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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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I don't remember the name of the pastor, but a new Christian once asked him about how to deal with having lost friends and the pastor told him not to worry about it. The pastor told the young man if he was living for Christ his lost friends would soon not want to be around him.

 

When the young man, who had been saved while away in the military, returned to his home and his lost friends showed up he found out just how right that pastor was. His lost friends didn't want to hear about his Saviour and Lord, they didn't want to hear the Gospel, they didn't want to hear about his life with Christ, and since he was no longer willing to do the sinful things they all used to do for fun, his lost friends were soon nowhere to be found.

 

One who is truly following Christ can't help but shine the light of Christ for others to see. They can't help but talk about their Saviour and Lord, they can't help but want to try and help those around them know Jesus, they can't help but share with them they are about to crash and need to change course.

 

If one wants to hide their Christianity, if one wants to keep silent about Jesus and doesn't care enough about the lost folks around them to warn them of danger, and if a professing Christian is willing to hang out with the lost and act much like them, then sure, they may have several lost friends.

 

Those who do this should pay heed to Scripture and make their calling and election sure. Then they should look to Scripture and be reminded that worldly friendliness isn't love; that true love is sharing the Saviour with the lost and warning them of the dreadful fate of being without Christ.

 

Our words, actions and lives are to be lived in such a way as to example Christ, drawing the lost to salvation and warning them of the danger they are in.

 

TODAY is the day of salvation. None of us knows when our time will be up. We don't know if ourselves or a lost person we know may die tonight; or if Christ may return before we meet again. Dare we delay in sharing Christ with the lost? Dare we put off warning the lost of what awaits them if they remain lost?

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Mrs. Arbo and I were not blessed with children, but if we were, I believe that the safety (spiritual, emotional, and physical) of our kids would be paramount in importance.  Though it is difficult to avoid them altogether, I'd want to protect them from their influence.

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Then how do you give them the Gospel then? I mean, Jesus was attacked by the Pharisees for hanging out with " sinners"!! Jesus was involved with them to give them the Good News, but yet the Pharisees could show now compassion for the lost, the very same people He would hang on a cross for!!

 

Jesus didn't "hang out" with sinners.  He supped with them to share the gospel and rebuke them for their sin.

 

The poor evangelicals have been mislead into believing that they have to be friends with someone before they can witness to them.  Just another one of satan's lies to keep people from preaching the Good News.

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Jesus didn't "hang out" with sinners.  He supped with them to share the gospel and rebuke them for their sin.

 

The poor evangelicals have been mislead into believing that they have to be friends with someone before they can witness to them.  Just another one of satan's lies to keep people from preaching the Good News.

Good point. Even though the new evangelicals on this board may not like it, This evening after work I will go out on the streets and pass out gospel tracts to strangers and will talk to them about the Lord. Since the new evangelicals won't do that, we as true believers should.

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Good point. Even though the new evangelicals on this board may not like it, This evening after work I will go out on the streets and pass out gospel tracts to strangers and will talk to them about the Lord. Since the new evangelicals won't do that, we as true believers should.

How one chooses or is led to share the gospel is between that person and God.  Because someone doesn't go door to door or hand out tracts doesn't mean they are not sharing or are not "true believers."  This is going to be harsh...but is that how you spoke to your brother?

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No. Implore them to leave their vile life and if they refuse, tell your children to leave them with one final warning..."You are a hell bound walking dead carcass." The wages of sin IS death." Not "will be" death nor "soon to be" death...

 

The wages of sin "IS DEATH". You're already dead. Spiritually dead. A walking dead corpse waiting for the rotten flesh to expire then you will be a dead soul on their way to hell!

 

Sodomites repent or sodomites walk dead till they are dead. Christian have nothing to do with the filthy workers of iniquity!

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I have yet to find a homosexual who would like to be my friend!

If we are truly standing against homosexuality as clear as the Word of God does, would it be an issue?

We are to love the sinner but hate the sin. How can you hate the sin and accept it all at the same time? I, personally, wouldn't want to be friends with someone who couldn't accept the way I choose to live. For this very reason, my old "friends" don't accept us because we choose to live a separated life. Just doesn't sit well with most folk? I still love those people but our friendships have changed or barely exist.

