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      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.

He's not black!!!!


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That makes you German-American, doesn't it John?

Do you guys celebrate your heritage by hating Jews and making weiner-schnitzl? (sp?) hahahaha....


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Nope, just American. :Green

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That makes you German-American, doesn't it John?

Do you guys celebrate your heritage by hating Jews and making wiener-schnitzel? hahahaha....

YOWZA!!!!!!!!!!!! Food, my favorite dish. Right away now I crave some reeeeeeeeeeeally good brat-wurst. :drool:

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Just PMed you' date=' PE...nothing big.[/quote']
Many thanx, Kitagrl. :thumb

I hear people saying the coming crash may make the '29 depression look like a Sunday School picnic. I sooooo want them to be wrong. However, it is good to prepare as best we can.
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Many people have said to just let this topic go (about race), but I think that was the point of the OP. This is such a big deal because at least 40% of the news casts on Obama the last few weeks have talked about race and what a great thing it is for the U.S. to have the "first black president". Well the OP is right: it's a lie and a matter of deciet by Obama, his followers, and the media. He's not "African American". He's an American (if he has even ever proven that) and he is the President - whether we like it or not. End of story. There is nothind special about his heritage that is any more important than yours or mine. I must say though, I certainly expect to see him follow right in the footsteps of his idol (Lincoln) and push for undermining our constitution. Yes, this is important, because the truth should be told amidst all the lies and deciet.

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Many people have said to just let this topic go (about race)' date=' but I think that was the point of the OP. This is such a big deal because at least 40% of the news casts on Obama the last few weeks have talked about race and what a great thing it is for the U.S. to have the "first black president". Well the OP is right: it's a lie and a matter of deciet by Obama, his followers, and the media. He's not "African American". He's an American (if he has even ever proven that) and he is the President - whether we like it or not. End of story. There is nothind special about his heritage that is any more important than yours or mine. I must say though, I certainly expect to see him follow right in the footsteps of his idol (Lincoln) and push for undermining our constitution. Yes, this is important, because the truth should be told amidst all the lies and deciet.[/quote']

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We are christians. We should be praying for our Country, the President, and the current financial crisis. We do not need to go that route like the rest of the world. We need to stop the black and white comments that continues to damage this country.

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We are christians. We should be praying for our Country' date=' the President, and the current financial crisis. We do not need to go that route like the rest of the world. We need to stop the black and white comments that continues to damage this country.[/quote']

That is true. I think our main issue is that when we tried to get people to vote for a different party .. we were accused of racism just because we tried to explain why Obama would not be a good president. elections have always been like this, but it is the first time we were accused of being racist. And if we have a complaint about Obama today because of his policy.. it's racism. It is really not fair that we can't speak out against his policy because of that. So what people do? Vent.
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I guess someone should tell the race baiters who hover around Obama to stop the white and black stuff. I will pray for the president. That he and all his cabinet and the congress get saved. I will not pray that all the ideas of the left get put into law. That is what Obama wants and the leftists in congress have wanted for a long time. I will pray for the repubs that they will have enough wisdom and backbone not to get bullied into going for this stuff.

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We are christians. We should be praying for our Country' date=' the President, and the current financial crisis. We do not need to go that route like the rest of the world. We need to stop the black and white comments that continues to damage this country.[/quote']

Question, are you accusing us of not praying for our leaders as our Bible tells us to?

Just because we're having a discussion about this issue does no mean all of us are not praying for the leaders of our country just as the Bible teaches us.
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I am talking to the people that continue the black and white discussion. As christian, we should not be talking about how black or white a person is. We can express our opinion on current events but having a conversation about "He is not black" is kind of sad for christians.

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Maybe you should have waited a bit before making such a comment, that is wait until you have been around long enough to know the people just a bit better, if you had, them you probably would have know that they pray for ALL of their leaders just as God wants them to.

Your post seem like you were accusing them, us, of not doing that.

And its a fact, he is not a full black man, he did have a white mother, it say that, its not a raciest remark.

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Maybe you should have waited a bit before making such a comment, that is wait until you have been around long enough to know the people just a bit better, if you had, them you probably would have know that they pray for ALL of their leaders just as God wants them to.

Your post seem like you were accusing them, us, of not doing that.

And its a fact, he is not a full black man, he did have a white mother, it say that, its not a raciest remark.


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As well, it wasn't the originator of this thread who brought race into the mix, it's Obama himself along with his handlers, followers and adoring media talking heads.

How many dozens of times during the inauguration did we hear about it being an historic event because a black was becoming president? How many times did Obama and his team use his race in order to denounce those who spoke against him, claiming attacks upon his positions were racist when they clearly were not? How often did the media boast that 97% of blacks voted for a black president? How often did the media insinuate that anytime less than half of white voters voted for Obama it was due to racism?

The list could go on and on. The fact is, Dems and liberals trade off the race issue and play the race game to their full advantage.

