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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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Just now, BrotherTony said:

What about YOU get real and admit that people who have had the vaccination are just as big of carriers as the unvaccinated...Several of the liberal news outlets you've used have stated the same...so why not just admit it, BB?? The percentage being reported by your beloved leftist outlets is ALWAYS going to be inaccurate...they've proven that time and again throughout this power grab!

Because they are not. They make up a tiny percentage of people with COVID. It is the unvaccinated who cause the surge. How about you admitting the obvious.

What about the rights of people not to be infected by people who will not get a vaccination? As you avoid the answer I'll give it to you:

"Unvaccinated people range from 94% to 99.85% of those hospitalized for COVID-19, according to a report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, which examined data from 24 states (and D.C.) that report detailed data on breakthrough infections."

It is obvious that my stance is correct. Unvaccinated people are causing the death of people and children from COVID and for other reasons because there are hospitals who have no room left for anyone else....including new COVID cases.

https://www.fayobserver.com/story/opinion/2021/08/12/fayetteville-observer-our-view-pandemic-unvaccinated-north-carolina-nc/5565943001/

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Strange, but it's being reported that those with high school degrees and those who have PhD's are the ones who are most reluctant to be vaccinated....Seem plausible since they are probably the ones who listened during Civics classes and realize what is going on???

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/americans-with-phds-are-most-reluctant-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid/ar-AANjRHh?ocid=chromentpnews

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Just now, Bouncing Bill said:

Because they are not. They make up a tiny percentage of people with COVID. It is the unvaccinated who cause the surge. How about you admitting the obvious.

What about the rights of people not to be infected by people who will not get a vaccination? As you avoid the answer I'll give it to you:

"Unvaccinated people range from 94% to 99.85% of those hospitalized for COVID-19, according to a report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, which examined data from 24 states (and D.C.) that report detailed data on breakthrough infections."

It is obvious that my stance is correct. Unvaccinated people are causing the death of people and children from COVID and for other reasons because there are hospitals who have no room left for anyone else....including new COVID cases.

https://www.fayobserver.com/story/opinion/2021/08/12/fayetteville-observer-our-view-pandemic-unvaccinated-north-carolina-nc/5565943001/

Wrong again, BB...OPINION PIECES DON'T CONVEY FACT!

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2 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Wrong again, BB...OPINION PIECES DON'T CONVEY FACT!

That was not an opinion piece. That was from research on hospitalized people in 24 states and D.C.

You give opinion and I agree your opinion does not convey fact. Admit it, the pandemic is being fueled by nonvaccinated people.

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10 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

That was not an opinion piece. That was from research on hospitalized people in 24 states and D.C.

You give opinion and I agree your opinion does not convey fact. Admit it, the pandemic is being fueled by nonvaccinated people.

Apparently it was...look at your own link...it even says in the url that it is OPINION. Apparently your reading is failing you as well. The pandemic is being fueled by EVERYONE...not just by unvaccinated. Get over it, BB. You'll never win this argument because your premise, as usual, is faulty!

My statements are based on fact, not fantasy, as you seem to like to have supporting your views.

American's don't trust GOVERNMENT to tell them the truth concerning the vaccinations and Covid 19....

https://conventionofstates.com/news/poll-americans-don-t-trust-the-government-to-tell-them-the-truth-about-covid-19-vaccines?utm_source=Convention+of+States+Project&utm_campaign=75a640e348-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_45196125c1-75a640e348-225075241

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6 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Apparently it was...look at your own link...it even says in the url that it is OPINION. Apparently your reading is failing you as well. The pandemic is being fueled by EVERYONE...not just by unvaccinated. Get over it, BB. You'll never win this argument because your premise, as usual, is faulty!

Still much more valid than your unsupported opinion. And it was reporting on research. You backup your opinion with nothing. 

Please answer the question, why is it 94 to 99% of people in the hospital with COVID are unvaccinated? There probably would not be any breakthrough cases if those folk had gotten their vaccinations. The unvaccinated are causing the pain and suffering in the US. Even your Republican politicians are finally admitting that. 

 

Children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S. hits record numbers. Some of these kids will die. I wonder what their unvaccinated parents will think and feel knowing their deaths could have been avoided?

 

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10 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Still much more valid than your unsupported opinion. And it was reporting on research. You backup your opinion with nothing. 

