The 2x2s claim that Fanny Crosby (a Christian) wrote hymn 1 in their 2x2 hymn book. But this is not true. The words in the Hymn 1 of RL Alan and Sons 2x2 hymn book have been changed from the original hymn that was written by Fanny Crosby.
Was Jesus poor?
The second verse of Hymn 1 in the 2x2s hymn book goes "He was despised and afflicted, homeless rejected and poor"
Was Jesus despised? Yes. Certainly. He was the governor of Israel. Even at his birth they wanted to kill him.
Was he afflicted? Yes. They crucified him.
Was he homeless? He had many homes to stay in and promised his apostles the same.
Was he rejected? Yes, the Jews rejected the king of Israel.
Was Jesus poor? To answer this question, I had to look to the scripture again (I was not alive when Jesus walked the earth). I did an e-sword search on for two words "Jesus poor" on KJV. Here are results. There is only one verse that talks about Jesus becoming poor, and that was to make us rich.
2Co 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Does this verse teach that Jesus was financially poor? If so, then has Jesus made all believers in him financially rich? We know that Jesus left heaven to come down to earth. He left heaven. God was made flesh. In this way, he became poor, but I see no evidence that Jesus was financially poor. In fact, I found this verse that indicates otherwise.
Joh 13:29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
Was Jesus homeless? I found no verses of Jesus being homeless. I see no instance of Jesus being a tramp preacher as 2x2s were under William Irvine. I see no instance of Jesus being a vagrant.
Actual Hymn of Fanny Crosby
How many differences can you spot? There are several, all changed to reflect 2x2 teachings.
Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard. Tell how the angels in chorus, Sang as they welcomed His birth. “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good tidings to earth.” Refrain Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard. Fasting alone in the desert, Tell of the days that are past. How for our sins He was tempted, Yet was triumphant at last. Tell of the years of His labor, Tell of the sorrow He bore. He was despised and afflicted, Homeless, rejected and poor. Refrain Tell of the cross where they nailed Him, Writhing in anguish and pain. Tell of the grave where they laid Him, Tell how He liveth again. Love in that story so tender, Clearer than ever I see. Stay, let me weep while you whisper, Love paid the ransom for me. Refrain
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