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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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The one who commits suicide proves he or she was not born again. In committing suicide, he or she proves that when others thought he or she was saved in reality he or she was not, but only had an outward appearance with no inward change. A wolf in sheep's clothing.

Where does it say anywhere in Scripture that if one commits suicide that's proof they were not saved? It's simply not there. What is there is that ALL sins are forgiven at the time one comes to Christ and no matter what sin a Christian might be in when they die they will still be carried to heaven by the angels. They may lose rewards, but they are yet saved.
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If ‘ALL MURDERS’ are sent to hell them that means the sin of murder cannot be forgiven.

Have you ever heard about ‘GRACE?’ Without ‘GRACE’ not a single person would inherit Heaven.

Yet some seem to drop ‘GRACE’ from the equation when it pleases them.
You're really grasping at straws here Jerry. One murdering another can be repented of, if one chooses to repent.

Self-murder cannot be repented of. It is the ultimate act of selfishness and rebellion.
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Suicide is a grievous sin against God. Because it is the taking of life, suicide is murder; and it is never right. When one who professes to be a Christian commits suicide, serious doubts should be raised as to the authenticity of his or her profession. There is no hardship or trial that can justify a child of God, attempting to end his orher own life. We are instructed by God's Holy Word to live our lives for Him, and when we die is not ours todecide.

When one commits suicide, that one is placing himself in the position of God, declaring when his life is to end. God has already determined when we are to die, His Word tells us this. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. But we can shorten our lives through rebellion. Children honor your parents in the Lord for this is right. For this is the first commandment with promise.

Does God really have rebellious children in His Heaven? or does He have children who hear and follow Him? Nothing that defiles can enter Heaven... nothing. Yet some would have children of disobedience upon whom God's wrath is appointed defiling His habitation..

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Of course God has rebellious children in heaven.

That is every single human being has rebelled from God, even after they have been saved, there was only one that no rebellion was found within Him, & thanks to Him, & grace, humans can be saved.

And we don't keep our self saved, God does that. Plus it would be impossible for us to keep our self saved.

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Of course God has rebellious children in heaven.

That is every single human being has rebelled from God, even after they have been saved, there was only one that no rebellion was found within Him, & thanks to Him, & grace, humans can be saved.

And we don't keep our self saved, God does that. Plus it would be impossible for us to keep our self saved.

Amen!

All sin is grievous before God. That not only includes suicide, but also lying, gossiping, committing homosexual acts, and according to Christ, even when we think about doing these things.

So true, we don't preserve or keep our own salvation by not sinning, or by not committing certain sins, or by making sure we repent of every sin before we die.
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Matthew 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

One commits suicide because it is in one's heart to commit suicide. Suicide is murder and murder defiles.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Nothing that defiles will enter God's Kingdom... nothing.

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Suicide is an act or rebellion, it is as the sin of witchcraft. Stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Instead of submitting to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the one who committed suicide stubbornly chose a different method of solving his or her problems.

And God sees their rebellion and stubbornness the same as He sees witchcraft and idolatry.

Suicides are the result of an evil heart, one that knows not God.

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Rebellious children in heaven? Not according to Revelation 21:8, 27; 22:3, 15:

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Sin of any kind does not occur in a vacuum:

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Salvation does not eradicate our sin nature...we all have one and we all sin, even after salvation. But we need not "live in the mire of sin" and sin should not be our lifestyle after we are saved. We don't become "sinless", but we do "sin less".

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

Romans 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

My late husband committed suicide with alcohol. He made a "profession" of faith in 1978 but continued on in the same "old" sinful lifestyle until his death in October, 2000. Some people would say he went to heaven because he made that "profession"...I say, and sincerely believe, that my late husband went to hell. I have left the matter in God's hands.

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Matthew 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

One commits suicide because it is in one's heart to commit suicide. Suicide is murder and murder defiles.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Nothing that defiles will enter God's Kingdom... nothing.

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Suicide is an act or rebellion, it is as the sin of witchcraft. Stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Instead of submitting to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the one who committed suicide stubbornly chose a different method of solving his or her problems.

And God sees their rebellion and stubbornness the same as He sees witchcraft and idolatry.

Suicides are the result of an evil heart, one that knows not God.

All sin begins in the heart and all sin defiles.
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Yet, but you forget one small thing, once a person is saved, they're saved for ever, & there is not a single sin that can make a true believe lose their salvation.

So if a saved person commits suicide, it does not send them to hell.

