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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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Pet peeve:  Software programs/apps or upgrades that try to slip in "tag-along" apps like tool bars.  Never ever click "Typical" recommended install.  Always click custom install so you can strip off all the garbage they try to slip in or you will have the top 6 inches of your monitor filled up with a bunch of tool bars which also drastically slow down your computer. 

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Totally agree! So much junk a person doesn't want can get downloaded on a computer when one is only trying to download a particular thing. Cleaning those messes up is usually not easy either.

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Pet peeve

 

People who don't pay into something and thinking that they should have more say about it than anyone else.

 

ie..back pew, once a month attendance, no tithe paying, every business meeting voting, free casserole eating, preacher bashing, church attendees.

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  Everything in the house says  '' Please wait "  I turn on the Tv it says please wait, I turn on the the computer it says please wait, I turn on my cell phone ' please wait, the land line with AT&T says  '' please wait, the coffee maker says ;; please wait '' our new  Range says ''Please wait ''  the washing machine and dryer machine says '' please wait '' , our keyless car says " please wait "  I swipe my bank card at the cash register '' please wait '' I go to the ATM '' please wait  '' I call my office " please wait "  all my clients voice mails says  " please wait "  (all but mine ? ). I called SS '' the rOBot said " please wait '' for the next two hours or call back and " Please wait " again. I feel like I'm being brain washed to " please wait "  for what I don't know ? 

 

I cant get anything done because of having to " Please wait " all day.

 

all you folks have already covered my pet peeves so I thought I would just throw this one out there.

 

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In response to #44,

A pet peeve I have is I can't stand to hear religious people making condescending remarks about me or others who God has revealed truth to. Just because they reject that truth does not mean we have to too. And their rejection of a truth doesn't make it any less of a truth.

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Unwanted marketing calls! Worse yet, those with someone on the line who can barely speak English. Most often they butcher my name and then try to speak in their very poor, butchered and broken English.

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Ouch.

Post #44 is not directed to anyone here. I don't know where you sit, how often you attend, how much you eat, or how often you bash your preacher. I don't know any of these things about anyone on this forum. 

 

Sounds like someone's under conviction.

 

It is very undermining to the things that I try to do for the Lord, for others to do nothing and have the loudest voice.That's all I'm saying.

In churches there are a lot of "christians" that come to the benificial things that the church offers and are never seen at any other times.

They never come on a Wednesday night because they just can't make it, but when we have a business meeting on Wed. night they are some of the first ones there.

 

I do pay tithes. I didn't for a while (and there is not a Bible verse you can show me that I haven't already used to confirm this thought process), but I found that it prevented me from having freedom in Christ! In other words, what right do I have to ask for more money to be added into certain places like missionaries, youth events, homeless ministry, etc if I am not putting money in.

It convicted me to give what was asked of me by the man that God chose to stand in our pulit.

 

Ephesians 6:5-8 Was my basis for this.

 

Christians in the world today need to get back to the basics. Everything that you do should be out of love and service to Christ. Where are the servants at these days. Where's the love man!!!!!

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That ties into another pet peeve: Those who come to church when they are having a prOBlem, but as soon as things get better they are nowhere near the church. Whether a couple months or a year or more down the line, just as soon as trouble comes up again there they are at church.

 

We had one guy show up at our church to speak with the pastor because he was upset at finding out his name had been removed from the church active membership role and the mailing list. Our pastor pointed out he hadn't been to church in over five years, had changed phone numbers and never updated that for the church directory, didn't respond to mailings from the church asking about how he was doing, and had made it a point to avoid church members.

 

The man was still upset! Our pastor told him that at least now he knows how to get him to come to the church!

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Let's not turn this personal....adults.  Nor, as I said earlier, into a tithing thread.  This has been a lighthearted thread so far - even with some seriousness.  Let's not create an argument just because we can.

 

Nothing Personal

Thread asked for pet peeves and this is just where I am at right now.

Few church members forced a resignation from our pastor 2 weeks ago.

That is the people I was talking about.

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Nothing Personal

Thread asked for pet peeves and this is just where I am at right now.

Few church members forced a resignation from our pastor 2 weeks ago.

That is the people I was talking about.

I know it wasn't personal to you.  I'm just trying to forestall an argument.

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Women wearing WAAAAAAAAAAY too much perfume.

 

(most of them are older women who don't do so on purpose, they just can't smell it until they are drenched in it)

 

I've literally had my eyes start watering and my throat burn a few times from being in a confined area with such.

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Women wearing WAAAAAAAAAAY too much perfume.

 

(most of them are older women who don't do so on purpose, they just can't smell it until they are drenched in it)

 

I've literally had my eyes start watering and my throat burn a few times from being in a confined area with such.

 

I hear ya.  There was one lady in our church whose perfume would always cause uncontrollable sneezing fits for me (mercifully she finally changed fragrances).  I couldn't be anywhere near her.  Then there is another that wears so much that I get a taste like soap in my mouth (trust me, I am well acquainted with the flavor of soap...don't ask).  

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Pet peeve:  Parents who exercise no control over their children in a restaurant, they let them turn around in their booth and stare at you or start conversations with you, or even (I kid you not, it happened) let their children roam from table to table and eat things off of other peoples table!  

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That's a pet peeve of mine as well: uncontrolled children! How frustrating to go through the store hearing children constantly demanding their way, often screaming (sometimes even cussing) at their parents, running all over the place, getting in the way, making messes and having temper tantrums. Then to hear their parents constantly trying to placate their children, giving in to them time and again, rather than administering some discipline, or leaving the store so they can administer needed discipline in private.

 

One child was constantly taking things out of his parents cart and tossing them onto shelves or in bins as they went through the store. We all ended up close to one another at one point and the child grabbed something out of their cart and basketball-like shot it from their cart into mine. The mother looked as if she had no idea what to do, the dad looked like he wanted to scream but then just turned to me apologizing for his child tossing stuff in my cart, took it out of my cart, and they all went on...with that child STILL tossing stuff out of their cart.

 

Had I done any of the above, at the very least I would have got an immediate, stern speaking to and if that didn't correct my behaviour on the spot I would have received an on the spot swat and likely much worse when we got to the car and/or home.

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Pet peeve:  Chain letter/posts!  If you agree forward this to your 10 closest friends and you will receive riches beyond imagination or damnation beyond endurance if you don't... :hsyft:  :bang:

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