Here's a good short summary of why confessionally Reformed churches have historically not allowed young children to participate in the Lord's Supper: Recently, a growing number have advocated paedocommunion - giving communion to infants and very young children who have not made a public profession of faith. Two factors have encouraged this. One is a… Continue reading Young Children at the Table? (Letham)
Historic Reformed theology and practice have always emphasized the fact that the Lord's Supper is for repentant sinners who've professed faith in Christ. This is why, for example, the Westminster Shorter Catechism says that in order to receive the Lord's Supper, a person must examine himself of his knowledge to discern the Lord's body, of… Continue reading Children at the Lord’s Table? (Knight)
Herman Bavinck gives some biblical reasons why Reformed/Presbyterian confessional churches do not allow infants to partake of the Lord's Supper. He gives quite a few different biblical reasons, but I want to highlight only a few of them (note - these are my numbers to make it easier to read, though Bavinck had more than… Continue reading Young Children at the Lord’s Table?