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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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With apologies to Bouncing Bill, I do not consider the above act, from Macbeth, in either the artistic sense, nor in its context, nor in its use of swear words, appropriate for Online Baptist. The use of words, that are used in the context of swearing, is forbidden on Online Baptist.

Also, as a Christian, I do not think that the title, nor the act, by Macbeth, in Act V, Scene 1,  is appropriate for this forum. I detest the title and I detest the content. Neither the title of Act V, Scene 1, glories Christ in any aspect. Act V, Scene 1, is the thoughts of a vain person without hope.

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24 minutes ago, SureWord said:

So you think 2021 will be a cake walk? Don't count on it. 

No, 2021 will not be a cakewalk. We will all, if we are smart, wear masks all year, distance ourselves and be concerned about ourselves and others. I am hoping that 2021 is better than 2020, but the death rate will probably continue increasingly upward into 2021. I hope and pray that by mid-year we will be past the worst of the pandemic. 

23 minutes ago, Alan said:

With apologies to Bouncing Bill, I do not consider the above act, from Macbeth, in either the artistic sense, nor in its context, nor in its use of swear words, appropriate for Online Baptist. The use of words, that are used in the context of swearing, is forbidden on Online Baptist.

Also, as a Christian, I do not think that the title, nor the act, by Macbeth, in Act V, Scene 1,  is appropriate for this forum. I detest the title and I detest the content. Neither the title of Act V, Scene 1, glories Christ in any aspect. Act V, Scene 1, is the thoughts of a vain person without hope.

If it is an unappropriated swear word why does it appear, in various forms, a number of time in the KJV of the Bible? 

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Alan said, "The use of words, that are used in the context of swearing, is forbidden on Online Baptist."

Bouncing Bill said, "If it is an unappropriated swear word why does it appear, in various forms, a number of time in the KJV of the Bible?"

Bouncing Bill, it is apparent that you twisted my meaning. I specifically said, "in the context of swearing." Shakespeare, in Act V, Scene1, used the words damn and hell in the context of swearing. The KJV uses the context, and various forms of the words damn and hell in reference to a place and a condition.

Also, as I stated before, I detest Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act V Scene 1, because it is the thoughts of a vain man  individual without hope and does not, repeat, does not glorify Christ.

The apostle Paul gave us a good description of the words of Macbeth, Scene V Act 1 when he said, "That at that time ye  were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world." Ephesians 2:12

Macbeth's Scene V, Act 1, is the thoughts of a person without hope and cursing God for his condition.

Also, the apostle Paul clearly said that we should glorify God with our mouth (speech), "That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:6

Macbeth's Scene V, Act 1, does not glorify God in any manner. So, I detest it, the meaning of it, and the usage of the words damn and hell being used as swear words. According to the rules of Online Baptist they are not allowed.

When I was a lost man, I was of the same frame of mind as the character of Macbeth's Scene V, Act 1. I know by personal experience that it is not appropriate in a Christian setting, or forum, or church, as the scene does not glorify God in any manner and is the thoughts of a lost man without hope and without Christ.

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1 hour ago, Alan said:

Alan said, "The use of words, that are used in the context of swearing, is forbidden on Online Baptist."

Bouncing Bill said, "If it is an unappropriated swear word why does it appear, in various forms, a number of time in the KJV of the Bible?"

Bouncing Bill, it is apparent that you twisted my meaning. I specifically said, "in the context of swearing." Shakespeare, in Act V, Scene1, used the words damn and hell in the context of swearing. The KJV uses the context, and various forms of the words damn and hell in reference to a place and a condition.

Also, as I stated before, I detest Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act V Scene 1, because it is the thoughts of a vain man without hope and does not, repeat, does not glorify Christ.

The apostle Paul gave us a good description of the words of Macbeth, Scene V Act 1 when he said, "That at that time ye  were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world." Ephesians 2:12

Macbeth's Scene V, Act 1, is the thoughts of a person without hope and cursing God for his condition.

Also, the apostle Paul clearly said that we should glorify God with our mouth (speech), "That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 15:6

Macbeth's Scene V, Act 1, does not glorify God in any manner. So, I detest it, the meaning of it, and the usage of the words damn and hell being used as swear words. According to the rules of Online Baptist they are not allowed.

When I was a lost man, I was of the same frame of mind as the character of Macbeth's Scene V, Act 1. I know by personal experience that it is not appropriate in a Christian setting, or forum, or church, as the scene does not glorify God in any manner and is the thoughts of a lost man without hope and without Christ.

It was not a man in Macbeth that spoke those words. It was a woman. She was not using the word as a curse word toward another, but about herself. And, Macbeth is a morality play concerning the battle of good and evil over the soul of the person. That is very religious. It is a very Christian concept. The primary focus is that of the soul of Macbeth. This is the central theme of the play. Indeed we are all Macbeth as there is good and evil in all of us. 

