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      Closed Communion
      James Foley
       
      I Corinthians 11:17-34: "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."

      INTRODUCTION

      Historic Baptists, true Baptists, have believed in and still believe in closed communion. Baptists impose upon themselves the same restrictions that they impose on others concerning the Lord’s Supper. Baptists have always insisted that it is the Lord’s Table, not theirs; and He alone has the right to say who shall sit at His table. No amount of so called brotherly love, or ecumenical spirit, should cause us to invite to His table those who have not complied with the requirements laid down plainly in His inspired Word. With respect to Bible doctrines we must always use the scripture as our guide and practice. For Baptists, two of the most important doctrines are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. These are the only two doctrines we recognize as Church Ordinances. The Bible is very clear in teaching how these doctrines are to be practiced and by whom.

      We only have two ordinances that we must never compromise or we risk our very existence, they are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.

      The moment we deviate from the precise method God has prescribed we have started down the slippery slope of error. True Baptists have held fast to the original doctrine of The Lord’s Supper from the time of Christ and the Apostles.

      Unfortunately, in this day of what the Bible describes as the age of luke warmness, Baptists are becoming careless in regard to strictly following the pattern laid out for us in Scripture. Many of our Bible colleges are graduating otherwise sincere, Godly and dedicated pastors and teachers who have not been taught the very strict, biblical requirements that surround the Lord’s Supper. Any Bible college that neglects to teach its students the differences surrounding Closed Communion, Close Communion and Open Communion is not simply short changing its students; it is also not equipping their students to carry on sound Bible traditions. The result is men of God and churches that fall into error. And as we will see, this is serious error.

      Should we as Baptists ignore the restrictions made by our Lord and Master? NO! When we hold to the restrictions placed upon the Lord’s Supper by our Master, we are defending the "faith which was once delivered to the saints" Jude 3.

      The Lord’s Supper is rigidly restricted and I will show this in the following facts:

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

      A. I Corinthians 11:18 says, "When ye come together in the church." This does not mean the church building; they had none. In other words, when the church assembles. The supper is to be observed by the church, in church capacity. Again this does not mean the church house. Ekklesia, the Greek word for church, means assembly. "When ye come together in the church," is when the church assembles.

      B. When we say church we mean an assembly of properly baptized believers. Acts 2:41-42: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

      The church is made up of saved people who are baptized by immersion. In the Bible, belief precedes baptism. That’s the Bible way.

      Acts 8:12-13, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."

      When we say properly baptized, we mean immersed. No unbeliever should take the Lord’s supper, and no non-immersed believer should take the supper. Those who are sprinkled are not baptized and cannot receive the supper. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, and it always means to immerse.

      "In every case where communion is referred to, or where it may possibly have been administered, the believers had been baptized Acts 2:42; 8:12; 8:38; 10:47; 6:14-15; 18:8; 20:7. Baptism comes before communion, just as repentance and faith precede baptism".

      C. The Lord’s Supper is for baptized believers in church capacity: "When ye come together in the church," again not a building, but the assembly of the properly baptized believers.

      D. The fact that the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, to be observed in church capacity, is pointed out by the fact that it is for those who have been immersed and added to the fellowship of the church.

      E. The Lord’s Supper is never spoken of in connection with individuals. When it is referred to, it is only referred to in reference to baptized believers in local church capacity I Cor. 11:20-26).

      I want to quote Dr. W.W. Hamilton,

      "The individual administration of the ordinance has no Bible warrant and is a relic of Romanism. The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, and anything which goes beyond or comes short of this fails for want of scriptural example or command".

      “The practice of taking a little communion kit to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. is unscriptural and does not follow the scriptural example.”

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

      A. The Bible in I Cor. 11:18 is very strong in condemning divisions around the Lord’s table. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
      19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
      20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

      There were no less than four divisions in the Corinthian church.
      I Cor. 1:12: "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."

      Because of these divisions, it was impossible for them to scripturally eat the Lord’s Supper. Division in the local church is reason to hold off observing the Lord’s Supper. But there are also other reasons to forego taking the Lord’s Supper. If there is gross sin in the membership we do not take it. Here is scriptural evidence for this: 1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
      8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
      10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

      B. At this point, I want to ask these questions: Are there not doctrinal divisions among the many denominations? Is it not our doctrinal differences that cause us to be separate religious bodies?

