Presbyterians are not the only ones that have Terms
And here I thought that we Presbyterians were the only ones that spoke this way...Yes Truth is vital and credo-baptists are in a serious error in denying this important aspect of the Gospel.
THE TERMS OF COMMUNION AT THE LORD'S TABLE
In this classic treatise on communion, Howell sets forth his thesis with the boldness characteristic of martyred Anabaptists of whose doctrine he was espousing. His Scriptural position, clearly expressed, is that the terms of communion are repentance, faith and baptism. Immediately, this demonstrates that Pedobaptists have deviated from the truth and are not qualified subjects for the Lord's Table. According to Howell, the Pedobaptists have severed themselves form the truth, and therefore they are schismatics because of their false doctrine. Howell charges that Baptists must separate from Pedobaptists over the doctrines of believer's baptism and close communion.
The Terms of Communion at the Lord's Table is a refreshing and powerful apologetic for Baptist truth in a day of insipid and anemic Baptist teaching. Every Baptist who values the Lord's teaching for His Table needs this volume by Howell.
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Indeed can two walk together unless they are agreed? Nor should we commune with them at the Table who deny this Covenant Truth of Infant Baptism found in the Word of God.
Calvin was clear on this as well.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ic
Neltococayotl" <puritanpresbyterian@...> wrote:
> Nor should we
> commune with them at the Table who deny this Covenant Truth of
> Baptism found in the Word of God.Quite right, Edgar.
> Calvin was clear on this as well.
The church should excommunicate those who have fallen into the error
of heresy and schism (I Corinthians 5:6-13, 11:19 ). These heretics
and schismatics often then form heretical and schismatic
denominations of their own. Under such circumstances, it is quite
inconsistent for a believer to be partaking of the Lord's Supper in
the heretical and schismatic church denominations formed, while
recognizing the schism in Christ's visible church is due to their
heresy and errors. For instance, the Baptist error has caused
schism in Christ's visible church. It is an error against sound
scriptural principle, which the Westminster Standards and other
reformed confessions rightly condemn. Baptists should not be
allowed communion in the reformed churches until they repent of
their error. So it would be wrong for a reformed believer to
partake of communion in a Baptist church, even a Calvinistic Baptist
church. While a Calvinistic Baptist church is a true (not a false)
church in its being, preaching a gospel by which men can be saved,
it is not a church in well being. Thus, the esse / bene esse (i.e.,
being / well being ) distinction among church denominations should
come into play with respect to communion, even though one may be
greatly profited by reading and hearing some of the sermons of the
Calvinistic Baptist minister Charles Spurgeon. As discussed in the
article at http://www.puritans.net/news/fpcs062804.htm , we should
distinguish between allowing a Baptist to partake of communion in a
reformed church (as well as partaking of communion in a Baptist
church) versus the Reformation practice of allowing a member of the
reformed Church of the Netherlands to partake of communion in the
Church of Scotland, or vice versa. Let's give a somewhat
hypothetical example which is more relevant today. Suppose a
congregation in Northern Ireland is seeking union with but is not
yet part of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland (FPCS). And
suppose one of its communicant members is visiting a FPCS
congregation during its communion season. And suppose this
communicant member fulfills all the FPCS criteria of belief and
practice required of communicant members in the FPCS. Under such
circumstances, it would be appropriate that such a visitor were
allowed access to the Lord's Table in the FPCS church. But this is
very different from allowing a Baptist access to the Lord's Table in
the FPCS church. The official FPCS policy (which I think is
correct) is somewhat different from the historic Cameronian and
Seceder communion policy, but it shares with it great care taken
with respect to who is admitted to the Lord's Table as well as where
one should partake.
- Parnell McCarter