What to Do When You Doubt: Receive the Lord’s Supper!

October 16th, 2007
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That our faith might always have a new pledge of the forgiveness of sins, Christ also instituted His Holy Supper. This Sacrament provides new support for our faith so it can remain firm against every wavering and weakening. Whoever has gone to Holy Communion can say, “How can I doubt, asking if I have a share in Christ’s atonement for the world and if my sins are forgiven me? Christ has given me a share in His body, which He presented to God on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, and He has given me to drink of the blood that flowed on Golgotha for the universal forgiveness! What more could Christ do to convince me that I belong to those who have been pardoned by Him? Here all doubt must vanish.

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Walther
God Grant It
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  1. October 19th, 2007 at 13:52 | #1

    Pastor McCain,
    I really enjoy the notes in your blog.
    It would be difficult for an LC-MS’r to disagree with Walther, but there is a point at which I have some reservations: “Here all doubt must vanish.” As the new man, I know that the Lord’s Supper brings Christ into me; however, as the old man, I have doubts about almost anything. That is the very nature of that beast – complete slavery to the temptations to doubt the body and blood of Christ. As stated, Walther has creates law. After the Lord’s Supper, my doubt MUST disappear. The Supper is pure Gospel and creating law seems odd. Out of that Gospel, I will surely have a new understanding of the law and how the Holy Spirit uses it within me.
    The stricture – receive the Lord’s Supper is most proper and is viewed not as law but as opportunity and out of it, my doubts can be assuaged. But I must avoid requiring a testable result that could invalidate the faith won for me in my baptism; that is the problem of the Reformed approach to theology. This is at the edge of that tension that Paul points to in Romans 7:19 – the early Lutherans called it “simul iustus et peccator”. This frees me to know that my doubts do not invalidate the Lord’s Supper and my faith.
    If I’m too far out of line, please ignore my note.
    In Christ,
    Gleason

  2. Paul McCain
    October 19th, 2007 at 13:56 | #2

    Gleason, I appreciate your observations and understand your concern.
    When faith speaks, it speaks certainly and surely! We need not be concerned to speak so confidently when we are speaking about what is sure and certain! Doubts do vanish in the light of the promise. But they return. Then, drive them away again! That’s Walther point. Yes, doubt comes, but we Lutherans must stop using the distinction between Law and Gospel to club ourselves over the head when the Gospel is proclaimed clearly. No “yes, but” here. Just: “Yes!”
    Lord, I believe!!! Help my unbelief. That’s Walther’s point.

  3. organshoes
    October 19th, 2007 at 18:36 | #3

    When faith says ‘yes,’ it’s not the same as me saying ‘yes’, because faith isn’t of my making, and neither is its voice or its words. I can only make doubt.
    But when faith says ‘yes’, I don’t so much say it myself, as hear it. Something from outside me says ‘yes’ for me, even while my innards say ‘oh yeah?’

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