XVII. The Doctrine of the Lord’s Supper
We believe and practice “open communion.” We believe that the instruction given by the Apostle Paul governing the partaking of the Lord’s supper to be one of self-examination (I Corinthians 11:23 -34 with emphasis on verse 28 and verse 31). We believe and assert that our example, as always, is the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Bible we find that Jesus Christ allowed Thomas (a doubter – John 20:24 -29), Simon Peter (a curser – Matthew 26:74), and Judas Iscariot (a devil – John 6:70) to partake in the first Lord’s Supper; thusly we believe that the practice of “closed communion” is to impose a more strict code of conduct than even the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe the scriptures teach “open communion.” However, let it be clearly stated, we believe that only a saved child of God who has truly examined and judged himself is worthy of partaking of the Lord’s supper. Additional Scriptural Support: (Romans 14:10 ) – (Romans 14:12 ) – (I Corinthians 2:15 ) - (II Corinthians 5:10 ) – (II Corinthians 13:5) – (II John 1:8) – (Revelation 20:13 ) -- Battlefield Baptist Church, Russell Springs, KY
I found the above doctrinal statement from Battlefield BC intriguing. I have often heard Judas' participation at the institution of the Lord's Supper used in argument against closed communion, But this is the first time I believe I ever heard Thomas being a doubter and Simon Peter being a curser used as support of open communion.