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DocReits January 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

Well said pastor Jack,

You tackled a hot topic, not only whether children should partake in Communion but whether adults should partake. The spectrum is so broad on this topic that I am hoping you stir up some discussion…or maybe the dead in Christ are awaiting the shout….;-) Kidding…

I was raised Roman Catholic, and as you know, was instructed that the bread and wine becomes the actual body and blood of Christ(Transubstantiation).

The Lutheran church I infrequently(not a typo) attend makes folks take a course on what they believe Communion to be, which basically is that the bread and wine becomes the mystical body of Christ and just falls short of the physical, as the Roman Catholics believe. Even, if you are a believer, yet do not believe this point, you are told “Not” to partake.

I do have a question about something I heard another pastor preach about awhile back. It centers around your warning that folks should be concerned about partaking in Communion “unworthily” if they are not saved. Do you believe that this warning was given to the church as well as non-believers? I personally, believe the warning was for the believer.
If so, then who cares if the non-believer just comes up to get his belly full?

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman January 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

Thanks Doc. I don’t believe this was given to unbelievers because Paul was writing this to the church specifically and to how they ought to conduct themselves and participate in the Lord’s Supper so if it was to unbelievers, since unbelievers are not even interested in reading the Bible, they surely wouldn’t care about such a warning about taking Communion in an unworthy manner. So I agree with you and do not agree with this pastor because the context and intended audience are for the church’s administrating the Lord’s Supper and for the believer’s taking such a sacred event not lightly but very seriously.

I agree with the Christian Research and Apologetics Ministry as they say that it could be that those taking the communion elements needed to be fully aware that they represent the sacrifice of Christ by which we are redeemed from sin. Therefore, to participate in communion while not understanding this would be to take it in an unworthy manner. Another possibility is that taking the supper with willful, unconfessed sin would be in an unworthy manner. The earlier context of 1 Cor. 11 seems to suggest that taking communion in an unworthy manner means to do so while you have a problem with another Christian with whom you are not reconciled.

Another view is that some Corinthian’s were using the communion supper as an opportunity for self-indulgence, which is why Paul mentioned about how some got drunk in verse 21. Also, the that both elements (bread and wine) must be taken, not just one (bread or wine) since Christ commanded that both be taken. This would, incidentally, invalidate the Roman Catholic practice of taking the wafer only.

It could also be that the person taking communion must be worthy in order to take it. But this view, however, is dangerous because no one is worthy to take communion supper. Our worthiness comes from Christ, not ourselves.

Jack H January 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Hello, Pastor Jack! 😀 I seek not to divide anyone over this, but why are the Matthew and Mark accounts of the “greatest in heaven” debacle different? According to Matthew, the disciples simply asked Jesus who would be the greatest in Heaven, and Jesus rebuked them by setting a child in their midst. But according to Mark, the disciples were ARGUING who was greatest, Jesus asked what they were arguing about, and they stayed silent out of shame. Then Jesus set the child in their midst. Which one should I believe? Do I believe both of them?
Which testimony is correct? I apologise for putting this burden on you.
Thanks, Jack H

Jack Wellman January 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Hello Jack. Good to hear from you friend. Whose testimony is correct? Both! Remember that these were eye witnesses and they all, like in a court of law, have different viewpoints and this may have been two different occurences too because it appears that Jesus blessed these children at least 2 different times. Mark’s gospel is really the testimony of Peter and Mark wrote it down so Mark is really Peter’s gospel in effect. If 3 witnesses saw an accident, they would all have just slightly different details but all 3 saw the same thing. That doesn’t mean you can’t believe each one or say “which one is correct.” They all are. I suggest you find and buy a good ESV or New King James chronological Bible and this has all three of Jesus’ accounts all in one long gospel. This was no burden but it has a simple explanation. Anytime there is a seeming conflict in the Bible it can always be resolved and is always the reader’s not seeing it all clearly and never is the Bible wrong nor do the gospel writers conflict but they are all human beings having different takes on things but the same central issues are never wrong (i.e. Roma 10:9-13, Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-31…etc.). The main things are always the plain things…and that’s what is most important, right? Thanks Jack

Jack H January 25, 2014 at 3:21 am

Yes, I agree! 😀 In fact, I admit something. I wanted to make sense of this, so I may have had the questionable idea of trying to combine ALL three into one. Here is the result:
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MATTHEW & MARK & LUKE COMBINED

An argument arose among them (the talmidim) as to which of them should be considered the greatest. They arrived at K’far-Nachum. When Yeshua was inside the house, he asked them, “What were you discussing as we were traveling?” But they kept quiet; because on the way, they had been arguing with each other about who was the greatest.
At that moment the talmidim came to Yeshua and asked, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” But Yeshua said to them, “The kings of the Goyim lord it over them; and those in authority over them are given the title, ‘Benefactor.’ But not so with you! On the contrary, let the greater among you become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves. For who is greater? The one reclining at the table? or the one who serves? It’s the one reclining at the table, isn’t it? But I myself am among you like one who serves.” He sat down, summoned the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.” He called a child to him, stood him among them, and said, “Yes! I tell you that unless you change and become like little children, you won’t even enter the Kingdom of Heaven! So the greatest in the Kingdom is whoever makes himself as humble as this child.” Then he put his arms around him and said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the One who sent me.”
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Please note that this is from the Complete Jewish Bible, and also please note, that there may be a chance that I accidentally altered the Scriptures in the process. This could be bad…

Gail Scott November 15, 2017 at 6:42 am

I moved recently from the West Coast to the East Coast to live with my daughter. I attend her church and the believe that any one, even small children, like my granddaughter who is 7, but even when she was 6 can take Communion. Any adult, also, weather there are saved or not are asked to take Communion. I have a problem with this and it bothers me that my daughter allows my granddaughter to take Communion. I know for a fact that my granddaughter does not understand what it truly means to take Communion or what it means to be a Christian. My daughter has been taking my granddaughter to church every since she was born, and she is doing right to do so, however, I wish she would understand that she is doing wrong and bringing judgement on herself by allowing my granddaughter to take Communion. I didn’t t know for sure weather what I was taught to believe was actually fact and true. This article just confirms my belief and I know now that I was taught right. How do I get my daughter to see this. I am going to find a new church that follows Jesus’ teachings on this.

