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Biblical Reasons for Closed Communion
Written by Chase Harrison   
Monday, 24 February 2014 14:50

 

Introduction

 

It is my purpose and intent in this article to provide Biblical reasoning and logic for why Primitive Baptists believe in and observe “closed communion” in their church practice. As any Bible-believing Christian should, we seek to be as in line with the scriptures as we possibly can, both in doctrine and in practice. In holding to this church practice, Primitive Baptists have often been accused by others as being judgmental, bigoted, and pharisaical: Judgmental in the sense that we look down on others as being less worthy or not worthy; Bigoted in the sense that we are slaves to our own ideas and opinions regardless of basis or reasoning; Pharisaical in the sense that we are self-righteous in our intent and approach. Now, while Primitive Baptists have at times been guilty of these accusations (no one is totally exempt from or immune to these attitudes), it would be narrow-minded and stereotypical to totally dismiss this important topic of closed communion based upon such generic and blanketed perceptions of Primitive Baptist church practice. The fact is, Primitive Baptists do not seek to be odd, different, judgmental, or any such thing just for the sake of being that way. As stated in our articles of faith, we believe in the Divinely-inspired scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments and that they are the only rule of faith and practice within the Lord’s church. In the case of closed communion, this is our foundational basis and sole point of reasoning. We feel doctrinally constrained by New Testament scripture to observe the Lord’s Supper and communion in this way. It is my purpose in this article to present scriptural evidence as the basis for our commonly questioned and heavily criticized practice of closed communion.

 

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No Boasting About It
Written by Ben Cordes   
Sunday, 23 February 2014 23:04

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

The message above is simple: we cannot, did not, and could never save ourselves from the punishment of hell.  Our salvation came from the only person capable of initiating, completing, and securing our salvation: Jesus Christ.  For us to say that any other means saved us, by even a small percentage, is to take glory away from Christ.  Some would argue that you must hear and believe the gospel to be saved, but this brings glory to the preacher and the believer, and man could boast.  Some say that you have to be baptized in order to be saved, but this brings honor to the minister and the one being baptized, thus man could boast.  Others may say that salvation is secured because they receive the Lord’s Supper weekly, but, once again, the administrator and the recipient of the communion could boast of their religious dedication.  Notice that God doesn’t even allow us to take credit for faith by saying “and that not of yourselves”.  Let the word of God be clear, salvation came to us by grace and grace alone.

 

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A Problem with the Doctrine of the General Atonement
Written by Ben Cordes   
Friday, 21 February 2014 13:36

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

 

The idea that Christ died for all mankind is very well-known.  However, because something is well-known does that make it correct?  By no-means is popularity an indicator that something is true.  I would encourage you to read the above verse.  More importantly, I would encourage you to read the above verse in context of the chapter it is taken from in 2nd Peter.  Peter wrote to the beloved of God on the topic of the second coming of Christ.  Peter taught that Christ had made a promise.

 

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What's New?
Written by Josh Winslett   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:00

There have been multiple updates and new features added to MTZ over the past couple of weeks. To be honest, I am pretty excited about all of them. I hope all of them will be edifying to our readers.

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Montgomery PBC Annual Meeting
Written by Ben Cordes   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:19

Montgomery PBC in Montgomery, Alabama, would like to welcome all to their annual meeting.  The service times are as follows:

 

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Every Wise Woman Buildeth Her House
Written by Lynn Pyles Bruce   
Monday, 17 February 2014 15:38

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-4

Here, and in many other passages, the scriptures reveal the Lord's priority for the home in His kingdom, and the importance of a woman's role in the home. A woman who aspires to follow God's design for her role as a "keeper at home" finds herself on an enriching, yet challenging pilgrimage. Now more than ever, young women need the older women to come alongside, disciple and encourage, in the spirit of Titus 2. Thankfully, the Lord has blessed us with many such "Mothers in Israel" who ease our journeys and faithfully point us to the basis of their wisdom, the only infallible rule of human conduct: the Divinely inspired word of God. And there we must turn, for in the absence of the anchor of Biblical convictions, we will be carried about by the winds of culture.

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Lukewarm Christians
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 14 February 2014 18:43

The word lukewarm, by itself, means to be; not ardent; not zealous; cool; indifferent. That definition is where I start my understanding about lukewarmness. The word “lukewarm” appears only once in scripture. It appears in a letter that Jesus was audibly giving to the apostle John to deliver unto the angel of church of the Laodiceans.

Revelation 3:14-19
, "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."

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Render Unto Caesar - Tax Time Again
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 14 February 2014 10:10

A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided to refinance our home. We are budget minded people, have no credit cards and avoid debt if at all possible. Needless to say, when the rates dropped down into the low 3% range a refi was too good to pass up.

 

Once we began the process, we were alarmed to find out a refinance was not possible because I had not been receiving a W2 for church "income" and therefore could not claim it on the application. Even though I had other forms of income (Land surveying, teaching trumpet lessons), the amount given to me by the church I serve was a large enough portion of our family budget that without it being shown on the application I certainly did not qualify for the loan.

 

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