Since I posted my tongue-in-cheek look at what I learned about the Lord’s Supper while growing up “in church”, I thought I would post what I now believe about the Lord’s Supper. However, someone stole my thunder. Tim Cowen recently posted the following in the comment section (12/11/2006 10:34 am) of another blog. I think he explains the Lord’s Supper (LS) as well as I have heard it explained. What do you think?
Furthermore, the LS was not JUST given for the use of a local gathering. In the case of the LS, we see even a sadder misuse of this beautiful symbol of our oneness/ covenant with Christ and each other (I know it means so much more, please allow brevity here) To make the LS symbolize the doctrinal conformity of a group to the exclusion of others that ARE in the body of Christ, because of denominational and doctrinal walls, is in my opinion a concept that is totally foreign to the spirit of Scripture. Again, we have taken authority away from Christ, for it is His ordinance, and has not been given to a denomination or even a local church to be used to foster and propagate their particular denominational distinctives. The LS does not symbolize our covenant as â€œBaptistsâ€ but our covenant with Christ, the head of the Body. If a person is deemed to be truly regenerated by the Spirit and by the Spirit baptized into the Body of Christ, it would be a sin against the Body to refuse to break bread with him, because of doctrinal differences or denominational affiliations, (it is
valid to exclude individuals based on matters of discipline and gross theological error of the highest order). The LS clearly was not given to symbolize our unity as SB, or our unity as a local assembly, but to symbolize our covenant with Christ through His Blood. To make it an ordinance of a denomination is in effect rending that part of the Body away from the rest of the Body. Denominations may be a necessary reality, but when any denomination attempts to act as if the ordinances are theirs to the exclusion of the rest of the Body, they are in grave error. We should take the Lordâ€™s Supper with all Blood bought children of God, even if they donâ€™t see eye to eye with us on every issue.
The Test: If they are in the Body of Christ, we better break bread with them!