Please answer the question, why is it 94 to 99% of people in the hospital with COVID are unvaccinated? There probably would not be any breakthrough cases if those folk had gotten their vaccinations. The unvaccinated are causing the pain and suffering in the US. Even your Republican politicians are finally admitting that. 

 

Children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S. hits record numbers. Some of these kids will die. I wonder what their unvaccinated parents will think and feel knowing their deaths could have been avoided?

 

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Unsubstiantiated hogwash from liberal sources, as usual. Stop blaming the unvaccinated, and look at those who are vaccinated and still spreading the virus....They're the ones who thought they should go out and become like the unvaccinated and start gathering in large groups, getting back to normal. Strange that they have just as much virus in their sinus and mouth as the unvaccinated. I shall not waste any more of my time on the idiocy you spew and your liberal, OPINION laden sources. Of course, I know you'll yammer on...you can't seem to help yourself! LOL

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22 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Unsubstiantiated hogwash from liberal sources, as usual. Stop blaming the unvaccinated, and look at those who are vaccinated and still spreading the virus....They're the ones who thought they should go out and become like the unvaccinated and start gathering in large groups, getting back to normal. Strange that they have just as much virus in their sinus and mouth as the unvaccinated. I shall not waste any more of my time on the idiocy you spew and your liberal, OPINION laden sources. Of course, I know you'll yammer on...you can't seem to help yourself! LOL

So less than 1% of the Covid patients have infected the 94 to 99% of the people who are in the hospital? Wow. What a strong case you just built for getting a shot.

Come on BT. You know you are just blowing smoke. ROFL.

Seems some things never change regardless of the evidence in front of your eyes.

It's not about lack of information about vaccines. It's about misinformation, and the problem has been with us for a long time. Image in the public domain.

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2 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

 

Mississippi hospital puts beds in parking garage to cope with COFID-19 surge and 98% of them were unvaccinated. 

Protect yourself and others by getting your vaccination. Don't be selfish!

Being selfish would be to follow your misguided advice....Staying unvaccinated ISN'T selfish by any means...and shame on you for trying to misrepresent others who don't agree with you....

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Just now, BrotherTony said:

Being selfish would be to follow your misguided advice....Staying unvaccinated ISN'T selfish by any means...and shame on you for trying to misrepresent others who don't agree with you....

It is extremely selfish as you are putting yourself and others at greater risk than is necessary.

 

Covid-19 hospitalizations continue to surge as the infectious delta variant sweeps across the U.S., leaving hospitals in states with poor vaccination rates and few restrictions nearing capacity as they struggle to cope with record numbers of new patients. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/08/10/hospitalizations-spike-in-states-with-low-vaccination-rates-as-unvaccinated-covid-patients-fill-icus/?sh=9edbd0414b12

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12 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

So less than 1% of the Covid patients have infected the 94 to 99% of the people who are in the hospital? Wow. What a strong case you just built for getting a shot.

Come on BT. You know you are just blowing smoke. ROFL.

Seems some things never change regardless of the evidence in front of your eyes.

It's not about lack of information about vaccines. It's about misinformation, and the problem has been with us for a long time. Image in the public domain.

We're not talking about smallpox...but, maybe in your geriatric mind we are...who knows with you? No disrespect intended, but I think the cheese has done slipped off your cracker!

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4 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

We're not talking about smallpox...but, maybe in your geriatric mind we are...who knows with you? No disrespect intended, but I think the cheese has done slipped off your cracker!

Same principle. Same result .... except the vaccination folk finally won and eradicated Smallpox. If the anti-vaxers had won people would still becoming ill with that dreaded disease. 

 

Fox news Geraldo Rivers unloads on the 'Arrogant, Selfish' Unvaccinated. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-geraldo-rivera-unloads-on-the-arrogant-selfish-unvaccinated

 

Why refusing the COVID-19 vaccine isn't just immoral--it's 'un-American'

https://theconversation.com/why-refusing-the-covid-19-vaccine-isnt-just-immoral-its-un-american-165564

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5 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

Same principle. Same result .... except the vaccination folk finally won and eradicated Smallpox. If the anti-vaxers had won people would still becoming ill with that dreaded disease. 

