When Lutherans Go Goofy
Somebody forwarded to me today comments made by a Lutheran pastor concerning the presence of Christ in the Supper. This pastor apparently is very concerned that nothing be said that would in any way prop up the Roman doctrine of “concomitance” — that is the view that it is perfectly acceptable to give the lay people only one kind in the Supper since the whole Christ is present in both the bread and the wine, so one kind is fine. That is typical Roman sophistry, ex post facto, to explain why they deny the cup to laity, or used to. To fend off this error, a Lutheran pastor continues to insist that Jesus is not present under the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper only His body and his blood. Goofy? You bet. Ridiculous? Of course.
In other words, according to this pastor, we must speak of Christ in such a way that His body and blood are separated from His person in the Supper. This is rank Christological heresy that one would hope this pastor’s friends, or if necessary, his doctrinal supervisor, would draw to his attention and lead him to repent of. Here is this pastor’s comments:
Where in the Bible is there any indication that Jesus Himself is present in the bread and wine? There is not a shred of biblical evidence that He is present in the bread and wine. Only His body is united with the bread. “Christ is present in the Holy Supper, working not only consolation and life in the believing, but also condemnation in the unbelieving” (F.C. Sol.Dec, VII).; This can only rightly be understood as “Christ is present (in that spiritual mode) in the (use and action of the) Holy Supper, …” which all of us agree with. It certainly does not say Christ is present in the bread and wine or in the body and blood. The Bible says the unworthy sin against the body and blood of
Christ, not Christ Himself.