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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.

Please be in prayer for my Brother-In-Law..he's fighting Covid and ready to go on a ventilator tonight.


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My brother-in-law has been in the hospital in Augusta, GA for nearly a week now on oxygen...they just told his wife he has pnuemonia (Covid), and they are planning on putting him on a ventilator tonight if his breathing hasn't improved by 9 Eastern. His wife is still recovering from covid, as are his two sons who live in the same mobile home park in N. Augusta, SC. Many in our family in the Augusta area have covid right now. Many HAVE BEEN vaccinated...I'm sure they ALL would appreciate your prayers.

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21 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

My brother-in-law has been in the hospital in Augusta, GA for nearly a week now on oxygen...they just told his wife he has pnuemonia (Covid), and they are planning on putting him on a ventilator tonight if his breathing hasn't improved by 9 Eastern. His wife is still recovering from covid, as are his two sons who live in the same mobile home park in N. Augusta, SC. Many in our family in the Augusta area have covid right now. Many HAVE BEEN vaccinated...I'm sure they ALL would appreciate your prayers.

I’m sorry to hear this and it doesn’t sound good what your brother-in-law is going through at this moment. I pray that you and your family find comfort in the Word of God.  

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Update on my BIL in Augusta. So far he has been able to avoid the ventilator. One reason his lungs are so bad and he had gotten pneumonia is that he started smoking again 10 years ago, just after my wife's sister divorced him. He had stopped for many years...But, the stress got to him. They are saying if they can't get his oxygen levels back up over 90, they'll have no choice. He's been in the hospital now for nearly a week. He's scared, and he should be. He's saved, thankfully, and I think this has been a wake-up call for him and his wife, sons, daughter and SIL and grandkids. I'd hate to see him pass away at such a young age...he's exactly 11 months younger than I am. Our family has had enough funerals for the past six years.

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2 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

Update on my BIL in Augusta. So far he has been able to avoid the ventilator. One reason his lungs are so bad and he had gotten pneumonia is that he started smoking again 10 years ago, just after my wife's sister divorced him. He had stopped for many years...But, the stress got to him. They are saying if they can't get his oxygen levels back up over 90, they'll have no choice. He's been in the hospital now for nearly a week. He's scared, and he should be. He's saved, thankfully, and I think this has been a wake-up call for him and his wife, sons, daughter and SIL and grandkids. I'd hate to see him pass away at such a young age...he's exactly 11 months younger than I am. Our family has had enough funerals for the past six years.

Thanks for the update, though I am sorry to hear the news. I have been praying for him and his family.

 

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@BrotherTony, I don't know if they've tried this or not, but one thing that has literally saved many lives is planking. That is lying on the stomach. I know it seems to go counter intuitive for someone who has respiratory issues, but it is a real help. One of my nurse friends' sister was at death's door with CoV, and the hospital talked to her about planking. She was resistant because she didn't think it would help. No joke, they were planning her funeral. Finally she agreed to it, and it was just a matter of days before she came home. Maybe you could mention the idea of planking, if they haven't tried it?

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5 minutes ago, HappyChristian said:

@BrotherTony, I don't know if they've tried this or not, but one thing that has literally saved many lives is planking. That is lying on the stomach. I know it seems to go counter intuitive for someone who has respiratory issues, but it is a real help. One of my nurse friends' sister was at death's door with CoV, and the hospital talked to her about planking. She was resistant because she didn't think it would help. No joke, they were planning her funeral. Finally she agreed to it, and it was just a matter of days before she came home. Maybe you could mention the idea of planking, if they haven't tried it?

They recommend sleeping on your stomach if you have Covid. 

A little off subject but I never sleep on my back because of the "shadow people" and sleep paralysis I would occasionally experience since I was 18. Ever since I stopped sleeping on my back the night terrors have stopped.

I believe it helps with my asthma too.

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4 minutes ago, SureWord said:

They recommend sleeping on your stomach if you have Covid. 

A little off subject but I never sleep on my back because of the "shadow people" and sleep paralysis I would occasionally experience since I was 18. Ever since I stopped sleeping on my back the night terrors have stopped.

