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      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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If you’re a soulwinner, I’d like to give you an honest thank you.

 

When you knock on someone’s door or strike up a conversation with the intent to witness them, you never know what circumstances have been taking place in that person’s life leading up to that moment.

 

In the early 90s, a soulwinner knocked on my door. He witnessed to a visiting friend for 20 minutes before I came out to see what was going on (since I was cooking a meal). When I was done eating I went out to speak with him and he started on the “Romans Road” with me. I was a religious lost guy and was difficult for him in some ways. I couldn’t relate to this 19 year old “geeky Bible guy” in any way. But he was an obedient witness and stayed with me. At that time in his life, he was specifically praying for “fruit that remains.”

 

After 40 minutes or so, I bowed my head and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to save my soul.

 

I’ve been a Christian for 20 years now and I have a family that I’m raising for Christ. That soulwinner is far from a geek and is among the best friends I’ve ever had and he’s always a phone call away. The town I grew up in was a stronghold of Catholicism and I never had a real friend up to that point in my life. I look back now and can see how God was preparing me months and years ahead of that meeting with a soulwinner. I left out a lot of detail; I could go on and on.

 

I just wanted to let the soulwinners here know that I’m grateful for your labor in Christ. I’m grateful for all the doors you’ve had slammed in your face, grateful for your perseverance while facing opposition of all kinds, grateful that you’re doing something that takes character, grateful that you’re not on your boat fishing when it’s time to “go ye therefore.” I’m grateful more than you can really understand.

 

So thanks again.

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If you’re a soulwinner, I’d like to give you an honest thank you.

 

When you knock on someone’s door or strike up a conversation with the intent to witness them, you never know what circumstances have been taking place in that person’s life leading up to that moment.

 

In the early 90s, a soulwinner knocked on my door. He witnessed to a visiting friend for 20 minutes before I came out to see what was going on (since I was cooking a meal). When I was done eating I went out to speak with him and he started on the “Romans Road” with me. I was a religious lost guy and was difficult for him in some ways. I couldn’t relate to this 19 year old “geeky Bible guy” in any way. But he was an obedient witness and stayed with me. At that time in his life, he was specifically praying for “fruit that remains.”

 

After 40 minutes or so, I bowed my head and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to save my soul.

 

I’ve been a Christian for 20 years now and I have a family that I’m raising for Christ. That soulwinner is far from a geek and is among the best friends I’ve ever had and he’s always a phone call away. The town I grew up in was a stronghold of Catholicism and I never had a real friend up to that point in my life. I look back now and can see how God was preparing me months and years ahead of that meeting with a soulwinner. I left out a lot of detail; I could go on and on.

 

I just wanted to let the soulwinners here know that I’m grateful for your labor in Christ. I’m grateful for all the doors you’ve had slammed in your face, grateful for your perseverance while facing opposition of all kinds, grateful that you’re doing something that takes character, grateful that you’re not on your boat fishing when it’s time to “go ye therefore.” I’m grateful more than you can really understand.

 

So thanks again.

 

Thanks. That's very kind of you to say.

 

I've been sick the last couple of days, but I'm hoping to join my church's evangelism team tonight in Newark for "Newark Night".We give out tracts, do one on one witnessing, hand out bottles on hot days.

 

Most of our team is in Dover at the NASCAR race doing that today.

 

That's kind of an all day thing, though, and I didn't feel up to that.

 

We don't do much door to door because we're so far out in the sticks, it isn't really practical. But we do try to hit any event that has people and we try to go to the "party districts" and witness.

 

It's funny that you say you got saved in a town that was a stronghold of Catholicism.

 

When I was a kid, I was hyperactive (back then, it wasn't "hyperactive". It was just being a brat.). My mom, who was not Catholic, heard about the uber-discipline in Catholic schools and decided to send me to a Catholic elementary school.

 

My new step-father was Catholic (although denied communion because he married my mother, "the shikse") and, out of a strong desire to please him, I studied all I could about Catholicism and listened intently as the nuns and priests catechised us.

