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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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Greetings all,

Hope you have all been well.

It's been a very long time, i think, since my last visit, you understand, it's not easy to reach this space where i reside.

i'm lucky to be here today, the Lord has given me access to say hi and ask you a question.

Since i became a Christian in my heart, i say so because i have yet to be baptised in a church, but i have not been able to find a Baptist church near me where i could go and what's more i cannot pay my 10% share of income, not i earn much, i don't, but still.

Can you guys kindly help me what to do, please?

i'm also not sure if i can donate to an online church, again, living where i live, things are pretty tough, sending money abroad might be quite tricky.

i have been trying to teach for free and i am still teaching some people for free as a kind of giving, but not sure that counts at all.

i've been very blessed and i just want to be a perfect Christian in every aspect, being a perfectionist that i am.

Well, thanks a lot for your kind time and care.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless your hearts heartily,

Totoo

 

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14 hours ago, SureWord said:

Start your own church.

I live in a foreign country, my abilities here are so very limited, although nothing is impossible for God, many things are impossible for me. For instance, I am not allowed to have a job here, so my wife is taking care of the money and she is the bread winner of the family. I teach privately whenever possible, but I cannot advertise openly for it and only friends tell friends about me and if they have a need, they come.

I have started sharing video clips of me reciting the Holy Bible online on Tik Tok, but they stop most of them and it is very difficult to go live-streaming.

To start a church needs a lot of things, which i have very little. For instance, the knowledge and ability to guide people, i am still a child in Christianity and i'm still learning. It might not be wise of me to start a church when i know so little. It might do damage and harm more than good.

What i have also started doing very recently is translating the Holy Bible into my mother tongue, Persian. It felt great and i feel blessed for that. It will take a good while to finish, but no hurries, all in good time.

Thank you for your time and suggestion.

Bless your hearts,

Totoo

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Pray that God will bring someone into your area to start a church.

I realize it's hard and not for everyone to start a church. 

I prayed that God would start a church in my area and he did but by that time I had moved away. At least those people have a bible believing church in their area now.

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Hi, Tooto! So nice to have you back!

I’m so glad you have trusted the Lord in your heart. Remember that trusting God alone for salvation by trusting in the finished work of Christ is ALL you need for salvation. Baptism, while an important act of obedience, is NOT required for your salvation. Being a perfect Christian is not required for salvation. I’m reminding you of this to be sure that you are trusting Christ alone and not any of your own actions or obediences. 😊

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7 minutes ago, Salyan said:

Hi, Tooto! So nice to have you back!

Cheers, thanks so much. I am humbled.

I am glad to be able to view this wonderful website again. While it lasts, it's great. Nobody know how long it's going to be unbanned, so, with the Grace of the Lord and your kind prayers, here we are.

I also thank you for your kind cautioning me, yes, i have come to learn that it's not our deeds but our faith that saves us. Thanks again.

i remember i have had many questions and most of them silly and for my downfall, but well, God is kind and they are past now and i have learnt much more with the Grace of the Lord.

i am trying to keep my faith and deepen my belief by reading the Good Book and the translating is helping understand and realise much better than just reading it.

Bless your hearts and many many thanks for your kind care and precious time.

Totoo

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@Totoosart I agree, it's great to hear from you again. I'm sorry to hear about the situation you're in where you live. Keep your head up and in the Word. 

As far as church goes, you may want to pray about starting a Bible study in your home and see where the Lord leads. 

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On 8/31/2021 at 7:50 AM, Totoosart said:

Greetings all,

Hope you have all been well.

It's been a very long time, i think, since my last visit, you understand, it's not easy to reach this space where i reside.

i'm lucky to be here today, the Lord has given me access to say hi and ask you a question.

Since i became a Christian in my heart, i say so because i have yet to be baptised in a church, but i have not been able to find a Baptist church near me where i could go and what's more i cannot pay my 10% share of income, not i earn much, i don't, but still.

Can you guys kindly help me what to do, please?

i'm also not sure if i can donate to an online church, again, living where i live, things are pretty tough, sending money abroad might be quite tricky.

i have been trying to teach for free and i am still teaching some people for free as a kind of giving, but not sure that counts at all.

i've been very blessed and i just want to be a perfect Christian in every aspect, being a perfectionist that i am.

Well, thanks a lot for your kind time and care.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless your hearts heartily,

Totoo

 

Welcome, I believe you are willing to give 10 percent, this is very kind of you. But I believe you are a new born again Christian, and have not yet been baptized. The 10 percent of giving is not important at this time. Also you are in need, later you can start giving if you are able. God know our hearts and when we are ready to give. Giving will not save anyone and God does not want to test your faithfulness if your not ready. 

