$25 for One Verse Teaching Open Communion

“For about fifteen years, I was pastor in Mayfield, Ky. While there, I made a very broad and liberal proposition. I repeated it, many times. It was made publicly from my pulpit. I said: “I am like other preachers. I have no money to burn, or to throw at birds. But I desire information. I am willing to pay for it. Open communion is popular. I desire to be popular. If open communion is Scriptural I desire to practice it. I do not ask for forty passages from the Word of God. I do not ask for two. One will suffice. Therefore for one passage from the Scriptures—one command for, or example of, open communion, I will pay twenty-five dollars. This offer is made to every man in Mayfield, in Graves county, in Kentucky, in the United States, in America, in the world. I will do more. I will practice open communion in this church, if the church will consent. If the church will not consent, I will leave it and go where I can follow the teachings of the Word of God. In my youth, I left those I loved most to become a Baptist. Now I am ready to leave the Baptists, if it be necessary, to obey the Scriptures. But I must have a text, at least one text, to justify my procedure. Who will find it for me?”

This proposition has been made in other cities and in other States. It has been made in writ­ten and in public oral discussion. No man has demanded the reward, or claimed to have discovered the text. On the contrary, more than one learned opponent has frankly admitted that there is no such text.” A.S. Pettie

(Alberta Sullivan Pettie {1851-1931} pastored the First Baptist Church of Mayfield, Kentucky from 1886-1896 and 1903-1908. He also served as President of Clinton College in Hickman County, Kentucky and preached the annual sermon before the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 1906. W.M. Wood, his successor at First Baptist Mayfield said of him, “He was a great preacher. It is my deep conviction that Dr. Pettie had no peer in the South as a clear, concise, orthodox minister.”  The above is from his book “Close Communion” published by the Baptist Book Concern of Kentucky, 1910.)