Jack Wellman November 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

It is hard make others see things as we do. The more we try, the more they dig in their heels, and it may do more harm than good. Your granddaughter will figure this out when she’s old…but I pray your daughter sees this too because whoever eats and drinks in an unworthy manner is angering the Lord. I would just pray, find another church home, tellt he priest or pastor why you are leaving, and that’s all you can do. Any more pressure on your daughter might drive her away.

Zion December 9, 2017 at 3:36 am

This is really an interesting topic and I enjoyed reading the article…God bless you Pastor Wellman.
Please allow me to emphasis:
Our worthiness is in Christ Jesus – no one is worthy or righteous on their own but through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Once you acknowledge His (Jesus) perfect sacrifice and accept His invitation with gladness then you automatically become worthy/righteous, just that! – this is all about being a Christian then follows by what it’s expected of you to be doing as a Christian such as partaking in the Holy Communion. We don’t need to be worrisome about who’s worthy/righteous or not – God has made us worthy by us believing in Christ’s death and resurrection.

It’s now the responsibility of every Christian homes, Churches including Sunday schools for children, and individual Christians to be promoting/teaching ‘being a Christian’ that I mentioned earlier in-respectful of age, among themselves and to unbelievers.

Christian homes with children starting from 6 – 7 yrs old and above should be allowed to partake in the Holy Communion, as far as they can compose themselves and be patient enough during the Communion, from the start to finish. We should remember they are regarded as the Kingdom of God.

Thanks.

Jack Wellman December 9, 2017 at 11:16 am

Hello Zion. Thank you for your comment. As long as a child knows how to examine himself or herself to see if they are in the faith and understand about repentance and faith, they should be allowed so can a 6 or 7 year old understand? I think so. God’s Spirit reveals our need for the Savior, and so it is with a child.

PEDRO April 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm

Hello, Jack

We partake communion at church. We don’t miss that moment. But would like to know if we can partake communion at home with our family?

Jack Wellman April 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Hello Pedro. If you partake of communion at church, you wouldn’t need to do this at home. Maybe I am misunderstanding but its’ not the same because communion itself, or the name itself means “com” (with) “union” (unit) and in the New Testament church, communion was never done in a home but only when the church gathered together. Why do you wish to take communion at home when you can take it at church?

Jack Wellman April 1, 2018 at 8:38 pm

I think I would stay with what the New Testament church did and they only took communion as a body, with union. You can’t do that at home with the body.

PEDRO April 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

Hello, Jack
I have a question. Even though we partake communion in our churches, can we take communion with our family gathering?

Dee October 8, 2018 at 1:25 am

Pedro, Respectfully, I believe that it is possible to take communion at home. The early Christian communities often (primarily?) met in people’s homes, and would have served communion there. Some ministers also serve communion to the sick/bedridden in hospitals and at home. We, believers in Jesus Christ, are the church…wherever we are. I look forward to taking communion during church services and do so as often as I can (my home church offers communion just once a month), but I can’t find anything in the Bible that says that communion must only be served and received in certain places. However, I do believe that one should prepare for Communion (through confession, repentance and prayer), and be a Christian in order to receive or serve it.

Joseph August 9, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Hello pastor pastor Jack.
Paul explains in 1 Cor. 7:14 that children with even one Christian parent are holy. How do you explain this? The Lord Supper was a continuation of the Passover in Exodus where the whole family took part at home including children. What do you say about this. Will a kid of a Christian parents go to hell or heaven if he or she dies at that age?

Jack Wellman August 10, 2018 at 9:50 am

The Lord’s Supper is different from the Passover of ancient Israel. The whole family may have taken part but the Lord’s Supper is for only those who have examined themselves before taking the Lord’s Supper and that it’s for the Body of CHrist, the church, so if you’re children know what it all means and have trusted in Christ, they can participate, but young children are never found to be partaking in the New Testament church. No child will go to hell if they are before the age of accountability, and we don’t know exactly when that is. Yes, children are sanctified, but that doesn’t mean they’re saved. The word used for holy or sanctified means “set apart” so it’s not talking about their spiritual status before God but their standing in a Christian family. The context of 1 Cor 7:14 has nothing at all to do with Communion. It is about divorce and remarriage, so this verse doesn’t fit the context of the Lord’s Supper which is way, way apart from this chapter. 1 Cor 11 is the context for Communion.

Kay January 20, 2019 at 6:21 am

What are the in implications of taking communion the wrong way

Jack Wellman January 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

I believe if we take Communion in an unworthy manner, not discerning the Lord’s Body as the Scriptures say. Good question Kay. A person should examine themselves, confess any known or unknown sin, and then take Communion.

Bradley June 24, 2019 at 7:24 pm

Pastor Wellman,

Have you ever consider this perspective on communion. I would appreciate your thoughts. The more I reflect on this article the more I think it is spot on.

https://escapetoreality.org/2013/03/31/can-unbelievers-take-communion/

Jack Wellman June 25, 2019 at 9:56 am

Thank you sir. Great article. Spot on my friend.





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