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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.

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Smile. You all are cheesy! I hope nothing happens but I believe something big will happen this shemita year and next year in the 70th jubilee year.

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Smile. You all are cheesy! I hope nothing happens but I believe something big will happen this shemita year and next year in the 70th jubilee year.

Something big has already happened: Bugs Bunny turned 75 years old!:bigshock:

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Smile. You all are cheesy! I hope nothing happens but I believe something big will happen this shemita year and next year in the 70th jubilee year.

The Jews did not keep the sabbath years or jubilees.   The 70 years exile was so that the land could have fer sabbaths which it had not had  previously.   2 Chron.36:21  To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

Seventy years sabbaths are sabbaths of 490 years, 70 weeks of years, that takes it back to the time of Solomon.

There is one possible sabbath and jubilee recorded.   2 Kings 19:29  And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such things as grow of themselves, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruits thereof.

 

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Tic tic tic.

Are you aware and prepared?

Will your family and church wish that you had been more prepared?

 

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Psalm 91

91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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Tic tic tic.

Are you aware and prepared?

Will your family and church wish that you had been more prepared?

 

IF something bad was gonna happen, and that is a big IF, God will provide a way. We could never stock up enough, nor be prepared enough, for things that you have placed before us. It is doom and gloom gospelizing in this thread. Yes things will get bad sinwise, but remember what Jesus said in the gospels? They will still be marrying and giving in marriage when the Son of man comes. Sounds like good days to me.

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IF something bad was gonna happen, and that is a big IF, God will provide a way. We could never stock up enough, nor be prepared enough, for things that you have placed before us. It is doom and gloom gospelizing in this thread. Yes things will get bad sinwise, but remember what Jesus said in the gospels? They will still be marrying and giving in marriage when the Son of man comes. Sounds like good days to me.

Reminds me of a theme park that has just opened here a day or two ago, called DISMAL Land.  

Visitors are met by a steward with a dismal countenance and MM ears who says "Welcome to Dismal Land" in a doleful voice. And the word on her back DISMAL..

"The following are strictly prohibited in the park – spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation."

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Matt 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

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1 Timothy 5:8

Do you have enough faith?

That's not referring to stockpiling for a doomsday scenario.

If we are going to look to the one with faith, who has more faith, the one who trusts God to provide their daily bread or the one who builds bigger barns to stockpile more and more?

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Mormons must have great faith because that "Christian denomination" teaches the necessity of stockpiling. Every Mormon family is expected to have a minimum of one months supplies stocked away. The preferred, and pushed for amount of stockpiling is for each family to have one year of supplies (or more!) stocked away.

They believe a great downfall is coming to America, a Mormon leader will restore America (something both Romney and Beck believe) and Mormons will be the largest group of survivors because of their vast stockpiles of supplies.

Many Christians dismiss the sermon on the mount  where Jesus Himself teaches contrary to the philosophy of most Christian doomsday preppers.

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Well, I don't think there is anything wrong with having something put away for emergencies. Its common sense. Now, certainly our trust is first in the Lord, but it's, well, rather like when one has an injury. If you cut off a finger, certainly your trust is in the Lord, but you're STILL going to go see a doctor. My wife and I generally see to our own health issues-I once cut halfway 'round my pinky with a food processor blade, to the bone, spewed blood across the wall. My wife looked at me, said, "I just cleaned that wall!" then gave me some paper towels and told me to sit down and put pressure on it till it stopped bleeding. I said "I might need to go to the hospital for this", and she replied, "You know what they'll do there? Tell you to keep pressure on it til it stops bleeding! Now go sit down."  When the bleeding stopped, she cheked it, cleaned it, put gauze over it and duct taped it. It healed just fine, no infections, and virtually no scar.

However, when she fell and passed out and began to bleed profusely from her body, I called an ambulance and she went to the doctor. Neither time did I NOT have faith in the Lord to care for us, but this one time, we needed some additional earthly assistance.

This is how I see the storage issue-just because I store a week or a month's worth of foodstuffs and some ammunition for a gun or two, doesn't mean I don't trust the Lord, any more than a farmer who goes and sows his field and waters it and cares for it, doesn't trust the Lord. Sometimes the Lord, I believe, expects us to be proactive and preparative in life. Like Joseph in Egypt-were they crazy preppers? Why didn't Joseph just tell Pharaoh to trust God? Could God provide? Sure! He could have rained down manna for seven years and fed the entire nation, but instead He told them to be prepared. Why would it be wrong for us? I trust God, but I don't sit and twiddle my thumbs and wait for Him to do all the work-if I can add my eoofrts to my prayers, I do so-maybe God answers througyh giving us the wisdom to see the times and make wise preparations.

 

 

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I don't think there is anything wrong with someone storing some supplies if they feel the Lord leading them to do so. The problem is, in telling others "the big ones coming soon and if you don't stockpile now you are worse than an infidel".

It's also contrary to Scripture to tell your brothers/sisters in Christ that if they come to you for help in an emergency they won't help them.

Doomsday Christians in America tend to be little different than their non-Christian counter-parts. They plan to stockpile as much as they can, then hoard it all to themselves no matter who might come by in need of help. Many not only plan to hoard their supplies to themselves, turning brothers/sisters in Christ away to starve, but are more than willing to shoot to kill those seeking help.

Meanwhile we read in Scripture of the early Christians willing to suffer the loss of all for the sake of Christ. We read of those who had their goods taken from them and yet rejoiced and were willing to give to others out of the little they had left.

If anything, if disaster strikes, rather than hunkering down hoarding our bounty and turning others away (or killing them!), we are called to be going forth sharing the Gospel and helping those we are able.

Our lives are to be a witness for Christ, not a witness of self-preservation; and especially not the witness of self-preservation at the expense of turning away brothers/sisters in Christ needing help.

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Well, I don't think there is anything wrong with having something put away for emergencies. Its common sense. Now, certainly our trust is first in the Lord, but it's, well, rather like when one has an injury. If you cut off a finger, certainly your trust is in the Lord, but you're STILL going to go see a doctor. My wife and I generally see to our own health issues-I once cut halfway 'round my pinky with a food processor blade, to the bone, spewed blood across the wall. My wife looked at me, said, "I just cleaned that wall!" then gave me some paper towels and told me to sit down and put pressure on it till it stopped bleeding. I said "I might need to go to the hospital for this", and she replied, "You know what they'll do there? Tell you to keep pressure on it til it stops bleeding! Now go sit down."  When the bleeding stopped, she cheked it, cleaned it, put gauze over it and duct taped it. It healed just fine, no infections, and virtually no scar.

However, when she fell and passed out and began to bleed profusely from her body, I called an ambulance and she went to the doctor. Neither time did I NOT have faith in the Lord to care for us, but this one time, we needed some additional earthly assistance.

This is how I see the storage issue-just because I store a week or a month's worth of foodstuffs and some ammunition for a gun or two, doesn't mean I don't trust the Lord, any more than a farmer who goes and sows his field and waters it and cares for it, doesn't trust the Lord. Sometimes the Lord, I believe, expects us to be proactive and preparative in life. Like Joseph in Egypt-were they crazy preppers? Why didn't Joseph just tell Pharaoh to trust God? Could God provide? Sure! He could have rained down manna for seven years and fed the entire nation, but instead He told them to be prepared. Why would it be wrong for us? I trust God, but I don't sit and twiddle my thumbs and wait for Him to do all the work-if I can add my eoofrts to my prayers, I do so-maybe God answers througyh giving us the wisdom to see the times and make wise preparations.

 

 

Great post!

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