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

      A. Those in the early church at Jerusalem who partook "continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine" Acts 2:42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

      B. Those that do not hold to apostolic truth are not to partake. This means there is to be discipline in the local body. How can you discipline those who do not belong to the local body? You can’t. The clear command of scripture is to withdraw fellowship from those who are not doctrinally sound.

      II Thes 3:6: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
      Rom. 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
      To commune together means to have the same doctrine.
      II Thes. 2:15: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
      II John 10-11: "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

      C. Some Baptists in our day have watered down this doctrine by practicing what they call “Close Communion.” By this they mean that they believe that members of another Baptist church may take communion with us because they are of the same beliefs. Once again, this is unscriptural.

      The welcome to the Lord's Table should not be extended beyond the discipline of the local church. When we take the Lord’s Supper there is supposed to be no gross sin among us and no divisions among us. We have no idea of the spiritual condition of another church’s members. If there is sin or division in the case of this other church’s members, we have no way of knowing it. We cannot discipline them because they are not members of our church. This is why we practice “Closed” communion, meaning it is restricted solely to our church membership. 
      So then, in closing I would like to reiterate the three different ideas concerning the Lord’s Supper and who is to take it. 
      Closed Communion = Only members of a single local church. 
      Close Communion = Members of like faith and order may partake. 
      Open Communion = If you claim to be a Christian, or simply attending the service, you may partake. 
      It is no small thing to attempt to change that which was implemented by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
      Mt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 
      Many of our Baptist churches have a real need to consider the gravity of the act of observing The Lord’s Supper. It is not a light thing that is to be taken casually or without regard to the spiritual condition of ourselves or our church.
      1Co. 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

       28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

       29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

       30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

A Supernatural Experience With Christ [Jesus]


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When I was a 9 year old boy and loving the Lord, I saw Jesus in all white, dressed as a shepherd on the wing of an airplane while it was still boarding. I erroneously thought someone was playing a trick on me to make me become highly religious. Then I became agnostic and got lost for 35 years. I began hearing, seeing, wrestling with the unseen and witnessing powers of the invisible spirit world. Evil spirits had come into my life as a consequence of my sin.

I nearly died at the hands of these spirits - both human and demon alike. I've noticed the humans lose their family and friends. They are scattered throughout the netherworld. They have anger and hatred in their hearts. They are masters at the art of deception. Their evil shall not stop without divine intervention and restoration of the soul. They thirst for all that only a most loving Creator can give them. I've discovered that it is the human condition that we are evil and wicked without God in the afterlife. The soul is in ruins and in need of salvation.

1 Peter 4:6. For this reason the gospel was also preached to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in spirit.

Father God reached out to me and I heard Him say, "the battle against good and evil has been here since the beginning of time." God battles evil by salvaging souls through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Father's voice sounds of greatness not of this world. The room was filled with an ancient scent from a world long ago. God had done this to let me know that He was there in the beginning of man's time.

I suffered at the hands of these evil spirits for 7 years until I learned that they were real and hence Jesus as well. This is how Jesus had found me to begin my undeserving vocation to be be an adopted child of God. He left the flock to find that one lost sheep when I saw Him on the wing of that airplane 35 years earlier.

Luke 15:4-6. What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
 

I prayed to Jesus that He would not leave me here to be evil like these spirits. He put my deceased mother behind me. And the most loving scent of her holding me in her bosom as a small child came over me. Jesus had done this to let me know it was her. He was letting me know that I would be with my mom and that He would deliver me from this evil condition known as hell.
 
I asked Jesus who these spirits were persecuting me. He told me through the Spirit of truth that they were the dead. I could see that they were lost and inquired about them going to heaven. Jesus had sent down the Holy Spirit stopping in front of me and pointing at me. He was telling me that I would make atonement for them. And that He would forgive them of their sins and deliver them into heaven. Jesus is mighty to save.

2 Maccabees 12:46. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.

Later, I had a dream were Jesus had removed the anger and hatred from these poor souls hearts. He was informing me that the work for atonement had been done. Then, with His powers going through me, He changed them back because the work could not be accepted until the door to my hearing and seeing them was closed. I am currently working on this.

