16 June 2006

crc approves paedocommunion

crc approves paedocommunion

While I still find myself on the "young child professor" side of the fence, I think ongoing discussion of the issue of paedocommunion among Reformed churches is a healthy development that provides a lens through which to investigate how differing varieties of covenant theology, conceptions of saving faith, and so on, play out practically speaking.

At any rate, the Christian Reformed Church's 2006 Synod appears to have approved the inclusion of baptized children in the Lord's Supper, even prior to a verbal profession of faith.

The press release states that the CRC affirms that "Baptized children are part of God’s family and should be invited to take part in the Lord’s Supper." It goes on to emphasize, "Opening communion to all baptized members is not a denial of the need for a profession of faith, synod said, but is 'a healthier understanding that such faith is expressed in many ways and at many levels … and not only through a verbal affirmation of beliefs.'"