OK, I know this story will generate threads on the news or political side but I want to ask a different question here. Here is a link to the story: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071004/D8S24K980.html In this story Raymond Burke, a catholic bishop in St. Louis, says he would refuse to give communion to Rudy Giuliani. Let's save the political debate for the other forums, and let me ask the pastors and former pastors this: Under what circumstances, if ever, would you deny someone communion? Now I know that we as Baptists do not believe there is actual saving power in the elements like the Catholics do. And some of us celebrate closed communion and limit participation to our church members. I have always practiced what I called 'close communion' meaning that I would allow any professing Christian to participate but asked non Christians to refrain. Also I always talk about self inspection and encourage the congregation to either prepare themselves for communion or refrain from participating. (using I Cor 11:28-30 as my basis for this) But if a man came into your church professing to be a Christian. For you closed communion guys lets say he is a member of your church. Yet he was involved in some sin that you had knowledge of (In Giuliani's case it is his support of abortion rights that upsets bishop Burke) would you deny him participation in the Lord's Supper?