Also, an angel made himself known to me. I've had many dreams and visions, some arranged by God and by the powers of the higher angels, guiding me away from sin, in truth, toward salvation. I thank God for my sufferings and wisdom gained. I am looking forward to being with God in heaven, seeing these spirits restored, and seeing my mom again.

 

*All bible verses are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.

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Quote: "When I was an innocent 9 year old child and loving the Lord, I saw Jesus in the most beautiful of whites, dressed as a shepherd on the wing of an airplane while it was still boarding."

 

John 20:12. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

 

Jesus appeared to me in what I believe to be this same white.

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Father God reached out to my brokenness and I heard Him say, "the battle against good and evil has been here since the beginning of time." The Father's voice sounds of greatness not of this world. The room was filled with an ancient scent from a world long ago that God recreated from memory, to perfection, to give me knowledge that He was there in the beginning. He spoke using my own vocal cords and when I wondered why my lips were not moving, He moved them like babble (foolish or meaningless talk). Four years later I got possessed twice by a demon trying to sit on God's throne, speaking through me, moving my lips, masquerading as God like a babbling fool. His glory (deceit) was short lived.

 

From the quote that I have bolded above, I can tell you that the 'father god' you met with was not the God of the Bible, because this is an untrue statement, according to the Bible.

 

After the last day of creation, God looked upon ALL that He had created, (which had to have included Lucifer, being a created being), and declared it ALL very good.  " And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Gen 1:31)

 

This tells me that the fall of Lucifer occurred after this point-any estimation would be meritless, except to say it occurred sometime before the fall of man, OBviously, and the first date we have after that was Adam being 120 when Seth, his their son, was born. So, within maybe 100 years from the beginning of creation until the fall of Lucifer.

 

This means, then, that the battle between (I assume that's what you meant) good and evil could NOT have been since the beginning of time, which began on day one of creation.

 

 

I asked Jesus who these people were persecuting me. He told me through the Spirit of truth that they were human souls without God in the afterlife. I believed the souls to be lost and inquired about them going to heaven. Jesus sent down the Holy Spirit stopping in front of me and pointing at pointing at me. He was telling me that I could offer up alms for the atonement of their sins, thus giving real hope to what I believe to be about 75-80 souls

Again, on the bolded part, of course, biblically this is foolishness-only Jesus offers up atonement for sin, which He did once for all men for all time on the cross of Calvary, where He shed His perfect blood for the sin of the world. Those who die without Christ are doomed-no alms, not prayers, no candles lit, nothing will bring them out of the eternal state they walked into.

 

If these events you are speaking of are real, then you are dealing with devils, not the Lord. he left us His word by which we are to test them. We are told, 'Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God, for many false prophets are gone out into the world' (1John 4:1).

 

By not trying the spirits you have encountered, you are disOBeying the command of God to do so. If it is actually the Lord, then He would be pleased you try Him according to His word-but from what you have said, this is clearly NOT God because it goes against His word.  You are in very dangerous terrritory here.

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Your experiences are extraordinary but are very unlikely to be genuine experiences of the Holy Spirit of God.

I advise you to seek God by repentance, reading of Jesus' dealings with folk he encountered - e.g. Nicodemus in John 3. Come with payer in humility, seeking God afresh.

May God bring you to a living relationship with himself.

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.Quote: "I prayed to Jesus..."

 

Quote: "He put my mom behind me..."

 

Quote: "He was telling me that I...would be gathered to my people..."

 

 

I find this to be a most loving thing that the Father and Son do for their people.

 

Genesis 25:8. Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man full of years, and was gathered to his people.

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Quote: "Father God reached out to my brokenness and I heard Him say, 'the battle against good and evil has been here since the beginning of time."

 

Quote: "He spoke using my own vocal cords..."

 

 

Mathew 10:20. for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

 

 

The word Genesis means, "beginning". This book is about the beginning of mankind. So, the battle against good and evil for mankind can be found in the book of Genesis with Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden. This is our beginning.

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Quote: "Father God reached out to my brokenness and I heard Him say, 'the battle against good and evil has been here since the beginning of time."

 

Quote: "He spoke using my own vocal cords..."

 

 

Mathew 10:20. for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

"But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matt 10:17-20)

 

You have pulled this right out of context: this is not the Spirit causing you to make babbling sounds, but the Lord giving you a word in your defense when you are arrested for His testimony, and specifically, it was given to the disciples, the 12, when Jesus sent them out to preach through Israel.

