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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.

free masons and the mark of the beast


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I was talking to a co-worker a few years back, who was a free mason; and we got on the subject of the mark of the beast, and he said he believes that the mark instead of being physical was more or less metaphoric; in that it is the thought of the mind and deeds of the hands. I thought his idea was interesting but not sound doctrine. 

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  The marka the beast will be LITERAL, most likely some sorta microchip, which can store all of one's financial dealings. People will be paid by uploading intel into their chip & will pay for purchases by the retailer scanning one's chip & deducting the amount of the purchase.

The tech for that chip exists right now, but, long as there's a sizable number of Christians around, it won't be accepted by too many.

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The mark whether seen or unseen by us will be seen by the Lord friends. A mark will not even have to be made nor a chip implanted if acquiescence to the "lie" is made. The beast knows many will not take the mark out of religious belief. But these same "many" will accept the lie in order to feed their bellies and the bellies of their loved ones. Read it carefully, cards and account numbers will still be allowed by the beast. To God, anyone who accepts the lie to save their life (whether through a chip, tattoo, debit card or memorized account number) has taken the mark.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Only the truly saved will not take the mark, nor use his name nor the number of his name to live in the industrialized world very soon . We will be electronically cutoff from everything, unable to work, drive, vote, receive medical, emergency or social services several years before the mid point. We will be persecuted like no time before it even the first centuries.

Coming soon to a neighborhood near me and you......

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2 minutes ago, robycop3 said:

 Just COMMON SENSE.

...or maybe...just maybe...and I know this may sound completely whack-a-doodle...but m...a...y...b...e John said exactly what the Holy Spirit wanted him to say.

I know...I know...just because the Holy Spirit is God, he doesn't really know all things. So the Holy Spirit didn't really understand the difference between a mark and a chip. I see...

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12 minutes ago, No Nicolaitans said:

...or maybe...just maybe...and I know this may sound completely whack-a-doodle...but m...a...y...b...e John said exactly what the Holy Spirit wanted him to say.

I know...I know...just because the Holy Spirit is God, he doesn't really know all things. So the Holy Spirit didn't really understand the difference between a mark and a chip. I see...

 I know, I know - the Holy Spirit gave John a crash course in computer science, but  John didn't understand it, so he wrote "mark".

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7 minutes ago, robycop3 said:

 I know, I know - the Holy Spirit gave John a crash course in computer science, but  John didn't understand it, so he wrote "mark".

Perhaps the Holy Spirit could take lessons from you since you apparently know more than he does....

Wait a minute...were you just being facetious? Oh you silly boy!

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2 minutes ago, No Nicolaitans said:

Perhaps the Holy Spirit could take lessons from you since you apparently know more than he does....

Wait a minute...were you just being facetious? Oh you silly boy!

  Does the phrase "You're full of baloney" hold any meaning for you?

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Just now, robycop3 said:

  Does the phrase "You're full of baloney" hold any meaning for you?

I don't know...you tell me. I'm sure you can tell us what you believe about it and what your audience wants to hear.

By the way...it's bologna...not baloney.

But you probably don't believe that, and nor does your audience...

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38 minutes ago, robycop3 said:

  Does the phrase "You're full of baloney" hold any meaning for you?

Now thats I'a thinks bouts it, I's wondr'n, is that frase in the Sinasticus or that fanshy-smanshy Vinasticus manuscriptus? Kausin' it hain't ina my good ole' King James versy...

 

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On 3/9/2019 at 6:23 AM, robycop3 said:

  The marka the beast will be LITERAL, most likely some sorta microchip, which can store all of one's financial dealings. People will be paid by uploading intel into their chip & will pay for purchases by the retailer scanning one's chip & deducting the amount of the purchase.

The tech for that chip exists right now, but, long as there's a sizable number of Christians around, it won't be accepted by too many.

Yup, that’s what happens after the rapture of the church - the true believing church will not be around, so the antichrist’s activities as described in the book of Revelation will be free to unfold.

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Once again with this kind of thing people have a habit of making categorical statements where no such statement can be made.

By all means speculate about the nature of the mark etc and what form it might take, but to state categorically that (in this instance) the mark is some form of computer chip, is going beyond what the Bible says.

This is Sooooooooooooo common when it comes to prophecy, but soooo dangerous.

Of course there is the aspect that the writer is describing as best he can something that is totally foreign to him, but for us to then make statements with certainty is just dangerous - maybe what he is describing is something that is totally foreign to us also.

But we know for certain that people will willingly and knowing take the mark, so it is not today's credit cards as some have put it, and if the cards are replaced by a chip that is implanted (as it seems certain will happen widescale because it is already being tested small scale) then we have to keep in mind that it is a knowing submission to the mark, as a recognised submission to the anti-Christ.

If then the chip implanted is done so without any sort of reference to allegiance to the Anti-Christ, then IT IS NOT THE MARK...….

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Good points, Dave. I think we can safely say that the mark will be some kind of tattoo or brand though, as the word “mark” in the book of Leviticus is referring to tattoos that God’s people are forbidden to get. If modern professing Christendom would actually obey the whole Bible then they would choose not to be like the world and not get any tattoos (marks) on their bodies, reinforcing to the world that true believers have no part in that practice - and when the antichrist and his system appear on the scene, some in the world will be thinking, “Hey wait, this is what those Christians were warning us about. Maybe I should think twice before rushing to join the rest of the world and getting this mark, number, etc.”

Regardless of how technology fits in with the mark (and yes, I do believe there will be a chip or some kind of biometrics involved to track buying and selling, etc.), the book of Revelation makes it very clear that receiving the mark will be a personal choice to worship (profess allegiance to) the antichrist and the power behind him (Satan). There will be no taking the mark as a pretense or as a disguise or being forced to against their will (as Tim Lahaye and Hal Lindsey, and some others would have us believe could happen). 

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11 hours ago, Jerry said:

Yup, that’s what happens after the rapture of the church - the true believing church will not be around, so the antichrist’s activities as described in the book of Revelation will be free to unfold.

 CORRECT!

  The tech for such a microchip implant exists now. You likely saw where two different businesses offered to implant such chips upon their employees to facilitate their opening electronically-locked doors in their HQs, but virtually all those people refused to be implanted. However, after the rapture, the opposition to the "mark" will be nil, and the "beast" will hawk it as a replacement for cash or cards, citing it to be loss-proof or theft-proof. Then, of course, his sidekick the false prophet will make it the law.

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  I believe that, when Jesus prophesied those events, or had one of His angels prophesy some of them to John on Patmos, he generally used terminology that His immediate audience could understand. Of course Jesus knew "falling stars" were meteors, but He used the common term His disciples understood. same for John and the "mark". I believe it'll be some sorta microchip, as a tattoo could be easily erased or duplicated.

 

  As for the "seal" upon the 144K Israelis at that time, it will be issued by GOD, while the "mark of the beast' will be issued by MAN.

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