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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.

Regarding "mansions"...


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I heard a preacher the other day, and he was talking about Jewish marriage from the past.

 

In order to make this short, I'll cut right to the chase...

 

I've heard about the period of time when the man and wife are espoused to each other; during which, the future groom will build an addition onto his father's house for he and his future bride to live in. The preacher said that this addition was called a mansion.

 

Has anyone else heard this before?

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I have studied Judaism for a few years.  I had been drawn to it as a young child.  I have never heard of that one, NN.  Although, I am no expert on the subject.  Linda or Dr. Ach would prOBably know the answer to this question, though.

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I dunno... That sounds like someone trying a little too hard to make a cultural/Biblical connection. But who knows?

 

Those were similar to my thoughts.

 

I've struggled with whether to post this or not, because I realize that it could cause confusion...or get me railed on by some.   :knuppel:  :nuts: 

 

All that I have found, and it has nothing to do with Jewish customs, is this...in the 1600s, the word "mansion" didn't mean what it means today. I know that MV proponents like to claim that the word mansion is mistranslated in the King James; however, I disagree. That's why it's important to study, because we all know that some of the word's meanings (in the King James) have changed over the years.

 

I don't want to cause any confusion, because many people associate the "mansions" that Jesus spoke of (in my Father's house are many mansions) as being what we think of as mansions today. In the 1600s, the definition of "mansion" was "an abiding place".

 

Now, don't get me wrong...any abiding place that the Lord has prepared for us in the Father's house would surely be even more glorious than any earthly mansion!  :amen: 

 

My point is this..."mansions" in the King James is not a mistranslation. You can see the definition of mansion from the year 1604 on the following link.  Click the link, find the M (for words starting with M) and click it, then find "mansion".

 

http://www.library.utoronto.ca/utel/ret/cawdrey/cawdrey0.html#m

 

Okay...I'm ready to be lambasted now.   :hide:

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That is actually a very good point. Many of the prosperity preachers point to that verse and then talk about earthly mansions in the modern sense. At the same time, the MV crowd typically says (as you point out) that the KJB is wrong to use "mansions" and they claim the word means "rooms". Along these lines, I've heard some MV preachers claiming this means we won't be living in a huge mansion (modern variety) but rather we will have condominiums in heaven; which many describe as luxury condos.

 

It can very fascinating and informative to research how some of he words in the KJB have changed meaning. We can get a more in-depth understanding of what a verse or passage is really saying, and often knowing this truth is helpful when the MV crowd talks their "mistranslated KJB" stuff.

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I admit to having used the 'mansion' example in a sermon related to the first couple episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies as an example of how eye hath not seen, nor ear heard what the Lord has prepared for us, (no, not meant to be an exact quote).

 

If you have seen the first episode, when Jew finds he's rich and his sister, Pearl, is giving him reasons to move somehwhere better, she says, "you're eight miles from your nearest neighbor, you're overrung with skunks, possum, coyotes, bocats, you use kerosesn lamps for light, you cook on a wood stove summer and winter, you're drinking homemade moonshine, washing with homemeade lye soap, and your bathroom is 50 feet from the house, and you ask, shoould you move??"  Jed consider this for a moment, and says, "Yeaaah, I reckon you're right; a man'd be a dang fool to leave all this!"

 

Now, I don't generally use TV shows as sermon fodder, but sometimes, the example is so excellent you just can't pass it up! to the Clampettes, they were rich folks-they had all the wanted and were content-they couldn't imagine anything better. And even when they arrived at their homw in beverly Hills, it was so big at first they thought it was a prison, and when they found it was their home, they thought the upstairs must be for someone else.

 

Our "mansion" may not be a mansion as we think of it today but what we will have is going to be so amazing that we can't begin to conceive of it. The Bible uses terms like mansion, like gold for the city and the streets, and crowns, not becuase they will be literal, (possibly, though they crtainly can be), but becuase to us they represent the most excellent things we can imagine here-in eternity, what there will be will be the most excellent in eternity-it may truoly be gold so purified that it is transparent-I se no reason to believe otherwise, but even if not, it will certainly be amazing and beyond our comprehension today.

 

Sorry, kind of got on a roll there.

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In my Father house are many Mansions........I go to prepare a Place for you.. 

 

Does a Place equate to a Mansion??  Will we need a physical place to live in?? Will our "new" body require certain substances for survival?? Will we require sleep and rest??

