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      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.

...honour The King,


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Ridding the world of tyrants is one of those things that is high on my list of priorities if you'all will appoint me king.  But, since you'all are unlikely to do that, I await my Lord's return.

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Ridding the world of tyrants is one of those things that is high on my list of priorities if you'all will appoint me king.  But, since you'all are unlikely to do that, I await my Lord's return.

We wouldn't want to waste your time. This world is filled with billions of lost souls that serve their father the devil. There will ever be tyranny, to one degree or another, in every nation. Governments, regardless of type, are typically run by godless men so evil naturally ensues.

 

Look at the many evils done by the various "peace-loving democracies". All man-made governments run by men will fall exceedingly far short of that which God calls for. Nothing we do, short of spreading the Gospel, can have any real impact upon any of this.

 

Therefore, forget the crown of a king, too much trouble and sin comes with such, and enjoy the blessings of the Lord where you are.

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I like Burger King! He's my second favorite king, next to the King of Kings. Then comes the King of Cartoons.

That's better than many Christians who still call Elvis "The King". :icon_rolleyes: 

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I like Burger King! He's my second favorite king, next to the King of Kings. Then comes the King of Cartoons.

 

As Maggie Holland wrote in "A place called England."

 

I saw town and I saw country, motorway and sink estate;
Rich man in his rolling acres, poor man still outside the gate;
Retail park and burger kingdom, prairie field and factory farm,
Run by men who think that England's only a place to park their car.

 

The second line of that verse is an allusion to "All things bright & beautiful."

 

The rich man in his castle,

the poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
and ordered their estate.

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Somebody mentioned freewill.

 

Proverbs 21

1The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

 

Methinks verse 1 may be speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ. We all usually do what is right in our own eyes but Jesus is the only King whose heart is completely given over to and controlled by God's will. The only times, I believe, that God would completely control any man's heart is when that person allows himself to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

Proverbs 16:9

A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

 

God is in control of the "steps" and the outcome and He indeed allows wicked devices to come to pass. But, being Mr. OBama is "a man", it was his heart which devised his own way: It was he alone who decided to do things like voting for "partial birth abortion" when he was a senator, and to continue to support things like Sodomite marriage now.  God allows Mr. OBama freewill just like He does everybody else.

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Interesting topic.

Goes right along with this past Sunday School Lesson

 

Take time to read Psalm 73......it's not too long.

 

Remembering who you are is important as well.

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Interesting topic.

Goes right along with this past Sunday School Lesson

 

Take time to read Psalm 73......it's not too long.

 

Remembering who you are is important as well.

When I was in 8th grade, we had a music teacher who put that Psalm to music...I'll be singing it the rest of the day now.  :clap:  

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That's better than many Christians who still call Elvis "The King". :icon_rolleyes:

He DID make a great peanut butter and banana sandwich!  Don't know that it would qualify him as king, but it does say something for him.

 

Just a short diversion, I remember David Cloud, I believe, talking about Elvis. I think either he met him, or he spoke of another preacher who did, who said that Elvis gave an excellent testimony of salvation, but at some point veered off into all kinds of weird things with fame. He said it was very sad, because he really believes Elvis was born again, but he had gone kind of nuts. Apparently he was very generous, giving expensive gifts to his assistants-maybe one remaining aspect of his faith. It may also explain his relatively young death, that the Lord let him run as for a while, then brought him home.  Speculation, but something to think on.

 

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I cannot honor OBama in any way at present.  Perhaps if he trusted Christ the answer would be different.

My Bible says that those that God puts over us are terrors to the evil, and not the good.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Romans 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

OBama is against all that is God.  He has clearly demonstrated it.  His office is not ordained of God.  Rather, it is allowed by God.  God wants a people who will have Him as their authority.  Instead, they, like ancient Israel, wanted a king to rule them.  God gave them what they wanted.  He has allowed America to have what they wanted. 

Sadly, that which they wanted has proven to not be that which they needed. 

No, based on the fact that God's appointed rulers are terrors to the evil and not the good, I can emphatically say that God did not give us OBama so that we could honor OBama. 

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I cannot honor OBama in any way at present.  Perhaps if he trusted Christ the answer would be different.

My Bible says that those that God puts over us are terrors to the evil, and not the good.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Romans 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

OBama is against all that is God.  He has clearly demonstrated it.  His office is not ordained of God.  Rather, it is allowed by God.  God wants a people who will have Him as their authority.  Instead, they, like ancient Israel, wanted a king to rule them.  God gave them what they wanted.  He has allowed America to have what they wanted. 

Sadly, that which they wanted has proven to not be that which they needed. 

No, based on the fact that God's appointed rulers are terrors to the evil and not the good, I can emphatically say that God did not give us OBama so that we could honor OBama. 

