE-BIRTH. But Jeremiah 10:2 says, "Do not learn the way of the heathen.

The Crucifix

Alexander Hislop in the Two Babylons, pp.197-205 calls the cross "this Pagan symbol ... the Tau, the sign of the cross, the indisputable sign of Tammuz, the false Messiah ... the mystic Tau of the Chaldeans (Babylonians) and Egyptians -- the true original form of the letter T -- the initial of the name of Tammuz ... the Babylonian cross was the recognized emblem of Tammuz." Isaiah 44:13,15 mentions the CRUCIFIX: "The carpenter ... shapes it into the figure of a man ... he makes a god and worships it." The CRUCIFIX existed long before 31 A.D. when Jesus was executed. Jesus was nailed to a STAKE ("stauros" in Greek) -- not a cross.

The Babylonian account of the crucifixion goes like this: "Ishtar had her divine son, Tammuz, crucified, buried and then resurrected. And at the crucifixion Ishtar 'stood the cross beside'" (Graham's Deceptions and Myths of the Bible, p.348). The Phrygian celebration of the crucifixion is described as follows: "On the 22nd March (the Vernal Equinox) a PINE-TREE was cut in the woods and brought into the Temple of Cybele. It was treated almost as a divinity, was decked with violets, and the EFFIGY of a young man (Attis) tied to the stem (cf. the CRUCIFIXION). The 24th was called the "Day of BLOOD."; the High Priest first drew BLOOD from his own arms; and then the others gashed and slashed themselves (cp. 1 Ki. 18:28), and spattered the altar and the SACRED TREE with BLOOD; while novices made themselves eunuchs ...The EFFIGY was afterwards laid in a TOMB. But when night fell, says Dr. Frazer, sorrow was turned to joy. A light was brought, and the tomb was found to be EMPTY. The next day, the 25th, was the festival of the Resurrection; and ended in carnival and license (the Hilaria) ... (including) a sacramental meal and a baptism of blood" (Frazer's Golden Bough p.229).

Tertullian defended Catholicism by saying to the pagans, "The origin of your gods is derived from figures moulded on a cross. All those rows of images on your standards are the appendages of crosses" (Doane, Bible Myths, p.198). There have been at least 16 counterfeit "saviors" who died on a cross before Jesus (Graves' The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors, p.30; Doane's Bible Myths, p.191). (Krishna of India 1200 B.C., Sakia 600 B.C., Syrian Tammuz 1160 B.C., Wittoba 552 B.C., Iao of Nepal 622 B.C., Hesus of Druids, 834 B.C.,, Mithra of Persia 600 B.C., Mexican Quexalcotl 587 B.C., Quirinus of Rome 506 B.C.,Prometheus 547 B.C.,, Thulis of Egypt 1700 B.C., Indra of Tibet 725 B.C., Alcestos of Euripides 600 B.C., Attis of Phrygia 1170 B.C., Crite of Chaldea 1200 B.C., and Bali of Orissa 725 B.C., Odin in Scandinavia). Minucius Felix, a Catholic Church "father" of the third century, makes a very revealing statement when he vehemently denied that Christians worshipped the cross: "You it is, you Pagans, who are the most likely people to adore wooden crosses ... You adore crosses of wood because they form part of your gods. And, surely, your military ensigns, standards and banners, what are they but gilded (gold) and decorated crosses? Your trophies of victory copy not merely the appearance of simple cross, but that of a MAN FASTENED TO IT as well." (The Octavius of Marcus Minucius Felix, pp.106-107).

The Scarecrow

In fact, the SCARECROW is one custom that came from a pre-Christian CRUCIFIED "savior," whom the Romans called PRIAPUS, and has been the FERTILITY god of gardens for millenia (See Jer. 10:5, RSV; Virgil Georgics 4:111; Suetonius' On Grammarians XI). "Their idols are like SCARECROWS in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk ..." (Jer. 10:5; RSV).

