The requirements for admission to the Lord's table include, according to 1 Corinthians 10 and 11, repentance toward God and not living impenitently in any known sin, faith in Christ and a recognition at least of what the elements represent. They do not include exact agreement with all we believe about Christ's spiritual presence and theologians from differing theological perspectives have come to different conclusions regarding that presence (e.g., Zwingli and Luther).
Some of our individual congregations are more strict than others, but those who, like the congregation I serve, simply fence the table by a warning to come in a worthy manner believe it is a matter best left between the conscience of the one partaking and his God. Before his own God he stands or falls. I believe Romans 14:1–4 covers this position quite nicely.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (ESV)
I hope this answers your question.
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