which ye learned: and turn any from them.? Since Pedobaptists, by their teaching and practice, draw many away from Scripturally constituted churches thus dividing true believers from each other and weakening the bodies organized after the model of the New Testament, it is imperative upon us to separate ourselves from them, with regard to communion at the Lord?s table, which is the sign of church fellowship. Mr. Spurgeon admits Pedobaptists to commune with his church ?for two or three months.? Then they are kindly asked whether they are pleased with the church, its doctrine, of government, etc. If they are pleased, they are asked if they are not disposed to be baptized and become members? If so inclined, all is well but if not, they are kindly told that it is not desirable for them to commune longer. Thus baptism is held to precede church membership and permanent communion, although temporary communion is permitted without it.
Arnold, Prerequisites to Communion, 80 ? ?It may perhaps be objected that the passages cited under the four preceding subdivisions refer to church fellowship in a general way, without any specific reference to the Lord?s Supper. In reply to this objection I would answer that, in the first place, having endeavored previously to establish the position that the Lord?s Supper is an ordinance to be celebrated in the church and expressive of church fellowship, I felt at liberty to use the passages that enjoin the withdrawal of that fellowship as constructively enjoining exclusion from the Communion, which is its chief token. I answer, secondly, that the principle here assumed seems to me to pervade the Scriptural teachings so thoroughly that it is next to impossible to lay down any Scriptural terms of communion at the Lord?s table, except upon the admission that the ordinance is inseparably connected with church fellowship. To treat the subject otherwise would be, as it appears to me, a violent putting asunder of what the Lord has joined together. The objection suggests an additional argument in favor of our position that the Lord?s Supper is a church ordinance. ?Who Christ?s body doth divide, Wounds afresh the Crucified; Who Christ?s people doth perplex, Weakens faith and comfort wrecks; Who Christ?s order doth not see, Works in vain for unity; Who Christ?s word doth take for guide, With the Bridegroom loves the Bride.?
D. The local church is the judge whether these prerequisites are fulfilled in the case of persons desiring to partake of the Lord?s Supper. This is evident from the following considerations:
(a) The command to observe the ordinance was given, not to individuals, but to a company.
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