I believe it helps with my asthma too.

Right - that's why I mentioned it (that's what planking is...don't know why they call it that lol). I don't know why it helps, but it makes sense that it would help your asthma, too. 

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6 hours ago, HappyChristian said:

@BrotherTony, I don't know if they've tried this or not, but one thing that has literally saved many lives is planking. That is lying on the stomach. I know it seems to go counter intuitive for someone who has respiratory issues, but it is a real help. One of my nurse friends' sister was at death's door with CoV, and the hospital talked to her about planking. She was resistant because she didn't think it would help. No joke, they were planning her funeral. Finally she agreed to it, and it was just a matter of days before she came home. Maybe you could mention the idea of planking, if they haven't tried it?

Yes, they've had him on his stomach for two hours at a time. They try to get him to walk a bit between the times when they wake him up to turn him over. They did this with my niece in Texas as well. It hasn't really helped much with my BIL, but they believe that is because he was a heavy smoker. I couldn't sleep on my stomach, and neither could my wife. We both used to, but with the damage to our spines, we both have either had to sleep on our backs (she does) and I sleep on my sides. I'm hoping they can bring him through this.

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11 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

Yes, they've had him on his stomach for two hours at a time. They try to get him to walk a bit between the times when they wake him up to turn him over. They did this with my niece in Texas as well. It hasn't really helped much with my BIL, but they believe that is because he was a heavy smoker. I couldn't sleep on my stomach, and neither could my wife. We both used to, but with the damage to our spines, we both have either had to sleep on our backs (she does) and I sleep on my sides. I'm hoping they can bring him through this.

I wondered if the damage from the smoking might impede. Still praying.

17 hours ago, SureWord said:

It sounds hipper. 😁

I talked to my doctor today about the why of doing it...I had assumed that gravity helped take the pressure off the lungs. He said I was correct, that the muscles don't have to work as hard. Interesting. He also said it was called proning, which makes more sense. Maybe it's a regional thing. lol

 

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45 minutes ago, HappyChristian said:

I wondered if the damage from the smoking might impede. Still praying.

I talked to my doctor today about the why of doing it...I had assumed that gravity helped take the pressure off the lungs. He said I was correct, that the muscles don't have to work as hard. Interesting. He also said it was called proning, which makes more sense. Maybe it's a regional thing. lol

 

We just got another update on my BIL...he has a couple of blood clots in his lungs now. We wish we knew more, like whether or not they're going to intubate him. He said that he was positive that if he was intubated he wouldn't make it. He's got a strong will, and is a fighter. I just texted him and told him that I expect him to pull through. We're supposed to go fishing next summer! 

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11 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

We just got another update on my BIL...he has a couple of blood clots in his lungs now. We wish we knew more, like whether or not they're going to intubate him. He said that he was positive that if he was intubated he wouldn't make it. He's got a strong will, and is a fighter. I just texted him and told him that I expect him to pull through. We're supposed to go fishing next summer! 

Brother, my mother got the blood clots after the jab. It will be a tough battle but with God's help he'll pull through.

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16 minutes ago, SureWord said:

Brother, my mother got the blood clots after the jab. It will be a tough battle but with God's help he'll pull through.

We're all certainly hoping so. His youngest granddaughter doesn't really understand what's going on, just that Papaw is very sick and in the hospital. The older one does understand and is afraid. He and I had just talked about the coronavirus when my wife and I were down in Augusta, GA for our nieces graduation from Augusta University School of Nursings nursing program. She finally got her BS in nursing on August 4th after having to sit out because of her mother's passing away from breast cancer in 2019. My sister would have loved to have lived to see her graduate. He said then that if he caught the virus he would probably pass away if he had to be intubated. But, after he and my wife's sister divorced almost 15 years ago, he started smoking again. That has a lot to do with it. 

We just had a man from our church pass away from Covid pneumonia yesterday afternoon. He's younger than my wife and I. We were so sorry to get that news. We had been praying for him for three weeks. He was moved to ICU last week, and passed away yesterday. 

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