 

Every day, when school let out, we would hop on our bikes and ride over to my friend, Tommy Engle's house.

 

Tommy's house was right down the street from a small Bible church and, every day, we would see the "big kids" playing football on the lawn. We asked if we could play and they were happy to accept us.

 

Turns out, two of the "kids" were adult youth leaders. After we played, we would sit down with them and talk about whatever we wanted to. It was the 70s. "Hey, man, let's rap." That sort of thing.

 

They would ask me about my Catholic school and what I was learning there, not in an intimidating or antagonizing way, but sincerely and out of concern for me.

 

I would tell them what we learned about the Eucharist or about Veronica stooping to wipe Jesus' brow, or justification and they would say, "Wow. That's really interesting. Let's see what the Bible says about that."

 

And verse, by verse, they would go through the Bible with me until I understood the Gospel and understood the errors of Catholicism. They never preached against Catholicism or told me it was wrong. They just let me see the truth of scripture and let the light of scripture expose the darkness of Catholicism.

 

LIttle by little, I understood the Gospel and, while I was sympathetic to the Gospel, I didn't receive Christ until about twelve years later. Even though I didn't receive Christ then, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt how their telling me about the Gospel stuck with me and was the seed that led to me receiving Christ and getting saved in my early twenties.

 

I don't remember their names and have tried in vain to find them a couple of times over the years, but that's OK. I'm convinced that they have a soul winning crown waiting in Heaven and I can't wait to thank them when I finally see them again.

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We don't do much door to door because we're so far out in the sticks, it isn't really practical. But we do try to hit any event that has people and we try to go to the "party districts" and witness.

 

Of course being a soulwinner doesn't mean only going door to door. You just have to go where there are people. Just be mindful that the person you hand a tract to just may be "fruit that remains."

 

Matthew 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
 

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Of course being a soulwinner doesn't mean only going door to door. You just have to go where there are people. Just be mindful that the person you hand a tract to just may be "fruit that remains.

 

I collect records. I won't get into that because I don't think my choice in musical genres would win me many friends here, but Greenwich Village in New York is famous among record collectors for it's hundreds of used record stores.

 

When I lived in New Jersey, I would go up to New York about once a month to cruise the record stores.

 

One autumn Saturday, I drove to the train station, took the Jersey Transit into the city Once there, I jumped on the subway and headed to the Village. Dummy that I am, I got on the wrong train and ended up in an underground shopping mall underneath a huge office building.

 

I poked my head into one of the stores to get directions and see where I went wrong. I struck up a conversation with the cashier, a young girl of maybe 19 or 20.

 

"Ask her if she knows where she would go if she died", my conscience told me. "No, that's not why I'm here. It's my day off. That can wait. Besides, it's New York and you know how New Yorkers are", I reasoned. On the way out of the mall, I realized that I really should have taken the time to talk to her, but I kept walking.

 

Long story short, I got to the Village, picked up some sweet vinyl, and went home.

 

Just three days later, Tuesday, I turned on my TV to see that "large office building", which by now, you've probably figured out was the South Tower of the World Trade Center, turned to dust and ash, three thousand people ushered into eternity, some welcomed home as children of God, some apprehended as criminals, waiting to stand before the Judge.

 

To this day, the face of that little girl haunts me. I have no idea whether she lived or died, but I will always remember the opportunity I was given to witness to her and share the Gospel with her, that I turned down because I had better things to do.   

 

And that is why I feel as passionately about evangelism as I do.

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Wow, what a couple of posts! And contrary to the thread title, and as Auburn has affirmed, I think those stories are essential reading for those of us who aren't soul winners, and we who don't even bother to speak up for Christ when given the opportunity. I heard a pastor once compare Peter's denial of Christ in the high priest's house with his own. He said something like: "I've been where Peter was. Although I've never vocally denied Christ, I've many times denied him by silence when I should have spoken up. How ashamed am I to be ashamed of Christ." That goes for me too.

