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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.

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On 2/6/2017 at 5:32 PM, Alan said:

According to the Constitution of the United States, Amendment 1 states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

The Johnson law prohibits the free exercise speech, or abridges the free exercise of speech, of the minister in the pulpit; whether the minister miss-uses that right is not the question.

Also, we can all agree that a church is an assembly of people: the Johnson law prohibits the free exercise of the speech of a minister while he is in an assembly. Whether the minister is right or wrong is immaterial according to the Constitution of the United States.

The Johnson law is unconstitutional and should be nullified by Congress. That is the point that President Trump is making. I agree with President Trump. President Trump is trying to make America great again by getting rid of laws and regulations that are not in accordance to the Constitution.

If the members of Congress wants to make America great again, as President Trump is trying to do so, than the members of Congress needs to back him up and nullify the Johnson law.

The whole problem is not that a church is prohibited to engage in politics, it is that a church applies for recognition from the government as a non-profit corporation, 501C3 status, for financial purposes. When you look to the government for official recognition from that government, you place yourself under the authority of said government. Since that government is made up of opposing political views, and you have become a de-facto ward of the state, (look it up, you applied, i.e. "asked" for them to please put you under the benevolent umbrella of their recognition of you as a corporation) then they have the right to require you to not take political sides. Any church that is truly simply nothing more than a gathering of believers can make all of the political statements they want. Those that have been granted permission from the state to be recognized by the state have placed themselves under the authority of the state, simply so they would not have to pay the state's taxes on all of the ridiculous money they often take in to pay for their million-dollar properties.

 

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Our former church looked into renouncing our 501C3 status, and were told by the attorney at CLA that to do so would make us liable for all of the back property taxes we had been exempted from since the inception of the church. We also were advised by CLA that if a church is a 501C3, don't look to get out of it, and if you are not one, don't look to become one.

CLA is the Christian Law Assoc.

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9 minutes ago, weary warrior said:

Our former church looked into renouncing our 501C3 status, and were told by the attorney at CLA that to do so would make us liable for all of the back property taxes we had been exempted from since the inception of the church. We also were advised by CLA that if a church is a 501C3, don't look to get out of it, and if you are not one, don't look to become one.

CLA is the Christian Law Assoc.

Sounds a bit like what a drug lord might tell his dealers.  No switching from one status to the other... got it.   However, if that is true, I would imagine that if the church legally closed or dissolved or whatever, that they could start a brand new one and just not file for 501C3 status.  

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2 minutes ago, Brother Stafford said:

Sounds a bit like what a drug lord might tell his dealers.  No switching from one status to the other... got it.   However, if that is true, I would imagine that if the church legally closed or dissolved or whatever, that they could start a brand new one and just not file for 501C3 status.  

You are right, that is exactly how it needs to be done. The old corporation is dissolved completely. Then the church would need to give itself a new name, as keeping the old name that is on the old corporation papers, the old property title and the old bank accounts could eventually cause legal headaches. It's quite a convoluted process.

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1 minute ago, weary warrior said:

You are right, that is exactly how it needs to be done. The old corporation is dissolved completely. Then the church would need to give itself a new name, as keeping the old name that is on the old corporation papers, the old property title and the old bank accounts could eventually cause legal headaches. It's quite a convoluted process.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when from taxes we wish to be reprieved.

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Fox News had an interview with Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther KIng, Jr.), concerning the Trump Administration.

During the interview Dr. King said she is encouraged by the steps of President Trump thus far. She is encouraged that Presisdent Trump is analyzing the job situation with the black race and coming up with good solutions with job creation.

Also, she mentioned two things that are noteworhty concerning President Trump and this thread:

One. Dr. King said, "I commend him for all of his appointments.'

Two. Dr. King said, "... to see jobs come back to America is a great thing."

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5315918167001/?#sp=show-clips

I agree with her. The steps President Trump has taken thus far, in several areas, will lead to make America great as before. Dr. King's other comments concerning the destructive speech by Senator Warren is also noteworthy.

 

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8 hours ago, Alan said:

Fox News had an interview with Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther KIng, Jr.), concerning the Trump Administration.

During the interview Dr. King said she is encouraged by the steps of President Trump thus far. She is encouraged that Presisdent Trump is analyzing the job situation with the black race and coming up with good solutions with job creation.

Also, she mentioned two things that are noteworhty concerning President Trump and this thread:

One. Dr. King said, "I commend him for all of his appointments.'

Two. Dr. King said, "... to see jobs come back to America is a great thing."

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/5315918167001/?#sp=show-clips

I agree with her. The steps President Trump has taken thus far, in several areas, will lead to make America great as before. Dr. King's other comments concerning the destructive speech by Senator Warren is also noteworthy.

 

MLK, who was a commie himself (he attended Highlander Folk School in Tennessee), would be a conservative compared to the left wing lunatics of today's America. They would probably accuse him of being an Uncle Tom.

 

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7 hours ago, fastjav390 said:

Every major city in my home state is receiving them. I've always said its good to be 100+ miles from anywhere.

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On 12/02/2017 at 11:07 PM, Alan said:

fastjaqv390,

Thank you very much for the information concerning the settlement of Muslim refugees into the United States.

It sure does appear that the refugee settlement program is a government program that churches get involved for monetary purposes and not for the sake of the gospel. It is an open shame for churches to get involved with programs (governmental or non-govermental), for the sake of lucrative gain.

It is my hope that this is one of the government programs that President Trump eliminates. Keep us informed and let us know if there are any bills in the Congress that will address this program with the intention of getting rid of it.

Brethren,

The second article that fastjav390 posted, "Refugee Settlement Watch," 

is noteworthy. 

