Jump to content
Online Baptist Community
  • Newest Sermon Entry

    • By Jim_Alaska in Jim_Alaska's Sermons & Devotionals
         14
      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.

Good Tips On Saving Money…. $$$


The Glory Land

Recommended Posts

  • Advanced Member

Tip of the day... :)


Your outdoor a/c unit has a low voltage wire that come from the thermostat or inside unit to the condenser outside. These wires are in a brown insulator, many time people when cutting or using the weed eater they cut into this wires. Opening the circuit to the outdoor unit. Protect this wire so that you dont have this problem. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 176
  • Created
  • Last Reply
  • Moderators

Antibiotics is getting hard to come by, the Vets Association several years back lobbied congress to make it so they only way a person can get antibiotics for his pets, animals is by having a prescription from a Vet. they wanted government control so they could make more money.

 

The last time I checked the only way I could buy antibiotics from the local Farm Store that I shopped at for many years was buying it in a bottle that says for fish only. And they had no antibiotics that you give by the needle.

Your words here imply difficulty, not illegality

 

Why would you purchase drugs illegal? Should you not set an example by doing all things legal?

The very wording here is clearly accusatory, I don't believe your English grammatical comprehension is poor enough for you to not realize that. That is why Salyan reacted the way she did.

 

No, I'm asking. You said you had a way of getting them, without buying them from a Vet.

 

If its legal share it, after all this topic is about tips on saving money, don't you want to help your brothers & sisters in Christ to save money when buying antibiotics, drugs, for their animals?

 

An answer to your side note question: if it was legal I would think you would have already shared it because the topic is about saving money. That is the REASON I asked the questions that I asked.

 

Edited to add, I forgot to include this in this post.

 

NO, if someone is asking me a question I do not want any mod to jump in. And If I have any problem with a question someone asks me, I will let someone know. That is what the report button is for.

You can't get the part highlighted here from the highlighted section of your previous post.

 

Onward: Penicillin, Sulfadimethoxine, Tetracycline, etc are available through Jeffers (unless you live in Ca).

 

The FDA is asking manufacturers to VOLUNTARILY label new production (as of Apr 2012) as Rx only. The last time FDA sought a ban it took 5 years to get past court stays. Any still possessed without aforementioned labeling is legal to own, use, or sell. Any new manufactured product a company doesn't label in such manner is LEGAL to sell, own, or use.

 

They may get their desired mandatory labeling but at this point they are still leaving it as voluntary. 

 

 

And...........  just because I don't tell everything I know doesn't mean I'm hiding something!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Do your own computer upgrades and repairs. Adding a stick of RAM is as easy as plugging in a lamp and you can also easily replace things like power supplies, modems, ethernet cards or the CPU(main processor)


If you are going to upgrade your computer, be sure to shop at Newegg and Tigerdirect online. Also shop on eBay. If you have a Frys store near you, it is far better than Best Buy. Best Buy is usually the worst buy.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

If you are going to upgrade your computer, be sure to shop at Newegg and Tigerdirect online. Also shop on eBay. If you have a Frys store near you, it is far better than Best Buy. Best Buy is usually the worst buy.

Thanks!

When I went into business full time, I bought the first computer, from Tiger Direct, with a 19" CRT monitor, that will be 14 years ago, Oct 1st and I'm still using the monitor right now. I just bought a Dell laptop from Wallyworld for $398 tax free! (Florida has a tax free weekend). I'll check our NewEgg too. Thanks!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Antibiotics is getting hard to come by, the Vets Association several years back lobbied congress to make it so they only way a person can get antibiotics for his pets, animals is by having a prescription from a Vet. they wanted government control so they could make more money.

 

The last time I checked the only way I could buy antibiotics from the local Farm Store that I shopped at for many years was buying it in a bottle that says for fish only. And they had no antibiotics that you give by the needle.

