What would you do Wednesday!
LifeWay’s recent survey on the Lord’s Supper practices among Southern Baptists has incited some discussion in Baptist blog world. So today’s situation is in the context of the Lord’s Supper being served in Baptist church that practices closed communion.
An old friend is in town staying with you over the weekend. While catching up over dinner Friday night your friend begins a spiritual conversation. He admits something that has been spiritually weighing him down – he had some unresolved anger toward you and decided not to take communion until after this visit where he could ask forgiveness and reconcile with you.
The two of you reconcile and thank the Lord in prayer. Your friend, relieved, explains how he is looking forward to taking the Lord’s Supper when he gets home.
Sunday rolls around. While driving to worship your friend, a Presbyterian, teases you about whether or not he is allowed inside your Baptist church.
Arriving for worship a bit early, you socialize a bit with your friend as he notices in the order of worship that the Lord’s Supper will be served that morning. The order of worship offers a few words on self-examination to prepare for the Lord’s Supper which begin with an explanation of who is allowed to partake.
XYZ Baptist Church asks, in accordance with our beliefs, that only those who have been rightly baptized by immersion and are members in good standing of this local church partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Your friend points out the above statement to you and laments, “I was excited to see that communion was being served this morning since we reconciled, but I have not been immersed nor am I member here. What should I do?”
How would you answer?
- I would appreciate if you respected our beliefs and abstained.
- This is between you and God – follow your conscience.
- Let’s quickly ask the pastor and what he says.
- I’ll take extra bread and wine so we can partake at home later.