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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Restoring the Body to the Table

One of the issues that I have been convinced of for a long while is what is commonly called "paedocommunion." This teaches that all of the baptized community should partake of the Eucharistic memorial as the WHOLE Body of Christ or it makes little to no sense to baptize infants. Since baptism unites infants and adults to Christ, then that union needs the nourishment of the Eucharist. The Eastern church has practiced paedocommunion as far back as we can find and even Elizabeth I was baptized, confirmed and communed at three days old I believe. It seems to be the most scripturally consistent if what we say about baptism and its efficacy is true. Obviously I believe it is. Since the whole covenant family in the OT received the sacrificial memorial in the Passover and all the other feasts celebrated by Israel, it would only be consistent for all the baptized children of believers as members of the Body of Christ and united to Him by faith would also receive the Eucharist. Historically it is undeniable that the Church practiced this until the thirteenth century. The theological implications need revisiting again.

One place that you can visit to read more on the topic is the paedocommunion website. You can also listen to Dr. Rob Rayburn's sermon on it as well. What are your thoughts as an Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian or whatever affiliation you find yourself with?

1 Comments:

Blogger Mike Terrell said...

Without saying that no such thing exists, I can honestly say that I do not recall encountering a reasonable presentation of the case against paedocommunion.

I've heard the popular Protestant objections and at one time even subscribed to them.

I agree with you that the theological implications should be more widely considered.

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