August 15, 2022     6:48 am
306. Week of Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
Lord’s Supper - Communicants of same faith
          They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and prayers   Acts 2:42
          To the heterodox, that is, to those who deviate from the Word of God in many points of Christian doctrine and believe and profess false doctrine, hence, to people who on account of such false doctrines have separated from the orthodox church, or who want to hold and teach false doctrine within the pale of the orthodox church - to such heterodox persons we must deny the Lord's Supper, nor must we partake of the Lord's Supper in churches teaching false doctrines. Why not? Is it because we must condemn every person who holds false doctrine? By no means! We know and rejoice in the fact that even among the heterodox, God has dear children, souls that truly believe in Jesus Christ, but are not aware of the fact that they depart from, and contradict, the Word of God with their false doctrine. Why, then, must we not commune at the same altar with the heterodox? Because altar fellowship is an outward and visible manifestation of unity of faith, of faith and church-fellowship. Those who break the bread together, that is, who commune together, thereby confess before the whole world that they have one faith, one doctrine, one confession, or creed, in common, as did the first Christians, of whom our text speaks. To practice altar- and, in general, church-fellowship with the heterodox would mean to surrender that which is holy, and our pearls, and to acknowledge false doctrine, which we must heartily reject and condemn, because it opposes the salutary Word of God, to be true and right.
          PRAYER: - Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, how sadly Your Christian Church is rent asunder by false doctrine, sectarianism, and fantastic vagaries! Lord Jesus, I thank You that nevertheless You sustain Your Christians, Your true disciples, who believe in You and are saved, even in the midst of such manifold and strong delusion. I furthermore thank You that You have granted me grace to know the truth. Give me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that despite all contempt and slander I may hold fast to Your Word and guard against every fusion with false doctrine. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2022     6:48 am