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      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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Bill seems to be the only person on this forum who doesn't understand that he is a pawn of the elite. The political left and right are both the constructs of the globalists to divide and conquer the west. Gullibility results in brainwashing and brainwashing always ends in cognitive dissonance. All the world's principalities are under Satan's control and they have been since our Lord's human birth. When you place your trust in human government you are actually trusting Satan over our Lord. End days western governments are illustrated below:

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Plans published worldwide showing false info expected to continue at least to 2025.

 

Thousands of retailers,  thousands of churches,  practicing idolatry rampantly, willingly,  on the road to destruction,  

taking as many as they can with them everywhere as they go. 

And , like here,  some pretending to be Christian values carried off with them too.

 

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"1. Medical doctors declare that the pandemic was planned

A group of over 500 medical doctors in Germany called ‘Doctors for Information’ made a shocking statement during a national press conference: (1)

‘The Corona panic is a play. It’s a scam. A swindle. It’s high time we understood that we’re in the midst of a global crime.’"

 

‘Covid-19 is a false pandemic created for political purposes. This is a world dictatorship with a sanitary excuse. We urge doctors, the media and political authorities to stop this criminal operation, by spreading the truth.’ (2)

Germany and Spain are just two examples. Similar large groups of hundreds of medical experts exist in countries across the world.

In the USA a documentary called PLANDEMIC, which exposes COVID-19 as a criminal operation, is supported by over 27,000 medical doctors!

Why are these thousands of medical professionals worldwide saying the pandemic is a crime? What information do they have access to, that we are not getting from the mainstream media?

 

 

https://stateofthenation.co/?p=30117

‘Quick! Hide it!!’

This baffling data was discovered by someone on September 5, 2020, who posted it on social media. The next day it went viral all over the world.

On September 6 the WITS suddenly changed the original designation ‘COVID-19’ into the vague ‘Medical Test Kits’.

This is not allowed in trade, because you always have to be specific. There are many types of test kits for different diseases.

The fact that they removed the specification ‘COVID-19’, after this data became known worldwide, proves that they don’t want anyone to know about it.

They however forgot to delete one detail: the product code for these ‘Medical Test Kits’ is 300215 which means: ‘COVID-19 Test Kits’.

Their cover up came too late: this critical information was uncovered and is being revealed by millions worldwide. You can download a PDF that shows the original data of this website.

Two years before the outbreak of COVID-19 the USA, the EU, China and nations around the world started exporting millions of diagnostic test instruments for… COVID-19, a disease that supposedly didn’t even exist back then.

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(Remember they had NO virus isolated to make any vaccine ,  only computer simulated from wuhan.)

Then,  how could any danger be contagious person to person from any so-called made up fictional virus, 

and not any danger from the manufactured simulated SPIKE PRODUCING death dealing vaccine ? 

If it were true that one was contagious,  the other one would be contagious also,  but neither is.  Or is it ?   If there is a real virus that is contagious, that can be transmitted person to person CONTRARY to all known evidence and in fact proven false every year since antoine bechamp,  

but just if that were true - then it would be even more true that a false,  fake,  manufactured, UNnatural spike protein  that the human body WAS NOT CREATED TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH,  

would be even more dangerous !   i.e. man killing man for population control, for money, for power,  is MORE dangerous than any disease ever has been, especially as man seeks to corrupt and deceive and make others twice the devil as they are,  and as written in KJV,  that IS WHAT HAPPENS.

Jun 3, 2021 — First, people may not distinguish between the reproduction of a virus and the COVID-19 vaccines causing our bodies to produce the spike protein.
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On 7/23/2021 at 7:36 PM, Bouncing Bill said:

It is interesting but not surprising how people change their tune about vaccinations after they have caught COVID. 

I spent three weeks in the hospital because of the Wuhan Flu and am not foolish enough to get the gene therapy shots.

Tried warning my parents and sister and now my sister has a softball sized mass around an ovary.  My father who was very healthy with great stamina, is back in the hospital again likely due to the spike proteins wreaking havoc on his body from prostate cancer, shingles, 2 pulmonary embolisms and some brain infection.  He has not had Covid and we all know that those shots are like magnets for it and he's in a hospital overwhelmed by Covid patients because they won't pass out HCQ or Ivermectin and let them recover at home.

