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Believe In Closed Communion

Do you believe in "closed" communion. For example eligibility being determined by membership in the church offering communion.

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There are warnings against receiving communion "unworthily". If a church chooses to restrict this to those that they "trust" are worthy, which may exclude people who just walk in off the street, they have that right.

Just as those who ask for people to pray with them are free to choose to pray with those whom they trust are in accord with them (rather than any stranger whose spirit they may not be familiar with).
---Mark on 9/5/07

Last night while speaking to a lady(she is Lutheran) she told me that her church believes in "close" communion. This idea is new to me. Anyway what close communion means to her church is that the pastor will speak with anyone who is not a member and wants to take communion at their church. The pastor does the approving or disapproving after his talk with them. Have you ever heard of this before?
---Mima on 9/5/07

No....closed communion is a very unfriendly and ungodly act. A visitor in your church should have the freedom to take communion with the church body. A visitor is always to be treated politely and welcomed into the church activities, if need be.That visitor could very well,become a member.
---Robyn on 9/4/07

do this in remembrance of me.Christ never said But anytime.
---tom2 on 6/7/07

Bruce, you are so right, and I am guilty of assuming people know what I mean. I try not to write a book, and sometimes the meaning gets lost in translation. Thanks for keeping me on my toes! God Bless!
---Katie on 8/21/06

"Go you all therefore into the highways, and as many as you all will find invite to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. But woe to you, teachers and Ministers, hypocrites! for you all shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you all neither go in, neither allow you all them that are entering to go in." Mt.22:9,10; 23:13
---Eloy on 8/19/06

I believe I understand what you are saying and agree. I said what I did to try and get people to think about what they were saying. It is so important in a fourm like this to be as specific as possible in what we say. All too often "disagreements" arise because of people speaking in general terms rather than specifics. They know what they mean and naturaly think that anyone reading will understand.
---Bruce5656 on 8/18/06

communion is for believers any place anywhere ,any time.
---tom2 on 8/18/06

My church explains what it means to be a beleiver, and what the communion elements represent. The pastor then invites anyone who thinks they are a believer to partake of the communion. He also reads the part in scripture where it discusses the consequences of taking communion while not in right standing with God. MY point was that people should be welcome to participate, having explained it beforehand.
---Madison1101 on 8/18/06

Helen ... I can see your position as a Catholic, because you perceive Holy Communion to be a renacted sacrifice of Jesus.
But most other Christians believe the service to be a remembrance of Jesus' completed and triumphant sacrifice, Remember, He said "It is finished"
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/18/06

Bruce, I wasn't implying that I am the one judging whether someone else should take communion or not. Of course it's up to each person to choose if they want to take communion or not. My point is that communion should be for the whole body of Christ, not the arm from this church and the heel from that one. Make more sense or did I just complicate my answer? :o)
---Katie on 8/18/06

#3 Church fellowship is based on doctrinal agreement. Communion is an expression of unity between all of those who attend together. 1 Cor. 10:16,17 As evidenced on this site, we are *not* all united on the doctrines of Scripture. To attend HC with people we do not agree with would be exceedingly un-loving and irresponsible. We would be failing to give a clear testimony to the truth and a strong witness against error. It would not be love but lazy and selfish to not care for the brother in this way.
---Tina5349 on 8/18/06

#2 Many do not believe that the true body and blood of Christ are present in the Sacrament and do not adhere to what the bible teaches about doctrinal unity and fellowship. Those of us who believe we receive the true body and blood of Christ in the Sacrament would in fact be un-loving if we allowed people to attend the Lord's Supper to their own condemnation. 1 Cor 11:27-39
---Tina5349 on 8/18/06

#1 I understand that some of you are offended by the notion of closed Communion. On the surface this practice appears unloving. But if you will dig a little deeper you will find that it is indeed biblical and most loving.
---Tina5349 on 8/18/06

One's "eligibility" for communion is that they be born-again.
---Helen_5378 on 8/18/06

Those who say that communinon should be open to any "believers" are guilty of the exact same logic that is used to support closed communion. If it is just for beleivers, then they first must choose who the believers are. If you or I visited on communion Sunday, not knowing if we are a believer or not.
---Bruce5656 on 8/18/06

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Since we may say we are but we could be lying or deluded into thinking we are, we would be excluded.
Perhaps what you mean to say is that communion should be open to all who chose to participate after hearing an explaination as to who is eligible to participate. Then you would have a true open communion.
---Bruce5656 on 8/18/06

Communion should be open to all believers, regardless of membership. I once went to a church that had it by invitation only, once a year. Left that church real fast.
---Madison1101 on 8/18/06

Well being I don't think it necessary to become a "member" to a church as we are all members to one body through Jesus, I don't think it necessary to exclude nonmembers of a church from communion if they are believers.
---Katie on 8/18/06

communion should be open to all who are born again christians.
---shira on 8/18/06

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