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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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The summer surge is picking up speed. We in the US are experiencing about 70,000 new cases a day. That is expected to grow to between 130,000 to 400,000 a day before the summer wanes. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/31/when-will-covid-cases-drop/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F3449610%2F6105720d9d2fda945a22f68b%2F59876e1cae7e8a681613bd00%2F8%2F70%2F6105720d9d2fda945a22f68b

Brett Giroir, Trump's former COVID czar said on Fox that if you re unvaccinated it is just a matter of time before all unvaccinated individuals become infected with the delta variant of the virus.  

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“If you have not been vaccinated, and you have not had COVID before, you will get the delta variant,” Giroir argued. “This is so infectious that you will get it.”

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20 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

The summer surge is picking up speed. We in the US are experiencing about 70,000 new cases a day. That is expected to grow to between 130,000 to 400,000 a day before the summer wanes. 

There is nothing new being done except the deception and the 100% faulty testing methods used to make up a pandemic on paper where there is no such thing in reality.

All for money.  The root of evil is the love of money (over 5,000,000,000,000.oo published, and many more billions besides that going to the rich and elite in power over the media and the hospitals).

Should any of use continue to be concerned for you bb ? 

You continue to push the fake pandemic,  the dangerous shots ,  the astronomical trillions of dollars it costs everywhere,  and have endangered everyone and anyone who believes you in your posting,  and in your nursing home/prison/isolation.

Oh, if you are concerned for others (if that was the question),  OR if someone else IS CONCERNED for others, 

then let them be quiet,   repent , turn to God,  pray constantly,  and learn the truth - seek the truth,  keep seeking the truth.    This instead of publishing lies constantly, instead of promoting the babylon system of goverbent and madicine.  (sic)(sick)(sick)(death dealing).

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6 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Have you ever considered it is not fear but concern for others? 

In the people I have talked to, it's been far from concern for others. Only about 20% of them had that concern. They were afraid that they would be susceptible to other variants if everyone wasn't vaccinated. Again, BB..try to make it look like it's concern...Hitlers people did that...and it was a hoax!

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14 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

In the people I have talked to, it's been far from concern for others. Only about 20% of them had that concern. They were afraid that they would be susceptible to other variants if everyone wasn't vaccinated. Again, BB..try to make it look like it's concern...Hitlers people did that...and it was a hoax!

A hoax.    Would people really do a hoax for 5,000,000,000,000,000.00 dollars ?  

Would people really do that for control of the world ? 

oh, wait.... yeah,  they would,  they did,  they are doing it,  and they will continue doing it.

People just aren't trustworthy .  They'll lie to become pres..  They'll lie to get more money even though doctors are paid more than minimum wage they want more and more and more.   And the drug lords(makers),  oy veh!   They'll lie to their own grandmother to get her last dollar, and make her borrow more on the house then get her house too !

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On 7/20/2021 at 7:49 PM, John Young said:

Today in congress Rand Paul challenged Fauci on the "natural virus" claim and is narrowing in on the claim that it may not be natural as evidence is starting to reveal. 

WHO, CDC, Fauci and the communist government claim it was from nature but more and more evidence is coming out to support the US intelligence and chinese defectors and wisleblower claims that it is not natural and came from the lab.

 

May be a cartoon of one or more people and text that says 'BLACK LIVES MATTER mluhı ልuhi/m nIMM Tad 2020 ©Rex Jones So you think politicians know more about medicine than Dr. Fauci? Well then, Zeb here from the town council, will be doing your colonoscopy.'

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48 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

ROFL. Come on BT, where is your sense of humor?

Oh, I have a sense of humor, but I don't have the ability to accept lies and distortion...That's your job.

 

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On 7/20/2021 at 4:02 PM, Jim_Alaska said:

Since Covid has a 99.8% recovery rate, it is safe to say that almost no one has died from Covid alone. By the way, the 99.8% recovery rate includes those that died from complications brought on by Covid and/or pre-existing conditions.

Most that died died from complications brought on by Covid, would likely have also died from the seasonal Flu; of which, over time, many more have died from than Covid.

At my age/health,  the recovery rate is a bit less, but I'd really like to know how much of a chance that I actually have of contracting  it, not just recovering from it..  Can't seem to find that number anywhere.  I am pro vaccine, but Not at all sure about getting this new vaccine

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1 hour ago, Bouncing Bill said:

ROFL. Come on BT, where is your sense of humor?

I thought the cartoons were kind of funny. Both are doctors though and the point made in the video is valid.

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8 minutes ago, Baptistsenior said:

At my age/health,  the recovery rate is a bit less, but I'd really like to know how much of a chance that I actually have of contracting  it, not just recovering from it..  Can't seem to find that number anywhere.  I am pro vaccine, but Not at all sure about getting this new vaccine

There truly is NO information available on this. I've looked myself because of my mother and birth father being nearly 80 years old. My birth father has had the vaccine and has the underlying conditions of having had two heart attacks, three strokes, and is dying of stage 4 emphysema...my mother has had a septuple bypass three years ago, and has several other underlying conditions. I'm only 59 years old. I'm not totally against vaccines, but this one I'm DEFINITELY against.

15 minutes ago, John Young said:

I thought the cartoons were kind of funny. Both are doctors though and the point made in the video is valid.

The cartoons are funny in and of themselves, but not the way BB posted them with "Tony says" above them...this is a miscarachterization of myself to try and deflect from his position. I've warned him about this before. I won't warn him anymore. 

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29 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

There truly is NO information available on this. I've looked myself because of my mother and birth father being nearly 80 years old. My birth father has had the vaccine and has the underlying conditions of having had two heart attacks, three strokes, and is dying of stage 4 emphysema...my mother has had a septuple bypass three years ago, and has several other underlying conditions. I'm only 59 years old. I'm not totally against vaccines, but this one I'm DEFINITELY against.

The cartoons are funny in and of themselves, but not the way BB posted them with "Tony says" above them...this is a miscarachterization of myself to try and deflect from his position. I've warned him about this before. I won't warn him anymore. 

I once wrote on fb/twitter about the amount of people who  live in the U.S. and who have gotten  the virus  in the u.s. but my math isn't good enough to figure out the percentage.  Pretty sure it has to be low 

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1 minute ago, Baptistsenior said:

I once wrote on fb/twitter about the amount of people who  live in the U.S. and who have gotten  the virus  in the u.s. but my math isn't good enough to figure out the percentage.  Pretty sure it has to be low 

The percentage rate that has been floated my way by some people state that between 5 & 10 percent of the public has experienced the Wuhan Flu. I don't know that this is accurate. I haven't really sat down to figure it out...I'm more concerned with the percentage of people who recover who DO contract it. 

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On 7/31/2021 at 1:56 PM, Bouncing Bill said:

The summer surge is picking up speed. We in the US are experiencing about 70,000 new cases a day. That is expected to grow to between 130,000 to 400,000 a day before the summer wanes. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/31/when-will-covid-cases-drop/?utm_campaign=wp_post_most&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_most&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F3449610%2F6105720d9d2fda945a22f68b%2F59876e1cae7e8a681613bd00%2F8%2F70%2F6105720d9d2fda945a22f68b

Brett Giroir, Trump's former COVID czar said on Fox that if you re unvaccinated it is just a matter of time before all unvaccinated individuals become infected with the delta variant of the virus.  

He went on to day:

“If you have not been vaccinated, and you have not had COVID before, you will get the delta variant,” Giroir argued. “This is so infectious that you will get it.”

If you stay away from people who are coughing, sneezing and spitting then you won't catch either vovid or the variant    

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