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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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3 hours ago, E Morales said:

Looks like COVID cases are on the rise again, for those non believers. 

 

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You understand that the term "COVID cases" refers to individuals who have tested positive using the notoriously faulty COVID test, which produces an abundance of false positives. In addition, many doctors have been bypassing the test and declaring patients as COVID+ (meaning they get more money from the government) based solely on "hunch" rather than any valid form of medical test. The number, therefore, is completely meaningless. 

You might as well tell us how many unicorns are grazing on the White House lawn.

It's all political theater.

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3 hours ago, E Morales said:

Looks like COVID cases are on the rise again, for those non believers. 

 

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I believe most of us here realize that the virus is real, especially those of us who have had it a time or two! 🙂

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On 11/16/2021 at 8:49 AM, E Morales said:

Looks like COVID cases are on the rise again, for those non believers. 

 

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I don't think calling folks non believers is appropriate. I'm sure all of us believe that C-19 is real. It was man-made (paid for by US tax dollars) and unleashed on the public for control purposes. That all is true. It is also true that the entire thing would be under control had folks not submitted to the unlawful mandates and allowed true herd immunity to develop.

Enter the vaccines...and see the cases rise. Except what is not being told clearly enough is that the majority of those cases are breakthrough. Breakthrough means people WHO GOT THE VACCINE are now getting - and many of them are dying from - C-19. Interestingly enough, the "rise in cases" is worse in those states run by Dems who have pushed the most egregious requirements. Case in point the Connecticut nursing home at which almost 100 just recently died...all but TWO of them vaccinated.

My aunt just passed from C-19. Her brother passed 10 months ago from it. Now my cousin has it, as does his daughter. It is real. But it is a tool being used to completely change the thought processes of far too many Americans. It's a sad, sad time in our country. 

Death is always sad. My mother's brother passed in August. Not from C-19, so deaths not related to the man-made virus are still happening. Because we live in a world cursed by sin, we ALL face an appointed time to step into eternity. Be it cancer - my cousin's wife just found out that she is stage 4 - C-19, pneumonia (which killed my grandmother), emphysema (which took my uncle), or anything else, death is imminent. And rather than focusing on one particular health issue, we as Christians should be warning others that eternity is coming. 

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10 hours ago, E Morales said:

The Jab…

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Why should anyone be convinced about "the jab?" Recovery rate for the virus is 99+%....This is the first time in history that a vaccine is being pushed...a vaccine that doesn't work, by the way....as a way to "make people safer" in spite of all the evidence to the contrary! So, if you're saying we should be convinced against the vaccine...I agree. There's no evidence we should be putting this poison in our bodies.

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7 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

Why should anyone be convinced about "the jab?" Recovery rate for the virus is 99+%....This is the first time in history that a vaccine is being pushed...a vaccine that doesn't work, by the way....as a way to "make people safer" in spite of all the evidence to the contrary! So, if you're saying we should be convinced against the vaccine...I agree. There's no evidence we should be putting this poison in our bodies.

Meet the new COVID-19 variant, CAL.20C

 

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1 hour ago, E Morales said:

Meet the new COVID-19 variant, CAL.20C

 

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If getting "the jab" makes you feel safer...go for it! it truly doesn't equate to being brave in my estimation. The ore these shots are given, the more new variants will continue to show up...it's only common sense to know that when something is introduced into the body to fight a virus or disease that the virus or disease will mutate! 

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35 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

If getting "the jab" makes you feel safer...go for it! it truly doesn't equate to being brave in my estimation. The ore these shots are given, the more new variants will continue to show up...it's only common sense to know that when something is introduced into the body to fight a virus or disease that the virus or disease will mutate! 


Why won’t Christian get vaccinated interesting view

https://www.relevantmagazine.com/magazine/why-wont-christians-get-vaccinated/

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3 minutes ago, E Morales said:


Why won’t Christian get vaccinated interesting view

https://www.relevantmagazine.com/magazine/why-wont-christians-get-vaccinated/

From just the little I read of this article, it is written from a "world view" and not the view of the Christian community. It's dishonest in it's assumptions about why people won't get the vaccine, and is dishonest in that it states that the "scientists have addressed" the concerns of people who won't take it because long term side-effects aren't known...and this is the truth...they AREN'T known, and the "scientific community" couldn't address something that hasn't been around long enough to give an HONEST, ESTABLISHED opinion. I have a feeling you are posting these things to inflame more than to cause discussion, Morales. I don't think my opinion is going to change about that. You seem to do this quite often, and it's really a tiresome exercise.

