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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.

Why do some believe that the earth is 20K + years old?


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I am coming across more and more Christians who believe the Earth is anywhere from 20K to 250 billion years old. What Biblical basis would they possibly have for such beliefs? I could possibly understand the 20K range, but longer? It's highly debatable. I don't understand where they could get such a notion. Any reasonable explanations in your minds?

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3 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

I am coming across more and more Christians who believe the Earth is anywhere from 20K to 250 billion years old. What Biblical basis would they possibly have for such beliefs? I could possibly understand the 20K range, but longer? It's highly debatable. I don't understand where they could get such a notion. Any reasonable explanations in your minds?

Influenced by the bombardment of evolutionistic science, which is now societally portrayed as a given fact and as the intelligent person's choice (in contradiction to "Biblical mythology").

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They don't get it from the Bible - the Bible taken by itself gives approximately 6,000 years for the age of the earth. Perhaps it is easier to go with the flow and accept an older age to fit in with everyone, including their denomination, college, or "Christian" group. It is just choosing to believe man over God, to please man more than God. The sad thing is so many professing Christians don't even care enough to check what the Bible says for itself in this area (and of course, there are many who won't even bother checking out the Bible for itself in any area).

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Twisting the Bible and taking things out of context is not getting your beliefs from the Bible - even if someone wants to call it that.

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It is supposedly the mark of an intellectual. Those who believe they are pursuing the "deeper life" are many of the ones who fall for the lies of an old earth - because it is a way to (again supposedly) align scripture and science. And those whom I personally know who now adhere to an old earth belief are condescending and unkind to those who disagree. Because they are "smarter."

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1 hour ago, HappyChristian said:

It is supposedly the mark of an intellectual. Those who believe they are pursuing the "deeper life" are many of the ones who fall for the lies of an old earth - because it is a way to (again supposedly) align scripture and science. And those whom I personally know who now adhere to an old earth belief are condescending and unkind to those who disagree. Because they are "smarter."

You'll need to give an explanation of what you consider "old earth." 20K years isn't that old, and isn't that far away from the 6k-8k year old range. Old Earth to me is anything over 100K years old. I'm not saying I don't hold to a 6-8K year old Earth...but I can see where others might differ.

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No offense, some might differ - but the Bible teaches approximately 6000 years of earth's history. Anything else is just plain wrong and disbelief in the Bible.

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On 11/6/2021 at 5:52 PM, BrotherTony said:

You'll need to give an explanation of what you consider "old earth." 20K years isn't that old, and isn't that far away from the 6k-8k year old range. Old Earth to me is anything over 100K years old. I'm not saying I don't hold to a 6-8K year old Earth...but I can see where others might differ.

While 20K might not seem that old, it is older than what we know from timelines given in scripture (timelines meaning genealogies that we are given). "Old earth," however, references the millions/billions of years idea that evolutionists originated and far too many Christians swallow, thinking they are intellectuals. 

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It's possible the Earth as far as the ground and rocks is very old but the human race and everything else  only 6,000 years old.

I tend to go with Lucifer and his angels ruling over the Earth then rebelling and God destroying everything.

Can I prove it? Nope. But it sounds cool and it makes sense for the time and place of the fall of Satan.

 

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Why would God destroy the earth because of Satan, but then not destroy it because of man's rebellion.

Sounding cool is not a good gauge of Bible doctrine or whether something is true/Biblical or not.

Also, the same passages that speak about creation week (not just in Genesis 1-2) also teach that everything, including the sun, moon, and stars was made during that literal 6 day week. And Genesis 1 teaches the landmasses, oceans, atmosphere, etc. were all created during those six days. No reason to have a lifeless lump of rock floating in space for untold millennia just waiting for God to finally start the rest of His creation. BUT this verse says even the earth was created in those six days (ie. at the start of them), not prior to them.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Then the chapter goes on to say what He did with this earth He created (ie. added atmosphere, separated continents from the oceans, created life and vegetation, etc.).

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20 minutes ago, SureWord said:

It's possible the Earth as far as the ground and rocks is very old but the human race and everything else  only 6,000 years old.

I tend to go with Lucifer and his angels ruling over the Earth then rebelling and God destroying everything.

Can I prove it? Nope. But it sounds cool and it makes sense for the time and place of the fall of Satan.

 

Hebrews 11:3 (KJV) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

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Yes, I agree, Brother Jim. We need faith to believe the true Gospel, faith to believe in the literal 6 day creation out of nothing - and without faith...

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

1 Corinthians 2:11-16 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Without faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone we cannot be saved - therefore cannot have the Holy Spirit dwelling within. Without the Holy Spirit opening up the Word of God to God's children, it is impossible to understand the Word of God. Therefore if someone is trusting another gospel than that of the finished work of Christ on Calvary, they will not have the faith to please God or to believe what God has commanded us to believe in His Word.

It is interesting to not that the word "impossible" in Hebrews 11:6 is the negative form of one of the words for "power" in the New Testament. It is impossible to please God without faith - because we literally will not have the power to please Him, we will be powerless without Biblical saving and living faith.

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Come on, Jim, give me a thumbs up at least once.

How 'bout..."God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son..."

Jerry, God did destroy the Earth. It's called the Flood. The only difference is there was no Noah to be found among the angels. Also, Lucifer and his angels weren't made in God's image. They never were offered any redemption.

It's still a cool story.

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Cool story?

Why would God destroy a PHYSICAL EARTH because of the actions of some FALLEN SPIRITUAL BEINGS? Doesn't make sense - especially since those beings are still alive and some of them (the ones not yet in Hell) are still wandering around on the earth.

I'm sorry, other than general comments to show how ridiculous some replies are, I will not debate Scripture with a lost man. That is like trying to debate colour with a blind man. He may be convinced black is red in his own mind, but that doesn't make it so.

Again, this is what the Bible says about those who have the indwelling Holy Spirit (ie. those who are trusting Christ and His finished work of redemption alone for salvation):

1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The Holy Spirit opens up the Word of God and teaches those He is indwelling. However, someone who is unsaved will not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them or teaching them. Lord willing, the Holy Spirit will be doing this to them until they respond to the true Gospel of salvation:

John 16:7-8 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

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