We can discuss this overemphasis upon race, and the falseness of much of it, as a matter of discussion without such preventing us from praying for our leaders and nation. Part of the point is that THEIR constant focus upon race is damaging and it would be better if they simply faced the facts and stopped resorting to these overblown racial games. That would be another good matter for our prayers.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA HITS THE GROUND RUNNING



By Allan Wall

January 30, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

I love to watch presidential inaugurations. It?s an impressive ceremony, marking a transition of power and girded with a number of traditions, some of them two hundred years old.

The inauguration of Barack Obama was a great show to behold. Once again, the president of one party turned over power to that of another, in a peaceful transition of power.

Not only was this inauguration interesting for all the usual reasons, but it was also the most expensive one in history.

And, as we were reminded again and again by the media, this inauguration was ?historic? because it was the inauguration of the first African-American president.

Again and again we were reminded.

But wait a minute. Is it really true that race doesn?t matter? If race really doesn?t matter, then why does there have to be an African-American president? Especially when you consider that Blacks comprise only 13% of the nation?s population.

Does that mean that Blacks and other minorities cannot identify with a White president?

Does this mean that during future inaugurations, we will be reminded again and again of the historic nature of whomever is being inaugurated?

The first Woman president. The first Hispanic president. The first Asian-American president. The first Native American president. The first Eskimo president. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Or how about these potential historic inaugurations: The first Gay president. The first Lesbian president. The first polygamous president. The first president who?s had a sex change operation. Etc.

Will the constitutional significance of inaugurations be completely ignored in favor of identity politics?

Getting back to racial politics, is the fact that every previous president has been White really an injustice? After all, this nation was founded by White people, and is still a majority White nation.

Besides, Barack Obama himself is half white. In fact, his maternal ancestors, the Dunham family, have been living in this country since the 1600s. Why don?t we hear more about his White heritage? Does Obama not want to identify with our Colonial heritage?

It?s ironic too, that Obama is not even descended from American Blacks, but from a Kenyan.

We were constantly reminded that Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for Black civil rights, and that he wanted Blacks to be judged by the content of their character and not the color of the skin.

Did Blacks struggle all these years so that the first Black president could be the son of a foreigner and not of American Blacks! Do they themselves fail to see the irony?

Besides, how was Obama?s election the result of being judged by his character, and not skin color? Would a white politician who had accomplished as little as Obama been elected?

These are all questions that ought to be asked. Not that, in the midst of Obamamania, many will ponder them.

Anyway, our new president moved quickly to enact his agenda.

Obama?s former rival Hillary Clinton is our new Secretary of State. She was quickly confirmed despite the fact that her confirmation was unconstitutional.

According to Article 1, Section 6 of our oft-ignored Constitution,

" No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time?"


This means that you can?t be in Congress, vote for a pay raise for the Secretary of State, and before your term is over be named to that very same position. But that?s exactly what Hillary did, or more accurately, that?s exactly what Obama and the Senate did for Hillary. Apparently nobody in the Senate, including any Republican, spoke out against it. Well, so much for the Constitution.

Then we had Timothy Geithner, a confessed tax evader, named as Secretary of the Treasury. So do you suppose you or I can evade taxes this year and use Secretary Geithner as an excuse? No, I didn?t think so.



And now we have an enormous trillion-dollar ?stimulus? bill that is being cooked up by Obama and the Congress. Well, what can we say? It?s mostly pork, we?re in debt already, and there?s not much evidence it?s going to help the economy. But, no matter, it?s on the way to becoming a reality.

After all, is the real goal to help the economy, or further socialize it?

http://www.newswithviews.com/Wall/allan110.htm

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Thank you and God bless you.

For the rest,
My point is that we are Christians and Americans (doesn't matter what color). Let the world talk garbage if they want to but us (Christians) must guard our mouth. The world is looking at us. It doesn?t matter who initiated the black and white conversation, we should not participate from that.


Also, Allan Wall should add:
Getting back to racial politics, is the fact that every previous president has been White really an injustice? After all, this nation was founded by White people (that displaced a few indians that were here first), and is still a majority White nation.

And that's all for me.

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We are christians. We should be praying for our Country' date=' the President, and the current financial crisis. We do not need to go that route like the rest of the world. We need to stop the black and white comments that continues to damage this country.[/quote']


ciranger,

Sorry for being a day late and a dollar short on this one (haven't been able to be online all week), but I think you have completely missed the point of this thread. It has nothing to do with race other than the fact that it is being used as a tool by the new POTUS and his staff. The point of this thread is just what my previous post said: expose the deceit and corruption being used even in this very simple way the lead the American people astray (even more than they already are). If "race" is a big issue with you and you don't like talking about this issue, feel free not to, but please be sure you understand a conversation before jumping in and making accusations. We love our country as much as you or anyone else does, and, therefore, we discuss the matters taking place within it and it's leadership. There's something in the bible about what comes out of our mouths comes from the heart. Forgive us for having our nation on our hearts. It might be because we are christians, it might be because we are Americans, and, well, it might even be because many of us on here have served in our country's military voluntarily and were willing and ready to lay down our own lives for our country's sake and the freedoms we have here. So, if we are a little bit concerned about the ignorance of most of the people in this country (including christians) that can't see for themselves what is really taking place....well, you're just going to have to be a good christian and forgive us, just as we forgive you for making assuptions about a conversation you didn't understand.

God Bless,

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