 

Fox news Geraldo Rivers unloads on the 'Arrogant, Selfish' Unvaccinated. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-geraldo-rivera-unloads-on-the-arrogant-selfish-unvaccinated

 

Why refusing the COVID-19 vaccine isn't just immoral--it's 'un-American'

https://theconversation.com/why-refusing-the-covid-19-vaccine-isnt-just-immoral-its-un-american-165564

It's NOT UnAmerican! America is about CHOICE! Oh, that's right..you'd like to see all choice taken away and the government to be able to FORCE people who don't want poison like the vaccine shoved into their arms! LOL Typical of a government apologist.

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8 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

It's NOT UnAmerican! America is about CHOICE! Oh, that's right..you'd like to see all choice taken away and the government to be able to FORCE people who don't want poison like the vaccine shoved into their arms! LOL Typical of a government apologist.

It is un-American to put others at risk and not be concerned about their health and life. And, it is immoral to put others at risk. 

Just a few verses from the Bible that show it is immoral to place oneself ahead of others, and this included situations such as COVID.

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6 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

It is un-American to put others at risk and not be concerned about their health and life. And, it is immoral to put others at risk. 

Just a few verses from the Bible that show it is immoral to place oneself ahead of others, and this included situations such as COVID.

Your exegesis of these verses is lacking! Believe me, you're good at misappropriating information...now the Bible, too? Shameful, BB! Maybe you should try actually interpreting the way they were meant to be...context and content! Who were these passages written to? When? What were the circumstances? Do these verses really apply to this situation, or are you just trying to make them fit an ideology you espouse??? You're not fooling me, BB. The adversary twists Scripture to try and fit his means, and you're following in his footsteps here.

The Bible also tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we should take care of them....that would include avoiding poisons like the holy shot you worship!

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53 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Your exegesis of these verses is lacking! Believe me, you're good at misappropriating information...now the Bible, too? Shameful, BB! Maybe you should try actually interpreting the way they were meant to be...context and content! Who were these passages written to? When? What were the circumstances? Do these verses really apply to this situation, or are you just trying to make them fit an ideology you espouse??? You're not fooling me, BB. The adversary twists Scripture to try and fit his means, and you're following in his footsteps here.

The Bible also tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that we should take care of them....that would include avoiding poisons like the holy shot you worship!

ROFL. So you are defending an immoral stance. 

Are you a Baby-boomer?

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4 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

ROFL. So you are defending an immoral stance. 

Are you a Baby-boomer?

Nothing IMMORAL about avoiding a toxin the government is pushing. The only one defending an immoral and un-American stance would happen to be you at this point. I don't think I know of anyone here who backs your position on the vaccine...if they do, that's their right...but most of us here are set against it for ethical, moral and spiritual reason. I trust God...not the godless government we have.

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7 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Nothing IMMORAL about avoiding a toxin the government is pushing. The only one defending an immoral and un-American stance would happen to be you at this point. I don't think I know of anyone here who backs your position on the vaccine...if they do, that's their right...but most of us here are set against it for ethical, moral and spiritual reason. I trust God...not the godless government we have.

But it is immoral and selfish to put others in danger. Being unvaccinated puts others in danger from you. Remember the Golden Rule. 

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27 minutes ago, Bouncing Bill said:

But it is immoral and selfish to put others in danger. Being unvaccinated puts others in danger from you. Remember the Golden Rule. 

You have circular reasoning, and a lack of critical thinking skills...you're stuck on one program...It's NOT selfish...it's following Godly principles. You refuse to accept that...so there's no reason for further communication with you. The Bible tells me about talking to people who act like fools. For your sake, for my sake, and for the peace of the boards, you're on ignore....Have a nice life, BB. Sincerely, I mean it. 

