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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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19 hours ago, gracelife said:

Heresy is any doctrine that does not align with Scripture. Calvinism is a man made philosophy, a paradigm that does not align at all with Scripture. It is a damnable heresy! The god of Calvinism is sadistic!

2 Peter 2:1 - But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Calvinism gives the full glory to God for the plan and outworking of salvation, how is that heresy?

15 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

And that reveals one of the differences between us - I do NOT hold to "historical orthodoxy" as my authority for doctrine and behavior.  Rather, I hold to GOD'S OWN WORD as my authority for doctrine and behavior.  (Which is probably one of the reasons that my posts in this thread discussion have included actual Scriptural quotations and explanations for support, while yours have lacked actual Scriptural quotations.)

Sound Christian doctrines, as expressed in the Bible and in the historical confessions and creeds of the Faith!

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15 minutes ago, DaChaser said:

Sound Christian doctrines, as expressed in the Bible and in the historical confessions and creeds of the Faith!

I disagree.  I hold - Sound Christian doctrine as expressed in the the Bible, God's Own Word, ALONE!!!  I care not at all concerning "historical confessions and creeds of the faith.  I care not at all concerning the man-made paradigm of so-called "orthodoxy."  God's Own Word is my ONLY and FINAL authority for belief and behavior.!!!  (Indeed, a significant difference between us.)  "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (See 2 Timothy 3:16)  No historical confession or creed of the faith was given by inspiration of God.  Why then would I step down from that which is God-inspired to that which is man-made?  As for me, I will NOT!!!

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In a previous post you said; "I am not neo eveangelical, as am a reformed baptist". In this I feel the need to ask; reformed from what? Possibly this?:

Jude 3 (KJV) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.  1Ti 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

The faith once delivered to the saints was pre-Calvin.

 

Calvinism easily falls under Paul's instruction to Timothy here: 1Ti 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

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3 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

I disagree.  I hold - Sound Christian doctrine as expressed in the the Bible, God's Own Word, ALONE!!!  I care not at all concerning "historical confessions and creeds of the faith.  I care not at all concerning the man-made paradigm of so-called "orthodoxy."  God's Own Word is my ONLY and FINAL authority for belief and behavior.!!!  (Indeed, a significant difference between us.)  "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (See 2 Timothy 3:16)  No historical confession or creed of the faith was given by inspiration of God.  Why then would I step down from that which is God-inspired to that which is man-made?  As for me, I will NOT!!!

I do not see ANY of the Confessions are inspired, nor as the final authority, as that is still in thje scriptures themselves, but do see the Confessions as useful summaries of what the scriptures themselves teach!

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On 5/30/2020 at 8:43 AM, DaChaser said:

Calvinism gives the full glory to God for the plan and outworking of salvation, how is that heresy?

 

Calvinism goes well beyond that. Of course God is to be given full glory for the plan and outworking of salvation; the problem is it then delves into philosophy and declares that man can't be saved before he is regenerated, and that man, because he is dead in sin, cannot, therefore, make a choice to follow, yet I disagree with that, and so does scripture. 
 

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. " (Eph 1:13, 14)  1: Hear, 2: Trust, 3: believe, 4: Sealed. Regeneration occurs at 3, believe. It cannot begin at 1. Predestination is through foreknowledge, not declaration. Christ did the work, Christ paid the price, Christ enlightens all men, Christ calls all men to Him, but we choose to answer or not.

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On 6/1/2020 at 1:01 PM, gracelife said:

You are deceived @DaChaser!

Scriptures command us to not b reak the unity of the Holy Spirit, for we are all one in Christ Jesus, regardless if labeled Baptist or not, if use Kjv 1611 or not!

1 hour ago, Ukulelemike said:

Calvinism goes well beyond that. Of course God is to be given full glory for the plan and outworking of salvation; the problem is it then delves into philosophy and declares that man can't be saved before he is regenerated, and that man, because he is dead in sin, cannot, therefore, make a choice to follow, yet I disagree with that, and so does scripture. 
 

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. " (Eph 1:13, 14)  1: Hear, 2: Trust, 3: believe, 4: Sealed. Regeneration occurs at 3, believe. It cannot begin at 1. Predestination is through foreknowledge, not declaration. Christ did the work, Christ paid the price, Christ enlightens all men, Christ calls all men to Him, but we choose to answer or not.

Unless the Holy Spirit enables/quickens lost sinners to place faith in Jesus as Lord, none of us would!

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2 hours ago, DaChaser said:

Unless the Holy Spirit enables/quickens lost sinners to place faith in Jesus as Lord, none of us would!

