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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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11 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

A person who consistently answers a question with a question is either trying to divert attention because he doesn't understand the question, or is trying to avoid the question because he has no answer.

J. Hunter Greene 2021

Interesting. Jesus often answered a question with a question. Are you saying Jesus did not understand?

Read:

Matthew 9: 14-15

Matthew 15: 1-3, 15:32-34,

Matthew 17:24-26

Matthew 21:16

Matthew 26:6-10

Mark 2:1-11

Mark 4: 10, 13

Mark 7:17-18

Mark 10:2-3

Mark 12:14-17

Mark 12: 18, 20-24

Luke 2:48-49

Luke 6:1-3

Luke 10:25-26

Luke 10: 29. 36

Luke 12:41-43

Luke 18:18-19

Luke 24:17-19

John 3:4, 10

John 6:60-71

John 8:3-10

John 11:8-10

John 13:37-38

John 18:22-23

John 18:33-34

John 21:20-22

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Interesting. Jesus often answered a question with a question. Are you saying Jesus did not understand?

Read:

Matthew 9: 14-15

Matthew 15: 1-3, 15:32-34,

Matthew 17:24-26

Matthew 21:16

Matthew 26:6-10

Mark 2:1-11

Mark 4: 10, 13

Mark 7:17-18

Mark 10:2-3

Mark 12:14-17

Mark 12: 18, 20-24

Luke 2:48-49

Luke 6:1-3

Luke 10:25-26

Luke 10: 29. 36

Luke 12:41-43

Luke 18:18-19

Luke 24:17-19

John 3:4, 10

John 6:60-71

John 8:3-10

John 11:8-10

John 13:37-38

John 18:22-23

John 18:33-34

John 21:20-22

 

 

This is a place for quotations, not discussions....And you know good and well the Christ was God incarnate...he could ask all the questions he wanted...Did Mr. Greene's quote hit a nerve, BB???

 

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
 

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 

Philippians 2:5-11
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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"No idolatry"

That's a commandment,  not a suggestion.  Breaking the commandment results in death .

The Creator Created all things.   He Says He directs everything - He is Sovereign over civilization, geology, change,

and the idolators who serve other gods bow down to mankind's historians (and other carnal sources) who serve other gods falsely.

The Creator not only directs everything,   He does so "for the good" of those who are not idolators.  For those who Love and Obey God and Are Called According to His Purpose and Plan.

 

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3 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

"No idolatry"

That's a commandment,  not a suggestion.  Breaking the commandment results in death .

The Creator Created all things.   He Says He directs everything - He is Sovereign over civilization, geology, change,

and the idolators who serve other gods bow down to mankind's historians (and other carnal sources) who serve other gods falsely.

The Creator not only directs everything,   He does so "for the good" of those who are not idolators.  For those who Love and Obey God and Are Called According to His Purpose and Plan.

 

I have no idea what you mean by idolatry.

I would appreciate your answering my questions.

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8 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

I have no idea what you mean by idolatry.

I would appreciate your answering my questions.

Medical idolatry (google it).    You (according to all your posts for months) have been deceived by the unrighteous idolators utterly and completely, thus , by definition,  you cannot recognize idolatry at all,  nor obtain nor know any truth in Scripture,  unless by a miracle God Grants Repentance and sets you free.  He is also Well Able to heal ocd,  His Way (He chooses).  Freedom from idolatry and from the enemy's deception spiritually and physically is not given to most people on earth, because they blatantly,  willingly or wittingly or unwillingly and unwittingly, refuse to turn to God and to trust Him.

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1 minute ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Medical idolatry (google it).    You (according to all your posts for months) have been deceived by the unrighteous idolators utterly and completely, thus , by definition,  you cannot recognize idolatry at all,  nor obtain nor know any truth in Scripture,  unless by a miracle God Grants Repentance and sets you free.  He is also Well Able to heal ocd,  His Way (He chooses).  Freedom from idolatry and from the enemy's deception spiritually and physically is not given to most people on earth, because they blatantly,  willingly or wittingly or unwillingly and unwittingly, refuse to turn to God and to trust Him.

Please answer my questions.

 

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"Do not "focus" on the fly or flies,  BUT DO REMOVE THEM. (at once, immediately, quickly, or a lot gets spoiled)"

On 8/25/2021 at 8:47 AM, BrotherTony said:

This is a place for quotations, not discussions....

If someone placed a healthy meal on a plate in front of you,  and there was also something foul, even just a hair, on the side of the plate, would you not remove it ?

"Hundreds of years ago lived a king named Solomon. One night God spoke to Solomon in a dream and asked him to make a wish.  God not only granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, but God also made him the richest king who ever lived.  Solomon later wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a sort of blog about his journey for purpose and fulfillment.

In fact, we still quote some of Solomon’s sayings.  There is nothing new under the sun, Everything is beautiful in its time, Eat, drink and be merry, A little birdie told me….just to name a few.

Tucked away in Chapter 10 verse 1 are some words that caught my attention several years ago.“Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench…”  I had no clue what that meant!

I learned that in Solomon’s day, ointment was used for many purposes. Although it had medicinal uses, it was also sweet smelling and used as a perfume. But if during the making of the ointment a fly made its way into the ointment and was not removed immediately, it would die and soon the stench from the decaying body of the dead fly would permeate the entire batch of ointment.

One little dead fly didn’t seem to be that big of a deal – and the maker of the ointment would be tempted to just ignore it. But if he didn’t get rid of that fly, his entire batch of perfume could be ruined."

karenblankenshiplive.com/a-fly-in-the-perfume/

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"(11) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.--

To "have no fellowship" with such works is not (only) to refuse to take part in them (for this surely might be taken for granted), 

but to keep no terms with them, to have no sympathy or indulgence or excuse for them."

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3 hours ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

"Do not "focus" on the fly or flies,  BUT DO REMOVE THEM. (at once, immediately, quickly, or a lot gets spoiled)"

If someone placed a healthy meal on a plate in front of you,  and there was also something foul, even just a hair, on the side of the plate, would you not remove it ?

"Hundreds of years ago lived a king named Solomon. One night God spoke to Solomon in a dream and asked him to make a wish.  God not only granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, but God also made him the richest king who ever lived.  Solomon later wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a sort of blog about his journey for purpose and fulfillment.

In fact, we still quote some of Solomon’s sayings.  There is nothing new under the sun, Everything is beautiful in its time, Eat, drink and be merry, A little birdie told me….just to name a few.

Tucked away in Chapter 10 verse 1 are some words that caught my attention several years ago.“Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench…”  I had no clue what that meant!

I learned that in Solomon’s day, ointment was used for many purposes. Although it had medicinal uses, it was also sweet smelling and used as a perfume. But if during the making of the ointment a fly made its way into the ointment and was not removed immediately, it would die and soon the stench from the decaying body of the dead fly would permeate the entire batch of ointment.

One little dead fly didn’t seem to be that big of a deal – and the maker of the ointment would be tempted to just ignore it. But if he didn’t get rid of that fly, his entire batch of perfume could be ruined."

karenblankenshiplive.com/a-fly-in-the-perfume/

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quote From Biblehub: 

"(11) Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.--

To "have no fellowship" with such works is not (only) to refuse to take part in them (for this surely might be taken for granted), 

but to keep no terms with them, to have no sympathy or indulgence or excuse for them."

Jeff, you may have changed your name, but it's still you. 

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      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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