Cannibalism Became Communion

Cain thought he was the "Lord " since Eve exclaimed "I have gotten a man, a lord" (Gen.4:4). The name Cain came to mean "cohen" or "priest." Cain developed his own religion after being cut off from God. He thought he was the Savior. He created a priesthood. Since the name "CANNIBAL" (Cahna Baal) is a word which means "Baal Priest" and may be derived from the name "TUBAL-CAIN," some have concluded that Tubal-Cain was a descendant of this priesthood of Cain and that the religion of Cain had to do with CONSUMING of HUMAN FLESH -- mostly LITTLE CHILDREN. When Tubal-Cain's sister/wife Naamah married Noah, this Baal religion came through the flood. How else would Naamah learn about the false religion unless her brother was a priest of Cain? She came to be known as Naamah Isis, or NEMISIS, because she betrayed Noah by getting him drunk. She is the original prototype of the harlot of Revelation sitting on Babylon holding a cup of wine for the world to get drunk. She founded the Babylonian Mystery Religion with Ham's help. Their grandson was Nimrod. "Nimrod, as the representative of the devouring fire to which human victims, and especially CHILDREN, were offered in SACRIFICE, was regarded as the great CHILD-DEVOURER ... he was, of course the actual father of all the Babylonian gods; and, therefore, in that character he was afterwards universally regarded. As the father of the gods, he was called Kronos" (Lemp. Clas. Dict., Art. "Saturn") The literal meaning of BONFIRE is "BONE FIRE" [M.E. bonefyre, bone fire, later funeral pyre] because such a ritual fire came from the SACRIFICE of HUMANS. In this context, the fiery VOLCANO may also derive its name from TUBAL-CAIN.

It was Solomon who was the first of the kings of Israel to allow the SACRIFICE of CHILDREN. "For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammonites.... Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon" (1 Ki.11:3-7). This hill he built was in the valley of the son of Hinnom. This area lies at the entry of the east gate of Jerusalem (Jer.19:2). Psalm 106:28 says, "They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. Thus they provoked him (God) to anger." (Eucharistic cannibalism). In Jeremiah 19:5-6 we read, "They have built also the high places of Baal, to BURN their SONS with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: Therefore ... this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter." They would place their children on the arms of an idol extended over a flaming fire. The CHILDREN would ROAST to DEATH as the priests blew trumpets to mask the screams of the baby. In one such high place, an archaeologist found "great numbers of jars containing the remains of CHILDREN who had been SACRIFICED to Baal. The whole area proved to be a cemetery for new-born BABES" (p.166, Halley's Bible Handbook; cp. p.198). No wonder Elijah executed the prophets of Baal (1 Ki.18:40) and Jehu exterminated Baalism (2 Ki.10). This is one reason God commanded the nation of Israel to destroy the Canaanites (Deut.18:10-12). Life is the gift of God (Ps.127:3). Only God has the right to give or take an innocent life (Deut.32:39). He says, "Do not kill the innocent ... for I will not acquit the guilty" (Ex.23:7).

Nimrod heard Noah preach about a coming Savior and so counterfeited everything. Through trickery, Semiramis was able to persuade Nimrod to grant her the rule of the kingdom for five days. Once in power, she was able to have him put to death (Funk & Wagnall's Standard Dict. of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, 2:981). Then at the Tower of Babel, this counterfeit "savior" became 16 different counterfeit "saviors." Nimrod perpetuated human sacrifice after the flood. The victim was crucified and then his FLESH was EATEN and his BLOOD DRUNK by priests of Baal known as Cannibals. The priests of Baal killed children (Isaiah 57:5; Ezekiel 16:20; Tertullian Apologetics 9; Horace Epod. 5; Procopius Gothica 1:25; Pausanias 9:8). Pliny praises the Roman people for "having put an end to those monstrous rites" in which "to murder a man was to do an act of the greatest devoutness, and to eat his flesh was to secure the highest blessings of health" (Nat. Hist. 30:4). On the other hand, James Prescott relates how the Spanish missionaries, when they first arrived in Mexico, found crosses worshipped in temples. "Their surprise was heightened, when they witnessed a religious rite which reminded them of Christian Communion" The communion in the form of the Aztec sun-god deity "was made of the flour of maize, mixed with blood, and after consecration by the priest, was distributed among the people, who, as they ate it, 'showed signs of humiliation and sorrow, declaring it was the flesh of the deity" (History of the Conquest of Mexico, 3:369).As civilization progressed, substitutes took the place of human sacrifice. The Satapatha Brahmana says, "in the beginning the sacrifice most acceptable to the gods (sic) was man ... for the man a horse was substituted, then an ox, then a sheep, then a goat, until at length it was found that the gods (sic) were most pleased with offerings of rice and barley." The sacramental food of Roman Catholics is to this day called the "Hostia" -- like hostage -- meaning "the victim." But today instead of a child it is a small round cake (a Sun wafer) with a cross on it and reverently worshipped as "Jesus" or "God." As the Catholic "saint," Alphonsus de Liguori wrote regarding the communion: "in obedience to the words of his priests -- Hoc est Corpus Meum -- God himself descends on the altar ... they may if they choose, eat his flesh, and give him for food." It is from this that we get the magical phrase "hocus pocus." An old custom at "Christmas" is to bake gingerbread men and eat them. We believe this can be traced back to cannibalism and human sacrifice.

