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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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Statistics?   Go fish.   Catch what you can.  Whatever you seek,  keep seeking and you will find .  That is God's Promise in His Word.

Beyond any doubt,  since wwII or earlier,  the last two years is just a culmination of published plans since 19767 and earlier.

Just browsing the news -  no covid deaths claimed for three weeks.   Covid Vaccine Deaths up 8000% but not being reported.   Other deaths up FOUR TIMES (actually much much more) what they were because of government suppression, not being reported.

News Censored Since Long Before 9oneone.   Health, food, prices, profits, housing, 

all being denied freedom of capitalism, democracy,  or any term someone wishes to use.  Control of the news and government is not something new at all.

It is exponentially skyrocketing as we are in the last hour/ minute/  seconds before Jesus returns according to all Scripture.

Most people refuse Scripture.  Most reject and continue to reject Jesus and His disciples.  This is what God Says would happen,  and it has happened now for generations.  Covered up not

only by the news,  but by almost all churches also.   Fema got a lot of pastors to go along.  Priests and Bishops were already  ,  not only going along,  but for centuries being part of the system towards world control.

By God's Grace,  so that at least some may be saved,  He shortens the days/ times/ as His Word Says Plainly.

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2 John 7-11

King James Version

7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

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3 hours ago, jeff_student_of_Jesus said:

Beyond any doubt,  since wwII or earlier,  the last two years is just a culmination of published plans since 19767 and earlier.

It is exponentially skyrocketing as we are in the last hour/ minute/  seconds before Jesus returns according to all Scripture.

 

Since suppression is equally distributed across both Christian conservative and non-Christian conservative alike, I don't see it as persecution YET! But when non-Christians are allowed liberties we are not then it will begin to be a form of persecution. 

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Persecution started in the first century,  and is present through all the centuries,  not just nor only for Christians. 

When Jews and True Christians , Baptists and/or Anabaptists and/or Waldensians were slaughtered during , before, and after the inquisition,  the ones doing the slaughtering did not always isolate or verify who was who - they could and did just slaughter believers and unbelievers ,  being told by the bishop or jesuit in charge to kill everyone in the town,  and God would separate them later.

When the mark of the beast is revealed, it will be used on unbelievers and believers also (a lot more unbelievers than believers, obviously),  and is persecution / threats/ death dealing to everyone regardless of their faith or belief.

Anywhere someone stands up for truth,  again regardless of their faith or belief,  they will be persecuted.   The world hates Jesus.  The world hates the Truth.  The persecution is already present, and continues fervently daily.

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16 hours ago, 1Timothy115 said:

Asking for a friend...

Do you believe we're being incrimentally denied our freedoms by government over reach?

Yes, but anyone who is a threat to the reset will lose their rights aka be persecuted.

There were other groups that suffered along with Christians during the times of persecution.

The Muslims killed Christian, Jew, Hindu, pagan and the wrong type of Muslim alike throughout history.

The Papists were butchering Jews, Christians, pagans and even Catholics who opposed their "overreach" or whose property they wanted.

The Communists treat everyone fairly and murdered everyone equally. 

When the Antichrist shows up he won't persecute only believers. There will, IMO, be people who will not submit to his authority but who are also not believers.

 

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Why me? :laugh:

To elaborate on my answer to Tony, I took the question as general - we the people, rather than specifically Christians. The question of whether we are actually being persecuted for our faith is much harder to answer at this point. But generally - and in my area of the world (because it's also location-dependent), yes.

Canadian citizens are guaranteed free passage within Canada - yet this last few months saw us forbidden from entering different provinces - either at all, or without quarantining or vaccination. 

Canadians are guaranteed freedom of religion, assembly and association in our Charter of Rights - yet in Alberta (which has been the freest province - it's kind of the Texas of Canada ), we have seen limits on church attendance - as low as 5 distanced people - which were not similarly put on other corporations. This is a limit on our freedom of religion, assembly & association. We have been forbidden from having other people - even close family members - in our homes. This is  a limit of our freedom of association. We have been forbidden from having outside gatherings of more than  people. This is a limit on our freedom of assembly. The Charter allows for these rights to be temporarily removed for pressing reasons (such as a real pandemic), but the government must prove the need for these. In Alberta, several court cases have asked the government to provide this information THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD BEFORE LIMITING ANY CHARTER FREEDOMS, and they do not have it to provide. They stall, ask for more time to gather it (after 14 months of Covid!), and ultimately provided nothing. This means that they have unlawfully removed our Charter rights.  

