The children of faithful covenant members should be brought up in a manner consistent with the covenant; this means they should be assumed faith-filled as well. We should baptize covenant children, and we should allow and encourage them to freely participate in the feasting of the church at the Lord’s table.
These three doctrines are spoken of as:
Paedobaptism- the giving of the covenant initiatory sign, of baptism. It is a seal of the righteousness which only comes from faith, and it signifies the presence of the Holy Spirit in a person being labeled as in Christ. Paul says of our baptized children that we MUST consider them dead to sin and alive to Christ (See Romans 6.1-11). [Click here to see my blog posts on Paedobaptism]
Paedocommunion – In the calling of all feasts of the people in the old testament, children of believers were included in the meals. In the New Testament as well we have plain witness that all the baptized ate and drank from the Eucharist to show their unity. This naturally included children. The practice of including children at the Lord’s table was nearly universal for the first 12 centuries of the church. Augustine discusses it as an assumed truth many times. Huss called for a return to paedocommunion in his day. (See Exodus 10.8-10; Exodus 12.47; Dt 12.7,18; 1 Cor 10.1-6, 10.17, 12.13) [Click here to see my blog posts on Paedocommunion]
My desire is for the church to reform its worship and return to the practice common throughout the Old Testament, the New Testament and in the Early Church of allowing all members of the covenant community to commune.
An Important Essay from TIM GALLANT: A Catena of Quotes from the Ancients
Tim Gallant’s www.paedocommunion.com
Video on Paedofaith:
This 20 Minute video is broken into two parts on YouTube – but a single part version should eventually be out on GoogleVideo.