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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 agree with that one! That's really gross, to me anyway, and totally unprofessional.

 

That's one of my pet peeves, the near total lack of professionalism, of having some sort of character requirements, professional standards.

 

When I go to a restaurant I don't want to see a waitress in low rider pants that shows things that shouldn't be seen in public, especially in an eating establishment.

 

When I was in my teens I remember being taught the importance of looking good for a jOB interview and being ready to meet the jOB requirements for professionalism, conduct and yes, even our appearance.

 

Today in nearly every kind of business the women are immodestly dressed and these days that also means they have ugly tattoos, and piercing showing. They might have purple hair with streaks of blue. A sales lady a couple weeks ago had the outside half of her eyelids painted dark brown, which actually made it look like someone had punched her, and the inside half some pale color. It looked sick.

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One of my pet peeves is getting behind someone at gas station when all I want to do is hand them $20 for pump 5 and I'm behind someone who's trying to buy cigarettes the cashier can't find, then they want to pick all their numbers for lotto tickets, then they'll stand and scratch their scratch tickets to see if they one anything, usually another ticket to stand their and scratch. :verymad:

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It drives me nuts when people say they do something "24/7". I asked someone if they prayed and they told me "Yup! 24/7!". I said, "really? when do you sleep?"

 

Also, "blah blah blah". Drives me nuts! Now I will say it as a joke to my wife, but only because she knows I hate it when someone says it because they are too lazy to finish a sentence.

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Try walking around my campus here in Oregon where the women have to shave other than their legs in order to wear the shorts they wear to school.  The pocket liners hanging out 4 inches below the cut line cover much more skin than the rest of the shorts.  I am tempted to get a service dog for the blind and come to school with super dark glasses I can't see through.

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Speaking of pets..one of my pet peeves is people who have to carry their dog with them everywhere they go.  I love pets and love my dog, but there is no way he is going with me to the store, or if he does, he is staying in the bed of the pickup.

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One of our pet hates is women news reports saying that something is 'iconic.'   Hardly a news prog is shown without at least one thing being described as 'iconic.

 

Edited to remove 'women'.  I don't know how that got there, I was prOBably going to write something completely different.

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I don't mind women preaching, but I hate it when they try to elevate themselves over God.

In Philadelphia, PA, Levette Humphrey told her congregation (she is the pastor there, smh) that she did not care what God was leading a person to do, if the person does not get permission from the pastor, they are not to do it!

And the gullible sheeple clapped and cheered.

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When I go to a restaurant I don't want to see a waitress in low rider pants that shows things that shouldn't be seen in public, especially in an eating establishment.

 

Don't know about the US but the standard of waiting in UK is awful. Some pet hates:

  • Food isn't all brought out at the same time. "I'm sorry sir but the xyz will be another 5 minutes". So then the diners either have to start before one poor fellow has his food, or sit there and let their food go cold. One of these days I'll tell the waiter to take the rest of it back out and bring it all back when it's ready.
  • Taking things off the table while people are eating, like empty glasses. Short of glasses? Buy more.
  • Clearing plates when there are still some people eating. That's basically telling diners that they're being too slow.
  • Being too attentive. We came to eat together, not answer your questions. We'll signal when we want something.
  • Food being slammed down in front of you from any angle, even over other diner's heads.

I hardly ever eat out but whenever I do I'll get at least three of the above. Indian Restaurants are the only places that seem to care about waiting standards anymore.

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Those waitresses that stop buy each time they walk by the table and ask if everything is alright, even when they see everyone has mouths full of food and are doing well. Then if you do want them, they are nowhere to be found!

 

There really should be a rule in gas stations that once a customer buys their lottery tickets they have to leave the checkout counter and scratch them off elsewhere and then get back in line if they have a winner or want something more.

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If I am going to a restaurant with people I have not seen in years, I will immediately pull the waiter/waitress aside and tell him/her that I am catching up on years away from dear friends/family, and that if they will allow us to be very slow and visit, that we will be ordering desserts and I will tip double the normal amount so that they don't lose the tips of 2 dining groups during the time we spend.  I have not had any prOBlems at all after that, and the service was typically stellar.  I always keep my word as well and give a very generous tip, typically 35 - 40% in that situation.  

