Churches

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There were two versions of this song. I have tried to place the lines side by side so that you can see the differences.

Version A

Version B

Religion as of olden timesReligion as of olden times
Has most come to a pause. Has most come to a pause,
And every one is looking. And everyone is looking.
And some say they've found the cause. And some say, they've found the cause.
Some will say, "Just follow me, One will say, "Just follow me,
For God gave me a plan." For God gave me a plan."
Most people know the stage was set, Most people know the stage was set
Before he e'er began.

Before he e'er began.

Another says, "Come; go with me. Another says, "Come go with me;
I've found the modern way. I've found the modern way.
Just come and see the miracles Just come and see the miracles
I'm doing every day." I'm doing every day."
God gave him power to do these things, God gave him power to do these things
He said that he should do. He said that we should do
We know he's doing all he can, We know he's doing all he can,
But still it's nothing new

But still it's nothing new.

Another says, "Just watch my church Another says, "Just watch;
Grow stronger every day."My church grows larger every day."
He thinks that numbers make a church, He thinks that numbers make a church,
But God don't work that way But God don't work that way.
God wants a church that always goes God wants a church that always goes,
According to His plan According to His plan,
And not a church that's made and built And not a church that's made and built
By just a single man

By just a single man.

Another says, "Come to my church. Another says, "Come to my church;
Let other churches go." Let other churches go."
He says he does not proselyte. He says he does not proselyte.
What's this we'd like to know? What's this we'd like to know?
He says, "We have our social life. "Oh, yes, we have our social life,<
We surely think it's fine. And we just think it's fine.
And when we have another feast, And when we have another feast,
We'll ask you in to dine."

We'll ask you in to dine."

Where is that church we used to know? Where is that church we used to know?
Its name I can't recall. Its name I don't recall.
But who are we to care for names? But who are we to care for names?
God's word was preached to all. God's word was preached to all.
That old time preacher spoke the word That old time preacher spoke the word.
He made it good and plain He made it good and plain.
For us to have the grace of God For us to have the grace of God,
We must be born again

We must be born again.

The churches are all different now The churches are all different now;
They all have separate schools They have separate schools.
They educate their preachers They educate their preachers,
And they teach them all new rules And they learn them all new rules
While all the time they should be taught While all the time they should be taught
There is never nothing new There's never anything new.
Christ said do unto others as Christ said, "Do unto others
Ye would they'd do to you

As ye would they'd do to you."

Some say do this some say do that Some say do this; some say do that;
All have a special way All have a special way.
If you don't follow their advice They try to tell you how to go.
You'll get in the wrong they say If you don't, "You're lost," they say.
Some will divide and split a church Some will divide and split a church
And say this is the hour And say, "This is the hour."
It's only Satan creeping in It's just old Satan creeping in
To rob the church of power

To cheat the church of power,

What God needs upon this earth What God needs upon this earth
Is a church that is all His own Is a church that's all His own.
Where everyone can worship Him Where everyone can worship Him
And not feel all alone, And not feel all alone,
A gathering place for every one A gathering place for everyone
Of every race and creed Of every race or creed.
Where they can come and worship Him Where they can come and worship Him,
For He's the one they need

For He's the one they need.

Christ, our Lord, He soon will come Christ, our Lord, He soon will come
To gather all His sheep To gather all His sheep
From every land from every race From every land and every clime
And from the raging deep And from the raging deep.
My friend, don't sit there in a church My friend, don't sit there in a church
With walls built all around With walls built all around,
For only with the marching saints For only with the saints of God
Will God's elect be found

Will His elect be found!

"Will the circle be unbroken?""Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"
Is a song they love to sing, Is a song they've learned to sing.
Thinking only of that number Think only of the number,
Found there in that special ring. Found there in their special ring.
"We're God chosen," they will tell you;"We are God's chosen," they will tell you;
"No one else has paid the cost."No one else has paid the cost.
If you won't join in our circle, If you won't join in our circle,
There is no hope for you; you're lost."

There's no help for you; you're lost."

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Text of Hymn: "Churches," © Icie E. Sandy Rowand, 2002, all rights reserved.

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