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Wed, Jul. 4th, 2007, 04:49 pm
etruth: Paedocommunion

Alright, what about the question of paedocommunion?  I'm already a former baptist, moved to a paedobaptist, but along the way it made sense to me that if one sacrament is good enough for our children, then why isn't the other?  One of the fundamental things that moved me into the paedobaptist camp was a belief in treating the children of believers not as pagans but Christians (why exactly would get into the paedobaptist/credobaptist debate, which isn't really what this is about).  My main thought is, why exactly would you hold back these means of grace from children if you think they are enough a part of the church to receive baptism?

Your thoughts are appreciated.

Sat, Jul. 28th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
buttonsandbows4

In my church, we actually serve red wine in place of grape juice so children are exempt from communion

1 Corinthians 11:27-28 says, "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup." Many parents who withold their children because they are not fully capable of recognizing Christ's presence during such intimate moments. And not only children are withheld, but all persons who are in an unworthy manner to partake. It's not treating them as pagans, but moreso a way of protecting them from participating in the Lord's Supper and drinking/eating to their own judgement. Once a child is able to fully self-examine and is fully capable of understanding the significance, then the table should be open to that child.