Everyone Restricts the Lord’s Supper

Pastor J.H. Grime of Warren County, Kentucky was once in company with a woman of decided Open Communion proclivities.  She hastily introduced the subject.  He said, “I can prove that you are a Close Communionist.”  She said, “You can’t do it.”  He said, “I’ll try now.  Suppose it were left with you as to whom should sit at the Lord’s table.”  She responded that she would let all professed Christians sit at the table together.  Brother Grime said, “Let’s see; here comes a Baptist: what would you say to him?”  “I would say, have a seat at the table, brother.”  “Well here comes a nice Presbyterian.”  “I would say sit at the table, brother.”  “Well, here comes a godly Methodist and wife.”  “I would say have seats at the table.”  “All right, here comes a  Mormon Elder and his dozen wives.”  “The woman said with some fire, “I would not let him sit down with the others.”

(John Harvey Grime {1851-1941} was a very influence Tennessee Baptist pastor and leader around the turn of the twentieth century.   He pastored over 30 different churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas as well as authoring a number of very useful books. The point of the above quote is to show that everyone fences the Lord’s Supper to some degree.  Because of doctrinal differences, consistent Baptists restrict the Supper to the members of each local church.)