Session Series: Paedocommunion
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Everything of John Calvin’s explicit refutation of paedocommunion lies in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (Book 6, Chapter 16, Section 30). This is relevant because Calvin was concerned with defending paedobaptism from the Anabaptist who were looking for an inconsistency in the doctrine of infant baptism,
“In the early Church indeed, the Lord’s Supper was frequently given to infants, as appears from Cyprian and Augustine but the practice justly became obsolete” and “the Supper is intended for those of riper years, who, having passed the tender period of infancy, are fit to bear solid food.”
This is not to say that Calvin was unconvinced by Scripture. Calvin said 1 Corinthians 11:28 “confines it to those who are fit to discern the body and blood of the Lord, to examine their own conscience” and that Exodus 12:26 teaches the Passover Supper “was duly eaten only by those who were of an age sufficient to ask the meaning of it.” That Calvin linked Passover participants directly to the Supper is telling enough. However, close evaluation will show that Calvin and the confessions place too heavy a weight on these texts.