Paul the apostle stated to avoid men in the church who teach erroneous doctrines and practices within the church, "Preverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself." 1 Timothy 6:5 In the next chapter of 1 Timothy continued this thought,Paul also stated the following concerning stiving for monetary gain by any saint, or church, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10

The churches who get involved with programs like the Refugee Settlement Program, for monetary purposes, or popularity, have erred from the faith. And, it is one of the un-necessary programs created by our government that needs to be eliminated. If the Refugee Settlement Program is eliminated by President Trump I am of the opinion that it would be beneficial for America.

Alan

But would it be beneficial to the preaching of the gospel to refugees, or do you not think they need the gospel?

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21 minutes ago, Invicta said:

But would it be beneficial to the preaching of the spel to refugees, or do you not think they need the gospel?

It appears to me, that the denominations that are currently involved with the Refugee Resettlement Programs that fastjav390 linked to are not preaching the gospel to the refugees. In fact, they are not preaching the gospel to those already in their churches.  

Yes, all refugees need the gospel.

I am not, nor the churches that I report to, in any way, or manner, against honest, freedom loving, refugees from any country.

The point we are making in this thread is the illegal immigration into the Unites States and the false usage of the word 'refugee,' in order to gain entry to the United States by Muslim terrorists and those who miss-use the government agencies here in America for material gain.

I have been to numerous solid, straight as an arrow, IFB churches that love folks of all races, creeds, and countries. In these IFB churches they have ministries within the church to various other people groups. In these IFB churches I have seen ministries to Muslims, Hispanics, Chinese, Laotion (refugees from Laos), Vietnamese, and other non English speaking nationalities. I myself have partricipated in Chinese outreaches.

The good work of the IFB churches among other nationalities, refugees, etc..., is not mentioned by the press, news organizations, or mainline denominations. In fact, the good work among the IFB churches to refugees and non-English speaking nationalities, are deliberately ignored by the mainline press and the religious news organizations.

Alan 

 

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In an article by Newt Gingrich called, "Why Trump's presidency will be great for America but Canada too," Newt goes on to explain why the jobs policy of President Trump will help both the United States and Canada. 

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/02/13/newt-gingrich-why-trump-s-presidency-will-be-great-not-just-for-america-but-canada-too.html

President Trump will help America and those countries willing to get behind good business fiscal policies and regulations.   

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President Trump just signed a bill into law eliminating unnecessary coal mining regulations.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5325977499001/?#sp=show-clips

The elimination of these unnecessary, and destructive to our economy, will be beneficial not only to the coal mining in West Virginia, but to other industries using coal in other States. 

President Trump is making good his campaign promises to eliminate regulations that have hurt the economy of America and lessened our greatness as a country.

 

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President Trump just signed a bill into law eliminating unnecessary coal mining regulations.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5325977499001/?#sp=show-clips

The elimination of these unnecessary, and destructive to our economy, will be beneficial not only to the coal mining in West Virginia, but to other industries using coal in other States. 

President Trump is making good his campaign promises to eliminate regulations that have hurt the economy of America and lessened our greatness as a country.

 

George Soros was behind the push for all these regulations. He was then buying up all the coal stock once it dropped because of Obama regulations. Once he bought it up he sought for the expansion of the coal industry. It's all a big game.

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When President Trump vowed to, "Drain the Swam," in order to make America great, he is making Cabinet appointments that will help his endeavor to, "Drain the Swamp."

One of the efforts is to do away with the un-Constitutional regulations of the EPA. the new head of the EPA is Scott Pruitt. One of the burdensome, un-Constitutional, and destructive EPA regulations is the regulatory power the EPA gave themselves to control the ponds, waterways, streams, and small puddles of water that are on the farms of America and land owners in the country.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5328998174001/?#sp=show-clips

Hopefully, Scott Pruitt of the EPA will get rid of the destructive regulations of the EPA and make our country great again for the average American farmer and country land owner. 

 

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      SO THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE ROCK OF ALL AGES
      GREW UP TO FULFILL THE HOLY PAGES
      HE PREACH WITH AUTHORITY LIKE NONE BEFORE
      PLEASE TRUST HIS WORDS AND NOT THE GREAT WHORE
      HER BLACK ROBE PRIEST FILL THEIR LIPS WITH MY NAME
      WITH BLASPHEMOUS PRAISE, DAMMATION AND SHAME
      THERE ARE NO NAIL PRINTS IN MY HANDS, MY BODY DID NOT ARISE
      NOR, AM A DEMON OF FATIMA FLOATING IN THE SKY
      THERE IS NO DEITY IN MY VEINS FOR ADAM CAME FROM SOD
      FOR I, AM, MOTHER OF THE SON OF MAN NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
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      FOR MY SOUL WAS PURCHASED BY GOD UPON THE CROSS
      FOR MY SINS HE DID SUFFER AN UNMEASURABLE COST
      I WILL NOT STEAL HIS GLORY WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD
      ENDURING SPIT AND THORNS PLACED ON HIS HEAD
      YET, IF YOU WISH TO HONOR ME THEN GIVE ME NONE AT ALL
      BUT TRUST THE LAMB WHO STOOL IN PILATE’S HALL
      CALL NOT ON THIS REDEEMED WOMAN IN YOUR TIME OF FEAR
      FOR I WILL NOT GIVE ANSWER NEITHER WILL I HEAR
      AND WHEN THE BOOKS ARE OPEN AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
      I AMEN YOUR DAMNATION THAT TRUST NOT HIM ALONE
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, O’ SINNER TRUST ME NOT

                       WRITTEN BY BRO. WEST
       
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