 

So to use this verse, completely out of its context of meaning to explain how you babbled uncontrollably and believe its God because of a smell, is a bit far-fetched.

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Quote: "Father God reached out to my brokenness and I heard Him say, 'the battle against good and evil has been here since the beginning of time."

 

Quote: "He spoke using my own vocal cords..."

 

 

Mathew 10:20. for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

 

 Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

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Quote: "He was telling me that I...would not be forgotten..."

 

Quote: "I'm looking forward to being with God in heaven and seeing my mom again."

 

 

Isaiah 49:15. Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.

 

Like Father God, Jesus does not forget His people.

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Ukulelemike, I was merely demonstrating that Father God truly does speak through people. Do you believe that the Father would do for the 12 that which He would not do for us? He was speaking to me. I am not claiming to be a representative of God's.

 

 

He speaks to us today through His Word, the Bible, not by supernatural voices. We have His complete, revealed will and direction for our lives contained within the pages of our Bible.

 

"Familiar Spirits" speak to men through supernatural voices if those men open themselves up to the influence of demons.

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Ukulelemike, I was merely demonstrating that Father God truly does speak through people. Do you believe that the Father would do for the 12 that which He would not do for us? He was speaking to me. I am not claiming to be a representative of God's.

I do not believe that the Lord did through his disciples what you are saying happened. What the Lord meant when He directed His disciples, was that the Spirit would give them what to say when they needed it, not that He would take complete control over them and move their mouths, and certainly not as a babbling-His disciples were to be speaking to kings and rulers and magistrates, so the Lord would direct them with what to say, and they would speak it in words easy to be understood-otherwise what good would it have been to babble?

 

As well, we have God's complete word for us in His written word-there is no need for any new revelation-the revelation is complete. The Lord may yet give people a word to say, but it will be to preach His word, already revealed, to expound upon it.

 

As well, babbling is not tongues-speaking-it never was. What Paul spoke of in 1Cor 14 was exactly the same thing that occurred on Pentecost: people of God miraculously spoke known languages, unknown to the speaker, but known to the hearers, with the goal and result being salvation of the hearers. What takes place in pentecostal churches today is not the tongues of the Bible-it is instead what the pagan idolators did in Corinth in the temple of Diana, and what even today, many pagan practitioners do: it is false. You may have experienced a spirit, but it was NOT the Spirit of God. 

 

As was said before, you need to repent of following such things, try the spirits and meet, through faith, the REAL Jesus of the Bible, who can only be met by faith.

 "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8,9) 

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Jim_Alaska, I agree with you about the bible but, do you believe that a good Father would not even speak to His own children?

 

Yes I do think He speaks to us, but it is, as I said before, through His Son, "The Word of God", which is our Bible. Our Father will not contradict Scripture which says again," Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"
 

This precludes him speaking in the manner you outlined.

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Jim_Alaska, I agree with you about the bible but, do you believe that a good Father would not even speak to His own children?

 

Not the way your imagination is protraying this "speaking" miss. It is Scripturally not possible. Emotional weakness lends to over imagination which leads to hysteria as demonstrated in many charismatic groups. None of which is Scriptural and none of which is of God.

Those who tend to be overly emotional, fragile and wearing their feelings on their sleeves love this nonsense. Single and unchecked married women gravitate to this and yes, I have never met a charismatic married woman who was not unchecked by her husband.

 

Satan loves the emotional drama in these groups, it renders them not just useless to God but also a fuels the mockery of God by His enemies.

 

It is never a question of whether God "could" speak to us but He already said He would no longer except through His Perfect Word aided by the Spirit.

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Quote: "Father God reached out to my brokenness and I heard Him say, "the battle against good and evil has been here since the beginning of time."

 

Quote: "I asked Him (Jesus) who these people were persecuting me. He told me through the Spirit of truth that they were human souls without God in the afterlife. I believe the souls to be lost and inquired about them going to heaven. Jesus sent down the Holy Spirit stopping in front of me and pointing at me. He was telling me that I could offer up alms for the atonement of their sins, thus giving real hope to what I believe to be about 75-80 souls."

 

 

From the KJV, "Authorized Version".

 

Ecclesiasticus 3:30. Water will quench a flaming fire; and alms maketh an atonement for sins. 

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