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.

Adrian Rogers - Sermon - Don't Be A Disgrace To Grace


Covenanter

Recommended Posts

  • Members

I am sure you meant lwf.org.  Here is what Adrian Rogers said concerning how to get saved...
 

Q: How do you give your life to Jesus?

A: Do you have the assurance that if you were to die right now, you would go straight to heaven? If not, please let me tell you how you can be saved:

Admit Your Sin: First, you must understand that you are a sinner. The Bible says, "All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Abandon Self-Effort: You cannot save yourself by your efforts. The Bible is very clear that it's "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5). Again, "By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Acknowledge Christ's Payment: You must believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins. The Bible says, "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). That means He died in your place. Your sin debt has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ, which "cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

Accept Him as Savior: You must put your faith in Jesus Christ, and Him alone for your salvation. The blood of Christ does you no good until you receive Him by faith. The Bible says, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).

Have you ever taken this all-important step of faith? If not, I urge you to do it right now. Why? Because Jesus is the only way to heaven! Speaking of Jesus, Peter said in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Jesus Himself said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). It couldn't be any clearer than that.

Are you willing to offer the following prayer to God today? "Oh God, I'm a sinner. I'm lost, and I need to be saved. I know I can't save myself, so right now, once and for all, I trust You to save me. Come into my heart, forgive my sin, and make me your child. I give You my life. I will live for You as You give me strength."

If you will make this your heartfelt prayer, God will hear and save you! Jesus has promised that He will not turn away anyone who comes to Him in faith (John 6:37). He will make you a child of God, if you will turn to Him (John 1:12). Will you trust Him today?

Absolutely nothing wrong with that answer, Covenanter.  Adrian is showing them that they need to acknowledge the fact that they are sinners, that they cannot inherite eternal life without faith in Christ   And that they have to pray a prayer... making it their "heartfelt" prayer.  In other words, they have got to be sincere and mean what they are praying.  If they are and do, then they are assured of Salvation.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

The website gives a much more detailed way of salvation than the sermon, but it is still a formula - I used every Gospel service without being saved. It doesn't consider Jesus' parable of the Sower.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

actually, if one considers the meaning of the seed sown in the parable, it does consider the parable. 

Mr Rogers said the prayer must be sincere and heartfelt.  In the parable, it is clear that the only seed that takes root and flourishes is that which is received in sincerity and is heartfelt.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Advanced Member

actually, if one considers the meaning of the seed sown in the parable, it does consider the parable. 
Mr Rogers said the prayer must be sincere and heartfelt.  In the parable, it is clear that the only seed that takes root and flourishes is that which is received in sincerity and is heartfelt.

Of course, and no doubt countless sinners have come to salvation under such preaching - because they have come as sinners convinced of their lost state. The Holy Spirit completes his saving work so the born-again Christian begins his new life.

Repeat the prayer without heart sincerity and you are more lost than before - you are given a false assurance.
.
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

What does sincerity mean? Ask the average person walking down the street and it's clear many don't know.

 

If a person truly understands what it means to be sincere, then they will prOBably grasp the meaning of believing with a sincere heart. Yet for those rather illiterate millions who do not...well, therein is danger for them.

 

Previous generations were much more literate than we currently see in America today.

 

Overall, I've found Adrian Rogers ministry to be a great blessing so my comments here have nothing to do with him.

 

Millions in America today are very uneducated regardless of what diploma or degree they may have. Just as I've had high school seniors and a college students, when I asked if they knew who Hitler was, guessed that he had been an American president! At least one of them got a little closer when they added, "wasn't Hitler president of America during WWII". In the same way, so many have no real concept of sin, heaven, hell, repentance, what Christians mean by "heart" or "born again", or understand the definition of sincere and many other words we often use.

 

This all makes the presentation of the Gospel to uneducated Americans, who nevertheless think they know a lot, and often even consider themselves to be a Christian, that much more difficult.

 

This is part of the reason we have so many churches filled with lost people, so many more walking around thinking they are going to heaven because they have said a "sinners prayer" or been baptized, and so many others who simply don't care due to their own ignorance.

 

I'm just guessing now, but most here on OB prOBably present the Gospel better than the average "soul winner" and almost certainly better than the average watered down Christian.

 

I know many here on OB are far more biblically literate than the average Christian in America. Yet even here, in our tiny sampling of Christians, there are a few who put forth unbiblical and dangerous doctrines.

 

We have to be so careful when we witness so we know those we are speaking with really understand what we are saying and really grasp the true meaning of the Gospel.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

What does sincerity mean? Ask the average person walking down the street and it's clear many don't know.

If a person truly understands what it means to be sincere, then they will prOBably grasp the meaning of believing with a sincere heart. Yet for those rather illiterate millions who do not...well, therein is danger for them.

Previous generations were much more literate than we currently see in America today.

Overall, I've found Adrian Rogers ministry to be a great blessing so my comments here have nothing to do with him.

Millions in America today are very uneducated regardless of what diploma or degree they may have. Just as I've had high school seniors and a college students, when I asked if they knew who Hitler was, guessed that he had been an American president! At least one of them got a little closer when they added, "wasn't Hitler president of America during WWII". In the same way, so many have no real concept of sin, heaven, hell, repentance, what Christians mean by "heart" or "born again", or understand the definition of sincere and many other words we often use.

