We had The Lord’s Supper this past Sunday. For the Mormons reading this, the Lord’s Supper is essentially the same as partaking of “The Sacrament”. It was a wonderful experience! We started the service by Baptizing several new members/believers and the Spirit of Christ filled the chapel the entire evening. Some close friends and their children were among those baptized… it brought tears to my eyes!!
Our Pastor shared some thoughts I found to be particularly significant in light of the common Latter Day Saint claim all Christian denominations are in disagreement with one another. At the beginning of The Lord’s Supper he said:
“This is not Cornerstone’s (our church) table or the Baptist’s table. This is Christ’s table. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, no matter what denomination you belong to, you are welcome to partake. For we are all one family… all of us who are believer’s in The Lord Jesus Christ. This is His meal. Please feel free to partake.”
We, meaning all believer’s no matter what church you attend, are all one family!
I had a similar experience a few weeks ago while attending a Methodist Church. I, as a Baptist, was invited to speak to a Sunday School class (sounds like disagreement, huh!!) and decided to attend their service as well. They were having The Lord’s Supper and, while blessing the bread and juice, the Minister expressed the exact same view. Knowing I am a member of another denomination he freely gave me The Lord’s Supper with a smile on his face. It was wonderful!
My being invited to teach Sunday School at a Methodist Church as well as the thoughts shared by both of these ministers are in direct contradiction to the Mormon claim all Christian Denominations are in disagreement and fight against one another. In my personal experience nothing could be farther from the truth! The Church I attend does not profess itself to be “God’s only true church on the face of the earth”. Instead we, as members of Cornerstone Baptist Church, profess ourselves to be part of Christ’s Global Church… which consists of all who confess Him as Lord and Savior – whether they be Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Non-Denominational, etc.
Many Mormons fail to understand that while the denominations may disagree on minor, non-essential issues, most of us are in agreement on the essentials –The Nature of God, The Nature of Man, Deity of Christ, Salvation By Faith Alone, etc. These are issues which effect salvation and which unite us all as Christ’s Body of Believers. Other minor, non-essential issues (whether to partake of The Lord’s Supper Weekly or Monthly, Baptism by immersion or sprinkling, etc) are of no consequence to salvation and thus we grant liberty in these areas. In contrast, the reason we cannot accept members of the LDS Faith as Christian is precisely because they are in disagreement with us on the essential issues – those which do have an impact on salvation.
As Augustine said…
“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”
All praise be to Christ!