So many questions with no answers NOW; but, they will be revealed when we get Home.

Without Faith it is impossible to please God.

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Draw a house, say 800 sq ft (74 1/3 sq m). Now add lean-to additions for each of your 10 boys to move into. Now try to design where their boys' "mansions" (maybe a total of 40-60) will be built.

 

Unless this mansion is temporary until a more permanent structure can be built. If that's the case, what comes after our mansion in Jn 14? That's why I have a prOBlem with it.

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Draw a house, say 800 sq ft (74 1/3 sq m). Now add lean-to additions for each of your 10 boys to move into. Now try to design where their boys' "mansions" (maybe a total of 40-60) will be built.

 

Unless this mansion is temporary until a more permanent structure can be built. If that's the case, what comes after our mansion in Jn 14? That's why I have a prOBlem with it.

 

I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what you're saying or who you're addressing.

 

As for me, I certainly believe our mansions will be permanent; I could be wrong, but I believe they are part of the New Jerusalem...but that's just me...I certainly can't prove that.

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I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what you're saying or who you're addressing.

 

As for me, I certainly believe our mansions will be permanent; I could be wrong, but I believe they are part of the New Jerusalem...but that's just me...I certainly can't prove that.

I was referring to the "Espoused Jewish men built a structure onto Daddy's house" thing (yes, I've heard it before). The prOBlem being when you try to get it to work (as my mention above about the design attempt). Even if it was as large (doubtful) as 28 ft (8.5 m) on each side your 10 boys (see example above) have 9-14 feet of working width each for their "mansion". When they 4-6 boys (your 40-60 grandsons have to build their "mansions", how much space do they have (can you even get them all connected to their Dad's homes??).

 

I wasn't saying you agreed with what you heard, I was giving my reason to question the "lean-to mansion" theory.

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I'm sorry, but I'm not sure what you're saying or who you're addressing.

 

As for me, I certainly believe our mansions will be permanent; I could be wrong, but I believe they are part of the New Jerusalem...but that's just me...I certainly can't prove that.

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-2

1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle ((BODY)) were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house((New Body)) which is from heaven:

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Draw a house, say 800 sq ft (74 1/3 sq m). Now add lean-to additions for each of your 10 boys to move into. Now try to design where their boys' "mansions" (maybe a total of 40-60) will be built.

 

Unless this mansion is temporary until a more permanent structure can be built. If that's the case, what comes after our mansion in Jn 14? That's why I have a prOBlem with it.

2 Corinthians 5:1-2

1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

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2 Corinthians 5:1-2

1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

Could this be "In my Father's house are many............. . Is the Father's house the entire heaven, where God abides???

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Could this be "In my Father's house are many............. . Is the Father's house the entire heaven, where God abides???

Each christian gets a new heavenly body to cover their spirit at death or rapture. Our spiritual body will be put on over our resurrected earthly body and the two bodies will become one.

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A mansion or a hovel, who cares.  I will be out'a this veil of tears, with my Lord, and those I love that have preceded me. 

Hallelujah, what a happy day that will be.  Brings tears to my eyes and makes me want'a sing.  Think I'll pick up my guitar and do just that.

See ya later.

 

God bless,

Larry

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A mansion or a hovel, who cares.  I will be out'a this veil of tears, with my Lord, and those I love that have preceded me. 

Hallelujah, what a happy day that will be.  Brings tears to my eyes and makes me want'a sing.  Think I'll pick up my guitar and do just that.

See ya later.

 

God bless,

Larry

Amen Brother ' Hallelujah' Amen

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Except jesus said, "In my father's house ARE many mansions" Since there was, at that point, no one yet resurrected, how then could this refer to our resurrected bodies?

 No, I believe that it ewill be literal places, monsions, houses, of some sort. Just because we wont necessari;ly NEED a 'house', doesn't mean we won't have one. Jesus didn't NEED to eat, yet He could , and did when with His disciples after His resurrection. I suspect we will eat and work, in some fashion, and the Bible says that there will be nations and kings and kingdoms, who will enter into the New jerusalem. So, yeah, we don't know even the beginning of what it will be. But looking forward to it!

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Eric you think your new body is a mansion?

 

NN, I've heard it preached that way too.

Psalm 149:4-6a

4For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

5Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,

 

My Mom and Dad are doing this now.

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