According to a recent poll from Lifeway, 52% of SBC pastors polled regarding the Lord's Supper offer it to anyone who has placed their faith in Jesus. This position is in contradiction with the statement of faith of Southern Baptists, the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 which states that the Lord's Supper is for those who have been baptized and are members of the church. 35% of pastors reserve the Lord's Supper for those who have been baptized and 4% reserve it for church members only. So, in reality, only 4% of over 1,000 SBC pastors polled are in full compliance with the BFM2000 on the Lord's Supper and only 35% are in partial compliance. 61% of pastors polled follow some other perspective on the Lord's Supper than the one spelled out in our confession.
For the record, our church practices the position of the majority of the SBC and has since our founding in 1983. In our Newcomer's Class, I point to the BFM2000 as our statement of faith and then tell them that we disagree with the SBC in this one area. I have never had anyone have a problem with that. Our perspective is that the Lord's Supper is served at the Lord's Table and it is open to all that belong to the Lord, despite their position on baptism and whether or not they are a baptist or belong to our church. It is not up to us to decide who belongs to Jesus and who does not. Just because some are in error when it comes to baptism does not mean that they are in error when it comes to being a child of God and Jesus said to do this in remembrance of Him, not of baptism or church membership. So, we simply say that anyone who knows Jesus as their Savior is welcome at the Lord's Table. We do reserve church membership for those who have been baptized by immersion because that is how we agree on the gospel story - and it is also how we tell that story again and again. We believe that church membership should be made up of those who agree on the gospel.
I wonder if Southern Baptists will review this aspect of our confession of faith? I hope so. I do not believe that Article VII of the BFM2000 on baptism/Lord's Supper is biblical on the Lord's Supper part. Apparently, the majority of Southern Baptists (96%?) agree.