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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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2 hours ago, wretched said:

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The lockdowns, pandemic, vaccines, and masks are all indications of the beast activity, and most people accept it, go along with it,  willingly wittingly (understanding) or not.

15 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

So tell me. Why is it that less than 1% of COVID hospital patents are vaccinated while over 99% are unvaccinated?

 

16 hours ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Sorry, as usual your facts like your sources are false, deceiving , wrong, and inaccurate totally.

The saga continues.   The facts of the anti-christ sources in the world overcome most people,   the whole world is deceived as written,  and 

while the truth is called a lie,  and the lie is broadcast daily thousands, millions of times deceiving all who listen to it and go along with it instead of turning to Jesus to learn the truth.

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4 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

The lockdowns, pandemic, vaccines, and masks are all indications of the beast activity, and most people accept it, go along with it,  willingly wittingly (understanding) or not.

 

The saga continues.   The facts of the anti-christ sources in the world overcome most people,   the whole world is deceived as written,  and 

while the truth is called a lie,  and the lie is broadcast daily thousands, millions of times deceiving all who listen to it and go along with it instead of turning to Jesus to learn the truth.

Please stop the false, fake news. Please answer my question. Thanks in advance.

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BB.  in your posts for as long as they have been seen, you have been a fountain of only fraud and fake news and rejected the KJV Bible and do not seem to know at all what the Bible says clearly.  You have quoted many many false teachers and pagan advocates, and it seems that all the ones you trust, the sources you repeat and repeat and continue to deceive with,  are unfaithful, unbelievers,  degenerate liars of the world in high places (evil spiritual forces in high places working through the world through them).

20 hours ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

About any virus, germ, drug, vitamin, food, water, aire, people ,

Trust God,

not epa, not fda, not ama, not usa.

US EPA Scientist Fired For Trying To Tell The Truth .....

Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org The public has been trained and conditioned to believe that federal agencies like the EPA exist to watch over them and warn them of any potential dangers. This notion could not be further from the truth. Though there are honest and caring people within these agencies (like the scientist who has drafted the statement below), the institutions as a whole ...

 

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BB.  in your posts for as long as they have been seen, you have been a fountain of only fraud and fake news and rejected the KJV Bible and do not seem to know at all what the Bible says clearly.  You have quoted many many false teachers and pagan advocates, and it seems that all the ones you trust, the sources you repeat and repeat and continue to deceive with,  are unfaithful, unbelievers,  degenerate liars of the world in high places (evil spiritual forces in high places working through the world through them).

 

More of your false posts. Please answer my question.

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More of your false posts BB.   Like Ananias and Sapphira in the Bible, eh ? 

Read some hopeful true news as noted for over a year by honest doctors and scientists worldwide.    "The pandemic is fake".  The measures and mandates are by the global elite to buy and sell people like chattel,  to control them, and for population control.   Whoever trusts in the government , whoever serves the government of the world , whoever worships the government and its minions of doctors under pharmakeia,  is guilty.

13 hours ago, wretched said:

Here are some real scientists with real data to counter the reprobate globalist/CCP propaganda of satan's main stream media:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/two-top-virologists-frightening-warnings-about-covid-injections-ignored-government-big-media/5753731

Now that you have read that, you now know where these variants come from:

https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-08-30-know-someone-caught-covid-variant-blame-vaccinated.html

20 hours ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

About any virus, germ, drug, vitamin, food, water, aire, people ,

Trust God,

not epa, not fda, not ama, not usa.

US EPA Scientist Fired For Trying To Tell The Truth .....

Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org The public has been trained and conditioned to believe that federal agencies like the EPA exist to watch over them and warn them of any potential dangers. This notion could not be further from the truth. Though there are honest and caring people within these agencies (like the scientist who has drafted the statement below), the institutions as a whole ...

 

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Citizens / dwellers in hades (super archers) 

Struggling in Hades! :: Titan Quest Anniversary Edition Általános ...

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Between the murderous bullfrogs, that extremely powerful boat demon, ... I also went on the actual wiki, apparently the super archers do piercing, bleeding, ...

(Dangerous)  i.e. how the duper archers will attack and destroy many organs at once in the body of those infected with the germ warfare / engineered vaccines.

The villains will not protect against any virus (no need to in fact, but lies prevail), 

but will 'protect' a person from his own organs, like good little demons !! (i.e. destroy the lungs, liver, spleen, brain(already done for many), kidneys, blood (with many clots already)

====== Fake news below from demonsources ==========

3 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

How the mRNA vaccine protects you against COVID-19.

 

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"And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 

And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  "

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On 5/6/2021 at 2:42 PM, Salyan said:

This vaccine push is so messed up. I was sick the last week (didn't get tested, but probably Covid), so now I have some nice, natural antibodies to protect me next time. 

