VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.The first paragraph of the article is the focus of the disagreement. The first sentence thereof defines Christian baptism, and the last sentence calls baptism, thus defined, a prerequisite to the Lord's Supper. While I see in the statement room for interpretation between "closed" communion, which allows only members of a local congregation to participate, and "close" communion, in which all who are essentially Baptists may participate (the interpretation favored by the article's primary author, Herschel Hobbs), I see no way to allow those who were baptized as infants to participate in the Lord's Supper while at the same time affirming this article. Again, please understand that I am not suggesting that a church must practice closed or close communion in order to be Southern Baptist. But I simply don't understand how one can say they affirm this article of the Baptist Faith and Message while at the same time affirming a practice of the Lord's Supper that is contrary to the plain meaning of it.