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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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18 hours ago, BrotherTony said:

I'll be praying for the service. We don't always get to go to Wednesday services, as my wife get's home right around the time they start. I don't drive much anymore, and our services start at 6 PM instead of 7 like most Baptist churches I've been in. 

Brother Tony, we also have our services at 6pm. I agree, it is a bit early from what I have been historically used to. For all the years I was in Alaska we always had evening service at 7pm. This worked well because it gave those who worked time to get home, have dinner and get to church.

So here, our services being at 6pm, means I have to leave home quire early, and even earlier when I have to fill in for our pastor. But all is well, I don't mind going early and driving long distances. It s a lot better than when there was no church to go to.

Thank you for praying for our services, I am sure it helped.

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29 minutes ago, BrotherTony said:

This evening's fare is going to be chicken thighs, apple sauce, green beans, and a side salad! Good eatin'! 

Sounds good, I would rather have the dark meat than the white, it is much more flavorful and moist. How are yours prepared? I do it two different ways; one way is to bake in the oven with seasoned salt and garlic; the other is to cut the thighs in smaller pieces and pan fry slowly.

Both ways produce wonderful juice for gravy. Gravy is a "must have" for chicken around here.

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3 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Sounds good, I would rather have the dark meat than the white, it is much more flavorful and moist. How are yours prepared? I do it two different ways; one way is to bake in the oven with seasoned salt and garlic; the other is to cut the thighs in smaller pieces and pan fry slowly.

Both ways produce wonderful juice for gravy. Gravy is a "must have" for chicken around here.

I sometimes bake them, and once in a while I will fry them. I like the baking method better as it doesn't use any oil in a pan. I don't need the extra fat! Got to watch the diabetes, you know!  But, I like to make a gravy from the drippings either way. Any of the drippings or gravy that aren't used are frozen and then put into a huge chicken and dumplings during the fall and winter. My wife is more fond of the white meat, but over the past 38 years, I've gotten her to start buying the dark cuts. She agrees that they DO have more flavor. We usually are able to make a chicken salad out of a combination of the two. Delicious!

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On 10/4/2021 at 9:34 PM, Rebecca said:

I'm in a quarantine hotel in Taiwan, it's been almost two weeks, I have another day and then freedom! But I just wanted to share the different lunchbox meals the hotel provided. I didn't take a picture of every meal , but this will give you an idea of what typical Taiwanese food looks like.

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My favorite, pork dumplings and corn soup.

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How they delivered my food. 

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Yum! The food looks delicious, but I'm sure you're glad to be outta there!

I'm not sure what we'll be having for dinner tonight. We still have leftover stew and bean soup from Sunday, and hubs is working on clearing them up. So that might be it, with some salad.

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My wife wants chicken tenders and fries tonight! We'll probably have a salad along with this. Meals since the virus have been quite simple for me to make, especially since I don't have the strength back that I had before we experienced the virus for the second time! Thankful for the simple things.

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1 hour ago, BrotherTony said:

My wife wants chicken tenders and fries tonight! We'll probably have a salad along with this. Meals since the virus have been quite simple for me to make, especially since I don't have the strength back that I had before we experienced the virus for the second time! Thankful for the simple things.

I am thinking of stir fry tonight.  My wife and I have not caught the virus, thank God. We will have our booster jab and flu jab this weekend.  

The hospital Dr said I shouldn't drive. My daughter who is our carer is on holiday for two weeks from Wednesday, so I have bought a mobility scooter. The owner and his wife of our local mobility shop were on holiday in the USA before covid. The wife caught a  virus  and was hospitalized and then the husband did. He is disabled himself. The seem to have caught covid although that was some months before it was officially around. The wife has long covid, the husband has broken both hips and is unable to move. Their holiday insurance ran out after 6 months. His hospital bill got to $150, 000 which  they could not pay at present so they have been put in a home.  They cany move until his hips join.

Is there anyone in the Orlando Fl area who could visit them?

The mother of our pastor went to be with the Lord today, after a long illness.

Sorry,  not alot to do with food. But enjoy your meals.

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I think tonight I will be making a small spaghetti and some garlic toast!  🙂  My bride is stopping by the pharmacy, the grocery store, the gas station, and then the PO Box on the way home from work. So, this will be a late supper for us.

 

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Made homemade pizza . It wasn't very successful as it stuck firmly to my pizza pan. I had to scrape it off and it came off in bits. So our pplates were filled with pizza scraps.   It tasted delicious though. It was vegetarian as I forgot to put meat in my half.

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Oh my, how is it possible to forget the meat? In the future it might help to wipe the pan with a bit of olive oil, just lightly mind you. As for me, I like what some call a "meat lovers" pizza, four or five different kinds of meat. And I always like lots of onions on mine, it imparts a bit of a sweet taste to the sauce.

Do you make your own pizza crust, or buy one already made?

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This evening it's hot dogs and french fries. I might try to go to the men's Bible study this evening if I'm doing a little better than I'm doing now. Covid has really drained me of strength and stamina. I might try to make some baked beans to go along with the dogs! 🙂

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17 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Oh my, how is it possible to forget the meat? In the future it might help to wipe the pan with a bit of olive oil, just lightly mind you. As for me, I like what some call a "meat lovers" pizza, four or five different kinds of meat. And I always like lots of onions on mine, it imparts a bit of a sweet taste to the sauce.

Do you make your own pizza crust, or buy one already made?

I usually put bacon in my hallf. I make a large one and put veggies alp over  and then add bacon to my half. Yesterday I intended to add some ham but I forgot. I used a frozen pizza dough this time  but I sometimes make a dough in my breadmaker, other times we buy a simple pizza like tomato and cheese and add other things that we like.  I usually add plenty of onions, red preferred, mushrooms for my wife, red pepper (bell pepper, tomato, ) yesterday I added  courgette (zucchini), then spikle with dried oregano and garlic, yesterday I added dried Basil and then we sprinkle olive oil over.

This evening  I am planning salad. Ham and perhaps egg for me and cheeses for my wife. She likes Feta marinated in olive oil and herbes de Provence.

 

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On the menu for this evening are hotdogs and french fries. My wife also made some white chocolate cranberry cookies this past weekend, so we'll probably have a couple of those later for dessert! 🙂 YUM!

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Tonight I did omelette and fries. Tomorrow I am planning to  do cous cous for lunch.  My elder daugter arrived today as my youngest is on holiday. Her and her husband and son are vegetarians, which makes four including my wife. They  can have just the stew and I and another grandson can add meat to ours. The stew has chick peas in it so they can have some protein. (I think you have another for chickpeas) my daughter doesn't like the grains so she can have hers with baked potatoes. 

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Tonight we'll be having a roast that I'm about to put into the slow cooker, along with potatoes, onions, mushrooms, etc. I was going to try to make biscuits, but my wife said she'd rather have bread and butter. So, that the fare for tonight! 🙂 Good eats.

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Tonight I will be making a Mexican casserole! Vivian has been wanting me to make it for the past few months, but it's not been cool enough for it. Since the weather is cooling down, it's time I do! With all the ground chuck, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and tomato's it will be great! The only thing I'm missing is hot peppers, so I'll probably add a can of Rotelle spicy tomato's along with regular petite! Can't forget the chipoltle powder! 🙂 YUM!

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