Most proponents of paedocommunion are also practitioners of the Trivium. Their approach to children when it comes to education seems to contradict their convictions about children approaching the Lord’s Table. They hold forth a grammar stage in a child’s education which could correspond to a catechism stage preceding their profession of faith. Once they are taught to parrot and memorize, it is only in their middle-school years that they begin to assimilate that information with logic…then only in high-school when they have the skills to use those tools to think rightly.
But when it comes to their spiritual maturity, there is no such course for the children of paedocommunionists. They simply take a pat on the belly or an ability not to throw a tantrum during the distribution of the Lord’s Supper as a confession of faith as sophisticated and knowledgeable as any adult’s. No grammar and logic stage.
They end up with rigor in the formation of the intellect and a decided lack of rigor when it comes to spiritual formation.
When I challenge paedocommunion, the consist rebuke I receive is that I am doing damage to my children by being too rigorous. In fact, they accuse me of refusing to give my children Christ…as if catechism, and exhortation, and the preaching of the Word, and the children’s education, and discipleship within the home, and etc…all count for nothing.
What gives? Is Matthew 19:14 the only passage that applies to children coming to the table or do Jesus’ words in 1 Cor. 11:23-34 add some rigor and direct explication of those sweet words of Matthew 19:14?
Help me out here, brothers…