Close Communion, Or Open Communion; An Experience And An Argument

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byCrammond Kennedy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...Roger Williams went into exile, have gained anything of either strength or consistency from close communion? Was not God on its side, and was not that enough? Witness the Republic to-day, and the fleeing shadow of Union with the State which has darkened the church so long. Must we separate ourselves from our kindred in Christ at His table, to hold consistently that our children should be free to choose their spiritual homes? Must we withdraw from our brethren at Append! (6). our holiest trysting, before we can be consistent in receiving and administering water baptism as we believe that Christ appointed it? If we grant that nothing but dipping is baptism, then there is but one belief, the consistent holding of which seems to depend on close communion; viz., that water baptism, by divine command, should invariably precede the supper. This, however, is the question at issue. But even granting this prerequisite, we must dispose of this other question, "Am I responsible for the observance of this essential by anybody but myself? " It is sometimes urged that we protest against pedobaptism and sprinkling by close communion. But to do this by deliberate intent is to invest the Lord's supper with a foreign and schismatical meaning. Who are we that we should make His body, which is broken for us, and His blood, which is shed for many, a protest at all, except against our sins? But to do this in the face of the divine tenderness, the infinite spirituality, and the universal application, of His instituting words, and avowedly to keep the denomination together, is both to be guilty of sacrilege, and to glory in our shame. I am not making a plea for the Lord's supper in opposition, or in preference, to Christian baptism, but a protest against destroying or...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...Roger Williams went into exile, have gained anything of either strength or consistency from close communion? Was not Go...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217191118

ISBN - 13:9780217191111

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