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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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Joe Biden wants to close down another pipeline...This will cause gas prices to rise and make us more dependent on OPEC! This man is derelict in his duties as POTUS and should be impeached if the House and Senate fall back to the Republicans!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-admin-reportedly-considers-shutting-down-michigan-pipeline-amid-skyrocketing-gas-prices/vi-AAQrUwW?ocid=chromentpnews

 

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51 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

"another pipeline"?  where was the first one to be shut down?

MSN not the most credible news source!

The first one was from back in March....it's mentioned in an existing thread somewhere on onlinebaptist. This is one from Michigan, and is a totally separate one from what I've read.\ somewhere on onlinebaptist. This is one from Michigan

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55 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

"another pipeline"?  where was the first one to be shut down?

MSN not the most credible news source!

Keystone XL wasn't renewed  by Biden and was forced to close. MSN is at times more dependable than MSNBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, etc. I don't use them often, but when I do I at least know they're correct. I don't think they'd be reporting against Biden if it wasn't so...

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Keystone was closed and one that was gonna be opened in northern Alaska was canceled. Also, a federal activist judge closed the Atlantic Coast pipeline and also the Dakota Access pipeline though apparently that one is still operated "illegally". Apparently, Warren Buffett was behind the opposition to that one and stirred up the Sioux and the white liberal hippies because he owns a lot of the trains and trucks that runs the oil out of that region.

It always comes back to some billionaires getting richer.

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19 minutes ago, SureWord said:

Keystone was closed and one that was gonna be opened in northern Alaska was canceled. Also, a federal activist judge closed the Atlantic Coast pipeline and also the Dakota Access pipeline though apparently that one is still operated "illegally". Apparently, Warren Buffett was behind the opposition to that one and stirred up the Sioux and the white liberal hippies because he owns a lot of the trains and trucks that runs the oil out of that region.

It always comes back to some billionaires getting richer.

Thank you... I thought the other one was in Alaska! Couldn't find the thread..I'll have to start taking screen shots of certain posts. 😉 

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Bro. Tony, your original post said that Biden had closed "another pipeline" indicating he had closed others before it. In fact, there was no other pipeline that was closed. You also said that this would cause gas prices to rise, which is false; Canada is the largest supplier of U.S. crude oil, which is not affected.

The real fact is that the Keystone XL pipeline was not even in operation, or more than that, has not even been built. I am not a fan of Joe Biden, but I am also not a fan of misinformation. What follows are facts:

Fact Check-Though Keystone XL Pipeline had secured most of its funding, it was only 8% constructed

By Reuters Fact Check

In the weeks following U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to scrap the Keystone XL oil pipeline, posts on social media have claimed that the project “was in Phase 4 & just about completed” and that it had been “paid for” by the time Biden “pulled the plug.” While it is true that the project had secured funding, which was largely expected to be paid out in 2021 and 2022, the claim is partly false, as less than 10% of the pipeline had been built by the time Biden formally revoked the permit.

Examples of posts making this claim can be found here , here and here .

These posts are referring to the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project cancelled by Biden on his first day in office on Jan. 21, 2021, dealing a death blow to a long-gestating project that would have carried 830,000 barrels per day of heavy oil-sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska (here).

Environmental activists and indigenous communities hailed the cancellation, and traders and analysts said U.S.-Canada pipelines will have more than enough capacity to handle increasing volumes of crude out of Canada, the primary foreign supplier of oil to the United States (here).

A map of the Keystone XL’s route alongside the existing Keystone Pipeline System, operating since 2010, can be seen here .

HOW FAR ALONG WAS CONSTRUCTION?

By claiming that the project was in “Phase 4” of construction, the posts seem to conflate the Keystone XL Pipeline with the larger Keystone Pipeline System.

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The one in Alaska was supposed to be a natural gas pipeline, not oil. I lived there through the whole existing Alaska Pipeline construction and after. The proposed gas pipeline has been held up for more than twenty years. No construction has ever been done on it.