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Wow, what a couple of posts! And contrary to the thread title, and as Auburn has affirmed, I think those stories are essential reading for those of us who aren't soul winners, and we who don't even bother to speak up for Christ when given the opportunity. I heard a pastor once compare Peter's denial of Christ in the high priest's house with his own. He said something like: "I've been where Peter was. Although I've never vocally denied Christ, I've many times denied him by silence when I should have spoken up. How ashamed am I to be ashamed of Christ." That goes for me too.

 

Thanks for the kind words.

 

There are a number of ways that we can deny Christ every day. But isn't it good to know that God is faithful, even when we are faithless?

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I collect records. I won't get into that because I don't think my choice in musical genres would win me many friends here...

 

I’ll address the issue of music in another post. It’s complicated. I'm adamantly against the world's music from a spiritual perspective but carnally speaking, I still appreciate brilliant musicians and can relate to your hobby. I did throw secular music out of my life permanently more than 20 years ago and I know it was the right choice.

 

 

To this day, the face of that little girl haunts me.

 

I'm sure we all have a similar story to tell. Thanks for sharing.

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Wow, what a couple of posts! And contrary to the thread title, and as Auburn has affirmed, I think those stories are essential reading for those of us who aren't soul winners, and we who don't even bother to speak up for Christ when given the opportunity. I heard a pastor once compare Peter's denial of Christ in the high priest's house with his own. He said something like: "I've been where Peter was. Although I've never vocally denied Christ, I've many times denied him by silence when I should have spoken up. How ashamed am I to be ashamed of Christ." That goes for me too.

 

This post is for everyone however, the "Thank You" is for the soulwinners. I guess I could have chosen different words (but it caught your interest :-)

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I just wanted to let the soulwinners here know that I’m grateful for your labor in Christ. I’m grateful for all the doors you’ve had slammed in your face, grateful for your perseverance while facing opposition of all kinds, grateful that you’re doing something that takes character, grateful that you’re not on your boat fishing when it’s time to “go ye therefore.” I’m grateful more than you can really understand.

 

Ya know, I have to say that 100 doors slammed in my face, rude remarks, or even being chased away/threatened with a gun would never enough to overshadow the joy and fulfilment of leading just one person to Christ.  I used to be scared about going out soulwinning and knocking on doors...afraid of what I would say or that I would mess up the message.  I've come understand, though, that real Soulwinner is the Holy Spirit and not really the person He's speaking through.  Every person that I've led to Christ or gotten to join us on Sundays were already being worked on before I knocked on their door and it didn't matter that I botched the message.  The power of the Gospel is what brings people to Christ and not the person.  All we have to do is be obedient to deliver it.  For those who read this thread that don't go out soulwinning in some fashion, please let this be an encouragement for you to get out there and share Jesus with someone.

 

Thanks for your testimony, Tom.  It's always so encouraging to see fruits of such labor.

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Ya know, I have to say that 100 doors slammed in my face, rude remarks, or even being chased away/threatened with a gun would never enough to overshadow the joy and fulfilment of leading just one person to Christ.  I used to be scared about going out soulwinning and knocking on doors...afraid of what I would say or that I would mess up the message.  I've come understand, though, that real Soulwinner is the Holy Spirit and not really the person He's speaking through.  Every person that I've led to Christ or gotten to join us on Sundays were already being worked on before I knocked on their door and it didn't matter that I botched the message.  The power of the Gospel is what brings people to Christ and not the person.  All we have to do is be obedient to deliver it.  For those who read this thread that don't go out soulwinning in some fashion, please let this be an encouragement for you to get out there and share Jesus with someone.

 

Thanks for your testimony, Tom.  It's always so encouraging to see fruits of such labor.

 

You've got a big part of being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ figured out. I realized long ago that no matter how “skillful” I was as a soulwinner, I’m just there to plant or water. If I happen to be the person God uses to pray with someone that wants repents of their unbelief, then I rejoice in that he’s allowed me to be a partaker of His work and of the other laborers that have come before me.

 

Consider this famously oft quoted passage: 1 Corinthians 3:5-8

 

5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

8  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

 

I don't want to look back on my life one day and say, "I wish I would have witnessed more for Christ."