No, I'm immune from the Wuhan Flu and all of its variants (they differ less than 3%) for at least a year and probably for eternity.  The folks who got the last Coronavirus about 17 years ago are still immune.  There's no need to subject my broken down body to those gene therapies after the Lord shed his grace on me.

The Wuhan Flu is not Polio, it's a man-made biological attack on mankind by lost, evil people bent on enslaving the world to usher in their utopia.   

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3 hours ago, swathdiver said:

I spent three weeks in the hospital because of the Wuhan Flu and am not foolish enough to get the gene therapy shots.

Tried warning my parents and sister and now my sister has a softball sized mass around an ovary.  My father who was very healthy with great stamina, is back in the hospital again likely due to the spike proteins wreaking havoc on his body from prostate cancer, shingles, 2 pulmonary embolisms and some brain infection.  He has not had Covid and we all know that those shots are like magnets for it and he's in a hospital overwhelmed by Covid patients because they won't pass out HCQ or Ivermectin and let them recover at home.

No, I'm immune from the Wuhan Flu and all of its variants (they differ less than 3%) for at least a year and probably for eternity.  The folks who got the last Coronavirus about 17 years ago are still immune.  There's no need to subject my broken down body to those gene therapies after the Lord shed his grace on me.

The Wuhan Flu is not Polio, it's a man-made biological attack on mankind by lost, evil people bent on enslaving the world to usher in their utopia.   

My sister has just recovered from the Fauci virus. She was in bed for two days. She's still not getting the jab.

My mother got blood clots in her lungs and though one doctor refused to admit it, the other doctor said it could have come from the vaccine.

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5 hours ago, SureWord said:

doctor said it could have come from the vaccine

Do you happen to know which vaccine she got?

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Update:

Mom is back in the hospital. Blood clots again. They know it didn't come from her legs and like I said the one doctor said it's possible it came from the vaccine. She was probably afraid of losing her job for blaming it on that but had to acquiesce. At first she tried blaming Covid but when she found out my mother was vaccinated in February and has been tested negative four time, a fifth time today, she has no choice to agree it "could have been the vaccine" or it "could have been another virus".

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12 minutes ago, John Young said:

Do you happen to know which vaccine she got?

It doesn't matter. Any off the vaccines can cause blood clots because, despite what CNN and MSNBC says, the spike proteins are toxic and will not stay in the arm but travel to the lungs.

Some of the top virologists, including the co-inventor of mRNA vaccine (Dr. Robert Malone) admit this and have warned never to get vaccinated during an outbreak yet, for some unfathomable reason, people believe the MSM and the flip flopping clowns at the CDC over these experts. 

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10 minutes ago, SureWord said:

Blood clots

Anti-Aughtoritites might be helpful.  They live and breathe and work and study outside the official 'legal' box of entrapment and deceit,   so they can let others know,  when possible,   what to do that helps naturally (and perfectly effective with no side effects other than restored health amap) .    Naturally,  if they decide to accept it (Mission Impossible),  they will be disavowed and subject to reprisals(anything they ever said or typed can and will be used against them in a court of law,  or on the whim of a social worker)  without any care for what is true fact vs what is fiction,  or right or wrong.   

i.e.  searching outside the box is potentially rewarding.

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7 minutes ago, SureWord said:

doesn't matter

I would still like to know as I have heard this about the J&J which is not mRNA.

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31 minutes ago, John Young said:

I would still like to know as I have heard this about the J&J which is not mRNA.

Bro, it doesn't matter. Yes, J&J and Astrazeneca are more notorious but the spike proteins created by the mRNA will destroy the lungs especially if you keep getting the boosters.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/oJc5QuoyiQ98/

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26 minutes ago, SureWord said:

Bro, it doesn't matter. Yes, J&J and Astrazeneca are more notorious but the spike proteins created by the mRNA will destroy the lungs especially if you keep getting the boosters.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/oJc5QuoyiQ98/

"DR. ROBERT MALONE CO-INVENTOR OF MRNA, A PRO-VAX PROPONENT IS WARNING AGAINST THE COVID-19 INJECTION"

 

Honest doctors and scientists and countries and health care professionals and lay persons have been warning about the toxic injections , and the subterfuge/ deception by the drug companies,  since before 1950.