And of course, if a person is not saved, they are already hell bound.

And there's many that feel just like you, but they do not have a leg to stand on, but of course I know you will not understand that. For you have already made up your mind that if anyone commits suicide they go strait to hell. And so far all you have done is use Holy Scriptures out of context to prove what you believe.

And the only reason I have made any more post is for the benefit of those that do not know, hopefully to help them to keep from falling for that which is wrong.

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All sin does defile a man, but suicide is a sin that cannot be repented of. Once it's done, it's done.

If a Christian dies while committing adultery, telling a lie, stealing or any other sin they can't repent of it but that doesn't mean they were not saved and doesn't send them to hell.
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If a Christian dies while committing adultery, telling a lie, stealing or any other sin they can't repent of it but that doesn't mean they were not saved and doesn't send them to hell.


My wife had a 1st cousin, she was married, got killed in the pickup truck with another man of whom she had been running around with. I actually do not know if she was saved or not. But one thing I do know, if she was saved, even though she was not acting like a saved person at her death, she is not in heaven.

And if she was saved, when judgment day comes, there is no doubt she will lose rewards.

And perhaps she was saved, and perhaps God got tired of her living that way, & for her that was the sin unto death, & God called her home.

Of course I don't know, I'm just basing thoughts on Bible teachings.
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Yet, but you forget one small thing, once a person is saved, they're saved for ever, & there is not a single sin that can make a true believe lose their salvation.

So if a saved person commits suicide, it does not send them to hell.

And of course, if a person is not saved, they are already hell bound.

And there's many that feel just like you, but they do not have a leg to stand on, but of course I know you will not understand that. For you have already made up your mind that if anyone commits suicide they go strait to hell. And so far all you have done is use Holy Scriptures out of context to prove what you believe.

And the only reason I have made any more post is for the benefit of those that do not know, hopefully to help them to keep from falling for that which is wrong.
The teaching that all suicides are going to hell is not wrong, as much as you'd like it to be. Scripture clearly states that all murderers will have their part in the lake of fire.

If one murders ones self, it is impossible for that one to repent of that sin. That person leaves this life a murderer, not a blood washed child of God. That one that has others believing he went to heaven after committed suicide is skillful in the art of deceiving in light of the Word of God. Their evil heart revealed that they were not of God at all.

Of course many can't accept that fact.
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If a Christian dies while committing adultery, telling a lie, stealing or any other sin they can't repent of it but that doesn't mean they were not saved and doesn't send them to hell.
So you're telling me, that a man who makes a profession of faith in Christ, appears to be a Christian, is seen doing things Christians do, if that man 30 years later allows that which is in his heart to surface and he commits a homosexual act and dies in that act, he is still going to heaven?

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God's grace is something you seem not able to accept. And every soul that enters heaven will be only by the grace of God.

As previously stated;

1. it will be up to our Lord who enters heaven or not, so its best to leave that up to Him.
2. the only sin that the blood of our Savior will not cover, is unbelief.

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I have already accepted God's Grace.

What I don't accept is the teaching that one can commit suicide and still enter God's Kingdom when His Word clearly teaches that all, (not some) murderers will have their part in the lake of fire.

God's Word already states who will go to the lake of fire, so it's best to believe His Word
The one that commits suicide practices unbelief.

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C.H. Spurgeon, in his sermon "The Sin of Unbelief" delivered on January 14 1855, wrote:




I will attempt this morning, for a little while, to show the extremely evil nature of the sin of unbelief.
1. First the sin of unbelief will appear to be extremely heinous when we remember thatit is the parent of every other iniquity.

There is no crime which unbelief will not produce. I think that the fall of man was surely a result of the sin of unbelief. It was at this point that the devil tempted Eve. He said to her, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” He whispered and insinuated a doubt, “Did God really say?” as much as to say, “Are you quite sure he said that?” It was by means of unbelief--that thin part of the wedge--that the other sin entered; curiosity and the rest followed; she touched the fruit, and destruction came into this world. Since that time, unbelief has been the prolific parent of all guilt. An unbeliever is capable of the vilest crime that ever was committed. Unbelief, friends! Unbelief! why it hardened the heart of Pharaoh--it has given liberty to many blaspheming tongues--yes, it even became a disciple, and murdered Jesus. Unbelief!--it has sharpened the knife of the suicide; it has mixed many a cup of poison; and many to a shameful grave, who have murdered themselves and rushed with bloody hands before their Creator’s tribunal, because of unbelief.
Give me an unbeliever--let me know that he doubts God’s word--let me know that he distrusts his promise and his threats; and with that for a premise, I will conclude that the man will, in time, unless there is amazing restraining power exerted on him, be guilty of the foulest and blackest crimes. Ah! this is a Beelzebub sin; like Beelzebub, it is the leader of all evil spirits. It is said of Jeroboam that he sinned and caused Israel to sin; and it may be said of unbelief that it not only sins itself, but makes others sin; it is the egg of all crime, the seed of every offence; in fact, everything that is evil and vile lies couched in that one word--unbelief.