But Proverbs 27:17 says "Iron sharpeneth iron: so a man sharpeneth the countanence of his friend." We are to witness to everyone, but at the same time, what you hang out with will affect you, even if you're actually trying to rub off on them. It may be all in good thinking, but it can lead to destruction. I'm not saying you should carry hate signs and shout condemnation, they are condemned already, as were we all. We can be friendly without reducing the Bible by having friends who want us to accept their perverted way of living.

As far as lost family, you can't choose family, but you do choose friends. My lost loved ones will be won (by God's grace) through my conversation (way of living) more than my closeness in our relationships. Do I compromise? Not at all. I can control what comes in my house, in front of my children! I don't have to go to their homes where things that are sin, according to the Lord's Word, take place. This is also why I homeschool our children.

  So to answer OP, No. My children are not allowed to hang with anyone who says they are gay. Or anything else that goes against the Bible. Even if it means cutting ties with family. They already know how we feel and why we feel this way, so there isn't much that needs to be cut. They know we love them dearly and we are here when they are ready to repent and turn from their wicked ways. I am not above anyone, 1Corinthians 6:9, 10,11, "but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Glory!) There is a change in me and I cannot tolerate those things I once was. I'll be here though. When they decide their way is not God's way. I talk to my brother a lot, he is a lost man. He was hurt by a church going person and since then he refuses to have anything to do with God. But he and his wife are very special but we aren't as close as my other brother who is saved. When my lost brother asks me something, he knows he is going to get the truth from the Bible but it is done with love and compassion.

 

Friendship isn't what is missing, it is the compassion for the soul bound in sin and headed for hell.

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Jesus didn't "hang out" with sinners.  He supped with them to share the gospel and rebuke them for their sin.

 

The poor evangelicals have been mislead into believing that they have to be friends with someone before they can witness to them.  Just another one of satan's lies to keep people from preaching the Good News.

Can you show me where He rebuked them?

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Can you show me where He rebuked them?

 

Jesus's entire life, works, and words were a rebuke of the sinner.  I know even though I am a Christian when I look at Him, my life is rebuked.

 

God bless,

Larry

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As honebee pointed out, "I have yet to find a homosexual who would like to be my friend."

Years ago, my son and my ex-husband were going to a homosexual to get their hair cut.  I arrived to pick up my son one day in this man's shop.  After I left, the man asked my ex husband if I was a Born Again Christian.  No words were exchanged between me and this man, except "hello."  My ex husband told the man, "yes" and also asked him how he could tell.  The homosexual said, I can spot a Born Again Christian a mile away.

 

Since I have been saved, the only friends I have are other born again Christians.  In fact, two professing "friends" say they are born again, but still have a foot in the world.  I haven't spoken to either of them in over two years.  Therefore, the only friends I have are friends who are IFB.  I lost all contact with my unsaved friends when I trusted Jesus Christ as Personal Saviour.  They decided they didn't want to hang around me anymore.  That's alright with me, b/c I know my friends are women in my IFB church and surrounding IFB churches.  And, I also know that the closest friend I have, besides my husband, is the Lord Jesus Christ.    

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As honebee pointed out, "I have yet to find a homosexual who would like to be my friend."
Years ago, my son and my ex-husband were going to a homosexual to get their hair cut. I arrived to pick up my son one day in this man's shop. After I left, the man asked my ex husband if I was a Born Again Christian. No words were exchanged between me and this man, except "hello." My ex husband told the man, "yes" and also asked him how he could tell. The homosexual said, I can spot a Born Again Christian a mile away.

Since I have been saved, the only friends I have are other born again Christians. In fact, two professing "friends" say they are born again, but still have a foot in the world. I haven't spoken to either of them in over two years. Therefore, the only friends I have are friends who are IFB. I lost all contact with my unsaved friends when I trusted Jesus Christ as Personal Saviour. They decided they didn't want to hang around me anymore. That's alright with me, b/c I know my friends are women in my IFB church and surrounding IFB churches. And, I also know that the closest friend I have, besides my husband, is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Exactly....the lost/unsaved friends will usually stop being friends with one who is truly saved. Same for family. Of my family only my sister claims to be saved (she attends a Lutheran church), but one sure would not know it by her fruit...she is still deeply steeped in the world and sin. My brothers stopped communicating with me years ago after I was saved. My parents are communicating with me but are not saved, but have seen my life changed and my sisters hypocricy and ask questions from time to time.