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7 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Many times it is difficult to understand another persons situation when you don't know all the facts. Therefore it is hard to make a valid suggestion about the situation. In this case I know where totoosart/ lives. He lives in a country where Christianity is not only banned, but the authorities actually seek out Christians and try to detect where and when they may be meeting. If the authorities find them or their meeting place there can be life threatening consequences, in other words they could by arrested and even put to death. So this situation can have dire consequences for him if he is not extremely careful. Just owning a Bible or trying to give out Bibles can be dangerous.

Wow, that's rough. I pray God protects him under the shadow of the Almighty.

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19 hours ago, PastorMatt said:

As far as church goes, you may want to pray about starting a Bible study in your home and see where the Lord leads. 

Cheers, mate,

That's a great idea. As a matter of fact i have just posted a message on my circle of friends on We Chat app and told people they can contact me if they have any questions. i'll paste the whole message down below and you can help me make it better for the future:

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
If so, 
Good for you 😇
Yours is the eternal life!😇

If not,
You are lost without any hope in your life!
Your life is meaningless and empty!

Turn and find yourself and help yourself live the wise life!

All you need to do is to
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour

Then live a 
Righteous
Blameless
And
Loving
Life

Contact me if you have any questions 

If I know I will reply, if I don’t know I will learn then tell you what I learnt 😇

i look forward to hearing from you and your kind comments.

Bless your heart,

Totoo

 

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15 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

So this situation can have dire consequences for him if he is not extremely careful. Just owning a Bible or trying to give out Bibles can be dangerous.

Thanks, mate,

You need to add to that the fact that i am Persian born which adds to my sufferings, Praise the Lord, it's fine, i am learning more and more because of all my restrictions.

One has to be patient and the Lord has a plan for everyone, i wish i knew what is His kind plan for me so that i could get there faster.

In any case, as i have just mentioned above, i am trying to spread the Word in every way possible, through my We Chat app as well as during my classes. My pupils all know i am a Christian and that Jesus Christ is more than important to me. Sometimes some conversation sparks up and i take the opportunity to say as much as i can and as well as i can.

Bless your heart, thanks again,

Totoo

7 hours ago, E Morales said:

Welcome, I believe you are willing to give 10 percent, this is very kind of you. But I believe you are a new born again Christian, and have not yet been baptized. The 10 percent of giving is not important at this time. Also you are in need, later you can start giving if you are able. God know our hearts and when we are ready to give. Giving will not save anyone and God does not want to test your faithfulness if your not ready. 

Thank you, friend,

Bless your heart, it is very kind of you to spend your precious time reading all and replying too.

Well, God is kind, i'm just trying to do what i can as much as i can, it's nothing special, still, unable to fulfil.

There is a good reason for everything.

Bless your heart,

Totoo

7 hours ago, SureWord said:

Wow, that's rough. I

Life is full of challenges,

Everyone has their own,

Mine is to be lonely and lonesome,

Praise the Lord,

Bless your hearts,

Totoo

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Totoo, you're definitely in our prayers. May God continue to work in your life and may you continue to grow in his grace. It's hard being alone and trying to stay in the Word, especially in countries/areas where it could cost one one's life. I'm so thankful that I've not had to face that situation yet. The way our country here is going, I believe that this could happen more quickly than anyone realizes. 

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On 9/2/2021 at 2:07 AM, Gud4U said:

Cheers, mate,

That's a great idea. As a matter of fact i have just posted a message on my circle of friends on We Chat app and told people they can contact me if they have any questions. i'll paste the whole message down below and you can help me make it better for the future:

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?
If so, 
Good for you 😇
Yours is the eternal life!😇

If not,
You are lost without any hope in your life!
Your life is meaningless and empty!

Turn and find yourself and help yourself live the wise life!

All you need to do is to
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour

Then live a 
Righteous
Blameless
And
Loving
Life

Contact me if you have any questions 

If I know I will reply, if I don’t know I will learn then tell you what I learnt 😇

i look forward to hearing from you and your kind comments.

Bless your heart,

Totoo

 

’Find yourself and help yourself live the right life’?

‘All you need to do is trust Christ then life a… blameless life’?

I’m not sure it’s just poor wording on your part, but these phrases smack of the false idea of works salvation.

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You mentioned being perfect above. The Bible does not teach any kind of perfectionism. Perfect in the Bible simply means being mature spiritually (when it is referring to a person). Stay in God's Word, apply it daily as you understand it, and keep growing in your walk with the Lord. As you mature spiritually, you will be "perfect", Biblically-speaking.

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

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