And yet, he said it at a time that true tyrants of Rome, like Caesar Agustus, was ruler over Israel, as well as the rest of the known world, the same guy who would go on to take Paul's head. Hardly a God-fearing leader.

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He DID make a great peanut butter and banana sandwich!  Don't know that it would qualify him as king, but it does say something for him.

 

Just a short diversion, I remember David Cloud, I believe, talking about Elvis. I think either he met him, or he spoke of another preacher who did, who said that Elvis gave an excellent testimony of salvation, but at some point veered off into all kinds of weird things with fame. He said it was very sad, because he really believes Elvis was born again, but he had gone kind of nuts. Apparently he was very generous, giving expensive gifts to his assistants-maybe one remaining aspect of his faith. It may also explain his relatively young death, that the Lord let him run as for a while, then brought him home.  Speculation, but something to think on.

 

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Making a peanut butter sandwich only means he likes peanut butter.  It is good for using in mouse traps as they like  peanut butter as well.   Can't think of anything else to use it for.

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Making a peanut butter sandwich only means he likes peanut butter.  It is good for using in mouse traps as they like  peanut butter as well.   Can't think of anything else to use it for.

Peanut butter?  I eat it mixed with tupelo honey or straight from the jar. It makes a great treat for the sheep too. A few weeks ago, I was walking down to the paddock with a big old mixing spoon full, eating as I went. Before I knew it my pet sheep, Sissy, had jumped up and grabbed the whole spoon in her mouth and was begging for more.  As a matter of fact, we are now feeding them fresh peanut vine hay every morning and they go straight for the few dried peanuts in the hay. Then my wife and daughter make delicious peanut butter cookies, peanut butter candies, and  peanut butter pies....

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Peanut butter?  I eat it mixed with tupelo honey or straight from the jar. It makes a great treat for the sheep too. A few weeks ago, I was walking down to the paddock with a big old mixing spoon full, eating as I went. Before I knew it my pet sheep, Sissy, had jumped up and grabbed the whole spoon in her mouth and was begging for more.  As a matter of fact, we are now feeding them fresh peanut vine hay every morning and they go straight for the few dried peanuts in the hay. Then my wife and daughter make delicious peanut butter cookies, peanut butter candies, and  peanut butter pies....

Yes, our goats love peanuts and peanut butter as well. We sometimes buy 50lb bags of raw peanuts and roast them and feed them to the goats. We have had unfriendly goats become our best buds due to the magic of peanuts, and peanut butter aids us when we have to give the goats something unpleasant for their health-we mix it up in peanut butter and they go right for it.

 

I wish I lived where you do, to be able to buy peanut vine hay-we're always looking for new feeds ideas.

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The peanut hay we're buying  this year is the finest I've ever seen with lots of bright green leaves, stems and a few nuts. Usually it's discolored and contains varying amounts of mould. This stuff looks and smells immaculate and the sheep eat nearly every trace of it. I also planted a field of oats, one of wheat mixed with Austrian Winter Peas, and one of annual ryegrass mixed with arrowleaf clover and turnips. The oats should be ready to begin grazing in two or three weeks weeks.

 

You said that you buy nuts by the 50# bag; where are they grown? What kinds of crops are gown where you live?

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Out here, mostly alfalfa, Timothy hay, some winter wheat, not much else. While we have 80 acres, we have no equipment with which to work fields, so we can't grow anything ourselves, but when/if we ever get to where we can, we have been looking at a Siberian yellow-flowering alfalfa, which handles cold very well, maybe hops, and a few others we want to try. Its a very dry area, northern desert, so hard to say what will do well.

 

We also want to get a large amount of winter squash, like the blue hubbard squash, and root vegetables, like turnips and such, to help in feeding in the winter, as we get very cold. Right this minute, we have a pogonip (freezing fog) on us, with a big winter storm warning for tomorrow and Friday, to drop snow and rain on us.

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Out here, mostly alfalfa, Timothy hay, some winter wheat, not much else. While we have 80 acres, we have no equipment with which to work fields, so we can't grow anything ourselves, but when/if we ever get to where we can, we have been looking at a Siberian yellow-flowering alfalfa, which handles cold very well, maybe hops, and a few others we want to try. Its a very dry area, northern desert, so hard to say what will do well.

 

We also want to get a large amount of winter squash, like the blue hubbard squash, and root vegetables, like turnips and such, to help in feeding in the winter, as we get very cold. Right this minute, we have a pogonip (freezing fog) on us, with a big winter storm warning for tomorrow and Friday, to drop snow and rain on us.

Hmm winter squash sounds interesting. I hear that alfalfa is expensive to grow and maintain. Never tried it but it's supposed to be excellent feed.

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