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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.

Children of correctional officers tasered during "Take Your


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I heard about this and thought no way. We just had a drug kingpin order a hit from jail with a cell phone he got smuggled in by correction guards, here in Baltimore. It sounds like criminals watching criminals.

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Its stupid. I will say that shocking around a circle was done in "older days" as a party game...see the Laura Ingalls books actually....but in today's society its dumb to try it.

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I used to be a correctional officer here in Virginia a let me tell you, except for one bad prison that was shut down, the prison system here is real tight. This isn't California or New Jersey where the inmates are allowed to have whatever they want when they want it. This is why the prison population is so low in Virginia compared to some other states. Nobody wants to go to jail.

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Baltimore is horrible. They just found out that many of the guards are members of the same gang that rules the Baltimore and Hagerstown prisons and jails. I didn't mean to say all DOC's were bad just the ones around here.

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Remember, this was "take your kid to work day". Parents were there and consented. And most officials who operate a taser must put themselves through the shock as part of their training. So in a way, they were just showing their kids exactly what their job duties consisted of. I don't think it's as bad as it sounds. They were also in a circle (40 kids?), so I doubt the effect was all that severe.

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Remember' date=' this was "take your kid to work day". Parents were there and consented. And most officials who operate a taser must put themselves through the shock as part of their training. So in a way, they were just showing their kids exactly what their job duties consisted of. I don't think it's as bad as it sounds. They were also in a circle (40 kids?), so I doubt the effect was all that severe.[/quote']



When I read the above statement, I thought that perhaps not all of the parents consented. When my hubby has had take your child to work day, the kids move from activity station to activity station and they are not always right with the parent--especially if there are several siblings in differing age ranges who want to do different things. Oh, and when you say "not as bad as it sounds", what if a couple of law-enforcement officers who attended your church put on an activity booth at a one of your church functions demonstrating how tasers worked on children? You know what would happen to them--they'd be arrested for child abuse. It's all relative.
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I just don't get it, before an officer of the law can use a taser on anyone, they have to have it used on them, why don't they start making them have to be shot with the gun they carry before they can shoot anyone with it? One makes just about as much sense as the other.

And it never makes sense to taser children, that's stupid.

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I've been tasered three times and one time I had to do it to myself. It hurt but not as much as the media makes it out to be. Also, the more fat you have the less it will hurt but the more muscle the more it will hurt. This is why it was worse to some of the men in my class more than the women. We had one lady the barely showed any expression from it. Law Enforcement tasers never go over 50,000 volts but you can by tasers up to like 300,000 volts for personal defense. Those ones will cause the bad guy to mess himself and leave him unconscious for a while.

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Anyone remember the guy from Poland that flew to a Canadian airport maybe a year ago or so and died because they tasered him? I wondered if this was just a strange occurrance, so I googled death from tasers in the USA.......you'd be surprised how many have died and the numbers are rising. So.........WHY would anybody risk it and taser a child?? It has been said that it hurts more on a person who is more lean--well, children are usually more lean. The people who tasered those children lack some common sense......those are weapons meant to be used on criminals who pose a threat. It makes about as much sense as "Here, let me demonstrate on you how I use my night stick during a vicious riot." :roll I'm not saying tasers themselves are bad, indeed, they may be a valuable asset in the apprehension of criminals who might have otherwise ended up shot, but they should not be used on children for "sport". (I am certain no 8yr. old or pre-teen would volunteer to experience such a thing if they knew ahead of time how much it hurt--just ask any child about getting immunizations!)

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Anyone remember the guy from Poland that flew to a Canadian airport maybe a year ago or so and died because they tasered him? I wondered if this was just a strange occurrance' date=' so I googled death from tasers in the USA.......you'd be surprised how many have died and the numbers are rising. So.........WHY would anybody risk it and taser a child?? It has been said that it hurts more on a person who is more lean--well, children are usually more lean. The people who tasered those children lack some common sense......those are weapons meant to be used on criminals who pose a threat. It makes about as much sense as "Here, let me demonstrate on you how I use my night stick during a vicious riot." :roll I'm not saying tasers themselves are bad, indeed, they may be a valuable asset in the apprehension of criminals who might have otherwise ended up shot, but they should not be used on children for "sport". (I am certain no 8yr. old or pre-teen would volunteer to experience such a thing if they knew ahead of time how much it hurt--just ask any child about getting immunizations!)[/quote']

The taser cannot kill you unless you already have a bad heart. And even then I'm not sure it can. Most of the times folks are killed when being tasered it's because they where resisting arrest and ended up being suffocated by the police officers piling on him/her to get him/her to stop fighting. Ususally in this case they blame the stun gun. This is because liberals don't not want police to have any means whatsover to stop the bad guy. They can't use a guy (in Hagerstown, MD the cops could only carry one round in their gun) or club because they are lethal. So we get them tasers. Well, now they can't use them. They can't punch the bad guy oruse unauthorized judo moves to subdue the bad guy. It's crazy. If you don't want to die THEN DON'T RESIST.
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I think everyone summed this up well. STUPID.

As for the Taser killing people, it doesnt. It has no effect on the heart or vital organs. It only affects the major muscle groups. Voltage is not dangerous. Amps is what is dangerous. The Amps in a Taser is under half and amp. A vaccum cleaner runs on 12 amps. The kids were not in danger, it is just a stupid thing for supposed professionals or any adult to do.

Wilchba summed it up. People who died usually have underlying health issues. There is a syndrome called medebolic acidosis (sp). These folks are druggers and are walking dead. They fight and get their BP up and when they come to rest their heart stops. This has occured for years from hands on to pepper spray, nothing new. Taser has never been found liable in a wrongful death suit because the autopsies prove the Taser had nothing to do with the death.

Yup, been Tased, was a Taser instructor. Made me scream like a girl then laugh when it was turned off. Personally these empolyees need to be fired asap.

DD

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