 

When it is just me dining. "typical" since I am a bachelor and like to eat out at least once a week, I instruct the waiter/waitress (I refuse to call them waitpersons) that I will be "done" when I place my napkin across my plate.  If there is a coaster or napkin on my cup/glass I do not want any more refills either.  I am also loyal to a waiter/waitress that has given me excellent service in the past, and I will specifically request to be seated in their section and will wait if need be.  

 

Some of this may be because my daughter is a career waitress with over 15 years experience now, and an extremely good one.  She makes 70K + every year.  She worked for one place for 8 years and when new management came in they mistreated her, so she left, and took with her almost 25% of their business that were loyal to her and followed her to where she went.  The owner came in after a couple of months of that and fired all the management and brought/bought my daughter back with a substantial benefits package.  She is still there to this day.

 

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It drives me nuts when people say they do something "24/7". I asked someone if they prayed and they told me "Yup! 24/7!". I said, "really? when do you sleep?"

 I can breathe 24/7....yes, even in my sleep! It's an accomplishment, I know. I try to be modest about it but sometimes I just have to brag a little. 

 

 

 

Don't know about the US but the standard of waiting in UK is awful. Some pet hates:

  • Food isn't all brought out at the same time. "I'm sorry sir but the xyz will be another 5 minutes". So then the diners either have to start before one poor fellow has his food, or sit there and let their food go cold. One of these days I'll tell the waiter to take the rest of it back out and bring it all back when it's ready.
  • Taking things off the table while people are eating, like empty glasses. Short of glasses? Buy more.
  • Clearing plates when there are still some people eating. That's basically telling diners that they're being too slow.
  • Being too attentive. We came to eat together, not answer your questions. We'll signal when we want something.
  • Food being slammed down in front of you from any angle, even over other diner's heads.

I hardly ever eat out but whenever I do I'll get at least three of the above. Indian Restaurants are the only places that seem to care about waiting standards anymore.

Yes, this. Especially the first one.  A few weeks ago I went out to eat with my dad and they brought out his order first. He went ahead and began eating. I waited and waited for my order. My dad finally asked the waitress about my order and I think they had forgotten about it! It didn't arrive until after my dad had finished his meal.   :verymad:

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I can breathe 24/7....yes, even in my sleep! It's an accomplishment, I know. I try to be modest about it but sometimes I just have to brag a little.



Yes, this. Especially the first one. A few weeks ago I went out to eat with my dad and they brought out his order first. He went ahead and began eating. I waited and waited for my order. My dad finally asked the waitress about my order and I think they had forgotten about it! It didn't arrive until after my dad had finished his meal. :verymad:


Part "A": Giggles. .....

Part "B": bad enough in a group, when it must be acknowledged that it is hard to finish preparation on 10 meals at once. Hard, but some places manage it.
But for two meals? Absolutely, utterly, 100% unforgivable.
How can a waiter even bring a single meal to a table for two and not ask why?
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Another pet peeve is people who don't use their turn signals, drive at night with one headlight on and it's usually the bright one. People that don't turn on their headlights at dusk or in rain, especially if driving a gray vehicle.

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Another pet peeve is people who don't use their turn signals, drive at night with one headlight on and it's usually the bright one. People that don't turn on their headlights at dusk or in rain, especially if driving a gray vehicle.


I saw a report that said apparently 70% of drivers in Australia consider themselves to be better than average......
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God has been working on all those areas of my flesh and now I just grin and bear it.

 

the Lord Knows the other persons, sinfulness, weaknesses and no good ways, there is no need for me to let it bother my spirit.

 

People ask "How are you today?"

 

We all know they really don't care how you are it is just that it is a politity (a term of politeness),  If we told them exactly how we are doing that day they would think, "boy, what a wretched loser."

 

Often I will say, "Just because the worlds in chaos it doesn't mean I can't be happy"  I say it smiling.

 

When I can no longer handle a person and their actions I like most of you just avoid them.

 

BTW, those of you who can't handle a nose ring.  Don't go to India many of the restaurants waitresses have nose rings or chains.  A majority of women have nose rings there.

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