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      Closed Communion
      James Foley
       
      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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I saw this on TV today.

Chicago Police Officers stand guard after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrived back home after federal authorities arrested him Tuesday on charges he sought favors to influence his choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama, in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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Makes one wonder how many governors (politicians) have sold such seats (other positions) in the past.

American politics is corrupt, probably beyond fixing. Even the corrupt politicians have set up laws to protect them selves and their benefits that go along with their positions, their not really public servants, most are parasites that feed off of the American tax payers.

But its not all doom and gloom.

If we give our undivided heart to God we will never be disappointed. Remember, the world hears us not.

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Makes one wonder how many governors (politicians) have sold such seats (other positions) in the past.

American politics is corrupt, probably beyond fixing. Even the corrupt politicians have set up laws to protect them selves and their benefits that go along with their positions, their not really public servants, most are parasites that feed off of the American tax payers.

But its not all doom and gloom.

If we give our undivided heart to God we will never be disappointed. Remember, the world hears us not.


Finally, a post 100% with you on......... :thumb
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I hope he resigns if not we in the state should impeach him

He has allready wasted a ton of money by refusing to move to the Govenors mansion in Springfield insisting on a personal plane to fly back and forth from Chicago .(to the tune of 5k dollars a day )

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[quote="LAF"]I hope he resigns if not we in the state should impeach him

He has allready wasted a ton of money by refusing to move to the Govenors mansion in Springfield insisting on a personal plane to fly back and forth from Chicago .(to the tune of 5k dollars a day )[/quote]

I do to, but as arrogant as he seems to me I really don't feel that he will give up his position. He may feel as long as he hangs on to this office he will still obtain power to fight these charges with. Hope I'm wrong.

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If he goes to jail (hope he does!), he will be the fourth IL governor to do so. And people had such high hopes that he would run a clean administration after Ryan!!! *sigh* Yep, Jerry8, you are right. American politics are corrupt. I truly think Chicago pols are the most!!!!

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YES...HC! Jail would be the best place for this man. He would have some time to do some thinking about what he has done.

ITA, about Chicago! I have cousins that have always lived around the Chicago area. And, my step-daughter moved there in mid summer. :pray

American politics is corrupt' date=' probably beyond fixing. Even the corrupt politicians have set up laws to protect them selves and their benefits that go along with their positions, their not really public servants, most are parasites that feed off of the American tax payers.[/quote']

:goodpost:



Praise God! :amen:
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What the media is downplaying is the fact Obama comes from this same Chicago style political system. Illinois would probably be a halfway decent state if it were not for Chicago and the massive corruption that goes on there and filters its way into the state government.

With this guy, not only is he corrupt as so many others are there too, but he's exceedingly arrogant and seems to believe he's untouchable (remind anyone of Obama?). This guy knew he was being investigated yet went right ahead with plans to sell a Senate seat.

On top of all that, this guy is exceedingly foul mouthed. If you saw any of the quotes from him taken from wiretaps and wires, this guy spews the "f" word with nearly every sentence. And then he threatened the head of a childrens hosptial that if he wouldn't donate a certain amount of money to his campaign he would withhold state money from the childrens hospital. Forget about the children in need, all this guy cares about is money in his pocket.

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Interesting article:

http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/rezko_ ... ode=73FD-1

President-elect Barack Obama?s ties to arrested Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich run primarily through Chicago slum lord and felon Tony Rezko.

Rezko served as the political godfather for both Blagojevich and Obama, helping both to rise in Chicago and Illinois politics. Obama himself has credited Rezko with helping to his political career.

Rezko raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both politicians.



The article goes on to cite Rezko's ties to both men...remember that old saying, "birds of a feather flock together."
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What the media is downplaying is the fact Obama comes from this same Chicago style political system. Illinois would probably be a halfway decent state if it were not for Chicago and the massive corruption that goes on there and filters its way into the state government.


:amen: This article is only telling a "half truth." :P Obama's hands are definitely in this one.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com
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WASHINGTON -- The federal corruption allegations against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cast an embarrassing glare on the world of Chicago politics he shares with President-elect Barack Obama, even though the two Democrats aren't close and there is no suggestion Obama did anything inappropriate.

The case will keep the public spotlight on some episodes Obama thought he had put behind him, including his ties to Antoin Rezko, a convicted Chicago real-estate developer who was accused in a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit Tuesday of scheming with Blagojevich. Rezko raised campaign funds for both men, and was one of Obama's earliest supporters as he was climbing the political ladder in Illinois.

The matter also highlights ties between the disgraced Democratic governor and some members of Obama's inner circle. His top campaign strategist, David Axelrod -- who will move to the White House for a senior adviser's job -- lists Blagojevich on his firm's Web site as one of his clients, when the politician was a candidate for Congress.