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2 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

No, 2021 will not be a cakewalk. We will all, if we are smart, wear masks all year, distance ourselves and be concerned about ourselves and others. I am hoping that 2021 is better than 2020, but the death rate will probably continue increasingly upward into 2021. I hope and pray that by mid-year we will be past the worst of the pandemic. 

If it is an unappropriated swear word why does it appear, in various forms, a number of time in the KJV of the Bible? 

So you think all we have to be concerned with is face masks and social distancing and everything will be OK?

You really have no clue do you?

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Proper train of thought and deduction for people that can think for themselves.

If the masks work—Why the six feet?

If the six feet works—Why the masks?

If both of the above work—Why the lockdowns?

If all three of the above work—Why the vaccine

If the vaccine is safe—Why protect it with a no liability clause?

If the vaccine is safe---Why not test it on animals first before using it on humans?

If SARS-CoV-2 exists—Why has it never been isolated?

If SARS-CoV-2 has never been isolated—How can an effective vaccine be developed?

If the RT-PCR test works—Why so many false positives?

If Kary Mullis, the inventor of the RT-PCR test who conveniently died in August 2019, says his test shouldn’t be used to diagnose infectious diseases—Why use it to detect SARS-CoV-2?

If there is an epidemic---Why so many empty hospitals?

If large numbers of people are dying from SARS-CoV-2---Why so many fake causes of death on death certificates?

If SARS-CoV-2 exists—Why give doctors financial incentives to diagnose SARS-CoV-2?

We are now witnessing the biggest live vaccine trial in human history. This Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is being tested now on the British population.

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Not gonna wear a mask. Not gonna get a vaccine. Gonna keep properly informed and not swallow the lies MSM is propagating about this entire nonsense. Gonna keep praying for those who actually get covid, the flu, colds, cancer, pneumonia, etc. 

This whole thing is ridiculous. Like nobody has died since the beginning of the world until covid came along. Good grief. Numbers are STILL lower than the flu.

We don't usually limit content on threads if it's in line with board rules, but I for one am getting heartily tired of all the posts about covid and the fraudulent "win" of marxist Joe.

THERE IS LIFE OUTSIDE OF COVID AND POLITICS. 

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5 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

And, Macbeth is a morality play concerning the battle of good and evil over the soul of the person. That is very religious. It is a very Christian concept. The primary focus is that of the soul of Macbeth. This is the central theme of the play. Indeed we are all Macbeth as there is good and evil in all of us. 

This is not a Biblical statement. “There is none righteous, no, not one.” 
Religion =/= Christianity. 

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On 12/10/2020 at 10:10 PM, Salyan said:

This is not a Biblical statement. “There is none righteous, no, not one.” 
Religion =/= Christianity. 

I think we need to be careful here. As a christian we have potential to do good and evil. Evil through are own ways and Good through the Holy Spirit. And yes this is a battle we fight daily... Hence I do not disagree with the statement of "good and evil in all of us". Those unsaved... Well they may have the opportunity to provide God good, as he may use all things for his own Glory.

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On 12/10/2020 at 4:53 PM, Bouncing Bill said:

No, 2021 will not be a cakewalk. We will all, if we are smart, wear masks all year, distance ourselves and be concerned about ourselves and others. I am hoping that 2021 is better than 2020, but the death rate will probably continue increasingly upward into 2021. I hope and pray that by mid-year we will be past the worst of the pandemic. 

If it is an unappropriated swear word why does it appear, in various forms, a number of time in the KJV of the Bible? 

This is funny. Anyone of any intelligence knows that masks are worthless in stopping the spread of disease among the population, and actually creates health hazards instead of preventing them. It's political theater, and nothing more.

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1 hour ago, Danny Carlton said:

This is funny. Anyone of any intelligence knows that masks are worthless in stopping the spread of disease among the population, and actually creates health hazards instead of preventing them. It's political theater, and nothing more.

If we are standing two feet apart, facing each other and I sneeze directly at you, will you get more spit on you if I am wearing a mask or if I am not wearing a mask?

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1 hour ago, Salyan said:

Why would you be sneezing directly at him? Don't know about you, but I was taught as a child to cover my mouth and sneeze in a different direction from people.

Also, if you care about these rules, why are you only 2 feet from him? 

I wouldn't and that was not the question. Which would protect him more, my wearing a mask or not wearing a mask? Please do not try to take the question down rabbit trails. 

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That's not a rabbit hole, Bill, that's common sense. I would prefer people behave like adults and avoid sneezing on others. I would also prefer the government stop acting like we are all toddlers who can't be trusted to behave like adults. I hate seeing people in masks - it's dehumanizing and depersonalizing and contributes to the divide the 'powers that be' are trying so desperately to create to distract us from what they're really up to - the removal of our liberties and freedoms. The creation of a communist society worldwide.  So all that to say, while I would rather people avoided sneezing on me 😄, I would also rather they did not wear a mask. 

Also, you avoided my questions. Why are you sneezing in someone's face, and why are you only two feet from him? SOCIAL DISTANCING!!! 😄😄😄 

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