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6 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

The one in Alaska was supposed to be a natural gas pipeline, not oil. I lived there through the whole existing Alaska Pipeline construction and after. The proposed gas pipeline has been held up for more than twenty years. No construction has ever been done on it.

My mistake...it wasn't INTENTIONAL misinformation, which is what you seem to be trying to imply I was doing. Not at all. 😉

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10 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

The one in Alaska was supposed to be a natural gas pipeline, not oil. I lived there through the whole existing Alaska Pipeline construction and after. The proposed gas pipeline has been held up for more than twenty years. No construction has ever been done on it.

So what. He still shut it down. I don't care if it was a dairy farm. He's wrecking everything.

17 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Bro. Tony, your original post said that Biden had closed "another pipeline" indicating he had closed others before it. In fact, there was no other pipeline that was closed. You also said that this would cause gas prices to rise, which is false; Canada is the largest supplier of U.S. crude oil, which is not affected.

The real fact is that the Keystone XL pipeline was not even in operation, or more than that, has not even been built. I am not a fan of Joe Biden, but I am also not a fan of misinformation. What follows are facts:

Fact Check-Though Keystone XL Pipeline had secured most of its funding, it was only 8% constructed

By Reuters Fact Check

In the weeks following U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to scrap the Keystone XL oil pipeline, posts on social media have claimed that the project “was in Phase 4 & just about completed” and that it had been “paid for” by the time Biden “pulled the plug.” While it is true that the project had secured funding, which was largely expected to be paid out in 2021 and 2022, the claim is partly false, as less than 10% of the pipeline had been built by the time Biden formally revoked the permit.

Examples of posts making this claim can be found here , here and here .

These posts are referring to the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project cancelled by Biden on his first day in office on Jan. 21, 2021, dealing a death blow to a long-gestating project that would have carried 830,000 barrels per day of heavy oil-sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska (here).

Environmental activists and indigenous communities hailed the cancellation, and traders and analysts said U.S.-Canada pipelines will have more than enough capacity to handle increasing volumes of crude out of Canada, the primary foreign supplier of oil to the United States (here).

A map of the Keystone XL’s route alongside the existing Keystone Pipeline System, operating since 2010, can be seen here .

HOW FAR ALONG WAS CONSTRUCTION?

By claiming that the project was in “Phase 4” of construction, the posts seem to conflate the Keystone XL Pipeline with the larger Keystone Pipeline System.

I guess you missed the memo on Reuters.

And you were just dogging MSN. 

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I was referring to the "other posts" that the article mentioned. But yours was along the same lines, probably because you bought into the same kind of misinformation. It is easy to check these things out before buying in to things posted on the Internet.

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9 minutes ago, SureWord said:

So what. He still shut it down. I don't care if it was a dairy farm. He's wrecking everything.

 

Like I said, I am no fan of Joe Biden. But the indication in the original post made it look like he "shut down" something that was up and running, it also indicated that this would cause gas prices to rise.

It had not been built, he did not shut down an existing pipeline, he pulled the plug on a "permit". 

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7 minutes ago, Razor said:

Seems there is an oversupply of pipelines. About half of the pipeline supply is sitting empty.

 

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/about-half-us-oil-pipeline-space-is-empty-after-boom-time-building-spree-2021-12-16/

 

 

Thank the POTUS for this....he's the one who has cut back production in the USA. 

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12 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

Thank the POTUS for this....he's the one who has cut back production in the USA. 

Due to COVID there was a steep decline in demand. The production cuts began under Trump when he and other oil producing countries agreed to cut production. He got the Saudi Araba and Russia to make big cuts.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, Razor said:

Due to COVID there was a steep decline in demand. The production cuts began under Trump when he and other oil producing countries agreed to cut production. He got the Saudi Araba and Russia to make big cuts.

 

 

And??? Under his administration the increase was so great we became on of the largest if not THE largest exporter of oil...Your point?

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