I truly believe that Spurgeon hit the nail on the head when he said that unbelief "sharpened the knife of suicide," and that "it is the parent of every other iniquity". It is because of unbelief that one commits suicide. Unbelief that Jesus is the answer to man's problems; unbelief that God has provided a way to escape temptation; unbelief that God promises an eternity in torment to those who are guilty of murder. Suicide is murder, and for those who commit it, God's wrath is imminent. Edited by Standing Firm In Christ
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C.H. Spurgeon, in his sermon "The Sin of Unbelief" delivered on January 14 1855, wrote:






I truly believe that Spurgeon hit the nail on the head when he said that unbelief "sharpened the knife of suicide," and that "it is the parent of every other iniquity". It is because of unbelief that one commits suicide. Unbelief that Jesus is the answer to man's problems; unbelief that God has provided a way to escape temptation; unbelief that God promises an eternity in torment to those who are guilty of murder. Suicide is murder, and for those who commit it, God's wrath is imminent.


Like everything you say and do, it's based on your own opinion. When you quote scripture you quote out of context and twist to your own ends. Likewise, now quoting Spurgeon, you failed to continue with his sermon - shame on you for for pushing a lie, for damning all besides yourself.

The rest of the sermon:



It is said of Jeroboam that he sinned and made Israel to sin; and it may be said of unbelief that it not only sins itself, but makes others sin; it is the egg of all crime, the seed of every offence; in fact everything that is evil and vile lies couched in that one word—unbelief.
indent.gifAnd let me say here, that unbelief in the Christian is of the self-same nature as unbelief in the sinner. It is not the same in its final issue, for it will be pardoned in the Christian; yea it is pardoned: it was laid upon the scapegoat's head of old: it was blotted out and atoned for; but it is of the same sinful nature. In fact, if there can be one sin more heinous than the unbelief of a sinner, it is the unbelief of a saint. For a saint to doubt God's word—for a saint to distrust God after innumerable instances of his love, after ten thousand proofs of his mercy, exceeds everything. In a saint, moreover, unbelief is the root of other sins. When I am perfect in faith, I shall be perfect in everything else; I should always fulfill the precept if I always believed the promise. But it is because my faith is weak, that I sin. Put me in trouble, and if I can fold my arms and say, "Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord will provide," you will not find me using wrong means to escape from it. But let me be in temporal distress and difficulty; if I distrust God, what then? Perhaps I shall steal, or do a dishonest act to get out of the hands of my creditors; or if kept from such a transgression, I may plunge into excess to drown my anxieties. Once take away faith, the reins are broken; and who can ride an unbroken steed without rein or bridle? Like the chariot of the sun, with Phaeton for its driver, such should we be without faith. Unbelief is the mother of vice; it is the parent of sin; and, therefore, I say it is a pestilent evil—a master sin.



The link to the full sermon for those who wish to read it and make sure I have not misquoted.

http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0003.htm
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I did not post the whole sermon because it is too long.

And I did not twist anything. I posted the two paragraphs in their totatity.

But even so, I agree with the two paragraphs that I posted. And Spurgeon was wrong in saying it will be pardoned in the Christian, for the Christian will never commit suicide. If one proclaiming to be a Christian commits suicide, it prove he was not a Christian after all. He only professed and never possessed. Had the Holy Spirit been in him, he would have heard the voice of the Savior and repented of such a thought. Christ's sheep hear His voice and they follow Him.

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Suicide is a result of unbelief that is harbored in the heart. When one commits suicide, he is proving he has not the nature of Christ dwelling in him. For, had he the nature of Christ, no doubt he would not have committed suicide. Rather, he would have trusted God for strength in trials, for steadfastness in temptations, for stamina in testing.

He would not have killed himself.

Suicide is an act of rebellion and rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

The suicidal person does not hear God's counsel. Their suicide is covering sin with sin. In their act, they prove their lost estate.

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