Yes. Jesus lightens EVERY man that comes into the world-He gives everyone born the ight to see and receive-at that point, it is up to us to respond.

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24 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

Yes. Jesus lightens EVERY man that comes into the world-He gives everyone born the ight to see and receive-at that point, it is up to us to respond.

Not found in the scriptures, as Jesus died for His own elect!

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1 hour ago, DaChaser said:

Not found in the scriptures, as Jesus died for His own elect!

Jesus died for every single person who will ever live! His atonement is UNLIMITED! And no I am not an Arminian! 1 John 2:2 (KJV) reads: "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." It is up to unbelievers to respond to the gospel and trust that Christ died for them!

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5 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

Yes. Jesus lightens EVERY man that comes into the world-He gives everyone born the ight to see and receive-at that point, it is up to us to respond.

5 hours ago, DaChaser said:

Not found in the scriptures, as Jesus died for His own elect!

Really??? Here is a direct quote from God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures, John 1:9 - "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

(Seems as if your dependence more upon man-made confessions and creeds, than upon God's Own Word, has led you astray.)

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12 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Really??? Here is a direct quote from God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures, John 1:9 - "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

(Seems as if your dependence more upon man-made confessions and creeds, than upon God's Own Word, has led you astray.)

Thanks for that. I was actually answering that with a lot of scripture, but doing it at work, got distracted and never got it finished. 

 

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Query: Does I take away from the sovereignty of God to allow His creation to choose life or death? To choose the eternal life obtained, won and offered by Jesus Christ, or to reject said gift and instead choose ignorance and damnation? Is God LESS sovereign in man following by choice, not by compulsion? I do not believe so. In fact, to declare that God CAN'T do that is to take away from his sovereignty. To declare that SOME have had the ability to follow Christ denied them by God, yet for that same God to demand they follow Him or suffer eternal damnation, KNOWING they cannot, by HIS will, do so, would be a great travesty of justice by Him who is the Only Just One. 

There is a huge difference between demanding someone do something that you know they will not do, and demanding from someone you know they CANNOT do, because you will not allow it.  Jesus bid Peter to walk on the water, knowing that Peter, through Jesus' will, could do so, and so Peter did walk on the water...until Peter's will and fears caused him to begin to sink, his will superseding the will of Christ. So Christ bids all come to Him for eternal life, knowing they all CAN, though knowing most will not. 

20 hours ago, DaChaser said:

Scriptures command us to not break the unity of the Holy Spirit, for we are all one in Christ Jesus, regardless if labeled Baptist or not, if use Kjv 1611 or not!

Scripture please.

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17 hours ago, gracelife said:

Jesus died for every single person who will ever live! His atonement is UNLIMITED! And no I am not an Arminian! 1 John 2:2 (KJV) reads: "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." It is up to unbelievers to respond to the gospel and trust that Christ died for them!

The death of Jesus was sufficient to have save all sinners, as was infinite as he was God, but was intended to save the very elect!

13 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Really??? Here is a direct quote from God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures, John 1:9 - "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

(Seems as if your dependence more upon man-made confessions and creeds, than upon God's Own Word, has led you astray.)

keep reading, as his own received Him, but the rest preferred to stay lost in the dark!

1 hour ago, Ukulelemike said:

Query: Does I take away from the sovereignty of God to allow His creation to choose life or death? To choose the eternal life obtained, won and offered by Jesus Christ, or to reject said gift and instead choose ignorance and damnation? Is God LESS sovereign in man following by choice, not by compulsion? I do not believe so. In fact, to declare that God CAN'T do that is to take away from his sovereignty. To declare that SOME have had the ability to follow Christ denied them by God, yet for that same God to demand they follow Him or suffer eternal damnation, KNOWING they cannot, by HIS will, do so, would be a great travesty of justice by Him who is the Only Just One. 

There is a huge difference between demanding someone do something that you know they will not do, and demanding from someone you know they CANNOT do, because you will not allow it.  Jesus bid Peter to walk on the water, knowing that Peter, through Jesus' will, could do so, and so Peter did walk on the water...until Peter's will and fears caused him to begin to sink, his will superseding the will of Christ. So Christ bids all come to Him for eternal life, knowing they all CAN, though knowing most will not. 

Scripture please.

Ephesians 4:3-6

And as the resylt of the Fall, mankind are sinnners by natures, and cannot by themselves come to Christ, as will prefer to stay in darkness!

