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Open or Closed Communion

Concerning Communion; does your church have open Communion are closed communion? Do you know why your church believes the way they do about this?

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When we have communion at my church, it is open to all whom have Christ Jesus abiding in them. Anyone just can't take communion, for it is sacred and it should come from the heart and that person needs to have Jesus in their heart.
---Rebecca_D on 11/3/07

Bruce, you did a great job. I believe the six part is really what is the problem within the church. Some think of themselves more spiritual or more important then others. Very true statements brother. Another great job Bruce.
---Lupe2618 on 3/27/06

Yes, Rebecca, it does. Never said it didn't. Re-read what I wrote. Never mind. I'll repost that part of my response:

"We are to EXAMINE OURSELVES to see that we be in the faith."
---Linda on 3/21/06

More than likely, though Paul doesn't state specifically, these carnal Christians never practiced communion (intimacy with Christ) at home, saving it all for show when they came to the assembly.
---Linda on 3/20/06

Bruce, we said pretty much the same thing. If one is eating and drinking in true gospel producing faith and love, none of those things that the Corinthians were operating in would be taking place. Unworthily still modifies the action, not the person. And no, we could never be worthy of the sacrifice but the sacrifice did make us worthy to eat and drink. Apart from what God did in Christ, there is no faith. Faith in what He did is what qualifies a man to partake.
---Linda on 3/20/06

Thomas; I understand what your saying, but it would not be wise for a sinner to take communion because they are none of his (God's). Linda the bible does tell us to examin ourselves, 1 Cor 11:28-32.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/06

It is not about being worthy. We will never be worthy of his sacrifice. A complete reading of the whole passage I Cor 11:17-34 will demonstrate that Paul was telling the Corinthians that their lack of love and respect for each other was "not discerning the body".
---Bruce5656 on 3/20/06

The church used to gather for a Love Feast (Agape supper) which involved a common meal, (like a pot-luck) and communion.

Here is a synopsis:

His condemnation of the way they were treating each other:
v.17 ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
---Bruce5656 on 3/20/06

The problem:
18 there be divisions among you.
19 also heresies among you
20 When ye come togetherthis is not to eat the Lord's supper.
21 every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22 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.
---Bruce5656 on 3/20/06

The explanation of the true significance of the Lords Supper
23 -26 a description of the last supper with emphasis on the BODY of Christ

The warning:
27 whosoever shall eatdrink, unworthily,
28 But let a man examine himself,
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, NOT DISCERNING THE LORDS BODY.
30 For this cause many are weak.
31-32 judge ourselves that we should not be condemned with the world.
---Bruce5656 on 3/20/06

The solution:
33 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation.
---Bruce5656 on 3/20/06

In Chapter 12, he goes into detail as to the relationship we have with each other IN THE BODY and how there is none better than the other etc. He ties this in with one of their other problems. That was that they felt some were more spiritual, more important, because of being used in the gifts of the Spirit. This problem was directly related to the one outlined in Chapter 11
---Bruce5656 on 3/20/06

The misrepresentation of this passage of Scripture has caused much heartache in believers. We are not to behold ourselves but the Lamb. In examination of whether we be in the faith, we are either saying, "What You did, Lord, is enough to qualify me to partake" or "What I did yesterday (or two minutes ago) is enough to disqualify me from partaking." Only one of those is trust in Him.
---Linda on 3/20/06

That Scripture does not tell man to examine himself to see if he is worthy. Man is examine himself to see if he be in the faith and, if in the faith, he is worthy because he is in Christ and Christ is in him. The word "unworthily" is an adverb, not an adjective, and adverbs modify verbs (actions) not nouns (persons, places, or things). To partake in an unworthy manner would be to partake apart from faith in the redemptive work of Christ, the true of the symbols you would be partaking of.
---Linda on 3/20/06

Rebecca D., I believe it was said for a man to look at his life and examine himself to determine if he is worthy to take communion. Said many were sick for taking communion unworthly. If you judge yourself in this matter and take not communion, no one should judge you for not taking communion.
---Thomas on 3/20/06

John; taking communion is sacred and is Holy. It should not be open to sinners unless they convert their lives to Jesus first. There were only the disiciples that took communion with Jesus. I understand you want the sinners to get saved, but by your church letting them take communion isn't going to saved them. They need to be already saved, and abiding in Jesus before they should be allowed to take communion.
---Rebecca_D on 3/19/06

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We used to have closed communion until we understood that communion is for everyone. Jesus invited everyone to come to Him. If He is the bread of life and if his blood forgives sins then how can we say no even to the chiefest of sinners? We now invite all and use the communion as an evangelistic tool for the lost and backslidden to come and recieve the forgiveness available through His blood and sacrifice. Our assembly has been blessed in doing this.

Moderator - Show scriptures for the practice.
---john on 3/19/06

TO WIVV; I agree with your answer. And as for the churches being guardians of communion I think about this; the Lord Jesus Christ gave communion(at the Last Supper) to Judas!!!! Enough said.
---mima on 3/18/06

My church practices open communion with the admonition that it is for believers in good stead with the Lord. Ample time is provided for all to commuicate with God, to listen and to respond. I have been to churches that stated from the pulpit that communion was closed. It made for an uncomfortable atmosphere, making it appear that some were better than others. (magga7345)
---Maggie on 3/18/06

Personally, I prefer open communion - to do otherwise is to make me a judge. To me, communion is between the person and God. Closed communion is only for the members of that church. (You can only take communion in the church you hold membership.) The main reason for holding to this method of closed communion is the church feels they are the "guards" of the communion, and want to keep non-christians form taking it. (They are assuming all members are Christians.)
---WIVV on 3/18/06

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My church invites 'all those who love the Lord' to take communion. I believe they do this because it is scriptural. The bible says that no-one should take it unworthily and I believe that to mean that non-believers should not take it. It also means that if we are in a state of sin and havn't repented or if we have not forgiven someone else, we should put those matters right before taking communion.
---M.P. on 3/18/06

open. We believe communion taking is between God & the person. We are not to judge.However children do not partake for they donot know the difference yet.
---candice on 3/18/06

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