J. R. Graves Lives Again...

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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Ed Pettibone » Wed May 16, 2012 9:17 am

Gene Scarborough wrote:Ed---and I gave you the perfect opportunity to pontificate!!!!


Ed: Gene pontification is more in your bailiwick than mine. I prefer asking questions. :wink:
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Gene Scarborough » Wed May 16, 2012 9:25 am

Yes you DO----and sometimes most distracting and un-necessary ones! :)
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Ed Pettibone » Wed May 16, 2012 9:37 am

Gene Scarborough wrote:Yes you DO----and sometimes most distracting and un-necessary ones! :)


Ed: Like beauty, distraction and necessity are in the eye of the beholder.
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Gene Scarborough » Wed May 16, 2012 10:07 am

So what is happening to a good topic as we insult one another, buddy :?
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Mrs Haruo » Wed May 16, 2012 11:50 pm

Come on, Gene, play nice or you don't get any cookies after church. :roll:
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Gene Scarborough » Thu May 17, 2012 5:46 am

I promise to do better :)

I will share my cookies with Ed and trust he will do the same with me :wink:
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Tom Butler » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:28 pm

Interesting discussion, hampered a bit because the participants can't seem to agree on terms.

Here are mine:
Closed---members only
Close---Baptists only
Open--All Professing Christians

We can discuss and debate the extent of the Lord's table all we want, but as long as we have disagreement over whether The Lord's Supper is a Christian ordinance or a Church ordinance, we won't resolve the other question. Where you start determines where you come out.

Also, another roadblock is the definition of what a church is. If one subscribes to the Universal Church concept, there'll be no agreement with those who see only local congregations in the New Testament.

Still other roadblocks to consensus are whether a believer must be baptized to take the Lord's Supper; and, if yes, what constitutes valid baptism?

Me? I'm a local church only, closed communion kinda guy.
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Haruo » Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:30 pm

Good terminological summary, Tom.
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby RonH » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:58 am

Around these parts the definition is more like:
Closed - believers of the local church only
Close - believers of like faith and practice
Open - any believer

We practice "close" communion here.
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Re: J. R. Graves Lives Again...

Postby Gene Scarborough » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:46 pm

Maybe we will be surprised in heaven one day when the non-Baptists actually enjoy the beauty of heaven.

They will just be sure a sign in over our section of the place saying: "Quiet, they think they are the only ones here!" :lol:
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