Ethics: Unbelieving Children Practice Communion in Sunday School

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What would you do Wednesday!

It is the Sunday School hour at church on Sunday morning. There is a special class for unbelieving children this morning. You take your 9-year-old son to the class deciding to stick around to see how the gospel is presented, etc.

Since none of the children present professed faith in Christ, the teachers explain that Jesus is God the Son who died on the cross to save sinners. They explained sin and putting faith in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin and salvation.

Then, the teachers taught on the Lord’s Supper – by practicing taking it!

Some of the children were elected to play the role of deacons who would distribute the Lord’s Supper to the rest of the group. Each child was guided to take a piece of bread and hold it until they took a cup of juice once it was passed out.

After everyone, including the “deacons,” have the elements in hand, one of the teachers begins instructing the children on how to take the elements.

What would you do?

  • Watch with interest hoping the children learn and come to faith.
  • Talk to the teacher after class over concerns about this practice.
  • Stop your child from participating and remove him immediately.
  • Like Jesus in the Temple, knock over the Communion table and all of the elements from the children’s hands.
  • Or…

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Mark

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The above article was posted on November 5, 2014 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 GK November 16, 2014 at 8:38 am

I would ask the teacher why they are allowing children to share in the Communion when they have not made a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ. I would remind them that 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 gives specific instruction about how Communion is to be handled.

First, it is a confession of our faith that Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins, and we “remember,” we confess our faith with the symbols of the bread and the cup. Second, Paul also warns the Corinthians Christians about how they were mistreating each other in the matter of having Communion, with some disregarding others and having Communion without them so as to exclude them.

Both aspects of the Apostle’s teaching show that Communion is only for Christians, and that that “whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and SO eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”

The Sunday School teacher then needs to stop giving access to Communion to those who don’t believe the Gospel.

2 not too late January 3, 2015 at 10:59 pm

This behavior is scandalous. I would talk to the teacher and the pastor. The pastor should not allow this and he is responsible for what is being taught. He can delegate the work but not the responsibility.

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