We buy our antibiotics and vaccines from Jeffers. The catalog store/distribution center is actually about 35 miles north of here, across the Alabama line.  http://www.jefferspet.com/search.asp?camid=LIV&ss=antibiotics&search-submit=GO

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Lady Administrators

I made my laundry detergent this weekend.  Five gallons. It smells lovely.  Didn't use it yet, as I still have some left in the jug we got at the store.  As soon as that's empty, I'll fill it with the homemade and use it that way.  I'm excited!  :clapping:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

I made my laundry detergent this weekend.  Five gallons. It smells lovely.  Didn't use it yet, as I still have some left in the jug we got at the store.  As soon as that's empty, I'll fill it with the homemade and use it that way.  I'm excited!  :clapping:

 

 

Let me know if bubbles come out everywhere...   :runforhills:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

A local wrecking company sells tires, many of them with very little use, for about half the price of new ones. I just bought a set of 4 for my old '95 Silverado for about $200. Now, with all that tread to wear down, the challenge is to make the truck last another 50k miles or so. It has 251k on it now.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Its best to buy 4 tires, having all of your tires alike.

 

Once I went to Walmart to buy a new set of tires. They did not have the brand I wanted in stock, & would not order them. I went across the street to a tire store. They did not have them either, but they ordered them for me, cost, each tire was $25.00 cheaper apiece than at Walmart. That's right, at the tire store I saved $100.00 on a set of tires.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Tips of the day... :)

 

Ants are getting into or on your deserts...  :verymad:  "Try putting your desert on a Island."  Put a large deep dinner plate with water in it, does not have to be deep. put a cup in the center of the plate stading in the water. Put your desert plate on top of the cup. You got it, Ants cannot swim or get on to your deserts. Now flys still can...   :(

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Tip of the day... :)

Do you get ear ache all the time? I have a free cure for you. STOP cleaning you ears so much. That right, you are removing the inner wax that protects you ears. Don't use baby Q -Tips to clean the inner ear. 

 

After one week you will feel the differences.  :clapping:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Tip of the day...  :)

 

Free Digital T.V 

 

 

 

If you television is a flat screen modern and digital, you can watch all the free signals that are available to everyone. All you need is a digital receiver many TV has it built in, and those rabbit ears or a outside intenna. Where I live, I can get around 45 channels, clear and free.  So start saving today... 

 

       :singing: 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Tip of the day... :)

Do you get ear ache all the time? I have a free cure for you. STOP cleaning you ears so much. That right, you are removing the inner wax that protects you ears. Don't use baby Q -Tips to clean the inner ear. 

 

After one week you will feel the differences.  :clapping:

 

I went to my GP with an ear ache a few years ago.  He looked and said, "I see you are a cotton bud man, cotton buds compact the wax in the ear.  Just spray your shower in your ear and you won't get much wax."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

Tip of the day...  :)

 

Free Digital T.V 

 

 

 

If you television is a flat screen modern and digital, you can watch all the free signals that are available to everyone. All you need is a digital receiver many TV has it built in, and those rabbit ears or a outside intenna. Where I live, I can get around 45 channels, clear and free.  So start saving today... 

 

       :singing: 

 

We get about 80 or so free channels on Terestial Freeview TV, I don't use it though, as before we went completely digital I got a lousy picture, and although when we went completely digital they boosted the signal. I have not tried it.  I use Freesat, a similar service with most channels the same, but not all.  

 

My phone company have offered me a you view box.  This gives catch up TV, and other benefits.  They say the box is usually £300. and they will send an engineer to upgrade my phone line for faster broadband, and give me their fastest wifi router, as well as ½ price phone calls for a month, and they say it won't cost anything.   I said I already had 6 months ½ price calls for renewing my contract with them.  He said the new deal would replace that.  My current 6 month ½ price calls runs out near the end of Sptember.  I asked if I could put of the new deal till then?  He said, "Of course."  So I put the deal on hold.  

 

I also paid my line rental a year in advance which cost £114 p.a instead of £14.50 per month.  So I am currently paying about £8 per month for calls which includes Broadband, UK calls, most of Europe, Aust and NZ and Canada and USA, although we very rarely make overseas calls.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...