Like you Candle, my family is comprised of Jesus, my wife and my church family.
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My husband told me long ago, that I would loose all my worldly friends.  He told me it is a part of being a follower of Jesus Christ.  I am happy to say that my husband has a large family, all of whom are saved.  He is the oldest of nine children.  They are included in my church family, as well.

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My husband told me long ago, that I would loose all my worldly friends.  He told me it is a part of being a follower of Jesus Christ.  I am happy to say that my husband has a large family, all of whom are saved.  He is the oldest of nine children.  They are included in my church family, as well.


That's wonderful that his family is all saved.

I just found it amazing how I didn't have to do anything to "lose" lost friends, rather the quit associating with me when I began to follow Jesus and the Bible. I no longer have the desire (and also despise) for things such as alcohol, profanity, sinful music, and so on. I thank The Lord for all of that.
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That's wonderful that his family is all saved.

I just found it amazing how I didn't have to do anything to "lose" lost friends, rather the quit associating with me when I began to follow Jesus and the Bible. I no longer have the desire (and also despise) for things such as alcohol, profanity, sinful music, and so on. I thank The Lord for all of that.

 

I should say that some of my in-laws grandchildren aren't saved.  However, they are young.  

Same with me, Bob.  They know what I stand for and chose not to associate with me.  I thank the Lord, as well, b/c I don't want anything to do with their lifestyles.  I have planted seeds, and I leave the rest to God.

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GS, you are missing out on something.  The unsaved who were once my friends, want nothing to do with me b/c I am a Born Again Christian.  

I'm not referring to you but all the hypocritical, judgmental, so-called Christians on this forum who like to turn their noses up at people and think all are heretics who don't agree with them.  Think like me, act like me, dress like me, talk like me.  Sounds like a cult.  Whoever gets offended, well then the shoe must fit.

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Luke 18:9-14


That's not it at all. Unsaved family and friends quit associating with me. I have made attempts at witnessing when the opportunity arose.
We are also called to be separate. One who is saved should not put him/herself intentionally into a situation where his/her testimony could be questioned, nor should he/she do, say or act as the worldly sinful world. One who truly loves Jesus will want to honor him and strive not to sin (although none of us are perfect) and strive to do ones best to glorify Him.
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I'm not referring to you but all the hypocritical, judgmental, so-called Christians on this forum who like to turn their noses up at people and think all are heretics who don't agree with them.  Think like me, act like me, dress like me, talk like me.  Sounds like a cult.  Whoever gets offended, well then the shoe must fit.

 

I don't believe that if a person is not an IFB and does not hold to the KJV is a "heretic."  I believe that a person can be saved, using any Bible.  In fact, my MIL was saved when my husband was one years old, while she was holding him in a rocking chair.  A Pentacostal woman had been witnessing to her for some time.  She prayed to Jesus and He saved her right then and there.  I was saved, after many Christians had witnessed to me, in the hospital.  I trusted Jesus Christ as my Personal Saviour, after an Epileptic seizure.  I wanted to get in touch with my son.  He was with one of my lost friends.  It was that day that she decided she didn't want to associate with me anymore.  My son was staying the night at her house, as my ex husband let him.  She is a smoker, and I told her that I didn't want my child to be around a chain smoker anymore.  I never smoked, but for some reason the Holy Spirit convicted me to speak with her about it.  Thankfully, my unsaved ex husband complied with my request and picked him up right away.  He doesn't smoke, either.
 

I chose to be a member of an IFB church b/c I love the teaching.  I have studied Baptist history and believe the Lord led me to my church.  I also chose the KJV, b/c it is the only Bible that has ever made any sense to me.  I have read Modern Versions and I don't understand them.  

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