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      SCRIPTURAL MARY

      I WALK NOT ON WATER NOR CHANGE IT TO WINE
      SO HEARKEN O’ SINNER TO THIS STORY OF MINE
      I, AM A DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM SINNER BY BIRTH
      A HAND MAID OF LOW ESTATE USED HERE ON EARTH
      MY HAIR IS NOT GENTILE BLOND, I HAVE NOT EYES OF BLUE
      A MOTHER OF MANY CHILDREN A DAUGHTER OF A JEW
      FOR JOSEPH MY HUSBAND DID HONOUR OUR BED
      TO FATHER OUR CHILDREN WHO NOW ARE ALL DEAD
      BUT I SPEAK NOT OF THESE WHO I LOVED SO WELL
      BUT OF THE FIRST BORN WHICH SAVED ME FROM HELL
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               2
      WHEN I WAS A VIRGIN UNKNOWN BY MAN
      THE ANGEL OF GOD SPOKE OF GOD’S PLAN
      FOR I HAD BEEN CHOSEN A FAVOUR VESSEL OF CLAY
      TO BARE THE SON OF THE HIGHEST BY AN UNUSUAL WAY
      FOR THE SCRIPTURE FORETOLD OF WHAT WAS TO BE
      SO MY WOMB GOD FILLED WHEN HE OVER SHADOW ME
      BUT THE LAW OF MOSES DID DEMAND MY LIFE
      WOULD JOSEPH MY BETROTHED MAKE ME HIS WIFE
      I THOUGHT ON THESE THINGS WITH SO NEEDLESS FEARS
      BUT A DREAM HE RECEIVED ENDED ALL FEARS
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                              3
      THEN MY SOUL DID REJOICE IN GOD MY SAVIOR
      HE SCATTERED THE PROUD AND BLESS ME WITH FAVOR
      O’ THE RICH ARE EMPTY, THE HUNGRY HAVE GOOD THINGS
      FOR THE THRONE OF DAVID WOULD HAVE JESUS THE KING
      BUT BEFORE I DELIVERED THE MAN CHILD OF OLD
      CAESAR WITH TAXES DEMANDED OUR GOLD
      TO THE CITY OF DAVID JOSEPH AND I WENT
      ON A BEAST OF BURDEN OUR STRENGTH NEAR SPEND
      NO ROOM AT An INN, BUT A STABLE WAS FOUND
      WITH STRAW AND DUNG LAID ON THE GROUND
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
                                                  4
      MY MATRIX WAS OPEN IN A PLACE SO PROFANE
      FROM THE GLORY OF GLORIES TO A BEGGAR’S DOMAIN
      SO WE WRAPPED THE CHILD GIVEN TO THE HEATHEN A STRANGER
      NO REPUTATION IS SOUGHT TO BE BORN IN A MANGER
      HIS STAR WAS ABOVE US THE HOST OF HEAVEN DID SING
      FOR SHEPHERDS AND WISE MEN WORSHIP ONLY THE KING
      BUT HEROD THAT DEVIL SOUGHT FOR HIS SOUL
      AND MURDER RACHEL’S CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OLD
      BUT JOSEPH MY HUSBAND WAS WARNED IN A DREAM
      SO WE FLED INTO EGYPT BECAUSE OF HIS SCHEME
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY SO TRUST ME NOT
                                               5
      SO THE GIVER OF LIFE, THE ROCK OF ALL AGES
      GREW UP TO FULFILL THE HOLY PAGES
      HE PREACH WITH AUTHORITY LIKE NONE BEFORE
      PLEASE TRUST HIS WORDS AND NOT THE GREAT WHORE
      HER BLACK ROBE PRIEST FILL THEIR LIPS WITH MY NAME
      WITH BLASPHEMOUS PRAISE, DAMMATION AND SHAME
      THERE ARE NO NAIL PRINTS IN MY HANDS, MY BODY DID NOT ARISE
      NOR, AM A DEMON OF FATIMA FLOATING IN THE SKY
      THERE IS NO DEITY IN MY VEINS FOR ADAM CAME FROM SOD
      FOR I, AM, MOTHER OF THE SON OF MAN NOT THE MOTHER OF GOD
      MY FLESH SAW CORRUPTION MY BONES THEY DID ROT
      MY PAPS ARE NOT HOLY, SO TRUST ME NOT
      6
      FOR MY SOUL WAS PURCHASED BY GOD UPON THE CROSS
      FOR MY SINS HE DID SUFFER AN UNMEASURABLE COST
      I WILL NOT STEAL HIS GLORY WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD
      ENDURING SPIT AND THORNS PLACED ON HIS HEAD
      YET, IF YOU WISH TO HONOR ME THEN GIVE ME NONE AT ALL
      BUT TRUST THE LAMB WHO STOOL IN PILATE’S HALL
      CALL NOT ON THIS REDEEMED WOMAN IN YOUR TIME OF FEAR
      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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