Ordinances

 

 

There is no ground in the New Testament for the belief that Christ at His last Passover instituted a religious ordinance to be permanently and universally observed

 

 

 

Salvation Army does not have the Lordís Supper. In The History of the Salvation Army we read that Ďat first the Christian Mission had adopted the usages of the churches to which its earliest leaders were accustomed, notably outward baptism (christening) and outward communion (the Lordís supper), and these were continued until Ė after full and prayerful consideration Ė the General [William Booth] decided to abandon them, through earnest conviction that there was no scriptural warrant for the view that these observances were essential to salvation or were to be perpetuatedí (R. Sandall, The History of the Salvation Army, London, 1950, Vol. 2, page 130). Thatís why the members of the Salvation Army do not have the Lordís Supper.

The principal reasons for abandonment of the Lordís supper were:

1. That there is reason shown in the Scriptures for supposing that our Lord intended that His followers should remember the significance of His death whenever they ate and drank together, and not merely on a ceremonial occasion, and that the earliest records show that this is what was then understood.

2. Even more than outward baptism it has been a cause of bitter controversy.

3. As with baptism there is the clearest evidence that it is neither essential to salvation nor of itself capable of bringing about any change in the lives of those who partake of it.

4. That the church has regarded certain other commands of our Lord, couched in unmistakably explicit language, as having only a spiritual significance.

5. The very practical consideration that its orthodox administration was a snare to the poor souls who had been slaves of strong drink (cf. Ibid., page 133)

Quakers also do not have the Lordís Supper. For according to them, there is no scriptural evidence for the establishment of any ordinance or ceremonial rite for perpetual observance.

 

Confutation

 

The Holy Scripture teaches that Christ, on the night He was betrayed, instituted a supper which is to be observed by all His followers. This supper is called Lordís Supper. For the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: ďFor I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he comeĒ (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). As you can see, on that night Christ said the following words: ďThis do in remembrance of meĒ to His disciples twice. Therefore, the Lordís Supper is to be observed universally and permanently by all Christians.

To confirm this I want to point out that Paul wrote to the Corinthians that the Lordís Supper was something that he had received from the Lord, for he wrote to them: ďFor I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you ÖĒ (1 Corinthians 11:23). Therefore, Paul received from the Lord not only the Gospel (as he wrote to the Corinthians: ďMoreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures ÖÖ 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) but also the Lordís Supper, which he delivered to the saints of Corinth. Therefore if Paul received from the Lord both the Gospel and the Lordís Supper and delivered them to the saints, why should we deliver to the saints only the Gospel? Why should we omit the Lordís Supper, which is to observed permanently and universally by the followers of Christ in order to proclaim the Lordís death till He comes?

Therefore let us keep observing the Lordís Supper to proclaim the Lordís death till He comes. Let no one deceive you with empty words.

 

 

 

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