God the Creator of all human bodies has been warning since a few thousand years ago (whenever man was created).

"No other gods."  "No idolatry."  "Nothing that pollutes/don't pollute the body/ let it be on earth as it is in heaven, not as it is in hell"  (paraphrased)

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One sad note that might become full blown in the future is Dr. Romber Manole is a vaccinologist - he is for "safe" vaccines (Japan had a few,  not allowed in the usa).

So,  if /when/ how this follows in the future,  he might be used by the drglords (makers) in the future to (as if ) validate some future "safe" shot .   The principles of the drglords (makers) is not going to change ,  their nature is not going to change,  so any acceptance in the future will be worse than any already given them not realizing that they cannot accomplish health in the direction nor in the nature of the beast.

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another sad note(s):  (destroying immune system,  weakening body,  stronger chance of death with any vaccination and/or future (hours, days, weeks, months, years) illness or exposures? )

Antibody-dependent enhancement - Wikipedia

Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), sometimes less precisely called immune enhancement or disease enhancement, is a phenomenon in which binding of a virus to suboptimal antibodies enhances its entry into host cells, followed by its replication.

FDA Admits Covid-19 Vaccine Worse Than Illness - Rodef ...

It's called antibody dependent enhancement (ADE). In simple terms, because of the way some viral antibodies work, they may actually backfire on the person when they subsequently encounter the wild virus. Non-neutralizing antibodies may enable the virus to enter the cells or the immune response may be skewed in other ways.
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More kids are getting sick with COVID-19

 

Nearly 72,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, a “substantial” increase that troubles public health advocates amid the growing wave of infections linked to the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released the figures on Tuesday, noting they were a nearly 85% increase from a week earlier. Children — defined by individual states as those aged 17 or 18 and under ― now account for 19% of the nation’s weekly COVID-19 cases.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kids-sick-covid-19-delta-variant_n_610a2eade4b0552883e6f30a

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On 8/3/2021 at 10:17 AM, wretched said:

Bill seems to be the only person on this forum who doesn't understand that he is a pawn of the elite.

He's been hornswaggled totally.   The government and medical he believes in and trusts have caused much death, and with massive deception are leading to more death daily.

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How many have already decided their own fate - how many are already trusting human government ?   Is there time left yet ,  still,  to repent and be baptized and be saved ?

Covid nonsense seems to grow like a massive cancer,  devouring as many as it can.

(not a virus - that was never proven;  but the world system , control over people)

On 8/3/2021 at 10:17 AM, wretched said:

The political left and right are both the constructs of the globalists to divide and conquer the west. Gullibility results in brainwashing and brainwashing always ends in cognitive dissonance. All the world's principalities are under Satan's control and they have been since our Lord's human birth. When you place your trust in human government you are actually trusting Satan over our Lord.

 

On 8/3/2021 at 7:36 AM, Baptistsenior said:

Yes, money is the root of ALL evil and that's a good place to start looking for the lies and motives.  People tend to believe anything but truth instead of looking for the truth  

 

On 8/3/2021 at 9:12 AM, Bouncing Bill said:

And it began with Roald Reagan and hit trickle down economics. It is strange, he said that the government saved his family during the depression of the 1930s, but as president he did not support the government helping people. Indeed, he said our problem is government. Such a strange turn around, biting the hand that saved his parents and himself.

 

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A young friend of mine, a minister in California posted the following on social media.

He wrote:

Today, I prayed for mothers about to be intubated. They don't know each other, but they all had the same worry - is it too late?
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Today I accompanied a father until his death. Then I had to tell his daughter who was also actively dying. Both were people of faith, both fed the same lies, raging at nurses about how all of this was a sham. The daughter died within hours of my visit.
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Today I listened to a man who believes he killed his mother with the "devil's disease". In between arrested, angry, & guilt-filled breaths, he described how much he hated himself. We said goodbye to his mother together, and then he told me to F off.
 
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