And because Blagojevich stands accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the president-elect, Obama's name will be forever linked to the case, even though he isn't accused of wrongdoing.

Chicago has been home to some of the country's most notorious corrupt politicians as well as some leading political reformers. Obama throughout his career has tried to portray himself as being firmly in the latter camp, while critics have repeatedly tried to tie him to the "Chicago machine" environment that shaped his early political career.

The critics have rarely succeeded. "Obama, to his credit, got through this system with very little mud on his suit," said David Mendell, a Chicago journalist and the author of an Obama biography.Teflon Man! :lol:


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/electio ... spotlight/
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Obama's inner circle.


They've got that right. :lol:

Chicago has been home to some of the country's most notorious corrupt politicians as well as some leading political reformers. Obama throughout his career has tried to portray himself as being firmly in the latter camp, while critics have repeatedly tried to tie him to the "Chicago machine" environment that shaped his early political career.


Oh yeah!! Chicago is so corrupt, it is unreal. :roll
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Democrats and the media can no longer rest on the old rationalization that Blago is an exception to the "we're cleaner than thou" rule. 2008 was the year of Democratic Reps. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson, Charlie "Sweetheart Deals" Rangel, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame "Text Me" Kilpatrick. It was the year Democratic Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson got caught stuffing bribes from an FBI informant down her shirt. It was the year 12 Democratic leaders and staffers in Pennsylvania's state Capitol were stung in a massive corruption scandal involving cash, sex and abuse of public office. And it was the year of multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandals at Democratic satellite offices of ACORN and the SEIU.

http://townhall.com/columnists/Michelle ... corruption

(warning - even though it is censored, there is enough of a couple of filthy words quoted (by Blago's wife! :gross: ) to know what they are)
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Prior to the arrest of Blago, a top Obama aid had stated Obama had talked with Blago about who would fill his empty Senate seat. In one of the taped recordings of Blago, he says something that makes it sound as if he had talked with Obama about this. Blago said that 'bleeping' (referring to Obama) expects me to give the seat to his choice, well 'bleep' him (my paraphrase from memory).

Then yesterday, after Blagos arrest, Obama's top aid put forth a statement saying he had been mistaken and that Obama had NEVER talked with Blago about the empty senate seat. Hmmm, pretty convenient; also VERY hard to believe!

Obama, as of yesterday, is now on record as saying he never talked with Blago about the senate seat. I wonder how the media will react if it comes out that Obama did indeed talk with Blago about this?

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Prior to the arrest of Blago, a top Obama aid had stated Obama had talked with Blago about who would fill his empty Senate seat. In one of the taped recordings of Blago, he says something that makes it sound as if he had talked with Obama about this. Blago said that 'bleeping' (referring to Obama) expects me to give the seat to his choice, well 'bleep' him (my paraphrase from memory).

Then yesterday, after Blagos arrest, Obama's top aid put forth a statement saying he had been mistaken and that Obama had NEVER talked with Blago about the empty senate seat. Hmmm, pretty convenient; also VERY hard to believe!

Obama, as of yesterday, is now on record as saying he never talked with Blago about the senate seat. I wonder how the media will react if it comes out that Obama did indeed talk with Blago about this?

Well, actually, I don't think there would be necessarily anything wrong with someone talking to a governor about who would be good to replace them...they would want to replicate their own policies and see that someone who thinks like them would be put in. One of the articles I posted earlier mentions the woman BO recommended. I think Blago's problem with it was that there wasn't anything in it for him.
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Well, actually, I don't think there would be necessarily anything wrong with someone talking to a governor about who would be good to replace them...they would want to replicate their own policies and see that someone who thinks like them would be put in. One of the articles I posted earlier mentions the woman BO recommended. I think Blago's problem with it was that there wasn't anything in it for him.


I agree. There is nothing wrong with having an honest and legal discussion of such things. Actually, it's to be expected. The problem is that even though Obama's top aid spoke previously about such an exchange, as soon as Blago was arrested that aid suddenly changed his story and Obama denies ever having talked with Blago about it.

Apparently, Obama and Blago never really got along. One or the other could have been trying to play political games (or they both could have been playing) which is part of the reason Obama is trying to deny ever even talking with Blago.

Now it's been announced that the potential seat filler who offered to pay a million dollars to Blago for the seat is Jesse Jackson Jr. Like father, like son.
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Oh, wow - I didn't know about JJJ!! Doesn't surprise me, though.

No, I don't think BO and Blago got along. And I'm sure his distancing himself from Blago is simply more of the teflon stuff - to make sure nothing sticks to him. At least he called for Blago's resignation. Kinda makes you think of that old adage - "no honor among thieves" eh?

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Now it's been announced that the potential seat filler who offered to pay a million dollars to Blago for the seat is Jesse Jackson Jr. Like father' date=' like son.[/quote']

Oh, please!!! This is like a "Soap Opera"...saga!! :roll
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