Deuteronomy 12:28-32 says, "Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God. When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them (X-Mass, Easter, Halloween), after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise (X-Mass, Easter, Halloween). Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."

The Mass

When the Catholic priest blesses the bread and wine, he says the Latin words, 'Hoc est corpus meus.' In view of the fact that no change takes place, we can understand how the expression "HOCUS-POCUS" originated with these words. After Jesus had blessed the cup, he still called it "the fruit of the VINE" not literal BLOOD (Matt.26:29). Since Jesus drank from the cup also, did he drink his own BLOOD? If the WINE became actual BLOOD, to drink it would have been FORBIDDEN by the Bible (Deut.12:16; Acts 15:20). The very idea of Christ "flesh and blood, body and soul, Divinity and humanity" - being offered REPEATEDLY as a "renewal" of the sacrifice of the cross, stands in sharp contrast to the words of Jesus on the cross, "It is FINISHED" (John 19:30). The Old Testament sacrifices had to be CONTINUALLY offered because none of them were the perfect sacrifice. But now "we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all. For every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:but this man (Christ), after he had offered ONE sacrifice forsins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God - for by ONE offering he perfected for ever them that are sanctified"
(Heb.10:10-14).

Passover Became Easter

From Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History, Book 5, chapters 23 and 24, we read:
For the parishes of all Asia (Minor), as from an older tradition, held that the FOURTEENTH DAY of the moon, on which day the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the LAMB, should be observed as the feast of the Savior's PASSOVER.... And when the blessed Polycarp was at Rome in the time of Anicetus ... neither could Anicetus persuade Polycarp not to observe what he had ALWAYS OBSERVED with JOHN the disciple of our Lord, and the OTHER APOSTLES with whom he had associated; neither could Polycarp persuade Anicetus to observe it, as he said that he ought to follow the customs of the presbyters that had preceded him (c. 155 A.D.)

From Ante-Nicene Fathers, volume 8, pp.773-774, we read: Polycrates, bishop of Ephesus, in a letter to Victor and the Roman church, concerning the PASSOVER, wrote, "As for us, then, we scrupulously OBSERVE the exact DAY, neither adding nor taking away. For in Asia (Minor) great luminaries have gone to their rest, who shall rise again in the day of the coming of the Lord, when He cometh with glory from heaven and shall raise again all the saints. I speak of Philip, one of the twelve apostles ... John, moreover, who reclined on the Lord's bosom, and who became a sacrificing priest wearing the mitre (or who "bore the sacerdotal plate" -- not of Levi, but a priest of a better covenant), and a witness and a teacher -- he rests at Ephesus. Then there is Polycarp, both bishop and martyr at Smyrna ... These all KEPT the PASSOVER on the FOURTEENTH day of the month, in accordance with the gospel, without ever deviating from it, but keeping to the rule of faith. Moreover I also, Polycrates ... always OBSERVED the DAY when the people PUT AWAY the LEAVEN." (c. 169 A.D.)

The chain from our Lord to John to Polycarp to Polycrates is unbroken. PASSOVER was celebrated rather than EASTER.

Disputes over the celebration of PASSOVER (known as the Quartodeciman controversy) are recorded in the early church histories of Eusebius, Socrates and Sozeman. The Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) dealt with this controversy by establishing EASTER Sunday and that "none should hereafter follow the blindness of the Jews" (Socrates Historia Ecclesiastica 1:9 quoted in Encyc. Brit. 11th pp.828-829). The bishops at Nicea so abhorred anything they thought to be Jewish that they "decided that Easter Day should always be on a Sunday, but never at the same time as the feast of the Jews. If the 14th Nisan fell on a Sunday, Easter Day was transferred to the following Sunday" (Burns, The Council of Nicea, p. 46). Constantine explains it this way, "For how could we who are Christians possibly keep the same day as those wicked Jews?" (Arian Controversy, Gwatkin, p.38)

The Puritans, who abhorred the Catholic ritual and the excesses which often accompanied the observance of the church festivals, refused to celebrate EASTER" (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1968 ed. 7:859). As Jeremiah 16:19 says, "the nations shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have INHERITED LIES, VANITY, and things in which there is NO PROFIT." Any nation which "loves and practices a LIE" will be kept out of New Jerusalem (Rev. 22:15).

My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

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