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On 5/29/2020 at 11:14 AM, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Brother DaChaser,

I do indeed believe that an individual can be a fellow believer through faith in Christ and yet disagree concerning the doctrine of the Second Coming, the doctrine of baptism, etc.  However, I do NOT believe that the Biblical doctrine of separation limits separation only from unbelievers.  In fact, in accord with 1 Timothy 6:3-5 I believe that the Biblical doctrine of separation requires me to separate from "ANY" individual (believer or unbeliever) who teaches contrary "to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness."  

This thread discussion is not about how we define who is a fellow believer.  Rather, this thread discussion is about those from whom we should and will separate.  Thus far you seem to be limiting the "line of separation" only in relation to unbelievers.  I am contending that GOD'S OWN WORD also instructs us to separate from fellow believers in some cases.

It does, but only when the person is claiming to be saved, and yet refusing to deal with sin issues when confronted, or when they now hold to doctrines contrary to sound doctrines!

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21 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

Yes. Jesus lightens EVERY man that comes into the world-He gives everyone born the ight to see and receive-at that point, it is up to us to respond.

20 hours ago, DaChaser said:

Not found in the scriptures, as Jesus died for His own elect!

15 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Really??? Here is a direct quote from God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures, John 1:9 - "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

(Seems as if your dependence more upon man-made confessions and creeds, than upon God's Own Word, has led you astray.)

1 hour ago, DaChaser said:

keep reading, as his own received Him, but the rest preferred to stay lost in the dark! (emphasis added by Pastor Scott Markle)

Indeed, I did keep reading; and that is NOT what it says.  

Here is what it actually says in John 1:10-13 -- "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him notBut as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

(Once again you provide NO actual quotation of God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures; and what you do present is NOT the same as what is found in God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures.)

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1 hour ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Indeed, I did keep reading; and that is NOT what it says.  

Here is what it actually says in John 1:10-13 -- "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him notBut as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

(Once again you provide NO actual quotation of God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures; and what you do present is NOT the same as what is found in God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures.)

Right there, those who received him as their lord was due to the very will of God Himself!

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3 hours ago, Pastor Scott Markle said:

Indeed, I did keep reading; and that is NOT what it says.  

Here is what it actually says in John 1:10-13 -- "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him notBut as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

(Once again you provide NO actual quotation of God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures; and what you do present is NOT the same as what is found in God's Own Word, the Holy Scriptures.)

1 hour ago, DaChaser said:

Right there, those who received him as their lord was due to the very will of God Himself!

And yet again, NOT what the passage says.  First, the passage does not say anything about receiving Christ "as their Lord."  Second, the passage indicates that receiving Christ is equivalent to believing "on His name."  Third, the passage indicates that those who received Him by believing on His name are given "power to become the sons of God."  Fourth, the passage passage indicates that these individuals are born "of God."  However, it does NOT say anything about them receiving/believing on Christ "due to the will of God."  In fact, the only direct reference to God the Father in this passage is the indication that receivers/believers are BORN "of God."

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1 hour ago, DaChaser said:

Right there, those who received him as their lord was due to the very will of God Himself!

The received Him by their choice, but the entire thing, salvation, eternal life itself, was completely of God's will, yes. Man could hope and will and try all he wanted but would fail, except that, by His will, God made eternal life available to man. That still doesn't mean that God chooses who will and who won't, it means he made the whole things possible, completely out of man's will. The price was paid once, by Christ, according to God's will, not man's. BUT, man chooses to believe or not, to receive, to respond to God's lift and call. You mistake God's overall work, with being an individual choosing, individual by individual. 

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9 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

Query: Does I take away from the sovereignty of God to allow His creation to choose life or death? To choose the eternal life obtained, won and offered by Jesus Christ, or to reject said gift and instead choose ignorance and damnation? Is God LESS sovereign in man following by choice, not by compulsion? I do not believe so. In fact, to declare that God CAN'T do that is to take away from his sovereignty. To declare that SOME have had the ability to follow Christ denied them by God, yet for that same God to demand they follow Him or suffer eternal damnation, KNOWING they cannot, by HIS will, do so, would be a great travesty of justice by Him who is the Only Just One. 

There is a huge difference between demanding someone do something that you know they will not do, and demanding from someone you know they CANNOT do, because you will not allow it.  Jesus bid Peter to walk on the water, knowing that Peter, through Jesus' will, could do so, and so Peter did walk on the water...until Peter's will and fears caused him to begin to sink, his will superseding the will of Christ. So Christ bids all come to Him for eternal life, knowing they all CAN, though knowing most will not. 

Scripture please.

Case closed! Well done counselor.

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