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It is not Christians that are feeding the fear factor, but rather people and officials like Collins that try to "guilt" others into being vaccinated. Then when those that gave in to the guilt get vaccinated and this creates more variants, they still point to the un-vaccinated as the reasons why the variants appear, instead of the vaccines causing the variants.

It has long been known in the medical community that once any remedy is even a little bit successful, the disease mutates. This article is nothing more than perpetuating the guilt and fear factor surrounding Covid-19.

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3 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

From just the little I read of this article, it is written from a "world view" and not the view of the Christian community. It's dishonest in it's assumptions about why people won't get the vaccine, and is dishonest in that it states that the "scientists have addressed" the concerns of people who won't take it because long term side-effects aren't known...and this is the truth...they AREN'T known, and the "scientific community" couldn't address something that hasn't been around long enough to give an HONEST, ESTABLISHED opinion. I have a feeling you are posting these things to inflame more than to cause discussion, Morales. I don't think my opinion is going to change about that. You seem to do this quite often, and it's really a tiresome exercise.

I’m sorry if you’re getting tired, but you do have the option not replying to my post. There is a chance that you Guys might be wrong on COVID-19 

We might be looking at another lock down, by the end of this year.

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10 hours ago, E Morales said:

I’m sorry if you’re getting tired, but you do have the option not replying to my post. There is a chance that you Guys might be wrong on COVID-19 

We might be looking at another lock down, by the end of this year.

There's little chance of that. The only reason we would be looking at another lockdown this year is because of the government trying to instill fear into people over a virus that has a 99% recovery rate. As far as reading and replying to your posts, it is an open thread. I still believe you're posting these things to try and inflame, and somebody needs to refute the alleged Christians who are fearmongering or trying to guilt people into "taking the jab!" 

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6 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

There's little chance of that. The only reason we would be looking at another lockdown this year is because of the government trying to instill fear into people over a virus that has a 99% recovery rate. As far as reading and replying to your posts, it is an open thread. I still believe you're posting these things to try and inflame, and somebody needs to refute the alleged Christians who are fearmongering or trying to guilt people into "taking the jab!" 

I am not trying to make anyone get the vaccine, or start troubles here like you think I am. I don’t support getting the booster either. I do believe everyone should make their own decision. If you get very sick with this virus, it’s too late to get the Jab.
 

For all, and everyone, believers and nonbelievers.

Be Safe

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34 minutes ago, E Morales said:

I am not trying to make anyone get the vaccine, or start troubles here like you think I am. I don’t support getting the booster either. I do believe everyone should make their own decision. If you get very sick with this virus, it’s too late to get the Jab.
 

For all, and everyone, believers and nonbelievers.

Be Safe

I've had the virus twice, as has my wife. The first time was just like the flu for both of us. That was December of 2019...the second time I got my confirmation on August 30th of this year, and my wife got hers a few days later. I was very ill and ended up in the ER because I couldnt breath, and my BP had dropped significantly...so significantly that I passed out in our kitchen and ended up waking up on the floor. The doctor wanted to admit me because I was severely dehydrated and weak. He basically said he couldn't treat me because I hadn't had the vaccination....UGH...the political horse puckey that goes on around that "worshipped" vaccine. At any rate...though I have complications from the virus, I feel far safer without the vaccine. Several in our family have taken it and have had significant health issues since. They made their choice, and I have made mine. We don't argue about it, as we all know where we stand on it, and it's a personal choice. I don't pay for their choice, and they don't pay for mine!

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44 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

I've had the virus twice, as has my wife. The first time was just like the flu for both of us. That was December of 2019...the second time I got my confirmation on August 30th of this year, and my wife got hers a few days later. I was very ill and ended up in the ER because I couldnt breath, and my BP had dropped significantly...so significantly that I passed out in our kitchen and ended up waking up on the floor. The doctor wanted to admit me because I was severely dehydrated and weak. He basically said he couldn't treat me because I hadn't had the vaccination....UGH...the political horse puckey that goes on around that "worshipped" vaccine. At any rate...though I have complications from the virus, I feel far safer without the vaccine. Several in our family have taken it and have had significant health issues since. They made their choice, and I have made mine. We don't argue about it, as we all know where we stand on it, and it's a personal choice. I don't pay for their choice, and they don't pay for mine!

I can understand that it did not help you at all, the vaccine. But very few have this same experience, this would make me angry too. We got to go by the whole percentage, like a person having heart surgery, a low percentage will not make it. Should you have it done? You are not ready to be a moderator here yet. You seem to want to put a X on topic you don’t like, to quickly, and the person. 

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