Heidelminicast Q&A: Isaiah 65, Baptismal Regeneration, and Being Baptized Before Taking the Lord’s Supper?

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  1. As someone who was part of a very big non-denominational Church before I became Reformed, I can testify to the growing number of Churches and Christians that do not know some of the basics of the faith, especially in regard to the sacraments.

    At this non-denom, both sacraments were rarely presided over by a minister. Baptism was done by family members or friends that the person being baptized chose and the Lord’s Supper was just laid out and people came up “as they felt called” when the worship leader (not an ordained person) said they were transitioning to a time of Communion. There were no words of institution or prayer, nor any fencing of the table (not even a warning or word about who can partake). One time my uncle even partook as an unbeliever when he was visiting. For the baptisms, there was a surprising number of people who had been Christians for 10-20 years and never got baptized and didn’t see an immediate need to be baptized.

    That’s not to mention teaching and other practices. Sometimes, instead of a sermon, they would do a skit or a play, which was rough. But all that to say, there are a lot of Churches out there that appear to know little about historic Christian practice and doctrine. It is very sad and I praise God that I am able to attend a URCNA Church now. He is good.

  2. At the EPC’s General Assembly this year we discussed adding in the Book of Church Order the language “baptized” rather than “true” believer concerning those invited to the Lord’s Supper. It was an interesting debate and by no means unanimous. It is my argument that adding the “baptism” language makes explicit what should be implicit based on Scripture, church history and our confession. The language would then be less consistent with our confession, more restrictive, and possibly divides or prevents people from taking the Lord’s supper. We all agree the table should be fenced and that the sign of covenant initiation precedes the sign of covenant renewal.


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