Closed communion is superior to open communion because it more effectively helps to protect and nurture the sanctity and industry of the church.

Christ himself instituted ‘the Lord’s Supper’, otherwise known to evangelicals and protestants as ‘the communion service’, or ‘supper’, and its overall purpose is to protect, strengthen and mature the local church, and so galvanize it to godly, productive and Biblically sound works of gospel witness in the local fellowship’s immediate neighbourhood and beyond. This can only be properly achieved from a closed communion table, and indeed it is the position of this writer that an open communion table is such a dangerous and serious departure from scriptural teaching, that technically such a fellowship cannot rightfully call itself a church at all. Indeed, a distinguishing feature of most false cults and pseudo-Christian organisations is that they either have a completely open communion table, or celebrate communion rarely or never at all. Why then should churches considering themselves evangelical stoop to mimicking the methods of God’s enemies? In doing so, they only spoil the household of faith through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Col 2:8)

Specifically, the purpose of the communion supper is fourfold:

1. To encourage you as a believer to remember Jesus’s sacrifice of His own life to redeem us as a people of His own, separate from the cursed human race. (1 Cor 11: 24-25)

2. To encourage you as a believer to look forward to Jesus’s return to earth. (1 Cor 11:26)

3. To encourage you as a believer to examine your own behaviour and service to God, both as an individual gospel witness in the midst of the external unsaved community, and as an interdependent member of your local church. (1 Cor 11:28)

4. Because God tells us to. It is a command. It is not optional. Jesus instructed the communion supper as a method of remembrance, and therefore it is logically an activity to be frequently repeated until He returns. (Luke 22:19, 1 Cor 11:26). After Jesus returns, we can stop having communion suppers. (this is explained in a later article).


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