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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.

I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


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Works without Salvation

Full Definition of INIQUITY

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:  gross injustice :  wickedness
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:  a wicked act or thing :  sin
 
 

Read the Gospel, Francis answered on Tuesday, specifically Matthew 25. In that passage, Jesus says that in the Last Days, Christians will be asked whether they fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick.

"This is the heart of the Gospel," the Pope said.

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To him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, even his faith is counted for righteousness. (From the book of Romans)

That's extremely clear that we are saved by faith alone apart from works.

 

There are two judgments in scripture. 

1. the Judgment seat of Christ, a description of this is given in 1st Corinthians.

2. The great white throne judgment- this is described in Revelation 20:11-15.

 

Christians only go to the judgment seat of Christ, Christians are not a part of the Great White Throne Judgment, Matthew 25 is describing the Great White Throne Judgment, in Revelation we see Christians already resurrected and in their glorified bodies prior to Chapter 20. 

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Read the Gospel, Francis answered on Tuesday, specifically Matthew 25. In that passage, Jesus says that in the Last Days, Christians will be asked whether they fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick.

"This is the heart of the Gospel," the Pope said.

Why are you quoting this Antichrist Jesuit?

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Why are you quoting this Antichrist Jesuit?

Because sometimes it helps to know how people are trapped.  Thats what I call a "Papal curve ball"   He throws a lot of them.  You take that passage on its own. Hey looks good.  It's not the whole council of God of course.  Just like any cult they pick out one or two verses.  That means nothing to you but to the trapped and the people considering its confusing. The whole council of God is the entire Word of God.  You don't just pick out one verse to justify your works based anthem.   I hope no one shrunk back from the commie cross.  Another papal curve we won't put that commie cross in any church.  lol what next to all your other idols?   The catholic "church" is very slippery with over they say:  1.1 Billion members. 

A lot of people "hear" these popes with their conscience.  That includes many Harlots.  The world can understand him hey even the media can agree with some of what he says if it fits their conscience.  That goes for Israel too.  Who went their own little way deciding what was righteous on their own (the Law).  Instead of submitting to Gods righteousness.   

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To him that worketh not but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, even his faith is counted for righteousness. (From the book of Romans)

That's extremely clear that we are saved by faith alone apart from works.

 

There are two judgments in scripture. 

1. the Judgment seat of Christ, a description of this is given in 

2. The great white throne judgment- this is described in Revelation 20:11-15.

 

Christians only go to the judgment seat of Christ, Christians are not a part of the Great White Throne Judgment, Matthew 25 is describing the Great White Throne Judgment, in Revelation we see Christians already resurrected and in their glorified bodies prior to Chapter 20. 

I disagree completely with this.  Both judgments are the same.  In Revelation , those whose names are not in the book of life are mentioned, that presupposes that there are those whose names are in the book of life,  In  1st Corinthians Paul said all would appear before the judgment seat.

 29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 

Here we see that the judgment and separation are at the same day. 

 36  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

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I disagree completely with this.  Both judgments are the same.  In Revelation , those whose names are not in the book of life are mentioned, that presupposes that there are those whose names are in the book of life,  In  1st Corinthians Paul said all would appear before the judgment seat.

 29  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 

Here we see that the judgment and separation are at the same day. 

 36  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

Paul said WE must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.. He's writing to the Corinthian Church made up of believers, so he is talking about WE all as in We THE CHURCH! plus in that judgment Paul said the persons who's works are burnt up will HE HIMSELF BE SAVED!

 

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Perhaps the same Judgement lasts throughout the whole period from Christ's resurrection, and the start of the resurrection of the righteous,  till His return, the Judgement of the wicked and that of the righteous will be when they awake, and are raised, as for 'he himself being saved', I think that would apply to everyone who is saved, Paul is pointing out that although there will be some fire for the Christian, he will be saved, where as the lost while going through the same judgement will be damned since they have no-one to redeem them, and thre names aren't in the book of life, I agree that all are at the resurrection mentioned in Rev, when the books are open, but I think the books are being opened just now, and that it started when Christ rose, I think they are scrolls, it seems a little like DNA being undone.

There are allot of scriptures to take into account on this topic, I start from this one- Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

I assume I was really dead, and now that I cannot die, therefore there cannot be any need for a future resurrection, I think the erroneous doctrine of the body of dust being remade and changed and reconciled to the soul at some future point is an error which comes about by not taking all the verses about death and resurrection literally.Eph 5:14.

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. <<< This is about the Resurrection, or/and the real Exodus. 'Captivity' from the Hebrew carries the idea of a train of chained prisoners, like an exodus, it is a caravan it has a start a middle and an ending. Jesus Said that he had an exodus to accomplish from Jerusalem.

Lu 9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease* which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

*Strong's Greek Dictionary
1841. exodos
Search for G1841 in KJVSL exodoV exodos ex'-od-os

from 1537 and 3598; an exit, i.e. (figuratively) death:--decease, departing.

I.E. The Lord went forth with a shout, the dead were raised, some to everlasting life, some to everlasting contempt (those who reject the Gospel) It is time for Judgement to begin at the house of God.

There are Scriptures about the start of the resurrection all over, here is another 'sign' event;

Mt 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,<<< I would take from that that the resurrection of the righteous happens first, since these mentioned are saints.

I guess that judgement day will last at least 1000 years, maybe 2000

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Works without Salvation

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:  gross injustice :  wickedness
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:  a wicked act or thing :  sin
 
 

Read the Gospel, Francis answered on Tuesday, specifically Matthew 25. In that passage, Jesus says that in the Last Days, Christians will be asked whether they fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick.

"This is the heart of the Gospel," the Pope said.

>>>>fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick.

"This is the heart of the Gospel,<<<<<

I can get that message from my local 'Baptist Church' if I want.

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>>>>fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick.

"This is the heart of the Gospel,<<<<<

I can get that message from my local 'Baptist Church' if I want.

If that Baptist church is teaching that doing those things is the heart of the Gospel they are as wrong as the Pope.

The heart of the Gospel is Christ, the only means of salvation.

Those works wrongly being called the heart of the Gospel are fruits of salvation.

 

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If that Baptist church is teaching that doing those things is the heart of the Gospel they are as wrong as the Pope.

The heart of the Gospel is Christ, the only means of salvation.

Those works wrongly being called the heart of the Gospel are fruits of salvation.

 

Exactly. You can hit anyones conscience with the law.  Nice trick on his part (pope).   People that don't have Salvation don't understand the things of God. However there is the law.  Which they do have. 

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If that Baptist church is teaching that doing those things is the heart of the Gospel they are as wrong as the Pope.

The heart of the Gospel is Christ, the only means of salvation.

Those works wrongly being called the heart of the Gospel are fruits of salvation.

 

Well its called a baptist church, last time I went there the message could be summed up thus ' the Bible was written in a different language to different culture...I can't understand it, but I have got a few books here, then he quoted books about the good works of some bishop and good works of others organisations which feed/help the third world, and said what are you/we doing?...that was it. I thought how sad, It is the only time I can remember coming out of church mourning for the lack of truth. They have no pastor, but even so they had just sorted out their elder ship, and this was the best speaker they could come up with, I later found out that he was their leader, or in charge.

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