 

"Work for the night is coming..."

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We put out some tracts in letterboxes a couple of weeks ago.
Later that day got a phone call from a lady threatening to call the police on us for putting stuff in her letterbox.

Keep on with it regardless.

Most of the time we get no response, so it is good to know some read it. ;)

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We put out some tracts in letterboxes a couple of weeks ago.
Later that day got a phone call from a lady threatening to call the police on us for putting stuff in her letterbox.

Keep on with it regardless.

Most of the time we get no response, so it is good to know some read it. ;)

Be careful.

18 U.S.C. 1725 states: 
    Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such
    as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like
    matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box
    established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the
    receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to
    avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such
    offense be fined under this title.

God bless,

Larry

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Be careful.

18 U.S.C. 1725 states: 
    Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such
    as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like
    matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box
    established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the
    receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to
    avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such
    offense be fined under this title.

God bless,
Larry
I'm not in the US - it is absolutely 100% legal here.
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If someone is upset enough about the Gospel then it's likely they are being heavily convicted by the Holy Ghost. That is evidence the seed has landed.

 

Perhaps at some point they will finally yield to the Holy Ghost and be born again.

 

If they persist in fighting the conviction of the Holy Ghost, they will one day be reminded of the opportunity they had and how they chose to harden their hearts rather than submit. They will know their sentence to hell is just as they have no excuse.

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If someone is upset enough about the Gospel then it's likely they are being heavily convicted by the Holy Ghost. That is evidence the seed has landed.

 

Perhaps at some point they will finally yield to the Holy Ghost and be born again.

 

If they persist in fighting the conviction of the Holy Ghost, they will one day be reminded of the opportunity they had and how they chose to harden their hearts rather than submit. They will know their sentence to hell is just as they have no excuse.

 

Your comments really encourage me as this past Thursday while out Soulwinning a guy angrily opened the day and said " I can tell by your shirt that I am not interested!" I happened to be wearing a leftover teen conference polo that said "Jesus, the choice for a new generation"  I love that shirt and have always gotten many compliments on it but this was the first angry reaction I had seen from it.  It startled me as I said "Your not interested in the Lord?" thinking I had misheard him.  He came back with " Get on out of here, I said I don't want to hear it! I'm not interested!"  Every other house out of maybe 30 homes all were very nice and some even said that they would come Sunday. Of course that one guy's reaction resonated over every positive reaction we got.  So your comment made me realize that he was prOBably being worked on by the Holy Spirit and was fighting his convictions.  Oddly enough it was about to rain and he said as we turned around "to stay dry and don't get soaked" with a smile. I think that he was trying to be nice at the end to tell us not to take it personally, but that he was just lashing out at the message on my shirt as it was convicting him even more.

 

Thanks- Jebarr

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Be careful.

18 U.S.C. 1725 states: 
    Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits any mailable matter such
    as statements of accounts, circulars, sale bills, or other like
    matter, on which no postage has been paid, in any letter box
    established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the
    receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to
    avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such
    offense be fined under this title.

God bless,

Larry

 

Do those 'letter boxes' include the little mailboxes on people's houses, or just the official post boxes? Cause up here those get used mostly for newspapers - not mail - and you don't have to pay postage on that! 

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Do those 'letter boxes' include the little mailboxes on people's houses, or just the official post boxes? Cause up here those get used mostly for newspapers - not mail - and you don't have to pay postage on that! 

in any letter box
    established, approved, or accepted by the Postal Service for the
    receipt or delivery of mail matter on any mail route with intent to
    avoid payment of lawful postage thereon, shall for each such
    offense be fined under this title.

Seems like typical legalese written by a lawyer/bureaucrat.  It looks like it can be interpreted to mean whatever they want it to mean in any given circumstance, as long as it is to their advantage.

 

Is that as clear as mud? :biggrin:

 

God bless,

Larry

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Thank you for the great testimony and encouragement to all soul winners.

 

Also, in some countriues, like here on Taiwan, it is legal to put tracts in letter boxes.

 

Alan

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