James Durham Concerning Scandal Part 2, Chap. 4, pp. 120-123. Whether the ordinances of Christ be any way polluted by corrupt fellow worshippers. It may be said, ‘But are not the ordinances of Christ someway polluted by the unworthiness of such scandalous partakers? And if so, can polluted ordinances be partaken of without sin?’ Answer.… Read More How Ordinances Are Polluted
William AttersollBadges of ChristianityBook 3, ch. 5, pp. 350-352 Christ delivered his Last Supper in bread and wine, then these signs may not be altered, but must be retained for the perpetual use and comfort of the Church. And howsoever it be left to the choice and liberty of the Church, what bread or what… Read More Christ Alone Defines the Sacramental Elements
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 2, pp. 460-465. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). I come now to handle the questions in the Catechism concerning the… Read More How the Sacraments are Effectual Means of Salvation
Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 10, pp. 271-280. After what manner Christ Used the Sacraments. I. Thus far we have at large treated of those things that relate to the covenant between Christ and the Father; and might seem to have completely finished that subject,… Read More Why Did Christ Partake of the Sacraments?
“Why dost thou prepare thy teeth and belly? Believe, and thou hast eaten.” (Augustine, Tractate 25). Daniel Featley, Transubstantiation Exploded pp. 154-189. That the words of the institution, “This is my Body,” are to be taken in a tropical [from trope. Figurative; rhetorically changed from its proper or original sense] and figurative sense, is proved:… Read More “This Is My Body”: Literal or Figurative?
1. How Evil the Mass is 2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass 3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered John Bradford, Hurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 6. 1. It is Idolatry. First, out of the second commandment, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…” This precept forbiddeth all… Read More Harm of Attending the Mass: 2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass
1. How Evil the Mass is 2. Why it is Sinful to Attend a Papal Mass 3. Reasons for Going to Mass Answered John Bradford, Hurt of Hearing Mass, Chapter 5. Now, the mass being known to be the device and invention of man, I will briefly shew you that it is the most… Read More Harm of Attending the Mass: 1. How Evil the Mass is
Excerpted from A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism Heidelberg Catechism Question 74. Are infants also to be baptized? Answer. Yes, for since they as well as the adult are included in the covenant and church of God; and since redemption from sin by the blood of Christ, and the Holy Ghost, the author of… Read More Objections to Infant Baptism Answered | Zacharius Ursinus
Did Judas partake of the Lord’s Supper? The Gospel accounts seem contradictory. Luke seems to imply that he was there, but the others seem to imply that he had already left by the time the sacrament was administered by Christ. Theologians have landed on either side of this question, but the orthodox affirm that even if… Read More Did Judas Partake of the Lord’s Supper?
The following is an excerpt from the Journals of the House of Commons where the divines explain to Parliament what they mean by “ignorant or scandalous” (WLC 173; WCF 29:8; DPW on the Lord’s Supper) in regards to those who are unable to take the Lord’s Supper. Article Submitted To The House Of Commons Explaining… Read More Westminster Assembly on the Conditions for Partaking of the Lord’s Supper