WHAT FAMOUS THEOLOGIANS HAD TO SAY ABOUT

 

LORDíS SUPPER / COMMUNION

 

 

About 1536 - JOHN CALVIN - REFORMED CHURCHES - "And truly this custom, which enjoins communicating once a year, is a most evident contrivance of the Devil, by whose instrumentality soever it may have been determined....Every week, at least, the table of the Lord should have been spread for christian assemblies, and the promises declared by which in partaking of it we might be spiritually fed" (Institutions Book 4, chap. 17, sect. 46; and Book 6, chap. 18, sect. 56)

 

 

 

About 1775 - JOHN WESLEY - METHODIST - "If we are not obliged to communicate constantly, by what argument can it be proved that we are obliged to communicate frequently?Yeah, more than once a year?Or once in seven years?Or once before we die?"(106th Sermon, Vol. III, on Luke 22:19, "The Duty of Constant Communion").

 

 

 

About 1800 - JOHN MASON - PRESBYTERIAN - "It is evidence [Acts 20:7] not only that Christians assembled on the Lord's day for public worship, but that they did not part without commemorating his death....sacramental communion was a principal, if not the principal object of their meeting" (Letters on Frequent Communion, Edinburgh Edition of 1799, pg. 34-42)