This all makes the presentation of the Gospel to uneducated Americans, who nevertheless think they know a lot, and often even consider themselves to be a Christian, that much more difficult.

This is part of the reason we have so many churches filled with lost people, so many more walking around thinking they are going to heaven because they have said a "sinners prayer" or been baptized, and so many others who simply don't care due to their own ignorance.

I'm just guessing now, but most here on OB prOBably present the Gospel better than the average "soul winner" and almost certainly better than the average watered down Christian.

I know many here on OB are far more biblically literate than the average Christian in America. Yet even here, in our tiny sampling of Christians, there are a few who put forth unbiblical and dangerous doctrines.

We have to be so careful when we witness so we know those we are speaking with really understand what we are saying and really grasp the true meaning of the Gospel.

The Spirit enlightens them, as the hear the Word, and believe.

Those who hear, believe.
Those who don't, may later on.
We need to present the Word, and watch the light come on.

It usually helps to ask the person what they believe, first, and then offer to show them where God's Word differs with them.

We are to be a medium, a channel, for God to speak to those who have not the Spirit.

We have the answers, and the Teacher, and they need Him, and so, us.

Jn 16:7-11
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away:for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

All of this takes place through those to whom the Spirit is sent...

"I will send him unto you. And when he is come,..."
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was just listening to a sermon last night and the preacher said something to the effect that God uses even the smallest amount of information we tell someone about Christ.  That was comforting to me because when I witness, sometimes I walk away thinking "I should have said this or that."  Then I realize God gave me the exact words that person needed to hear at that time and it's the Holy Spirit that works in their heart, not any fancy teaching or words I could have said.  I'm not sure what "easy believeism" is.  Only heard of it on here.  If a person believes...it is easy.  Sometimes we make it harder than it has to be.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Indeed, ultimately it's the Holy Spirit which brings one to salvation, not us. Our "jOB" is to share the Gospel and allow the Holy Ghost to use that.

 

As far as actually witnessing (more or less a response to prophet1), the approach of asking what one believes with regards to God, going to heaven and such, is an approach I use often. Most folks have some belief in this area and I've found it beneficial to begin speaking with them from where they currently stand. This approach has been very effective in witnessing to Catholics. Those who truly want to be right with God are very open when I show them in the Bible where their Catholic beliefs don't agree with what God says.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Independent Fundamental Baptist

Indeed, ultimately it's the Holy Spirit which brings one to salvation, not us. Our "jOB" is to share the Gospel and allow the Holy Ghost to use that.

As far as actually witnessing (more or less a response to prophet1), the approach of asking what one believes with regards to God, going to heaven and such, is an approach I use often. Most folks have some belief in this area and I've found it beneficial to begin speaking with them from where they currently stand. This approach has been very effective in witnessing to Catholics. Those who truly want to be right with God are very open when I show them in the Bible where their Catholic beliefs don't agree with what God says.

Xactly...
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

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

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Who's Online   0 Members, 0 Anonymous, 4 Guests (See full list)

    • There are no registered users currently online
  • Recent Achievements

    • Bro. West went up a rank
      Apprentice
    • Nathan Mosel earned a badge
      Week One Done
    • Bro. West earned a badge
      Conversation Starter
    • Bro. West went up a rank
      Rookie
    • SureWord went up a rank
      Experienced
  • Tell a friend

    Love Online Baptist Community? Tell a friend!
  • Members

    No members to show

  • Popular Now

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Bro. West  »  BrotherTony

      The original question by Brother Tony was about Peter being wrong in Acts two. Peter is responsible only for the light God gave him at that point. Later God gave him more light as in Acts 10. He is not the only one to have this happen Apollos (Acts 19:1-7) He was re baptized, why because he did not reject more light given to him.
      Cornelius was another who went by the light that he had, but when Peter spoke to him he received that light, in fact Peter may have received light himself not only about the gentiles, but that the Holy Spirit was given before baptism. (Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? Act 10:47) This is different than Acts 2:38.
      My main point is that the book of Acts is a book of progressive revelation and to rest your doctrine now on Acts two will produce damnable heresies. I know this first hand as being a member of the “Church of Christ” in good old Tennessee as a youth. I could of died and went to hell. Here in Indiana we have plenty that place the plan of salvation in Acts two. No, I am your Brother and not a MR. West, that is if you believe what Peter said again: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1Pe 3:18. This is the ministry of reconciliation spoke by Paul.
      So let me “TROLL” on out of here. Yours Brother West.
       
       
      · 6 replies
    • farouk  »  Rebecca

      Hi Ms @RebeccaGreat new avatar; so does the rabbit have a name?
      · 1 reply
    • farouk  »  Salyan

      Hi @SalyanInteresting avatar picture there; so does it refer to the Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6), perhaps?
      · 2 replies
    • farouk  »  trapperhoney

      Hi @trapperhoney; great header verse from Acts 20.24! I've thought a lot about that verse in the past...
      · 2 replies
    • farouk  »  John Young

      Hi @John Young Great photo of you guys! (your wife?) I've been away a long while from this site but came back recently...
      · 1 reply
  • Topics

×
×
  • Create New...