Many months later, today 9.16.21 I heard on NPR  a woman traveling all the way from Egypt to get a vaccine here in the US. Amazing 

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As I mentioned in a deleted thread my aunt and uncle, who both were vaccinated, have the WuFlu. They put my aunt into the ward with the dying elderly patients. Yes, she had an underlying medical condition but a few weeks after getting the Fauci jab she started developing all kinds of complications. Just as my mother who developed blood clots in her lungs around six months after the jab. Thankfully, my mother has survived but it was touch and go there for a while.

 

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1 hour ago, SureWord said:

As I mentioned in a deleted thread my aunt and uncle, who both were vaccinated, have the WuFlu. They put my aunt into the ward with the dying elderly patients. Yes, she had an underlying medical condition but a few weeks after getting the Fauci jab she started developing all kinds of complications. Just as my mother who developed blood clots in her lungs around six months after the jab. Thankfully, my mother has survived but it was touch and go there for a while.

 

I'm sorry for deleting the prior post, it was best that I did. Many leaders and members here were not happy with it. Vaccine or COVID is a very touchy subject here, for some. I'm glad your mother is doing better. 

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On 8/13/2021 at 11:25 AM, Salyan said:

I just read an interesting article where a Conservative Yukon politician got booted out of the party for supporting freedom of choice for Covid injections. We have a federal election in September - I have no clue which party to vote for. They're all in on this removal of our liberties and freedoms.

BB, you do realize that if the right for liberty and freedom of choice is removed, eventually the government will make a decision you don't agree with - and there will be no remaining chance to fight for those freedoms. You better fight for EVERYONE'S freedom of choice now - even those you disagree with - before that freedom is gone for good.

I am a staunch patriot, and never dreamed of leaving Canada, but.... anyone want to sponsor a church pianist/organist to escape this country? :think_smiley_11:

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First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
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We need a piano player...come on down! =D

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Why can't the FDA and the CDC agree on the boosters and who needs them? Even at the medical school one of my nieces went to there is huge controversy over the vaccines and the boosters themselves. Many of the nurses, students and others who were last years "hero's" who have thus far worked without the vaccines as hero's are now being told to get ready to lose their jobs if they don't take the vaccine. This isn't about health...it never has been...if it was, more people would see the need for the vaccines without being coerced into taking them....And, WHY is it that the CDC is only recommending the Pfizer Vaccine (did you know that the top 70 people who OWN the Pfizer company are CCP Members?) is being recommended for those 65 and older? There have been problems with blood clots in the lungs and other challenges with this vaccine as well...would this not be a "great way" to thin out the population of the baby-boomers? This isn't conspiracy....it's fact...three differing stories on MSN in the last two days on thsi vaccine.  One of them is below...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/science-prevailed-in-fda-advisers-rejecting-covid-19-boosters-for-everyone/ar-AAOAe6I?ocid=chromentpnews

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Just checking, have anyone here change their mind and now is vaccinated. Share your experience good or bad. I still believe it’s the right choice. It’s not who is right or wrong,  I can be wrong too.

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13 minutes ago, E Morales said:

Share your experience good or bad. I still believe it’s the right choice.


I'm vaccinated an I felt it was the right choice for my family after much research and speaking with our family Doctors. I'm 100% opposed to the socialist approach to health and oppose forced vaccination. It needs to remain a personal health choice. The vaccine did cause a normal immune response for about a day where we ran a slight fever but were fine the next day. My company under pressure to comply with the illegal mandates so is now asking for a copy of my card as they are considering implementing biweekly testing for the un vaccinated. I told them I'm vaccinated but wont be providing any medical documents as proof. We'll see how that goes. I may decline their possible future request to do testing but haven't decided yet.
 

 

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37 minutes ago, John Young said:


I'm vaccinated an I felt it was the right choice for my family after much research and speaking with our family Doctors. I'm 100% opposed to the socialist approach to health and oppose forced vaccination. It needs to remain a personal health choice. The vaccine did cause a normal immune response for about a day where we ran a slight fever but were fine the next day. My company under pressure to comply with the illegal mandates so is now asking for a copy of my card as they are considering implementing biweekly testing for the un vaccinated. I told them I'm vaccinated but wont be providing any medical documents as proof. We'll see how that goes. I may decline their possible future request to do testing but haven't decided yet.
 

 

That was a funny cartoon, even the cat got one. It is a personal choice and should not be mandatory. Like Salvation a personal decision.

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I have another family member who was vaccinated come down with Covid. Also, because of an underlying medical condition he was so careful always wearing a mask and seldom even leaving home. He even stopped going to church. He still got it.

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5 minutes ago, SureWord said:

I have another family member who was vaccinated come down with Covid. Also, because of an underlying medical condition he was so careful always wearing a mask and seldom even leaving home. He even stopped going to church. He still got it.

Did they had need to visit the hospital, or just quarantine.

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