In the last few months, our government in Alberta (whether provincial or federal) have restricted, removed the ability to, or required government permission to:

  • Go to church with more than X people - smallest number being 5 (Alberta was the freest province for this. BC, Ontario and Manitoba have had months where churches were not permitted to be open at all.)
  • Sing to God
  • Sing at all
  • Visit family/friends in their home
  • Visit family/friends outside their home
  • Go to a funeral
  • Attend a wedding
  • Check on or visit seniors in their nursing homes
  • Leave your nursing home (if you're a senior)
  • Have family with you as you die
  • Have family with you in the hospital as a child or maternity patient
  • Receive medical care without masking (even if you're allergic to masks or asthmatic or otherwise incapable of wearing one)
  • Visit our national parks/camp outside
  • Purchase necessities
  • Go to school
  • Go to work 
  • Open your small business to make a living (particularly restaurants, personal care and gyms)
  • Protest
  • Hold an event/stampede/parade/concert/literally anything
  • Hug your grandma
  • Stand within 6 feet of someone else (this is actually a health order - a kind of law - that we aren't allowed to do this)
  • Travel freely between towns (Alberta has actually been one of the better ones for this - merely 'discouraging' rather then enforcing. In Ontario, they were actively restricting movement between municipalities within the province. With police checks and everything!
  • Travel freely between provinces (Alberta is actually okay for this - BC has discouraged travel with limited enforcement. The Maritimes have closed their borders to visitors and now the unvaccinated completely.)
  • Leave the country by land (can't do it, period.)
  • Enter the country (to fly into Alberta as a Canadian citizen requires a $3000 3-day stay at a sub-par secured hotel facility. If you have failed to get the right test before returning, you may be removed to an undisclosed location for the full quarantine period. This is a requirement - you are not free to go home without risking severe fines. Oh, but if you're not a Citizen? You don't have to do this. It's only for Canadian citizens.)
  • Leave your home after traveling even if not sick
  • Breathe freely

This isn't even a full list... I KNOW there's more I'm not remembering, but there's been so many for so long - I'm forgetting them all now!

 We're not full-blown communist yet, but looking at this list, we hit totalitarian several months ago. Regardless of one's position on the dangers of Covid, allowing a government to exert this level of control is dangerous.

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2 hours ago, Salyan said:

We're not full-blown communist yet, but looking at this list, we hit totalitarian several months ago. Regardless of one's position on the dangers of Covid, allowing a government to exert this level of control is dangerous.

It seems clear we are far far far worse of than the totalitarian governments , even during wwII.

Medical care has been censored and derailed so people accept the idolatry of medican as if that's the right thing to do,  without bothering to find out all that's been wrong with the drug driven medical ways.

BB lost his freedom how long ago ?   (to medical protocol)  Others in the nursing home likewise - how many are given the free choice to choose to be healed instead of made worse ?   They receive "free' more toxins and problems every day,  and are told that's what they "have to do" !

Thus they are enslaved to the system ,  often without finding the way out.  Even younger people are,

although people not in the interment camps called nursing homes or hospitals

may find other ways to deal with their feelings about health,  and find the ways that improve their health instead of destroy it,  and instead of forcing everyone into the same modus operandi.

The "new" medical idolatry outlined online this year on many webpages

is bolder,  biggger, and more harmful to all ages born and unborn,  than ever before.

Those who have spoken up against it since 1930 or so,  have suffered arrest,  imprisonment,  bodily attacks,  fines,  and martyrdom by assassination or botched robbery or poisoning convenient.

The vast opposition to the truth is insidious,  everywhere,  and is death dealing

and robs everyone of what ought to be the right to live healthy and free of disease and free of governmental and medical tyranny and oppression and deception.

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1 minute ago, PastorMatt said:

Spoken like a true dictator 

 

No really. A dictator would never make such a statement. 

It is a philosophical statement and is obviously true. For instant, if I am restricted to my cottage, for whatever reason, my freedom to go out is taken away. But I gain the freedom of having more time to read, write, think or even nap. 

Another example:

For over a year the church I attend had no worship in the building. Thus my freedom of attending worship in the building was taken away. However, this gave me the freedom of not driving 25 miles to attend and also it gave me the freedom of using my computer and zoom to meet with my Christian brothers and sisters.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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9 hours ago, Bouncing Bill said:

No really. A dictator would never make such a statement. 

It is a philosophical statement and is obviously true. For instant, if I am restricted to my cottage, for whatever reason, my freedom to go out is taken away. But I gain the freedom of having more time to read, write, think or even nap. 

Another example:

For over a year the church I attend had no worship in the building. Thus my freedom of attending worship in the building was taken away. However, this gave me the freedom of not driving 25 miles to attend and also it gave me the freedom of using my computer and zoom to meet with my Christian brothers and sisters.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

It also gave you the freedom (excuse) to not attend without drawing criticism. 

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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On 7/19/2021 at 9:37 AM, Bouncing Bill said:

What freedoms do you feel have been suppressed?

So, I take it your answer is no, OK.

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