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​The Gospel

This song is by Shai Linne and appears on the album The Atonement (2008).

It interesting what emcees go out of their way to mention
All day on the radio- sin without flinching
Some have a penchant for dissention or perhaps some invention
On how they fared at the latest player's convention
Intention might as well be salvation prevention
Soul food cooking up in hell's kitchen- smell the stench and
Then you got the neo-soul poetry slam pretention
Quote-unquote "conscious" emcees speak on lynchings
In the next sentence brag about how they got the game clinched and
Thug cats chronicle ghetto tension
All of this is just the physical extension of the spiritual dimension
But now we're talking 'bout redemption
'Cause nothing's more important than the state of your soul
Not the way that you roll or the weight that you hold
The "cake" that you sold will make you go straight to the hole
Awaiting parole- now tell me who's taking control
We're breaking the mold for real, not your typical youth
Dropping Biblical truth with analytical proof
So one for the purity, two for the unity
Three for the faith and four for humility
I get up on the mic and speak on man's inability
To come to God on his own and cats ain't feelin' me
Man cheated on God like Bill did to Hilary
And got the nerve to beef when He breaks out heavy artillery?
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven
Against all the godlessness and viciousness
Of hypocrites who suppress the truth in wickedness
Since what may be known about God is plain to them
Because He made it plain to them in their craniums
You can't look at nature and not see God's glory
His infinite being manifested in His story
From the farthest reaches of the universe
Back to earth which has in fact been cursed
Because of sinful man trying to make mockery
Of God's grace with lying, hate and debauchery
Greed, jealousy, strife, evil
All types of people live life that's illegal
They're senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless
Intense, this opaqueness and darkness- no excuses
We glamorize sin and slander wise men
Analyze the ten commandments- any surprise then?
God hates these things and He's not budging
If you live like this, how will you escape God's judgment?
Somebody said, "But wait, I'm a good person, ughh...
I'm not a murderer, perjurer or burglar"
Consider the standard by which you measure your goodness don't flatter
Yourself- for real, only one opinion matters
That's God's and He says that no one is good
Whether priest or common hood, far east to Hollywood
Doesn't make a difference- what will it take for you to listen to me?
God has spoken and this is the decree:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory
Of Yahweh- sovereign over all territories
Perfectly holy, righteous eternally
Infinite knowledge, He reigns universally
Unfathomable understanding- He's got this
Pure, perfection personified- spotless
Everywhere at once, supreme superiority
How dare the creature usurp His authority?
You have any idea who you're dealing with?
Sooner or later, everybody will be feeling it
Without perfection, we will never enter His presence
Or taste heaven's essence- spiritual effervescence
Sinners can't afford God telling them to stay out
Grim situation- I think we need a way out
Look! To the rescue it's Jesus Christ
Holding in His right hand the keys to life
God in the flesh giving all He had to give
He lived the perfect life that no other man can live
Fulfilling what was spoken through the prophet's faith
So that on Judgment Day, a swap takes place
Jesus got the punishment- believers get eternal life
And all you got to do is place your trust in Christ
That's the good news and not everybody can hear it
But those God chose get drawn by His Spirit
Don't take my word for it, take your Bible off the shelf
Blow the dust off of it and read it for yourself
Prepare to get the key that unlocks the mystery
Of life, victory awaits and this is what you'll see:
That truth and perception rarely ever coincide
Christ's arms are open wide, go inside
If you're unsaved listening to this the Great Physician
Has got the medicine- He's knocking at your door- let Him in
And you can sit down and have a meal together
That's my word, in His presence, keep it real forever!