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President’s message: What’s love got to do with it?

President’s message: What’s love got to do with it?

Mark G. Schroeder

From time to time I receive questions about why our synod puts a particular doctrine into practice the way we do. I had such a question recently about closed (or sometimes called “close”) Communion. The questioner asked, “Who are we to deny the Lord’s Supper to someone who desires it?”

In keeping with what Scripture says, we believe and teach that we should participate in the Lord’s Supper only with those who confess the same beliefs that we do. It’s called “closed” Communion because it is not open to everyone. It’s sometimes called “close” Communion because it is a public expression of our common faith with those who participate with us.

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